“Absurd Oddities” Brings The Spirit Of The Season To Artisans On The Ave

When art is created, each artist sees a vision in what they want to make. Since Halloween is celebrated in October, Artisans On The Ave thought it was appropriate to feature the absurd and the odd pieces of art that the Gallery has to offer.  The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception on Friday, October 21st.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and details.






Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162     561-582-3300





“Absurd Oddities”

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 21, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 PM




This is a free event, refreshments will be served

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 6pm

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, Florida 33460



“Absurd Oddities “



Gabriele Kraus

To some art must be dainty, pretty and realistic. The pieces of art that do not fit into this category have a special look all of their own. Within our 3 full gallery showrooms you will see these unique pieces of art created and featured by some of our 40 local artists.




Gin Blischei

Ceramic dolls and figurative sculptures that are kind of creepy with bizarre features and rare adornments. A metal art sculpture created with hundreds of large steel welded nails or an enormous vintage wood and wire mirror wall sculpture that reflects the onlooker in almost a hundred views as they stare at it.




Linda Manganaro






Absurd boxes that tell unique stories when you read them with your eyes. Each object within these 3D boxes seem to speak words with a tale to tell.



Joan Carew




Unnatural shaped jewelry that is wearable in a way that is not traditional with skulls and wire thorns or abstract shapes to adorn your body. Wooden sculptures that combine oddities and absurd found objects.


Victoria Rose Martin

Hand felted wool characters and creatures that seem to be following you with their eyes as you leave the gallery show room. They are so haunting they seem to come alive to your touch.
Bizarre and extreme art that appeals to the person who likes the out of the ordinary look. Definitely one-of-a-kind Absurd Oddities!!!



Amelia Costa



When you visit the 3 showrooms within our gallery you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art of the 40 artists the gallery features.  Visit this opening night for an evening of fun. Meet the artists!!!  Celebrate our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!




Edrian Thomidis

For more in formation about this event or becoming part of the Artisans On The Ave community please contact:

Artisans On The Ave Owners,
Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro

630 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33460




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McMow Art Glass Announces New Fusing Technique, Specialty Classes, Mosaic Master Class And Holiday Sale Pre-Orders

McMow Art Glass announces many exciting Specialty Classes for November and December, including Open Face Kiln Casting, Making Wearable Art with Dichroic Jewelry, Liquid Caming (this is not a typo), a Master Mosaic Class with Jane Wright and “Harnessing Flow” with Gina Sneiderman & Phil Materio, to mention the highlights!  The Rickie Report shares the details about classes and the upcoming One Day Sale!



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701 N Dixie Hwy.    Lake Worth, FL

 (561) 585-9011











Special Dates to Remember in November!

Saturday, November 5th –

Last Day to submit all Holiday Sale Pre – Orders.
Skip the lines while taking advantage of our biggest savings of the year!



Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday –

Support your local economy by shopping small!

Special sales & give-a-ways to be announced.





At the Armory Art Center with McMow Master, Phil Materio

Thursday, November 3rd & 10th from 9am – 4:30 pm 
Tuition: $240 Lab Fee $64:

To register for this class hosted at the Armory Art Center please visit: http://www.armoryart.org/




Wednesday November 2nd 6:30-8:30pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*
Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included






Saturday November 5th 9am-3pm

$150 .00 *Experience Required*
Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.





Wednesday, November 9th 6:30pm – 8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*


In this 3 hour course students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass. The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create two pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is required.






Saturday, November 12th 9-3pm

$150 *Beginner-Intermediate Level*
Create this work of art using technique that gives the appearance of both fusing and caming in one project. Incorporate bright pops of color to create a stunning contrast! This class includes all materials & kiln firings.





Hosted by Fused In Glass in Boynton Beach
Location: 1107 SE 2nd St, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Wednesday, November 16th 6-8pm Free and Open to the Public!

PLEASE RSVP as space is limited! 561-585-9011 x100

About the Fusing Forum:

If you missed the fun at the last Fusing Forum – please join your fellow glass fusing enthusiasts for a night of conversation & connections this November! Local fusing artisans, hobbyists, and retailers will be invited to discuss fusing technique and ways in which we can continue to support the art glass industry. This forum’s theme will be about discussing your failures & successes. Use the knowledge of your fellow-fusers and LEARN from your mistakes! Bring your kiln-forming successes and failures to discuss with the group. This is an excellent opportunity to learn, and engage with the art glass community. Refreshments will be served.

Would you like to learn more about joining our Fusing Forum? Contact taylor@mcmow.com


LANDSCAPES with Frits & Powders

Saturday, November 19th from 9am – 3p m

Be inspired by the beautiful landscapes and let your imagination create a serene scene made entirely of glass frits & powders. Students will learn fusing basics, as well as how to use fusing accessories such as stringers, frits and powders to bring life to their landscape. All materials and kiln firings are included.





Saturday, November 26th – Small Business Saturday – Support your local economy by shopping small! Special sales & give-a-ways to be announced.




Special Dates to Remember in December!

Tuesday, December 13th McMow’s Annual Holiday Sale!

This one day event will be held from 9am – 9pm

Details to follow!




Mosaic by Jane Wright




Two-Part Class: Friday December 2nd & Saturday, December 3rd from 10am- 3pm

*Basic Mosaic Knowledge Required*



In this two-day Contemporary Mosaic Master lass you will learn about creating design, technical cutting with mosaic nippers, problem solving, and grouting technique. Design choices will be provided and students can also bring in designs of their choice. Take your mosaic art to the next level and meet other mosaic enthusiasts! All materials are included!


About Jane Wright:


South Florida professional mosaicist/instructor Jane Wright creates fine art. Long before Jane began creating mosaics she had always been attracted to the art form because of its beauty, intricacy and amazing longevity. She finds her own inspiration from nature, personal moments in her life and a sense of whimsical fantasy. Jane uses a broad variety of materials to create a dramatic narrative of texture, movement and visual interest. She focuses on unique and well tested techniques and generously guides her students with her knowledge and practical advice.  She is a member of The Society of American Mosaic Artists and is presently on the administrative staff of the Contemporary Mosaic Artists.  Her exhibitions (both juried and non-juried): Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota and Nevada.




Wednesday December 7th 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*
In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.


Glass As Art Contest Winner, Gina Sneiderman


 Learn the “Harnessing Flow” Bullseye technique from our 2016 Bullseye Glass Category, Glass as Art Contest winner – Gina Sneiderman & Phil Materio

Take your fusing to the next level! Learn this INCREDIBLE technique


Two-Part Class: Saturday, December 10th & Saturday, December 17th 9am – 3pm

*Intermediate – Advanced Level*
In this two-part Master Class students will learn the process of using heat, gravity, and beautiful Bullseye Glass to create a dimensional piece of kiln-formed art. Learn the following: The basics of how glass moves • The fundamental tools and materials necessary to harness flow within a body of glass • How to fire sheet glass arranged within an assembled mold that includes a ramp or incline to achieve flow within a finished piece. All materials and kiln-firing are included.



About Gina Sneiderman:

Gina Sneiderman started working with glass over the summer of 2012.  After selling her sign company, she gave herself some time to find her creative outlet and came across McMow Art Glass’ beginner stained glass class.  After completing that class and several stained glass projects, she decided to give fusing a try and was hooked, from the first day.  A short few months later, at the McMow Annual Holiday party, she bought her first kiln and the following year at the same party, she bought her second kiln. Gina has taken numerous classes in fusing at McMow Art Glass; at a couple of other teaching studios; and at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas.
She especially likes to work with architectural styles of glass and with deep pieces – glass casting is her absolute favorite.





For more information about these events, classes our tours:

Taylor Materio, Creative Director
McMow Art Glass, Inc
Fax: 561-586-2292








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Boca Arts Center 1st Annual Juried Art Festival Calls For 2D, 3D Artists, Musicians With No Application Fee

The Boca Arts Center announces it First Annual Juried Arts Festival Show and Sale on December 10th.  This one-day event will feature art of all types, including 2D and 3D art, plus performing artists.  The Rickie Report shares the details, reminding ART PATRONS to MARK THE DATE and ARTISTS to APPLY By November 15th.  This is a Free event, open to the public.  Artists: There is NO Application fee!  There will be a special “Winners” Gallery Show at the Boca Arts Center through the month of December, with a FREE Public RECEPTION on Sunday, December 18th.  The Rickie Report shares the details







 Boca Arts Center

1st Annual Juried Art Festival Show and Sale

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10 am – 5 pm

Free Admission, Open to the Public

Located in the heart of Boca at  I-95 and Palmetto Park Road



This Event Continues At:




Free, Public Reception

“Meet the Winners”  

Sunday December 18    1-3 pm




Artists, sculptors, jewelry artisans, photographers, glass artisans, crafts and musicians may also apply to perform and sell their CD’s

This will be an advertised event with food trucks and live music

For more information call Talin: 561-573-0123



Entry Fee: FREE

Submit two samples via email to talin@talinsstudio.com

Spaces: 10’x10′ You will need your own tent, chairs, and table

Important Dates to Remember:

Registration Deadline Tuesday November 15 2016. (form sent via email: talin@talinsstudio.com)
Booth Setup: Saturday December 10, 2016 from 6am-9am
Winners in each category will be announced at 6pm.
All Booths must be cleared, cleaned up, all trash and debris removed, and all artwork removed by 8pm the day of the show.

Before entering artwork, entrants need to read and understand contest rules:


Winners’ Show:

If your entry wins any Award, it is eligible and will be taken to the Winner’s Show in Boca Arts Center Gallery. Entrants must specify if entries should not be taken to this show.

The show will be held during the month of December 2016.
A reception will be held celebrating the winners and show Sunday December 18 from 1pm-3pm. Please plan to attend. The public is encouraged to attend.

Info you need to know:


For installation and identification purposes, all pieces must include the title of the work, category entered and your name in the upper right hand corner on the back side.
Special attention should always be paid to the presentation of your art work.


The Boca Arts Center and or Talin’s Studio are not responsible for loss or damage of any artwork. Any work deemed inappropriate Boca Arts Center and or Talin’s Studio standards will not be displayed.

Divisions and Categories for 1st Annual Boca Arts Show and Festival:


  • Visual Art: Cartoon/Comics, Digital Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Watercolor and 3-Dimensional/Sculpture.
  • Artisan Crafts: Crochet/Knitting/Needlework, Quilts, Jewelry, Pottery and Wildcard (for entries that don’t fit anywhere else in this division.)
  • Photography: Action, Animals, Black and White, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Light, Elements of Design, Macro, Northwestern Campus Life, People, Plants and Wildcard (for entries that don’t fit anywhere else in this division.) Special Photography Category is “13.” Open to interpretation – depict the number 13 in some manner to help NAS celebrate the 13th annual art show.


An audio sample of your work needs to be emailed to: talin@talinsstudio.com along with your instrument and or vocal information.

You will be scheduled to perform live the day of the Festival.

Please plan on having your flyers, business cards and of course your CD’s for sale!


Boca Arts Center’s 1st Annual Art Show Entry Form

Please fill out the form below to enter:

The Boca Arts Center and Talin’s Studio are not responsible for loss or damage of any artwork.


To Enter to have a 10’x10’ booth at the BAC Art Show and Festival, there is no charge.

If you are accepted, the charge for the space is $125.00
10% of all of your sales the day of the show will go to Boca Arts Center.\
Each artist must supply their own tent, chairs, display items, tables, and anything needed to display and sell your work.



Date Entry Form Submitted*  _____/_____/_____

Entrant’s Name ____________________________
Address (Street) _______________________________________________

 City:_____________________________      State:_____      Zip Code:___________

Phone Number _(______)___________________

Email Address ___________________________________

Your entry confirmation will be sent via email.


Please choose which area you are competing in:

Please number each line and provide: Your name, the name of the Division, Category, the title of your art piece and what size it is. (Example: Jan Smith 1. Photography, Landscape, “Snow,” 8×10 2. Drawings, “Cat,” 16×20)


  • Remember, all photos must be at least 5×7 and should be matted/mounted. \
  • No frames.
  • You may only enter two items per category. (See rules for exception on entry number for Paintings and Watercolor)
  • No art piece may be cross-entered in multiple categories.
  • Categories within Visual Arts Division include Cartoon/Comics, Digital Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Watercolor and 3-Dimensional/Sculpture.
  • Categories in Artisan Crafts Division include Crochet/Knitting/Needlework, Quilts, Jewelry, Pottery and a Wildcard category for entries that don’t fit anywhere else in this division.
  • The Photography Division categories include Action, Animals, Black and White, Cityscapes, Landscapes, Light, Elements of Design, Macro, People, Plants and Wildcard category for entries that don’t fit anywhere else in the Photography Division. Special Photography Category is “13.” Open to interpretation – depict the number 13 in some manner to help BAC celebrate the annual art show.




Permission Signature _________________________

Yes ____

No  ____


By choosing “YES,” you agree that you have read and understand all rules, information, requirements, category descriptions, etc., for entering Boca Arts Center Art Show and Festival, and agree to terms that Boca Arts Center and Talin’s Studio are not held responsible for any damages or loss to artwork. If you choose “NO,” your artwork will not be displayed.


Winners’ Show Permission*

Yes ___
No ___


By choosing “YES,” if your artwork receives any prize, you will allow your artwork to be moved to the Winners’ Show In Boca Arts Center Gallery.


By choosing “NO,” your winning artwork will not be taken and you will pick it up at the end of the show on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6pm.
Are you Currently enrolled in art classes at Boca Arts Center?
Would you like Visual Art Program Information?
Have you taken Visual Art Classes? If so, please describe in a few paragraphs:


If you are a professional teacher in the arts and are interested in bringing your classes to Boca Arts Center, please let us know what type of class you would like to teach, your fee, and approximate days and times.



Please email this application to:
or if you prefer to mail:

Boca Arts Center
Att: Talin Lyman, Art Director
2 SW 12th Avenue
Boca Raton, Fl 33486




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Old School Square Has Two opportunities For Artists!

Old School Square Creative Arts School is introducing a new class for artists, “Advanced installation Art”. This unique and exciting class invites artists from ALL disciplines to explore installation art and collaborate on a multi-media, interactive sculpture. Are you a painter, sculptor, photographer, film-maker, writer/poet, engineer, musician or some combination? This inclusive course offers the opportunity to work with fellow creatives in your chosen medium and travel outside of it at the same time.  In addition, applications are now being accepted for “Art on the Square”, a Premiere Juried Outdoor Gallery presented by the Cornell Art Museum, March 18 & 19, 2017. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now and take advantage of the special introductory offer!










51 N. Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444


The Creative Arts School is introducing a brand new class this fall:

“Advanced Installation Art”

With new instructor, Peter Pereira!






This unique and exciting class invites artists from ALL disciplines to explore installation art and collaborate on a multi-media, interactive sculpture. Are you a painter, sculptor, photographer, film-maker, writer/poet, engineer, musician or some combination? This inclusive course offers the opportunity to work with fellow creatives in your chosen medium and travel outside of it at the same time. The possibilities are endless with this fun, mind-expanding, collaborative class!




The entire 7-week course will be recorded on video. The final installation art piece will be on display in the Crest Theatre building and then moved outside as a temporary installation for all to see!


Now is the time to take advantage of an INTRODUCTORY OFFER! Artists who register for Term 2, which starts October 31st will receive a 30% DISCOUNT off the regular class fee of $280. Call 561-243-7922 ext. 478 to register. Registration caps at 15 students, so don’t wait!



PETER G. PEREIRA is a versatile artist in Painting, Illustration Performance and Installation Art. After 20+ years in New York, Peter has recently relocated to Delray Beach. He studied at the University of Omaha and Art Studies in Europe and Africa in the 1980’s and 90’s. On his return he was accepted into several prestigious galleries for painting including Timothy Roberts Gallery and Gallerie D’Art Contemporain (to which his abstract work has returned). He has since continued to create across disciplines and notably evolved the Trees of Life Sculpture Multimedia Installation over the past 10 years in New York and toured internationally in recent years (with Figment Arts) bringing this unique Installation Series as far as Geelong, Australia. Based on paintings and drawings from his time in Africa and later Montreal, Peter created the Paradox Box Series of Wrap Sculpture and Painting Performance Series. He also composed an original album for the show, which later was performed off-Broadway. As an Illustrator, his Comic Book Narrative work appears in Strauss News.





Applications are now being accepted for

“Art on the Square”,

a Premiere Juried Outdoor Gallery

Presented by the Cornell Art Museum,

March 18 & 19, 2017


The Old School Square center grounds will be transformed into an exciting outdoor gallery, welcoming art collectors and enthusiasts to meet the artists and discover something new.  The show will be limited to 100 artists with original works including paintings, ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, mixed-media, metalwork, photography, woodwork and sculptures in a variety of media.




For show details and to apply, visit https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5093



Old School Square

Old School Square is the center of arts & entertainment in downtown Delray Beach. Serving for over 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 (formerly known as the Vintage Gymnasium, 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 and writing 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 OldSchoolSquare.org.






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Boca Raton Museum Art School Offers Special Exhibits And Discover Jewelry Open Studios

The Boca Raton Museum Art School is bustling!   Meet Student Artist, Philip Glick at a Free Reception on October 14th. And don’t miss the Teens Photography Exhibit at Carre d’artistes Art Gallery in Mizner Park! The School is offering prospective students  a special event on Saturday, October 15th.  It is FREE, but you Must RSVP!  There are people who are interested in jewelry making but don’t know where to start or the different options, with the wide range of jewelry classes available. Check out everything from making silver and gold jewelry to leather jewelry, art clay jewelry, and enameling. While silver fabrication may require longer commitment, the other creative techniques can be mastered in a few sessions and use less expensive materials.   Mid-autumn classes beginning on October 24th and The Rickie Report shares the details!







801 West Palmetto Park Road
    Boca Raton, FL 33486



Current Student Exhibit:

Philip Glick

Opening Reception

 Friday, October 14  

6-8 pm

A special solo exhibit of paintings by Philip Glick will be on view in the Art School Gallery.  Everyone is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, October 14th  from 6- 8 pm.  Philip Glick is a sixteen year old student at Spanish River High School who has been taking art classes at the Art School since 2013. This is a unique exhibit because the art school does not usually present solo exhibitions. Philip has developed a personal style, sureness of painting handling, and ambitious scale that belies his age.


“Convulsions” by Philip Glick

Discover Jewelry

Saturday, October 15

Noon – 3:30 PM

Price: Free, but reservations required

Prospective students are invited to make an appointment to view the studios. For adults interested in jewelry classes, there is a special event where you can learn about the different techniques that are taught in the jewelry studio.




This program is for adults who are interested in starting a jewelry class, but not sure where to begin. Meet our jewelry teachers to informally learn about their different processes, approaches to jewelry making, and classes.

  • Don Dietz – presents a talk on black coral jewelry
  • Jane Levy – describes process of art metal clay
  • Sol Filippi – show the process of creating silver jewelry from initial sketch to polishing
  • Marjory Yovin – enameling and cloisonné jewelry








Teens Photography Exhibit at

Carre d’artistes Art Gallery in Mizner Park:


October 15 – 21st


Carre d’ artistes Gallery is located in Mizner Park

430 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432


Carre d’ Artistes Gallery in Mizner Park is hosting an exhibit of photographs by twelve students from the Art School’s after school teens photography class. Lew Lautin, photography instructor, initiated this collaboration. “We are very excited about this opportunity for our students to experience exhibiting in a professional art gallery and appreciate Carre d’Artistes hosting this exhibit,” stated Mr. O’Neill. Carre De Artistes is an international gallery with 33 locations worldwide. “Community is important to us,” said Mr. Castaneda, owner of the Gallery, “we maintain a close relationship with our artists worldwide. To feature new work by emerging teen talent who are also our neighbors is an honor and a delight.” The exhibit will be on view October 15 to October 21.   www.carredartistesfl.com



Abigail Palacios “Borghese Gladiator”



New fall term classes start soon !

Register online or call us to register for late autumn classes starting October 24 to Dec. 17)

Check the website for special painting workshops in early November.



For more information or to register:

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





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Downtown Stuart Craft Festival Features Original Handmade Crafts, Functional Art And Unique Gift Items

The 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair returns October 15 – 16, 2016, with the finest artists and skilled crafters in the country. This two-day juried craft showcase will feature diverse craft media and styles with broad appeal. The prices will be suitable to all budgets and range from as little as $3 to $3,000. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibitors, present for the duration of the festival, will line Osceola Street in Downtown. They welcome the opportunity to discuss their work and creative process. Partial proceeds from this very popular festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Programs. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights three of the nationally award winning artists in attendance: Karen Massengill, Joni Berte and  Stephanie Pollack.







17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

October 15 – 16, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

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

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

Free and open to the public



  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused  glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

American Craft Endeavors, the producer of this show, and Howard Alan Events bring a number of festivals to historic Downtown Stuart each year. These highly anticipated art events are popular because of the vast array of quality handmade items and art on display as well as the number of leading national artists and crafters showcased at each festival.


Original Handmade Crafts – Functional Art – Affordable Prices – Unique Gift Items



Karen Massengill
Palm City, Florida



Painting by Karen Massengill



When she was very young, Karen knew she wanted to be a painter. Pencils and crayons were constant companions as her family moved literally around the world, which is where she was inspired. She earned a BA at  Florida State University, but was sidetracked by the demands of family and the steady income of a nursing career. Her husband’s sudden death in 1995 changed everything. At first a distraction from grief, painting and the childhood dream of being an artist reasserted itself. To revitalize her skills she attended workshops taught by world-class artists including Carl Dalio, Janet Rodgers, Jim Kosvanec and many others.

 Karen has achieved great success on the art show circuit, winning numerous show awards and being selected as show poster artist five times.




Painting by Karen Massengill



Her painting “Summer Light” appeared on the cover of the Summer,1998 Watercolor Magic national publication. Prestigious honors bestowed on her work include Birds in Art (four times) in both watercolor and oil Arts for the Parks with watercolor entries in both the top 100 and top 200, signature status with both the Florida Watercolor Society and the Society of Animal Artists. Her work has been purchased by the Leigh Yawkee Woodson Art Museum as well as numerous corporations. Recently, teaching workshops and private lessons has become a enjoyable extension of her career.  Visit http://www.karenleffelmassengill.com/ for more information.




Joni Berte
Jensen Beach, Florida



Day of the Dead design by Joni Berte


“I believe that art is Food for the Soul! Self-expression is paramount to the artist and the drive to create is as impossible to stop as a runaway train. For the past few years I have focused on Day of the Dead art, and have developed a unique style (Lines & Micro-Dots) that is the hallmark of my pieces. While many of my Day of the Dead designs, particularly those found on my Sugar Skull masks, are typical of the genre, my execution is of the highest quality — especially in the areas of line detail and color”. 



Art by Joni Berte


“I am currently working on Steam-Punk Masks, Mixed Media Assemblage Art, and Personal Shrines. 
Contact me via coopercat44@hotmail.com or check out my website for Custom Sugar Skull Mask Orders!”


Stephanie Pollack
Port St. Lucie, Florida



Artwork by Stephanie Pollack



“I am an award-winning, Florida watercolor artist who loves to make people feel happy with my bright colors and up-lifting themes! 

I began art lessons at the age of 12 with the Director of Ford Motor Company in Michigan and then went on to study at Texas Woman’s University, North Texas State and Wayne State University. I’ve also attended workshops in Florida and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico”.  



Artwork by Stephanie Pollack



“In 1984, I began showing my work professionally at local art festivals. Today I participate in more than 20 festivals around the country, teach workshops as well as showcase my work in galleries from New York to Key West.  Contact me at:  stephpollack@yahoo.com Art will be available for purchase at the Stuart Craft Festival.”




About American Craft Endeavors:


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



For additional information on the 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit :






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Wellington Art Society Announces Meeting Change, Featuring Deborah Bigeleisen And Call For Artfest 2017

The Wellington Art Society will feature well known artist Deborah Bigeleisen at their October 19, 2016 meeting in the new Wellington Community Center. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!  Deborah’s presentation and an outstanding raffle will complete the evening.  The Rickie Report shares details and some sneak peeks PLUS specifics about ARTFEST on the Green, which is STILL ACCEPTING APPLICANTS!










October 19th

6:30 pm

Free and Open to The Public

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Boulevard   Wellington, FL


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Deborah Bigeleisen, “Big White Rose”


Deborah earned her degree in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and founded her own global print design company in Manhattan. After moving to Florida, she was eager to learn oil painting, “the medium of the Masters”. Early in her career, Deborah was represented by a local gallery where she painted beautiful roses using the techniques of the Dutch masters. Awed by the beauty, complexity and mystery of flowers, she continues to follow her passion.




Deborah Bigeleisen, “Energy”



Deborah’s discovery of fractals, the self-similar properties found within a single object of nature when viewed hundreds of times at different magnifications, has given rise to a whole new shift in her work to colorful abstract paintings. She plays warm hues against cool hues, working with a palette of up to eight colors and achieving an astonishing richness and depth in dark areas and luminosity in the highlights. She focuses on the movement, the energy in her brushwork, the color relationships and applies up to 20 coats of richly layered transparencies to each piece.



Deborah Bigeleisen, “Serpentine”


Deborah loves to share her knowledge by conducting International Art Fair tours and as an Adjunct Professor of Art at Palm Beach State College. Her award winning work has been featured on the covers and pages of numerous International art and design publications.  She is a member of  National Association of Women Artists, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Soroptimist International.



Deborah Bigeleisen, “Glacier Bay”




Deborah tells us, “In this short attention span, instant gratification, digitally driven culture we live in, I am asking viewers to put their devices down, to take the time to pause and really look at what is in front of them, look at what is around them, and to see and question more than meets the eye”.




Art  Fest  on  the  Green, 2017






The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 34th 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.

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Port Salerno Mosaic Studio Moves To Larger Location In Stuart, Offering Special Workshops And Classes

Port Salerno Mosaic Studio, previously located in the Fish House Art Center has moved to bigger headquarters in Downtown Stuart. Diane Concepcion, owner/artist and other instructors will offer classes and specialty workshops, including a Special 2 Day Workshop with Martin Cheek  in February.  Not interested in “making”?  This is the place for you!  Functional as well decorative items are for sale, or can be ordered for commissions. The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos.  It is not too early to make your reservations.   It’s amazing what can be mosaicked!









208 West Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, Fl


Diane Concepcion 

Asia Booth

Francesco Delorme





Studio Space for Classes, Workshops and Working On Your Own


Shortly after moving in, Diane and Asia threw a ‘Grand Opening celebration” the highlight was a student art show. The many students that enjoy working in the studio over the last three years brought and displayed their artwork . There was plenty of art (purely for art’s sake) but the functional mosaic art…coasters, trays, lazy susans, house numbers…wow! The variety of mosaic art that has been created in the studio over the last 4 years is amazing!


Functional Mosaic Artwork

Diane has enhanced her mosaic self-education at the Union Square Art Cooperative in NYC and at the Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley CA. She has attended workshops with Martin Cheek, Mireille Swinnen, Michelle Petno and Jeff Halverson (some of the best known local and international mosaic artists). Diane’s portfolio is as varied as the application of mosaic art can be.  She is experienced in stained glass, smelt and picassiette. Diane has applied her art to garden items, upcycled art (mosaicking found items to give them new life), commissions for clients (address plaques, store signs), and has often explored her mosaic artistic voice. 




“Not A Transformer” Mosaic by Asia Booth






 “Dragon In A Teacup” by Asia Booth, 3D Mosaic Art





Also instructing at the studio is Asia Booth, an award winning mosaic artist of tremendous talent. An avid ‘gamer’, Asia specializes in video game themed art, most of her work features extremely tiny pieces (all hand cut). Asia’s passion for drawing and unique mosaic design is reflected in her art. Her gamer pieces were featured in “A Fractured Perspective” a gallery showing by Luna Mosaics of Orlando. Asia teaches “Intro to Mosaic” and is available during studio hours for students. Asia and Diane recently both placed in the highly competitive Annual McMow Art Glass completion.




Mosaic Jewelry Pendants by Francesca Delorme



Mosaic Portrait by Francesca Delorme

Mosaic artist Francesca Delorme is the third resident artist instructor. Francesca, an accomplished art instructor from the Burke Mountain Academy in VT, has a strong background in graphic design, jewelry design and creation, plus the whole gambit of glass arts, including all forms of mosaic. Francesca rounds out the studio’s staff specializing in ‘picasiette’, the art of making mosaic from broken dishes, china and other found items. Francesca will be presenting a series of classes in picasiette and mosaic techniques (such as andamento and opus) this Fall and Winter.



“Pelican” by Diane Concepcion

In the studio you can buy art, order a custom commission or take classes. The very popular ‘Intro to Mosaic’ day-long workshop provides the basics in mosaic techniques and you go home with your 8”x8’ mosaic wall art. ‘Intro workshop’s are conducted several times a month.  You can also take advantage of the ‘Studio Hours’ where you can work on projects at your own pace. There is a reasonable fee for studio hours (which includes use of the tools and materials in the studio).


“Peacock” by Martin Cheek


The highlight of the 2017 season will be a 2 day workshop by Martin Cheek, an internationally known mosaic artist. He has been teaching for over 20 years and is the author of several bestselling books. Martin Cheek incorporates his own glass fusions into his mosaic art and will share that process during the 11-12 February workshop at the studio. Details on this workshop can be found on the studio’s Facebook page or by calling Diane.


Special classes by mosaic artists and artists of other disciplines are being scheduled for 2017. Francesca will be presenting an ‘Opus and Andamento Workshop’. Opus and andamento are time honored techniques used in traditional mosaics. Francesca will review traditional applications and introduce a modern approach, discuss tessellation, patterns, negative/positive space and the student will put this instruction into practice on their own project under Francesca’s guidance. This is an excellent opportunity for advanced beginners or intermediate mosaic artists to delve into some of the more advanced techniques of the art.

The studio will be participating in the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club Show at the Martin County Fairgrounds on October 22-23. They are particularly excited to be featured as the “Artist in Residence” at the Ground Floor Farm of Stuart, where their art will be featured for the months of December and January. The studio will present a special stepping stone workshop during their residency.





For more information:

Contact Diane dtc148@yahoo.com

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You can usually find Diane and Asia in the studio Tuesday through Friday from 10:30-4:30pm or every other Saturday (calling in advance is recommended).

Call:  732 804-4715

Check out the studio Facebook page for a look at the artwork being created by Diane, Asia and their students. https://www.facebook.com/PSMosaicStudio





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Artists Wanted For LOT 23 Artist Colony In Popular Northwood Village

Northwood Village, one of the trendiest and art-centric neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, could be your new home with the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s LOT 23 Artist in Residence program. In partnership with the Center for Creative Education, this program provides apartments at a substantially discounted rate and, in return, resident artists provide community service hours in the form of art education for local residents. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for current vacancies as the WPB CRA is seeking to incorporate additional variety to the educational community classes.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges creatives to attend the Information Program on Friday, November 18th.



Artists Wanted for Lot 23 Artist Colony

In WPB’s Popular Northwood Village

Vacancies available for artists to rent at a discounted rate in exchange for community service



Northwood Village




Lot 23 Artist in Residence program

Open House:

Friday, November 18 at 6:00 pm

At the Center for Creative Education

 425 24th Street in Northwood Village

Attendees will receive details about the program along with tours of the classrooms, artist studio and apartments, all within walking distance of each other.




“The LOT 23 Artist In Residence program is a unique way to provide cultural opportunities for the community,” said Jon Ward, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director. “Creating a program that not only benefits talented individuals with affordable living arrangements, but also inspires and educates future creators, innovators and artists is a tremendous asset for our community.”



LOT 23



LOT 23 resident artists can demonstrate their creativity, share their talents and engage community members by creating and teaching classes, special events and art shows. Craig McInnis, a freelance artist with a background in commercial and fine arts, is one of the current resident artists who teaches classes such as Drawing Fundamentals and Acrylic Innovations to students at the Center for Creative Education.



LOT 23 Resident, Craig McInnis Teaching a Class



“I enjoy the challenge of teaching all skill levels in my favorite mediums,” said McInnis. “The community I live in is important to me and this program allows me to get to know my neighbors and give back by sharing my creative gifts.” In addition to inspiring local students, McInnis also serves as the President of Art Synergy, Art Director for The Event Group, Creative Director for Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Theme Set Designer for the South Florida Fair.



An Example of Classes Offered by Residents of LOT 23 at Center For Creative Education



All classes provided by Lot 23 resident artists are free to the community and held in a variety of venues throughout Northwood Village, Pleasant City and West Palm Beach. There is a diverse mix of classes for both children and adults that offer art opportunities for all skills levels. No registration is needed and all supplies are provided. For a current list of classes visit: http://cceflorida.org/lot-23/.



Northwood Village



All creative disciplines are welcome to apply for the LOT 23 Artist In Residence program. The Northwood Village apartment units are 2bd/1 bath and rent for $350 per month with 20 hours per month of community service/classes required. The LOT 23 apartments are located at 608 and 610 23rd Street, West Palm Beach. For more information or to apply for one of available units, visit http://cceflorida.org/lot23-artists-in-residence/ or call (561) 805-9927.


About the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency:

Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative CRAs in the country, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) sets the standard for redevelopment through award – winning marketing and branding campaigns, events and attractive business incentive programs. The mission of the CRA is to enhance the viability, long‐term stability and the overall economic health of the Downtown City Center and Northwood Pleasant City districts, the core of the City of West Palm Beach.

For more about the Community Redevelopment Agency, visit: wpb.org/cra



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Call For 11th Annual Art Fest On The Green Fine Art And Craft Show Produced By Wellington Art Society

The 11th Annual Art Fest on the Green Fine Art and Fine Craft Show produced by the Wellington Art Society continues its tradition of bringing art and community together to celebrate creativity and artistic excellence.  Proceeds from the show will go to the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship Fund and other Community Programs.  Art Fest on the Green features local and out of town artists, live music, demonstrations, Children’s Art Activity Tent, food trucks and activities for all ages in a beautiful setting on the green of the Amphitheater.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges emerging as well as established artists and fine crafters to apply!











11th Annual Art Fest on the Green in Wellington

January 28 to January 29, 2017






Application Dates: Now through November 15, 2016

Notification Date: December 2, 2016

Application Fee: $35.





Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music on the Amphitheater stage, food, and kid’s activities make the festival a fun, interesting, and inspiring experience for everyone.



This Annual event will be well-publicized by local media reporting, media sponsorships, advertising, and social media. Located in Palm Beach County, Florida, Wellington is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival, International Polo Capital of the world, and a unique destination for seasonal visitors and residents.



January is the peak season and affluent international visitors and residents of Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward counties fill the event venues in Wellington and return yearly to Art Fest on the Green.



Wellington offers many exciting dining choices, upscale shopping, and entertainment with a distinctive flair. It is just a short drive to the beach and many outstanding art and cultural attractions.


For more information about WAS please visit: www.wellingtonartsociety.org


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