Bead Society of the Palm Beaches Welcomes You To Their Events

The Bead Society of the Palm Beaches welcomes new members and anyone interested in learning new beading techniques to their upcoming events.  Their next meeting takes place on April 2nd at the Atlantis Country Club.  You can eat dinner at the Club beforehand ( with an RSVP).  The Bead Society is planning a Beading Cruise, A “Beading Bee” which includes lunch, two Workshops and more!  The Rickie Report shares the details, plus some discounts on beading supplies.

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Bead Society of the Palm Beaches

Invites You

Make and Take Event:


“A No Hassle Tassle”


Thursday, April 2nd  6:30 pm


Atlantis Country Club

190 Atlantis Blvd.      Lake Worth, FL


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Beading Bee


CORRECT DATE: MARCH 21st.  Please RSVP.  Cash Only 

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Sign Up for  Workshops

with Paulette Rosen Barnes!

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Check out Kelly Stevenson’s New Business!

Kelly’s goal is to bring high quality beads to the consumer at the best price. He is a hybrid retail/wholesale shop whose minimums are lower than the big box bead shops.  He says he has never sent a package that didn’t have a “little something extra” inside.  He is often left with odd quantities of items that are just hanging around, so why not make his bead family happy?  They might just end up in your next order!  While beads are his product, his goal is total customer satisfaction!  He looks forward to attending the Bead and Button Show as well as True Blue Show in Tucson.  He has many new products to entice bearers of all abilities and styles!


Click here to visit his website:

Get 10% off your minimum $100. purchase with the CODE: BEAD PALM BEACH when you check out.



Crystal Creations Coupons 

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Call for Entries: 37th Lighthouse ArtCenter Member Exhibition

The Lighthouse ArtCenter announces its 37th Member Exhibition!  Each year, members have an opportunity to show their work in a non-juried exhibition. If you have not joined yet, you still can up to the moment you drop off your artwork! A percentage of sales goes to LAC to support future events. The Rickie Report shares this Call to Artists and the forms here.  Mark Thursday, April 16th on your calendars for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Exhibit opens April 6th. ATTENTION Art Lovers:  Stop by and Support the Arts!




37th Annual Member Exhibition


Opening Reception and Awards

Thursday,  April 16th

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Exhibit Runs April 6 through April 29

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469




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"Sunset Coconut Palm" by Sue Dayton

“Sunset Coconut Palm” by Sue Dayton



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"Water Dance" by Barbara Bailey

“Water Dance” by Barbara Bailey


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"Cherries" by Marge Sammis

“Cherries” by Marge Sammis


 For more information about this event or other exhibit, classes or workshops, please visit:


"Cattleya Orchids" by Joe Horton

“Cattleya Orchids” by Joe Horton


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Brewhouse Gallery’s March Madness Extends a Grand Welcome to You

March Madness is alive and well at the Brewhouse Gallery – and we’re talking about more than basketball!  Stop in to see the new artwork, check in on the expansion next door, take part in Trivia Night, Open Mic, sit back and enjoy the live music or just relax with a coffee or beer brewed just for you!  A new artist will be featured the last Thursday of each month. We know that artwork has already been going to homes or offices in the past few weeks!  Stop by now to see what is available. Meet the artists and see their portfolios. And, it is not too early to mark your calendars for May 16th’s ONE Year Anniversary and Grand Opening of the new space!  The Rickie Report shares the details here. Since the brewhouse is closed on Mondays, it is the perfect venue to rent for daytime or evening parties, meetings and get-togethers!







12:00PM – 12:00AM

The Brewhouse Gallery

720 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403





Art, art, and more art! Whether it’s our incredible visual artists or our talented performing artists, or even the culinary artists with our local food trucks… Don’t forget our next monthly artist open house Thursday, March 26th!  










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Trivia Night!



UPDATE: The Next Chapter & Expansion


AJ Brockman tells The Rickie Report, “The Brewhouse Gallery is moving forward with our expansion. We’ll have a soft opening in April, so stay posted on our website and Facebook page!  We’ll officially have our Grand Opening on May 16th!  Be ready for a better flow of traffic, expanded draft list, expanded bottle selection, vintage arcade games, communal tables and the all-important expanded FOOD SELECTION. AND we’ll have a 30 foot wall that will be dedicated to a rotating mural project. We will be highlighting some of the area’s best muralists to create a new mural every six months or so. As we have said from day one, it is our goal to create a community around our space and vision. Above all, it is the support of each and every one of you and the belief in what we are doing that has brought all of this to fruition. Cheers!”





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Explore, Enjoy, Chat And Peruse At Whitespace Collection Before Season Closing!

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace Collection has brought contemporary art in Palm Beach County to new heights this season!  In the midst of mourning her beloved soul mate, Marvin Mordes, Elayne has given us the remarkable “Pushing Boundaries” exhibit celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall; new art accessories for the body and home in Col-léct; Karla Walter’s “Crow Installation”, a new collectable poster by Max Toth, insightful  art and interviews with returning Veterans by Dr. Wilma Bulkin Seigel and so much more.  The Rickie Report shares the details of Whitespace’s CLOSING WEEK.  Stop by and get engaged with art!  This is a perfect place to bring children with you and start talking about what art is all around them.We look forward to next season already!





Whitespace Collection


Join us
Saturday and Sunday, March 21 – 22 from 11-4pm
for our season


As a special “Thank You” to our friends and patrons
20% discount in our Collect and Museum Shop!

no reservation required
a donation of $10 is requested

2805 N. Australian Avenue W.Palm Beach, FL 33407




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Partial proceeds benefitting the arts and art education in Palm Beach County through Community Foundation – the Mordes Family Fund

Whitespace is a private exhibition space and receives no state or local funding.

For more information about Whitespace Collection please contact:

Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA

Whitespace Art Adventures

2805 N. Australian Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
T:561.842.4131 F:561.842.4132 E:




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51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival Offers Free art Giveaway, Live Music, Food Court, Kid’s Art Tent and More

The 51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival takes place March 21 – 22, 2015.  The Village Green, on Crandon Boulevard, in Key Biscayne will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by 150 of the finest artists in the U.S. Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music, an international food court, fine wines & craft beers, children’s activities, a free art giveaway and special activities marking the show’s milestone. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Rickie Report gives you more details and highlights of Featured Artist, Kokó Brandão, whose Free Art Giveaway is valued at $850. 

51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival

 Saturday, March 21


Sunday,March 22

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Village Green, on Crandon Boulevard, in Key Biscayne

Navigational Address: 400 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

To Support the Arts, the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne and the Local Community

Free and open to the public


Key Biscayne welcomes back its premier art festival March 21-22, 2015. This two-day annual tradition includes a wide variety of original art, live music, children’s activities, an international food court featuring fine wines & craft beers as well as a free art giveaway.  The wide array of artistic media will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, and mixed media as well as unique gift items. The prices will be set to suit all budgets. Admission is free and open to the public.



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“Gold” by Kokó Brandão FREE Art Giveaway Painting Valued at $850.

The festival, produced by Howard Alan Events and the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, will take place at the Village Green located on Crandon Boulevard. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to explore the original artwork of 150 of the finest artists in the country, enjoy live music, sample dishes from the international food court and indulge in fine wines and craft beers. The show will also offer interactive activities for young art enthusiasts.


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“Nice Hat” by Kokó Brandão

The artists, who will be present for the duration of the event, welcome the opportunity to meet festival patrons and discuss their work. The jury process ensures diverse art media of the highest quality and will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, and mixed media. 



"Curly Haired Woman" by Kokó Brandão

“Curly Haired Woman” by Kokó Brandão



Kokó Brandão’s figurative forms magically capture the beauty of female portraiture – while creating art that is completely modern and original. Kokó is inspired by the graceful elegance of the female form. At times classically alluring, demure and provocative, her art has a pervasive sense of sophistication. Her signature use of expressive color as well as the dynamic application of paint on the canvas combines to create her uniquely recognizable style. The giveaway prize, a 40”x16” original acrylic painting on canvas titled “Gold” and valued at $850, will be on display in her booth where registration will also take place. No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the art show. To learn more about this talented artist and explore her work go to


Viewers report, “Looking at Kokó Brandão’s work, you always get a feeling of the artist’s soul – tension behind the painting … interaction of strong tones and the bright color impact … abstract elements and the sensual dynamics”.


"Japanese Woman" by  Kokó Brandão

“Japanese Woman” by Kokó Brandão


Additional information about the festival:

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery
  • Showcasing local and national artists
  • Original Artwork Handmade in America
  • 150 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • International Food Court
  • 6 distinct culinary offerings available for purchase
  • The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne will offer craft beers, a selection of fine wines, water and sodas
  • Special Saturday Night Under the Stars Event
  • Children’s Interactive Art Activities in the Young Artists Tent as well as an entertainment area to include bounce houses and face painting
  • Live PUSH CPR Sessions by the Village of Key Biscayne Fire and Police Departments
  • Live Entertainment – The Chowder Chompers and Patriotic Marching Band will be performing at noon in the main Rotary dining tent, located in the center of the festival.
  • Free Art Festival Giveaway
  • The 50th Anniversary 2014 Commemorative Festival Poster featuring the art of Xavier Cortada will be available, for $10, at the Rotary Welcome Tent located in the center of the festival.
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation.



"Early Morning" by Kokó Brandão

“Early Morning” by Kokó Brandão


This year’s festival sponsors include the Miami Herald, the NY Times, the Village of Key Biscayne, The Islander News, FJ Turbine Power, Dr. Neil Friedman DDS, Baptist Health South Florida, Sun Trust Bank, Home Federal Bank of Hollywood, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Joan McCaughn & Team, and Alice & Stephen Takach.



About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:



Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.



For additional information on the 51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit, email or call 561-746-6615. For information about the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne please visit


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Mark Your Calendar for Two Inspiring Events at Armory Art Center

Mark your calendar for these two inspiring events at the Armory: On March 17th, nationally renown painter and teacher, Miroslav Antic, will give a presentation at the Art Salon, led by Elle Schorr. From March 19th to April 14th the Armory Art Center will feature work by Armory artists-in-residence produced during their eight month tenure. The Artists-in-Residence program attracts up-and-coming artists from across the country where they develop their portfolio, teach Armory students, and learn from Armory faculty and visiting master artists.  The 2015/2016 artists-in-residents are Chris Pickett and Jessi Maddocks for ceramics, Lisa Johnson for jewelry, Hiromi Katayama for painting and drawing, and Woody Othello for sculpture.   The Rickie Report urges you to take these opportunities to meet the these artists and other faculty members. See what YOU can create at the Armory Art Center !  The Artist in Residence Exhibit Open Reception is  March 19th from 6 – 8 pm. The public is welcome to both events!








TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015 



First and Third Tuesdays – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$10. Fee to Attend


Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries.


Elle Schorr leads discussions covering the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources.


Miroslav Antic, known nationally for his talent as a painter and for his teaching abilities, was born in Yugoslavia and received his training from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He served on the painting faculty at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston for over 20 years and has been an Armory faculty member since 2001. Recognition for his work includes a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a NEA New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, as well as a Florida Individual Fellowship in Visual Arts, and a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship,among numerous other awards.



Artwork by Miroslav Antic

Artwork by Miroslav Antic


“Painting is a form of Utopia – a place (the object itself) and a time (spent in making it) where the world has a chance to be perfect. The painting is here, but what is represented on it is distanced, twice removed. For me, it was always the past, not the future, that held most interest. The old is infinitely more mysterious than that which is yet to come. Armed with love of history and love for color and painterliness, I set out, over and over again, to make the most exquisite pictorial statements I am capable of creating”.


"Untitled" by Miroslav Antic

“Untitled” by Miroslav Antic

“Modernist and Post-modernist disdain for craftsmanship, beauty, and nostalgia is always a challenge. At some point in my career I decided to directly take on these very issues – craftsmanship, beauty, nostalgia, even sentimentality. Most of the images I work with are culled from the movies, old TV shows, old photographs of myself and the members of my family, and other sources I grew up with. Seen from the distance of time these images strike me as mysterious and poignant – the combination of sweetness and latent ominousness is the best”.


Image by Miroslav Antic

Image by Miroslav Antic

“After the image has come, I proceed to treat it in paint in various ways – I play with the conceptual significance of not only the image, but also, of what is done to it pictorially. I contend with spatial issues as they are seen in the traditional representation of the three dimensional image on the two dimensional surface. This I confront with the Modernist notion of flatness, as represented by transparent stripes, spills, glazings, etc. Affirming, denying, and again affirming, is of great interest to me”.



Artwork by Miroslav Antic

Artwork by Miroslav Antic

In my view, painting is conceptually the most interesting and the most difficult form of visual art today precisely because of its long history – sometimes it is less troublesome to invent a new medium, than it is to find uses for an old one. It takes a long time to get good at painting – being a total believer, I am not willing to give up anything. My work is aiming to exist in the realm between passion and distancing – both are necessary”. Miroslav Antic



Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

Opening Reception:

Thursday, March 19th      6:00-8:00 pm

Exhibit Runs March 19-April 14, 2016

Armory Art Center | Greenfield and East Galleries

1700 Parker Avenue      West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.



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Armory Art Center’s Artists-In-Residence 2014/15  (L toR)  Hiromi Katyama, Woody Othello, Lisa Johnson, Jessi Maddocks, Chris Pickett

Chris Pickett


Ceramics by Chris Pickett

Ceramics by Chris Pickett



Chris Pickett earned his BFA from the University of Tennessee in 2001. In the years that followed, Chris maintained a studio practice at his home in Chattanooga, while frequently working as a studio assistant at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. In 2008, Chris began his graduate studies at the University of Florida and was awarded his MFA in 2011. He grew up in the 1970’s and 80’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Childhood experiences filled with Lincoln Logs, improvised tree house construction and action figure forts constructed of twigs and pine needles, taught Chris to love working with his hands at an early age. These early experiences would become a significant influence on his work years later.



Jessi Maddocks


Mugs by Jessi Maddocks

Mugs by Jessi Maddocks



Jessi Maddocks grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and received her BFA from Colorado State University in 2012. She is a functional potter working primarily with slip cast porcelain. The geometries of the forms and surface are influenced by architecture and organizational systems such as street plans and maps. Jessi has interned for the Artstream Nomadic Gallery since 2012. Her studio is based out of the Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) in Carbondale, CO.



Lisa Johnson


Jewelry by Lisa Johnson

Jewelry by Lisa Johnson


Lisa Johnson will return for her third year as an Armory resident. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with an M.F.A. with a Concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. She is trained in metalsmithing and jewelry design and frequently incorporates techniques found in ceramics to explore service ware, jewelry, and sculpture. Her passion for teaching classes of all age levels enables her to bring enthusiasm to the classroom to motivate and inspire students to develop their skills, expand their appreciation for art, and find their voice.


Hiromi Katayama


"Cherry Drops" by Hiromi

“Cherry Drops” by Hiromi Katayama


Hiromi Katayama will return for her second year as an Armory resident. A native of Ibarki, Japan, she studied for her MFA in the painting program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and graduated in May of 2012. Hiromi received her BFA in Japanese Traditional Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan, in the spring of 2008. Hiromi’s love for creative art was founded in the private studio of her mentor Renjoin Sensei, from the age of nine years old. Today, Hiromi’s work is created using traditional Japanese pigments and techniques through traditional methods and materials, and her belief in cultural foundations in nature. Through her work, Hiromi hopes to share her culture and a little bit of herself with her audience.


Woody Othello


"Paul, Fester and Ben" by Woody Othello

“Paul, Fester and Ben” by Woody Othello


Woody Othello, a Miami native, received his BFA in ceramics from Florida Atlantic University. He uses the figurative form and incorporates a sickening palette and textured surfaces to indicate a sense of uneasiness in his work. Woody delves into the subconscious to depict the strain between outside stimuli conflicting with personal desires. He obsessively makes drawings, paintings, sculptures and video work. Upon finishing his residency, Woody will be pursuing his MFA in sculpture at California College of the Arts with a full scholarship.



The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit or call 561-832-1776 x33.

The Artists-in-Residence Program is underwritten by Armory Art Center Governing Board Member and benefactor Mary Montgomery.



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Public Is Welcome to Premiere Event, “Art at The Avenue” in Viera, Florida

The Avenue, Viera is excited to announce it’s First Art Festival, “Art at The Avenue”!  Everyone is welcome to stop by, meet the artists and shop on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd from 10 am to 5 pm in the Central Park area. The festival is sponsored by Art Gallery of Viera, in The Avenue. Art judging by Jini James and Suzanne Peiffer will award participating artists $1250 in prizes. Enjoy music in the park, good food, original art, a children’s tent, Chalk painting and more!  The Rickie Report gives you a sneak peek and all the information you need to enjoy this free event!





Art at the Avenue Festival


Saturday, March 21st


Sunday, March 22nd

10 am – 5 pm

Central Park at The Avenue

Lake Andrew Drive           Viera, FL 32940


Located in beautiful Central Park at The Avenue, Viera, on Lake Andrew Drive, the first annual “Art at the Avenue” will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 2015  from 10 am to 5 pm each day.  The public is welcome to this free event, to enjoy the music, children’ art tent, food, chalk painting and original art. 




Meet the Artists and Enjoy Original Artwork!


Artwork by Susan Kennicott

Artwork by Susan Kennicott


Enjoy the music and good food!


Artwork by Eileen Farrell

Artwork by Eileen Farrell


 Children’s Art Tent Promises Creative Fun!



Artwork by Sheryl Hughes

Artwork by Sheryl Hughes


Artists participating:



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Artwork by Jaymee Weinrich



For more information please contact:

Art Gallery of Viera

2261 Town Center Avenue, Suite 111      Viera, FL 32940

(321) 504-4343




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Spring at the Boca Museum Art School Offers New Workshops

Spring at the Boca Museum Art School means new classes and workshops. Learn a new technique or refresh your skills in a Saturday Workshop. If you have not taken an art class at the Boca Museum Art School attending a workshop is a great introduction to their faculty and studios. On exhibit in art school gallery is art work by current students in painting and drawing classes. Spring classes for adults, teens and children begin April 20. Weekend Workshops begin March 14th. The Rickie Report shares some highlights.




Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School

801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486

Telephone 561-392-2503


Enamel Bowls

Enamel Bowls


Enamel Earrings

Enamel Earrings


Choose your colors
! An introduction to enameling techniques for use in jewelry or making small objects. Create a unique jewelry piece or low bowl as you learn to fuse glass powder onto copper. Explore stamping, stenciling, sgraffito or texturing silver foil to enliven your enamel with pattern and design.

Saturday, March 14: NOON to 4 PM

Instructor: Marjory Yovin   Tuition $90 Material fee $12



Flower Arranging

Flower Arranging

Flower Arranging “Mommy and Me” “Daddy and Me”


Have fun together learning professional techniques of traditional or contemporary floral compositions. And bring home a beautiful personal floral arrangement.

Sat, March 14: 9:30 AM – NOON

Instructor: Pinky Shmerler

Tuition: $40 per parent and one child. 
Material fee: $20 per arrangement


Gelatin Print on Fabric

Gelatin Print on Fabric


Gelatin Plate Printing on Fabric

A fun, creative technique to create one-of-a-kind monotype printing on fabric . Participants will use found objects, paper stencils and masks, on an inked printing plate made from gelatin. Multiple images and colors can be layered to explore the many possibilities of this unique printing technique and create intriguing designs.

Saturday, March 14: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Instructor: Andrea Huffman    Tuition: $75, Material fee: $10


Pastel by Jane Mcintyre

Pastel by Jane McIntyre


Pastel Drawing and Painting

Using a mixed media approach, start with an under painting in watercolor then add pastels. Develop a pastel painting that is luminous. Portraits, still life and landscapes can be explored this way. Abstract artists welcome to explore this medium as well.

Saturday, March 14: 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Instructor: Jane McIntyre   Tuition $90


Noemia and Vila

Noemia Felipe and Regina Vila Verde in the Advanced Student’s “Masters’ Gallery Exhibiting their Work




For more information and details please contact  561-392-2503 or visit

The Boca Museum Art School is active on Facebook, posting images of student’s artworks and sharing information about exhibits of interest, you can like them at



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Griffin Gallery Explores Ancient Weaponry Dating from 2150 BCE

The Griffin Gallery offers rare opportunities to see ancient artifacts in a personal way.  This month, they explore the role of ancient weaponry in humankind’s evolution as a civilization.  Visitors will see three bronze swords that date to the time of  the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the time of Moses; and then King David.  The Rickie Report urges parents to bring their children to this gallery to explore ancient history in a new and engaging way.


Griffin Gallery Presents:


Featuring Three Bronze Swords Found in the Holy Land
Time of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob (2150 – 1550 BCE)
Time of Moses (1550 – 1200 BCE)
Time of King David (930 – 556 BCE)

Public Reception:

Thursday, March 12, 2015  

  5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

The exhibition continues through April 09, 2015. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art

Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail       Boca Raton, FL 33431

Bronze Swords

Bronze Swords

Ancient Weapons: The Game Changers

There is a wide range of ancient weapons from around the globe. They are often advancements on the earlier phase of weapons development, the primitive weapons man first created for hunting and warfare. However, some have no primitive predecessors, like the sword. Swords can only be crafted through a forging process that had not been invented in the earliest phase of weapon construction. Ancient weapons come in three forms, ranged weapons, melee (close combat) and siege weapons. The age of ancient weapons technically ended with the dawn of the medieval period, but these human powered weapons continued to dominate battlefields up until the ascendance of firearms. However, they can still be found on battlefields up to this very day.

Spears: Primitive Weapon of Choice

Spears are one of humankind’s earliest weapons and they reigned supreme for a hundred thousand years. The material culture of our Paleolithic (500,000 BC – 8,000 BC) ancestors covers 99% of the total time that man has been making tools and weapons.  The spear has been credited with creating 450,000 years of peace on earth, as even an outnumbered man holding a spear would be deadly to attack without ranged weapons.



The spear offers its user a level of protection due to its long reach and found a place in many ancient armies. The simple spear is cheap and effective, as ancient armies often combined it with a shield when equipping the ranks of their heavy infantry units. Spears units were found in many, many ancient armies from around the world.



Spear warfare hit its pinnacle when used by the Greeks and Macedonians. Spear armed Greek warriors, called Hoplites, mastered this style of warfare as their city states battled each other over hundreds of years. The terrain of Greece is broken up by rough terrain so Greece never developed the Chariot or Cavalry warfare, but instead focused on the use of infantry. During the Bronze Age, Greek warriors battled in the heroic style, each man fighting for his own glory independently. They considered the use of range weapons to be cowardly so their focus was primarily on heavy infantry. By the classical age of Greek civilization they had developed formation tactics. The Phalanx was developed, were rows of hoplites formed a shield wall, the left side of one hoplites shield protecting the man on his right. Heavily armored, spear wielding armies would form up and fight set piece battles. Casualties were generally light until one force’s formation was broken, then slaughter ensued as they fled.




Strategy in Battle


The next strategic development took advantage of this when an astute Theban general, Epaminondas (ca. 410 BC – 362 BC), realized that battles between phalanxes were essentially giant shoving matches. Whichever phalanx had the strength to put enough pressure on their opponent caused them to break formation, route and loose the battle. It was correctly reasoned that if he loaded up one side of his line and had his weaker side trailing behind them in an echelon formation that by the time the week side engaged the enemy the strong side would have already broke their formation, winning the battle.

The next major development would be made by their neighbors to the North. Phillip of Macedonia, who paid attention to Epaminondas’ innovations, doubled the length the spears of his army (to over 18 feet!) and reduced the size of their shields so his soldiers could hold the long spears with both hands. This allowed the spears of the first five ranks to protrude from the formation instead of just the couple ranks like in a Greek phalanx. Enemies faced an impregnable wall of spear tips. Phillips son, Alexander the Great, then used this formation to conquer the known world (335 BC – 326 BC).




Around the year 315 BC, the Romans adopted the system of the Samnites, called the maniple system, that allowed for more flexibility in the rugged hills of Samnium where the Romans were forced to fight. The maniple system has been called a phalanx with joints, each square maniple, about 120 men, could function as an independent unit. The maniples were arrayed in a checker board pattern; this allowed space for skirmishers to retreat through the gaps when the heavy infantry closed on their enemies. The front two rows of maniples would then form a single line and battle the enemies. When this line tired it could then retreat through the spaces of the maniples behind it without disrupting their formations, and a fresh line of soldiers would take up the fight. Maniples could also be detached to protect flanks or any other task. The Roman heavy infantry was organized into three lines, the first two lines used short, double edged stabbing swords and the last armed with spears. The youngest men formed the first line, the hastati , after they tired they would fall back through gaps in the next line, the principes. The more experienced principes would then continue the fight, if they were having trouble they could then retreat behind the Triarii. The triarii were the final line and most experienced soldiers.


In the Pyrrhic War (280–275 BC) Rome proved that they were capable of competing with the armies of the Hellenistic kingdoms — the successor kingdoms of Alexander and the dominant Mediterranean powers of the time.  75 years later the Romans fought the Macedonians and their phalanx in the Second Macedonian War (200–197 BC). They employed a variety of tactics to break up the massive formations. They chose uneven ground to fight on, attempting to break the cohesion of the massive phalanx. Before the front lines met in battle the Romans let loose with their pila, harpoon-like throwing spears that caused gaps in the enemy formation that could be exploited. They used a wedge shaped formation to attempt to break through the wall of spear points. The well armed Romans with their large, curved shields were able to exploit the gaps in the wall of spears and get through to the Macedonians in order to break up their formations. Once inside, the spears, the longer swords and better armor of the Romans gave them a distinct advantage over the lightly armored Macedonians whose secondary weapon was a short sword was little more than a dagger.


The Macedonians’ defeat is often held to have demonstrated that their phalanx, formerly the most effective fighting unit in the ancient world, had been proven inferior to the Roman legion. Others have argued that the loss was actually due to a failure of command on the part of Perseus, the Macedonian king. They also dispute weather the Roman maniples ever succeeded in breaking the Macedonian phalanx by engaging it frontally. We will never get the opportunity to know how a Macedonian phalanx using combined arms tactics in the style of Philip or Alexander would have sized up against the Roman legions.


The Roman legions standardized the sword as its main weapon, but they also carried the pila that could be used as spear in certain situations. Pila could be employed in hand to hand combat or as protection from mounted troops.  The legions conquered the Mediterranean world with sword in hand, but spears remained a common weapon throughout the world. 

Adapting to Range Weapons and Calvalry

From around 117 AD to the Western Roman Empire’s collapse around 476 AD the Roman army slowly changed. The sprawling empire was difficult to defend so the Romans became more dependent on barbarian troops. Additionally, a greater emphasis was placed on speed. The Romans concentrated on ranged weapons and cavalry at the expense of the heavy infantry. The infantry became more lightly armored as well and they acquired a heavy thrusting-spear which became the main close order combat weapon. Roman infantry had come full circle. 



Dark Ages


In the years that followed, called the dark ages, spears continued to be used widely. Barbarian armies used shield wall tactics reminiscent of the Greeks as they jostled for their places in the new world order. Spears offered an excellent defense against ascending military power of cavalry, if braced against the ground a charging enemy would impale himself. The Huns had introduced the stirrups to the roman world; this allowed a spear armed man to deliver a blow with the full power of the horse, couching the weapon under their armpit instead of stabbing overhand as was done in antiquity. This was the beginning of the medieval knights, but even if a plate armored knight wanted to charge into a wall of spears, his horse might not share his sentiment. 
During the Viking age and medieval period spears developed into a variety of polearm weapons, such as the bill, the halberd and the lance. The long, two-handed Macedonian style spear also made a comeback during the medieval times. During renaissance and age of exploration Pikes had another heyday and were used extensively by close order infantry formations both for attacks on enemy foot soldiers and as a counter-measure against cavalry assaults. Pike and firearm formations worked together; the pike men defended the slow loading and vulnerable gunners from enemy infantry and the deadly cavalry while the gunners provided a powerful ranged weapon.  Although pikes and spears were still used, usually due to the lacking of quantities of more modern weapons, up through the 1800’s.




The spear had a very long history, from the dawn of man and even into the first several hundred years of the gun powder era. Today spears are manufactured and used for hunting by humans, chimpanzees and orangutans.

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McMow Glass Art Announces 16th Annual Glass As Art Contest

McMow Art Glass is excited to be hosting its 16th Annual Glass as Art Contest on Thursday, April 23rd from 6-8pm. Each year, this contest has grown with incredible talent and wonderful sponsors from all facets of the art world. This year we are excited to announce that $2 from EACH entry fee will go to support The Shari Lynn Soldano-Carney Scholarship Fund. The Rickie Report shares the details and cannot wait to see your entries!


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16th Annual

Glass as Art Competition

Call for Entries!


McMow Art Glass is excited to be hosting its 16th Annual Glass as Art Contest on Thursday, April 23rd from 6-8pm. Each year, this contest has grown with incredible talent and wonderful sponsors from all facets of the art world. This year we are excited to announce that $2 from EACH entry fee will go to support The Shari Lynn Soldano-Carney Scholarship Fund.




McMow Contest Winner 2014

McMow Contest Winner 2014


This scholarship fund supports glass art education for a student in need! McMow Art Glass is proud to partner with Shari’s family to honor her memory. Each April, in conjunction with the Glass as Art Contest, a scholarship recipient will be awarded. This scholarship will be utilized to provide a comprehensive glass arts education, including glass blowing classes through the Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts, to a local student in need.



McMow Contest Winner 2014

McMow Contest Winner 2014


What is eligible?

Glass artists are able to enter their work into the following categories:

  • 3-Dimensional
  • Original Design Stained Glass
  • Pattern Adaptation from a book or other source
  • Mosaic
  • Fused glass and Jewelry
  • Professionals: A professional is anyone who sells their artwork, teaches art glass or has previously submitted work to the professional category.
  • All entries must be 6 square feet or under. Works must be display ready with hooks and or stands.

No broken or damaged work will be accepted. All submission category placement and acceptance is at the discretion of the pre-qualified selection committee.

McMow Contest Winner 2014

McMow Contest Winner 2014

What to Send:

There will be a $7.00 entry fee per piece. Up to 3 pieces may be entered. Please submit payment with photographs of your work to entry form. If submissions are entered via email payment must be received over the phone via credit card. Checks will also be accepted. Please make checks payable to McMow Art Glass.

Payment must be received by entry deadline in order to be eligible to compete.

Deadlines & Labeling:

Deadline for submissions is March 20th. Finalists will be notified by phone the week of March 23rd -28th. Pieces selected for competition need to be need to be dropped off March 30th – April 4th. Pieces will hang in the gallery until April 30th. Pieces will need to be picked up by May 2nd.

Please make sure entry form is submitted with $7 entry fee per piece.


Title of Work:__________________________________________
Dimensions of Work:_____________________________________
Price of Piece:__________________________________________

Category: Please check one
____3-dimensional____Original design Stained Glass
____Pattern adaptation from a book or other source
____Mosaic glass____Fused glass/Jewelry____Professional

The undersigned has read and understands the rules of the contest. The undersigned agrees to release McMow Art Glass, Inc from any damages to any work submitted.
Signature:______________________________ Date: _________




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