Martin Artisans Guild Celebrates Permanent Home Of The Palm Room Gallery & Artisans Boutique . Grand Opening Reception And Kick Off Raffle Of Special Luxury Baskets On Friday, July 2. Raffle Continues Through August 27

The Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) is thrilled to announce their new permanent location in Harbour Bay Plaza! The Public is invited to the Grand Opening of The Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique on Friday, July 2 offering light refreshments, a cash bar, and music.  Support MAG by buying Chances for Luxury Baskets which will be on display at the Gallery. Chances for these prizes will be available until August 27. The random drawing will be 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 1.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks of artwork and Luxury Baskets!  Admission and parking are FREE. The Martin Artisans Guild are sponsors of the Open Studio Tour. Mark your calendars for March 5 – 6, 2022.








Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique

  Grand     Opening     Reception






Friday, July 2

5:30  –  7:30 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm

This exhibit will continue to August 28, 2021

3746 SE Ocean Blvd.       Stuart, FL


Gallery is located at 3746 SE Ocean Blvd, Sewall’s Point in Harbour Bay Plaza, (east end of the Plaza, near Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar)




Painting by Diana Rell Dean






Ceramic Sculpture by Carolyn Walsh





Angela Krogen

Barbara Bucci

Carolyn Walsh

Charlie Coté

Craig Dietrich

Curt Whiticar Collection

Diana Rell Dean

Dinija Berkien

Dot Galfond

Ed Douglas

Eduardo Gomez

James J. DeMartis Collection

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Jeanine Baum

Lynn Morgan

Sue Klahne
















For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild


The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.


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“Squares On The Square” Fundraiser At Cornell Art Museum Adds A Twist, Adding New Sizes And An “Early Access” Pass To Art Lovers To Get Their First Picks. Deadline For Artwork Is July 8.

The Cornell Art Museum announces a Call for Art for its annual fundraiser, with a little twist! The SQUARES ON THE SQUARE exhibition and sale will feature artwork in a range of sizes: 6 x 6, 8 x 8, 10 x 10 and 12 x 12 inches.  Participating artists will donate original works of art, to be featured in an exhibition at the Cornell Art Museum opening during the Delray Beach First Friday Art Walk on Friday, August 6, 2021. The artworks will be sold at the SQUARES ON THE SQUARE cocktail reception on August 25, 2021. Art lovers can purchase an “Early Access” pass for $35.00 (on sale from August 6 through 25) that will allow the pass holder to purchase works prior to non-pass holders up to 30 minutes before the sale begins at the event on August 25. Early Access passes can be purchased in person or online. All SQUARES will remain hanging in the museum for the entirety of the exhibition (August 6 –25.) All proceeds benefit the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square!  The Rickie Report shares this CALL TO ARTISTS and reminds art lovers to mark their calendars for the BIG EVENT on the SQAURE! Deadline to enter is July 8!









51 N. Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444



C A L L        F O R        A R T I S T S


DEADLINE:   JULY 8, 2021







AUGUST 6, 2021


Early Access passes go on sale & buyers may begin purchasing works*





*Please note: Early Access passholders will be given first view at the August 25th event, and a chance to purchase artwork up to 30 minutes prior to the sale.


Exhibit  is  available  August  6 – 25,  2021







  • Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork must be sized at either 6×6, 8×8, 10×10, or12x12 inches. Please do not exceed dimensions.

  • Three-dimensional work should not exceed 6x6x6, 8x8x8, 10x10x10, & 12x12x12 inches.

  • Artwork must be flat-backed and ready to hang.

  • Framed works are accepted; framing is not required.

  • Each artist & one guest will receive complimentary admission to the August 25 event.

  • All mediums accepted. Please no unfixed charcoal/pastels or wet paint.

  • Artwork that does not meet the above requirements will not be accepted.




JULY 8, 2021: All artwork must be received by 4:00PM

AUGUST 6, 2021: Art Walk exhibition featuring the SQUARES artwork opens.
Early Access passes go on sale & buyers may begin purchasing works*

AUGUST 6 – 25, 2021: Artwork on view at the Cornell Art Museum
Artwork available for purchase by Early Access passholders

AUGUST 25, 2021: SQUARES ON THE SQUARE reception and sale from 6:00–9:00PM All purchased artwork is taken home by collectors

*Please note: Early Access passholders will be given first view at the August 25th event, and a chance to purchase artwork up to 30 minutes prior to the sale.



Cornell Art Museum
Delray Beach, Florida 33444


Cornell Art Museum, at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and N. Swinton Ave in Downtown Delray Beach (buiding faces Atlantic Ave.) THURSDAY — SUNDAY 12:00 to 5:00PM





For more information:

Squares on the Square is a signature fundraising event for Old School Square Center for the Arts, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) registered non-profit cultural organization.





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Artists Of Palm Beach County Presents “Summer Dreams” Exhibit And Features Artist, Lupe Lawrence. Opening Reception Is Friday, June 25

ArtWorks Gallery, located in the wonderful, historic bohemian art district of Northwood in West Palm Beach, hosts  “Summer Dreams”, the next exhibit by the Artists of Palm Beach County.  The Awards Juror is Sue Archer. The Featured Artist is award winning Lupe Lawrence.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, June 25.  The exhibition is open now and will run through August 31, 2021.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!









An Opening Reception and awards ceremony for “Summer Dreams” at the ArtWorks Gallery is planned for Friday, June 25th, 5 – 8 PM in conjunction with the Northwood Village Art Walk. The gallery will be treated to a live jazz band, and visitors can also stroll through the area to enjoy local arts and craft vendors, experience live street-side music, or dine at some of the best restaurants. Don’t miss this lively night out!



“After The Beach” by Lupe Lawrence



A call for artists went out to members and non-members alike for this juried show of original artwork in all media, 2D or 3D, and 24 artists were accepted. Lupe Lawrence, a painter who is best known for her landscapes and cityscapes, was chosen as the Featured Artist, and her oil painting “Island Cove” is below.



“Island Cove” by Lupe Lawrence



Artists of Palm Beach County is also thrilled to have Sue Archer as the Judge for awards. Ms. Archer is a nationally known award-winning watercolorist and workshop instructor whose watercolors have been exhibited in national, state, and regional competitions.



For more information about this exhibit or other events of the Artists of Palm Beach County:



Artists of Palm Beach County is a non-profit 501c organization dedicated to helping member artists achieve their artistic goals and utilize their talents to enrich the lives in our community. Registration #CH52359





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Master Sculptor Lorrie Goss Offers Hand Sculpted Clay Water Fountain Workshops. Open To All Skill Levels. Children Over 12 Welcome With An Adult

Join master sculptor and flow dynamics specialist Lorrie Goss for a 2-day workshop (three hours each day) and create a functioning clay water fountain with your own personal style and flair!  The Workshops are being offered on Wednesday, July 21  and Thursday, July 22 or Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. Clay Habit Studio and Gallery is located in Jensen Beach, FL. This is open to all skill levels from beginners to advanced for this small group event.  Children over the age of 12 are welcome with adult supervision.  Pre-registration is required.  Lorrie and Mia Lindberg ( aka The Clay Chicks) also offer Date Night and Girls Night Out events. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of what type of fountains you can choose from!




C O M E       C L A Y       W I T H      U S!








Sample of clay water fountain made by Lorrie Goss




Choose one of these 2-day Workshops:



Wednesday, July 21, and Thursday July 22 

4– 7 PM  


Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25

 1  –  4   pm


Workshop fees are $110 and $35 for materials.




Water Fountain by Lorrie Goss



 Clay Habit Studio

1811 NE Mango Terrace    Jensen Beach Florida 34957


R E G I S T E R:



Text:  772-341-1334  or   772-284-4325





Join master sculptor and flow dynamics specialist Lorrie Goss  and create a functioning clay water fountain with your own personal style and flair!



Lorrie Goss is preparing materials for you!



Students will create a central sculpture from which water cascades into the vessel base. 



This is open to all skill levels from beginners to advanced for this small group event.  



Children over the age of 12 are welcome with adult supervision.



 Pre-registration is required.






To register for these workshops or get more information about GIRLS NIGHT OUT AND DATE NIGHT, please contact: 

Mia Lindberg and Lorrie Goss

Clay Habit Studio

1811 NE Mango Terrace    Jensen Beach Florida 34957



Text:  772-341-1334   or      772-284-4325





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Harriet Silverstein’s Portrait Series Is Featured At POSH Design Studio’s “Women Who Changed The World”. Public Is Invited To Opening Day On Monday, June 28

Internationally award-winning artist, Harriet Silverstein‘s portrait series will be featured in the inaugural exhibit, “Women Who Changed the World” at POSH Design Studio in Delray BeachThe public is invited to Opening Day on Monday, June 28, with wine and light refreshments. Harriet’s wildlife-themed metal and painted metal  sculptures, will also be available. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  





H A R R I E T      S I L V E R S T E I N





POSH Design Studio – Art Gallery


Opening Day

  Monday , June 28



9169 Atlantic Ave.  Suite 118  Delray Beach, FL  33446

(561) 591-3680


Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm

Sunday: By Appointment Only




Portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Harriet Silverstein




In a statement about exhibiting her work in the inaugural show of the POSH Design Studio, Harriet Silverstein tells The Rickie Report, “It is significant to me to show my portrait series “Women who Changed the World” in the opening exhibition of a gallery founded and managed by three women entrepreneurs, who persisted through Covid-19 to support the arts community of South Florida”.  




Portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Harriet Silverstein



Harriet says, “My ‘Women who Change the World’ portrait series is an ongoing, ever-growing body of work that intends to celebrate women who have made permanent contributions to society. These accomplishments are vast and transdisciplinary, from literary to performing visual arts, from judicial and legal activism to the changing ideals of feminine beauty, and more. As an artist, I purposely select my subjects for their depth and barrier-breaking leadership. These multiple portraits are intended to resonate together, creating one memorable visual voice of strength, intention and dedication. In addition to these portraits, my wildlife-themed metal and painted metal sculptures will be available.”




Portrait of Harriet Tubman as a Young Woman by Harriet Silverstein



Harriet is a widely exhibited international visual artist, currently an Artist-in-Residence at the History Fort Lauderdale Museum in Fort Lauderdale. Born in Syosset, NY, she received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A. in Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Albany with honors. After finishing graduate studies in art, she was awarded the  prestigious State University of New York International Fellowship to France, where she completed her MFA at the Academie Des Beaux Arts in Strasbourg, France. During her time abroad, she exhibited in commercial galleries, as well as an exhibition at the Musee de Grand Palais in Paris.






Portrait of Audrey Hepburn by Harriet Silverstein



Harriet’s paintings, drawings and prints have been featured in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad, winning numerous juried exhibitions, as well as corporate and residential commissions  Mort recently, she was awarded a SOLO Exhibition as Virtual Artist of the Month by Art4Apes/Endangered, an animal wildlife conservation organization. A SOLO exhibition of her work at Las Olas Capital Arts Gallery in Fort Lauderdale featured over sixty of her works. Her curatorial experience also includes numerous SOLO and large group exhibitions.




Portrait of Maya Angelou by Harriet Silverstein




Harriet’s paintings and sculptures were recently exhibited in the following fine art exhibitions:

  • “Express Yourself” at the Arts Warehouse, Delray Beach

  • “Changing Landscapes,” Artserve, Fort Lauderdale

  • “Diaspora, ” Coral Springs Museum of Art

  • “Flowers of May,” Gallery 526, West Palm Beach 

Harriet’s studio is located in the History Fort Lauderdale Museum at 231 Moffat Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, where she is Artist-in Residence. Her work can always be seen during regular museum hours open (7 days a week) and by appointment.  





For more information about this exhibit or other artworks by Harriet Silverstein please visit:




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Middle River Press Opens Call For “COVID Stories” Now Through July 4, 2021. Include An Illustration Or Photo Of Your Artwork That Accompanies Your Story. No Fee

Middle River Press, a local custom publisher in Oakland Park, FL is putting together a chapter book of stories—YOUR stories.  Judy and Bruce Borich announce a unique opportunity for authors and artists to share their COVID stories.   This is a chapter of everyone’s personal history.  Everyone who sends a story of 2500 words or less will get a free copy of the book. You may include a photo of an illustration or art piece to accompany your story. All ages are invited to participate.  There is no fee to submit your entry. Once published, the book will be available on Amazon.  All profits will benefit the Broward County Humane Society.  The deadline for entries is July 4, 2021.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.










Get    Published    for    FREE   and   get   a    FREE    book!








C  A  L  L              F O R              E  N  T  R  I  E  S:





D E A D L I N E:      JULY 4, 2021




Judy and Bruce Borich tell The Rickie Report,  “There isn’t anyone who wasn’t touched in some way by this virus; some lost loved ones, their jobs and even their homes. Virtual schools and virtual events replaced normal activities almost overnight. Every part of our lives was turned upside down. This is an important chapter of your personal and family history. How did we get through it?  Many are still getting through it.  Everyone who sends us a story of 2500 words or less will get a free copy of the book. If you have a photo that you would like to put with your story, please include that. All ages are invited to participate”.



Bruce says, “We intend to publish all pieces submitted, but don’t guarantee it. HOWEVER, everyone who submits a story will get a FREE copy of the book.  We will post the book on our website and all social media.  Additional copies of the book will be available on Amazon.  All profits after printing costs will go to the Broward Humane Society.



Email your story to or call Middle River Press at 954-630-8192




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Eduardo Gomez Rojas’ Sculpture “The 38th Parallel” Will Be Installed And Dedicated To Korean War Veterans On June 12. Public Is Invited To Ceremony.

An Art in Public Places sculpture by Eduardo Gomez Rojas will grace Veterans Memorial Park in Port St. Lucie to commemorate the heroism of US troops during the Korean War.  Titled, “The 38th Parallel”, the Korean War Veterans Association Treasure Coast Chapter 106 will dedicate this moving memorial on Saturday, June 12, 2021. The Public is invited to the free ceremony.  We are grateful to the anonymous art patron who donated this sculpture. The Rickie Report shares an interview with Eduardo as well as the details of the June 12 event.



SATURDAY,  JUNE 12, 2021



10  AM



Veterans     Memorial     Park



2100  SE  Veterans Memorial Parkway

        Port St. Lucie, FL  34952






TRR:  What inspired you to create this memorial sculpture?



In 2006, while I lived in Little Rock, AR I became interested in the Korean war. Arkansas happens to be the birthplace of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, who commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre in World War II. He administered postwar Japan during the Allied occupation that followed, and led United Nations forces during the first nine months of the Korean War. I became interested in him and decided to make a memorial sculpture about the Korean War. I spent many hours doing research and preparing a maquette for this sculpture.



TRR: How do the figures in this sculpture represent more than the battle in Korea.



First, I asked a couple of friends, who were war veterans as well as a Korean friend who had a young son, to pose for the sculpture. I used my camera to create various compositions until I found a pose that captured the art concept I wanted to convey. I wanted to memorialize the fact that the Korean war was the first time that black and white soldiers fought side by side. In the sculpture the black soldier watches the white soldier’s back. The white soldier holds a Korean child in his arms. His face shows the urgency of the moment. The child represents the Korean Republic being saved by the American soldiers. Notice that the soldiers are wearing their “winter” uniforms. Our troops suffered tremendously from the coldest weather the region had seen in over forty years.  In contrast, and to dramatize the fragility of the child and the situation, the Korean child is almost naked as he is rescued and brought to safety. For me, this is a powerful statement about how mutual sacrifice helps us learn to live together!

Our individual bodies carry the imprints of our lives and our souls. In my sculptures, form is a vehicle for expressing individual character rather than idealized perfection. Human relationships also inspire me. For this reason, I like making sculptures with multiple figures. I also find inspiration in physical movement. Its grace and its plasticity; even what it may say about our brokenness.



The human figure in all its aspects and conditions is my main source of inspiration. In it, I see the incredible beauty and perfection of creation as well as the raw reflection of our human condition. Individual uniqueness inspires me. Life affects all humans in a singular way. Therefore, our bodies are a journal of our life and an X-Ray of our soul. I find a raw beauty in this uniqueness and my work attempts to chronicle my own personal perception of this uniqueness. The result can be beautiful but can also be intense and even disturbing.



On July 26, 1948 U.S. President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, desegregating the armed forces. Truman declared, !there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.” The president acted upon the wishes of many people, black and white, who believed that if African-Americans and other people of color served their country with honor, they should not be subjected to racial discrimination or violence. The struggle for military integration in Korea mirrored similar struggles on the home front.



Original Photograph Courtesy of Eduardo Gomez



TRR:  What are some other significant meanings that most viewers may not know?



I am originally from Colombia, South America. During my research, I discovered that Colombia was one of only 14 allied nations to send troops to Korea to fight against communism alongside the United States. I am proud of that! The 38th parallel is the popular name given to latitude 38° N that in East Asia roughly demarcates North Korea and South Korea. The line was chosen by U.S. military planners at the Potsdam Conference (July 1945) near the end of World War II as an army boundary, north of which the U.S.S.R. was to accept the surrender of the Japanese forces in Korea and south of which the Americans were to accept the Japanese surrender. The line, intended as a temporary division of the country remains steadfast today.





Original Photograph Courtesy of Eduardo Gomez




TRR:  Please tell us about your process


My work always starts in clay because it allows me to quickly develop an idea into a visual concept. I then may finish the work in clay or evolve to casting the work in bronze or other media. This may take months or even years. As you can see from some of the photos, I sculpt from the inside out. I believe that true proportions as well as movement, gesture and clothing folds require that you build on what we call the “surface anatomy” of the subject. I prefer working from life whenever possible because the interaction with the model adds “soul” to the work. I work on many projects at once because they are at different stages of development. I like making portraits, full figure sculptures and reliefs. I don’t follow any particular formula and I don’t sculpt for a particular audience. I do try to be honest and express my true feelings. I leave the psychoanalysis to the psychiatrists. I accept private and public commissions, small to monumental.




Eduardo Gomez Rojas is a local figurative sculptor and teacher. His work”s singular quality is its force and passion. His studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida. He does public and private commissions from small to monumental. His work is collected internationally. Eduardo Gomez: Silent Messages a book about his work was published in 2009. The book is currently available on Amazon. His main subjects are people and animals. He particularly enjoys sculptural portraiture and memorial sculpture. He is currently a faculty member at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida and has also taught locally at the Elliott Museum and privately in his own studio. Eduardo moved to Florida from Arkansas in 2007. This sculpture will be Eduardo’s third public sculpture in the Treasure Coast area. The other two, inaugurated on 2017 and 2018 respectively, are located on either side of the American flag at the entrance of the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida.






For more information about this sculpture, commissions, classes, workshops and other works of art contact:
Eduardo Gomez


Figurative Sculptor

Small to Monumental

Public and Private Commissions

Studio: 953 NE Industrial Blvd    Jensen Beach, Florida, 34957




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Art & The Blockchain Is A Reality: One Third Of Small And Medium Sized Businesses Now Take Cryptocurrency As Payment. What You Need To Know!

Blockchain is affecting the art industry, small business, and our lives in general. How will it change the way artists, galleries, and art buyers do business?  Here’s what artists and art buyers should know about this evolving technology. The Rickie Report shares an informative article about Art & Blockchain, written by Carolyn Edlund of Artsyshark.











ART     &     THE      BLOCKCHAIN



Art as NFTs and the rise of the crypto art market have been all over the news lately. Headlines scream about artists earning veritable fortunes overnight, while others warn about energy usage. Some artists are clamoring to get involved with this hot new market. Others are vehemently opposed.  What is the future of NFTs and the blockchain technology behind them? I spoke with two experts to get answers and dive into big changes coming to the industry.



Why Blockchain Matters



Blockchain is a “trustless” protocol that records transactions through a transparent, verifiable ledger system which cannot be altered. The entire cryptocurrency market and a myriad of virtual tools and projects are built on blockchain platforms that provide fast, accurate and safe functionality.


Importantly, blockchain is a decentralized system which is disrupting the status quo. It tends to increase fairness and stability, and take power out of the hands of a small group of decision makers. In this way, blockchain mirrors the art industry itself, which has fractured and placed more control in the hands of self-determining individual artists.


To get to the heart of the enormous impact this will have in our everyday lives, I spoke with Shidan Gouran. He is an early blockchain investor and a serial technology entrepreneur holding degrees in Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Western Ontario. Gouran is the founder of Gulf Pearl, a Canadian merchant bank focused on “financing both private and junior public companies in the information, communications and media sectors.

“Blockchain is now mainstream,” Gouran says. “Technologies come and go, and better technologies will come. The concept of universal databases that anybody can read and write to and that cannot be manipulated are very useful. Digital assets are here to stay. It just makes sense that things would move from paper to the digital world. Tracking and provenance of real world objects on the internet will become more and more common. Those are the realities.”


How prevalent is blockchain in our society? One-third of small and medium-sized businesses now take cryptocurrency as payment. Bitcoin can be purchased using Paypal. Mastercard, Visa, and American Express are all embracing blockchain technology. It is transforming the banking and “financial industries, and is the “digital DNA” of the internet 3.0.



The Question of Energy Consumption



Blockchain is undergoing rapid evolution and improvement. Detractors cite as a major concern the high energy usage in the “mining” process that drives transactions. Bitcoin is often held up as a major example of this excess.  “Bitcoin was the “first prototype; it is not the last system in existence,” explains Gouran. “Right now it consumes more energy than the Netherlands. Each transaction burns more than 700,000 Visa transactions as far as energy goes. When you consider these things, Bitcoin is not a great system. In my opinion, if it became the world’s currency it would be highly immoral, because of the energy consumption.”



How will this problem be overcome? Bitcoin operates on a Proof of Work mechanism which is energy ineficient. The Ethereum blockchain (which powers NFTs) and other platforms are moving to Proof of Stake, which is much less energy consumptive.  Gouran adds, “There are systems like Stellar and Ripple and when released,Facebook’s Diem blockchain, which would use even less energy than Ethereum’s Proof of Stake. A transaction on the Diem blockchain doesn’t cost more than a Visa transaction.”



Think of super efficient systems underlying the technology of finance and business that remove the need for offices full of workers using energy to validate and push through transactions. What are the energy savings when you don’t have to power 100,000 square foot buildings using light and heat and computers for hundreds of workers because they aren’t needed, all due to blockchain efficiency? We could end up with an actual decrease in energy usage.






Art as NFTs



NFTs (art sold as non-fungible tokens) have captured the imagination of the world and produced record-breaking sales. I asked art advisor, curator and crypto expert Georg Bak about this phenomenon. He says, “NFTs are certainly not just a trend. I believe that this market has a huge growth potential, not only for art but also for any kind of collectibles in the game, fashion and sport industry. At the moment the market is a bit overheated and many buyers are only buying NFTs in order to flip them instantaneously and make profits. I believe we will see a correction towards a more consolidated and matured market. There are so many historical digital artworks which never had a market and can be discovered by a wider public.”



What does this mean for the individual artist?  Selling platforms are cropping up like wildfire, offering an opportunity to artists who want to enter the crypto art market. Over time it will shake out and mature, and providers will address some of the existing technical limitations. Right now the sky is the limit. Once we have some history in the rearview mirror, the road will become clearer.


Benefits of New Tech



New technologies built on blockchain and the “smart contracts” they enforce and offer a level of transparency to an often opaque art world. This is good news for artists who create both digital and physical artworks, which can be embedded and tracked.


Bak says, “Blockchain technology will certainly not solve the authenticity and provenance issues of the past, but it can have a strong impact on future transactions. Nevertheless the data on the blockchain is only valuable if the physical artwork can be identified and assigned clearly to the data. There are different methods to apply identifiers such as for example RFID chips or surface scanning technologies.”


Once embraced, chips and scanning methods can assure the authenticity, scarcity and provenance of an individual piece of art. Artists will also use blockchain technology to track inventories, collectors, shipping and sales transactions. Another huge benefit of smart contracts is automatic payment of royalties to artists when secondary sales of their work are made.



Power to the Artists


As decentralization continues to put more control into the hands of individual artists, they are no longer in thrall to gatekeepers or third parties. How will our industry evolve as the power centers change?



“Galleries are certainly losing their monopoly over the market as artists can reach out to collectors directly,” says Bak. “The new gatekeepers are online marketplaces, and power is shifting from galleries to platforms. Even though platforms provide an interesting new revenue stream for artists, they don’t necessarily provide the same extent of curatorial exposure and content for artists as gallerists did in the past. Quite often platforms select artists according to purely mathematical measures, such as the number of followers on Instagram. Therefore, I think that galleries or artist managers are still playing an important role in promoting the artist’s career but probably they have to reinvent their business model.”




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Public Is Invited To “Master Artists Showcase” Featuring Renowned Art Luminaries At New Studio For The Visual Arts In Jupiter. Grand Opening Is June 4 & 5 Offering In-Person And FaceBook Live Events

The New Studio for the Visual Arts (NSVA) of Jupiter invites the public to a spectacular new exhibit, “Master Artists Showcase” featuring Sue Archer, Pat Dews, Laurie Snow Hein, Edward Munoz and Suzanne Scherer. The Grand Opening on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 begins a summer-long celebration, engaging area art lovers with interactive, educational entertaining events through in-person and FaceBook LIVE. Kudos to Peggy Kirkwood, an accomplished artist in her own right, and the president of NSVA for bringing these art luminaries together in one place!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  








F R I D A Y ,  J U N E   4


S A T U R D A Y ,  J U N E   5

 6   –   8   PM





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“Rain Beads Me Up” by Edward Munoz 







Abstract Watercolor by Pat Dews







Close-up of “Lauren” by Suzanne Scherer






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Foster artistic excellence

Lower the barriers to participation in the arts

Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 



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West Palm Beach Juneteenth Celebration Opens Juried Call To Visual Artists For June 19 Community Wide Event

The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on Saturday, June 19, 2021.  Over 30 community partners formed to commemorate the date when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all remaining enslaved people on June 19, 1865, almost two years after President Lincoln signed the original document. The committee issued a call to visual artists who want to sell their original artwork or handmade creations.  The Rickie Report shares the details and application process in this article. Deadline for submission is June 12.















SATURDAY   JUNE 19, 2021



1   –   9   PM



Meyer Amphitheater

104 Datura Street   West Palm Beach, 33401







The festivities begin on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 from 1 – 9  pm. The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Committee is issuing a call to visual artists who want to sell their original artwork, or handmade creations.


The event is juried so not all applicants will be accepted. The non-refundable application fee is $25 per artist, paid in advance.


Event is rain or shine. No refunds unless event is cancelled due to Covid 19.



Guidelines for submission are as follows:


We require that all artwork be original and made by the artist, (no resale items).

Each artist must submit three JPEGS of their work and include an image of their booth set up.

Artists may share a booth, but each artist must submit required materials and fee.

Booth cost with tent provided is $250.

Artists may provide their own tent which drops booth cost to $200.

Full payment is due upon acceptance into the celebration. 

Artists provide their own booth set up either way.

Tents can only be weighted down for wind (no spikes).

Spaces are 10 x 10 ft. Set up time begins at 10:00 am.

Take down is after 9:00 pm.

Participants will have two drop off points for their material on the day of the event.

Deadline for submission is June 12.


For additional questions please call:

Mikki Royce at 561-829-3222

Payment is by PayPal:



This celebration is presented by the Juneteenth Organizing Committee, a nonpartisan group of over 30 community organizations including Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Mothers Against Murderers Assoc., NOW PBC, Black Village Voice News, Corey Jones Fd., United Plus, Hospitality Helping Hands, People of Purpose, New Macedonia Church, United Way, and Division 20 of Kiwanis District Florida.







For further information contact

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986