Play a Part in Conservation at the ENDANGERED Exhibition in Miami Dec 4-6, 2014

The “ENDANGERED” Exhibition raises awareness of endangered species and the environment while contributing to the welfare of orangutans and chimpanzees.  It features work by leading contemporary artists and photographers and a new piece by Bubbles, the chimpanzee once owned by Michael Jackson. Florida-based artists include Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks Sr, Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong. The exhibit runs from Thursday, December 4th to Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014, 2-9pm at Miami Club Rum Distillery, 2320 N Miami Ave, Miami 33127.  The Rickie Report shares the exciting details and some artistry of the local artists who will be participating.




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DECEMBER 4th, 5th, 6th  2014



  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings:  Feature cocktail receptions in the presence of the artists from 7-9pm.


  • Hat Night: Thursday evening features Hats designed by Judi Bradford and Milda Bublys plus purses by Agata Ren.



  • Performance Art: Friday evening will feature the extraordinary creation of a living artwork in a collaboration featuring Beju, Sherryl Muriente and Linda Nerhboss. They will develop a plea to help orangutans in the wild on the body of human canvas, Beju. They will be accompanied by the tribal drumming of Robbie Powell.



  • Fashion Show: Saturday evening will feature a fashion show of dresses, jewelry and wearable art by Irina Grammatina, Rickson Sharkey, Jean Parsons and more. Music by DJ Blondie. Mari Monge, Spanish TV announcer and spokesperson for the Miami Heat will MC the proceedings



  • Everyone will have the opportunity to be featured in an exciting new photomosaic being undertaken in collaboration with Belgian artist Joël Moens de Hase. Come have your photo taken and wear something orange (for orangutans) on your face or hair. 5,000 head and shoulders photos will be merged into a dramatic photomosaic portrait of an orangutan. Enjoy a cocktail and tour Miami’s only (legal) rum distillery while you view amazing art and help a wonderful sanctuary.




The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.

Miami Club Rum Distillery and Gallery

2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida






"Giraffe" by Anthony Burks,Sr.

“Giraffe” by Anthony Burks,Sr.


ENDANGERED: Art4Apes was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. All entry fees, donations and a portion of all art sales go to the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit, top-rated sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.




"Osprey Sunset" by Sandy Scott

“Osprey Sunset” by Sandy Scott


The ENDANGERED exhibition, in its third year during Art Basel week in Miami focuses on interpretations of “ENDANGERED” in fine art, photography, wearable art and jewelry. It features leading contemporary artists from around the world including the winners of the ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest 2014. Also featured are Florida-based artists Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks Sr, Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong.


Dolphin" by Norman Gitzin

“Vanishing Dolphin” by Norman Gitzin


The ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest is an online, juried art contest that challenges artists to interpret the word “endangered” as it applies to animals, plants or the environment either through a celebration of beauty or illustration of the threats faced. “The creativity and talent of the participating artists is simply outstanding,” stated Dr. Lindsey Matheson, the founder and director of ENDANGERED: Art4Apes, “We had more than 300 entries from all over the world this year. It is inspiring that so many care about issues facing the environment and convey such strong messages through their art.”




"Mandril Mouth"

“Mandrill Mouth” by Sarah Smith



The 2014 judges included Thomas Collins, Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami; Joel Sartore, the acclaimed National Geographic photographer, author, speaker and teacher; and Carolyn Benesh, Coeditor and Publisher of Ornament magazine. Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, judged the Young Artist entries.


"Eggless" by Rickson Sharkey

“Eggless” by Rickson Sharkey


As a part of the program, winners of the annual competition, along with selected entries and art by ape residents from the Center for Great Apes, will be displayed during Art Basel Miami week at Miami Club Rum distillery and gallery, located at 2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida. The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.


"Lion" by Robert Hooke

“Lion” by Robert Hooke


ENDANGERED: Art4Apes is very grateful to our generous sponsors for their help and support. Sponsors of “ENDANGERED: ART for Apes” include Miami Club Rum, Miami’s only distillery producing award winning rum, Juried Art Services and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Private Banking and Investment Group.



For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit

About the Center for Great Apes


The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work. For more information please visit


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No Fee Photo Contest Could Take You To Greenland with National Geographic!

The Rickie Report is excited to share this NO FEE Photo Contest with you.  One aspiring photographer will accompany renowned wildlife and natural history photographer, Jason Edwards, on assignment to Greenland!  Apply now and let us know when you get accepted!




x9gqy1v and National Geographic Channel are giving one aspiring photographer the opportunity to accompany renowned wildlife and natural history photographer, Jason Edwards, on assignment in Greenland.


ENTRY DEADLINE: July 5, 2013


Prizes for the winner (Total prize value is approximately AU$10,000):

  • A 10-day bespoke trip to Greenland with Visit Greenland and Destination Arctic Circle.
  • Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Copenhagen, then from Copenhagen to Nuuk thanks to Air Greenland where you will meet your mentor and small film crew.
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads.

Winner will be announced: July 26

Online submission of digital photographs via the website. Enter a series of photos (maximum of 5). They must tell a story about a place you have visited. One entry per person

Image requirements: resolution of 72 ppi/dpi and a pixel length of at least 960 pixels of the longest length of the image. No HDR or other photo manipulation.

Judging criteria:

  • originality
  • ability to convey a story through photos
  • excellent technique


Photo courtesy of Mads Pihl – Destination Arctic Circle




  • Copyright: Both scholarship applicants and the scholarship recipient will grant a non-exclusive copyright license to, National Geographic Channel, Visit Greenland, Destination Arctic Circle and Air Greenland to reproduce the work for subsequent promotion.
  • Eligibility: Open to all photographers who are 18+ years of age, worldwide.
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Entry deadline: 5 July 2013




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Three New Calls To Artists!!!!

Here are three new Calls to Artists.  The Rickie Report is eager to celebrate when you are accepted, so please keep us posted!


1)  Stick With WPB

Deadline: May 8, 2013

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Stick with West Palm Beach call for entries

For more information contact Talya Lerman at:

2) Palm Beach State College  

3rd National Photography & Digital Imagery Competition 2013


DEADLINE:  July 15, 2013

Palm Beach State College, Eissey Campus, is presenting its third juried Photography/Digital Imagery Competition.  The theme of the show is open interpretation, represented by traditional and digital photography as well as digital imagery.  This competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older who are legally residing in the United States. The judge for the competition is Ashley Ford who is the Leonard and Sophie Davis Curatorial Fellow at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL.


Artists must submit their work by July 15th as high resolution jpeg files on a CD. Images should be sized to 1200 PPI on the longest side. The entry fee is $30 for up to three images. Please include the non-refundable entry fee with the application. Images should be mailed to:  The Gallery at Palm Beach State College   3160 PGA Blvd     Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410     Attn: Karla Walter


Accepted applicants will be notified via email by August 15th, 2013. Accepted works, delivered or shipped, are to arrive at the gallery between the dates of September 16th – 23rd, 2013.  No work will be accepted after 5pm, September 23rd.  If shipping artwork, please include a prepaid return-shipping label.  Artists must pay for shipping to and from the gallery. Palm Beach State College is not responsible for loss of work due to theft or damage. Artists should obtain insurance for their artwork.  Accepted work must appear the same as the submitted images and specifications originally stated in application. All work must be professionally framed and ready to hang.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Proceeds from this show will benefit student fine arts scholarships at Palm Beach State College. Palm Beach State College does not participate in the sale of artworks, nor does the college receive commission or any other type of financial compensation from the sale of artworks. All sale inquiries will be directed to the artist. Artist/photographer retains all copyrights, but Palm Beach State College has the right to display winner and/or entries on the web or in printed publications.


Please SEE  application below for more information.

APPLICATION FORM                                                   


Phone                                                    Email                                          Number of Entries ( 3 maximum)

ENTRY 1                                       ENTRY 2



ENTRY 3                      



Please enclose a check for the amount due with your application. ($30 for 3 images maximum, non-refundable)

Please make your check payable to Palm Beach State College 

Please send check and application to The Gallery at Eissey Campus          3160 PGA Boulevard     Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410

   Attn: Karla Walter


I have read and agree to the terms and conditions outlined in this exhibition prospectus.









 Application due July 15

Acceptance Notification  August 15

Works to arrive at Eissey Gallery  September 16-23

Notification of Winners  October 18

Exhibition Run Dates      October 22- November 22

Opening Reception  Tuesday October 22    5:30 – 8 PM

Judge’s Comments and Gallery Walk    October 22

Pick up  November 25-26

Return of Work  November 30






Please fill out application form, and be sure to include a value for your work even if the piece is not for sale. CD’s will be returned to the artist if a SASE is included with the application. All work must be submitted on a CD in jpeg.  Do not send original work at the time of entry.  All correspondence including submission packets and accepted works should be mailed to The Gallery at Eissey Campus, Palm Beach State College, 3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410 Att: Karla Walter.  For additional questions or comments, please email Karla Walter at     For additional questions or comments, please email Karla Walter at


thank you!

Karla Walter, Art Gallery Specialist

Palm Beach State Colllege, Art Gallery     3160 PGA Blvd.  BB113     Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

561-207-5015 fax. 561-207-5009


3)  Beading Contest


Being a winner makes you a STAR!

You know you’re a bead star—now it’s time to let the world know! Enter Interweave’s sixth annual Bead Star jewelry competition. One grand-prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia, our most popular Bead Fest event, held August 23rd – 25th, 2013.

More than $4,000 in Cash Prizes, including:

  • 5 First Place Awards: $500 each
  • 5 Second Place Awards: $250 each
  • 5 Third Place Awards: 1 one-year subscription to Beadwork or Jewelry Stringing magazine


All winners will be published in Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing magazines. They will also receive recognition at Bead Fest Philadelphia.

DEADLINE: MAY 24, 2013

Learn more and enter today! 



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UPDATED: Photography Contest at Jonathan Dickinson State Park for 2013!

The Rickie Report doesn’t want you to miss this opportunity to enter this fabulous photography contest!  The forms, rules and releases are in this article. And send us an email letting us know when you get accepted.  We love to celebrate your success, so let them know you heard about it from The Rickie Report!




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Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park Photo Contest

Rules and Guidelines

Location :Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center (Kimbell Center)

Jonathan Dickinson State Park  16450 SE Federal Hwy  Hobe Sound, FL 33455


Florida Flora and Fauna (photographs focusing on native wildlife and plants of Florida)

Florida General (landscapes, scenes, people, and man-made structures in a natural setting; all recognizable people in a photograph must complete a Model Release Form (attached) which must be submitted with the photograph)

Jonathan Dickinson State Park (JDSP) – photographs must be taken in JDSP

Youth Florida Nature – as interpreted by photographer; includes all youth ages 16 and under; all must be accompanied by a release form signed by a parent or legal guardian.


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MacArthur Park Free Admission,Family Fun,Amazing Art, Activities

This Saturday, you are all invited to take part in MacArthur Park’s Annual Naturescape event!    The Rickie Report met with Melinda Moore, a well-known nature photographer while she was celebrating her acceptance into the Palm Beach International Airport “Art in Public Spaces” Juried art show.

Melinda is excited about the Grand Opening of the Nature Center at MacArthur ParkShe will be giving a talk at 1:00pm on Nature Photography.  She is eager to share her skills and passion about nature photography!

At a time when natural areas along south Florida’s coast are almost nonexistent, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park stands out as an “island in time”.  It preserves the natural heritage of subtropical coastal habitat that once covered southeast Florida.

Nestled on a barrier island, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is the only state park in Palm Beach County.  It is an environmental treasure which has been preserved for present and future generations to discover and experience.

Exploring almost two miles of pristine beach and swimming, snorkeling and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic are only the beginning of the fun you can have at the Park.  Other amenities include a nature center, gift shop, children’s playground, nature trails, kayak rentals, and picnicking facilities.

You might want to take advantage of the many special events offered in the park throughout the year: children’s programs, guided adventures, recreational skills lessons, MacArthur Under Moonlight concerts, summer day camps, and special holiday celebrations to name just a few.   Open daily, we offer something for everyone!

NatureScaping 2012 April 14  10 am – 4 pm

Free Admittance, Activities for the Entire Family, Food, Fun and Much More!

* Children’s Area * Native Plant Sale * Music * Food * Vendors * Presentations* Guy Harvey Show, Sale and Raffle * Environmental Champion * Photo Contest *


◄10:30 am Nature Center Ribbon Cutting

◄11:00 – 11:45  Native Plant Talk: Right Plant in the Right Place

◄12:00 – 12:45  Lion Fish – Alien Predator By Lad Akins, Reef

◄1:00 – 1:15  Environmental Champion Award  Neal White, 2012 Environmental Champion

◄1:00 – 1:45 Wildlife Photography  By Melinda Moore

◄1:30 – 2:30 Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Live Animal Show

◄2:00 – 2:45  Butterfly Gardening By Jeff Nurge, Native Choice Nursery


♫ 10:00 – 4:00 Conch Stomp Band

♫ 12:00 – 1:00 Jupiter High Jazz Band

♫ 2:30 –   4:00 Roadside Revue

*There will be no kayak rentals on April 14*

Questions? Please contact Art Carton (561) 776-7449  Ext 109

Moore's Turtle Tank


Moore with Turtle Tank in Progress

“Recently I completed the Art for the new Turtle Tank installed on the front porch and their new Website!  I have been spending a lot of time here and am very excited about this new Nature Center”,  Melinda Moore said.   In addition, she has been preparing for a solo show at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in May, so watch The Rickie Report for further details.

Once you have enjoyed your day at MacArthur, check out Melinda’s artwork at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s newest show at Midtown on PGA Boulevard.  She is prolific and her work is a must-see!  For more information contact her at:

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