Hobe Sound Fine Arts League Offers Special Workshop With Internationally Renowned Artist, Michael Story

The Hobe Sound Arts League is offering a special 3 day workshop with internationally renowned artist, Michael Story.  “Coastal Landscape: Mastering the Light in Oil or Acrylic” will enhance your skills to master landscape paintings with striking imagery and subtle details that will make your artwork stand out.  The Workshop takes place February 22 – 24th.  The DEADLINE to Register is February 9th!  This is open to non-members and the general public.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is another artist networking opportunity we hope you will take advantage of!


Hobe Sound Fine Arts League
8879 SE Bridge Road   Hobe Sound, FL 33455


3 Day Workshop

M I C H A E L     S T O R Y

The Coastal Landscape:

Mastering the Light in Oil or Acrylic”


Thursday thru Saturday, February 22-24

9:30 am- 4:30 pm

Hobe Sound Fine Arts League
8879 SE Bridge Road   Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Cost is $350 

Registration deadline is Feb 9th



Coastal Landscape by Michael Story


Master your landscape painting and join Michael for this 3-day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. The workshop begins with an I-Pad step-by-step presentation showing a progression of Michael’s painting techniques from start to finish. You’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image.


“A Glimpse of Sedona” by Michael Story


Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work.


“Field of Aspens” by Michael Story



Michael Story earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He later traveled to New York, studying pastel and oil painting under internationally know artist, Daniel Greene. Today, Michael Story is an award-
winning artist who regularly teaches pastel and oil painting, guest lectures, and juries art shows. His client list of private buyers and corporate collectors continues to grow, including the Marriott Corporation, Progressive Energy of
Florida, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Holiday Inn, Fluor Corporation, Erving Texas, and Walt Disney World. Story has work showcased in the Bush Presidential Library in Houston. His paintings have been reproduced by major publishers such as Canadian Art Prints of British Columbia and distributed worldwide.



Click here for oil supply list   http://www.michaelstory.com\

Click here to view Michael’s step-by-step painting process




To sign up, or for more information, call or email:

Linda Hirvonen

 772-291-3041 (cell)
772-546-2946 (studio)



About the Hobe Sound Arts League:

Our mission is to foster, assist, and encourage creative fine arts. Our membership is made up, not only of the exhibiting professional and amateur artists, but of those who appreciate art and the league’s endeavors.

Location:    The Market Place at Hobe Sound (between WinnDixie and Scooter’s restaurant)

8879 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Call  772.546.2946. Email: hobesoundartists@att.net

Demonstrations by local well known artists at each meeting, follow-up workshops, weekly art classes in drawing, colored pencils, water colors, oils and acrylics. Call gallery for more information.






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Meet Dorene Ginzler, Featured Art In Public Places Artist On January 24 And See Why “It’s All About Color”

An ‘Art in Public Places’ project, the City of Boca Raton is featuring local artist, Dorene Ginzler, with a collection of 13 oil, watercolor and mixed media collage paintings for exhibit and sale at the Spanish River Library Gallery.  Dorene will give an Artist talk and watercolor painting demonstration on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  The event is Free and Open to the Public! Dorene’s SOLO exhibit is available now through February 4, 2018.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.









4  – 6  PM

Free and Open to the Public  

Open during regular library hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Noon – 6:00 pm

Spanish River Library Gallery

1501 NW Spanish River Blvd.      Boca Raton, FL 33431


Supported by the Friends of the Library Gallery and curated by Victoria Sheridan and are shown on the second floor elevator lobby during library hours. 



“Many Moons” by Dorene Ginzler


Dorene tells us, “For me, it’s all about color. One of the over-riding themes in my work is the spectacular influence both nature and my love for swimming in the magnificent colors of the sea have profoundly impacted my use of color shape composition and light. Mixing endless color possibilities with spontaneity in painting takes on a spirituality and beautiful life of their own. My lifelong explorations and experiences have allowed me to better understand the peace and happiness art brings to people that transcends both time and culture. The colors and shapes speak for themselves.”


Very early on, Dorene Ginzler, has been dedicated to the relentless pursuit of bringing color to life. Her fearless, uncompromising self-expression is inspired by integrating a lifetime of extensive travel to over 40 countries on 6 continents and being influenced by some of the world’s greatest monuments, museums and cultures.  Born in Detroit, MI, Ginzler, began formal art training as a child visiting the DIA. Dorene explored anything she could get her hands on to create. The mediums included clay, drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and clothing, while attending merit classes at Interlochen, College for Creative Studies and Cranbrook Academy of Art during K-12 schooling. Ginzler earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University. She graduated with honors and adjunct studio work in Florence, Italy.

“Four Triangles” by Dorene Ginzler



Living in Michigan as a ceramist creating her own glaze formulas for garden art pottery and sculpture, it was the sodium chloride (salt) which resulted in Ginzler’s fascination to “paint” on the clay surface with combinations reminiscent of areal landscapes seen around the world. Using 2000 lbs of clay a year for over a decade allowed Ginzler to attain hundreds of collectors along the way, including works of paintings on canvas clothing paper and gift cards. She also shared her knowledge and passion for ceramics by teaching at her studio, Round Lake Pottery, and Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.  


The challenges of the living in cold weather and physical issues creating clay works were reasons to move to Florida where there was more daylight, the beach and to focus on painting.  Ginzler’s recent watercolor and oil paintings are an accumulative expression of her passion for the sea and the richness that is inherent in nature. In her watercolor paintings, using sea salt to explode the pigment is a natural progression of design on a surface from the days of creating 1000s of glaze test tiles for works in clay.


“Circles” by Dorene Ginzler



Symbols of the planets with longitude and latitude lines are found in Ginzler’s works for the eyes to rest and see what you wish. Choppy brushstrokes with evidence of the artist’s hand as ever-present remain luminescent while oil paintings still appear wet. Collage works use dozens of pieces of paintings created over several years incorporating mixed fibers and papers to create the “wow” factor. Primary and secondary design elements with a push-pull keep the viewers’ attention with a kaleidoscope effect. The bold and euphoric colors elicit universal truth and infinite illusion while paying homage to the robust color and beauty that surrounds us.



Ginzler’s works have been exhibited in numerous juried shows and is currently represented by AVA Galleria in Helsinki, Finland where her works are traveling in group art shows in Europe, South America and Asia. Artifact, NYC is also showing her works this year in Art UpClose. Dorene Ginzler can be reached at her art making place, Ginzler Studio Gallery, in Boca Raton. She likes to work with designers and art collectors to create specialty paintings to match interior décor for residential and commercial environments. Recently, Ginzler designed and installed a 40 foot mural painting named “Neptune” (god of the sea) at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. This coral reef scene brings added attention for visitors to learn about to the fragile ecology of sea creatures and our oceans.


“What’s in The Water” by Dorene Ginzler





AVA Art Festival ~ Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 2018
AVA Art Festival ~ Osaka, Japan, 2018
AVA Galleria ~ Helsinki, Finland, 2018
Ars Longa Galleria ~ Helsinki, Finland, 2018
Artifact NYC ~ Art Up Close, 2018



Friends of the Library Gallery ~ Spanish River Library, Boca Raton, FL, 12-18-17 to 02-03-18
Ginzler Studio Gallery ~ art works in progress, finished pieces, prints, gift items ~ Boca Raton, FL



Carrousel du Louvre ~ AVA Galleria ~ Paris, France, October 2017
Ars Longa Galleria ~ Helsinki, Finland, 2017
AVA Art Festival ~ Osaka, Japan, May/June 2017
AVA Galleria ~ Helsinki, Finland ~ January 2017
Art Basel Miami Week ~ Miami River Art Fair ~ AHC ~ Hamburg, Germany, December 2016
Carrousel de Louvre ~ AVA Galleria ~ Paris, France, October 2016
NYC Pop Up Show ~ New York, NY, September, 2016
Saphira & Ventura Gallery ~ New York, NY, June, 2016,
United Nations Headquarters “Earth Contemporary” ~ New York, NY, May 2016
ArtExpo New York ~ Artblend & Art Nation Wynwood Galleries ~ New York, NY, April 2016
Art Basel Miami Week ~ Spectrum Miami Art Fair ~ Artblend ~ December 2015
Artblend Gallery ~ Ft Lauderdale, FL
Exor Galleries ~ Boca Raton, FL
ArtServe ~ Ft Lauderdale, FL
Boca Raton Museum Artists’ Guild, FL
Palm Beach International Airport, FL
Palm Beach Watercolor Society, FL
Wellington Art Society, FL
Art on the Green ~ Franklin, MI
Birmingham Art Fair ~ Birmingham, MI
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center ~ Bloomfield Hills, MI
Gross Isle Herb Society ~ Gross Isle, MI
Artful Gallery and Framers ~ Clarkston, MI
Franklin Garden Boutique ~ Franklin, MI
Cranbrook Academy of Art Garden Society ~ Bloomfield Hills, MI



Cultural Council of Palm Beach County ~ Lake Worth, FL, April 2017
Wilton Manors Art Expo ~ Ludwig Framemakers Wilton Manors, FL, Jan/Feb 2017
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center ~ “Neptune” Mural Installation ~ Boca Raton, FL, 2014
Orchid Society ~ Delray Beach, FL, 2007
Bordine’s Landscape Design Center ~ Rochester Hills, MI
Round Lake Pottery ~ Clarkston, MI 1993 to 2006
Ginzler Studio Gallery ~ Boca Raton, FL 2007 to present


“Shoot The Moon” by Dorene Ginzler

Follow Dorene Ginzler, artist at Ginzler Studio Gallery on Facebook, Instagram and Linked-In.  Sign up for email newsletter of upcoming events, blog and fun posts she shares with artists, art enthusiasts, art collectors, interior designers, friends and family.

Ginzler Studio Gallery is available to host art parties, workshops, and classes where Dorene will offer painting demonstrations and art talks for small groups and organizations.

Dorene keeps regular “irregular hours” – 7 days a week, so best to call for appointment. Visit Ginzler Studio Gallery and see artist’s colorful work in progress, lots of finished pieces, framed works, available prints, unique gift items.


For more information:

Dorene Ginzler, BFA
Ginzler Studio Gallery
1420 NW 2nd Ave, Suite #9     Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 613-9729





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Palm Beach Watercolor Society Invites You To Wick Theater & Costume Museum, Art Auction And More To Benefit Scholarship Fund

The Palm Beach Watercolor Society invites the public to attend a special luncheon on Friday, March 16th.  Enjoy a private tour of the Wick Theater & Costume Museum, lunch, an art auction and some fabulous raffles.  All proceeds go toward the Education and Scholarship Fund.  This is open to Non-members and is a wonderful art networking organization!  The Rickie Report shares the details.




Palm Beach Watercolor Society



7901 Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 33487



Friday, March 16th

11 – 4


Palm Beach Watercolor Society invites you to Save the Date for a Luncheon and tour of The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum. We will have a tour with a docent of the Costume Museum before the three-course luncheon is served. There will be an Art Auction with paintings donated by many world renowned artists, and a door prize for everyone attending. Raffle prizes too!  The proceeds of this luncheon will go to our Education and Scholarship fund.






(from The Drowsy Chaperone)
A gift of seasonal vegetables or fruit served in a martini glass. The Chef’s “surprise”!


(from She Loves Me)
White Albacore lumped tuna on a savory bed of mixed greens with a poached egg, French beans, fingerling potatoes on toast points.


(from Jerry’s Girls)
Succulent Gulf shrimp tossed in a light basil mayo with a celery shallot ratatouille nestled in a Bibb lettuce cup with citrus accoutrements.


(from Singin’ in the Rain)
Delicately sliced tender breast of chicken seasoned with a Provence herb rub on a bed of Mediterranean couscous with asparagus.

Your entree is accompanied by an array of delicious French pastries for dessert. Coffee and tea service. Alcoholic beverages available upon request.


Members. $45.00 Non-members. $50.00




For more information about this event, exhibits, workshops or monthly activities:






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Stop By Plein Air Palm Beach’s Plein Fun Fest in Delray Beach January 26 -28th

Join a juried group of 50 plein air painters from Florida and beyond who will capture the ambiance and charm of Delray Beach at Plein Fun Fest, an outdoors painting extravaganza. On January 26-28, 2018, Delray Beach will host the third annual Plein Fun Fest competition sponsored jointly by Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB) and The Old School Square.  Plein air is the French term for painting outdoors.  During the Palm Beach Plein Air Fun Fest, artists will be painting the main and side streets, the gardens, and signature buildings, along with the residents and tourists of our beautiful Delray Beach. The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos from 2017’s event.  Please join us for Plein Fun Fest 2018 and see artists create “Tomorrow’s culture and history painted today on site.”





51 N Swinton Ave   Delray Beach, FL 33444


Open To The Public



The Plein Air Painting Locations:  Public is Welcome to Watch the Artists Paint!

After check in artists can then begin painting at location of their choice anywhere within the boundaries Delray Beach. Each artist of will be given a map that delineates the competition boundaries and suggested painting locations for those artists unfamiliar with the area. Artists will be able to choose their own location from a thoughtfully compiled list of suggestions. Locations include marinas, historic buildings and monuments, gardens, architecture, ocean, intracoastal waterway views, small shops and much more. In case of rain, covered locations with views that artists can paint will also be identified.


Plein Air Palm Beach Fun Fest 2017 Bob Barfnecht


Silent auction begins Friday night at 6:30 pm and all day Saturday until 4 pm

 Old School Square in Delray Beach


“Plein Air Palm Beach’s vision is to work with plein air painters, local art groups, cultural centers and the public to support and enhance plein air painting education, events and exhibits.”  says Donna Walsh one of the founders along with Ralph Papa. PAPB’s tag line is “Tomorrow’s culture and history painted today on site.” It includes art lovers and artists at all levels that love plein air painting and it brings artists together to paint the land-, sea- and city-scapes. “We paint and document today’s landscapes that contribute to tomorrow’s history.”


“The aim of Plein Fun Fest is to be regional and support artists of South Florida. We want to have something that reflects our group and we want to be local. We are not interested in competing with the national plein air competition events,” Warren continues.


Plein Air Palm Beach Fun Fest 2017 Mary Maribito

Friday, January 26

Paint-out with Critique

9:00 am to Noon

For artists who want to join the fun, but don’t want to participate in the competition



There will be a Paint-out with Critique for those Artists who want to join in the FUN but not interested in competition. There is a charge of $20 which includes a hospitality suite. Because of the popularity of PAPB’s paint-out with critique that is run by Manny Jomok we decided to make it part of Plein Fun Fest. Registered Artists will meet at Old School Square at 9 AM and decide where to paint. Critique leaders will be available to offer assistance to those who are new to plein air. This Plein Air Paint-out allows artists the opportunity to enjoy not only painting but sharing their creativity with the public. To the viewers, this art form can be very exciting because it invites them into the creative process: the sight, sound, and even smell of the artists´ world. One of the best parts of plein air painting is the congeniality of artists.


At 12 PM all will meet again at Old School Square Field House for an Artist Hospitality Suite. From there we will break into groups of no more than 10 for a shared art critique. And, as last year there will be a fabulous luncheon buffet for participating artists. Paintings from this day may be exhibited at the Saturday reception in the Ocean Breeze room. They are not part of the judging.   “The critiques, along with lunch, help new artists get going with encouragement. Also, we found when the competing artists paint on Friday, they are more relaxed”. 


Plein Air Palm Beach Fun Fest 2017 Linda Richichi

Saturday, January 27

Watch 50 juried artists compete in Plein Fun Fest


 4:30 pm


Awards ceremony and Reception

 5:00  – 7:00 PM



On Saturday, January 27, the 50-juried artists will compete in Plein Fun Fest. The artists will begin painting at 9:00 am at location of their choice anywhere within the boundaries Delray Beach. This is the public’s chance to walk around, see what’s happening, talk to the artists and experience one of the best Delray Beach events.


At 4:30 pm on Saturday, judge Katie Deits, Executive Director at Florida CraftArt, will jury the show, selecting those artists who will win. The awards total more than $2,000.00 in cash. Additional awards, including advertising in Plein Air Magazine, gift certificates and merchandise from Hands Art Supply in Delray Beach, Jack Richeson & Company, Gamblin Art Supplies, and local merchants: Ludwig Frameworks, City Oyster and Sushi, Traverna Opa & Unique Boutique are also given.  Then, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, a reception, exhibit and sale will take place at the Old School Square’s Ocean Breeze room and the Loge walkway connecting to the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach.


Plein Air Palm Beach Fun Fest 2017  Ruth Weiss

Sunday, January 28

Open to Everyone

Meet at Delray’s Beach to Paint Live!


On Sunday, January 28, artist will line Delray Beach to Paint the Beach  just for FUN. This event is open to anyone and those registered don’t have to pay. Plein air painting is exciting, and invites viewers into the creative process: the sights, sounds, and even smells of the artists’ world.  Details TBA.  



For more information:





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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Offers Two Workshops With Soon Warren And Pat Dews

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society, a Watermedia Group  (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. GCWS offers opportunities to learn, paint and sketch, workshops taught by nationally recognized artists; an annual membership show; juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses; paint-ins with live models; lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists; non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues plus Plein air painting opportunities.  The Rickie Report shares the details of two workshops: Soon Warren and Pat Dews, which are open to non- members.  We urge you to network with this organization to further your techniques and achievements.



Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group

 1350 Sunrise Blvd,   Fort Lauderdale, FL


Please Join Us!
Meetings are held
 October through May

 3rd Tuesday of each month

7:00 p.m. at Artserve


Two Upcoming  W O R K S H O P S :



“Bowl of Marbles” by Soon Warren



Soon Y Warren, AWS, NWS, TWSA

February 20, 21, 22, 2018
Member: $375
Non-member: $420

3-day workshop

A step by step instructional process will be used incorporating Soon’s reference photos and drawings for each project.


“Windswept” by Pat Dews

Pat Dews, AWS, NWS
March 20, 21, 22, 23, 2018
Member: $450
Non-member: $495

4-day workshop

Paint Better Abstracts

This workshop will focus on experimental works in watermedia on paper.



How to Pay – NEW PayPal

You can reserve your seat by paying online at www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com/
Or contact Teresa Kirk at 954-436-2858 swgftl@aol.com

For more information about GCWS and these workshops, meetings or other opportunities:







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Whitespace Col-lect Promises Most Unusual And Unique Wearable Art, Fine Art At Art Palm Beach January 17 – 21

Whitespace Col-lect’s booth at Art Palm Beach will be filled with the most unusual and unique wearable art and artwork you will see and experience!  From Thursday, January 17 through Sunday, January 21st, your destination should be the Palm Beach County Convention Center!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks here.





For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits or tours of Whitespace Collection:








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