Innovative Focus Of Visual Art Exhibit And Performing Arts Event On Black History At Center For Creative Education Brings Generations Together

The Center For Creative Education celebrates Black History with a visual arts exhibit that spans generations and visionaries.  The Opening Reception on Friday, February 28 coincides with the Opening Performance of “BLACK WALL STREET, The Play”, the dramatized telling of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre and destruction of one of the wealthy black communities of the 20th Century.  Tickets to the play are also available on Saturday, February 29. The art exhibit continues through the end of March.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Kudos to the CCE for bringing such a moving, insightful combination to the community!

 

 

 

 

425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33407
T: (561) 805-9927       cceflorida.org

 

 

Black History at Center for Creative Education

February through March 2020:

 

 

The Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at Center for Creative Education

 

P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:  

BLACK  HISTORY  ART  EXHIBITION

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

 

Friday, February 28, 2020

 

6 PM

 

$10 Entry

 

Light Bites and Drinks Provided

 

 

Nipsey Hussle Memorial by AndrewGreenaway

 

 

Featuring Artworks by:

 

 

The late, African American Folk Artist

Jimmie Lee Sudduth

(Fayette, Alabama | 1910-2007)

&

The late Folk Contemporary Artist

Purvis Young

(Miami, Florida | 1943-2010)

&

Benny Holmes

(Pleasant City, West Palm Beach)

 

 

Exhibiting Artists also include:

Doba Afolabi

Akeem Agbelekale

Ashlee Breyan Sanford

Laurent Dareau

Rosemarie DeJean

Janelle ExtraOrdinary-J Fulford

Jada Grantlin

Andrew Greenaway

Andrew Hollimon

Walter Johnson

Lupe Lawrence

Melissa Loftman

Reverie x Riss

James Silk

Shani Simpson

Katiana Smith

Zayin

 

 

 

ALSO!!!

The same evening as the exhibition reception there will be a special performance:

 

 

 

 

In the Conrad Hilton Theater at CCE:

 

 

Friday, February 28 & Saturday, February 29

 

 

 

Creative Touches Productions presents

 

 

“BLACK WALL STREET, The Play”

 

The dramatized telling of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre and destruction of one of the wealthy black communities of the 20th Century.

 

Friday, February 28 | 7pm

Saturday, February 29 | 2pm

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:

$5 Youth (15 & Under), $15 Adult (16 & Up)

VIP TICKETS: $25 (Reserved Seating Area and Goodie Bag)

Seating Is Limited, Rain or Shine, No Refunds

ON    SALE    NOW!!


https://blackwallstreettheplay.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

Thank you to our Supporting partner:

Spady Cultural Heritage Museum in Delray Beach

Special Thanks to:

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Culture Builds Florida

This is part of the Black Wall Street, The Play series.

 

For more information about these events or other programs:

The Gallery at Center for Creative Education
425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33406
561-805-9927

For more information about this event, classes, workshops or upcoming exhibits:

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery and Marketing Manager

JonathonO@cceflorida.org

State Issued Photo ID Required for Visit
T: (561) 805-9927 ext. 106   F: (561) 805-9929
W: cceflorida.org 

Empowering Students to Grow Academically, Creatively and Socially Through Arts-Based Education

 

 

 

 

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See Where Creativity Takes Flight At Palm Beach International Airport’s Art In Public Places Gallery. Free Public Reception February 20 To Meet The Artists

We’ll see you at the airport on Thursday, February 20! The Rickie Report shares the details of the next Artist Reception which is free and open to the public. There’s no need to buy a ticket  because the Art at the Airport Exhibit will take you on journeys without packing a bag! The Palm Beach International Airport is one of the most popular art galleries in the County.  ATTENTION ART LOVERS and TRAVELERS: We promise you a more enlightened experience than you’d have rushing to your gate, sitting and waiting for your flight.  This is a great teaching moment for families waiting for loved ones to arrive.  Walk by the artwork and talk about what the children see! Kudos, Elayna Toby Singer for updating and rejuvenating this program! All artwork is for sale and artists receive 100% of sale price!

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET  THE  ARTISTS  RECEPTION

THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 20, 2020

5:30 – 7 PM

Free admission,  Live music, Lite Bites

 

 

 

 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS:

 

 

Sue Archer

Sandra Douglas

Lorin Duckman

Carol Erenrich

Sandy Friedkin

Nicole Galluccio

Patricia Magna

Sally Painter

Candace Platz

Sharon Pollak

Suzanne Redmond

Lori Royce

Holly Rutchey

Barry Seidman

Janet Siegel Rogers

 

To place your name on the registry:

www.pbcgov.com/fdo/art/

For more information about Art at the Airport please contact:

Elayna Toby Singer

2633 Vista Parkway     West Palm Beach, FL 33411-5603
(561) 233-0235    Fax: (561) 233-0206

Email: esinger@pbcgov.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch Presents “Pour Your Heart Out” Acrylic Workshop With Lois Perdue And Tammy Seymour Friday, March 27. Registration Is Open To Public

National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch invites you to a “Pour Your Heart Out” Acrylic workshop on Friday, March 27. Registration is open to members and the public, so make your reservations now and see what the “pour” craze is all about!  Join two award winning artists, Lois Perdue and Tammy Seymour who will show you how to create an art piece without ever using a brush! Learn how to pour paint directly onto the surface of a canvas and maneuver the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other creating a unique work of art! Or use these pieces once dry, as backgrounds to future paintings when you get home.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National League of American Pen Women

Fort Lauderdale Branch

Presents:

 

 

 

Acrylic Pour Painting

 

 

 

“Pour  Your  Heart  Out”    Acrylic  Workshop

 

 

With Award-Winning Artist/Instructors

 

Lois   Perdue   &   Tammy   Seymour

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

10 am – 2 pm

Members $45.     Non- Members $55.

At

Artserve

1350 E Sunrise Blvd.      Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33304

 

 

 

 

To Register:

Call Tammy Seymour at 954-288-7972 by March 23rd

Email: tseymour53@comcast.net to reserve your spot

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Pour Painting

 

 

 

Come join two award winning artists Lois Perdue and Tammy Seymour who will show you how to create an art piece without ever using a brush! Learn how to pour paint directly onto the surface of a canvas and maneuver the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other creating a unique work of art! Or use these pieces once dry, as backgrounds to future paintings when you get home.

 

Every “pour” painting is different! Even if you used the very same colors prepared exactly the same way and placed them in the same areas of the canvas, the paints would spread and mix in different ways. While you have some control over the spreading and mixing, the paint has a “mind of its own”! And, the most fantastic designs appear.  Some artists enjoy creating this type of art as a change from their usual techniques simply because they don’t have any control about the outcome! It’s always fun and a surprise!

 

Tammy and Lois will also show you the most important thing to know about a “pour”: what mediums to use, which paints give the best results, and what kind of additives to create a successful “pour” every time.

 

Supply List:

Bring 3-4 stretched canvas to pour on.

Small sizes as example: 8×10, 9×12, 12×12,11×14*** ,12×16.

Bring a table cover

Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

We Supply the rest!

***   11×14 canvas will be available for purchase at class.

 

 

 

Lois Perdue Abstract Artist:

Lois Perdue has lived in Florida her entire life. She graduated from Florida International University and spent much of her career in the fields of public relations and journalism. In 2007 after retiring, she began a lifelong dream of painting.  A consistent award winner at the local, state and national levels she most recently received a first-place award at Bonnet House’s Impressions Exhibit 2019, Gold Coast Watercolor Society’s Florida Focus 2018 “Best in Show” award and signature membership. Lois also received Florida Watercolor Society’s “2018 Art Societies” award.

 

 

Several years ago, in response to a question she is most often asked, “how do you begin an abstract painting”, she responded by starting to teach a workshop course in the South Florida area to organizations, art guilds and businesses for employee therapy! She teaches all levels from traditional artists who want to learn how to paint in an abstract style to new artists. One group to which she belongs raises funds for Broward College young women’s art scholarships.

 

Lois is involved in numerous art guilds and societies whose purpose it is to educate and inform the community about art: Florida and Gold Coast Water Color Societies, Bonnet House Museum, Coral Springs, Weston, Plantation and Broward Art Guilds, International Society of Experimental Artists and National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch.

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Lois tells The Rickie Report, ” I use my feelings, fantasy and imagination combined with colors, shapes, materials and concepts to design and create my unique way of expressing myself through Abstract Art”. She begins many of her paintings on a synthetic Japanese paper called Yupo that when combined with watercolor and acrylic paints explode with vibrant color. Her paintings often have between 10-15 layers of paint and collage to create depth and dimension in the landscape abstract art she creates. Often, she begins her artwork intuitively, sometimes instinctively. “It is a very personal journey I take when I paint that hopefully, conveys a variety of emotions in viewers.”

She is represented by Heritage Gallery and Framing, Tamarac, FL.

www.loisperdue.com           runner12@bellsouth.net           954-812-1860

 

 

 

Tammy Seymour,  Watermedia Artist  Wet and Wild:

After working in corporate sales for 30 years, Tammy had time to express her passion for watermedia. Initially she was a self-taught artist with an inherited talent from her father, who was a dedicated landscape artist. Tammy developed her own style.  A resident of Fort Lauderdale, Tammy’s art reflects her environment with its incredible range of rich and sun-drenched colors and abundant wildlife.

 

 

Tammy’s prize-winning paintings are inspired by the local nature around her as well as her travels to the U.S. National Parks and abroad. She often paints using photos from her travels and will have a camera close by to capture her next subject.  Personal dedication to environmental conservation led Tammy to initially paint turtles as a major subject matter. This choice was due to their plight for survival. Tammy became known as the “Turtle Lady”!  Her fascination and love of wildlife has expanded to painting the colorful birds of Florida and majestic animals of Africa.

 

 

Tammy tells The Rickie Report,” I am an artist whom expresses the WET and WILD experiences of nature in watermedia.  I am inspired by nature, wildlife and the beauty that surrounds us.  When I paint, I seek to capture the personality and quirkiness of my animals starting with their eyes. The eyes resonate with my core and when I can bring them to life, I feel I have created a new magical creature.  Adding a splash of wild color makes everything a bit more beautiful and gives life to these wondrous creatures.  Painting with watercolors, acrylics or gouache allows me the freedom to express myself where my intuition guides me on any given day”.

 

954-288-7972          www.tamaraseymour.com            tseymour53@comcast.net

 

 

 

About the National League of American Pen Women:

The National League of American Pen Women Inc. is a non-profit organization, made up of professional women in the arts.  The object of the League is to create progression and advancement in literary work, visual arts and musical composition.

Since its founding in 1897, the League continues to seek higher mental and intellectual development, with excellent networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union.  Members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures.  Writing and poetry contests, art exhibitions (both juried and non-juried) and music composition competitions, conducted at all levels, branch state, and national.

Each year the Fort Lauderdale Branch awards three $1,250 Scholarships to Broward College Women for Art, Writing and Music.

For more information:

https://lauderdalepenwomen.wixsite.com/nlapw

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Celebrate The Art Of The Body With Emmanuel Gonzales On Sunday, February 23 In Live Model Painting Event

Having live models in art studios is nothing new, but Emmanuel Gonzales puts a new twist on it! He invites art lovers to experience the transformation of viewing the model as the artist translates the figure onto the canvas.  Sugar Plum Art Gallery features a Pop Up Art Show on Sunday, February 23 in Lake Worth. Emmanuel’s newest artworks will also be unveiled. The Rickie Report shares the details here. Get your tickets in advance and be automatically entered in a drawing for an original piece of artwork!  All respectful attendees, age 18+, are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Tickets Here:

https://facebook.com/events/s/emmanuel-gonzales-art-show/612778922837023/?ti=cl

All respectful attendees, age 18+, are welcome.
$5 General Admission

 

 

The Sugar Plum and Grumbling Growler Gallery of Lake Worth is presenting, for one night only, a unique and exciting pop-up art show featuring the works of Emmanuel Gonzales. Emmanuel Gonzales has had a strong presence in the South Florida art scene for many years. He has a bold and edgy style fusing together a variety of materials and mediums to create movement and energy. The resulting pieces are a balance of strong imagery and intimacy, achieved with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When You’re Smiling” by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

 

On this particular night, in addition to presenting brand new work, the curtain will be lifted as the audience gets to peek behind the scenes to see the artistic endeavor. For this exceptional showing, attendees will be treated to a stimulation of their senses as they observe a live nude figure pose for the artist as he translate the image to an artistic rendering on canvas. Guests will be able to mingle with the artist while contemplating newly unveiled works.

 

 

 

 

Emmanuel Gonzales has had a strong presence in the South Florida art scene since his graduation from Palm Beach Atlantic College in 2001. He has a bold and edgy style fusing together collage, pencil, pastel, watercolor, and oils to create movement and energy. The resulting pieces are a balance of strong imagery and intimacy, achieved with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed work. His body of art explores the past and present through realism and portraiture, and includes a growing retrospective of American icons where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmanuel Gonzales and “Bowie”

 

 

Emmanuel tells The Rickie Report, “Individually, my subjects characterize the social climate at a given moment in history; the images are influential and relevant to certain ethnic or social groups. Some are intentionally foreign to non-members of a particular group or generation, creating a ‘recognition factor’ which reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of one part of society while simultaneously establishing a feeling of “otherness” in viewers on the outside. Just as members of one social circle might identify emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently. Ideally, then, my work will create a juxtaposition of the viewer’s identity with the identity of others and will encourage them to consider their place as an individual part of a larger whole.”

 

 

 

Visit EmmanuelArt.com

 

 

 

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Enhance Your Artistic Side With Workshops In Pompano Beach: February 22, March 28, April 18, May 16 Plus Ongoing Events

The Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is offering an assortment of artistic workshops so you can explore and enhance your creative side. Classes in a variety of art forms for students ages 16 and up are available. The fees include all supplies. The Rickie Report shares the details about Paper Mache Bowls (February 22), Acrylic Painting Techniques (March 28), Pen and Ink Illustration (April 18), and Mixed Media Project (May 16).  There are monthly ongoing events in Pompano  some of which are free.  We share that info here.  Sign up now to reserve your spot!

 

 

POMPANO      BEACH      CULTURAL    AFFAIRS      

DEPARTMENT

 

   P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:

 

ARTISTIC  WORKSHOPS

FOR AGES 16 AND UP

 

 

At

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts

 

41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

 

 

Paper Mache Bowls

February 22     Noon – 4 pm  

 $25 Includes all supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

This workshop will show the basics of Paper Mache. Give old magazines, junk mail, and other unwanted papers a new lease on life & turn them into beautiful bowls of different shapes and sizes. Transform simple materials into functional works of art.

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Painting Techniques

March 28    Noon – 4 pm

 $25  Includes all Supplies

 

Enjoy a workshop of acrylic painting to freely convey emotions with use color, texture, and surface. Personal interpretations of different emotions will be explored. Learn new acrylic painting techniques, color combinations, and application techniques. Multiple surfaces will be explored.

 

 

 

Pen & Ink Illustration

April 18     Noon – 4 pm

 $25  Includes all Supplies

Learn techniques to combine drawing and painting in exciting ways. Explore the thrill of combining ink and water to produce intriguing translucent images. The workshop will demonstrate how to make and techniques on how to use ink wash along with sketch pen techniques to create texture. Participants will combine ink wash & pen to create a complete Pen & Ink Illustration. Work from your own or supplied photos.

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Project

May 16        11 am- 3 pm

$25  Includes all supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating art with multiple/unlimited materials: dry media, wet media, collage, fabric, random objects, anything goes… Use a mixture of materials of your choice in this workshop; learn multi media tips and techniques with color, texture, and a variety of surfaces. Explore the endless possibilities of mixed media art.

 

 

Recurring Workshops

 

 

 

Lunch with Art – the Visual Arts Edition
Wednesdays  12:15 pm ~ FREE

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

Nourish your creative side with a break from the break room! Bring your lunch and enjoy at tables set up in the galleries. Various art projects each week. Class is limited to 20 students.

 

 

Lunch with Art: Poetry Edition
1st Thursdays  12:15 pm  ~ FREE

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

On the first Thursday of each month, take a break from your day, bring your lunch and unleash your creativity. As you eat, enjoy a unique cultural experience that turns us all into poets. Each month, create, listen or watch different poems designed to spark the artist in you. Each workshop encourages you to step out of the mundane and explore your potential and escape from the daily stresses of life while remembering how beauty can be found in even the simplest of words. Guests are invited to bring their lunch, and a friend and come create a memorable piece of art. Free Wi-Fi available and light refreshments will be available.

 

 

 

Lunch with Art: The Lecture Series
Every 2nd Thursday   12:15 – 1:15 pm ~  FREE

Blanche Ely House Museum

Join our Curatorial Consultant Derek T. Davis as he guides you into the world of the Ely Family while you are enjoying your lunch! As you eat, experience a unique cultural experience that teaches Pompano Beach history and focuses on the people who made a difference in the community. Get inspired by this monthly event that will features unique informational lectures that unlock a piece of the past that may change the future. Guests are invited to bring their lunch, and a friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch with Art: Music Edition
3rd Tuesdays   12:15 pm  ~ Free

Ali Cultural Arts Center

Take a break from your day, bring your lunch and let music soothe your soul! These informative and relaxing sessions will introduce you to various forms of music, followed by a group discussion. Each melody becomes an escape from the daily stresses of life and reminds us how music is a universal language that we can all understand. Guests are invited to bring their lunch and a friend. Light refreshments are available.

 

 

 

Creative Workshops
3rd Saturdays  11 am –1 pm  $5 includes supplies

Blanche Ely House Museum

Explore your artistic side and build new friendships! Every month, our instructors will introduce guests to an exciting art form providing both introductory and intermediate techniques that will enhance your skills. Learn how exciting becoming a creative can be!

 

 

 

INSTRUCTORS:

Andrea Huffman:

Fiber artist Andrea Huffman received a Master’s degree in Art Education from Florida International University and taught art in Broward Public Schools for over 30 years. She has exhibited her art throughout Florida and nationally, receiving numerous awards and recognitions, including several grants and a Residency at the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida. Although Ms. Huffman has retired from teaching in the public school system, she continues to share her passion for art teaching classes and workshops in fiber art and mixed media at various art venues and guilds throughout Florida.

Kimberly Maxwell:

Instructor Kimberley Maxwell was born in Canada and resides in South Florida. She earned her MFA at Florida Atlantic University and was awarded the 2004 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artist Fellowship.

 

 

Venues

 

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-545-7800 • ccpompano.org

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

41 NE 1 Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org

Ali Cultural Arts Center

353 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-786-7877 • aliarts.org

Blanche Ely House Museum

1500 NW 6 Avenue Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-786-7877 • pompanobeacharts.org

Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-545-7800 • pompanobeacharts.org

 

 

 

 

 

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West Palm Beach Library Foundation Director, Tami Lesser, Speaks About The Role Of The Mandel Public Library Of West Palm Beach. A Library Is More Than A Building Filled With Books

The Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach is truly a community center!  Our interview with Tami Lesser, West Palm Beach Library Foundation Director gives you more insight to serving 760,000 people each year! Programs at the Library are FREE to you…yet not free to the Library.  Save Saturday, April 4 for Food for ThoughtCall to reserve your spot for a Tour of the Library!  From personal visits, discussions with library staff and the West Palm Beach Library Foundation personnel, The Rickie Report shares the importance of what this library is providing and can provide in the future. Has anyone noticed their “411” address = “Information, please”?  We give you a comprehensive list of all programs available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Palm Beach Library Foundation

BE A COMMUNITY BUILDER

 

 

“Public libraries are the sole community centers left in America. The degree to which a branch of the local library is connected to the larger culture is a reflection of the degree to which the community itself is connected to the larger culture.” – Russell Banks

 

TRR:  We are excited to welcome you!  Tell us more about your role .

TL:

 

As the new Executive Director of the Library Foundation, I have quickly come to understand and experience these meaningful words by celebrated American writer Russell Banks. The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is much more than a building filled with books; it is vital institution that enriches and strengthens our local community.

 

Your generous support allows us to continue to provide an educational and inspirational center where children can excel and adults can thrive. Gifts to the Foundation support these fundamental programs, services and resources for our community members who need them most.

 

TRR:  Can you give us some specific examples of what you offer beyond books?

TL:

 

Every day, I witness magical moments at the Library that showcase the difference we are making in people’s lives:

– Young adults continue their education and earn their High School diploma or earn a job thanks to our job training programs.

– Our senior community stays active with fitness classes and stays engaged by meeting friends for lectures, jazz concerts, and art classes.

– Teens receive guidance from a mentor, learn new skills in job readiness programs, get help with schoolwork from certified teachers, or just hang out with their friends in a safe and creative space.

– Children actively learn, discover and explore while doing homework or reading, and have fun with music, arts and crafts, dance and more.

– Families connect with each other and meet new friends during storytimes, baby yoga, self-lead activities and special events.

 

Dog Tales at Mandel Public Library

 

 

TRR:  Tell us more about “community building”

TL:

 

This Library is a Community Builder – the structure, the wonderful staff and the programs and resources offered are all aiding, encouraging and shaping our community programs in a remarkable and critical way!

 

The library serves over 760,000 people each year, providing our children, teens, and adults endless opportunities for learning, growth, enrichment, inspiration, entertainment and so much more.

 

The Library Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for the Library to provide the free quality programs, services and resources that enrich and strengthen our diverse community. A great public library depends on a partnership between private philanthropy and public funding from the City. Because of our generous donors, we have a gem in our community that serves as a center for learning, inspiration and creativity.

 

To express our appreciation, I am excited to share that we have launched the WPB Library Foundation Giving Society to recognize our supporters, who contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually to the Library Foundation. Our first Giving Society event will be on March 11 with celebrated columnist and author, Leslie Streeter.

Please see our newsletter below for more information about the Giving Society and the March 11 event as well as other important news. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now for our main event, Food for Thought, which takes place on Saturday evening, April 4.

If you have not yet come on a library tour, please let me know and we will make it happen. I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

Teens at Mandel Public Library

 

 

Programs We Fund:



From providing technological support, to highlighting different cultures, to a vast array of programs and services, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach presents many new, unique, and interesting events that are free to the public – but, of course, not really free for the Library. For example, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has supported programs and utilities such as:

  • Baby and toddler yoga classes
  • Equipment, so computers are fully accessible for children
  • Teen Mentoring and Support for high-risk teens
  • Get that Job Programs, preparing youth and adults for the working world
  • GED Programs so individuals obtain high school diplomas
  • Children and Teen Homework help Centers with certified teachers
  • Children’s Summer Academy with a free healthy lunch every day
  • Technology classes/ Girls Can Code classes
  • Art classes
  • Dog Tales

 

For the child inspired to read on her own after attending story time … the student who needs high-tech computer access to complete his homework assignments … the new resident seeking connections in the community … the job hunter preparing for an interview … the small business owner researching marketing techniques … or the senior who masters sending emails so they can stay in contact with friends and family across the country … the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is here to serve the entire community.

Now is the time for those with the capability to step up and lend support to ensure a strong, accessible, enriching public library for generations to come.

The following are just a few of the programs the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has supported at the Mandel Public Library. To find out how you can support these and other programs, call the Library Foundation at 561-868-7793.

 

 

Arts411 at Mandel Public Library

 

The After School Elementary Homework Center helps children excel in all academic programs.  Located in the heart of the Children’s Library, the center’s certified teachers use creative and interactive teaching methods to assist children.

The Teen Homework Center on the second floor in the teen section of the Library provides high-risk teens with a safe environment where they receive academic support. They have the opportunity to meet with other teens to work on projects in the arts, sciences, and math.  The Library becomes a place where teens receive help with academics while developing and building life skills.

Science Projects 101 helps low-income children achieve gains in scientific literacy.  Since many children lack support at home to complete science projects. During two-hour sessions, students and parents learn about the scientific method and receive kits which include materials needed to complete their science projects.  Pre- and post-survey results have shown that children who participate in the program substantially improve their science knowledge and grades in school.

Children’s Summer Academy minimizes or reverses “Summer Slide” for low income children.  This six-week program provides a safe, accessible learning environment which enables children to maintain and build their skills in reading, writing, science, and math.  Breakfast and lunch are provided as incentives to attend the programs and to provide the energy needed to fully engage in the learning process. 

The Summer Reading Program for preschool- and elementary-age children. This program encourages these children to complete reading logs, which track the number of books they read. Every week, children receive books to help them build their home libraries.  Books selected by the children have included Caps for Sale, A Pocket for Corduroy, Flat Stanley, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Magic Tree House series, Bad Kitty, Captain Underpants, Charlotte’s Web, and James and the Giant Peach.

Early Literacy Bilingual Computer Stations in our KidSpace strengthen the skills of preschoolers to promote school-readiness. These computer stations enable the Library to expand its outreach to young children who have limited or no access to computers at home and at school. At the Mandel Public Library, the Early Literacy Computer Stations increase the Library’s ability to meet school-readiness goals for both English and non-English speakers.

Dog Tales provides reluctant readers with opportunities to read aloud to trained therapy dogs that listen to these young readers so they can develop a love of reading and improve their reading comprehension.  With dogs present six days a week during the school year and three days a week during the summer, Dog Tales has become a treasured program.  The Library ensures that new Library Edition books are available for the children who participate in the program.

Let’s Read is a volunteer-based literacy program that improves the reading skills of children. Annually, forty volunteers trained in the art of reading aloud bring story times to 1,800 students in four academically struggling schools. This results in children developing stronger reading skills and a love for books.  Children in the program receive gift books to build their home libraries.  Children served through this program begin to develop a lifelong relationship with the value of the printed word and begin to see reading as an enjoyable experience.

Teen Mentoring builds self-esteem and provides teens with the confidence and motivation they need to be successful in life. Teens come to the Library and discover a safe haven where they will receive homework help, get advice on life’s challenges, make friends who have similar interests, and receive assistance with job readiness, GED, and college preparedness. At-risk teens acquire the skills needed to become outstanding, responsible citizens.  A variety of activities designed with their needs in mind, such as lectures, arts and crafts, poetry slams, and group technology projects, help them develop a more positive outlook on the future.

Young Adult to Senior Adult programs abound at the Library as recreational, educational, and cultural settings. The Library provides free skill-building, physically engaging, and diverse life experiences which are not found anywhere else.  Tango, swing dance, yoga, and Pilates are just a handful of the classes offered at the Library. Imaginations soar and educational opportunities thrive for tens of thousands of people every week.

Job Readiness Programs, underemployed, and unemployed young people and adults eager to find work and/or full-time positions take place through out the year.  Due to their lack of computer and job readiness skills, adults receive assistance in preparing resumes, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, gaining computer program knowledge, and improving writing skills.

Studio 411 Art Classes and Lectures   is a comprehensive studio space for the library’s popular range of arts programs, where  artistic adults can create, explore, and learn about a variety of arts and crafts from painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, soap-making and even jewelry-making…with all supplies included!  This studio provides so many adults in our community an outlet to be creative, develop their talents, and learn from local artists.
 
Arts programming at the Mandel Public Library is funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation supported by YOUR generous donations.

 

UPCOMING  EVENTS:

 

 

VIP Cocktail Reception with Black Widow Author Leslie Gray Streeter for Giving Society Members

Join Leslie Gray Streeter, The Palm Beach Post columnist and new author, for a discussion of her memoir,
Black Widow: A Sad/Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title 

MARCH 11, 2020  Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  VIP Cocktail Reception for WPB Library Foundation Giving Society
Meet the celebrated columnist and new author during her book launch tour.
Members will receive a signed copy of the book, and complimentary valet parking at the Library Book Drop on Clematis Street.
Reserve your seat at 561-868-7715 or WPBLF@WPBCityLibrary.org.
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Black Widow Book Discussion & Signing,

FREE and open to the public

 

 

Last day to pledge:

 Wednesday, February 26 at 9 pm

 

 

Just make a donation of $20 or more to our charity page on theAmerican Honda Birdies for Childrenwebsite and then guess the total number of birdies that will be made by the entire field in the four rounds of the 2020 Honda Classic golf tournament.  To help you along, they provide you with the total number of birdies made in each of the last ten tournaments.  Best of all, 110% of your donation will benefit the WPBLF.

 

Donate here to benefit the WPBLF and make your best birdies guess:

 

 

2020 Food For Thought    Saturday, April 4, 2020

6:30 – 9:30 PM

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach   411 Clematis Street | West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Complimentary Valet at the Library Book Drop on Clematis Street. You’re invited to an elegant dinner party featuring notable authors and personalities leading an array of lively discussions. Choose your table host to converse, inquire, and engage with this expert, and guests of similar interest, about your favorite topic. Gain insights about varied topics including the arts, architecture, culture, current affairs, entertainment, history, literature, music, news, science, and more. Dinner will be served in the impressive ‘Grand Reading Room on the 4th Floor. Your support benefits the free quality programs, services and resources at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach that enrich and strengthen our diverse community. Peruse the menu of great conversations and table hosts on our website www.WPBLF.org   Cocktail Attire.  The vision of the West Palm Beach Library  Foundation is to create an inspired community where children excel and adults thrive. After purchasing you tickets we will contact you to chose your table host our you are welcome to call: Nickie Hennevelt 561-868-7715 Sponsorship opportunities please call: Nickie Hennevelt 561-868-7715

 

 

 

For more information:

Visit www.WPBLF.org

Mail a check to the West Palm Beach Library Foundation:

411 Clematis Street  3rd Floor  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Call Tami Lesser at 561-868-7793

To join the Giving Society, contact Executive Director Tami Lesser
at 561-868-7793    Levels starting at $1,000 minimum annually.

Email:  TLesser@WPBCityLibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Delray Art League Expands Its Programs, Open To All Artists And Arts Organizations As DAL Prepares For 55th Anniversary

The Delray Art League (DAL) announces its new “Artists and Easels” events throughout downtown Delray Beach. DAL hosts First Friday Art Walks at SubCulture Coffee on Atlantic Avenue the 1st Friday of each month and will be adding Pop-up locations near Old School Square.  DAL celebrates its 55th Anniversary in 2021 and is planning its “Vision 2020” Art Festival in the fall and spring of 2021. All events will be listed with ZAPP and are open to members, prospective members, artists from other organizations, and all local artists. DAL encourages artist conversations, meeting new friends, and enjoying the local arts community in Delray Beach.  Best of all, it’s FREE!  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Rizzi, President of the Delray Art League tells The Rickie Report, “The Delray Art League will celebrate its 55th Anniversary in 2021. We’re preparing for this grand event as we formulate plans for our Vision 2020 Art Festival in the Fall of 2020 through the Spring of 2021. As we schedule these new events and select locations in and around Delray Beach, we’ll be using ZAPP for event registration. Events will be listed there for our members and also prospective members and artists from other organizations. The jury process and event application for each show will make it simpler for everyone to participate”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAL will continue with its new “Artists and Easels” events in 2020 throughout downtown Delray Beach. It hosts First Friday Art Walk at SubCulture Coffee on Atlantic Avenue the first Friday of each month beginning at 6 PM. We encourage our League members and meetup.com/Delray-Art-League members to come, join in the fun and bring one of their artworks to be displayed on their easel out front on Atlantic Avenue.

 

 

 

More pop up locations will be added near Old School Square and on Atlantic Avenue later this month and meetup.com/Delray-Art-League will be the best place to follow Artists and Easels events. It’s simple to RSVP as a Delray Art League member or as a MeetUp.com member. These events are open to all local artists in the community. We encourage artist conversations, meeting new friends and enjoying the Local Arts Community together in Delray Beach!  Best of all it’s Free!

Please email Pamela Lambie at lambieart@gmail.com

Sign up and RSVP directly!

 

 

 

VETERANS  PARK

We also have a few select outdoor events coming up in downtown Delray Beach at Veteran’s Park on Atlantic Avenue. The dates for the upcoming shows are March 7th &  8th and April 4th & 5th. We will make booth space available for non-members as well. 

 

 

Please email Bruce Bain at bainbru@live.com for more information.

 

 

 

1440 N. Federal Highway    Delray Beach, FL

 

 

Please visit the Heart of Delray Gallery on 1440 N. Federal Highway in Delray Beach. The Delray Art League is home to our member artist gallery within the Heart of Delray. We currently showcase over 25 of our local member artists in the member gallery. There is plenty of parking, it’s convenient and also a wonderful gallery to see over 70 professional artists work and meet some of the artists in residency there. Tell Dan the Delray Art League invited you!

 

For more information:

 

Ron Rizzi, President          DelrayArtLeague@att.net

Kathi Stamm, Treasurer   DelrayArtLeague@comcast.net

Howard Sherman,  VP     violinhw@comcast.net

 

Our Website:      https://delrayartleague.com/

 

 

 

 

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

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Tibetan Monks Visit Stuart Area February 17 – 23. Public Invited To Lectures, Children’s Activities, Mandala Rituals, And Cultural Dinner

The Martin Artisans Guild and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast will co-host a group of Tibetan Monks at The Palm Room Gallery and at the Church. From February 17 – 23, several monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will provide Cultural Pageants, lectures and children’s events, including  the creation and dissolution of a mandala.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Some events require advanced registration and have limited seating, so make your plans now!

 

 

 

Martin Artisans Guild

and

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast

 

 

 PRESENT:

 

 

THE     TIBETAN    MONKS

of

DREPUNG   GOMANG   MONESTARY

 

February 17 – 23

 

 

OPENING  CEREMONY:

 

 

 Creation of the Sacred Mandala:  

Monday, February 17    11 am – 4 pm

 

 

Ongoing Creation of Mandala:

 

Tuesday, February 18                 10 am – 3pm

Wednesday February 19            10 am – 3 pm

Thursday , February 20             10 am – 5 pm

Friday, February 21                     10 am – 5 pm

Saturday February 22                 10 am – 5 pm

 

 

 

DISSOLUTION CEREMONY

 

Sunday, February 23        1 pm

 

 

ALL Located at:   

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

WORKSHOPS  THROUGHOUT  THE  WEEK:

 

 

Monday, February 17:

 

Childrens’ Coloring Tibetan Designs   4 – 5 pm

Sacred Art Tour Fire Puja house blessing  7 – 8 pm

Tuesday, February 18:

 

Mani Stone Workshop    4 – 6 pm

Wednesday, February 19:

 

Tibetan Dinner and Cultural Pageant   7 –  9 pm

 

Saturday, February 22:  

 

World Peace Puja  1 – 3 pm

 

 

ALL Located at:

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast

21 SE Central Parkway    Stuart,FL 

 

 

~Registration for events is requested~

 

~Donations are appreciated~

 

Additional information and registration sites:  www.mcost.org

Or Call:  Suzanne Connors   336.693.4606

Event schedules available at the Palm Room or the Church locations

 

 

From February 17-23 several monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will visit Martin County and bring their teachings of ancient ways and beliefs that create the possibility of global peace, nonviolent conflict resolution, compassion and wisdom. Highlighting their trip is the creation of a Sacred Sand Mandala in the Martin Artisans Guild Palm Room exhibition space. The monks will share Tibetan culture and traditions, as well as offer us universal lessons on compassion and impermanence.

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Art Tour supports the 2,000 monks in Mundgod, India, with funds for their education, healthcare and nutrition. Handcrafts by Tibetan artisans will be offered for sale. The Martian Artisans Guild is comprised of professional artists from the county who have banded together to promote the arts in Martin County. Their yearly activities include the Martin County Open Studio Tour which is held the third weekend of January, numerous exhibitions, artist seminars, a county gallery guide, and other art related opportunities for artists and the general public. Their goal is to make Martin County an arts destination.

 

 

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

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Artists Guild Of Boca Museum Of Art Invites Public Today To A Free Musical Presentation With Howard Greenblatt And A Free Photography Lecture With Allan Pierce On February 20

The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum of Art invites you to a FREE Special Musical Presentation with Howard Greenblatt  TODAY.  On Thursday, February 20, Award winning photographer, Allan Pierce, will speak about “Creativity & Photography”. These FREE events require an RSVP The Rickie Report shares the details here. Not a member yet?  This is the perfect time to check out this professional artist networking organization!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2910 N. Federal Hwy   Boca Raton, FL 33431  (In Elegance Plaza)

bocamuseum.org       guild@bocamuseum.org

Gallery Hours:  TUE – SAT: 10AM – 6PM      SUN: 1 – 5PM

561.278.7877

 

 

ARTISTS   GUILD   GALLERY

!!   T  O  D  A  Y   !!

 

A   MUSICAL  PRESENTATION   WITH :

 HOWARD  GREENBLATT  

SUNDAY,  FEBRUARY 9, 2020

 

 2 – 3  PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A N D:

 

 

FREE  PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE

 

 

THURSDAY,   FEBRUARY 20, 2020

 

7   – 8:30   pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free admission & Parking      

Open to the Public

RSVP:

Online at bocamuseum.org/artistsguild

Via email to spnash@aol.com

 

 

2910 N. Federal Hwy   Boca Raton, FL 33431  

(In Elegance Plaza)

 

 

 

 

 

For detailed information about this event, future exhibits, and membership, please visit:

 

bocamuseum.org

bocamuseum.org/artistsguild

For more information:

Steve Nash:  spnash@aol.com

 

 

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

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Meet Visiting Jewelry Artist Carolina Samson At Whitespace On Saturday, February 15

The public is invited to visit Whitespace, The Mordes Collection on Saturday, February 15 for a Special Trunk Show.  Meet jewelry artist, Carolina Samson and peruse the artwork on exhibit.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

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

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986