Presents 7th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ January 23 & 24, 2016 Downtown Boca Raton: Call for Budding Artists

On January 23 & 24, 2016 the 7th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ will bring fine artists and fine craftspeople to the area.  Voted in the top 100 juried art fairs in the country, the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ showcases 170 professional artists of all disciplines including paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography, and more. One of the exciting parts of this Show is seeing the “Budding Artists”.  The Rickie Report shares this Call For Art Entries for Ages 9 – 19 years old or grades  6 -12.  We urge you to share this application and information with everyone you know who is involved with children and young adults  – let’s help encourage the next generation of artists!







 Presents 7th Annual

Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Call for Budding Artists
Ages 9-19 or Grades 6-12

Now is the time to start thinking about and creating the art work you want to enter for the show!

Applications must be postmarked by

December 15, 2015 or sooner


Free admission and Free parking


Downtown Boca Raton on Federal Highway at Palmetto Park Road


Hotworks2016-Budding Artists Art Competition Application



The Budding Artist competition is provided with premium location within the show to display all of the budding artist entries. There is $250 in cash awards provided to four winners, along with a beautiful, colorful two-foot-long ribbon. Criteria for judging the youth art is on technique/execution and originality, which is similar for judging of the professional artist awards. As art programs are being dramatically cut and eliminated in schools nationwide, the need for such initiatives is made even more relevant.


Hotworks2015Budding Artist Award of Excellence Shelby Goldring, Mixed Meda - Copy 2015

Budding Artist Award of Excellence Shelby Goldring, Mixed Media

On Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 pm under the “Budding Artist Tent”, the Budding Artist awards will be announced and presented. Photographs of the winners and other youth art participants will be taken.


A Budding Artist art application is available at Please mail applications to PO Box 1425, Sarasota, FL 34230. The application fee is $3 per entry; with up to two entries per student accepted.







Hotworks2015Budding Artist Award of Excellence Craig Ira, Drawing (not shown) - Copy 2015

Budding Artist Award of Excellence Craig Ira, Drawing



This art fair is juried by art professionals who have combined 120+ years’ art experience and education – all work is original and personally handmade by the artist participating in the show. Voted in the top 100 art fairs in the country, the Boca Raton Fine Art Show showcases 170 professional artists with all discipline for sale including paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography, and more. The Boca Raton Fine Art Show is sponsored by Hot Works, LLC, a professionally produced fine art fair by an executive director with a national standing and reputation.






Hotworks2015Budding Artist Award of Excellence Jessica Pan, Drawing 01 - Copy 2015

Budding Artist Award of Excellence Jessica Pan, Drawing




The Institute for the Arts & Education is our 501c3 non-profit arm which focuses on visual arts, diversity, community enrichment, and fostering art education amongst youth. As part of our commitment to include art education in the Boca Raton Fine Art Show and the community, a Budding Artist Art competition is integrated into the event. Young artists in grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 are invited to apply with their original and personally handmade art. This competition gives budding, young artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition.



See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! See You There!

Event Website:
Event Email:
Contact Patty Narozny, Executive Director
Office: 941-755-3088




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Boca Raton Art Museum Art School Invites You To Open House. Learn About The New Classes, Workshops And Enjoy Some Perks

The Boca Raton Museum Art School is 65 years old this year, but there is nothing retiring about the Art School. The Art School is revitalizing its programs with new classes and events.  Stop by for OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, August 29, 1-4 pm. A fun afternoon to meet teachers, visit the studios, see demonstrations of art techniques such as stone carving, making tempera paint, porcelain painting, pottery and jewelry making. Enjoy food trucks, a free raffle for art supplies or a short back massage courtesy of Body Kneads Massage of Palmetto Park Square. Fall classes for adults, teens, and children begin Tuesday, September 8.  The Rickie Report shares the details plus new short courses, new evening courses and Saturday classes.  Mark your calendars for the Ceramics Exhibit  Gallery Opening Reception on August 28, 5-8pm. The Exhibit runs through September 29th.  Click here for more information.





Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School

801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486


  • Excellent teachers with low teacher to studio ratio
  • Convenient: 801 West Palmetto Park Road, 1 mile east of I-95
  • Wonderful studios, easy parking



OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, August 29, 1-4 pm


Ceramics Gallery Exhibit

Opening Reception

Friday, August 28, 5-8pm.

The Exhibit runs through September 29th






Boca Raton Museum School of Art

Boca Raton Museum Art School

The Art School is initiating new “appetizers” or first courses for beginners who want to test out their creative side and for experienced artists to try a new technique. The appetizer courses are short, fun, creative, and do not require lots of art supplies.


Learn Kumihimo, a Japanese Braiding technique to create jewelry at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art

Learn Kumihimo, a Japanese Braiding technique to create jewelry at the Boca Raton Museum Art School




They include make your own Pop-Up book; colored pencil drawing; perspective drawing in 4 sessions; learn glass fusing to make jewelry; print making to design your own notecards; and Kumihimo braiding for jewelry. The appetizer courses start in late September.



Create An Accordion Book at the Boca Museum of Art School

Create An Accordion Book at the Boca Raton Museum Art School


The Art School is increasing its evening and Saturday classes and expanding it ceramics department, offering additional pottery classes and a new Figurative Clay Sculpture class. The Art School is hosting an exhibit of ceramics in the gallery opening August 28, 5-8pm.  The Exhibit runs through September 29th, featuring work by Catalina Aguirre- Hoffman, Barbara Brown, Justin Lambert, Diane Lublinski, Susan Maguire, Lori Gregory, Stephen Hubbard and others.


Pottery Class With Justin Lambert

Pottery Class With Justin Lambert

With over 100 classes each month there is something for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced artist. Studio classes are conducted in eight areas: book making, ceramics, drawing, jewelry arts, painting, digital photography and video, print making, and sculpture. 


Boca Museum School of Art Stone Carving Class

Boca Raton Museum Art School Stone Carving Class


The Art School is a community of people interested in art and is the teaching branch of the cultural campus comprised of the Art School, Artists’ Guild and Museum.



Making Egg Tempera at the Boca Raton Museum Art School

Making Egg Tempera at the Boca Raton Museum Art School


Originally the Artists’ Guild conducted classes in Mizner-designed Boca Raton Hotel. In 1962 the Guild constructed the building on West Palmetto Park Road which served as Museum and Art School until 2001 when the Museum opened in Mizner Park.



For information go to the website or call 561-392-2503
For more information, please contact:

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



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Boca Raton Museum Art School Holds Open House for Fall Adult Art Classes

This is your opportunity to meet the teachers and check out the classes which will be offered this Fall at the Boca Museum’s Art School.  The public is welcome to attend this event on Saturday, August 23rd.  Register for a fall course during ‘Open House’ and receive a free one day pass for two to the Boca Museum of Art in Mizner Park.  The Rickie Report shares the details and knows that once you see the possibilities, you’ll have a hard time choosing!  There are half-term and full-term classes available.








OPEN HOUSE!   for fall adult art classes

Saturday, August 23   1pm – 4pm

801 west palmetto park road, boca raton




                                                                   *  DRAWING

                                                                   *  JEWELRY

                                                                   *  PAINTING

                                                                   *  PHOTOGRAPHY

                                                                   *  PRINT MAKING

                                                                   *  SCULPTURE


The Boca Museum Art School is hosting an ‘Open House’ on Saturday, August 23rd from 1pm to 4pm.  You can meet teachers and learn about art classes for adults, visit the studios and see short demonstrations of pottery throwing, stone carving, print making and other art techniques.   Free refreshments and gifts from local art stores.   Check the website for additional events to be scheduled for Open House.  



Boca Museum School of Art, Kochi at Pottery Wheel

Boca Museum Art School, Kochi at Pottery Wheel



Classes start September 8th. 

Register for a fall course during ‘open house’ and receive a free one day pass for two to the Boca Museum of Art in Mizner Park.


The Art School offers classes for beginners to experienced artists.


Boca Museum School of Art

Boca Museum School of Art, Raheleh Filsoofi




The Art School is building its ceramics department. They have added a few new pottery wheels, a new kiln and will be offering additional evening and Saturday ceramics classes in the Fall.



Boca Museum School of Art, Chris Lopez

Boca Museum School of Art, Chris Lopez



This fall the Art School is planning a new schedule format. The first term will be split so that adults can register for the full term from Sept 8th to Oct. 26th or register for just half a term and start Sept 8th or September 29th.



Boca Museum School of Art, Misoo

Boca Museum School of Art, Misoo



New evening classes include painting, beginning drawing, and graphic novels.   Misoo Filan, Rahelah Filsoofi, Stephen Futej, and Chris Lopez are joining the excellent faculty.


Boca Museum School of Art, Carving Stone for Sculpture

Boca Museum School of Art, Carving Stone for Sculpture


The Art School has been active on facebook you can like them at




In September will start Saturday afternoon workshops including:



Florida Black Coral Jewelry


Join expert Jeweler, Don Dietz, in this exciting workshop to create your own unique jewelry using Florida black coral. Saturday, September 13, noon – 5:00pm


Boca Museum School of Art, Monoprint Class

Boca Museum School of Art, Monoprint Class



Introduction to Print-making


Students create their own monotypes and relief prints; learn how to use the printing press and discover the processes of old masters and contemporary artists.  Saturday, September 13, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Boca Museum School of Art, Oil Painting

Boca Museum School of Art, Oil Painting



Techniques of Oil Painting


Using the artworks in the Boca Museum examine and discuss a range of traditional techniques artists employ for specific effects or creating a mood, including alla prima, scumbling, and using the palette knife.  Meets at the Boca Museum. Sunday, October 5, 1:00 pm – 2:30 PM



Boca Museum School of Art, Making Egg Tempura

Boca Museum School of Art, Making Egg Tempera


Egg Tempera Painting


In this hands-on demonstration students learn how to grind the pigments with the egg to make paint and discover how to achieve the luminous surface through layers of thin paint strokes.  Saturday, October 11, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Fabric Wall Hanging

Learn to make stencils and relief stamps of personal symbols and shapes to print onto dyed fabric to create your own 12” x 18” fabric artwork finished with a bamboo rod for hanging. Saturday, October 11, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Andrea Huffman





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Broward Art Guild Offers National Call for Artists With Cash Prizes!

The Broward Art Guild  is sending out a Call to Artists for the ” Art Florida 2014 Competition & Exhibition”.  This prestigious exhibit offers over  $3,000 in Cash Prizes.  ArtFlorida is a celebration of excellence in art, and is a juried exhibition open to all artists in the United States. The deadline is February 1st. The Rickie Report is sharing the details in this article.











Deadline – Digital Entry February 1, 2014


Art Florida 2014 Competition & Exhibition

ArtFlorida is a celebration of excellence in art, and is a juried exhibition recognizing some of the top artists in Florida.


With a top award of $1,500 for “Best in Show”, $200 prizes for the five best of category winners, and $100 prizes for five Judge’s Recognition awards, Art Florida is one of South Florida’s Premier Art Events!


Award Categories:


Painting, Drawing, and Print Making    

No giclees or reproductions allowed.


Sculpture and 3-D Work

Traditional sculpture and any works unable to be hung on the wall within the 2-D requirements.



Including digital photography, in a traditional photographic manner.

Any digital manipulation outside of the realm of traditional retouching will be considered computer and electronic Art.


Mixed Media and Collage

Including but not limited to collage.

No electronic works. (These fall into Computer and Electronic Art Category)


Computer and Electronic Art

Includes computer-created works, video works and digital photographs manipulated beyond traditional photography.



Entry Fees – For up to two entries, the fee is $50; $20 for each additional entry. There is no limit to the number of entries per artist. All artists NOT accepted into Art Florida 2014 will automatically be juried for the Salon des Refusés (fee included with Art Florida 2014 entry). Payment is by check or money order made out to “Broward Art Guild” or pay by credit card by visiting our web site at


Eligibility – Open to all artists in the United States of America. All media is eligible as listed. No craft items will be accepted. All works of art must be original and created within the past two years. No work will be accepted that has been previously exhibited in an Art Florida Exhibit. Works should not be created under instruction, or as a project of a workshop.


Artists not selected for Art Florida 2014 are automatically juried for selection in the traditionally festive “Salon des Refusés” Exhibit, which will be hosted at the Broward Art Guild Gallery, located at 3280 NE 32nd Street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308 from March 19th through 28th, 2014.


The Salon’s reception will be held on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash awards for this exhibit will be selected by People’s Choice at the reception and announced around 8:00pm.


It is the intention of the Broward Art Guild that all participating artists be represented by at least one of their works displaying in either Art Florida 2014 or the Salon des Refusés, however, due to space limitations final selections will be determined by the applicable jurying process.   



Art Florida 2014 will be exhibited at the JM Family Enterprises Gallery at ArtServe, located at 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304 from April 7 through April 25th, 2014. The Gala Awards Reception will be held on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


*Charge payments need to be done either online at: or by visiting our office at 3280 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 Office Hours: Wed., Fri., and Sat. Noon-9pm, Thu. Noon-6pm.


For more information please call 954-537-3370  or visit
The Broward Art Guild is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation


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Call for Artists World Wide – Design Donation Cards!

The Rickie Report is always happy to share Calls to Artists.  This one is meaningful because the organization, Hadassah, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.   The Call to Artists and details follow.  Not only will the artists chosen receive cash prizes, but they will also get the recognition of their craft on each card that is reproduced.  This contest is open to children and adults and is being sponsored by Florida Atlantic Region of Hadasssah.



 Florida Atlantic Region Hadassah Announces Art Competetion


The Florida Atlantic Region (FAR) Hadassah announces a Call to Artists World Wide to create new donation cards!


Contest rules:

  • Artwork should take into consideration Hadassah’s mission. For more information see:
  • Artwork submitted becomes the sole property of FAR Hadassah
  • Original artwork may be in any medium as long as it is easily reproduced
  • Finished card size will be approximately: 5” X 7”      
  • Artists must complete and sign attached application
  • Artists must be at least 18 years old or supply a Parent or Guardian’s signature and date of birth
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per artist
  • The fee per entry is $10.00 (U.S.) or 3 entries for $25.00 (U.S)
  • All entries must be sent as jpgs and be sent separately to:
  • The deadline for entries is Sunday December 2, 2012,  midnight Eastern Standard Time U.S.  
  • A panel of judges will choose the winners, who will be notified by email December 15, 2012
  • Cash prizes will be distributed in U.S. dollars to all winners.
  • Artists whose images are chosen will be given artistic credit on each card reproduced. In addition, each artist will be recognized in the FAR bulletin and at all FAR events where the cards will be sold.  All proceeds from the sale of these cards will go toward Hadassah’s new hospital in Jerusalem, a haven for peace and for its world-renown medical research.  (Check our web-site: to see what we do and how we do it.)


    The categories for cards may include but will not be exclusive to the following:

Get Well *Thinking of You * Sympathy/In Memory * New Baby * Birthday * Bar/Bat Mitzvah * Generic Blank Card

Artistic Design including English or Hebrew phrasing is at the discretion of the artist at time of application.  FAR Hadassah reserves the right to add such phrasing as deemed necessary.


Application for Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah Art Competetion

Please Print all information



City _____________________________________  State ______  Country __________

Zip Code ____________   Phone # ________________________________

E-mail  __________________________________________________________________

Entry # 1 :  Title:  ______________________       Art medium: ____________________________

Entry # 2:  Title:   _______________________     Art medium: ____________________________

Entry # 3:  Title:  _______________________    Art medium: _____________________________

(Please note:  If you are sending more entries, include name and title as part of this application)

Send completed application and check, made payable to:

FAR HADASSAH ART CONTEST   5341 W. Atlantic Avenue, # 305, Delray Beach FL 33484   USA

Send jpgs and all questions to:

You must include your name, address, phone #  with the jpgs and a copy of your check to show payment.

By signing this application, I am accepting all terms of this application.

Signature________________________________Date of Birth:______________

Please print name_______________________________

Signature of Parent or Guardian: ___________________________   Date of Birth _____________

Please print name of Parent of Guardian  _____________________________________


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ArtiGras 2012 Behind The Scenes – ArtiGras 2013 Application

ArtiGras gets a large crowd of attendees as well as hundreds of applications from artists and artisans to be accepted into this prestigious show each year.   The Rickie Report had the opportunity to speak the judges of Artigras 2012.

Consider these numbers:

Applicants to ArtiGras 2012:  1,100  Accepted:  280

Emerging Artist Applicants:  42  Accepted: 13

The application process for ArtiGras 2013 begins in April!

The day after ArtiGras 2012 is over marks the beginning of the planning process for ArtiGras 2013.  Did you notice that this is truly a “show within a show” in many aspects?  There are the 280 artists’ tents and 13 more to include “emerging artists” ( who have not been in a professionally juried show before).  There are the food and beverage vendors and don’t forget the local non-profit organizations whose presence informs the community.

Add to this the entire local school district’s involvement in the “recycle art” program which enhances the decor of the refuse cans along the ArtiGras route.  We hope you put your coins in the boxes to vote for your favorite!   The top 10 prize winners will get monies for their school arts programs.  There were 20 participants this year, including whimsical and serious “recycle” messages.

The 2012 theme, “One of a Kind”  worked well.  The 30 committee members (all volunteers) and the 1,200 other volunteers needed to make this event happen seamlessly are the true heroes.   A post-event survey will be sent out to help form Artigras 2013 into an even better event.

The Rickie Report often hears grumbling comments about having to pay to walk into ArtiGras, when other art and craft shows on the streets of our communities are free and open. Why is Artigras different?

There is rigorous jurying involved with this event, as you can see from the number of applicants.  Professional judges are involved in the three day-long jurying process.  The Northern Palm Beach Cultural Council accepts applications from April through September.  In October, the jurors meet for an “open jurying” process.  They spend 3 days from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm looking through the digital Zapplication files. 

Did you know that anyone is welcome to be present during the jurying process?  This “‘open jurying” helps artists understand the underpinnings of the heart of this show.  The jewelry applications include the highest number of applicants and can take over 3 hours to go through.  The judges are looking at digital images, one at a time, in each category.  They then record their choices through a numbering system.

If you are applying, you can see not only your work, but your competition’s!   This is a moment you might want to take advantage of…see where you stand in the line up.  Sobering yet a real life learning opportunity.  The staff will let applicants know the approximate hours and day that their category will be judged.

In addition to this exhaustive and intense jurying system, ArtiGras offers live entertainment, demonstrations by the artists, a kids area where they can make show their own budding artistry and painting classes for adults.  All of the monies generated by Artigras stay in the local community, going to schools and area non-profit groups.  The ArtiGras planners try to ensure that there is something for almost everyone, meaning price points ranging from $8.00 to beyond.  In fact, The Rickie Report was impressed with the affordability of this show’s wares.

Once an artist has been accepted to ArtiGras, their judgement days are not over!  There is a different set of judges who walk the entire show, deliberating which artist will be deemed “Best of Show” and awarded  $3,000.  Plus, First Place of each of the 13 mediums will be judged and awarded $1,000. each.

Judith Wood of West Palm Beach, FL was awarded Best in Show with her mixed media jewelry.  “Wow! That is the best adjective I can think of to describe how I feel.  Winning Best in Show was not expected so all I can really say is wow”, she shared.

Necklace by Judith Wood

The winners were selected by three judges who scored each artist and awarded a Best in Show and a first-place winner in each of the 13 categories. The following is a list of the artists who placed first in each category:

Marvin Bower of Boonsboro, MD, in Fiber – Wearable; Jayne Demarcay of Abita Springs, LA, in Jewelry; Shelagh Forrest of Gainesville, FL, in Photography; R.C. Fulwiler of Lakeland, FL, in Digital Art; Peter Gerbert of Dade City, FL, in Painting; Barrie Harding of Dunnellon, FL, in Wood; Corey Johnson of Royal Palm Beach, FL, in Mixed Media; Edward Loedding of Brandon, VT, in Drawing and Printmaking; Don McWhorter of Carrollton, GA, in Ceramics; Richard Ryan of Bourbonnais, IL, in Glass; Alex Santamarina of San Francisco, CA, in Metal; Jean Yao of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in Fiber – Nonwearable.

Gilded Koi by Corey Johnson

There are so many aspects to ArtiGras that  you need more than one day to walk the show, speak with the artists ( who must be at their booths unless they are relieved by an ArtiGras volunteer for a break), take in all of this creative energy, and hopefully, go home with a new piece of hand made artwork.   The artists also have an opportunity to donate a piece of their work to a children’s sale.  You will see a purple ribbon “thank you” at these artists’ tents.  (As we said, this is truly a “show within a show”).

The winners of the 2012 ArtiGras Youth Art Competition were announced  the first day of the ArtiGras Fine Art Festival presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.  More than 250 students in grades kindergarten – 12th submitted artwork for the competition in mediums ranging from pencil and crayon to chalk and paint.  Artwork was judged by local artists and art educators who had the daunting task of narrowing down the hundreds of entries to only 77  finalists then selecting a first, second and three place winner along with three honorable mentions for each school grade.

The following is a list of the first, second and third place winners along with three honorable mentions per school grade:


Student Name




Audrey Libkie Jupiter   Elementary K


Kelly Ferrell Timber Trace   Elementary K


Ezekiel   Encarnacion Cypress Trails   Elementary K
HM Lexi Vryonides Palm Beach Gardens   Elementary K
HM Elani Nickles Lighthouse   Elementary K
HM Tess Kruger Elbridge Gale   Elm K


Michael Brand   Campbell Timber Trace   Elementary 1st


Aine Mullen UB Kinsey EL   School of Arts 1st


Selena Calix Dr. Mary Mcleod   Bethume Elementary K 1st
HM Brett Sarcia Good Shepherd   Episcopal 1st
HM Jaidyn   Houghtaling Panther Run   Elementary 1st
HM Jessica Reason Marsh Pointe   Elementary 1st


Jean-Luc Abito Jupiter   Elementary 2nd


Ali Spector Lighthouse   Elementary 2nd


Michelle   Williams Dr. Mary Mcleod   Bethune Elementary K 2nd
HM Trinity   Williamson Marsh Pointe   Elementary 2nd
HM Ariel Hayden Palm Beach   Gardens Elementary 2nd
HM Christopher   Benson Discovery Key   Elementary 2nd


Eddie Diaz Panther Run   Elementary 3rd


Shannon Meloy Timber Trace   Elementary 3rd


Tommie McCarthy Jupiter Academy 3rd
HM Alexis   Internicola Marsh Pointe   Elementary 3rd
HM Angelina   Perumal Loxahatchee   Groves Elementary 3rd
HM Tyler Mizell Poinciana Day   School 3rd


Meredith   Fortini Timber Trace   Elementary 4th


Emily Evans Jerry Thomas   Elementary 4th


Tessa Holt Beacon Cove   Intermediate 4th
HM Carly Coffey Northbora   Montessori Elementary 4th
HM Vyona Smith UB Kinsey EL   School of Arts 4th
HM Jamie Jerchower Panther Run   Elementary 4th


Morgan Grigsby Jupiter   Christian School 5th


Madison Root Panther Run   Elementary 5th


Margretanne   Frasca Good Shepherd   Episcopal 5th
HM Adiana Skye   Underwood Jupiter Academy 5th
HM Lauren   Griffiths Golden Grove   Elementary 5th
HM Corrine Irving Poinciana Day   School 5th


Stephanie Mino Watson B.   Duncan Middle School 6th


Compton Waldron Jupiter Middle   School 6th


David Libfeld Poinciana Day   School 6th
HM Katie Sproule Jupiter   Christian School 6th
HM Sydney Arroyo Gove Elementary 6th
HM Christina   Carlson St. Mark’s   Episcopal 6th


Matthew Serrano Watson B.   Duncan Middle School 7th


Riley Snowney Jupiter Middle   School 7th


Caleb Thompson Lake Park   Baptist 7th
HM Logan Moecher Jupiter   Christian School 7th
HM Isabella M   Reynolds Wellington   Christian School 7th
HM Dhivaan Salig Poinciana Day   School 7th


Heather Hart Jupiter Middle   School 8th


Summer Scherb Jupiter   Christian School 8th


Devin Michael   Stephens Watson B.   Duncan Middle School 8th
HM Dean Biggs St. Mark’s   Episcopal 8th
HM Lauren Burden Lake Park   Baptist School 8th
HM Kristina   Pereira Wellington   Christian School 8th


Sarah Ammirato Palm Beach   Central High School 9th


Chelsea   Pontbriand Jupiter High   School 9th


Megan Derleth Jupiter   Christian School 9th
HM Maham Karatela Suncoast High   School 9th
HM Angelica   Bafitis The Benjamin   School 9th


Gabriella   Logiudice Suncoast   Community High School 10th


Robyn Rosier Seminole Ridge   High School 10th


Beau Britt Wellington   Christian School 10th
HM Evi Seely Jupiter High School 10th
HM Riley Otowchits Jupiter   Christian School 10th
HM Tristan Torrey The Benjamin   School 10th


Meagan Dobson Palm Beach   Central High School 11th


Carmen Chaparra Suncoast High   School 11th


Samantha Hoek Jupiter High   School 11th
HM Samantha Smith Jupiter High   School 11th
HM Rachel   Bertolozzi Jupiter   Christian School 11th
HM Jessica Sanchez Wellington High   School 11th


Patricia Nicole   Serrano Seminole Ridge   High School 12th


Jane Jun Jupiter High   School 12th


Britta Smythe Wellington   Christian School 12th
HM Mary O’Connor Suncoast High   School 12th
HM Diamond Lewis Palm Beach   Central High School 12th
HM Sasha Nicole   Cornello Royal Palm   Beach High School 12th

The judges listed below decided on the cash prizes.  It took them almost a full day on Saturday to achieve their goal.  They looked not only at the artists’ work but also their displays.  The Rickie Report has written about this aspect of being in a show previously.  For the artists reading this, please consider how appealing your display is – by the time someone has reached your booth they have probably seen other booths in a similar medium.  What will make yours stand out from the rest?

Meet the jurors:

Andrea Schoen

Andrea Schoen is an accomplished Art Teacher who has now retired and returned to her passion of jewelry design and creation.  From 1988 to 2006, Andrea was a tenured Art Teacher at Spring Valley HS- Art/Comp Graphics and Studio Art.  She taught Primary through High School levels developing specialized programs in darkroom, photography, computer graphics and calligraphy. Upon retiring, she continued her studies in glass and metal work.  She has sharpened or added to her skills in fabrication, stone setting, wax, enameling, hinges, clasps, casting, lapidary, and jewelry repairs.  Andrea is currently the 2011-2012 Vice President of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths SE Chapter.

Ilene Adams

With over 25 years of professional experience in graphic design, print making, illustration, fabric design, and faux finishing, Ilene brings a wealth of information and creativity to her work.  After owning a nationally acclaimed broadcast marketing company in the Northeast for over 20 years, Ilene focused her energy and skills on the creation of wonderful, warm environments for homes and businesses from New York to Miami.  She has over 300 commissions and collections in homes and businesses from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale.  An award winning artist, Ilene has been featured in many design magazines both in the New York metropolitan area and the Palm Beaches.  Ilene’s business and art education spans Harvard University – MA, School of Visual Arts – NY, Temple University, Tyler School of Art – PA, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, ROME.

Ofra Friedman

Ofra Friedman is a sculptor who works with a unique technique of wire mesh, welded metal and mixed media.  Her sculptures are in public and private collections throughout Florida and in Canada.  In 2009 she created 3 outdoor sculptures for Tampa outdoor kinetic sculpture competition, and was awarded ‘People’s choice’ award for her sculpture.  Ofra is an experienced judge and a prolific art exhibitor throughout Florida. She brings a well rounded and diverse, global art education beginning with Wire Mesh Sculpture gained in Israel, Stone Sculpture acquired in Florida, Visual Arts and Interior Design studied in Maryland and Performing Arts and Dance in New York.  She is a member of a number of professional organizations dedicated to the women and the arts throughout Florida.

Joe Korth

A jewelry artist and metalsmith from Denver, Colorado.  Joe was born in Berkeley, CA.  His first exposure to jewelry creation was in a high school art class.  Joe continued his education at Eastern Michigan University where he earned a B.A. with a dual major in Philosophy and Literature.  After completing his degree in 2002, he moved to Denver and began to explore his love for the arts.  He enrolled in classes at the Clear Creek Academy of Jewelry and Metal Arts (formerly the Denver Jewelry Academy) and began exploring his potential as a jewelry artist.  He has devoted himself completely to jewelry since 2004.  Joe is currently working as an instructor at the Clear Creek Academy, teaching the Introduction and Intermediate level Silversmithing classes as well as a workshops in Chainmaking and Jewelry Photography.  Since 2009, Joe has been on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Metalsmithing Society.

The Rickie Report spoke to each of these jurors to get their impressions of the overall show, the artwork, and personal observations.  They all agreed they enjoyed the experience and would be interested in jurying this as well as other shows in the future.  Each judge, when interviewed, expressed amazement at how well managed ArtiGras is, considering its large scope.

TRR:  How did you prepare for this jurying process?

The Judges:  We met for the first time on Saturday at ArtiGras.  We agreed that there would be a scale from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).  We tried not to use “4” unless necessary.  Zapplications provided us with wireless computers to keep track of the scoring and make sure we saw every artist’s tent.  This process eliminated discussion among us and helps eliminate our own personal opinions.  Though there was a learning curve using the new technology, most agreed that this leveled the playing field in terms of scoring.  The computer program also gave thumbnail overviews of each artist’s work.  This turned out to be important not only to help the judges score the correct booth, but to ensure that the work the artist was initially accepted for was indeed in their booth.  Judges disqualified themselves from scoring artists with whom they had personal relationships.

TRR: Tell us about your overall impression of the work you saw this year.

The Judges: Some of it was beautifully crafted, while a large part of the wares the vendors were selling were commercially oriented.  One judge felt that 5-10% was truly fine art and considered it very well done.  The excitement of seeing an artist create a totally new medium impressed all of them.  While one judge may look for emotion, depth and originality, another is looking for craftsmanship and creativity.  There may have been many potters, the ones that stood out were trying new processes and working with new materials.  Though the jurying process was exhausting, it engendered a lot of excitement because of this creative energy.

TRR:  Do you have any suggestions for artists applying to shows such as ArtiGras?

The Judges:  An artist should develop a clear artistic style.  This does not mean they cannot grow or change, but there needs to be a common element in each of their pieces of work.  Maintain your training.  Keep sharing with other artists in your field and accept feedback.  Identifiability is necessary for success but you don’t have to confine yourself.  Consider having a well-rounded approach to what you are offering to the consumers: some semi-commercial pieces which are your “bread and butter” and some one-of-a-kind pieces as well.  Hone your business skills.  If you are not sure how to market yourself, hire someone to do that part of the business while you work on your art.   Most people attending an art show like this are looking at aesthetics and elements of design rather than technical aptitude. Do something with your tent/booth area to draw people in.

The Rickie Report thanks the judges, organizers, and artists of ArtiGras 2012 for sharing their insights.  TRR is honored to have been part of the call not only for artists but judges as well.   For more information about ArtiGras contact: or 561-748-3945.

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