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Zero Empty Spaces Features Lupe Lawrence And Sue Slick Carlson In New Exhibit “For The Love Of Boys And Dogs” Free Public Reception Is Saturday, January 20

Meet Featured artists Lupe Lawrence and Sue Slick Carlson on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Zero Empty Spaces, a collective of 22 artists at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens, FLThe space is open to the public every day from 12 – 5. Celebrate with wine, refreshments  and ART ! This exhibit, “For The Love of Boys and Dogs” is available NOW through February 6, 2024. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!



Zero Empty Spaces

11300 Legacy Ave. Suite 140

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410









Art Show Reception

Saturday, January 20, 2024

4 – 7  PM



Hors d’Oeuvres, Refreshments –

and Beautiful Art for Sale 

Exhibit is available  Now through February 6, 2024







“Hold My Hand” by Lupe Lawrence


Lupe Lawrence was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Palm Beach County when she was 5 years old.  Upon seeing a painting, ” Haywain” by John Constable in her aunts home, Lupe cried!  She was transformed by this artwork and decided then that she would be an artist, evoking the same emotions she felt at such a young age. She says, “I told my mother that I wanted to go to art school. Because we had just come from Cuba, we did not have the money to go, and she persuaded me to forget about my desire”. 



“Paradise Beach” by Lupe Lawrence


When Lupe entered high school, she took her first art class and felt as if she had come home. “I told my teacher that I wanted to pursue an art career and she told me that I did not have what it took to go to college. Deflated, I was persuaded not to follow my inspiration to become an artist. It would take a crisis in 1995 for me to remember my desire for art, and I began taking classes at Convenient School of the Arts headed by Robert Watler. Through his instruction and my perseverance, I began exhibiting professionally in 2002. I have since shown in England, South and North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Jersey and throughout Florida”.









The Dog House includes lovable pups created by Sue Slick Carlson



For long-time Palm Beach County artist, Sue Carlson, the “dog house’ is her favorite place to be. It’s the name of her new art studio, where she captures the spirit and personality of man’s best friend on wood, cut to life size and painted front and back with acrylic.  Carlson has been making dog art for decades. Shortly after graduating from art school, she started Petraits, Ink. She created commissioned pen-and-ink dog portraits, several of which were featured in national publications and exhibited at the Palm Beach James Hunt Barker Gallery.



In 2008 her dog art business evolved into Art Van Go, Inc. Carlson, a former art teacher at several area private schools, taught fine art to children ages 4-18. She hosted after school programs, summer camps and parties at her studios in West Palm Beach and later Lake Park.  She tells The Rickie Report, “When the pandemic prevented group activities, I closed my studio and enjoyed being a student myself,” said Carlson, who took art classes online through the nationally-recognized Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Md. “I started experimenting with new painting techniques and materials.”




Dog portraits (Petraits) by Sue Slick Carlson



New artistic approaches – plus Carlson’s new orange-and-white English cocker spaniel named Pinkerton-inspired her latest line of pet art. In addition to wood cut-outs, Carlson creates expressive abstracts on canvas and offers art lessons to all ages.  Carlson’s Dog House Studio is part of the Zero Empty Spaces initiative that turns vacant spaces into affordable art studios. The enclave at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens houses more than 20 artists. Meet Carlson and the other artists at an open studio event every 2nd Saturday of the month.


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About Zero Empty Spaces

Zero Empty Spaces is a rapidly growing affordable artist studio/vacancy management company that creates affordable artist studios in vacant spaces around the country where artists can create and collaborate at an affordable price. The concept expands the appreciation of all genres of art and helps to create a thriving cultural community in the cities surrounding each location. Current Florida locations include Hallandale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Myers, and St. Petersburg, with out-of-state locations in Natick Massachusetts and Richmond Virginia.

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