Call To Artists And Photographers For “ENDANGERED” Fine Art & Photography Contest 2019. Includes Call For Young Artists. Event Takes Place At Art Basel.

ENDANGERED Art4Apes announces its 7th Annual Exhibit which will take place during Art Basel in Miami, 2019.  This call includes fine art, photography, jewelry, and wearable art. It extends to adults, young artists, and class/group entries. The exhibit’s mission is to focus on issues facing endangered species and habitats (your interpretation). Funds raised go to support the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos of previous winning entries.  We urge you to share this information with young artists, art educators, and community educators. Prize winners will be exhibited in Miami December 4th-7th, 2019 during Art Basel Week!







Call to Artists and Photographers


Fine Art & Photography Contest 2019



“Magnificent Majestics”  Oil on panel by Helen Crispino © 2019 All Rights Reserved 




The 7th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest is now open and accepting entries.



Enter Now!

Deadline for submission: September 30 , 2019







“Shy Guy’  Photograph by Jerry Biddlecom © 2019 All Rights Reserved 






This contest and exhibition encourages artists and photographers to focus their skill and creativity on the issues facing endangered species and habitats whilst raising funds to support the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.



Enter Now!

Deadline for submission: September 30, 2019






You are invited to enter the 7th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.  This global, juried, online art contest aims to focus attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats.  The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

  • Celebration of the beauty of endangered/threatened species/habitats

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

Please note – species do not have to be formally listed as endangered in order to be eligible for this contest as long as an element of threat exists.  



The Categories for entry are:

     Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) 

     Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

     Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2000)



We encourage creativity in interpretation and communication of the theme.  

We see photography as a form of art and are happy to receive digitally manipulated photographs. 

We regret we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest.  

Please see the full Terms and Conditions for the specifics on how the contest will be run.   You will find the Terms and Conditions in full on both the Juried Art Services website or at  Please enter jpeg images of your work through this Juried Art Services website.

Fine Art and Fine Art Photography Categories:


For Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.   Do not submit more than one image of the same Artwork.  

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both the Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories.  First Prize will receive $1,500 USD, Second Prize will receive $1,000 USD and Third Prize will receive $750 USD.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of other entries of significant merit will be exhibited in Miami December 4th-7th, 2019 during Art Basel Week.  Letters offering places in the exhibition will be posted to the entrant’s Juried Art Services account by October 30th, 2019. Keep checking your Juried Art Services account for updates.  

Young Artists Contest

Young Artists with birthdays on or after October 1st, 2000, are encouraged to enter their work in the Young Artists Category.  We will accept individual or class/group entries.  Please enter jpeg images of your work through the Juried Art Services website checking the category Young Artists. Young Artist entries should be accompanied by a donation of $5 USD for each entry that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes.  Please be sure to include your age at 1st October, 2019.  Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.  First Prize will receive $250 USD, Second Prize will receive $150 USD and Third Prize will receive $100 USD.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of other entries of significant merit will be exhibited in Miami during Art Week December 4th-7th, 2019.  Keep checking your Juried Art Services account for updates.  

All entries are published on our Facebook page and other social media and on our website at  We will include your name, the title and All Rights Reserved.  If you would like your website and social media links included, be sure to include them in your Juried Art Services details.  



“Indochinese Tiger”  Acrylic painting by Young Artist Victoria Midkiff ©2019 All Rights Reserved. 




The deadline for submission: September 30, 2019


We regret we cannot accept entries from residents of CUBA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, SYRIA, Puerto Rico, Quebec and WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Please read the contest rules in full on this website or at 


Prizewinners plus a selection of entries of significant merit will be invited to exhibit in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition, December 4th-7th, 2019, during Art Basel Week.  Entries will be selected based on the jury panel scores and according to how the work fits in the space available and in the context of a coherent, curated exhibition.  

Artwork exhibited may be offered for sale, if the artist wishes, and it is up to the artist to determine the price at which it will be offered.  

All sales are subject to Florida sales tax and a 30% “commission” which will be paid as a donation to the Center for Great Apes.  Please read the Terms and Conditions in full either on this website or at  Please bear this in mind when listing the price of your Artwork on the entry form.  



We plan an extensive Public Relations campaign involving social media, online and print media.  We will provide exhibiting artists with material that they can email to their contacts to encourage them to attend.  A cocktail reception is planned and artists are encouraged to attend to meet the organizers and sponsors and discuss their work with interested visitors.  



Click here to view the video of our 2018 exhibition:







All proceeds from the contest and exhibition support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. 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 who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care.

Please visit their website to learn more      

ALL donations, including contest entry fees, go directly to support the Center. We fund our events either through commercial sponsorship or through our own donations.

The Center for Great Apes is solely the beneficiary of the funds from this Contest; it has no role in the organization or management of this contest. The Center for Great Apes cannot be held responsible for any issue relating to this Contest.


We like to keep in touch with artists supporting this contest and we do this in the following ways:

  • Through our website   We post a selection of entries online and blog about the artists and their work.  
  • Through our Facebook page – we encourage you to “friend” our page.  We regularly post as many new entries as we can.  ALL entries will be posted eventually.  
  • We send occasional emails to update everyone on progress and news relating to the contest and exhibition plans; you may unsubscribe from these at any time.  
  • You may email at any time with questions.  We try to respond promptly.  
  • You will receive a letter concerning selection of your entry or entries to the exhibition by October 30th, 2019. This will be posted to your account with Juried Art Services.  Please remember to check for mail in your JAS account!  


The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition are a lot of fun.  We encourage you to be a part of this amazing opportunity and not only use your talent to compete in a contest and reach a new audience but also play a role in preserving wildlife and the environment and directly support an extremely worthwhile non-profit organization.

Please read the contest rules in full on the Juried Art Services website or at 




“The Crossing”  Photograph by Perla Copernik ©2019 All Rights Reserved. 



Enter Now!

Deadline for submission:  September 30, 2019.






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Broward Quilt Expo Features Vendors, Quilt Exhibit And Sale, Workshops, Demos, Book Signing, Children’s Activities, And More!

Did you know that quilting is a $3.7 billion industry?  The 15th Biennial Broward Quilt Expo (BQE) will feature 30 vendors, 200 quilts on exhibit, Workshops, Quilt Sales, and Demos. Bring your copy of any Jean Wells’ books and have it signed by the author! Activities include free and ticketed events: Miniature Quilt Auction Monday, March 4; Workshops at ArtServe Monday through Thursday, March 4-7; Awards Gala Friday, March 8; Quilt Show and Marketplace Saturday and Sunday, March 9 & 10.   The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  Kudos to the Six Quilt Guilds for combining their efforts to bring this to our area!






15th Biennial Broward Quilt Expo to Feature book signing with Award winning Quilter Jean Wells

Broward Quilt Expo to showcase 30 vendors, 200 quilts, Workshops, Demos and new this year – quilts for sale.

 Miniature Quilt Auction



Monday, March 4    

Our miniature quilt auction is a fun event to raise funds for Broward Quilt Expo and the six guilds who organize it. It’s your chance to purchase a gorgeous piece of handmade art for your wall. Over forty quilts will be auctioned.

This is a free event, open to all!

6:00 pm   Doors open: bidder registration, quilt preview

7:00 pm   Auction begins

At:  ArtServe     1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304



Tara Faughnan

Monday through Thursday, March 4th to 7th 


At:  ArtServe   1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Awards Gala



Our Awards Celebration is a fun social event, and our chance to gather and honor the makers of the winning quilts in our 2019 show. Ribbons will be awarded in all prize categories.  We will also be treated to a lecture presentation by Hall of Fame quilter Jean Wells.  Wine, beer, soft drinks, and sweet and savory nibbles will be served.


At:  ArtServe   1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


Quilt Expo and Marketplace




Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10   10 am – 6 pm

Saturday, March 9  Noon –

Bring your copy of any Jean Wells’ book and have it signed by the author!




1 and 2 Day passes are available at the War Memorial Box Office

At:  War Memorial Auditorium    (954) 828-5380

   800 NE 8th St.    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304





Quilting in the United States spans generations and has grown to a $3 Billion-dollar industry encompassing a variety of styles, techniques and methods. Quilts are as varied as the diverse community that create them.


Over these seven days, thousands of viewers will join us to celebrate the uniquely American art form of quilting.  Whether you want to look at beautiful examples of traditional, modern, or art quilts, if you’d like to buy a quilt, learn how to quilt, attend a lecture, or shop for supplies, BQE has it all!


And BQE is not just for quilters!  In 2019 we will also be welcoming the entire community with many new activities,  NOT confirmed at press time – please check website for latest updates!

  • Children’s activities 
  • Art Challenge for non-quilters!
  • Lounge and relaxation station.
  • Food trucks.
  • Community events before quilt week.
  • Family-friendly tickets.
  • Much more to be announced!




Vendors will have yards upon yards of fabulous fabric, sewing notions and patterns. Woven wearable’s,art cloths, Japanese threads and much more. New this year is a vendor demonstration area with various quilting and sewing techniques, how to use various tools on the market and much more. All six guilds will be hosting a “Guildtique” with hand made items for sale, basket walk and charity quilt raffles.


To make it a family event, Food Trucks will be on hand, so you can take a lunch break and then continue to view the wonderful quilts and shop the vendor floor. New this year is the addition of quilt sales. You can now purchase the quilts on display.


BQE is the work of the East Sunrise Quilt Guild, Southern Stars Quilt Guild, Coral Springs Quilters, West Broward Quilters, South Florida Modern Quilt Guild and Quilting in the Pines Guild. All or our funding comes from public support, membership dues, grants and funds from previous events. We are an all-volunteer organization who are crazy about quilts.








For more information:

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Free Opening Reception For “Artists Mind” On February 22 At Art On Park Gallery. Call To Artists For Upcoming”The Natural World” Exhibit Includes All Media, 2D And 3D Art. Opening Reception Is March 22

The Artists of Palm Beach County and the Art on Park Gallery invite the public to the free, Opening Reception of “The Artist’s Mind” on Friday, February 22.  Rickie Leiter was honored to be the juror for prizes!  In addition, APBC and Art On Park Gallery are calling for an all media art exhibit, “The Natural World”.  Entries are due March 6, with a Free, Public Opening Reception on Friday, March 22.  This is open to members and non-members, with cash prizes. Show us what exemplifies your interpretation of the Natural World!  The Rickie Report shares the details here.







Art on Park Gallery

For Artists by artists of all disciplines, media and price points

Open:   Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403      561-345-2842



APBC Art on Park Gallery

  “The Artist’s Mind”

Opening Reception:




February 22     5 – 8 pm

Exhibit Available:

Now through March 18, 2019 










“THE NATURAL WORLD” is a call to artists both APBC members and non-members alike for an exhibit of original work of any subject, 2D and 3D welcomed in all media including ceramic, drawing, fiber/textile, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal, oil, pastel, acrylic, photography, printmaking, watercolor, and wood.


People find sustenance and solace, challenge and mystery in the natural world. From representations of animal and plant life to landscapes and earthworks, art has been a means by which humans express their awe of, communion with, dependence on, and isolation from nature. Please submit work which reflects or represents your relationship with or feelings about wildlife, plants, natural environments, or landscapes.



Maximum Size: 36″ wide x 60″ high. 

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 3/6/19.

Notification to artists on or before Saturday, 3/9/19.

Hand delivery of artwork: Friday & Saturday, 3/15 & 3/16/19 from NOON to 5 PM. Opening reception: Friday, 3/22/19, 5 – 8 PM.

Art Pickup: Friday & Saturday 4/12 & 4/13/19, NOON to 5 PM.

SUBMISSION FEES: $15 for APBC Members, $35 for Non-members. Membership is $50/year
If you wish to join APBC or renew your membership if it has lapsed, please go to and click on “Become a Member” BEFORE you enter the exhibit.


Applications and fee payments are to be sent to or dropped off at the gallery. Please use the form below. Once you have completed your application, email up to 3 jpg images of your work no larger than 3 MB each to

Images should include your last name and image title. In the subject of your email put “The Natural World.” Your email should include your name and phone number plus the title, medium, size (h x w), and price for each submitted work as on the application entry form below.

IMPORTANT: Members will receive 75% of the gross sale.
Non-Members will receive 65% of the gross sale.
Please price your work accordingly. Juried by the Art on Park Gallery Management Committee.

IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE WITH THIS PROCESS or have any questions, please call the Gallery for help, 561-345-2842


1) No late entries accepted.
2) Original ideas only – no copying of works.
3) Please do not submit work that is not ready to hang.
4) Entry fees are not refundable.
5) The decision of the jurors is final.
6) Make sure the emailed jpg images match the names listed on the entry form.
7) We recommend paper media be covered with Plexiglas.
8) Unframed oils and acrylics must be finished on all sides – no staples showing.
9) No damaged frames or mats; mats must be clean.
10) All installation methods, such as wire attached to frames, must be secure. All 2D pieces MUST be wired on the back.
11) All entries must be labeled on the back of the work, base of sculpture, or somehow attached to artwork with artist name, title of work, medium, size, and price.
12) APBC, Inc. carries liability insurance for the Art on Park Gallery which does not extend to your artwork. APBC, Inc. will do its best to safeguard against theft, loss, breakage, or other damage, but will not be financially responsible for reimbursement of lost or damaged work.

Please mail with submission fee to: Gallery Co-Managers

Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue
Lake Park, FL 33403


Drop off during gallery hours (Mon. – Sat. noon to 5 pm)




Artist Phone____________________




Entry #1 title____________________________ Size h______w_______ Price________

Entry #2 title____________________________ Size h______w_______ Price________

Entry #3 title_____________________________ Size h______w________ Price__________




All exhibitors must sign the following Waiver

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: The undersigned hereby agrees to release and discharge APBC, its directors and members from any responsibility for damage or loss of any kind, on all works submitted for the “The Natural World” Exhibition.


ARTIST’S  SIGNATURE__________________________________________Date______________





For more information about this exhibit, classes, Art Salons, studio space or other events:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403




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Artist, Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster Is Featured At Weisman Community Center In Delray Beach. Meet The Artist February 23 And View “50 Years Of Making Art”

Artist Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster is featured at the Shirley and Barton Weisman Community Center in Delray Beach, in a retrospective exhibit, “50 Years of Making Art”.  The exhibit is a radical exploration of the mediums, techniques, and narratives of the artist.  Shooster will be presenting an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 23. The free event is open to the public and the exhibit will be on view through March 3.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  




Shirley & Barton Weisman

Delray Community Center

7091 W. Atlantic Avenue          Delray Beach, FL 33446




Fine  Artist,   Stephen  ‘Shoosty’  Shooster



“50   Years   of   Making   Art”

Meet the Artist Reception/Artist Talk:

Saturday, February 23

4-6 pm

Exhibit runs Now through March 3, 2019


Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Closed Weekends and Holidays with exception of Artist Reception

For more information:  561.558.2149


Sculpture, “Warrior Looking Left” by Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster




A prolific artist in multiple mediums, Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster is eager for viewers to understand the background of each of his art pieces.  From sculpture, to painting, to digital art, the story brings even more life to these artworks!


Shooster tells The Rickie Report, “Creating harmony out of chaos is a driving factor in my artwork. I thrive on movement, activity and especially music. Painting allows me to share the beauty I see in nature combined with my mind’s eye. The simple act of painting slows my mind to let it rest. In this way, chaos and calm become interdependent and bring balance to my life and my work”.


“My media changes according to the pace at which I wish to work. I keep many projects in motion at the same time. I stagger the works according to completion times ranging from hours and days to months and years. It takes long periods of time to get the big projects completed. Big projects need time to dry between coats, and patience to resolve composition, form, and colors. It helps to have small wins along the way to keep your mind sharp and cheerful”.



He explains, “I’m constantly evolving, experimenting with the latest technology while on a daily basis experiencing the hand tools and materials used by the Masters. It is critical to understand the nature of different forms of paint, brushes and skills when approaching technology. Every medium, as well as what I listen to and what is happening in my life, affects what ends up on the canvas, especially the dog hair if I’m not careful”. 

Most of Shooster’s work starts with an intimate drawing. He uses standardized on 14” x 20”, Fabriano, Acquarello, cold pressed, 100% cotton, grana fina, 140 lbs. watercolor paper. “It may sound quirky, but I always cut the last inch of the watercolor paper off, so I end up using 14” x 19” sheets, a size that feels right to me. I start by drawing whatever I see. Musicians are my favorite models. I look at my subjects very carefully while drawing. I pay extra attention to the lighting, especially the nuances that happen to occur. There is always something that I didn’t expect. I believe you can’t really see what you’re looking at until you try to draw it. It takes patience, but if you take the time, you will be rewarded. Whatever you are looking at, in time, will unpeel itself and reveal its essence”.



“After the initial drawing, I intentionally practice letting go to see where my mind can take it. My inspiration might be anything. I continuously study all kinds of art and visit museums the world over.  As a seasoned artist, I can also lean upon an extensive personal library of completed works and concepts for ideas. For instance, I recently did a drawing of trees with Spanish Moss hanging over them in North Florida. The following day I went to a music concert, brought the same drawing pad and did a drawing of the musicians on top of that landscape, then I integrated the two. The result is a dreamscape, called Gypsy Tears”. (



This exhibition features Shooster’s original artwork as a detailed overview of the artist’s portfolio from the last few decades. Shooster’s bold use of color, brazen brush strokes and surreal sculptural composition explore the artist’s inspirations ranging from his Jewish heritage and studies, to the impact of music and his unique personal perspective.




Shooster says, “Art is fundamentally about exploration. Through my life’s work, I bring the realm of possibilities to the forefront of my mind. This exercise loosens my thinking, like yoga for the body, so that when I approach a problem, I keep the solutions broad. It makes a big difference to approach challenges in your life with an open mind. By imbuing my lifelong love for learning into each creation, I create my work to inspire. If I had to describe my work in one word I would use the verb, ‘curative,’ meaning, ‘to make better,’ as in, let’s make the world better”.



While Shooster’s influence hones in on cultural history and primitive aesthetic, his evolving practice is anything but stagnant. Utilizing today’s advancement in technology as a medium in and of itself, the artist showcases with a mix of handcrafted skills and digital innovation.  



Stephen Shooster, known as ‘Shoosty’ was born in 1958 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Architecture, in 1986 at the University of Florida.  Shooster has enjoyed a successful corporate career by day and a prolific painting career by night.  He is also the author of ‘The Horse Adjutant’, a story about a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, and is featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Art.




You can see more of his work at​



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Frank Baer’s Abstract Photography Is A Show Stopper, Capturing Light And Color In The Most Imaginative Ways! Meet Him February 23 & 24 At The Stuart Art Festival

When we saw Frank Baer‘s artwork, we stopped in our tracks!  This abstract photographer captures light and color in ways in the most astonishing way!  A lifelong creator, Frank will be at the Stuart Fine Art Festival on February 23 & 24 locally.  The Rickie Report shares an interview with Frank, some sneak peeks, and his schedule, as he continues to exhibit around the country.








M  E  E  T        T  H  E      A  R  T  I  S  T:


February 23 &  24            Stuart Arts Festival    Stuart, FL

March 2 & 3                      Bonita Springs National Art Festival              

                                                                                   Bonita Springs, FL

March 9 & 10                    Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival                          

                                                                                  Albuquerque, NM

March 29 – 31                    Tempe Festival of the Arts     Tempe, AZ




“There’s Evidence” by Frank Baer



Frank Baer tells The Rickie Report, “I am an abstract photographer based in Denver, CO.   While I started composing and selling my photographs in 2016, my career in art started much earlier.  I began creating art when I was young, selling two multicolored tie-dyed pillows when I was 6.  I sold them to my mother’s best friend and those pillows lived for years in their pool house.  Now, the pillows have been handed down to their grandchildren and they are still around.  That was just the beginning of my creative endeavors”.   




He explains, “I’ve always liked color and organic shapes in nature.  I loved cutting out odd and abstract shapes from colored construction paper and making collages as a youngster.  Whenever I worked with clay, I invariably assembled some oddly multi-colored coiled clay cups and bowls that reminded me of snakes.  When I was 10, I tried to learn to use a potter’s wheel and the only thing I made was a vase that resembled a coiled cobra and I made a separate head for the stopper.  My mother kept that for me, (and all my other art projects), which I still display it in my home”.   



“Ring of Fire” by Frank Baer




Frank speaks about the importance of exposing children to art at an early age, including visiting art museums. He was encouraged to create in school and at home. ” I started collecting coffee table art books in high school and still do.  I learned about art and art history in college for my electives.  I’ve traveled extensively all over the world and I always seek out the art museums and art attractions where ever I go.  Art has always been and will always be a large part of my life”.   Frank is inspired by a wide range of styles and mediums, including:  Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Andrew Goldsworthy, Dale Chihuly, Victor Vasarely, Rene Magritte, Yaacov Agam, Pieter Breugel, Peter Paul Rubens, and especially Hieronymus Bosch.  He says, “Don’t get me started on my favorites of classical art and architecture of France and Italy.  I appreciate all art, but the more modern and contemporary resonates with me strongly”.




He has worked with many types of media.  In addition to the tie dye, Frank has created through textile weavings, pottery, fused glass and painted frames embellished with polymer clay canes and stamped tiles.  He generated a 35 square foot mosaic “made to look like a river running through cracked earth in my back yard and incorporated this mosaic into a larger stone patio and into the entire back yard”.




“Curvaceous Undulation” by Frank Baer




Frank’s favorite creative medium is the camera, as it allows him to capture light and colors in a way that is unique and inspiring.  “I started taking pictures with a Kodak Instamatic with the square flash bulbs in the ’70s.  I still have some of those old pictures.  I always had a camera with me on any travels or adventures.  While I’ve always enjoyed taking landscapes and sunsets and nature shots, I most enjoy taking abstract photographs of colored lights at night.  I developed proprietary techniques using the camera to enhance what my eyes see, and this has been the focus of my passion”.  




The focus of Frank’s photography is all about capturing and displaying light and colors.  “I showcase the colors and movement and bring attention to various shapes and patterns that I capture in a moment of ‘color brilliance’.  The streaks and patches of color are chaotic, ordered, patterned and calming.  These images are an expression of how I see color and light.  I imagine that if my thoughts were colors, they would look like this”. 



“Wild Iris” by Frank Baer




 His photographs also include contrast:  the contrast of the colors, light and dark, smooth and textured, the different shapes and intensities of color, the thicknesses of the lines and the sharpness of the curves in contrast to the black background.  The continuous movement in his work, with a variety of visual texture, and flowing patterns, give his work an organic and natural feel.  The textures provide depth and movement while the color transformations are mesmerizing.  The viewer feels the energy, dynamic movement, and flow, as if he or she were part of it.  One of my early water images, ‘There’s Evidence,’ was named because I immediately knew that I was meant to develop these techniques and capture these incredible images! I now travel all over looking for sources for my images.  When I find colored lights, I am happy and when I find light reflected on water, I am ecstatic.” 





Though art has always been a part of Frank’s life,  he wasn’t expecting it to be his career.  He studied business, worked in Information Technology for 35 years, and been a part of a dynamic nonprofit organization in Denver. ” I had taken these great new photographs and I had them printed and mounted on wood.  I was excited to show them to friends and family.  While I was displaying them all over the kitchen at my mother’s house for her to see, one of her friends dropped by to say,’ hello’.  She asked if I would be interested in a one man show, introduced me to a curator, and I had my first SOLO exhibit at the Church Health Center in Memphis!  I knew then I was not going back into IT and since then I’ve shown all over the country.  My art has been on display in California at Stanford University School of Medicine, private homes, and corporations.” 





“Monet Today” by Frank Baer




An outdoor enthusiast and adventurer, some of Frank’s favorite activities are hiking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving, fly fishing, geocaching and zip lining.  In the winter he telemark skis and snow bikes in Colorado.  He’s happy to chat about any of these activities as well as his artwork. 



Contact Frank:

Phone: 720 985-8436







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Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Jason Newsted Brings His Art And Music To Benefit Lighthouse ArtCenter School Of Art. Reception And Concerts Open To Public

Known as the bassist for the heavy metal band, Metallica, Jason Newsted is bringing his talent as an artist and musician to the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.  When Jason learned that the ArtCenter needed to purchase the School of Art building after 21 years of leasing, he wanted to be involved to make it happen.  As artists and art lovers, Jason and his wife Nicole, sprang into action to support the “Raising The Roof” capital campaign.  Jason will be painting one of his iconic murals on the School of Art building. Nicole and Jason will present a week-long exhibition of their work at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, and Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band will offer two benefit concerts at the Gallery.  The Rickie Report shares the dates, details, and some sneak peeks.  Let’s all raise the roof!  Tickets are $10. and limited so make your reservations!






Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101

Gallery Hours:    M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

Jason and Nicole Newsted










Monday, March 4

5:30 – 8:30 pm

Catering and beverages for the reception provided by Eric Pettersen of Evo Italian Restaurant and Tequesta Brewing Company

Tickets are $10.00



The Lighthouse ArtCenter and Chophouse Records

Present Two concerts by:

Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band

Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2019

 6 – 10 pm

At the ArtCenter Gallery

Concert tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds will benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s campaign to purchase the school



Call  to reserve tickets:  (561) 746-3101



“This is such a fantastic opportunity for the ArtCenter,” said executive director Nancy Politsch. “We are so grateful that Jason and Nicole have embraced the ArtCenter and the Tequesta art community, and are giving so generously of their time and talents to make our School of Art building purchase a reality. We invite the public to stop by the school in March to see Jason’s fabulous mural. ”




Jason Newsted’s “ROCKSTAR”, 2006. Acrylic & ink on canvas. 




In 2004, Newsted suffered a shoulder injury after trying to catch a falling bass amp head during a recording session. After surgery he turned to painting during his lengthy recovery period as a way to get “what was inside, out.” Painting continued to be a passion after his recovery and he had his first art gallery show opening on May 5, 2010 in San Francisco, California.




After a lifetime of playing loud and earth shaking music, Jason has shifted to the other end of the spectrum, rediscovering himself and playing acoustic guitar with the Chophouse Band. The band’s repertoire includes folk cover songs from legendary acts of the likes of Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Jason Isbell.



Artist, Nicole Newsted



Nicole Newsted has been pursuing an artistic life since growing up in a family of artists in upstate New York. Currently her practice includes painting, collage and wearable art. Nicole went on to study painting on scholarship to Arizona State University and her paintings are in collections across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.




“My work is an ongoing survey of the objects around me, both past and present. I am drawn to the cute, kitschy and the saccharine,” states Nicole. “The paintings depict maximalism in a minimalist setting. My work is pure escapism in thought and time. They’re meditations on objects made of plastic and polyester, and the artificial flavorings that in youth, incited feelings of pure joy.”



“Nicole and I love our neighborhood, we love being a part of a community like the one we have here in paradise,” said Jason. “Cherishing and preserving the local music and arts of past, present & future generations is vital for all of us…everywhere!



ART is the center of the eARTh.

SOS!! Let’s get together and Save Our School!!

Join us!! SOS!!…please donate



Opening Night Reception for The Art of RAWK Jason Newsted and brighter is better Nicole Newsted

Monday, March 4, 2019  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: $10 per person, to benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter School building

Meet artists Jason Newsted and Nicole Newsted at the opening reception for the exhibition of The Art of RAWK and brighter is better. Catering and beverages will be provided by award-winning Chef Eric Pettersen of Evo Italian Restaurant, Tequesta Brewing Company and Cheney Brothers, Inc. 

The Art of RAWK Jason Newsted and brighter is better Nicole Newsted Exhibition and Sale

Open Monday through Saturday, March 4th – 9th, 2019 

Hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: Lighthouse ArtCenter members are free and non-members are $10 per person, to benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s campaign to purchase the school. 

Call (561) 746-3101 or go online at to purchase tickets.

Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band Benefit Concerts

Friday, March 8, 2019   Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:30

Saturday, March 9, 2019   Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:30

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: $10.Call (561) 746-3101 or go online at to purchase tickets.






For further information about these events, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm






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World Class Art Festival Returns To Downtown Stuart February 23 & 24. Over 200 Local And National Artists Will Participate In Free Event

For nearly 3 decades, the 29th Annual Downtown Stuart Festival has transformed beautiful Osceola Street into an outdoor gallery stroll.  This popular free event features over 200 local and national artists on February 23 & 24.  Proceeds from the Art Festival benefit the Stuart Main Street program.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.






29th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival

Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24  

10 am to 5 pm  Both Days

26 SW Osceola St.    Stuart, FL 34994

Free and open to the public



Stunning, original hand-made jewelry by Judy Goskey






Residents and visitors are invited to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more. The 200 artists are on site to discuss their inspirations and processes for each hand-made work. Parking is free and pets on leashes are always welcomed. 



Brazilian painter Marcos Hollanda’s depiction of the Great White Way reveals the hustle and bustle of NYC’s famous area.




Presented by Howard Alan Events (HAE), producer of the nation’s finest juried art shows, the Downtown Stuart Art Festival represents original artwork, handmade in America and selected by an independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants. HAE’s careful vetting process also ensures a wide array of mediums and price ranges will be offered during the Festival. 


CO digital artist Frank Baer uses long-exposure technique to capture lights from amusement parks, shopping districts, and cities reflected on water, creating entirely new and exciting modern art.







  • Juried, first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists 

  • Original handmade artwork

  • More than 200 artists from 30 different states 

  • 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

  • Free parking and pets on leashes welcome

  • Benefits the Stuart Main Street program


Palm Coast potter CC Lee creates hand-thrown, practical clay creations.


About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:                

Howard Alan Events, Florida-based company, produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the more than 30 years-established  company has overseen art festivals in such noted cities as Alexandria, VA; Aspen, CO; Sarasota, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL and 40 other destination markets in the nation. 

For additional information on the Downtown Stuart Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit or call 561-746-6615. 




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Art, Antique & Jewelry Show In Naples, FL Features Wearable Body Sculpture And Art By Whitespace

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection celebrates unique body sculpture and wearable art pieces at the Art, Antique & Jewelry Show in Naples, FL from February 22 – 26.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.



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Arts At St. Andrew’s Features Exhibit By Visionary Fine Artist, Jill Karlin. “House Portraits” Benefits The Way Café Sunday, February 24

Visionary fine artist, Jill Karlin, will show her latest paintings at Arts St. Andrew’s. The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Sunday, February 24. All sales from the exhibit, “House Portraits” will benefit The Way Café, which provides hot meals for the hungry.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Jill has created a special painting of St. Andrew’s as well as notecards.  We hope you will support this important mission.  This event takes place at the conclusion of the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, a great opportunity to sit down, refresh yourself, and help the needy.



ARTS At St. Andrew’s



By Jill Karlin

Sunday, February 24     4-6  pm

$15 Admission

Support The Way Café feeding the hungry 

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 

100 North Palmway           Lake Worth, Florida 33460-3515




Commissioned Paintings of Your Beloved Home to Feed the Homeless

Jill Karlin tells The Rickie Report, ” The first ‘House Portrait’ I painted was of a family home ‘The Captain Fisher House’, on North Water Street in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard.  I had many happy memories in the sea-captain’s House, which my great Uncle Marty had purchased over 100 years ago for $5,000 and turned into a boarding house.  When he met and married Polly they made it their home and an Inn for ‘the summer people’, who came to visit Martha’s Vineyard”. 


“Captain Fisher House” by Jill Karlin


Jill’s paintings take on deeper meanings, as her story unfolds.  She and her younger sister had a bedroom on the third floor during off-season and during summers they lovingly shared the basement with Uncle Marty, Aunt Polly and the dogs.  “My parents were always the guests of honor, inhabiting the master bedroom suite with the great views of Edgartown Harbor.  (Even though our third floor tiny room with low peaked ceilings had even better views.)  I needed to memorialize these happy memories.”


“911 North Ocean Palm Beach” by Jill Karlin


   Jill  captured these fond memories while she was a student at Rhode Island School of Design, when she summered on the Vineyard, as she taught  art at Nathan Mayhew Seminars, and on her own.  A neighbor on North Water Street, wanted one for herself.  Jill’s career of painting buildings centered in a painting , with a painted border patchwork quilt of the stories about the people and the building began!  

“Flagler House” by Jill Karlin


Jill reminisces, ” I had borrowed the idea from my Mom, who is an artist and needle crafter.  She created a crewel work piano bench in which she depicted all of my family’s professions and hobbies.  Our home was represented in the center of the artwork.  And then, Jill asks a central question, “What about this who do not have a home?”





The statistics concerning homelessness in the United States are staggering.  More shocking are the number of children who are homeless.  Jill reflects, “All of this is deeply ironic, because I was married to the father of Environmental Architecture, Lee Porter Butler, and together we created ‘EKOTECTURE’, a system to provide all people on earth, safe, affordable sustainable housing.”



This exhibition celebrates the structures we build and the way that each one is used.  The community’s goal is not only to feed the homeless but to listen to their stories with compassion. Together we must strive to create a situation where all are cared for.


“Seagull Cottage” by Jill Karlin


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Meet The Artists In Lake Worth At Artist’s Eye Gallery. Free Reception For A “Spectacle Of Art” Exhibit And Featured Artist Diane DeHon On March 1 – Exhibits Available Through March 31

Where can you see a “Spectacle Of Art” Show highlighting award winning artists, a photography and painting exhibit of a 4th generation Floridian, and meet the artists at a free event?  The Artist’s Eye Gallery & Boutique, the home of the Lake Worth Art Leagueinvites the public to their 6th exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, March 1. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The exhibits are available through March 31. Shop the Boutique!






604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460



Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Meet the Artists Reception 1st Friday of each month  6-8 pm

Bringing art to the community from the community, since 1941




Meet The Artists

  Opening Reception:

  Friday, March 1

  6 – 8 pm  

Enjoy the City of Lake Worth Block Party!

This Exhibit runs February 26  through March 31, 2019

ART LOVERS! Save the dates!

You are invited to our “Spectacle Of Art” show!

It’s the 6th of 8 judged art exhibitions in our Eye-Catching Season of Art, and our second season show that is open to all artists!

This show also features a Special Exhibition by artist and photographer, Diane DeHon

Our featured artist is a fourth generation Floridian that loves the beaches, rivers and the Everglades. Mesmerized by the animals, flora, water and their interaction with each other, the colors, the peacefulness and the geometrical shapes that can be seen in the plants, Diane is driven to capture that uniqueness and wonder as both a photographer and a painter.

“Meet the Artists” Opening Reception is on Friday, March 1, from 6 to 8 pm

during the City of Lake Worth Block Party. 

Just steps off Lake Avenue, at L Street and Lucerne Avenue, our Exhibits and Receptions are open to the public. Receptions offer an opportunity to MEET THE ARTISTS, enjoy light refreshment, and shop in our Boutique for unique items created by our artists!
This show begins February 26, 2019 and may be seen through March 31 from Noon to 4 pm.



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