Gallery 14 Celebrates Its 15th Crystal Jubilee With Invitational Exhibit June 1 – September 1, 2023. Open Call To Artists For 2D And 3D Art To Recognize This Momentous Occasion. Deadline Is May 10, 2023

Gallery 14  in Vero Beach, FL has opened a call for artwork to celebrate the gallery’s  Crystal Jubilee!  All 2D and 3D original works of art will be chosen based on the Crystal Jubilee celebratory anniversary theme (celebration, clear, sparkling, lightness, clarity, durability).  Photography and digital art must be limited editions and marked accordingly to be considered.  There is no fee to apply ( you pay when you are accepted)  and includes four public receptions from June 1 – September 1, 2023. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges everyone to apply! Deadline to apply is May 10, 2023.





1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL.

Phone: 772 562-5525.Visit:


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

Also open by appointment

Closed Sunday and Monday  








A   Special   Anniversary   Celebration

June  1  –  September  1,  2023






  • There is no fee to apply.

  • You may submit up to two pieces for consideration.

  • This includes 2-D and 3-D art. Acceptance to the show will be based on our Crystal Jubilee celebratory anniversary theme.

  • We will look for inspired, creative and imaginative interpretations of this theme. (For example: think celebration, clear, sparkling, lightness, clarity, durability.)

  • All artwork must be original and created from conception to completion by the artist.

  • Photography and digital art must be limited editions and marked accordingly to be considered.







READY TO APPLY!    Follow submission instructions:


  • Send 2-D jpegs and 3-D jpegs to Mary Ann Hall, email:

  • Include with the jpegs all the information including artist name, title, phone number, e-mail address, total size, medium, price, substrate or material used if submitting 3-D art.

  • Maximum submission – 2 per artist.

  • You will receive notification and additional instructions if your work is to be included in this very special celebration!

  • Entries will be reviewed by a panel independent of the show chairs.

  • Please include phone number and e-mail address with jpeg submissions.




  • No entry fee until your art is accepted!

  • A $30 fee for each accepted entry will be collected only upon notification of your acceptance.

  • Your invitation to participate will be forfeited if fee is not promptly received.

  • You will be given a special link to pay on-line or you can send a check by mail.



COMMISSION: You will receive your asking price minus a 30% commission. Gallery 14 will collect and submit 7% sales tax. All artwork must be for sale. No artwork should be priced below $300.




2-D artwork must not be greater than 48” in height X 36” width in measurement on any side including the frame.

Unframed gallery wrapped art submissions must be a minimum of 1.50” deep on canvas or board.

No size exceptions.

All artwork must be ready to be hung with D-rings and wire.

No wet paint.

No unfinished edges.

3-D artists may be asked to provide their own pedestals and set-up for 3-D art can be arranged upon acceptance prior to take in.




While we will make every effort to care for your pieces, Gallery 14 is not responsible for any harm or damage that may occur. Gallery 14 reserves the right to photograph artwork for publicity purposes.




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





For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email:



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Palm Room’s Spring Preview Is “Out Of The Box” Featuring Martin Artistans Guild Members. Public Reception On March 22 And Artist Talk On April 12

The Martin Artisans Guild invites you to their Spring Preview, “Out Of The Box”an exhibit that in The Palm Room Art Gallery and Artisans Boutique located in Stuart’s Harbour Bay Plaza. Enjoy the Opening Reception on Wednesday, March 22 2023, featuring live music, cash bar and the delectable appetizers for which the Guild has become known.  A second opportunity to get to know the people behind the art takes place on Wednesday, April 12, at a “Meet the Artists” event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique



“ART   OUT    OF    THE    BOX”




Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm



 3746 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL

 Sewall’s Point in Harbour Bay Plaza (east end of the Plaza, near Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar)





“Lost in Emotion” by Dinija Berkien





Opening Reception

Wednesday March 22, 2023

5:30 – 7:30 PM




Painting by Janis Clary O




 “Meet the Artists”

 Wednesday, April 12   from 4 – 6  pm









While you’re enjoying the fabulous show, be sure to check out the very special and one-of-a-kind items in the Artisans Boutique – you’ll find great gifts for the special person on your list!  

(Or yourself….)




“Scout” by Jane Lawton Baldridge



What inspired this show: This exhibit is inspired by a visit to this year’s Art Basel down during December’s Miami Art Week. We were delighted, energized, and creatively stimulated to create ART OUT OF THE BOX (AOOTB) as our next Exhibit theme.

We encourage our members to consider producing new works that are unexpected & surprising coming from artists whose work has become familiar.




Meet    the    Artists:



Barb Bucci

Billie Jo Thomson

Candy Walsh

Caryl Pomales

Deborah Bottorff

Dinija Berkien

Doreen Lepore

Dot Galfond

Glen Allen

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Janis Clary “O”

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

Linda Reymore

Lynn Morgan

Mallo Bisset

Maria Miele

Mark Stall

Mary Mirabito

Patricia Pasbrig

Renee Keil





For more information, visit



For more information about the Open Studio Tour, events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild


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

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


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The Fort Pierce Jazz Market Brings Live Music And The Visual Arts Together Every Saturday Morning. Raffle Of Special Commissioned Glass Artwork By Laura O’Kelly Will Benefit Music Scholarships To Local Students Now Through March 24. Check Out Free Concerts During Jazz Week March 20-24.

What is a “Jazz Market”?  At the Fort Pierce Jazz Market you’ll find the perfect piece of handcrafted art, unique housewarming, wedding, or birthday gift and enjoy fabulous music! It is one of the Treasure Coast’s treasures! With high-quality vendors, you won’t find tchotchkes, items ordered-by-catalog or mass-produced in an overseas factory – everything is handcrafted by skilled artisans who are right there to chat with you as you browse. Laura O’Kelly of Fine Art By Laura is a well respected glass artist who has been a fixture of the market. Using translucent glass, color, treasures from the sea, and light, she creates breathtaking wall décor. If you’re lucky, you can take home one of her masterpieces of light and color for just $5/1 ticket or $10/ 3 tickets, with a raffle benefiting the Fort Pierce Jazz Society’s Scholarship Fund.  The winner Laura’s artwork will be drawn on Saturday, April 15th at the Market. The Rickie Report shares the Art Raffle infoJazz and Market details PLUS we encourage more visual artists to apply and be part of this creative venture.












Don Bestor, President of FPJS  tells The Rickie Report, “The Fort Pierce Jazz Society, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, manages that Saturday Morning Jazz Market. Taking its mission of quality very seriously and not allowing anything less than the best, FPJ Society certainly makes an effort to be worthy. Twenty-five years is a long time for a volunteer 501 (C) (3) organization to exist and succeed in its mission. Our core are musical performers from our area and those who winter here to avoid the cold. But we are more than that; we are educators, citizens supporters of arts, volunteers and hundreds of members who support the Society financially.  We schedule and perform at many venues throughout the year but a major factor in our success is our focus on the future generation, which undoubtedly will take our place”.


Each year the Society awards 10 – 15  $1,000 scholarships

to young performers

entering college with music as a primary or secondary subject.




For more information about support or to apply for a scholarship please visit







The  Power  of  Music  and  the  Visual  Arts









Meet  Laura  O’Kelly



A dedicated professional and passionate music-lover who fell in love with the Treasure Coast when she relocated here from Albany, New York in 1983, O’Kelly has offered one of her spectacular pieces to help raise funds for a Fort Pierce Jazz Scholarship. Tickets, which are available at or at any of Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society’s many weekly gigs and performances as well as at the Saturday Morning Jazz Market, are just $5 each, and you can even get three tickets for just $10. The value of the piece being raffled off is already priceless, but add to that the knowledge that you’ll also be supporting an aspiring young musician who has chosen to further his or her musical education.




Laura O’Kelly holding “Blue Marlin”, which she is donating to the Fort Pierce Jazz Society to raffle for Scholarships



“Blue Marlin” is framed and ready to hang!  Laura O’Kelly has a gift for combining translucent glass, color and light to create an amazing visual effect and a positive energy that will fill the room.  She tells The Rickie Report, ” Our coastal wall décor is done in a sensual and calming palette of the sea.  Each of my art pieces is uniquely designed with the intention and no two pieces will be exactly alike. All our frames are made of wood and the hardware is attached so your piece is ready to hang! Each piece is personally signed by the me”.  Laura began taking weekly private art lessons in 2009 and discovered the Jazz Society Market through a colleague in 2011.  She says, ” I wanted a platform for exposure  to market my artwork, so I decided to become a weekly, year-round vendor and the rest is history….from the very first day I’ve maintained a level of professionalism and found success selling my artworks.  I also take commissions, so if a visitor doesn’t see exactly what strikes their fancy, I work with them and create something totally unique!  I have been truly blessed with making my mark in the art community here on the Treasure Coast and the positive result as a professional artist that has followed”.




For more information about Laura’s artistry:  




The art raffle winner will be drawn on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00 AM



You don’t have to be present to win



Whether you’re purchasing tickets for yourself, as a gift for others, or because you want to help support an aspiring young musician through one of the many scholarships provided by Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society each year, this is one way for everyone to be a winner here on the Treasure Coast and to help ensure that the soundtrack of our lives will continue for generations to come. To get your tickets today, visit, stop by the Saturday Morning Jazz Market, or pop into any one of our regular weekly gigs, which you can find out about on the website, too.    



Upcoming Concerts/ buy your art raffle tickets:



Jazz Market

March 4,  18

April 1, 15

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

March  8

Special  Jazz Week Show – March 22

April 5, 19


2nd Street Bistro

Special Jazz Week Show  – March 23

March 30

April 27


American Legion

March 27

The Black Box

March  14

April 11





Kick    Off    Of    Jazz    Week – At the Waterfront

Waterside Blues    Sunday, March 19

Jazz Week    Sunday, March 19 –  Friday, March 24, 2023




** See entire schedule by clicking here**


The art raffle winner will be drawn at the Jazz Market on Saturday, April 15  at 11 AM





Inspiring    the    Next    Generation:    127 Scholarships   /   $130,000.





Don continues, “We share our time and talent with students throughout St. Lucie, Martin, and Indian River County providing master classes in music and performance and we invite student musicians to perform with us every Tuesday evening at the Sunrise Black Box Theatre in historic downtown Fort Pierce, and every other Wednesday evening at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. We believe in the power of music, and we want to make sure we pass that magic along to the next generation through scholarship, opportunities, and education. There are lots of investments with a much lower return, but we believe in the power of music and the incredible return it gives in the form of education, building teamwork and cooperation, creating and celebrating joy, and creating a legacy of love that will be passed on generation to generation for as long as we are.



Won’t  you  join  us  in  supporting  the  power  of  music  and  the  visual  arts?





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Palm Beach Watercolor Society Shares Call For Juried Show At BRIC With April 11 Deadline. Show Starts April 20. Also Two Day Virtual Workshop With Lian Quan Zhen August 8 & 10.

The Palm Beach Watercolor Society announces  Call To Artists for “A Painting is Worth a Thousand Words” (Deadline is April 11) at BRIC (Boca Raton Innovation Campus) (Reception is April 25 ) and a virtual water media workshop with Lian Quan Zhen (August 8 and 10th). PBWS offers MANY opportunities no matter what your skill level all year-round.  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you that non-members are welcome to register!





A N N O U N C E S:





“A  Painting  Is  Worth  A  Thousand  Words


NOW  THRU  APRIL 11, 2023  

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President, Adrienne Walker tells The Rickie Report, “You can become a member, enter our shows, join our virtual Paint Ins with professional models, exhibit in our shows, watch YOU TUBE videos of all of our shows,, and much much more!  We remain active 12 months out of the year.  From November thru April our meetings are in house and Virtually on Zoom.  Home bound??  Can’t drive at night??   You will be sent a link to our Virtual meetings with a demo artist a few days before the meeting.  From May thru October our meetings with a demo artist are on Zoom only.  We are here for you 12 months out of the year”.








For more information:





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It’s Time To Drop Off Your Quilts At The Upcoming 17th Annual Broward Quilt Expo. Deadline Is Monday, March 6, 2023. Non-Members Are Welcome To Participate

The 17th Biennial Broward Quilt Expo (BQE) Quilt Entry is Open to enter your quilts  (DEADLINE is MARCH 6) and this year’s Judge is Beverly Fine.  The Expo will feature 30+ vendors, 200+ quilts on exhibit, Workshops, Quilt Sales, and Demos.  DON’T MISS the “Get it Quilted Raffle ” for Hurricane Ian Relief!  Activities include free and ticketed events: Awards Ceremony, Friday, April 14; Workshops, Quilt Show and Marketplace Saturday and Sunday, April 15 – 16.   Eight Quilt Guilds combine their efforts to bring this to our area! Volunteers are needed during the show daysThe Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!







Charles F. Dodge City Center

601 City Center Way    Pembroke Pines, FL 33025



Located near Sawgrass Expressway, Florida Turnpike, and I95






Enter your quilt to win cash prizes and ribbons.

Quilt Entry is currently open  –

 Closes on March 6 at midnight EST.


Entry is open to all members of the participating guilds

and non-guild members.











Admission   Ticket


View more than 200 quilts from around the South Florida area and many entries from out of state. Quilt displays include both Juried and Exhibit only quilts. Traditional, Modern and Art Quilts are on Display.






Tickets are $10 daily    Purchase a 2 Day ticket for $20

Group Rates are available (please email

All Sales are Final






Get it Quilted” Raffle



Each ticket has two chances to win. Drawing Feb. 15, 2023. Winners get their quilt tops quilted at the show. Any size up to Queen. You pick the overall pattern and the thread. 50% of proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Ian Relief. License CH34056.







Get Raffle Tickets and Details Here



Awards   Ceremony   

Friday- April 14




 7 – 9 pm

 Charles F Dodge City Center

$15.00  Includes one drink (wine, soda, water, tea, coffee)

Cash bar for additional beverages.

Enjoy a private 1 hour showing of the Quilt Show.



Register here









New in 2023  Expanded Demonstration Area






Vendors as of publication time:


Martelli’s; Tops – Brother Machine Demo; June Colburn;

Elevate MD; Boozecruiser Planners; Kate Mitchell;

Kianga Art; Once Upon a Quilt


We will offer 2 areas on the show floor, with longer demos time slots Vendors that offer demos see a significant increase in booth sales.

Book early and get your choice of time slots.
Larger Booth 10″ x 10″



Promotions of demos starting one month prior of event leading up to show days.



Shopping is always a large part of the BQE experience, and we know you will want to join us for what is shaping up to be a landmark show for us! Vendor booths filled up fast in 2021 and we are expecting more demand for 2023.

Secure your spot or get more information call or email us today: Linda Esposito   954-648-1921








The Broward Quilt Expo is 100% volunteer quilt show of 8 sister guilds in the South Florida region. With over 200 quilts on display, awards ceremony, vendor booth, basket walk, charity raffles and 2 demonstration areas.






Volunteer for the show. It takes many hands to make it happen, Teenagers are welcome (with parents) to earn volunteer hours.

Volunteers needed for set-up, quilt collection, judging, admissions, white glove, basket walk and general help.



















Wellington Art Society Presents Mixed Media Artist Lynn Doyal At March 8 Meeting. Public Is Welcome To Network With The Artists

The Wellington Art Society will feature mixed media artist Lynn Doyal for their March 8, 2023 meeting. The meeting and presentation will take place at the Wellington Community Center. The meeting includes a meet and greet, a member spotlight, a brief meeting and Lynn’s presentation “An Artist’s Journey Discovering Public Art”.   The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





Public Is Invited To



Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  March 8, 2023


5:30 pm


Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL



Open to members and non-members



For more information contact: Laura Jaffe,


 COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 






      LYNN   DOYAL  

“An  Artist’s  Journey  Discovering  Public  Art”



Lynn Doyal blends contemporary design with a reverence for the techniques of the past.  She incorporates paint, hand stitching and beading, collage, and digital technology in her works to create vibrant, textural pieces.  Digital photographs of her artwork can then be transferred onto a variety of surfaces such as glass, metal, canvas, tile, or vinyl, allowing for expansive reproductions as public art pieces. 







She tells The Rickie Report, “My artwork … provides that ‘breath’ in the course of a person’s day which means a great deal to me.”  Her life-sized originals let the viewer marvel at the intricate detail of Doyal’s mixed media pieces, while her large-scale public art pieces are a captivating, surreal experience.






In 1979, Doyal received her degree in Fine Art from the University of South Florida. After working in the corporate realm, she started her own company, Signature Chocolates, providing premiums and incentives for corporations, hotels and cruise lines. Since 2011, she has been exhibiting her art in festivals, shows, and galleries.







Over the past 6 years, Doyal’s interest in public art has motivated her to serve as an apprentice to a nationally recognized public artist, as well as volunteer in Palm Beach County Art in Public Places, to gain the perspectives of the many individuals and agencies that need to work in concert together to create, fabricate and install public artworks. She explains, “my overall approach to public art is to beautify and surprise.”  Doyal’s current projects include “Word Patterns” which explores the patterns in word search puzzles, and a Portrait Ministry, in which she creates portraits as a way to encourage and uplift others.



To learn more about Lynn Doyal and her works, visit her website at, or follow her on Instagram @MixedMediaBy Lynn, or Facebook @Lynn M Doyal.




The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 41st 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




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11th Annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest Opens March 1, 2023. Call For Art Includes Youth And Professional Categories

The International ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2023 is now open for entries. ENDANGERED encourages artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. In addition, The Center for Great Apes celebrates its 30 year as a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees rescued from the entertainment industry, the exotic pet trade and research.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks from 2022’s Best In Show, an interview with artist Sue Buck and details of how to apply for the 2023 Exhibit! Please note: Young artists apply FREE!






Art4Apes is pleased to announce

the opening of the 11th annual




ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023 


Young Artist Contest





1st Prize Winner Fine Art  2022:

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




Closing date October 1st midnight PST







The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest is a global, juried, online contest to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:


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

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats



We accept Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) and Photography


We are also celebrating

The 30th Anniversary of

The Center for Great Apes




This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Center for Great Apes. CGA is a Florida- based sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees rescued from the entertainment industry, the exotic pet trade and research. These apes have an almost human lifespan and, having lived around humans for most of their lives, they cannot be returned to the wild so they need lifetime specialized care. Great ape advocate and inspired artist Sue Buck has a special bond with these wonderful apes and has undertaken a massive project to draw portraits of many of the more than 80 apes the Center has rescued and cared for over 30 years. In recognition of the Center’s amazing work and Sue Buck’s deep commitment Art4Apes is proud to present a special online exhibition on This exhibition features 20 charcoal and pastel portraits of the 65 great apes Sue has completed. It is Sue’s goal to produce portraits of all 86 of the orangutans and chimpanzees the sanctuary has rescued over the past 30 years. These lovely portraits reflect something of what they have had to endure before finding their happy ending at the Center.



To view the exhibition

To read the stories of the apes in Sue’s portraits

Prints of the artworks are available for sale online with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the sanctuary. To purchase prints, visit the online shop


To donate to help in their lifetime care


Sue’s    Creative    Process:


This series of photos of a portrait of chimpanzee Mickey shows Sue’s creative process. Starting with a blank canvas and some photos she brings Mickey to life.



Photographs of portrait of Mickey in progress by Sue Buck ©2023 All Rights Reserved




Mickey is a 36-year-old male chimpanzee who spent the first 20 years of his life imprisoned in a tiny cage in a dark garage with little opportunity for play or exercise. He arrived at the Center overweight and unfit and terrified of meeting other chimpanzees. Now he loves to run and play with the other six chimpanzees in his group. As he strolls through the overhead tunnel system exploring the sanctuary grounds, Mickey loves to see what’s going on around the Center.




Photograph of portrait of Mickey in progress by Sue Buck ©2023 All Rights Reserved




Sue says “My drawings are created with black charcoal and soft pastels. For this work I refer not only to photos but also to descriptions of each individual’s personality and past. Of course these drawings are basically portraits. My goal is always for the drawing to look like the individual’s physical appearance but also to reference their personalities and pasts via marks and colors. Generally each drawing takes about eight hours. The drawings begin very gesturally and eventually go into more and more detail.




I have had the honor and opportunity to visit the Center in May 2017 and May 2018. It was wonderful to meet individuals I have drawn. When drawing them, I try to get to know them via the photos and descriptions often coming from caregivers. Meeting them in person was wonderful for sure.”





Photograph of portrait of Mickey in progress by Sue Buck ©2023 All Rights Reserved




Patti Ragan, founder and president of the Center commented “Sue Buck is a wonderful artist who has expressed her love for our orangutans and chimpanzees and shared her talents to capture their personalities in her delightful portraits. We are incredibly grateful for her donations of this amazing body of art.”


Prints of the artworks are available for sale online with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the sanctuary. To purchase prints, visit the online shop

To donate to help in their lifetime care To view the exhibition




And don’t forget to enter the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023



Adult contest ENTER NOW!


Click to read ADULT contest Rules


Young Artist contest ENTER HEREFREE!


Click to read YOUNG ARTIST Rules







Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes




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Delray Beach Library Presents A Wonderful Way To “Wander & Wonder” At Fran Mann Goodman’s Solo Show. Public Reception Wednesday, March 8. Show Runs Through March 17

It’s happening in the Art Gallery on the second floor of the downtown library in Delray Beach!  The thrilling exhibit by Fran Mann Goodman showcasing her collection of mixed media paintings has been receiving rave reviews.  Experience a first-class way to “Wander & Wonder” through Fran’s breathtaking texture-laden abstract expressionistic paintings.  Meet Fran on Wednesday, March 8, as she speaks about her artistic journey.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some new sneak peeks!








100 West Atlantic Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444














   6 – 8  PM


Sign up for Free Reception:







Sneak peek of Fran Mann Goodman’s “Wander and Wonder” at Delray Beach Library



Library Hours:

Mon – Wed: 9 AM – 8 PM
Thu – Sat: 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun: 1 PM – 5 PM 



This exhibit runs February 6th through March 17, 2023





“Depicting mostly impressionistic scenes of nature with an ingenious and varied use of textures enhanced by vibrant colors makes Fran’s canvases come alive with an exciting array of movement and artistry,”  Jarett Goldberg, Delray Beach.







Fran Mann Goodman





For Fran Mann Goodman, it is not about the finished painting that enchants her, it’s the process!   At the Reception on March 8th from 6- 8 pm, Fran will show the steps she used to develop some paintings in the show.  She will also talk about the various paths her life took prior to becoming both an exhibiting artist and sought-after art teacher.






“Calm” by Fran Mann Goodman




Creating depth in her paintings is Fran’s passion. As a young girl, after finishing a paint-by-number set, she would attach strips of papier-mâché that extended from the canvas, with the belief the additional material made the paintings “come alive” This idea of emphasizing depth dimension in her paintings continued throughout her formal training at Chouinard Art Institute in the 60’s with the use of spackling wall paste.




“Jaw dropping from first sight. Upon simply seeing the gallery of paintings, one has to stop and wonder which way to go, as each way is an invitation to layers and layers of beauty. Standing in front of any one of these gorgeous eye-catching paint stories one lingers and learns in to see a depth of color and material not seen before. Which one has the viewer asking for more? Everyone! How did she do this? How can that be happening on the canvas? What technique? Fascinating stories of color and depth beyond the usual.” Phyllis Elrich, Art Co-Chair, NLAPW.





“Fantasia” by Fran Mann Goodman




Though Fran strayed away from painting during her multifaceted thirty-year career, in 2012, when she returned to her art, she kept the same mindset. Today she enlivens her canvases with a complex network of textures and layering devices — pastes, sands, paper towels and acrylic skins. There are no specific intentions, traditions or norms that she follows. Color becomes the lifeforce of each one. Layer after layer, hues- dynamic and soft -speak in their own beautiful language. Each stroke of the applicator invites a new interpretation. Each interpretation invites a new stroke until a painting with stories within can be told. 






“Floral Skies” by Fran Mann Goodman


Fran will tell you that aside from her painting practice, teaching others and witnessing their artistic growth is what lights her life. A former instructor at Old School Square’s Creative Art School, Fran runs her online Not your Ordinary Painting Class, where students learn techniques in abstract expressionism, while studying the styles of artists across the painting spectrum, from renaissance to contemporary. Students work with pastes, pumice, paper towels, acrylic skins, alcohol inks, mark makers, water dripping and concepts of color theory. 




Painting by one of Fran Mann Goodman’s students, Phyllis Elrich




Fran is the scholarship chair of the National Association of Women Artists, Florida branch and co-chair of the art program for the Boca Raton chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Manhattan, New Jersey, Toronto and Florida, and are in private collection in the US and Canada. She teaches an open level online class, blending art history with techniques in abstract expressionism. A keynote speaker and workshop leader, her collective projects have been featured in a variety of Florida media and on YouTube.  Fran is an alumnus of Chouinard Art Institute (Cal Arts). 






Painting by one of Fran Mann Goodman’s students,  Clara Seidel




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Barbara Bucci Is A Featured Artist At Martin Artisans Guild Annual Open Studio Tour March 11 & 12 With Unique Keepsake Mermaid/Treasure Boxes For Everyone

The Martin Artisans Guild includes Barbara Bucci as one of the Featured Artists during their annual Open Studios from 10 am to 5 pm on March 11 & 12!  Growing up with her late father, renown artist, James J. DeMartis started her journey. Leaving Art School to managing tours of a 6 person rock band in Europe before the Berlin Wall fell, she has lots of adventures to share!  She was most recently a floral designer and owning a floral shop owner in Stuart.  Her well of creativity runs deep, bringing her to creating one of a kind, special “Mermaid/Treasure Boxes” (because even mermaids need a place to keep their treasures).  Varying sizes, themes, and artwork of her own plus the inclusion of her father’s art makes each box a true treasure on its own! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 







2023 Martin County Open Studio Tour:



Saturday   &   Sunday,  March   11 – 12, 2023



  10 am – 5 pm 





  BARBARA     BUCCI          STUDIO #14

4735 SE Manatee Terrace      Stuart, FL 34997




Artist, Barbara Bucci in her studio




“Mary’s Home” Mermaid/Treasure box by Barbara Bucci




Barbara Bucci tells The Rickie Report, “Everything in my life thus far has led me to this exact moment in time. Even when the path was muddied & obscure, it guided me to the Present, full of the riches of what life has to offer.  First Art school, then dropping out of Art school to begin an adventure as a Tour Manager of a rock band in the late 70’s”.





Mermaid/Treasure Boxes by Barbara Bucci



She still marvels, “Can you imagine corralling a Band of 6, plus a road crew across the country & Europe multiple times without a cellphone? I look back and wonder sometimes…”how in hell did I do it?”. The European Gigs were exciting, well received & a whirlwind…Lots of airports, hotels & venues full of adoring fans and very long nights! Traveling thru occupied Germany, before the Wall came down, was an experience that I’ll never forget…. soldiers with guns & serious faces, a quiet descending on the Tour bus occupants while going through “Checkpoint Charlie” handing documents over to the officials to gain entry into East Germany for gigs in Berlin…everyone holding their breath until the papers were stamped & returned”.




“Can Sharks Skate?” Mermaid/Treasure box by Barbara Bucci

Mermaid/Treasure boxes by Barbara Bucci



Fast forward several decades to another path, described by Barbara as, “a garden path, with plants & flowers, Brides & Events, some joyful, some reflective & some just plain ole fun! I was a floral designer & flower shop owner for 25 years, 19 of which were here in Stuart. I had some old fashioned “on the job training” working in shops in New York, Spokane, Wa., Palm Beach & finally settling here in my adopted hometown of Stuart”.



“Skulls” Mermaid/Treasure box by Barbara Bucci




Some principles in floral design regarding balance, focal point placement, color & overall form of design composition, Barbara found to be somewhat interchangeable with what she is doing now with her Mermaid/Treasure boxes.  Barbara shares, “It all culls from the same deep within Well which is the source of creativity”.





“Macanudo” Mermaid/Treasure box by Barbara Bucci




She says, “In addition to what I have discovered on my own in life about creative processes & Art, I have to credit my late father’s enormous influence in exposing me to the artworks of the Master’s in Museums around the country & in all the places in Europe where we travelled as a family in my early years. These influences grew & multiplied, sometimes quietly, sometimes with a roar!”





“Dino Box” Mermaid/Treasure box by Barbara Bucci



“Years after my father passed, I remember visiting an artist’s studio in New Orleans, & upon entering, I was brought to tears by the smells of the oil paints, varnish & solvents…bringing me back to the years spent in my father’s studios while he painted & created. An area was always set up for my brother & I to do our own painting & drawing, probably intended to just occupy ourselves & keep us out of our father’s hair”.




“Penobscot Bay” Mermaid/Treasure box incorporates a painting by James J. DeMartis




“Sadly, she relates, “my father passed the year I moved to Stuart, but I still feel his presence & influence because I’m literally surrounded by hundreds of his paintings & drawings. The idea of incorporating some of his artworks on paper into my Mermaid Boxes seemed like a natural progression & easy way to continue to honor & preserve his legacy…you might say, “we work well together”.



Mermaid/Treasure boxes by Barbara Bucci




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Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department Features Exhibit And Multiple Events With March’s Artist In Residence Gerard Pastor. Gain A Deeper Understanding Of Culture Through Realistic Colored Pencil Artworks

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department continues its Artists in Residence (AiR) program with March artist, Gerard Pastor.  Gerard utilizes colored pencils to create stunning works of art and among this month’s events will be a workshop where he will teach his technique. The public is invited to a variety of locations throughout the month to not only watch Gerard, but participate in creating your own art pieces!  The Rickie Report shares the details of  events, some sneak peeks of his images, and information to become an AiR.








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Artist    In    Residence:


G  E  R  A  R  D        P  A  S  T  O  R  




The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public




Gerard Pastor is March’s artist of the month, and  The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department relaunched its Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) late last year.  The AiR Program   provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with our community.  A distinguished panel of judges selected eight new artists to be part of our first “graduating class.” This dynamic and diverse group of artists will be in residence though June, and each will be presented as an “Artist of the Month,” during which time they will showcase their work and create unique programs to attract art lovers to BaCA.  At the culmination of the residency, AiR artists will share their new artworks in an exciting group exhibition





“Anya Sketch” by Gerard Pastor








Join us for Pompano’s free street festival featuring live bands, vendors, food truck and art! Explore BaCA’s latest exhibitions and meet Gerard Pastor in his studio.





Friday, March 3 |  AiR Artist During Old Town Untapped 

6:00  –  10:00 PM





Bailey Contemporary Arts



41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •






“Bird Sketch” by Gerard Pastor


Many of Gerard’s pieces are inspired by the Lucumi religion, which survived the slave trade era.  Often mired in secrecy and negative perceptions, the Afro-Caribbean faith serves as a creative force for Pastor who looks to inspire understanding.  





Gerard will have a Meet and Greet with guests during the Taste of Jazz event.





Thursday, March 9  | Live Painting At Taste of Jazz 



7  –  8:30 pm  




Bailey Contemporary Arts



41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •




During his residency at BaCA, Pastor will focus his work on the study of how women participate in religion and how religion is used as a patriarchal tool to elevate men, when historically the innate power of survival has been through women.


Express your creativity with coloring.



Learn how to apply color pencil techniques to achieve realism.



This class is aimed to all skill levels and to those who are interested in applying colored pencil techniques with still-life work to achieve realism. 




Saturday, March 25   | Creative with Colored Pencils Demo with Gerard at Pompano Beach Library

2 – 4:30  pm




Pompano Beach Cultural Center Library 

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •





“Light Sketch” by Gerard Pastor

A special Lunch w/ Art session including a hands-on project led by Gerard. 




Wednesday, March 29  Lunch with an Artist

12:15 – 1:15 PM 




Learn more about Gerard and how to register for events please 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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