Artists Of Palm Beach County Joins The New Studio For The Visual Arts To Present “Art Showcase & Holiday Sale, Give The Gift Of Art” Opens Tonight Through December 22 With Special Events On Saturdays, December 3rd and 10th

Artists of Palm Beach County, Inc. (APBC) is pleased to announce that it will be joining The New Studio For The Visual Arts in presenting “Art Showcase & Holiday Sale, Give the Gift of Art.”  The Art Show runs from December 2, 2022 through December 22, 2022, and APBC is excited to take part in two Special Saturdays, December 3rd and 10th when the Gallery will be open from 11AM to 4PM giving everyone the opportunity to find the perfect gift of art. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.















The work of a number of artists in a variety of mediums including oils, pastels, and watercolors plus photography, drawings, jewelry, mixed media, collage, glass, ceramics and books will be displayed on tables as well as the paintings that cover the walls. Treat yourself and your loved ones to art this season.

Give   art   for   the   holidays!



Gift certificates for Classes and Workshops will be available! 


For directions or other gallery information, call 561-295-5712






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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Opens Call For Instructors In Any Medium. Participate In This New Initiative And Teach Your Area Of Expertise To Eager Learners

From Bellydancing to Visual arts and Professional development, the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance invites artists to propose a class at The Vault.  The Cultural Alliance has moved into a wonderful new space in the lower level of 111 Orange Avenue. The space is bigger and will enable SLCA to offer classes. Classes will start in January, and SLCA can’t wait to promote yours! The Rickie Report shares the details and a link to the form.  Don’t hesitate – share your expertise and passion with students who are eager to learn!





111 Orange Ave. in Downtown Fort Pierce, FL






The Cultural Alliance will only collect a 10% commission from our members who sign up now until December 31st, 2022. Cultural Alliance will collect 25% of tuition from non-members. As an instructor, you will set your tuition fee and minimum & maximum number of students and determine any supplies cost if applicable. Please complete this form to be considered for this much needed and anticipated initiative.




If you wish to visit the Gallery and discuss how it can best adapt to your needs, please stop anytime by Monday – Friday from 10 AM – 6 PM.



About the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

The mission of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic well-being, of St. Lucie County.

SLCAlliance is sponsored in part by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the St. Lucie Office of Tourism.

SLCA is located at 111 Orange Avenue, 3rd Floor, Fort Pierce, Fla. 34950  

To learn more, visit, or call 772.462.2783



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Vered Shamir Pasternak’s Moving Artworks Are Featured At Aqua Art Miami December 1 – 4, 2022 And Include A Call To Action

Vered Shamir Pasternak will have her artworks featured at Aqua, the premier location during Art Miami to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists. For a world always “on the go”, Vered shares one word with her images, “STOP”. She reminds us to look at all of the people in our communities and STOP being passive about their needs.  Her theme of homelessness touches us all and more poignantly, it often has little to do with having a roof over our heads.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  GO to AQUA MIAMI and explore what “home” means to you!





1530 Collins Avenue    Miami Beach, FL 33139



Artwork by Vered Shamir Pasternak




Born in Israel, Vered Shamir Pasternak is a Miami-based artist who expresses powerful themes of identity and belonging in her paintings. Raised in a rural area of Israel, Pasternak graduated from the Kalisher School of Art in Tel Aviv in 1989. The cultural pressure to conform to traditional female roles led her to abandon her artistic ambitions and work in the travel industry. In 2001, she immigrated to Miami to join the man who is now her husband. It took another decade for her to return to painting. She joined the class of Miami Beach painter Tony Coro and the rest is history.





Artwork by Vered Shamir Pasternak




Vered tells The Rickie Report, “Moving from your birth place to another country, even if it’s your own choice, is extremely difficult. I totally underestimated it. When you leave behind your family, your friends, your job, your culture, your language, your food, your music, well…your entire life, that’s a difficult transition!  You go through culture shock with mixed emotions. There are feelings of loneliness, sadness, and depression.  You begin to isolate yourself which makes life even worse.  Years can go by and that feeling of not truly belonging is still lingering inside!  No matter how hard you try, it is difficult to shake the HOME-LESS feeling!!!!”


Making a connection…



“I started to question what HOME meant to me. I wasn’t referring to the physical structure, but rather my memories, my family, my culture, my country.”  Making a connection…. Vered explains, “This feeling I carried inside is what brought about my awareness of the homeless people around me. I felt a connection. The definition of “home” had a whole new meaning for me. I could strongly relate homelessness to the feeling of not belonging.” At about the same time Vered started painting again, she became fascinated with two homeless men: Gunny, a Vietnam veteran who is homeless by choice and Robert, who lives on a street near Pasternak’s close-knit neighborhood. She spent years befriending the two men before she began photographing and painting them. In the process, Pasternak realized that, as an immigrant estranged from American culture and a woman without an established social role, she identified with Gunny and Robert. She, too, felt homeless.




She shares, “For the past 10 years, I have gone to their local spots to visit them on a weekly basis. I can’t really say who appreciates the visits more, Gunny and Robert or me. I don’t really know how to name this relationship that we created over the years. It’s difficult to say, but we truly have a strong bond and we rely on each other for different reasons.” These two men became the main subjects for her paintings. “For years, I painted them (almost) obsessively, not realizing was that I was actually addressing my own feelings. Painting is like therapy to me. Sitting down to paint them started to make me feel better. It made them feel a sense of self-worth as well. My relationship with Robert & Gunny opened my heart and began my crusade to bring about awareness regarding homelessness issues.”




At the core of her need to paint lies the desire to express her own emotions while giving a voice to the voiceless. Even now, there are moments when Vered feels that she is still searching for her home. While working directly with these homeless individuals she paints, she feels that she is healing her own wounds. Her haunting portraits of Gunny and Robert, in a range of media that includes watercolor and oil paint, charcoal, ink and watercolor pencils, capture both their isolation and humanity. “It is about caring for them, wanting to make them visible,” Pasternak says. “I want them to feel like they are human beings. That’s how I show them.”








Artwork by Vered Shamir Pasternak



Before the pandemic, Vered volunteered daily at a local shelter, working in the HeArt room helping the residents to “voice” their feelings through art. “What we do there is beyond words. We heal our childhood wounds together! It provides them with a feeling of belonging and hope.” 



Stopping and making a difference 



STOP HOMELESSNESS is a new series of homeless people from Vered’s neighborhood painted on real stop signs. These signs are like those found in the street environments the homeless occupy.



 STOP and think about this issue and what YOU can do about it (we share some suggestions at the end of this article).

STOP looking the other way when crossing by them.


 STOP being passive!





Artwork by Vered Shamir Pasternak




Stay tuned….. and how to help!




Vered is planning on a collaboration in 2023 with a local homeless shelter. In this project, she will work alongside the shelter residents to create a massive textile artwork.  The goals of this project are to raise awareness towards homelessness and to open our hearts to all immigrants and the difficulties they are experiencing while trying to build a new life in this beautiful country. Vered hopes to raise funds to subsidize documentation of the whole process. 



To bring this project to fruition, assistance sought in the following areas: a videographer, a photographer, a grant writer, a social media presence, gift cards for participants, compensation for the artist’s time, travels, and materials. 

If you would like to get involved and contribute to this worthy project, please Venmo: @vered-pasternak or contact her directly at




Vered Pasternak has had solo exhibits at the Brockway Memorial Library and the Miami Art League in Miami Shores. She has participated in numerous community group art shows, including at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, the Broward Main Library, Nova University, and the Wirtz Gallery. Her artwork has earned numerous awards. For more information:



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Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department Presents “The Big Book” By Gregory Dirr, December Artist In Residence. Explore Life’s Themes Through Colorful Paintings And Whimsical Scenes With Interactive Events Throughout Pompano

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department continues its Artists in Residence (AiR) program with December’s artist, Gregory Dirr.  Known as an interdisciplinary visual artist who draws inspiration from fairy tales and the natural environment, his epic exhibit explores the themes of life with whimsical mixed media paintings.  With events at various venues, Gregory will offer live painting, a printmaking workshop, Paint & Sip, and much moreThe Rickie Report shares the details of Gregory’s events, some sneak peeks of his images, and information to become an AiR.











   P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:




The    Big    Book 



Artist    In    Residence:




G R E G O R Y     D I R R




The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public



Gregory  Dirr





Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is proud to present The Big Book, an epic visual narrative by artist Gregory Dirr. The stunning exhibition explores the dualities of existential themes—love, evil, fear, death, birth. Through colorful paintings and other artistic mediums, this story is told through whimsical and chaotic scenes interpreted differently by a spectrum of recurring characters. The exhibition will be on display through March 21, 2023.  Dirr, who is a member of BaCA’s Artist in Residence program (AiR), is the December Artist of the Month. In addition to The Big Book exhibition, there will also be an additional free reception during Old Town Untapped on the second floor of BaCA for Dirr’s exhibition, Anything and Everything from the Past. And in BaCA’s west gallery window, Dirr will be showcasing an installation entitled Kaleidoscope Fairies.



“We are honored to feature Gregory’s provocative and visually compelling compositions in this exhibition,” said Ty Tabing, Cultural Affairs Director. “He is an extremely talented artist whose creativity graces several public art projects, including a Painted Pompano sculpture decorated with his signature Celtic knots and a brilliantly colorful traffic box.”  Utilizing a plethora of materials – from the repurposed wood of trees in his backyard, to ground up gemstones – Dirr focuses on ecologically sourcing materials. His work has been exhibited in art fairs such as Scope, published in numerous magazines, and collected by galleries and art buyers internationally. Gregory Dirr was awarded the Silver Key for Portfolio by The National Scholastic Art and Writing Alliance in 2004 and went on to graduate at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2008. While there, he produced many significant pieces winning the Best of Core and Best of Fine Arts awards. He has gone on to produce public art for numerous businesses and cities.



Known as an interdisciplinary visual artist who draws inspiration from fairy tales and the natural environment, Dirr’s The Big Book exhibition is characterized by differing media specific to each piece. Passionate about experimenting with new materials and processes, during his residency, Dirr plans to realize five large scale pieces for his passion works, which are process heavy and innovative. The theme of his planned work is centered around The Big Book. In addition to the events during Old Town Untapped, Dirr will be participating in several upcoming events.








 Friday, December 2  | Old Town Untapped  

6 – 10 pm



Artwork by Gregory Dirr




December 8  | Live Painting At Taste of Jazz 



7  –  8:30 pm  





Bailey Contemporary Arts


41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •





Wednesday,December 14 | Printmaking 

1 – 3  pm




Pompano Beach Cultural Center Library 

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •





Artwork by Greggory Dirr




Thursday, December 22   |  Paint & Sip 

6 – 9 pm: 




Bailey Contemporary Arts


41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •



Wednesday,  December 28 | Lunch And Art

12:15  –  1:15  pm 





Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •



Artwork by Gregory Dirr



For more details, visit:



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.





The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is delighted to relaunch its Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA).  The AiR Program provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with our community.




Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is operated by the City of Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department (PBCAD) which annually seeks participants for its Artists in Residence Program (AiR). As part of this program, eight studios at BaCA are available to individual artists for a nine-month period from October – June. The 2023 -2024 residency will be available for application in April 2023. Through this residency, PBCAD strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their talents and enhance their experience through artistic development and experimentation. The residency’s structure is therefore left relatively open to cater to individuality, spontaneity and collaboration. BaCA should be considered a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated. A dynamic environment will be created through the AiR Program – one that appeals to onlookers and attracts locals and visitors alike to watch the creative process unfold and see the latest output.




For more information:


Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •



Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

41 NE 1 Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •


Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •





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ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2022 Announces Winners And Opens Virtual Fine Art Exhibition Gallery Now Through December 17, 2022

The ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest presents the Prize Winners of the 10th Annual Online Contest. The Virtual Gallery is open Now through December 17, 2022. Artist’s entry fees and a portion of sales benefit the Center for Great Apes  to support the lifetime care of orangutans and chimpanzees in need. The Jury panel included: Bruce Helander, Ron Magill, Professor Frans de Waal and Philip WollenPaul Fisher, President of Juried Art Services continues to serve as the inspiration for sponsoring this contest.  The Rickie Report shares the Prize Winners plus the link to see the exhibit and make purchases. 






Photography Contest 2022



Announcing the Prize Winners



Coordinator, Dr. Lindsey Matheson tells The Rickie Report, ” Thanks to everyone who entered the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2022.  You helped raise a total of almost $10,000 which goes directly to support the long-term care of rescued orangutans and chimpanzees at The Center for Great Apes.  We continue to show all the contest entries on our social media and on our website –IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN YOURS YET, IT WILL BE POSTED SOON.  Your skill and creativity have been much appreciated.  Thank you all so much.”  


The top scoring 25% of entries are shown in our ENDANGERED Online!Exhibition which runs now to December 17th.   



Look at the ENDANGERED Online! Exhibition




It’s a great source of unique holiday gifts and 30% of the sales price goes to the Center for Great Apes!  Contact if you’d like to buy any of the pieces.




P R I Z E      W I N N E R S:



Fine     Art     Category



1st Prize:


  Deborah LaFogg Docherty  “Living on the Edge”  Soft pastel.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




2nd Prize:




Garry Kravit.  “Stryker”  Oil painting.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




3rd Prize:



Jolaine Goldman.  “Chimp”  Oil painting.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




Fine Art Photography  Category



1st Prize:




Michael Caroff  “Orangutan 22″  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




2nd Prize:




Prelena Soma Owen.  “Helping Hands”  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.





3rd Prize: 





Amy Perlman.  “The Gaze”  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.



Young     Artists     Category



1st Prize:





Raegan Bowser  “The Blossom and the Bee”  Mixed media.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.





2nd Prize: 





Olivia Amir  “Vanishing Species”  Mixed media.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




3rd Prize: 






Jiahe Wang.  “Wolf”  Drawing.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




Best Ape/Monkey: 






Raegan Bowser.  “In Her Eyes – Calaya”  Colored pencil.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.






Best Tiger: 





Alison Solik  “Focus”  Chalk pastel.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.





People’s Choice (voted on Woobox): 







Cherry Cai  “Le-Muse”  Acrylics.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




Young     Artists     Category – Under 11 years old



1st Prize:





Zhuoran Xu.  “Welcome to the Magical Ideal Island”  Marker pen.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




2nd Prize And Award for Best Tiger





 Yilin Jiang.  “Disappeared Tiger”  Watercolor/marker pen  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.



3rd Prize:  




Shiqi Jiao.  “Special Jellyfish”  Watercolor.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.




Best Ape/Monkey:  





Yinan Xing.  “Homeland”  Colored pencil.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.



 People’s Choice (voted on Woobox): 





Hadley Moore.  “Hummingbird in Yard”  Mixed media.  ©2022 All Rights Reserved.

Contact for purchase information. 





This exhibit takes place thanks to our expert and wonderful jury panel who so generously donated their time:  Bruce Helander, Ron Magill, Professor Frans de Waal and Philip Wollen. Thanks also to Paul Fisher and Mary Strope of Juried Art Services for hosting the contest and for their help and advice throughout.  Thanks to Shechter and Associates CPAs for their sponsorship of the Young Artists Contest and exhibition and for their support and encouragement.  We are grateful to Merrill Lynch for sponsoring the Fine Art exhibition gallery. We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Nature First who are sponsoring the Fine Art Photography Gallery.

Please contact with questions or for details on how to purchase the art. 







The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest benefits CGA.



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The Artists’ Studio And Gallery Of Tequesta Presents A Free Holiday Open House December 1

The Artists’ Studio And Gallery Of Tequesta offers original fine art in a relaxed setting in the Gallery North Plaza near the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  The public is welcome to the Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 1, 2022.  Meet the five core artists: Marie Cardi Etherington, Suzanne Fico, Kathy Kauss, Jerry Oliver, and Joseph Bennet Pierre. Featured wall artists include:  Susan Weinbrenner, Jim Sechiano, Bill Rose, Jeni Morton and William Rodriquez. Special Lighthouse ArtCenter Faculty guests include: Chad Steve, Carolyn Austin, Eduardo Gomez, Jeni Licata, and Barbara Powell The Rickie Report shares the details of the Open House and some sneak peeks of artworks worthy to set the tone in your home or office.







Public   Is   Invited   To   A   Free



~ Holiday   Open   House ~



Thursday, December 1, 2022



 5 – 7:30  pm




Studio & Gallery Hours:

Tuesday  to  Friday 10 – 4       

Saturday  &  Sunday    11 – 3



Gallery Square North  

385 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469

618.645.0151    or        561.339.3314





“Ocean Calling” by Marie Cardi Etherington




Marie   Cardi   Etherington


Marie Cardi Etherington draws her inspiration from an early interest in textile, a passion for science and art of gardening, and explorations of exotic locations around the continents.  Her approach is expressionistic and invites the viewer to feel the mood as she, herself experienced it during the painting process. To Marie, “Color is form”.  An early interest in pre-Columbian art lead her to textiles and weaving.  Manipulating threads with a four-harness loom created a pathway for her to express herself with color.  Then she experienced the buttery movement of oil paints and switched from threads and loom to paint and canvas.


Marie tells The Rickie Report, “I paint for the moment.  My goal is to bring the viewer in, to look at the everyday world in a new way, because that is how I have painted it. Marie’s artworks can be found in public and private collections around the globe.  Marie studied with the late Terry Oakes Bourret (in CT), Hugh O’Neill ( FL and Ireland), and John Traynor (NH). She holds a degree from University of NH and continued her studies at Cornell University and Albertus Magnus College. Marie has exhibited at numerous juried shows including: The Lyme Art Association, the Clinton Art Society ( where she is an elected member), at Jupiter Medical Center, and Lighthouse ArtCenter.


An accredited Federated Garden Club of America flower show master judge, Marie draws a sense of design and space from the world of gardening.  Her designs have been sold in such places as luxury retailer, Henri Bendel in New York. Marie enjoys painting outdoors in New England as well as Jupiter, FL.  For more information:





“The Tree” by Suzanne Fico



Suzanne   Fico



Suzanne Fico is from New York, where her interest in capturing the beauty of birds and nature began. She created her first oil painting at the age of 15, comes form a family of artists, and is inspired by her mother.  Suzanne, who has been painting for over a decade, is primarily self taught and she has furthered her studies at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  Suzanne is currently an art instructor at Morselife and other senior facilities.  Her paintings have been included in juried exhibits at both the Lighthouse ArtCenter and Artist Studio and Gallery of Tequesta.  Suzanne tells The Rickie Report, “My medium of choice is oil and acrylic.  I paint a wide variety of subjects.”  She excels in capturing the beauty of birds, where she has her widest audience appeal.





Wading heron by Kathy Kauss



Kathy   Kauss


Kathy Kauss is a well known Jupiter artist who paints primarily in oils.  She is a 40 year resident of the area and finds her inspiration in the rich, colorful, tropical landscapes of this unique area.  Kathy is a member of the Jupiter Lighthouse Gallery and her work can be found at her studio at The Artists’ Studio and Gallery of Tequesta.  Kathy tells The Rickie Report, “When I paint, I try to capture a moment in time as well as all the feelings and emotions. I strive to be creative, focusing on the narrative of each painting, while bringing them alive, as I pay attention to the lights and shadows.”





“Fish Bowl” by Jerry Oliver



Jerry  Oliver


Jerry Oliver was raised on a farm in Kentucky.  After marrying, she moved to southern Illinois where she and her husband, Charles, raised their daughter, Rae.  During those years, Jerry painted in oils and took workshops with several well-known artists.  Her earliest works were influenced by a group of artists from Paducah, KY.  The Paducah Area Painter’s Alliance embraces artists from the mid-west. Jerry’s artwork has been featured in three Solo Exhibits and she was commissioned by the Arts Council of Illinois to create a new work for their college campus. The City of Paducah chose Jerry as one of the main artists to paint a children’s alphabet and art book, “P’ is for Paducah”.


Jerry has moved her focus from scenes of the Kentucky Ohio River Valley to South Florida.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Every day is a new adventure as I paint my journey through life. I love my surroundings and gain inspiration from them. I am thankful for her God given talent and firmly believes that everything is possible through him.”  For more information:






“Diva” by Joseph Bennett Pierre




Joseph  Bennett  Pierre



Joseph Bennett Pierre enjoyed drawing since the early age of six.  In 1970, at a low point in his life, he returned to his art. In college, he pursued a BA and MA in Fine Arts at New Jersey City University.  Joseph joined a group of African American artists, who displayed their artworks at the Urban League Gallery in New York City.  He also displayed his art in various libraries and other venues in New Jersey, where he resided.  A long hiatus ensued as Joe’s energies were focused on his career in education. He won outstanding awards in both teaching and administration.  We can see how his philosophy of art is his life mantra: “Art is forever evolving and one always learns something new.”


In 1995, Joseph’s interest in art was reignited as he dealt with the stress of care taking his ill mother.  Painting, drawing, and sculpture proved again, to be positive outlets!  In 2004, Joseph moved to North Palm Beach, FL with his wife and mother.  He enrolled in the Armory Art Center and the Lighthouse ArtCenter, taking classes.  From 2005, his work has been exhibited at Lighthouse ArtCenter where “Tears of Haiti” won “Best Of Show”.  His painting, “Sharecropper” received Honorable Mention at a later exhibit there.  His artworks have shown in Sag Harbor, NY; Martha’s Vineyard, MA; and he is currently at the Sarasota Art Center in Sarasota, FL.  His Solo exhibit in 2011 at Art On Park Gallery in Lake Park,FL was a big success.




Featured wall artists:  

Susan Weinbrenner

Jim Sechiano

Bill Rose

Jeni Morton

William Rodriquez

Special Lighthouse ArtCenter Faculty guests:

Chad Steve

Carolyn Austin

Eduardo Gomez

Jeni Licata

Barbara Powell




For more information  Call:  

618.645.0151    or        561.339.3314

For information about hanging your artwork here:

Call 561.339.3314

Gallery Square North  

385 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469




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Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Presents “Start To Finish: The Works Of Frank Spino & Carol Staub” November 29 Through January 27

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues to celebrate their 15th Anniversary season with a duo exhibit, “Start to Finish: The Works of Frank Spino & Carol Staub”.  This alluring watermedia show runs from November 27 , 2022 – January 27, 2023.  Enjoy a Meet the Artists Receptions on Friday, December 2, 2022  and Friday, January 6, 2023, as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Take a moment from your holiday rush to ponder these outstanding artworks! This is a gallery where you can expect the unexpected!






1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

Phone: 772 562-5525.  Visit:





“Lemon Wedge” watercolor by Frank Spino




“Start  to  Finish:

The  Works  of  Frank  Spino  &  Carol  Staub”




Meet     the     Artists     Reception



Friday,    December   2,  2022



Friday,  January 6, 2023



5    –    8   pm


Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls





“Yellow Fusion 2”  Acrylic encased in resin by Carol Staub




This Exhibit runs from November 27, 2022 – January 27, 2023

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

Also open by appointment

Closed Sunday and Monday  





“Blue on Blue Mixed Media” by Carol Staub




 Carol, who began her career as a jewelry designer and silversmith, began painting in 2001.  A master of mixed media, she has been featured in innumerable publications, is a Signature Member of many art organizations, has won many awards and is included in private collections, galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally.  In 2014, she received an Award of Excellence in the Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial-China.  Her painting was purchased by the museum for its permanent collection. 




Frank, before the advent of computer technology, had a very successful career as a sign and billboard painter and branding expert.  When technology advanced, he turned to computer graphic design and then began painting in watercolor.  His paintings have been exhibited worldwide, and his many awards include the Biennial International Prize March D’Acqua in Italy and the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial in China.  He is in numerous publications and has been on the cover of “Splash 14, The Best of Watercolor”.






“Little Fanning Springs” watercolor by Frank Spino     


Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Edgardo Abello

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

George Pillorgé

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

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





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Armory Art Center’s 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival Saturday, December 3 And Sunday, December 4. Free Admission To Galleries, Class Previews, Art, And Entertainment

The Armory Art Center’s 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival returns on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022. This exciting array of works by local and out of town artists, live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and a new KIDS ZONE is courtesy of the Laurence W. Levine Foundation.  Admission is free!  Check out the upcoming Classes and Workshops – sign up over the weekend and get a discount on classes. The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos. 






Armory Art Center Campus
811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401








Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022


10 am to 4 pm













Armory Art Center Campus

811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401




Let your inner artist shine! During the festival, the Armory will also offer an open house in Montgomery Hall on Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. for those interested in attending an art class. Anyone who enrolls in an 8-week class onsite during the open house will receive 25% off tuition (does not apply to workshops or pop-ups).






“We look forward to enjoying South Florida’s beautiful winter weather and vibrant art scene at our annual festival,” said John Suau, CEO. “At the Armory, we value giving our neighbors the chance to enjoy the arts in an accessible, fun way. By purchasing goods from artists or signing up for a class at our campus, visitors contribute to the Armory Art Center’s mission of inspiring people to create and experience art—and to its vision of becoming the community’s leading resource for arts education.”








During the festival, the “Armory Student & Faculty Show” “Radiant Nation: Masks” will be on display in Montgomery Hall and the East Gallery. The faculty and student show highlights works by Armory students and educators in the departments of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and 2D artwork. “Radiant Nation” features a collection of reimagined radiotherapy masks transformed by artists and cancer survivors into vibrant, powerful forms of expression. Guests can enjoy the exhibitions for free on both days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.







Shop til you drop! Scheduled at the perfect time for great weather and holiday shopping, artisan tents will be located outdoors in the Armory’s sculpture garden and in the parking lot. Guests will be able to browse and find unique gifts for loved ones this holiday season—from handmade jewelry to paintings and more.






Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment from South Florida musical artists. From rock and folk to jazz and Celtic music, the festival offers something for everyone, including:



  • Jazz by Neil Bacher and Friends (Dec. 3, 11 a.m.)

  • The Palm Beach State College Progressive Jazz Sextet (Dec. 3, 1 p.m.)

  • Roaring Kelly Band (Dec. 3, 3 p.m.)

  • The Smokeboss Militia (Dec. 4, 11 a.m.)

  • Gypsy String Revival (Dec. 4, 2 p.m.)





About the West Palm Beach Art Festival:

This annual event brings in roughly 6,000 visitors and 100 artists and is well-publicized by local media reporting, media sponsorships, advertising, and social media. Scheduled at the perfect time for holiday shopping, vendors will reach affluent Palm Beach and Broward County residents, plus engage our large seasonal tourist population.

The Armory’s state-of-the-art campus hosts space for up to 10’x10’ tents, socially distanced, throughout its space. Tents will be located outdoors in the sculpture garden and in the parking lot.

The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Palm Beach Convention Center, Hilton West Palm Beach, and The Square—a premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.

Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music, food, and activities for kids make the festival a perfect experience for all.

The Armory Art Center follows CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 health and safety precautions.



About the Armory Art Center:

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber & textiles, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For information, visit or call (561) 832.1776

The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401



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The New Studio for the Visual Arts And Photographer, Edward Munoz Celebrate A Corporate Art Acquisition By Fine Mark Bank Of Jupiter. Exhibit Runs Through November 30

The New Studio for the Visual Arts (NSVA) and photographer, Edward Munoz celebrate a new corporate art acquisition by Fine Mark Bank of Jupiter! Munoz is among the first gathering of native Jupiter artists with a new exhibit, “Our Jupiter”. The free exhibit runs through the Thanksgiving Holidays and closes at the end of the month.  Kudos to the Bank leadership for becoming true aficionados of local artists and to Peggy Kirkwood, President of The New Studio and the moving force behind the All About Jupiter Exhibit.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some unexpected sneak peeks.



Jupiter… like   you’ve   never   seen   it   before!

Through    the    eyes

Of    Over    THIRTY


Homegrown    Jupiter    artists

Coming    together    for    the    First    Time!




Exhibit runs through the Thanksgiving Holidays and closes at the end of the month.




“Our Jupiter”, presented by The New Studio for the Visual Arts, invites you to experience Jupiter then and now, from the unique perspective of local artists.  Ed’s Blue Dot Photography is proud to announce its participation in “Our Jupiter”, the first annual gathering of native Jupiter artists.





Photographer, Edward Munoz with newest corporate acquisition by Fine Mark Bank of Jupiter



Peggy Kirkwood tells The Rickie Report, “The New Studio for the Visual Arts, which includes The Photography of Edward Munoz, has had a great run showcasing Art all about Jupiter and recently the excitement spilled over to the Jupiter business community. Fine Mark Bank of Jupiter selected one of the Munoz Photographs from his Jupiter collection to hang on their main wall. The Bank contracted Artworks of West Palm, one of our vendor partners, to print on canvas an 80-inch-high triptych for display at their bank. Karl Osterman handled the printing, stretching and hanging while Munoz supplied various photography options for the client’s consideration. The final product is now on display at the Bank”.



Ed Munoz is a photographer specializing in Nature and Travel Photography. He’s a member of Artists of Palm Beach County, The Lighthouse Art Center, and The New Studio for the Visual Arts, all located in Florida. Ed also serves on the Board of Images for Conservation of Texas. Ed shares, ” I inherited my interest in photography from my father, who did not have the resources that I have but had a love for the art.”





Ed says, “I have also endeavored to advance my skills under the tutelage of experts such as Ken Geiger, Pulitzer Prize winner from National Geographic, E. David Luria of Washington DC Photo Safari fame, Professor David Durbak teacher and professional photographer, and wildlife photographer Bill Gosanski.  My work has been recognized with several awards, the latest being a first-place prize for the 2021 Grassy waters photo contest.




“My wife Susan has been my loving partner, travel companion, assistant, model, promoter and critic all rolled into one. Without her, and the loving encouragement of my four adult children, and eight grandchildren, the inner light that guides my photography would be indeed dim and dull. My hope is that my photography will move people to better appreciate our environment and inspire them to protect and preserve.”  ~  Ed Munoz



For more information about Ed’s photography and this exhibit:

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s “Art Mind & Soul Fest” April 1 & 2, 2023 Opens Calls For Vendors At New Location In Tradition Town Square. Early Registration Discount Ends December 31, 2022

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance proudly presents the “Art, Mind & Soul Fest” on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2023 at Tradition Town Square. A Call for Vendors is now open!  All work must be original. Take advantage of the Early Registration discount which ends December 31, 2022. Alliance members pay no registration fee.  Tent space is limited. Regular Registration closes February 28, 2023. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to apply NOW







St.   Lucie   Cultural   Alliance

Proudly   presents







“A r t,    M i n d    &    S o u l    F e s t”


Saturday, April 1, 2023




Sunday, April 2, 2023




11  AM   –   7  PM


Tradition   Town   Square


10799 SW Civic Lane         Port St. Lucie, FL 34987




Previously known as “Arts & Mindfulness Fest”, this is the Cultural Alliance’s 3rd year of presenting this one-of-a-kind festival. We are thrilled to move this festival to Tradition Square, which is more centrally located and comes with a built-in audience. However, the space is more intimate, and we will have limited tent spaces available. 


  • All work must be original.

  • By submitting this application, you agree that all products are 100% handmade.






Early Registration Fees:      

The non-refundable early application fee is $40

  • Cultural Alliance member early registration fee: FREE
  • Regular vendor early registration fee: $150
  • If you are not a member, you may join at the PREMIUM LEVEL or higher, participate in “Art, Mind & Soul Fest” for a $40 registration fee, and receive additional benefits throughout the year. This level is only open to individual artists.
  • Please visit Business or Cultural Organizations for additional membership benefits. Businesses and Cultural Organizations are entitled to two tent spaces in addition to other annual membership levels.
  • **EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS 12/31/2022**

Regular Fees:

  • Application fee: $50
  • Cultural Alliance member registration fee: FREE
  • Regular vendor registration fee: $200**REGULAR REGISTRATION CLOSES 2/28/2023**





Call (772) 776-ARTS (2787)



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