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.





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Pat Levey Has Gone to the Horse Races With Benefit Auction!

Artist Patricia Levey confirms her ability to create a wide range of artwork with her latest piece! She teamed up with Polo America and brings us a whimsical 3D polo pony and rider. The Rickie Report shares photos of the process and the finished piece, which will be auctioned off to benefit the injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Kudos to Pat!


Pat Levey


Equine Art





To celebrate Polo America’s 25th Anniversary in 2014, the organization hosted an original art exhibition.  Renowned artists from around the world painted a limited number of fiberglass polo players on horseback. The statues measure 5 feet 6 inches and were displayed at a number of art exhibitions around the country.  The artists had the option of showing the horse and rider as realistic team or they could be painted at the artist’s discretion, while keeping the structural integrity of the form intact.  Patricia Levey’s agent, Jeanne Chisolm suggested Pat answer a “call for entries” for a 3D polo pony and rider.





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Pat tells The Rickie Report, ‘I answered a ‘Call to Artists’ and was accepted to paint a whimsical horse shopping on Worth Avenue and Rodeo Drive. He was shown on April 19th at a Large Polo Exhibition game and party in Wellington,FL, traveled to Georgia for 45 days, and then on to San Diego where he will be auctioned off. As an artist I get a % of the proceeds and the rest goes to the Marines “Semper Fi” charity for their wounded warriors.”


Pat takes The Rickie Report readers through the process of her creation:


Pat started planning the placement of the images she has chosen

Pat Levey starts planning the placement of the images she has chosen






Close-Up of Pat's design

Close-Up of Pat Levey’s design


Pat painted the horse gold.  The leather is copper, while the polo player ‘s skin and boots are silver.  Using bronze to accent his clothing lets the colors of the ladies  shopping and the shopping bags themselves stand out.





Close-up of the Polo Player

Close-up of the Polo Player by Pat Levey



The polo player’s helmet is a bright blue and the buttons on his clothing is gold.  Pat used red for an accent color. She integrated the clocks on Worth Avenue in her design as well.




Pat Levey's Polo Player

Pat Levey’s Polo Player



The Rickie Report spoke with Mr. Randy Russell, Director of Polo America. He shared, “Pat’s horse is whimsical! Her concept to use actual shopping bags from stores on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach,FL  plus Rodeo Drive in CA was brilliant. We look forward to the auction, where people from around the world will bid on all of the entries.”



Pat Levey's Polo Player on display at Augusta International Airport

Pat Levey’s Polo Player on display at Augusta International Airport


For more information about placing a bid on this or other entries, please visit: www.poloamerica.com or call (803) 652-1181


For more information about Pat Levey’s artwork and jewelry please call (561) 844-8904 or
patleveyfinearts@me.com  or visit: www.patleveyfinearts.com


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Pamela Acheson Myers, Takes Award at “Art of Association”

Pamela Acheson Myers is an emerging artist with a growing list of galleries and juried exhibits showing her artwork.  While her abstract landscapes and seascapes  offer the viewer much to enjoy, the depth of her artistic abilities will excite you. Her abstract paintings are celebrations of color, imagined floating hibiscus blossoms have lives of their own, and her drawings of birds offer a super sense of realism.   As we go to publication, Pamela just notified us of her work’s acceptance to The Artists’ Challenge at the Plaza Theater in Manalapan!  The Rickie Report shares some highlights of Pamela’s dramatic creativity and the venues where you can see her work.



Pamela Acheson Myers




Award Winning "Lake Tahoe at Dusk" by Pamela Acheson Meyers

Award Winning “Dusk Comes to Lake Tahoe” by Pamela Acheson Myers




Pamela Acheson Myers’s dramatic abstract paintings plus her abstract landscapes and seascapes can be seen at the Liman Gallery (Palm Beach), OSGS gallery (Northwood) and at the Lighthouse ArtCenter “Art of Association” Show (Tequesta).  Her entry there, “Dusk Comes to Lake Tahoe” took Third Place in the Oil/Acrylic Painting Category.  In addition, Pamela is part of the Armory Art Center’s Student Show and will be exhibiting in a group show, ” The Creative Process” at the East End Arts’ National Show ( Riverhead, NY.) which runs August through September. A full list appears later in this article.


"Jets Colors" by Pamela Acheson Myers

“Jets’ Colors” by Pamela Acheson Myers



Pamela paints mostly on linen and occasionally on canvas, using acrylic paints.  Her paintings are as large as 4 x 6 feet and as small as 5 x 7 inches.  She explains to The Rickie Report, “Intense color has thrilled me for as long as I can remember,  whether it appears in a spectacular sunset, or a wildly wallpapered room or a tropical bird’s brilliant rainbow of feathers.” 
"Bahama Sunrise" by Pamela Acheson Myers

“Bahama Sunrise” by Pamela Acheson Myers

She says, “Since my childhood, I have been fascinated with the reflections that transpire when any combination of land and sky and water meet and I attempt to capture this in my abstract landscapes.

My purely abstract paintings are a tribute to the  extraordinary nature of color.”




"Can't Get Enough Of You" by Pamela Acheson Myers

“Can’t Get Enough Of You” by Pamela Acheson Myers

A world traveler and author, Pamela states, “The multitude of colors and reflections in the outdoors dazzle me!  I have been painting these vistas and the reflections they create from places all over the world, from Newport to the Florida Keys, to Venice, Italy to the fjords of Chile.  For me, every view of the convergence of land, water and sky is a magic moment – a natural canvas of colors and reflections never seen before.  Some are dramatic, some wildly chaotic and others blissfully peaceful. Every one is unique.”
"Just Passing By" by Pamela Myers

“Just Passing By” by Pamela Acheson Myers


Her hibiscus series surprises, with brilliant blossoms becoming lively personalities in the night skies. Pamela’s bird portraits show exceeding details, as she continues to explore the depth of her range of artistry.




"A Bevy of Blue Hibiscus" by Pamela Acheson Myers

“A Bevy of Blue Hibiscus” by Pamela Acheson Myers




Current and Upcoming Exhibits :


  • Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue West Palm Beach, FL

2014 Student Summer Exhibition

             June 14-July 12

  • Lighthouse ArtCenter

373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

             Art of Association 2014 Exhibit
             June 9-August 14
  • Plaza Theater

262 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL

             Artists in Florida “Artists Challenge Exhibit”
            Broadway Series
            Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 17th  5-7 pm
            Exhibit runs through August 4th


  • East End Arts Gallery

133 East Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901

             East End Arts’ National Show
             The Creative Process
             August 8-September 24

  • American Airlines Admirals Lounge

Miami Airport   

           Embler Gallery      

  • Liman Gallery

139 N County Road Palm Beach, FL

  • OSGS  (Ortiz-Smykla |Gallery-Studio)

500 Northwood Road West Palm Beach FL33407

"Sharp Shinned Hawk" Drawing by Pamela Acheson Meyers

“Sharp Shinned Hawk” Drawing by Pamela Acheson Myers

Pamela graduated from Bennington College where she studied under Jules Olitski, Vincent Longo and David Smith. More recently she has studied with Harlan G. Hoffman and Miroslav Antic, both of West Palm Beach.  Her  photographs and articles have appeared in Caribbean Travel & Life and Travel & Leisure; she was an executive at a major publishing house, has written and designed numerous ads and marketing tools, and is the author and designer of over 20 books, the most recent being “A Year in PalmBeach: Life in an Alternate Universe”, published in 2012, which she co-wrote with her late husband Richard B. Myers.

"Young Summer Tanager" by Pamela Acheson Myers

“Young Summer Tanager” by Pamela Acheson Myers

Since May, 2013, the first year Pamela began submitting her work for juried exhibitions, she was accepted to:  Embler Gallery’s exhibit at the American Airlines Admirals Lounge  (Miami International Airport),  four exhibits at Art on Park including Featured Artist,  Scottsdale Biennale  (Award of Exceptional Merit), County Contemporary ( Cultural Council of Palm Beach County) and Art at the Airport ( Art in Public Spaces at Palm Beach International Airport), JF Gallery (Small Works Exhibit) and The Crafts Gallery collaboration with Artists in Florida Exhibit.  In addition, critiques of her work can be found in Embler Art Gallery, ArtSlant and other publications.

For more information about Pamela’s artwork, please visit:



For more information about her books please visit http://www.ayearinpalmbeach.com

or contact her at ttta1@att.net


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Anita Lovitt Art Classes: Illumination, Gouache, Florals, Essential Watercolor Techniques and Drawing

This summer, painter, designer and public artist Anita Lovitt  has a busy schedule! She will offer some new classes at new places, some just for a few weeks.  Don’t miss these opportunities to study with such a talented and versatile artist! Each venue has different supplies, prices, and duration of classes.  Private lessons are also available.  Anita is a popular teacher who makes learning watercolor fun and easy, while challenging you to constantly stretch your abilities! Bring your friends and learn as a group!  The Rickie Report shares the details of her classes at The Society for the Four Arts.




Classes With Anita Lovitt


Anita Lovitt

Anita Lovitt


Anita Lovitt graduated from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) with top honors and a degree in illustration. She studied design and painting with legendary teachers including Milton Glaser, Charles Reid, and Mel Stabin. Her award-winning illustrations, paintings and designs have appeared in children’s books, greeting cards and designs for the home and gift industry. Anita has taught drawing and painting for many years, and is also a talented digital artist.
Anita is a gifted teacher with a keen understanding of how language and image work together. In 2006, Anita worked with a team of “Project Hope” counselors to produce a series of illustrative quilts documenting the impacts of Hurricane Wilma. She also created the large “Dancing Pineapples” mural which graces the entrance to Pineapple Grove in downtown Delray Beach, as well as numerous private and public commissions.


2   4 Arts Plaza           Palm Beach, FL  
"Illuminated 'S'" by Anita Lovitt

“Illuminated ‘S'” by Anita Lovitt

Introduction to Illumination with Anita Lovitt
10 AM-12 PM, Tuesdays, 6 weeks, July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12 
The Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building
$150  Materials included

Illuminations are small, highly detailed paintings that accompany text or calligraphy. They often have a sacred component and are very powerful despite their small size. In this course you will learn to create illuminated letters and words using modern materials such as watercolor and gouache paint, pen and ink or small magic markers, and colored pencils. The effect of gold leaf will be simulated with gold paint markers.  Elements and principles of lettering will be explained to help students achieve a pleasing result. You can work in a traditional style or something more modern.



"Apples with Core" Gouache/Opaque by Anita Lovitt

“Apples with Core” Gouache/Opaque by Anita Lovitt

Painting with Gouache with Anita Lovitt
2:00-400 PM  Tuesdays, 6 weeks, July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12 
The Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building
$150  Materials included

What is gouache (pronounced gwash)? It is a form of brilliant, opaque watercolor that is favored by artists for detailed work such as greeting cards and book illustrations, as well as fabric and wallpaper designs. It handles like watercolor and may be thinned, lifted off or painted over, and is also easy to correct. It is highly suitable for quick outdoor sketching or art journaling. If you enjoy watercolor, this class will further expand your painting horizons. Through a series of structured exercises and demonstrations you will learn how to make the most of this versatile medium. Each student will receive encouraging personal attention to develop a powerful, small painting. (Note: Please also see Introduction to Illumination, which is a series of classes including gouache painting to complement this workshop.)

"Modern Illuminated Gouache" by Anita Lovitt

Modern Illuminated Gouache” by Anita Lovitt

Due to limited space, reservations are required for all Campus on the Lake workshops and classes. For more information please call (561) 805-8562 or email campus@fourarts.org.

"Larkspur" by Anita Lovitt

“Larkspur” by Anita Lovitt

"Apple" by Anita Lovitt

“Apple” by Anita Lovitt

"Four Lighthouses" by Anita Lovitt

“Four Lighthouses” by Anita Lovitt

"Alstromer" by Anita Lovitt

“Alstromer” by Anita Lovitt

Call contact numbers for more information or call Anita directly. 561 706 3653.  You can see her work at her website  anitalovitt.com  or email: info@anitalovitt.com



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Can a Business Community Succeed Without Culture? Palm Beach Chamber Of Commerce Meeting

What do business owners consider when relocating their enterprises?  The Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to breakfast and an exchange of views.  Rena Blades, President and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, will moderate a panel discussion on music, drama and the visual arts with three leaders in the community:  Daniel Biaggi  (Palm Beach Opera),  Hope Alswang (Norton Museum of Art)  and SueEllen Beryl (Palm Beach Dramaworks).  The Rickie Report looks forward to the event and shares the details with you here.  





Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce 2014 Guide. Cover artwork by Cheryl Maeder


Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce








Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County


Chamber President Kevin Lamb will open the February 13th meeting at The Breakers Palm Beach at 8:15.  Chamber members attend the monthly breakfasts at no charge.   Future members may attend by making reservations on-line at www.palmbeachchamber.com. for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.  Seating is limited.  Early reservations are encouraged.




Palm Beach Dramaworks




Palm Beach County is poised to grow with the relocation of businesses around the country.  What do the decision-makers consider when relocating their businesses?  What are they looking for?   The BDB has long stressed the importance of location conveniences, strong educational opportunities, local talent and a community that offers a diverse cultural experience.  







The arts are important!   Learn more about  Palm Beach County, Florida’s cultural capital and the wealth of offerings available that continue to draw new industries here.  Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, will moderate a panel discussion on music, drama and the visual arts with three leaders in the community:  Daniel Biaggi  (Palm Beach Opera),  Hope Alswang (Norton Museum of Art)  and SueEllen Beryl (Palm Beach Dramaworks) .





Harriet Himmel Theater, Home of Palm Beach Opera

Harriet Himmel Theater, Home of Palm Beach Opera



The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Receives Bernays Award

for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County received the Bernays Award for its marketing and public relations campaign surrounding “The Deep and the Shallow: Photographers Exploring a Watery World” exhibition. The award was for a project by or on behalf of a non-profit organization.
The “Deep and the Shallow” campaign was deemed by the Gold Coast Public Relations Council to be the best campaign in South Florida at communicating the mission and reach of the Council in Palm Beach County, as well as the Council’s dedication to local artists through education, opportunities to exhibit, and marketing and public relations support. The awareness campaign consisted of collateral materials, news releases to local media, a catalog, exhibition, lecture series, magazine feature article and cover, all featuring the original photography of Palm Beach County artists, including the “Shark Whisperer” Jim Abernethy. “The Cultural Council is honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Marilyn Bauer, director of marketing and government affairs for the council. ‘To be recognized for our work in support of local artists is very gratifying.”

From “Deep and Shallow”

The Gold Coast Public Relations Council is the largest independent organization of public relations, marketing and communications professionals in South Florida, with members coming from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties. The group awarded the Cultural Council the Bernays Award during its 10th annual awards program at the Boca Dunes Golf and Country Club in Boca Raton on January 24.
The award is named after Edward J. Bernays, considered the “father” of public relations.  The “Deep and the Shallow” exhibition of underwater photography was held from November 21 to January 18 at the Council’s main exhibition space and headquarters in the 1940 Streamline Moderne-style Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. landmark building at 601 Lake Avenue, in Lake Worth.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:

The Cultural Council is the official arts and culture support agency for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council markets the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administers grants, expands arts and cultural education, advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies and serves the arts community through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences.   Connect with the Council at www.palmbeachculture.com   or 561-471-2901. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.



For more information please contact   Laurel Baker 655.3282 laurel@palmbeachchamber.com  or Rena Blades, 471.2901 or rblades@palmbeachculture.com



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Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Offers Variety of Programs

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is offering a wide variety of programs and events.  The Rickie Report recommends that you get out your calendar and mark down these dates!  The kick-off exhibit will be “The Deep and the Shallow”, featuring the photography of Jim Abernathy, the “shark whisperer”.  Details about all the events are in this article.


Cultural Council Kicks Off Exhibition Season with

“The Deep and the Shallow: Photographers Exploring a Watery World”

Work by award-winning photographers including Jim Abernethy,
the ‘Shark Whisperer’

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is plunging into its 2013-2014 season with an aquatics-based photography exhibition. The Deep and the Shallow: Photographers Exploring a Watery World runs from Nov. 22, 2013 to Jan. 18, 2014 at the Cultural Council’s main exhibition space at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth. The preview party is November 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.   

“We are honored to showcase the captivating images of so many talented photographers who push the boundaries of both technique and vision to bring us these works of art,” says Cultural Council President and Chief Executive Officer Rena Blades. “These photographers will capture your imagination with what they found above and below the surface.”  


The exhibit will highlight work by 12 established and emerging photographers such as Jim Abernethy, long-time dive boat operator and shark conservationist, who has recently been featured by ABC News. Also on display at the Council are images by award-winning photojournalists, as well as philanthropist, inventor and Cultural Council’s founder, Alex Dreyfoos. The artwork is presented in multiple formats from traditional framing, to prints face-mounted on Plexiglas, to work inlaid on surfboards. 

Admission is free to members, $10 for non-members.


Photographers featured:  Jim Abernethy, of West Palm Beach; Tony Arruza, of West Palm Beach; Alex Dreyfoos, of West Palm Beach;Christopher Leidy, of Palm Beach; JD Duff, of West Palm Beach; Mark Widick, of Boca Raton;Alan Dewey, of Delray Beach;Jennifer Podis, of Lake Worth;John J. Lopinot, of Royal Palm Beach; Dave Snyder, of Jupiter; Judy Townsend, of Boca Raton and Tony Ludovico, of Tampa.


Lecture series: At 3:00 pm

  • December 17   Artist panel on methods and experience; 
  • January 7 John J. Lopinot, former deputy director of photography at the Palm Beach Post.


The Deep and the Shallow is sponsored by Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Tanks A Lot Aquarium and Johnson’s Custom Cakes and More. 


Splash of Art

Splash into the Cultural Council for this creative cocktail party featuring a trunk show and silent auction of works by professional artists, delicious hors d’oeuvres and an exciting exhibition. 

When: Thursday, December 12, 2013     6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Admission: $50 | $40 Members

RSVP: call 561-472-3342 or email ksmiley@palmbeachculture.com


2014 Muse Awards

The Muse Awards honor outstanding individuals for their contributions to arts and culture and the exemplary cultural community we enjoy in Palm Beach County. Funds raised from the Muse Awards directly impact the lives of Palm Beach County students through cultural field trips. Co-Chairs- Mrs. Sallie Korman and Mr. Bruce A. Beal ; Producing artistic Director: Andrew Kato

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

For information: Opportunities and tickets, please contact Mary Lewis at 561-472-3340 or mlewis@palmbeachculture.com


Art on the Road

This season the Council brings you to the art with exclusive bus tours.  Many galleries and studios are not open to the public so this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet fascinating collectors, artists and owners of some of the most well-known venues in Palm Beach County.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – Delray Beach

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – Palm Beach

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Boca Raton

RSVP: call 561-472-3342 or email ksmiley@palmbeachculture.com


It’s What You See with Harry Benson

Please join us for an exclusive luncheon with Harry Benson, Scottish born photojournalist, Harry Benson, arrived in America with the Beatles in 1964. His 60-year career as a photojournalist included an over 25 year contract with LIFE Magazine and photographs on the covers and inside major magazines worldwide, including: Life, Time, Newsweek, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Quest, Paris Match, G.Q., Esquire, W, The London Sunday Times Magazine, People, Vogue, Architectural Digest and Vice Magazine.

Benson was twice named NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year and was also twice awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence. In 2009, Benson was named Commander of the British Empire, (CBE) by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, for his service to photography. He has also received a Doctor of Letters from Glasgow University and the Glasgow School of Art, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society

Benson’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow and the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. He has enjoyed 40 solo exhibitions and published 17 books including The Beatles on the Road: 1964-1966.

Benson will discuss his incredible experiences and give us insight into how he sees the world and translates his vision into some of the world’s most compelling photos.

When: Monday, January 13, 2014 from 11:40 – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Avenue, in Lake Worth.

Admission: $100

RSVP: call 561-472-3342 or email ksmiley@palmbeachculture.com



9th Season of Culture & Cocktails


At The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach


Rena Blades, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, today announced the upcoming season of the popular series CULTURE & COCKTAILS. From November 2013 through April 2014, five fascinating Conversations will be held at The Colony Hotel Pavilion, located at 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach. 

The Colony Hotel will serve complimentary beverages and an array of specially prepared hors’ d’oeuvres, plus free valet parking.  The center of Palm Beach society for more than 65 years, The Colony Hotel is located at 155 Hammon Avenue, just one block south of Worth Avenue and one block west of the Atlantic Ocean. 

The season is generously sponsored by: The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation, The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder with additional support provided by PR-BS, a Boca –based public relations firm.

When: November 2013- April 2014. Each Event will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with registration and cocktails from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., and the “Conversation” from 5:45 p.m. to 7p.m., including audience Q & A.

Admission to the CULTURE & COCKTAILS program is $ 50.00 per person, and free for members of the Cultural Council ($250 level and above). All proceeds go to the nonprofit Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

As an added bonus, attendees at any of the CULTURE & COCKTAILS events at The Colony Pavilion will be offered a free bottle of wine with dinner or two-for-one drinks at the hotel’s celebrated Polo Steaks & Seafoods immediately following the Conversation


Following is the 2013-2014 series of CULTURE & COCKTAILS: 


January 6


A Conversation between Stefan Richter and John Loring


Mr. Richter is with Richters of Palm Beach, which has specialized in rare and estate jewelry since 1893, specializing in signed pieces from 1910 to the 1970s. Mr. Loring is Design Director Emeritus of Tiffany & Co.


February 3


A Conversation between Steven Stolman and Joseph Pubillones

Mr. Stolman is President of Scalamandré, America’s leading purveyor of exquisite decorative fabrics, wall coverings, trims and furnishings. Mr. Pubillones is an award-winning Cuban American interior designer who has been featured on HGTV’s Designer Challenge and on the Bob Villa show. 


March 3


A Conversation with Barry Day, Author of The Letters of Noël Coward

This Culture & Cocktails Conversation will kick off The Noel Coward Festival Palm Beach 2014.  Interviewer:  William Hayes, Producing Artistic Director of Palm Beach DramaWorks


April 7


A Conversation with Milton Maltz


Milton Maltz founded Malrite Communications Group, Inc. in 1956 and served as its Chairman and CEO until the Company was sold in 1998.  Under his direction, Malrite became one of the most successful operators of radio and television properties in the country with stations stretching from New York to Los Angeles. A respected cultural philanthropist, Mr. Maltz, and his wife Tamar, have been major backers of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Interviewer:  Beth Neuhoff , President and CEO of Neuhoff Communications, a broadcast company serving small and mid-size communities.


RSVP: Debbie Calabria call 561-472-3330 or email dcalabria@palmbeachculture.com

SmARTBiz 2013

SmARTBiz is a collaborative of PNC and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to address the need to increase awareness among businesses of the importance of arts and culture as well as directly support cultural endeavors by building the capacity of our local cultural organizations.

When: December 10, 2013- Palm Beach County Convention Center

RSVP: Debbie Calabria call 561-472-3330 or email dcalabria@palmbeachculture.com


About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:

The Cultural Council is the official arts and culture support agency for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council markets the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administers grants, expands arts and cultural education, advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies and serves the arts community through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences.


The Council is located in a 1940 Art Moderne landmark building at 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, 33460. Connect with the Council at www.palmbeachculture.com, or 561-471-2901.  Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.



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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Our Gift to You… Calls to Artists: Local and World-Wide

 While The Rickie Report focuses on Palm Beach County, FL,  we realize there is a big world out there and many of you may want to take advantage of some local and world-wide Calls to Artists.  Please contact the originator of the Call to Artists in this article and then send The Rickie Report a copy of your acceptance email!  We’d love to share your successes with our readers!




1)  Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County

DEADLINE:  March 1st




Something new and exciting is coming to Wally Findlay Galleries March 9, 2013.

  • For one night only, the walls that have been adorned with paintings by, “The Masters” for fifty-two years, will be replaced by one-of-a-kind celebrity masques created by selected artists.  We invite you to donate your artistic talents by decorating a mask to be displayed during our events silent auction. All artists and those with a creative flair are invited to participate in Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation’s signature fundraising event. 


  • You may donate your artistic talent by decorating a mask to be displayed during our silent auction and dinner. The Celebrity Masque Art Auction on March 9 is the perfect blend of art, entertainment and philanthropy.  Proceeds benefit the compassionate programs at Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, a not-for-profit organization specializing in end-of-life care for patients and their loved ones.


  • Artists understand that the Celebrity Masque Art Auction is a fundraising event to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and that they are donating their time and talent.  Masks will be provided to artists at no charge; however, artists are responsible for the cost of any materials related to completing their selected designs. Participants must use the mask provided by Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.   All other masks will be disqualified. 
  • Masks can be delivered to the artist or celebrity or they can be picked up at the Wally Findlay Gallery, 165 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach or Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach.  Completed masks are due March 1, 2013.  If the mask will not fit into the box provided, please return the mask in a box of appropriate size. 


Be a part of the Celebrity Masque Art Auction by contacting  Lauryn Barry at (561) 494-6884 or lbarry@hpbcf.org 

2)  Pilchuck Glass School – Summer Program


Founded in 1971, Pilchuck Glass School is an internationally recognized school that offers an in-depth education in glass and attracts artists from all over the world. The school is located fifty miles north of Seattle, Washington in the forested foothills of the Cascade Range, overlooking the Puget Sound. Pilchuck’s mission is to inspire creativity and build a thriving artistic community where all program participants–whether student, instructor, artists in residence, intern, assistant, or staff member–are transformed by their experience.SUMMER PROGRAM
The 2013 Summer Program at Pilchuck includes traditional glass courses as well as creative crossover explorations in animation with kiln casting, architectural kilnworking and public art, computer graphics for glassblowing, furnace working and kilnworking, kiln-casting processes for solid and hollow forms, leaded glass and printmaking, photographic imagery in glass, flameworking and mixed-media sculpture and more. A one-week pre-session workshop focused on glassblowing, design, and professional practice is followed by six sessions varying in length from two to three weeks. A special session, Hands on Tomorrow, featuring open-studio access for artists of all levels caps off
the summer.Join artists from around the world to work with instructors from Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands and Sweden for one of the most global Pilchuck summers on record. Four Italian maestros from Murano, Lino Tagliapietra, Cesar Toffolo, Matteo Seguso, and Pino Signoretto will round out the international summer.ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Artists in residence during the 2013 sessions include:
Loretta Bennett
Ian Burns
Paul DeMarinis
Eric Fischl
Mia Göransson
Gary Hill
Charles LeDray
Wendy Maruyama
Dr. Elizabeth Presa
Margo Sawyer
Lino Tagliapietra
Isabel and Ruben ToledoSCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships, staff positions and teaching and artist assistantships available. College credits may be earned through Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.
Pilchuck Glass School
Need more information? Check online or
contact the registrar at 360.445.3111 ext. 29
or barday@pilchuck.com

 Apply online at www.pilchuck.com.  Applications accepted until courses are filled.


3)  Delray Affair Still has Openings for Exhibitors!

Apply NOW!

Space still available for Delray Affair!

The 2013 Delray Affair still has exhibitor space available in EXCEPT in the following categories:




Click on link below to download application.


(Exhibitors applications already accepted have been sent confirmation emails)

April 5 – 7, 2013

Friday, April 5th (10am – 6pm)

Saturday, April 6th (10am – 6pm)

Sunday, April 7th (10am – 5pm)



 4)  Art in Public Places Internship

Contact: Elayna Toby Singer ESinger@pbcgov.org



5) Camera USA: National Photography Award

Deadline: March 26, 2013

Third Annual call for photographers residing in the USA. Photography exhibition at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida from June 17 to August 23, 2013 with $5,000 award. Three distinguished Jurors: Internationally recognized photojournalist, Harry Benson; Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Director, Ron Bishop; and Internationally Exhibited Photographer, Christopher Rauschenberg. Entry fee.

Details:  http://www.naplesart.org/callforartists   or  jack.obrien@naplesart.org


6)  Professional Women Photographers

Deadline: March 31, 2013


Founded in 1975, the mission of Professional Women Photographers (PWP) is the advancement of women photographers through the creation of a dynamic and supportive environment that promotes public interest in photography.  PWP invites women photographers working in all mediums, processes, styles, and schools of thought to our spring 2013 Call for Entry. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome.

Winners will be selected in each of the following four categories:

• People
• Places
• Fine Art
• Digital Imagination (Composites, Abstracts, etc.)

Digital image files must meet the following specifications: 8 bit JPEG files (CMYK and 16 bit files will not be uploaded), the longest dimension should be 1280 pixels (width or height), 72 ppi, JPG compression quality of 7 or 8. Images will be viewed as RGB images; therefore Adobe RGB or sRGB profiles should be used.

All artists maintain copyright on their images.  The entry fee is $35 for the first three images. Additional images may be submitted for $10 each.


This competition is open worldwide to all women photographers; non-members and members of PWP, amateur and professional.


Julie Saul, owner and director of the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan, will award $5,000 in cash, plus an article in IMPRINTS Magazine, and valuable prizes from Datacolor, global leader in color calibration technology.



7)  International Direct Art Magazine

Deadline: March 31, 2013


  • International Competition
  • $26,000 in publication awards in Vol. 20 of Direct Art Magazine Fall/Winter 2013 issue
  • Direct Art magazine has both print and on-line editions
  • The print edition has several distributors including COMAG Marketing Group, the distributors of Art New and Art in America.  Direct Art is also sold throughout the US including Barnes & Noble.
  • This competition is open to all artists working in all media
  • Twenty-two awards include the covers, feature articles and full page displays.
  • Entry fee applies

Contact SlowArt Productions  123 Warren Street Hudson, NY 12534 or visit: http://www.slowart.com/prospectus/spring.htm OR   contact slowart@aol.com


SlowArt sponsors competitions for Limner Galleryexhibitions and for the annual fall edition of Direct Art Magazine. Applications for the magazine are available from December to March. Limner exhibitions are ongoing and new events are posted periodically on this page. Events currently open for entry are listed below. There is a nominal entry fee, winners are not charged any additional publication or exhibition fees.



April 1, 2013

  • More than $25,000 in cash prizes will be awarded
  • Top Award Winners will be featured in the December 2013 issue of The Artist’s Magazine
  • All winners will also appear in a special online gallery.
  • There are 5 categories for you to compete and win.
  • Plus, there’s a Special Student/Beginner Division for new artists. Entry fee.

For details and to enter:   Entry Page  art-competition@fwmedia.com


9)  American Tapestry Biennial 10

Deadline: October 31, 2013


American Tapestry Alliance invites all tapestry artists to submit works to American Tapestry Biennial 10.  Entry to ATB 10 is open to all tapestry artists who design and weave their own tapestries (defined as “hand-woven, weft-faced fabric with discontinuous wefts”), either individually or collaboratively (all assistants shall be named). Multimedia work will be considered as long as the primary medium is tapestry. Entries must be one-of-a-kind and have been completed after January 2010. Entries may not have been shown previously in any ATA exhibition, including the Unjuried Small Format show. Artists may submit up to three pieces, but a maximum of one piece per artist will be accepted.

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Exhibit Looks at Art and Influence of Edwina Sandys

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens will present an impressive display of  an artist who made an large impact on our world and society, Edwina Sandys.

March 1st  through April 1st, The Art of Edwina Sandys: A Retrospective    There will a reception to meet the artist  March 8th, Thurs, 6:00 – 8:00 pm  open to Member & Guests

In addition, Sandys’ book, ART will be available for purchase, which chronicles wonderful photographs of her life that illustrate her famous ancestry. This book is the first and only collection of her visionary and artistic endeavors spanning over four decades.

Edwina Sandys

The artistic appeal of Edwina Sandys lies in her diverse subject matter. From the sacred to the secular, to the most essential questions about politics and society, she has tackled big ideas with panache, combining the lighthearted and the profound, at once playful and mind provoking. Her clearly recognizable style uses positive and negative images to powerful effect.

Edwina has created art of international acclaim that includes sculpture, paintings, collage and works on paper. Her work has reached a wide audience far beyond the realm of the private collector. Early in her career, for the 1979 United Nations’ Year of the Child, she created three monumental sculptures, which are now installed at UN centers in New York, Geneva and Vienna. A decade later, she used dismantled sections of the Berlin Wall to create an extraordinary sculpture, Breakthrough, now permanently sited at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Winston Churchill gave his historic “Iron Curtain” speech.
She does not focus solely on political subjects, but also explores the relationships between man and woman.  Major works include her series The States of Woman, and The Marriage Bed, which is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.   From her earliest work of social commentary, which began in London in the 1970’s with lively paintings of the vibrant world she inhabited, Edwina showed her own distinctive style, which readily translated into other materials.

Most notable of her bronzes is Christa, a female Christ figure on the cross, created in 1975.  After being on display in numerous churches, Christa was installed at Easter 1984 in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The media coverage created a worldwide furor and she experienced the double-edged sword of public debate, as both praise and outrage flooded in.

Edwina Sandys has a formidable reputation as artist and feminist, and has been working for more than 40 years in the arenas of sculpture, painting, collage, drawing and printing.  Her art is playful, witty, and profound while being deeply poetic and constantly challenging convention.  A New Yorker by choice and marriage, Edwina Sandys was born and raised in London.  Her father was Duncan Sandys, the British Cabinet Minister, and her grandfather was Winston Churchill.  It is telling that these major political figures were both talented artists.  Through her richly varied life experience, Ms. Sandys is uniquely situated to create work related to the global issues of our time.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL.  The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries, and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 5 and over.  For more information contact www.ansg.org  or 561-832-5328.

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Rare View of a Private Collection:Highlights of The American West

FOUR ARTS TO FEATURE THE WESTERN COLLECTIONS       OF  WILLIAM I. KOCHThe Society of the Four Arts will debut a new exhibition entitled “Recapturing the Real West: The Collections of William I. Koch” .

This comprehensive private collection is rarely seen by the public eye and has been generously loaned to The Society of the Four Arts by renowned art collector, William I. Koch.  Nearly 80% of the items in the collection have never before been displayed publicly. The exhibit will remain on display until April 15.

Billy the Kid 1879-80

One of the most exciting items featured in this exhibit is the only existing tintype of Billy the Kid, which made headlines earlier last year when it sold for record amounts at auction. The Society of the four Arts is the first museum to display this photograph since it was acquired by Mr. Koch.  

Other notable inclusions from the more than 500 objects on display are such one-of-a-kind pieces as:

Sitting Bull

  • Important original paintings and sculpture by such artists as Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington
  • More than 150 guns from notorious outlaws such as Jesse James,  John Wesley Hardin and the Ford Brothers, as well as from the legendary lawmen that pursued them.
  • The multi-million dollar Carson City Gold Collection
  • General Custer’s personal flag, flown at The Battle of Little Big Horn
  • One of the only authentic photographs legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley

Pat Garrett

The galleries are divided into the following sections:

  • Native American Culture
  • Guns & General Store
  • Migration and Economic Growth Post Civil War and Indian Wars
  • Outlaws and Lawmen
  •  Brothel & Saloon
  •  Mining
  • Women in the West
  • Cowboy Life

Annie Oakley

The exhibition makes use of every surface in the museum – with Native American garments hung from the ceiling and a collection of wagons and coaches displayed on the gallery lawn.

This expansive exhibition not only explores the history of America’s West, but is also a very personal and rare glimpse into William Koch’s process of collecting art.  The exhibit is designed to feel less like a visit to a traditional museum;  instead patrons will feel as though they are visiting Mr. Koch’s personal home – with fine art displayed in salon style alongside myriad relics of the West.

Carson City Gold Nugget

Side-by-side, the displays evoke the spirit of the West and enhance the patron’s experience by providing context and atmosphere.  Mr. Koch was personally involved in the curation and design of the exhibition, adding to the authenticity of the experience.

William I. Koch will give a free illustrated lecture on his collection at 11 a.m. on February 4.  Other gallery talks with representatives from the Koch collection are scheduled for March 3, March 17, March 31 and April 14, all at 11 a.m. Gallery talks are free with gallery admission.

A western film festival will accompany the exhibition, taking place every other Friday beginning February 10 and select Sundays beginning February 5. A full schedule is available at www.fourarts.org/films.

Admission to “Recapturing the Real West” is $5.  The exhibition opens February 4 and is on display Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The Society of the Four Arts is a nonprofit cultural organization located in Palm Beach, Florida.  For additional information on The Four Arts, and the more than 230 programs and events offered each season, visit www.fourarts.org.

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Discover London’s New Stars at Art Palm Beach

LONDON’S NEW STARS: CHRISTOPHER WALKER ART ANNOUNCES ARTISTS FOR FIRST US SHOW – ART PALM BEACH (Jan 19th-23rd).Christopher Walker Art’s dedication to “discovering tomorrow’s stars” across all media is demonstrated by this selection, with the choice of three young photographers, and four painters. They will be shown at the Palm Beach Convention Center from January 19th.

Selection of Painters

Leading the painters selected to exhibit is Isao Miura. Miura is a Japanese painter and sculptor based in London. He trained in Japan, then at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He paints with oil colors and inks, on canvas and tatami (Japanese reed mats). His sculptures are mainly in wood and stone and other natural materials. He also makes installations using a variety of found or crafted objects, such as moss, rocks and Japanese tea ceremony utensils. Mick Goggin, Arts Service, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea comments “…MIURA’s work reflects his Japanese background, with its emphasis on balance and harmony, and somehow recovers the Japanese influences that have suffused the work of European artists”

Lady By Ingrid Lucas

Ingrid Lucas’s work is highly intelligent, looking at hidden agendas and gender manipulation. Her paintings use color and size to seduce the viewer into another world of time gone by. Oil paint is applied thinly and evenly over a large canvas, with naively depicted figures mimicking magazines or children’s picture books. A prominent feature of her work is the choice of primary colors selected from her predilection for the 1950s magazines’ printing methods.

She deals with events and images that have had political impact in an attempt to remind us of lessons learnt and forgotten. Ingrid herself comments –“The ambiguity of time and space within my paintings creates confusion…….a juxtaposition of the visible becoming invisible, the seen becoming unseen and forgotten.”

Matt Webber’s abstract paintings are built up, layer by layer, over a period of many months. The artist begins each work by drawing an element from a landscape image. Although this aspect will be largely obscured, it forms the structure for the piece, and creates the opening ‘move’ in the painting’s development. The artist describes the process of making these works as being like a game or a conversation, with each layer subtly influencing the outcome of the next. Sometimes this happens on a purely aesthetic level, but at other times the effect is a chemical one, as almost-dry paint reacts to the application of a new layer of oil paint, creating unplanned textures and forms.” At a certain point in the painting’s development”, Matt notes “when I feel that all the parts are in place, I begin to strip the layers away, carving and scraping the finished painting from a dense slab of accumulated paint. Every layer that has been applied gradually re-emerges; every mark that has been made on the surface during the painting’s construction will have a part to play in the final image.”
Matt sees his paintings as landscapes in their own right. Rather than being overt representations of a specific place, they become a new, often alien environment; one that is created by a process of obscurement and destruction, a process that the artist sees as being analogous with our wider environment. He studied fine art in the North of England but now works out of a studio in London’s East End.

Jazmin Jane is the youngest of Christopher Walker’s painters, but also one of the most talented. She grew up in the East of England and studied fine art at Canterbury University. She concentrates on the physical and emotional aspects of a subject, using color and texture on the canvas’s surface to demonstrate character in portraiture. Jazmin says “I make vivid observations. The hard jaw lines which showcases a person’s strong will; a past story or memory that can be read from the lines in someone’s expression.” This will be the first exhibition of her work.

Photographers Selection

Nudibranch1 by Nicky Taylor

New star, Nicky Taylor, is fast establishing a reputation as one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers. Although he has lived most of his life overseas in South America, Canada, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. His extensive landscape, seascape and underwater photography reflects this global perspective, and he has been well received in the fringe scenes of London and Sydney. He has been published in various national and international newspapers and magazines, including “El Pais” and “La Provincia” in Madrid, and “Tangent Fashion” in Sydney. He currently splits his time between the United States and London, where a major exhibition is planned at the Strand Gallery in 2012.

Nicky Taylor commented – “I see my work as part of the ‘return to beauty’ that has gripped the new wave of young photographers in London. My work seeks it’s inspiration in Nature’s destructive, and yet creative, forces – shaping the world as we see it, and dwarfing man’s mark.” Eleven of Nicky’s works will be shown, three of his underwater photographs, such as “Nudibranch 1” above, and eight landscape photographs including “Oddacity” below. Nicky will also be exhibiting in New York later in the year.


Grace Vane Percy’s series of female nudes in classical settings reflect a strong creative flair, and artistic sensibility. The glorious, stately, backdrops celebrate English Palladian architecture at its finest. Grace Vane Percy’s approach is resolutely artistic, reflecting her training at the Charles Cecil studios in Florence as a classical artist working mainly in charcoal. This has also influenced her comprehension of anatomy, and the strong sense of chiaroscuro which is visible in her current work. Grace herself grew up in an English country house in Cambridgeshire. Her love of photography started from an early age when she discovered her father’s collection of Victorian glass plate negatives. She studied history of Art at the Courtauld Institute and Fashion photography and darkroom techniques at Central St. Martins. She has been commissioned to photograph some of the most elite and successful women in London and New York. She recently photographed new mother, and wife of Orlando Bloom,Miranda Kerr, and has been invited to join the ‘Women in Photography’ Archive at Yale.

Tim Lord works from a garret studio in London’s Soho which overlooks the city’s roof tops.  Soho is the center of London’s creative community – including advertising, theatre and film.   It is also historically the center of its sex and entertainment industries, and acts as a refuge for its outsiders and misfits.  His street work reflects that quarter’s multiple roles, and the sometimes grim and gritty backdrop in which creativity flourishes.  His portraits range across the varied characters and mavericks of Soho, captured in traditional black and white medium format film photography.

561 568 8445   or  info@christoferwalkerart.com



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