Call for Public Art Mural To All Artists Who Are Residents Of Palm Beach County , FL

This is a Public Service Announcement to share a CALL to Palm Beach County Resident artists for a Mural at the South Façade of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (CCPBC).  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to apply by April 19, 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PROJECT OPPORTUNITY

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (CCPBC) requests qualifications from professional artists or professional artist teams to create an original public art mural for the back wall of its headquarters (south façade) located at 601 Lake Avenue. The theme of the mural should celebrate the concept of community: healing, unity, connections, wellness, and/or belonging. As the mural will face the Council’s new Art & Wellness Space, themes highlighting nature and tranquility are also encouraged. This call will consist of two parts: a call for qualifications followed by a selection of up to five finalists that will develop proposals for the mural.

 

 

PROJECT SITE

 

The Cultural Council serves as the county’s local arts service agency providing funding, advocacy, cultural tourism marketing, artist services, professional development, and a host of other activities and events year-round designed to support Palm Beach County creative professionals and cultural organizations. Its headquarters houses the administrative offices, three gallery spaces, a visitor information center, and the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach store. Immediately behind the building is a lot owned by the Cultural Council for arts programs, concerts, and other gatherings. Through this initiative, the space will be renamed the Arts & Wellness Space, and the mural will be a significant part of this rebranding and reimagining of the space.

 

 

In 2017, through the Canvas public art festival, a mural was installed on the back wall. The mural has weathered significantly and must be replaced. The Council’s back wall is approximately 54’W x 36’H and includes a roll-up type garage door that was previously included in the mural. CCPBC requests that the garage door is not included in the new mural design of approximately 1,000 sq. ft. The existing mural will be removed, and the wall will be repaired and primed before the start of the new mural project.

 

 

PROJECT GOALS

 

The artwork is of high artistic quality.
The design is expressive and echoes the theme of the project.
The completed mural serves as a visual identifier for Lake Worth Beach, the Cultural Council, and the theme of community and/or wellness.
The proposed work is appropriate for the site in terms of scale, design, and materials.

 

 

BUDGET

 

The commissioning budget is $40,000 and is all-inclusive including: design, artist fee, materials, installation, and insurance. Proposals that exceed the commission budget will be considered non-responsive and non-qualified. Artist teams must split the allotted budget if awarded. The Cultural Council will work with the selected artist or artist team on securing rental equipment (scaffolding and/or scissor-lifts). Additional budget may be allocated for these expenses.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Open to professional visual artists or artist-led teams age 18 and over who reside in Palm Beach County, Florida. Artists or artist teams (max two artists per team) must demonstrate their professional capacity to oversee the design and installation of a large-scale public mural.

 

 

QUALIFICATION APPLICATION

 

All interested artists or artists teams must submit their qualifications by uploading their application to the Call to Artists on Café. There are no exceptions.
Applications must contain all the following materials:

1. Professional Resumé: Resumés or CVs (limited to 2 pages) must be uploaded for each artist or artist team (artist teams should provide a separate Resumé/CV for each member). Teams must provide information for each team member, and one artist must be identified as the lead contact for the team. Any artist team selected through this call must retain the same composition of individual team members until the completion of the commission.

2. Statement of Interest: (max. 500 words) Statements should address the artist or artist team’s interest in developing a public art proposal for this specific commission and provide context to the conceptual and aesthetic approach, highlighting prior artworks, projects, or commissions of a similar scale.

3. Documentation of Past Projects: A minimum of five (5) images and maximum of seven (7) images of past completed or realized work within the past five years are required. Image specifications: JPG, PNG, 300dpi, 5MB max.

4. Image Information: Title of work, artist(s), year completed, medium, dimensions, location. No composite images.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

Artist or artist teams will be selected through the following process:

1. Qualification Review. CCPBC staff will preview submissions for completeness and compliance with qualification requirements. Staff may reject incomplete applications or non-qualified or non-responsive submissions.

2. Selection. A selection panel consisting of visual art professionals, board and staff representatives from the Cultural Council, and a representative from the City of Lake Worth Beach will review artists’ qualifications. No more than five (5) and no less than three (3) artists or artist teams will be selected and notified as finalists for the call.

3. Concept Creation. The finalists will create a concept for the completed mural responding to the thematic requirements. The finalists will be paid a stipend of $500 each to develop their concept proposal. Finalists will also be asked to submit a full budget and timeline for the proposed project. Concepts will be on display for two weeks at the Council’s headquarters so that the public has a chance to view and provide general feedback. The selection committee will then reconvene and select the final artist or artist team (and the mural concept). The selected artist or artist team will have approximately three months to complete the project.

 

CRITERIA:

 

Selection of the final concept proposal will be based on the project goals and the following criteria:

  1. Artistic quality: Artwork should incorporate a high level of craftsmanship and artistic excellence.
  2. Diversity: Artwork is diverse in terms of media, cultural or historical significance, innovation, and creativity.
  3. Appropriateness to site: Artwork should be innovative, engaging, and compatible with the location in terms of scale, material, and form. Artwork should be conceptually appealing to a wide audience of varied ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Artwork should exhibit originality of concept and demonstrate a strong conceptual alignment with the goals of the project.

4. Artist qualifications: The feasibility of the proposed artwork is evaluated relative to the artist’s ability to complete the work proposed. Factors to be considered include the artists or artist teams experience, past projects budget, and timeline.

5. Artwork maintenance: Artwork must be designed and constructed for durability in the South Florida climate. Consideration will be given to proposals that consider sustainable and efficient methods in the ongoing maintenance of the artwork, including UV protection.

 

OVERVIEW OF COMMISSIONED ARTIST OR ARTIST TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Develop and refine artistic concepts and designs with staff and key stake – holders working on the project. Develop final drawings, presentation materials, budget breakdown, and other visual and written items. Participate in an ongoing design review and modification process with input from City staff, designers, key stakeholders, and appropriate City committees.

Provide bi-monthly (every 2 weeks) email updates to CCPBC staff. Develop maintenance recommendations for the mural.

 

TIMELINE (subject to change due to funding, weather, or other issues)

March 25
April 19
April 26
May 31
June 28
September 30

 

CCPBC reserves the right to decline all applications submitted in response to this Call to Artists, to terminate the selection proceedings, or to combine, eliminate, or otherwise amend the commission opportunities at any time. Artists identified through this process are not guaranteed a commission or the opportunity to develop a public art project or proposal. The release of this Call to Artists in no way binds CCPBC to the commissioning of any artist, artist team, or artwork.

Application Requirements

 

QUALIFICATION APPLICATION

 

All interested artists or artists teams must submit their qualifications by uploading their application to the Call to Artists on Café. There are no exceptions.

Applications must contain all the following materials:

1. Professional Resumé: Resumés or CVs (limited to 2 pages) must be uploaded for each artist or artist team (artist teams should provide a separate Resumé/CV for each member). Teams must provide information for each team member, and one artist must be identified as the lead contact for the team. Any artist team selected through this call must retain the same composition of individual team members until the completion of the commission.

2. Statement of Interest: (max. 500 words) Statements should address the artist or artist team’s interest in developing a public art proposal for this specific commission and provide context to the conceptual and aesthetic approach, highlighting prior artworks, projects, or commissions of a similar scale.

3. Documentation of Past Projects: A minimum of five (5) images and maximum of seven (7) images of past completed or realized work within the past five years are required. Image specifications: JPG, PNG, 300dpi, 5MB max.

4. Image Information: Title of work, artist(s), year completed, medium, dimensions, location. No composite images.

 

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

The Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

Phone: (561) 471-2901         Email: info@palmbeachculture.com

Public Hours: Tuesday – Saturday | 12 – 5 p.m.

Administrative Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Parking: There is free, 4-hour parking along Lake Worth Beach’s Downtown streets.
There is also a public parking lot on the east side of “L” Street, adjacent to the Cultural Council’s building.

Building Accessibility: We welcome all visitors. Visitors using mobility devices and aids may gain access by using the ramp at our front entrance located on the north side of the property. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on the first floor. Service animals are always welcomed; depending on the visitor’s needs, service animals may be carried or outfitted with a harness or leash. We encourage all visitors to ask for assistance from our staff, should they have an accessibility question.

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Pompano Beach Arts Showcases Rapturous Images Of The Natural World By Phoenix. “The Spirit Of This Place” Featuring Some Never- Before-Exhibited Images Opens Friday, April 12. Exhibit Continues Through May 25, 2024

Pompano Beach Arts showcases rapturous images of the natural world, including some never-before-exhibited images by award-winning conservation photographer, Phoenix.  “The Spirit of This Place” Opens on Friday, April 12, 2024 and is available through May 25, 2024. Immerse yourself as Phoenix takes you on a journey to Ireland, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Venice, Alaska, New Mexico and Florida Everglades with her Sacred Trees, Landscapes, Winged Life and National Parks Collections.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The Opening Reception is Free AND appreciates an RSVP. Did you know that Phoenix offers one-on-one photo and small group sessions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The  New  Pelican  Article

 

 

 

 

 

New   Solo  Exhibit   by   Phoenix

 

 

 

O p e n i n g     R ece p t i o n

 

 

 

Friday • April 12 • 6—8 PM

 

Exhibit runs April 12 through May 25, 2024

 

 

 For more information and to RSVP for the opening reception go to www.pompanobeacharts.org.

 

 

 

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

 

“Athena” by Phoenix

 

 

 

 

Pompano Beach Arts is honored to present “The Spirit of This Place,” a gorgeous photography exhibition that captures the soul of nature as seen through the eyes of internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer Phoenix. These 40 images reflect her devotion to protecting the natural environment, sense of oneness with the light and soul of the land and its inhabitants and a reverence for wild places.

 

 

 

 

“Venice Lagoon” by Phoenix

 

 

 

“We are delighted to bring this stunning collection of beautiful images to our gallery,” said Ty Tabing, Director, Cultural Affairs Department. “Phoenix’ work is known for capturing the intersection of art and healing, transporting viewers to a place of peace and meditation.”  Phoenix, who only goes by her first name, established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. A native Miamian and Broward County resident, Phoenix is known for her painterly approach in her photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

“Blue Night Over Ballybunion” by Phoenix

 

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “As an environmental photographer my goal is to capture the “it” moment, the “decisive moment” in nature, touching viewers deeply. Each photograph reflects the feelings I experience, arrested by the fragile beauty and wonder that is nature expressed by its light, colors, textures, structures and patterns. Ultimately, it is my intent to raise awareness of endangered and threatened habitats and species that we stand to lose in the natural world if we are not careful” .

 

 

 

“Flamingo 2” by Phoenix 

 

 

 

Her approach to photography and life is grounded in her philosophical belief that we are all one, and all interconnected. Her works have been honored in numerous juried exhibitions and showcased in 25 solo exhibitions, including Everglades National Park Gallery. Her photography has been featured in magazines and calendars worldwide and is found in more than 100 private collections internationally as well as corporate collections like the 22 pieces acquired by the Cleveland Clinic – Weston for the Women’s Center.

 

 

 

 

 

“Sweetpea” by Phoenix

 

 

 

“My love, my divine call to art, is to truthfully capture those moments when my soul is touched by the extraordinary wonder and beauty seen through my camera’s inner lens — from colorful bugs, smaller than a fingernail’s tip, to ever changing magnificent paintings presented every morning and night for humanity’s delight,” stated Phoenix.

 

 

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“Early Morning Fog” by Phoenix 

 

 

 

Stay in Contact with Phoenix

 

Join Phoenix’s monthly eNewsletter for her latest adventures in Nature and the Art World:

https://www.photographsbyphoenix.com/connect.html

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FB: https://www.facebook.com/phoenix.spiritdiva

IG: https://www.instagram.com/phoenixspiritdiva

X/T: https://twitter.com/spiritdiva

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https://youtube.com/@phoenixspiritdiva2170?si=lsRgN-WV1jzZvoI7

 

 

 

About Phoenix

 

For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture, she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer whose works are in more than 100 private and corporate collections worldwide. Phoenix is the recipient of two month-long Artist-In-Residence programs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Olive Stack Gallery in Ireland; the Virtual Artist-in- Residence for the Center for Great Apes Art4Apes Exhibition; the featured artist for the first Endangered Exhibit – United Kingdom; two public art grants, nine public art awards and many other prestigious awards, including the Julia Cameron International Photography Contest, winning Best Landscape and Seascape Series. She was appointed to the first Public Art and Placement Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale. Her works have graced national magazine covers and been featured in newspapers, magazines and blog posts – print and online internationally. She was invited to be the first photographer to “takeover” the Instagram page for the Friends of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Most recently, the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida acquired 22 large works by Phoenix for their permanent collection in the Women’s Center. Currently she is the serving her fourth term as president of the National League of American Pen Women . A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. www.PhotographsByPhoenix.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department:

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues, including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Explore “Soul Doodling” With Renowned Artist Scott Jeffries At Wellington Art Society Meeting On Wednesday, April 10 Plus Two Art Exhibits With An Opening Reception On Tuesday, April 16

The Wellington Art Society features Scott Jeffries as he speaks about “Soul Doodling” on Wednesday, April 10, 2024  at the Wellington Community Center.  Scott’s artistry comes from his heart with no specific plan of how a piece will turn out.  Enjoy his insights at his presentation after a meet and greet, member spotlight, and brief meeting . WAS does it again, with a double header of Art Exhibitions and ONE GREAT RECEPTION on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Visit  Expressive ” (now until May 21, 2024, at the Wellington Village Hall) and “ Visions ” (now until June 16, 2024, at the Wellington Community Center). The venues are walkable to each other! The Rickie Report shares all of the details and a sneak peek. The public is welcome to all WAS events!

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

 

 

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

 

5:30 pm

 

 

 

Wellington  Community  Center

 

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

For more WAS information contact: Heather Bergstrom, presidentofwas@gmail.com

 

 

 

PRESENTING:  

 

 

 

 S C O T T        J E F F R I E S

 

 

Artist, Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

“S O U L       D O O D L I N G”

 

 

If you wonder how he creates his spectacular paintings, Scott Jeffries, who’s been doodling since childhood and still has his grandmother’s paintbox and brushes, will tell you “Don’t be afraid to paint outside the lines.”

 

 

 

 

Painting by Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

 

That describes not just his art but his life. Jeffries has reinvented himself as a professional artist after a series of yet unbroken high school swimming records, being an All Star Division 1 athlete, having a successful legal career as a Public Defender and more.

 

 

 

 

Painting by Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

Jeffries’ art begins with a total absence of sketching or planning, as it blossoms spontaneously into a beautiful melody of faces and shapes that create symphonies of color sometimes spilling over and off the canvas. And he will tell you his lack of a formal art education has allowed him freedom of artistic creativity  unencumbered by established norms. To browse his paintings and learn more about Scott Jeffries please visit www.scottyjart.com, on Instagram @scottart.

 

 

 

 

Wellington Art Society Announces

 

TWO New Exhibitions:

 

 

“Expressive” and “Visions”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Public Reception:

 

 Tuesday, April 16,2024  

5 – 7 pm

Refreshments and Door Prizes

Both exhibits are free and open to the public:

Weekdays  8  am to 5  pm

 

 

 “Expressive”

(now until May 21, 2024)

  Wellington Village Hall

2300 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL

 

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“Visions”

 

 (now until June 16, 2024)

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL

 

 

Enjoy the original artwork of 19 artists with over 70 works of art. Two venues – one great night! Meet the artists and vote for your favorite artwork. There will be door prizes and refreshments to enjoy.

 

 

Most of the artwork in the exhibition is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. To arrange the purchase of artwork hanging in the exhibition, or for more information please email presidentofwas@gmail.com.

 

 

Featured Artists are:

 

Halyna Albanese

Emily Bergstrom

Heather Bergstrom

 Lisa Campbell

Ayesha DeLorenzo

  Cynthia George

  Jan Gmitter 

 Diane Hodges

 Erica Kyle 

Lou Ann LaBohn

 Shahen Markarian

  Ali Mendoza

 Dinah Mirson

  Susan Mosely 

Susan Oakes

 Leslie Pfeiffer

 Marion Roberts

  Raymonde Talleyrand

  Andrea Vossen

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Oakes Creates A Personalized Photo Collage For Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations And Memorials. More Than Putting Pictures On One Page, Each Reflects The Person Or Family Making It A True Heirloom

Looking for a unique gift to honor or commemorate a special occasion or life milestoneSusan Oakes creates personalized photo collages for individuals and families, focused on birthdays, holidays, celebrations, and memorials (including pets). Working together with the person or family, Susan creates artworks that reflect the occasion authentically. Your next gift can become a true family heirloom that has a distinct meaning for you and your family! The Rickie Report shares the details of how Susan goes about creating such personalized gifts and some sneak peeks. With Special Occasions coming up, we suggest you contact Susan so she has enough time to create YOUR heirloom to perfection! You do NOT have to live nearby – this is the kind of commission you can order from anywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Photo Collage celebrates a First Birthday, by Susan Oakes 

 

 

 

 

“Clients send me multiple photos along with a deposit to get started. That begins a lot of back and forth between us until we arrive at the finished product. This process cannot be rushed but when it’s right we both know it!    Susan Oakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Oakes tells The Rickie Report, “When I create a photo collage for someone, it is highly personal and variable but there are certain guidelines I follow. Whether it is a memorial, or a celebration such as a birthday or holiday, it has to reflect the person or family authentically”.

 

 

 

Collage commemorating his love of Nascar, Las Vegas, and Family, and more!  by Susan Oakes

 

 

 

 

 

She explains that in gathering photos in the early stages, it is not a simple matter of just putting images together on a page. “It’s more like putting a puzzle together: I need more photos than I will ultimately use. Although we may love certain photos, sometimes they don’t quite work together well as a whole. It’s a highly visual thing and I typically go through multiple permutations before I’m satisfied”.

 

 

 

 

Susan’s experience and multifaceted educational/ vocational journey (degrees in Psychology and Graphic Design, retail manager, freelance graphic designer, Photoshop instructor and digital and natural media artist) all come into play as she creates a unity of design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“One thing that helps this process is creating unity in the design. I’m taking disparate photos from different places, different times, different people and I need to make them into a cohesive whole. The background of photos is very helpful in this regard. As an example, if I’m doing a collage for a child, or someone looking back on their childhood, there may be photos of playing baseball, and other photos of enjoying the beach. Both the baseball diamond and the beach have something in common: sand. I can use this motif to blend the two images from different places together”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Many times I will use a backdrop of a sky, a field, greenery, or a common color in the photos to blend the images together and more importantly, to unify the piece. Other things I use to create authenticity are hobbies, places visited, favorite things they loved doing. I have used clip art or other graphical elements, such as sports team’s logos, objects or text to tell the story”.

 

 

 

 

Example of Susan Oakes using square edged photos and creating a smooth transition

 

 

 

“I can use rectangular photos with edges, but most of the time I prefer to have no straight edges showing at all, meaning I have to blend or morph the edges of different photos to create one smooth continuous image. Or, if I cannot do this, I might put another person or object in place to hide the hard edge of a photo. All of this is done in Photoshop though a combination of masking, painting and layering. Since I’ve been teaching Photoshop for over 20 years, I show my students how to do this type of compositing”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Susan Oakes:

 

Susan is a native Long Islander (which is immediately apparent upon meeting her) who emigrated to South Florida over 18 years ago. She is married to a very tolerant and supportive husband with two grown children (and two grandchildren!) who grew up with a geek for a mother.  Having never been a person with merely one goal, one purpose, she has traveled a multifaceted educational and vocational road including degrees in Psychology and Graphic Design, with experience as a retail manager, freelance graphic designer, Photoshop instructor and digital and natural media artist. And she still hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up!  Her work and teaching demonstrate that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. Her digital work blurs the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustration to achieve her artistic vision.

 

 

In addition to working as a digital artist and graphic designer, she is also a graphics instructor. She teaches  InDesign and Illustrator, but most frequently, Photoshop. This behemoth of a program can be totally overwhelming for a beginner. Susan specializes in teaching new people (mostly adults) Photoshop at Palm Beach State College (in the Corporate and Continuing Ed areas) and also to private students.

 

 

One of the cornerstones of her classes is the belief that they must be tailored to the needs and goals of the students. Many adults come to these classes with tremendous variation in their experience and skills; it is Susan’s primary job to first ascertain what her students need and to help them attain their goals.

 

 

“I strive to promote a low pressure and welcoming atmosphere, geared to the needs and goals of adult students. I use discussions, demonstrations, videos, hand outs, and other materials to demystify Photoshop and help students to discover its endless creative possibilities for personal expression”.

 

 

 

Her work in “natural” or “traditional media” such as painting and drawing has a much longer history than her digital work, yet the two are inextricably bound and continue to influence each other. In Susan’s natural media work she began to experiment with alternative substrates and mediums, mostly related to watercolor and ink. Susan is an active member of the Wellington Art Society, Artists of Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach Watercolor Society. She is also a member of Kelby One (Formerly known as National Association of Photoshop Professionals)

 

 

Selected Awards:

Wellington Art Society: Spring Bling (Virtual Exhibit) “Death of Privacy” 1st Place Spring 2022
Artists of Palm Beach County: Falling into Fall 2021, Featured Artist; “Revenge of Nature” First PlaceArtists of Palm Beach County, “The Artists Mind 2019”, Winter 2019, “Glass Portal” First Place
Lighthouse Artcenter: “40th Annual Member Show & Sale” April 2018 “Chasms” Photography Winner
Artists of Palm Beach County, “Digital Painting, 2017”, 6/12 – 7/14/17 Featured Artist; “Chasms” 2nd Place Lighthouse Artcenter: “39th Annual Member Show & Sale” 3/27 – 4/27/17 “Duplicity” Photography winner Lighthouse Artcenter: “38th Annual Member Show & Sale” 3/17 – 4/27/16 “Intimus” 2nd Place Photography
A Unique Art Gallery, Jupiter, FL; “World Through the Lens”, 4/15 – 6/14 “Copperleaf 2” 1st Place Winner

Solo Exhibits:

South Palm Beach City Hall, South Palm Beach, FL “Floral Passages”, 3-6/2020
Artists of Palm Beach County, Art on Park Gallery, 9/15 – 9/29/17 and “Visual Alternatives” Spring 2019 Broward Art Guild, West Regional Library in Plantation, FL, 11/2 to 12/28/17
Lake Park Library, Lake Park, FL May – 6/ 2017
Palm Beach Gardens City Hall, (with Ellen Negley),“Floral Passages” 9-10/ 2015

 

View Examples of Susan’s digital imaging and collages: 

https://www.suoakesphotoimaging.com/

View Recent examples of Susan’s natural work 

https://suoakesart.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Brent McAhren’s Creations: A Master At Murals, Drawings And Set Design

Brent McAhren is not your stereotypical artist, honing one medium or subject matter. This Jensen Beach local artist is a muralist, a sculptor, and a teacher with a bachelor of arts in visual communication design from Purdue University.  You’ve seen his work when visiting the Elliott Museum, the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, and the City of Palm City to name a few!  The energetic set designer for StarStruck Academy in Stuart sees everyday objects as potential  design materials as well!  Brent accepts mural and graphic design assignments on commission. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

“Will You Marry Me?” 3D People’s Choice Award Winner by Brent McAhren

 

 

 

Brent McAhren’s irregular path to becoming a mural artist is truly a life lesson for us all: Learn to pivot when “Plan A” is not working!  While studying industrial management at Purdue University in Indiana, he struggled with chemistry. His career counselor suggested he consider a design track instead. Business, homes, museums, and storefronts are lucky he did! After graduation, Brent created silkscreens for circuit boards (a layer of ink used to identify components, logos, test points and parts of the PCB). 

Recent pet portraits by Brent McAhren

 

 

Brent’s work at the newspaper, Stuart News led to a job teaching Art and Photoshop at the Inlet Grove Community High School in Riviera Beach from 2004 to 2012.  

 

 

 

 

Drawings and 3D creations by Brent McAhren

 

 

In 2013, McAhren switched gears and started creating set designs for Stuart’s StarStruck Theatre, which he continues today.  He told Stuart Magazine, ” I was introduced to the world of mural painting when Debbie Duval at the Elliott Museum posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted a little black and white kitten because the kitten didn’t get along with her cat.” When the development director at StarStruck adopted the kitten, Duval happened to ask her if she knew anyone who could paint a mural for the Elliott”. McAhren was hired!

 

 

 

 

Mural at the Elliott Museum by Brent McAhren

 

 

Brent explains that The Elliott Museum wanted its mural to feel like a natural part of the environment as visitors explore the cars, plane, and motorcycles. Some of the museum staff suggested additions like a bluebird and a pelican. And the kitten made the mural too! This project required seven 10-hour days and is a seamless part of the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

Set Designs at StarStruck Theater by Brent McAhren

 

 

“Using materials that are considered trash to most, creating recycled amazing works of art. Foam couch cushions, cardboard and other mixed media are used to create 3-D art costumes and even large-scale set designs for Star Struck, children’s theater in Stuart”, Brent tells us. Winning multiple local art competitions and costume contests because of his unique application to a more realistic visual presentation, most of his artistic success comes from not limiting materials, thinking outside the box and unusual visual perspective. An eye for creative details adds to the excitement of each project he encounters.

 

 

Some recent murals by Brent McAhren

 

 

Since then, McAhren has painted local murals for companies including Shears of Joy and Shark Shack Sweets in Palm City and the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach. He has also been commissioned for work by the City of Palm City as well as private residences. Later this year, look for two upcoming murals—a project on Johnson Avenue in Stuart (across from the Wawa) and another in downtown Jensen Beach—which he is finalizing illustrations for now.

 

 

 

For more information, please contact Brent McAhren at  772-341-9651 or email mcahren62@gmail.com

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Features “Celebrating Nature: Paintings By Reed Dixon” For The Month Of April. Meet The Artist At The Free Opening Reception On Friday, April 5

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues its 16th season with “Celebrating Nature: Paintings By Reed Dixon”, an exhibit that reminds us that nature is wondrous and is a plentiful inspirer. This exhibit runs  April 2 – April 26, 2024, with an Opening Reception on Friday, April 5th as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll on Fridays. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

Phone: 772 562-5525.  Visit:  www.gallery14verobeach.com

 

 

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4

Also open by appointment           Closed Sunday and Monday  

 

 

 

Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls

 

 

 

“Celebrating  Nature”

Paintings by Reed Dixon

 

 

 

Opening  Reception:

Friday,  April 5,  2024

 5 – 8 pm

 

 

 

Artist, Reed Dixon

 

 

 

 This exhibit runs April 2 – April 26, 2024

 

 

 

 

Gallery 14 is happy to welcome back mixed media artist Reed Dixon. Celebrating Nature: Paintings by Reed Dixon” once again showcases his bright, imaginative and captivating images of flowers and birds. 

 

 

 

 

Reed Dixon’s “Tutti-Frutti”, acrylic painting size: 24 x 30

 

 

 

Reed currently lives and works in Boynton Beach, FL. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he studied graphic design and fine arts at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He was originally a Hallmark Card designer and illustrator. Later on, after spending years in the ad business (while always painting) Reed opened Dixon Graphics, a graphic design and fine arts studio. His work has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators Show in New York City and for the past fifty years he has been widely shown and can be found in several corporate and private collections.

 

 

 

 

Reed Dixon’s “Windy Day”, acrylic painting size: 22 x 28

 

 

 

According to Reed: “ I call it imagery. By that I mean the end result is not necessarily a study of the subject, but how I feel the subject should look in the end.  I’ve always felt the need to experiment with paints, mixed media applications, colors, textures and subject matter. I’m never short on inspiration to capture what fascinates me.” 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Jessica Leto

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Evan Schwarze

Carol Staub

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    

 

 

 

 

About Gallery 14:

Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic Arts District of Vero Beach.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4.  Closed Sunday and Monday OR open by appointment.

 

 

Phone:772 562-5525.  Visit us at  www.facebook.com/gallery14verobeach

FaceBook:  https://www.fb.com/gallery14verobeach

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gallery14verobeach

 

 

For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email: dnschindel@gmail.com

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxbow Eco-Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Earth Day With Special Call To Artists For Sustainable Art

The Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie has opened a CALL FOR ECO ART for their upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day.  This call is OPEN TO EVERYONE – regardless of your location AT NO CHARGE!  There are four divisions artists can enter as individuals or collaborative groups, the newest is the Eco Wearable Art category.  Deadline for general artwork is April 6, 2024.  Wearable Art must be delivered the day of the event, Saturday, April 20, 2024.  The Rickie Report shares the details and encourages all of you to enter!

5400 NE St. James Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

(772)  785-5833      Email: oxbow@stlucieco.org

 

Hours:   Tuesday – Saturday    12 pm – 4 pm

The Oxbow Preserve trails are open sunrise to sunset daily.

All St. Lucie County Preserves and trails are open to the public.

 

 

 

 

**Please note – artworks do not have to be in Dr. Seuss style.

 

 

 

The Oxbow Eco-Center cultivates knowledge, nurtures a sense of wonder and inspires stewardship for the natural world through education, artistic expression, collaboration, volunteerism & celebration.

 

 

 

Artwork submissions for Earth Day 2023

 

 

 

 

CLICK  HERE  TO  APPLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about the Oxbow Eco-Center:

Phone: (772)  785-5833

Email: oxbow@stlucieco.org

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Let MartinArts Help You In Your Search For Your Next Cherished Art Piece On Saturday, March 23, 2024 With “Art Out Of The Closet” Plus A Call For Volunteers At The Court House Cultural Center In Stuart

Let MartinArts help you as you search of your next cherished piece of art!  Stop by the Courthouse Cultural Center on Saturday, March 23rd for “Art Out of the Closet” as we recycle and upcycle art, art supplies and other arts-related items. If there’s something in your closet you’d like to give away for a good cause, consider making a donation!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this annual event AND how you can volunteer with MartinArts!

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.,  Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searching for your next cherished piece of art?

 

 

MartinArts   can   help !

 

 

“Art Out of the Closet”

 

 

Saturday, March 23, 2024 

 

 

10 am – 4 pm

 

 

~  Framed  artwork

 

 

~  Unframed  artwork

 

 

~  Frames

 

 

~  Art  Supplies  AND  MORE!

 

 

If there’s something in your closet you’d like to give away for a good cause, consider making a donation! Funds raised through the sale of donated items benefit the arts and cultural programming offered at the Court House Cultural Center.  

For details: Art out of the Closet“.

 

 

 

 

Adventure  into  the  Arts:  Volunteer  Today!

 

 

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of MartinArts operations and programming. Over 250+ volunteers each year contribute their time and talents in a variety of ways within the areas of guest relations, education, membership,  events, outreach, and more. Our volunteers are a major force in fulfilling our mission to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community.

 

 

~MartinArts looks for volunteers from all backgrounds throughout the year as projects arise.

 

~We welcome students who require service hours for school and community members interested in sharing their love of art with others.

 

~We’re seeking volunteers for roles such as gallery greeters, reception, and arts education program.

 

~Our volunteers are an integral part of fulfilling our mission to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community!

 

Volunteer Information Session | April 16, 11AM
Volunteer Information Session | May 21, 11AM
Volunteer Information Session | June 18 11AM

 

Click Here For More Volunteer Information~

 

 

 

For more information about upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

Treasure Coast Pottery In Port St. Lucie Offers Day & Evening Classes, Try It Experiences, Pottery Parties, And More. Check Out The Boutique To Purchase One-Of-A-Kind Handmade Treasures.

This is why we call this “Florida’s Treasure Coast” – Cathleen Sullivan of Treasure Coast Pottery in Port St. Lucie offers Classes and Workshops (day and evening), Open Studio Time, Homeschool classroom, Kids Classes, (Boy Scouts and other groups), Make-it Parties, and a Boutique where you can purchase one-of-a-kind decorative or functional pieces!  For those of you who are not sure, sign up for a “Try It Class“.  In addition, Cathleen invites you to join her at the next International Ceramics Arts Network in Bali!  The Rickie Report shares these details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

772.237.5638

6911 Heritage Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

www.treasurecoastpottery.com

 

 

 

 

A  P  R  I  L      F  O  C  U  S:

 

Meet Cathleen Sullivan  and Rob Buller

 

 

Wheel Throwing Evening Classes

 

 

Hand Building Evening Classes

 

 

Home School Opportunities

 

Travel to Bali With 

International Ceramics Arts Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet   Cathleen   Sullivan

 

 

 

Hand made Vase by Cathleen Sullivan 

 

 

Cathleen tells The Rickie Report, “I’ve been engaged in art my entire life, but it wasn’t until 2003 that pottery found me. Clay satisfied my need to build sculptural forms and experiment with glaze chemistry. With my children in school, I could be found at every open studio, later constructing my home studio and teaching. After an art immersion trip to Italy with the International Ceramics Arts Network, I realized I needed to learn the history and language of art.  As I studied art history, new mediums, my creative process expanded and catapulted my art into new directions.  In 2020 our family relocated to PSL, Florida, and I was stunned to learn there were no local art studios in PSL!” 

 

 

 

 

Cathleen Sullivan (Far left) with Two Students

 

 

 

A self-starter, it gave her the impetus to create Treasure Coast Pottery because she wanted art to be accessible to every resident who lives in PSL.  “I own, teach and manage the studio. I am a member of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, member of the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce and on the PSL Public Art Advisory Board”. To see more of her artwork that encompasses many forms and mediums, please visit her personal website:  www.sullieart.com.

 

 

Meet  Rob   Buller

 

 

 

Tea Pot, Plates, Cups and Saucers created by Rob Buller

 

 

 

Rob Buller is a semi-retired art teacher who recently relocated to PSL from North Carolina.  He began taking pottery classes at Broward Community College and considers himself lucky that his first pottery teacher, Joe Molinaro, inspired him to pursue ceramics as a career and lifestyle.  Rob went on to complete his degrees at BCC (AA ’86), Florida Atlantic University (BFA ’88), and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (MFA ’92).  

 

 

 

 

Wheel Class with  Rob Buller (middle, seated)

 

Rob served as an apprentice for a master potter in Japan, made his living throwing pots on production lines for pottery manufacturers, and co-operated a small wholesale pottery business that serviced over 200 retail accounts in 26 states and Canada.  Rob has been exhibiting his art vases locally and nationally over the past fifteen years, and he is a member of Treasure Coast Pottery. 

 

 

 

 

What’s  the  difference  between

Wheel  Throwing  and  Hand-Building?

 

 

 

Wheel Throwing Evening Classes:

 

 

~ TCP  offers  Wheel  “Try It”  classes  and  6-week  classes ~

 

 

Pottery Wheel classes are for ages 13 plus and students create ware on a pottery wheel, a piece of equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 6-Week Wheel Classes meet once a week for 3 hours of instruction and a 3-hour open studio so students may take full advantage of the studio to hone skills learned during instruction for a total of 36 hours of time at the studio!

  • “Try It” classes meet for a 1 ½ hours of fun instruction to get a feel for working on the potter’s wheel!

 

  • Students come away with two pieces that they created and we take up to 8 students (privates and parties also available!)

 

 

 

 

Hand Building Evening Classes:

 

 

 

~  TCP  offers  one-time  classes  as  well  as  6-week  classes ~

 

 

 

  • Hand-building classes are for ages 7 and up, with good success rate. Students learn how to use a slab roller, coil clay, weave with clay, extrude with clay…the list goes on! Possibilities are endless from sculpture, functional, whimsy & decorative. 

 

 

  • 6-Week Hand-Building Classes meet once a week for 3 hours of instruction and 3-hours of open studio so students may take full advantage of the studio to hone skills learned during instruction for a total of 36 hours of time at the studio! This class is project oriented. Students create for the first 5 weeks with intermittent glazing as work moves through the kiln with the last week students concentrating on glazing their work.

 

 

  • One-Time clay building classes meet for 2-3 hours depending on the build. Staff glazes pieces and students choose the color glaze.

 

 

Home School Opportunities

 

 

Homeschooler classes meet for 3 straight weeks and build 3 projects, then they take a week off to allow work to thoroughly dry and get bisque fired, and return the 5th week to glaze and paint their work.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel to Bali With 

International Ceramics Arts Network:

 

 

 

For more information about this Bali Workshop:

Call Holly Goring  (M – F 9am – 4 pm EST)    614.895.4213

or Email: hgoring@ceramics.org

 

 

 

For more details about what Treasure Coast Pottery Offers:

 

772.237.5638

www.treasurecoastpottery.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasureCoastPottery

Instagram: https://instagram.com/treasure_coast_pottery

Treasurecoastpottery@gmail.com

 

HOURS:

 

Monday – Thursday           Noon – 4  pm *

*Unless an evening class is scheduled

 

Friday – Saturday by appointment       

Closed Sunday                            

***TCP is open evening hours in conjunction with evening classes and members who are working after hours.  Please call the studio if you would like to visit after hours so we can accommodate you.

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

MartinArts Opens “Surreal” At Cultural Courthouse Gallery In Stuart Featuring Christine Sobczak, LS Finch, Maya Schoenberger With Bold Images

MartinArts has opened a new exhibition, “Surreal” featuring the art of Christine Sobczak, LS Finch & Maya Schoenberger at the Cultural Courthouse Center in downtown Stuart.  Enjoy bold images and installation artworks where dream-like images and ideas subconsciously thrive.  This exhibit, Curated by Ken Hooper-Capozzi is available NOW through April 20, 2024The Rickie Report shares the details here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit dates: March 8 – April 20, 2023

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ A $5. donation is requested ~

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maya Schoenberger – “Urban Sprawl”

 

 

The bold photomontages, paintings and textile installations created by the three artists lead viewers into the cryptic world of surrealism – a place where dream-like images and ideas subconsciously thrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LS Finch – “Jade Smoke”

 

 

 

The visual language of surrealism is not only portrayed by images of the strange and unearthly, but is also influenced and shaped by political, social, and environmental events around us.

 

 

 

 

 

Christine O. Sobczak – “A Message From The Stars”

 

 

 

Viewers are invited to widen their field of vision and explore the stark beauty of celestial realms, decaying civilizations, collective pandemic memories, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

MartinArts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987