Don’t Miss Hennevelts “May the Froth Be With You” Exhibit: A Sci-fi Art show. From Startwars To Dragons To Hmmm…What Is That? This Show Is Out Of This World

Nickie and Freddy Hennevelt’s Exhibit, “May the Froth Be With You” will take you out of this world!  All works are created by Nickie and Freddy Hennevelt along with several collaborations works between these two local artist based out of Northwood Village. Yes, they are those “Hennevelts” from Hennevelt’s Gallery!  The exhibit takes place at Harold’s Coffee Lounge on Northwood Road in West Palm Beach through Friday, May 29th.  The Rickie Report gives you the details and some sneak peeks!  We can tell you from experience, these sci-fi images and 3D art pieces are addictive – just like the froth on Harold’s Coffees!



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Harold’s Coffee Lounge

509 Northwood Road    W. Palm Beach, FL

“May The Froth Be With You”

Show Curator: Christian Bentall

Sponsors: Harold’s Coffee Lounge, Beat Thief

Show closes Friday, May 29, 2015

During  the Art and Wine Promenade

6pm – 9pm

Facebook event page

"Bubos Cousin" Sculpture by Freddy Hennevelt

“Bubos Cousin” Sculpture by Freddy Hennevelt

The Hennevelts have been in Northwood Village for four years and have recently changed their Gallery location in Tinson Antiques at 540 Northwood  Road, West Palm Beach.  The Gallery space is small and features a total of 9 local and international artists.  Gallery hours are: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5pm.

"Re Clomet" 3d Artwork by Nickie Hennevelt

“Re Clomet” 3d Artwork by Nickie Hennevelt

Freddy is in the Gallery on Wednesday and every other Saturday where he can often be found working on furniture restoration and refinishing. With so much going on, this energetic couple has found the time to pull together an amazing show that is being featured for the entire month of May at Harold’s Coffee Lounge located at 509 Northwood Road.  Nickie and Freddy also take commissions.

Please join Nickie and Freddy at their show closing on Friday, May 29, 2015 during the Northwood Village Art and Wine Promenade.

"Tie Fighter" by Nickie and Freddy Hennevelt

“Tie Fighter” by Nickie and Freddy Hennevelt

Hennevelt’s story goes back to a non physical world as they met online in a virtual world of Second Life. Discovering they had the same love of photography and art, they fell in love with each other. While never meeting in person, the two began an art gallery in the virtual world of Second Life with their photography of NWSPictures.
"Epus" by Freddy Hennevelt

“Epus” by Freddy Hennevelt

As Second Life became Real life for them and then opening a Gallery in the real world, their many talents as artist have unfolded to the public. Not only are they photographers but painters and sculptors from 2-D to 3-D. Freddy and Nickie also served as ArtSynergy Co-founders and District Leaders, bringing artists and artisans of Palm Beach County together during Art Palm Beach to showcase local artistic talent.
"X Wing" by Nickie Hennevelt

“X Wing” by Nickie Hennevelt

Widely known and appreciated community art activists, they co-founded the ArtX Artwalk for the Historic Northwood Art Walk Second Saturday each month! These docent led tours take art lovers to meet gallery owners and artists, as well as focus on the small businesses that make Northwood Village the hip place it has become. These events are Free and family friendly.  For details about the Artwalks, please visit:  
"Dragon" by Freddy Hennevelt

“Dragon” by Freddy Hennevelt

For more information please visit:

Nickie and Freddy’s website:

Hennevelt’s Gallery & Gifts on the Go

West Palm Beach, 33407 FL
561.506.4108      Email:
Hennevelt’s Gallery on the Go website:

Nickie and Freddy’s Photography Website:
NEW! Facebook Page:

ArtSynergy Co-founders / District Leaders

Nickie’s full time employment:

West Palm Beach Library Foundation
Supporting the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach


Harold's Coffees, Sponsor

Harold’s Coffees, Sponsor

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Beat Thief, Sponsor








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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



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:
Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223



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Ray Gross’ Newest Art Sculptures Premiere At Art Palm Beach

Ray Gross’ ceramic pieces are well-known in Palm Beach County galleries and exhibit venues. At the Palm Beach County Convention Center during Art Palm Beach 2015, Ray’s work will be seen in three spaces!  His newest up-scaled, giant sized porcelain “tubes” will be featured at Booth #602 and at Whitespace Collection’s Booth.  (During SCOPE, Miami, the Brunelli Gallery sold out!)  Ray’s “Louie, Louie” porcelain handbag sculpture is part of  the juried show of Art Synergy in Booth # 718.  Hyper-realistic, his porcelain sculptures are often mistaken for the “real thing”.  The Rickie Report urges you to visit Ray during Art Palm Beach January, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and grab one for yourself!



 Pop Art TUBES and More!



Palm Beach County Convention Center

First View & Collectors’ Invitational:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Public Hours

Thur, Jan 22 -­ 12pm -­ 7pm
Fri, Jan 23 ­- 12pm ­- 7pm
Sat, Jan 24 -­ 12pm -­ 7pm
Sun, Jan 25 ­- 12pm -­ 6pm

650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401


Pop Art Tubes by Ray Gross

Pop Art Tubes by Ray Gross



Ray Gross is creating new “Pop Art Tubes” as we go to press!   Using images made famous by Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, Ray’s newest “Art Tubes” will be unveiled at Art Palm Beach next week!



Ray Gross' "Pop Art Tubes" at SCOPE Miami (Brunelli Galleries)

Ray Gross’ “Pop Art Tubes” at SCOPE Miami (Brunelli Galleries)




Keeping the same theme of hyper-realistic porcelain sculptures of objects of everyday Americana, Ray had his first sellout show this July in the Hamptons. He is being represented by Anthony Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton, NY. and at SCOPE Miami, 2014, his work was a sell-out. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts will represent Ray at Art Palm Springs, CA, which opens Feb 12th.   


"Louie, Louie" by Ray Gross

“Louie, Louie” by Ray Gross



At the Art Synergy Booth ( #718) in Art Palm Beach, art patrons can see Ray’s entry to this prestigious juried exhibit.  “Louie, Louie”  portrays the famous hand bag in porcelain sculpture.  The exhibit was juried by Paul Fisher and Rolando Chang Barrero.



"Picasso" by Ray Gross

“Picasso” by Ray Gross


Ray Gross is an artist, sculptor and designer. He was raised in South Florida in a creative home-setting, with his father who worked as a jeweler, painter and poet. His mother’s family is famous for their millinery business, designing ladies’ hats, especially in the Roaring 20’s styles.


"Batman" by Ray Gross

“Batman” by Ray Gross ( Not Yet Complete)



After college and during his graduate studies at University of Florida, Ray worked as a graduate teaching assistant. He established his first studio/gallery near the famous “Homestead Hotel” near Warm Springs, VA.  Two years later, Ray partnered with Joan Farish to open “Clay Concepts” in West Palm Beach,FL. and later founded Lake Avenue Gallery located in Lake Worth, FL. Ray left the gallery in the late 1980’s to focus on his studio work.



"Harley" by Ray Gross (Life-Size Sculpture)

“Harley” by Ray Gross (Life-Size Sculpture)


Through The Buyers Market of American Crafts Council (PA) and Rosen Media (Baltimore, MD), Ray was invited to the American Craft Museum in New York City for a one-man SOLO Exhibition. His hyper-realistic, life-size porcelain sculpture, “Harley” was an instant success and was exhibited throughout Museums on the East coast of the United States. Many will remember seeing “Harley” at the Norton Museum, Boca Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art and at Art in Public Places at Palm Beach International Airport.




Upcoming Shows: 

  •  Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts  (Art Palm Springs, CA) February 12 – 15
  • Art Wynwood Miami (Whitespace Collection): February 12 – 15

Continuously Showing:







Ray is a member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, where his sculptures are available in the gift shop. Ray is on the faculty at the Armory Arts Center Complex in W. Palm Beach. His creations can also be found at Artisans on the Ave (Lake Worth, FL), Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art ( Lake Worth,FL), The River Gallery (Chattanooga, TN), A Unique Boutique (Naples, FL and Cape Cod, MA). Check out his new series, “Everything But the Girl”!


Ray is available for small group or individual classes as well as commissions.

For more information please contact Ray at   or    561- 951- 4749.


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Call For All Mediums: Performers, Musicians, Entertainers, Artists

The City of West Palm Beach CRA is looking for artists of all mediums including performers, musicians, entertainers, fine artists, fine crafters and hand crafters for the monthly Northwood Village Art & Wine Promenades plus OTHER EVENTS.  These popular functions bring art patrons to the area to enjoy not only the arts but the restaurants and shopping opportunities.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share this CALL!  

Attention art lovers:  Mark Your Calendars for Art Synergy’s Special Gallery Visits and Restaurant Deals on Sunday, January 25th!  The NEXT Art & Wine Promenade takes place on Friday, January 30th from 6-9 pm.  





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 For more information please contact:

 Karen Grosser

City of West Palm Beach

Special Events Marketing Manager

Community Redevelopment Agency
(561) 822-1551



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Whitespace Collection Adds New Venues, Unique Jewelry and Gift Items

Whitespace Collection is now open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 -4 pm.  New exhibits, special docent-led small-group tours, limited editions and a FREE Max Toth poster are among some of the highlights.  Don’t miss  Whitespace “Col-lect”, a generous array of gifts, jewelry and art objects that YOU can begin to collect!  “Col-lect”  will be going on the road, throughout Palm Beach County, to benefit various organizations.  The Rickie Report knows you will want to be first in line to see everything Elayne Mordes is bringing!  Here are the details and a sneak peek.





2805 N. Australian Avenue         West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

T:561.842.4131      F:561.842.4132


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Whitespace Grand Season Opening Continues

The Rickie Report continues sharing the exciting Grand Season Opening of Whitespace in this article!  More details, including a sneak peek at Beatriz Millar’s  “Plastique Dorian in Love” and the unique, limited edition (10 only) signed by artist, Kristen Miller Hopkins.  Get your calendars out now!








Thursday November 20th  6pm-9pm  (Opening Evening Event)
Friday Nov. 21st, Saturday Nov. 22nd, Sunday Nov. 23rd 11am-4pm


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pushingBOUNDARIES exhibition runs every Sat and Sun 1pm – 4pm
November 20th 2014 – March 22nd 2015



Meet the artist Leland Rice
November 20th 6 pm-9 pm and Saturday 1 pm-4 pm

Book signing of his Berlin Wall catalog
-past exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), group exhibition at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)



Future Season Event

Live performance By
Beatriz Millar
Plastique Dorian in Love
multiple performances at Art Palm Beach
check schedule


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Kristin Miller Hopkins



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whitespace2015 edition

Everyday is Different and Exactly the Same

unique signed edition of 10

“A perfect gift for a future collector”



Admission to Whitespace

$10 per person. Students with valid ID $5 per person

includes free collectible Max Toth Poster



Whitespace is the private contemporary art exhibition space located in West Palm Beach.  This collection spans over 30 years and has a unique European approach.  One of the strengths of the collection is the consistency of vision that it exhibits and, in addition, has also been characterized by its enthusiasm and focus.  Whitespace has approximately 8000 square feet of exhibition space which has partial permanent programming and a changing project space entitled “Whitebox”, which has curated exhibitions which meet a high level of competency, vision and creativity.  This is the only venue of this type in this area.


Please join us this season
Become an art advocate


2805 North Australian Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
T: 561.842.4131 F: 561.842.4132
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Trina Slade-Burks SOLO Exhibit at Harold’s

Trina Slade-Burks has been curating art shows alongside her husband Anthony Burks Sr. for close to a decade. While her focus previously has been the creativity of others, it is time to celebrate a SOLO Exhibit of her own artistry!  Already on display, “Women Unite” runs through May 28th.  There will be a public reception on Saturday, May 24th, so check it out at Harold’s Coffee Lounge.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek.

Trina Slade-Burks

SOLO Exhibit:

“Women Unite”

Public Reception:


Saturday,  May 24th  6- 9 pm

Harold’s Coffee Lounge

509 Northwood Road

West Palm Beach,  FL 33407

Exhibit runs  April 24-May 28

*There will be light refreshments  (samples from Trina’s up-coming 2nd cookbook), however please support the venue by purchasing coffee, tea, and other things that Harold’s provide. The mission is to support local arts and local businesses.



Trina Slade-Burks has been curating art shows alongside her husband Anthony Burks Sr. for close to a decade. Some of the exhibitions’ include Collaboration: The Florida Endangered Species Exhibition at the Paul Fisher Gallery, Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition at the Armory Art Center, CONTINUUM in the Downtown District of West Palm Beach under the direction of ArtSynergy and co-curated BACKGROUND: Cultural Inspiration in Contemporary Art at ArtHouse 429 Gallery. Trina has also self-published 5 books since 2009 with a new cookbook due to be launched the winter of 2014.




Though Trina has exhibited in collaborative shows in the past, she has never had a SOLO exhibition.   This show, Women Unite”  is a tribute to women empowerment.   Born in Harlem, NY. , raised in Marble Hill Projects in the Bronx, Trina Slade-Burks is from an artistic lineage. Her multimedia influences have included creative writing, visual arts, music and theatrical arts disciplines.



Trina Slade-Burks

Trina Slade-Burks


After graduating from college in Fort Lauderdale with a degree in Visual Communications in the late 80’s, Trina felt the strong need to work creatively. She moved back to New York City and re-exposed herself to the creative flow she was longing for.  Trina later married a fellow artist Anthony Burks and together they have journeyed on to the next level of exposing people to what makes the world a better place: ART.



Trina Burks, Magnets

Trina Burks, Magnets


In 1993 Trina and Anthony created A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers (formerly A.T.B Graphic Designers); offering image-building  and branding for artists and companies. They also connect artists to clients and act as mentors to young artists by offering training for the professional art world. In 2009 their company was registered as an LLC in West Palm Beach, FL.


Trina Burks

Trina Burks, Mixed Media


With artists Barbara Cheives & Lea Jefferson, Trina and Anthony created  and launched a traveling art exhibition called “Collaboration” in 2007 which showcases art of different disciplines in alternative spaces. “Collaboration” is a new concept in art presentation.  Being in homes or businesses, allows artwork to be viewed by clients in a more realistic environment rather than a gallery or museum. It gives the artists an opportunity to interact with buyers on a one-to-one basis and develop a personal relationship without a third party facilitator.


Trina Burks

Trina Burks


Besides nurturing other innovative souls the couple is raising their two sons Anthony Jr. and Raymond who are equally as artistic as their parents.  Trina has been a major player in the development of art and culture for programs in Palm Beach County, FL.  Her groundbreaking projects  focus on the goal of developing the artistic souls of youth and adults alike, through creativity.



Trina Burks, "Understand Me"

Trina Burks, “Understand Me”


Trina published her first book, ” What is My Priority?”  in June 2009 which is a collaborative of poetry, affirmations & art.  She previously wrote articles, interviews and acted as the ghostwriter for the blog “Afro Boy” (with musician/writer Alexie F formerly of online hip-hop radio show The Zro Hour both found on  The collaboration ended in February 2014.  This art educator and art activist has also worked for a number of art programs and organizations including the Center for Creative Education and The Armory Art Center.



In 2010 Trina, self published her second book, ” 2Faced: The Devil’s Advocate”, referencing her traits as a true Gemini; playing the devil’s advocate in life.  In November 2011, she self-published her 4th book which is her first cook book.  It is a mixture of friends’ and family recipes called “Soul Much More from Scratch”. It contains recipes from her childhood memories as well as recipes created by Trina in her adulthood.





In March 2012, Trina & Anthony curated an art event called “Endangered Florida Species Art Exhibition”.  The event benefited Florida Environmental charities. (Loggerhead Marine, Busch Wildlife & the Arthur R Marshall Foundation).  The next year, Trina co-curated  “Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition” and published the collaborative book, ” The Mighty 9″ at the Armory Art Center. This show broke the record for the largest attended opening exhibit at the Armory to date.




At the same time, Trina was honored by the Delta Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as a 2013 Woman Of Excellence at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. It was a  celebration of  Trina’s ongoing contributions to the arts community. The featured speaker was Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.




January 2014,  in partnership with Craig McInnis, ArtSynergy & ArtPalmBeach and with sponsorship of Downtown Development Authority of West Palm Beach, Trina’s company A.T.B. managed “CONTINUUM”,  the downtown West Palm Beach popup art fair during ArtPalmBeach Weekend.


For more information about Trina Burks latest artwork, please visit:


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Photography With a Different Point of View

S. Aaron Hopkins stopped at the Art Synergy booth during Art Palm Beach asking how to become more involved in the local art scene, as he was new to the area.  He had come to the right place!  In this article, The Rickie Report shares his good news of being accepted into a juried photography exhibit.  He is an accomplished photographer whose work has been described as “gritty, vivid and humanistic. We urge you to stop by the “World Through the Lens” at A Unique Art Gallery  May 14 – June 6th to see Mr. Hopkins’ work!


S.A. Hopkins


“World Through The Lens”

A Unique Art Gallery


Opening Reception – Public Welcome!

Wednesday, May 14th

5:30-7:30 pm

226 Center Street – Suite 8       

Jupiter, Florida  33458


S.A. Hopkins will be showing his photography as part of the juried exhibit, “The World Through the Lens”.  The show takes place at A Unique Art Gallery located in Jupiter, FL and is hosted by the Artists Association of Jupiter. The judge for this show is Durga Garcia.
"Savannah Morning" by S.A. Hopkins

“Savannah Morning” by S.A. Hopkins

There will be a public reception on Wednesday, May 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  The exhibit will run through June 6th.  A Unique Art Gallery is located at  226 Center Street, Jupiter, Suite 8.  For more details about this exhibit please call 561.529.2748.


"Reading" by S.A.Hopkins

“Reading” by S.A.Hopkins

 Aaron tells The Rickie Report, “I can’t remember if there was a moment when I decided to become a photographer. I’ve been shooting since I had my first camera, a simple Kodak Instamatic. In fact, through the years, photography has been the one constant in my life.”
"Aaronnoire" by S.A. Hopkins

“Aaronnoire” by S.A. Hopkins

He goes on to share, ” I’ve spent nearly four decades walking around with my camera, taking pictures — or ‘making pictures’ as Ansel Adams once said.  Many of my photographer friends refer to my work as ‘vivid, humanistic, gritty or sublime’. I will let you be the judge.”
"Lincoln Road" by S.A.Hopkins

“Lincoln Road” by S.A.Hopkins

Some of Aaron’s favorite work includes photos he made in downtown Miami and South Beach many years ago – before the glitz and glamour.  He is fascinated by the contrast between then and now.  He says, “As a published cartoonist and illustrator, I also look for more amusing juxtapositions, especially in my street photography.”
"Window Face" by S.A. Hopkins

“Window Face” by S.A. Hopkins

“What I hope my photography captures a moment of visual poetry.  Sometimes it is a bit of irony, other times it is simply a face that catches my interest.  I shoot with intention, but I’m often pleased with the accidental or unexpected that many arise. In the end, it is my hope that these photographs will make you think, feel ….and at least put your cell phone down for a few minutes.”
"Old Man and Mannequin" by S.A.Hopkins

“Old Man and Mannequin” by S.A.Hopkins

Marianne V. is an avid follower of Aaron’s work.  She states, ”  It’s a rare occasion that you come across a photographer that really makes a difference.  I’d like you to look at the work of such a photographer, S.A. Hopkins.  I came across his work on one of the photo sharing sites and I’ve been following  his work for quite some time now. I’ve seen the impact his images have on his audience.  So what makes this photographer so unique? He doesn’t just register the world around him. He photographs with engagement, a close personal connection to his subjects, whether it’s on the streets or more personal subjects and with a passion and a keen and unique eye that makes his oeuvre so compelling… his work is subtle, humorous or gritty at times, but always has the power to evoke emotions to the viewer.”
Mr. Hopkins’ book “Faces and Places” is in the “Staff Picks” section of the Blurb Bookstore and can be found here:
 Blurb’s review:
“It’s hard to choose just one image from S.A. Hopkins’s collection “Faces and Places,” but this one is a real standout for us [photo of the man with hat, shown in this article]. From analog street photography to digital landscapes, the range in this book is fascinating. Though it covers 40 years, there’s a remarkable consistency to the work, but also a sense of personal innovation and exploration. Congrats on a great book!”

For comments, general inquiries, or on publishing / purchasing his work please contact Mr. Hopkins at: or 804-901-1909  or visit

To purchase prints: (or call 804-901-1909)


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Emmanuel Gonzalez Shares “Keys to the Cities” and Exhibits at OSGS

Emmanuel Gonzalez has been very busy painting and the community is richer for his efforts.  We met Emmanuel as an emerging artist only two years ago and are spellbound by his achievements thus far.  In this article, The Rickie Report looks at his winning entry for “Keys to the Cities” and his exhibit at OSGS | Gallery Studio in Northwood.  Expect to see more from this young, talented creative!





Emmanuel Gonzalez



Emmanuel presents his "Keys to the Cities"

Emmanuel Gonzalez presents his “Keys to the Cities” to Kathi Kretzer



Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, announced the KEYS TO THE CITIES  artists, including Emmanuel Gonzalez.  After six long months of colorful creativity, a unique collaboration of sight and sound was unveiled in November, 2013.  


18 Pianos, 18 Pianists, 17 Artists, 1,584 Keys





Emmanuel Gonzalez and his Piano


Kathi Kretzer shared, “The judges and board members could not have been any more pleased with the fabulous results of choosing Emmanuel Gonzales to paint one of our pianos for the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s Keys to the Cities event.  During the event,  his piano was chosen to be on display at the Palm Beach Cultural Council location in Lake Worth where it was performed on by many talented pianists including Dr. Roberta Rust, Chair of the Piano Department at Lynn Conservatory of Music and Dr. Robin Arrigo.” As many as twenty used baby grand and upright pianos were donated by the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation. 



Impromptu Concert with Emmanuel's Piano

An Impromptu Concert with Emmanuel’s Piano


The event featured formal and impromptu concerts by professionals and passersby in an open festival of music.  After their public debut, the pianos were donated to local children’s charities and community organizations, enriching lives for years to come.  One of the pianists added, ” Emmanuel’s piano showed great creativity as well as good use of textures and colors and was a favorite of many who saw all 18 painted pianos.  His work is extraordinary.”




Close up of Emmanuel's Piano

Close up of Emmanuel’s Piano



Emmanuel explains, “I wanted to create a piano that had a traditional yet organic feel to it. I first sanded the entire piano to remove the high gloss finish that the piano had. Using brown paper and old music sheets, I covered the entire piano and distressed it giving it an old, weathered antique feel.  Using  gold leaf accents to create contrast and depth I coated the legs, seat and underside of the piano.  700 5×5 inch sheets of gold leaf was used for this process !  The subject matter I used was a traditional 1950’s microphone surrounded by roses to convey a jazz lounge nightclub vibe.  I drew accent lines over the paintings to give movement and life to the image. Once everything was completed I coated the piano with four coats of polyurethane varnish to protect it and give it a slick finish.”




Another view

Another view of the Piano, Showing Emmanuel’s Details




Emmanuel Gonzalez’ interest in art is life long.  He began entering State-wide art competitions in the 1990’s and has shown in galleries nation-wide.  Most recently, Emmanuel’s work was included in the Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy exhibit at Continuum. 
Emmanuel at Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

Emmanuel at Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio


Emmanuel shares, ” I explore the past and present through realism and portraiture. My body of work includes a growing retrospective of American icons, where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork. Individually, my subjects attempt to characterize the social climate at a given moment in history. They are influential, recognizable images; relevant within specific ethnic and social groups. Some subjects are foreign to others outside of a particular group or generation. Just as one group identifies emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently.”



"Sitting Bull" by Emmanuel Gonzalez

“Sitting Bull” by Emmanuel Gonzalez


He goes on, “The “recognition factor” of my subjects reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of a specific group while simultaneously establishing an  “otherness” with viewers outside of a given group. I use pencil, pastels, oil, acrylic, and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large-scale pieces with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed pencil work.”



Emmanuel Gonzalez' artwork at Continuum

Emmanuel Gonzalez’ artwork at Continuum, part of Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy



This native Floridian, multi-media artist is full of energy.  From 2001 -2009, he had nine SOLO exhibits in addition to taking part in other gallery shows and competitions: DCOTA -Design Center of the Americas: “Palm Beach Collector” (Dania Beach, Florida), Catalyst Gallery (Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida),  Voight Galleries International (Palm Beach, Florida), Autumns Skye Gallery (West Palm Beach, Florida), 2013 “Endangered species” exhibit- Wynnwood Art District- Art Basel, to name a few.  



"Nevermore" by Emmanuel Gonzalez

“Nevermore” by Emmanuel Gonzalez


Emmanuel’s work can be found in private as well as corporate collections: The Chesterfield Hotel (Palm Beach Florida), Friars Club (New York, New York), Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Palm Beach Collector, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and Helen Rosberg (Wrigley Heir).  He is also available for commissions: 27 x 4 foot mural, West Palm Beach Fire Department, Station 1,  Designed website for author Helen Rosburg,, Illustrated “This Is The Book of Arabesque” for author Helen Rosburg, Cover art for Gary Davis film “The Nubian Vampire” and Poster and brochure for Gary Davis film “She is a spy too?”



Sneak Peak of Emmanuel's upcoming Show at

Sneak Peak of Emmanuel’s upcoming Show at Autumns Sky Gallery in May


Emmanuel is currently showing his artwork at OSGS (Ortiz Smykla|Gallery-Studio at 500 Northwood Road in West Palm Beach, FL).   For more information please contact: Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla  at OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio  p: 561-833-2223  e:





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OSGS Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Public Reception

It’s time to celebrate the 1st anniversary of OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery Studio! For this special milestone, The Rickie Report takes a close look at what makes this gallery such a beacon for art buyers, art lovers and artists alike. In this article we celebrate the artists and the initiatives of owners Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla.  Stop by during their Open House! Details and interview are here.







Ortiz Smykla Gallery Studio


Invites You to Celebrate

Friday, March 28th   6-9 pm

500 Northwood Road   W.Palm Beach, FL






Currently on exhibit at OSGS are: Ilene Adams, Dianne Bernstein, Claudia Bloch, Sheree Blum, Marie-Claude Desorcy, Gail Erickson, Luke Gardner, Jeff Green, Henri Louis Hirschfeld, Irene Jalowayski, Helen Kagan, Robin Kimball, Ian Levinson, Lew Mayer, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Molly Potter, John Rachell, Jim Rigg, Tim Rivers, Julie Roberts, Elayna Toby Singer, Ebba TinWin and Steve Wallace.



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TRR:   As OSGS celebrates its first anniversary opening in Northwood, can you take us through the process from your initial thoughts to actually opening?



It comes as a surprise to both Jonathon and me that the year has sped by so quickly.  It seems like only yesterday we were contemplating the thought of a gallery and working together on the project.  Where to begin, cost, location, and business plan were all questions we posed to each other and our spouses.  This was, after all, a family affair and one that would impact us all.  Evelyn just hit retirement and Jonathon was at a crossroads with his professional outlook.  This new venture seemed to fit our paths.

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Months prior to my retirement from the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals kept me very busy with the idea of a gallery.  With a masters degree in Library Science specializing in archives and conservation, I had already worked in a business library as well as corporate, special and university libraries.  I had researched the venture we would be undertaking and knew that selling art would not be easy.


We both knew that we had something special to contribute to the world of art.  Jonathon holds the masters degree in landscape architecture from Auburn and worked with firms in Montgomery, Atlanta and West Palm Beach.  He also created his own art (painting, rock posters, screen printing and photography), exhibited in several galleries, and accepted commissions (his art even appears on race cars!).   Before becoming a librarian I earned my undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Alabama.  I painted and created fiber arts.  My knowledge of modern art is so extensive that years ago on a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art I even discovered that one of Rauschenberg’s works was hung the wrong way!




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Showing no fear and only enthusiasm we set forth the task of doing our research on what it takes to run a gallery in today’s market.  With tenacity, love of art, empathy, and courage mixed with fearless wonder we did our leg work.  We read such books as Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money, by Brainard Carey.  We did our literature research by reading articles, looking at multiple business plans and contacting SCORE here in West Palm Beach.  We trained with a custom framer and attended workshops to learn and hone our skills in custom framing.  We visited several different locations, in particular, those that Jonathon felt had the most potential for creative arts and growth.  We joined the Chamber of Commerce and took advantage of the many workshops and lectures as well as opportunities for networking.


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Still, art is a hard sell, and takes a lot of creativity and working in tandem with artists and the art community.  So while we located our current location and went about the business of renovating the space, Jonathon went to work on our web page and social media.  I took on the arduous task of getting licenses, security, insurance and tax needs necessary to run a business, as well as teaching myself how to operate an online bookkeeping system.  We did our homework and researched different operating contracts for exhibiting artists before deciding on what we felt would be beneficial to both the artist and us.


Teacups by Robin Kimball

Art is not only a ‘hard sell’ but we opened our doors when the economy was (and is still is) suffering from the economic downturn.  The business model we developed has worked for us so far.  We are still a ‘new’ business and it will definitely take more time to establish our roots, but we are on the right path.


We started our space with an empty shell that needed a lot of work.  After making a number of renovations and improvements, we designed many floorplans before deciding on a one that worked best for our spatial experience.  Our end result matched our vision within the walls we had.

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Eventually we got to a point where we needed to send out ‘calls to artists’  that may want to exhibit with us.  We have been very fortunate in having talented artists approach us and allow us to exhibit incredibly excellent diverse art.


The Rickie Report was crucial in shining a light on our new venture with artists across the Palm Beaches.  That was really an early cornerstone of our success.  Without The Rickie Report we would not have been able to bring talented artists into our gallery in such a short period of time. Those artists provided a lot of feedback and insight that we took seriously and used to help build our vision as well.



"Irish Beauty" by Diane Bernstein


TRR:  How have you integrated into the community?


The idea of giving back to others is not new to us because we are suddenly business owners.  Our family has always given back in many different ways.  The online art auction we sponsored in February with all proceeds benefitting Place of Hope is a recent example.  Our artists supported us and donated beautiful pieces to the auction.



Last summer we initiated Bring Your Own Chair Lecture Series (BYOC).  This initiative offers free lectures by our exhibiting artists to the community in order to learn more about art, different mediums/techniques, and what it takes to create, experiment, and have fun with art, either through educational training or self training.  Through BYOC we’ve made art more approachable and not so far fetched to the community.




ArtSynery was another way we integrated into the community in our first year of business.  Aside from our individual artists and exhibitions, ArtSynergy allowed us to reach beyond the Northwood Village corridor.  We cannot put into words how exciting it was for us to have been a direct part of ArtPalmBeach. That our gallery and our exhibited artists were awarded a prestigious opportunity to exhibit in that art fair!  That was followed by seeing more of our artists represented in the American International Fine Art Fair.





We worked very hard with the other gallery owners in Northwood to reach new goals and to establish Northwood as an art destination for West Palm Beach.   We helped establish the Second Saturday Art Walks as well as our own gallery exhibitions.  Essentially we’re not just juggling our own business affairs but also helping to see that Northwood turns the corner and becomes something better as well.


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TRR:  What are the most important things we should know about OSGS?



  • We are here to share the experience of beauty, creativity and wonder.
  • We hope to bring joy and pride to the community.
  • We are neighbors and friends to all that enter or pass our doors.
  • We want OSGS to be a venue where artists can exhibit their works to further their exposure.
  • We want the community to know that we Custom Frame for the Public!!!  Yes, this is a priority for us as a business because it brings in critical funding for OSGS to stay afloat.  Persons have come in for framing and walked out with art from our gallery.
  • We work hard to find new ways to bring exposure to both OSGS and Northwood Village.  We are a young business and we are trying new things, most of them for the first time.
  • We encourage any artist looking for gallery representation to contact us.  We consider every artist that approaches us.


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TRR: What are your goals for the coming year?


  •  Slow and steady is our mantra.  We know baby steps is the best way to move forward.
  •  We would like to offer more receptions, continue with our BYOC summer lecture series, continue to offer our assistance to non-profits, and expand our framing business.
  •  We want to continue to work on our gallery and be proud of what we have accomplished together as a team.  
  • We want to connect art with other businesses in Northwood.  Merging food, art, fashion and the like will be the best way to ensure positive growth — make each and every day the best day to shop and dine Northwood.

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TRR:  Is there anything else you want to share with our readers?


We come from a long line of service providers, dream makers, and putting others first, so keep an eye on us.

Something to keep an eye on – Our Website!  We are currently revamping our website and hope to launch the new version OSGS 2.0 within the next few weeks!  It will include all you need to know about OSGS and our exhibiting artists but we will also be offering purchasing options on all items currently on exhibit through the website.



As always, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow each and every step as we grow well into the future.  Stay up-to-date with all of OSGS events.
…And We Custom Frame for the Public!!

We are always looking for artists seeking representation.  Please email us if you are interested.  We have options for exhibition space and reception opportunities.


Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
p: 561-833-2223   e:
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For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420