6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival At The Armory Art Center Campus Call For Artists Deadline Is August 31, 2022. Art Lovers Mark Your Calendars For December 3 & 4, 2022

Artists looking for the right mix and vibe to showcase your work just in time for the holidays need to apply to the 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival! This spectacular, annual event will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022.  Presented by the Armory Art Center, it promises an exciting array of works by local and out of town artists, live music, artisan demonstrations, food trucks, and family-fun activities for all ages.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this Call To Artists which brought over 6,000 visitors to its previous events!  Deadline to apply is August 31, 2022.








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








Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022


10 am to 5 pm




Armory Art Center Campus

811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401








The 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival at the Armory Art Center features two days of artwork and shopping, live music, tours, demonstrations, kids activities, and more. The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Palm Beach Convention Center, Hilton West Palm Beach, and The Square West Palm Beach. The festival takes place on the Armory’s historic campus in the sculpture garden and parking lot.






Deadline to apply: August 31, 2022







CALL     FOR:  


Drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media




Ceramics, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, glass, furniture








Call    for   Artists!



Artist   Application   Deadline:   August   31


About the West Palm Beach Art Festival:

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

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

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

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

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



About the Armory Art Center:

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

For information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832.1776

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



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ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival Calls For Artists Through September 26, 2022. Art Lovers Save February 18 & 19, 2023 For This Event

The 38th edition of the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by Hanley Foundation, scheduled for February 18-19, 2023, is currently accepting artist applications at zapplication.org. Artists can apply for jury selection in 12 fine art categories including Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing and Printmaking, Fiber (Wearable and Non-Wearable), Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to apply NOW – DEADLINE is September 26!  We share some photos from ArtisGras 2022 and urge art lovers to mark their calendars now for this event!








 Saturday, February 18, 2023


Sunday, February 19, 2023

Palm Beach Gardens, FL




Deadline: Saturday, September 26, 2022


Artists can email artists@artigras.org, call (561) 748-3942 or visit www.artigras.org for more information.





Known as one of the nation’s top art festivals, ArtiGras, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, annually attracts tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors. The two-day outdoor festival, produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, showcases a juried exhibition of gallery-quality art and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to interact with and purchase directly from the artists.






Previous Artigras Participant





As the premier fine-arts festival of the Palm Beaches, ArtiGras also offers the “Emerging Artist” category for local artists. This program offers selected developing artists mentoring services, professional booth photos and complimentary tent rental. Qualifications include artists who have never exhibited in a show and reside in the Palm Beach County area. Emerging Artist applicants should proceed in the same manner as professional artists and submit their artwork online through zapplication.org.




Photo Credit:  Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART


Along with the 300 onsite artists, the 38th edition of ArtiGras will feature interactive art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, youth art and recycling art competitions among other demonstrations. For more information visit www.artigras.org.




About Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce: The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Southeast Florida. Serving businesses in the ten (10) municipalities that make up Palm Beach North, the Chamber fosters a partnership of private, public, educational and civic organizations working together to ensure Palm Beach North is Florida’s “Prosperity Coast”. The Chamber’s four strategic imperatives are: A Prosperous Economy, High Quality of Life for all residents, a Smart and Connected Region, and Regional Leadership. For more information visit: pbnchamber.com.






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Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Opens Applications For 4th Annual Art Show In The Gardens On January 7 & 8, 2023

The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens will hold its Fourth Annual Art Show in the Gardens on January 7th and 8th, 2023.  The application is open to artists of all media including 2D, 3D, Fine Crafts, and more.  The momentum of this show continues to grow, as it offers food, music, dancing, and a large community effort to ensure its success.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks from last year and urges you to apply by December 1, 2022. Parking and admission are free.




Friends   of   the   Port   St.  Lucie   Botanical   Gardens,   Inc.







Saturday, January 7

 9 – 4

Sunday, January 8


9 – 3




Calling   all   artists   to   apply   to   join   us   as   exhibitors   at   this   show!  




All   Media   includes   2D,   3D,   fine   crafts   and   more








Our show this past January had over 10,000 visitors in attendance and this upcoming show will afford our artists a great opportunity for exposure, interaction and sale of their fine artwork. Additionally there will be wonderful food, music and dance for visitors and those in attendance. 




  • Send your name, contact information and 6 (six) images of:

  • Your artwork AND your booth set up

  • DEADLINE is DECEMBER 1, 2022.


SEND TO:    Membership@PSLBG.org.







Acceptance will be announced within 30 days of the application deadline.

If you are NOT accepted, you will be refunded your full fee.


We  look  forward  to  your  joining  us  at  this  special  event!

Friends  of  The  Port  St.  Lucie  Botanical  Gardens


For more information about this event:








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Dog Days Of Summer ( And Other Pets Too!) Opens August 9 At MartinArts’ Courthouse Cultural Center Gallery. Public Reception Friday, August 12 . Family Day, Pet Adoptions, Artist Demos Scheduled Through October 1st

“Dog Days of Summer (and other pets too!)” opens August 9, 2022 at MartinArts’ Court House Cultural Center Gallery in Stuart.  Meet the artists at the Public Reception on Friday, August 12.  Enjoy original art of animals and pets, a Family Day (Saturday, September 17) and pet adoption opportunities will be held through the exhibit’s run, until October 1st.  A raffle will be held for a Skip Hartzell sculpture.  Proceeds from all sales will benefit Caring Fields Felines, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, and MartinArts.  A special video presentation by international group, Gunhill Road, “I Know You’re Real is included in this multi-medium exhibit. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  All artwork will be available on the virtual gallery as well as in person. 






80 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL  34994


Opening Reception


Friday, August 12 | 5:30–7  PM



Special Raffle to win a Skip Hartzell sculpture!


Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the exhibit.




Artist Demos / Meet & Greet/ Pop Up


Saturday, September 3, 2022      10 – 4






Katie Gianni       Jordan Silvia      Heather Ivins


Artists Katie Gianni, Jordan Silvia, and Heather Ivins will be teaming up for a fun event where they will be painting and drawing live, chatting with you about their work, and selling fine art originals and prints.



Additionally, each artist will be raffling off an 8”x8” piece, with 100% of the proceeds going to the animal rescue and adoption organizations participating in the Dog Days of Summer exhibition. By entering the raffle, you may win an original piece of artwork for a small donation of $5 (or more, if you’d like), while also helping animals!  The three artists will be sharing more details in the next couple of weeks, so make sure to follow them here and on Instagram for more information.




Family Day


Learn about local wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities, library card sign up, and story time provided by the Martin County Library System, Tykes & Teens, and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center


Saturday, September 17 | 12–3PM




Adoption Days

Meet furry friends available for adoption and support local rescues.


Caring Fields Felines – August 13 | 10AM–1PM

Humane Society of Treasure Coast – September 22 | 10AM–3PM




Check back for additional programs & events.


Exhibit Dates:  August 9 – October 1, 2022



A donation of $5 in support of MartinArts is requested.

 Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10AM–6PM

 Wednesday through Saturday 10 AM–4 PM





“Couch Potato” by Deborah La Fogg Docherty. All rights reserved.




Holly Cannon

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Margaret Gray

Skip Hartzell

Heather Ivins

Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Mia Lindberg

Maria G. Miele

Caryl Pomales

Roni Rottner

Jordan Silvia

Molly Potter Thayer







Caryl Pomales’ “Have you Any Wool”  All rights reserved.




“Animals have been subject matter in the visual arts since the beginning of time. We are so excited about this collaborative effort to have local artists bring attention to the needs of our furry and perhaps not so furry friends and the nonprofits that help them.” said Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of MartinArts.”





Heather Ivins’ “Green Fish”  All rights reserved.




Proceeds from sales will benefit MartinArts and local non-profit animal rescue and adoption agencies – Caring Fields Felines, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center.  In addition to the artworks on display, activities throughout the exhibit will include artist demos, pet adoption events, a family fun day with animal education, hands-on activities, library card sign up, and story time provided by the Martin County Library System, Tykes & Teens, and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. 








The legendary classic rock group Gunhill Road’s hit YouTube video celebrating the special relationship between humans and animals, “I Know You’re Real.”    gunhillroadmusic.com






Jordan Silvia’s “French Bulldog”. All rights reserved











About MartinArts: 

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community. 

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

Visit MartinArts.org for additional details.





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New Studio For Visual Arts And Edward Muñoz Photography Presents Grand Opening For Artists Of Palm Beach County Summer Show On August 5

The Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC), The New Studio for the Visual Arts (NSVA), and Edward Muñoz Photography invite you to celebrate the APBC’s  Summer Show on Friday, August 5, 2022. Meet over 30 artists and view their art at the Grand Opening Reception being held at the New Studio For The Visual Arts in Jupiter, FL.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!






Friday, August 5, 2022

5   –   8 pm

At The New Studio for the Visual Arts

1615 S. Cypress Drive    Suite 2  

 Jupiter, FL 33469


The Awards Ceremony takes place at 6:30 pm

Refreshments will be available




F E A T U R E D   A R T I S T:

Daniel    Pichney



“Alone Asleep” by Daniel Pichney.  All Rights Reserved.




This exhibit will showcase the very latest 2D and 3D masterpieces of our local creators, presented in a comprehensive array of media.  Enjoy genres from serene to fantasy!  



“Planes of Fact” by Ed Muñoz. All Rights reserved.




Invite your friends!

We look forward to seeing you at the opening!




“Mems Singing Praises to Van Gough” by Jim Gibbons. All rights reserved.



For more information please contact:




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Art Synergy Kicks Off Annual Backpack and Art Supply Drive In Palm Beach County

Art Synergy kicks off its annual drive for backpacks, art and school supplies and makes it easier than ever to participate, even if you don’t live nearby!  The Rickie Report shares the details of drop off spots and endorses the ease of having items shipped to The Box Gallery, headquarters for this drive and Art Synergy. The Drive begins this weekend, July 25 and ends August 6, 2022.
Will you help us reach our 1,000 backpack goal?








Art Synergy, Inc, a 501 (c) 3, has committed to collecting 1000 backpacks for Palm Beach County children returning to school this August.



“Many families in Palm Beach County have hit very hard and quite possibly suffered the greatest economic hit in the last few years.” says, Art Synergy founder and CEO, Rolando Chang Barrero, “That’s why we are calling for everyone to respond to our friends and families here in Palm Beach County immediately.”  Among the organizations that will co-sponsor this years drive are The YWCA of Palm County, The Latin Quarter, and MoviesMakingADifference. 


Donated Backpacks and Art Supplies



Rolando goes on to explain, “The campaign, designed for all students serves two purposes: raise awareness of the poverty and challenges that our PBC families have suffered during the on-going pandemic and housing crisis. We feel that together we can alleviate some of the costs in preparing our  children for the upcoming school year by providing backpacks, art supplies and basic school supplies for children”.





 Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 11-4 PM at the following locations:



The Box Gallery     811 Belvedere Road     West Palm Beach

Don Ramon Cuban Restaurant     7101 S.Dixie Hwy.   WPB

YWCA Palm Beach County     1016 North Dixie Hwy.   WPB






Order online from your favorite provider Amazon, Office Depot, Staples, Walmart, etc., and have it shipped.

Shipping Address:

Art Synergy c/o The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach, FL 33405




Financial donations can be made at https://www.artsynergy.org/

For more information:

Art Synergy, Inc.  501(c)(3)

Internal Revenue Code: EIN #47-4791072

Contact: ArtSynergyPBC@gmail.com



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Endangered Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest Announces Special Offer In Celebration Of International Tiger Day! Open To Adult And Young Artist Entries (Young Artists Apply Free)

Endangered Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest announces a special offer in celebration of International Tiger Day (Ends Sunday, July 31, 2022).  This global, juried on-line contest focuses on the artists’ interpretation of what “endangered” means. Cash prizes total over $7,000 and includes an Adult Category and Young Artist Category.  The deadline to enter is Sunday, October 2, 2022. Young Artists Apply FREE. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of last year’s winners. Proceeds of sales from this contest benefits the Center for Great Apes.









“Painted Dog” Oil on linen by Johanne Mangi ©2022 All Rights Reserved

First Prize Fine Art Category 2021



See more of Johanne’s images




Adult contest ENTER NOW!


Click to read ADULT contest Rules






“Eternal White Rhino” by  Le Shen, aged 11 years. ©2022 All Rights Reserved

First Prize Fine Art Category 2021




Young Artist contest ENTER HERE FREE!



Click to read YOUNG ARTIST Rules



Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com



In honor of International Tiger Day, July 29th, we will offer a discounted entry fee of $15 for every Tiger image (art or photography) entered to the adult contest between now and July 31st midnight PDT and we will donate $5 per entry to Big Cat Rescue.


Here’s  how  to  do  it:






Please mark “ENDANGERED” in the comments box  AND Forward your receipt toLindsey@Art4Apes.com









Adult contest ENTER NOW!



Click to read ADULT contest Rules



Young Artist contest ENTER HERE FREE!



Click to read YOUNG ARTIST Rules



Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com




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Lake Worth Art League Opens Call To All Artists For Non-Juried Exhibit In August. Take-In Is Sunday, August 7 With Public Reception August 16

The Lake Worth Art League announces a Call to ALL artists for a Non-Juried OPEN SHOW in the Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique in downtown Lake Worth Beach. This is an opportunity for ALL artists to show their work and offer it for sale to the public!  The gallery is located at 604 Lucerne Avenue in the vicinity of many restaurants. Summer hours are Wednesday thru Sunday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm, capturing the time when the downtown area is the busiest!  The Rickie Report shares the details and notes that the Deadline is Sunday, August 7, 2022.  Art Lovers, mark your calendars for the Free Reception on Sunday, August 14, 2022.





Summer hours:

Wednesday thru Sunday from 3:00 pm –  7:00 pm



The Lake Worth Art League presents :



“  a   summer   to   share  ”

We  want  to  share  our  gallery  space  with  you!




Open Public Reception:

Sunday, August 14, 2022

 1:00 to 3:00 pm


The Lake Worth Art League is primed to make sales during their two upcoming summer exhibits and is inviting ALL  ARTISTS to participate!



Here are the details: 


TAKE-IN OF THE ART: SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th from Noon until 3 pm.

Reception: Sunday, August 14th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Pick-up of Art: Sunday, October 2 from Noon to 3:00 pm

Here are the details:

You may show up to 5 pieces of art.

Cost to enter the show: For members: The first piece is $25.00, the second piece is $15.00, and pieces 3 thru 5 are $10.00 each piece.

For non-members: The first piece is $30.00, the second piece is $20.00, and pieces 3 thru 5 are $15.00 each piece.

Cash, Check or Credit Card (convenience fee applies) accepted.

Just bring your art to the gallery on take-in day during the designated hours.

You will be filling out a simple entry form upon arrival.

Art must be original.

ALL 2-D art must be securelywired on back for use with our professional gallery hanging system, (no sawtooth hangers).

All must be framed with the exception of art created on gallery wrapped canvas (must finished on all edges).

If the Take-in Team or the Hanging Committee determine the piece to be ineligible to hang due to incorrect framing and/or wiring, the piece will not be hung/shown.

Label your art on the back upper right corner with your name, phone, name of the piece, media, and the price prior to bringing to the gallery.

3-D art labeled on bottom or with hanging tag. We cannot accept jewelry.

The Lake Worth Art League retains 20% of all sales.

Receptions are are held to meet and talk with the artists and art lovers and are open to the public. Wine, soft drinks and lite bites are offered. We encourage those artists showing work and members to contribute something to the reception.

We welcome all artists to become members!

During the season (Oct. thru May) we have 8 judged shows where you can compete for ribbons and money prizes. Members may also place items in our boutiques for sale. The Lake Worth Art League is a 501(c)(3).

For more information about our art league go to our web site:lwartleague.org



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City Of Highland Beach Presents “Wild + Color” Exhibition Featuring Conservation Photographer Phoenix And Abstract Expressionism Artist Fran Mann Goodman. Opening Reception Is Thursday, July 28 With Additional Free Workshops Throughout The Exhibit Period

The City of Highland Beach presents Wild+ColorExhibition with two Award-Winning Artists: Conservation Photographer Phoenix and Abstract Expressionism Artist Fran Mann Goodman. Meet the artists who practice totally different mediums of the visual arts at the Opening Reception is on Thursday, July 28The Highland Beach Library and Highland Beach Town Hall, FL showcase this stunning duet exhibit that captures the soul of wildlife and nature and the soul of layered textures of colors as seen through their eyes. This exhibit is open now – September 26, 2022. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Be sure to sign up for the Free Photography Workshop on Thursday, August 4 and the Free Abstract Expressionism Painting Workshop on Thursday, September 15.




Meet the Artists reception:



Thursday, July 28        5-7 pm



Highland Beach Library      

3618 S. Ocean Boulevard     Highland Beach FL 33487




Highland Beach Town Hall  

3614 S. Ocean Boulevard       Highland Beach FL 33487


For more information, please contact the library at (561) 278-5455 or the artists (see info below).




From photographs of the majesty and frailty of Florida’s Everglades and South Florida to moody, emotional abstract paintings, both artists have come together to touch the hearts of viewers and inspire them to love and respect our essential environment and ourselves.






Take Your Photography to the Next Level

for Beginners to Advanced by Phoenix



Thursday,  Aug 4th     5:30 – 6: 30  pm




Painting a Picture of Abstract Expressionism 

with Fran Mann Goodman




Thursday, September 15th   5:30 – 6:30 PM 




Exhibit on display July 15 – September 26, 2022





“With this unique exhibition we are inviting viewers to connect with the beauty and power captured in each of Phoenix’s and Fran’s art works.

~ Suzi Hayes, Event Coordinator, Highland Beach Library






“Early Morning Fog” by Phoenix 




Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture, Phoenix, who only goes by her first name, is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including: two month-long Artist-In-Residence programs Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Olive Stack Gallery in Ireland. Most recently, Cleveland Clinic Florida acquired 22 large, 24 x 36 inch, limited edition photographs for their permanent collection in the Women’s Center at Weston.  “Reflecting the intersection of art and healing, Phoenix’s fine art photographs of nature transport viewers to a deep meditative place of peace and healing,” said Angelica Guckes, Curator, Cleveland Clinic-Weston.







“Dawn’s Early Light” by Phoenix 




Phoenix established a love of nature and the art of seeing as a child during family vacations to national parks when she stood next to her father who was taking photographs. Although, she taught film-making and photography early in her career she left them for some 20 years. Rising above several “dark nights of the soul” life experiences, she returned to her love of nature and photography in the digital age, developing an exceptional talent and passion to help protect nature and wildlife. And, she has been the beneficiary of the healing power of both.





“Grace” by Phoenix 



With each image, it’s always my intent to raise awareness of endangered and threatened species and habitats that we stand to lose if we are not careful. The importance of nature is more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food. It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul,” said Phoenix.





“Pot of Gold” by Fran Mann Goodman



Fran’s passion for color began when she was five years old, and her parents bought her kit after kit of paint by number sets to “decorate” their walls. Instead of adhering to the “rule” of applying the assigned number of given colors into the tiny spaces, Fran chose her own. She then attached papier-mâché to the painting’s overall design to add dimension.  She was formally trained at Chouinard Art Institute (CAL ARTS) in representational style. After school, due to a childhood trauma with her face, she shifted her interest from painting canvases to women’s faces. At age 21, she was resident makeup artist at a renowned international modeling agency in Toronto. As she did makeover spreads for Canadian magazines and billboards, Fran learned that so many women, even top models, were unhappy with their faces. This led to a 30-year career, passionate about making over women’s attitudes. Combining her unique beauty aesthetics, she designed workshops and support groups in the United States and Canada. The widespread media took notice, earning her national and international recognition. She was featured on talk shows, radio, women’s magazines and other print including The New York Times.






“Reds” by Fran Mann Goodman




In 2013, Fran returned to painting as an abstract expressionist, preferring to create feeling and emotion over defined images. In this genre, Fran has been known to ‘makeover’ her paintings, ones in juried shows, ones that had won awards. “Like I did with women’s faces, I see new possibilities, and just go for it, she said.  With all my paintings, I meld color with dimension through a complex of textures free from intention, tradition, and norms. Layering devices burns a life force into even the smallest structures. The hues, light, dark, bold, pale, bond with one another and speak their own language. The strokes, obscure, defined, personify sameness and difference and how the two natures work in concert. The applications invite stories and interpretations, said Fran.




“Plaid Dressing” by Fran Mann Goodman




“I approach a canvas with a desire to fuse color with dimension through a complex of textures — free from intention, tradition, and norms. Layering devices burn a life force into even the smallest structures. Infusing the canvas with various mediums —  pastes, gels, sand, pumice, paper towels and acrylic skins – I seek to “marry” the background with the foreground. The strokes, obscure or defined, personify sameness and difference and how the two natures work in concert. My fascination lies in how the colors dance with one another – how they strut and swirl and bend and swing and invite stories and interpretations.”  This exhibit is a potpourri of Fran’s Dance!




Phoenix, Conservation Photographer:





Phoenix is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer whose works are in private and corporate collections worldwide. She is the recipient of a number prestigious awards, including: two month-long Artist-In-Residence programs Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Olive Stack Gallery in Ireland; the Virtual Artist-in-Residence for the Center for Great Apes Art4Apes Exhibition; the featured artist for the first Endangered Exhibit – United Kingdom; two public art grants, nine public art awards, 22 solo exhibits. She serves on Public Art and Placement Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale and the Citizen Review Panel for Broward Cultural Division, Broward County. Her works have graced national magazine covers and been featured in newspapers, magazines and blog posts worldwide. The immediate past president of the National League of American Pen Women-Fort Lauderdale for the past six years, she currently serves as Art and Scholarship Chair. A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is represented by the Collector’s Gallery in Venice, FL. When not traveling, Phoenix calls the Everglades her studio where she can be found teaching individual and small group photography classes and workshops.


For more information or to see Phoenix’ artwork:









IG: @PhoenixSpiritdiva

FB: @Phoenix.Spiritdiva

T: @Spiritdiva

YT: Phoenix SpiritDiva:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrN6fTMKO8FqVqSmkGzBF1A





Fran Mann Goodman, Abstract Expressionist:





Fran’s paintings have been exhibited in over 30 galleries in New Jersey, the Chelsea district of Manhattan and Southern Florida and are in private collection in New York, Florida, Toronto, and Hollywood, California. She is a Signature Artist of the Boca Art Museum, the Art Education Fund Chair of the Delray Art League, the exhibition coordinator of the National Association of Women Artists for the Florida Chapter and the co-chair of the Art Program for the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. A former instructor at Old School Square’s Creative Art School in Delray Beach, she holds online classes and runs workshops on abstract expressionism for beginners and professional artists. Recently her article “Putting the Wow Factor Into Your Paintings with Acrylic Skins” was featured in The National Association of Women Artists’ Magazine. 



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Enjoy This Video:

Art in Conversation With Farrin and Fran Mann Goodman






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Carl Stoveland’s Photograph Takes Best In Show At The Box Gallery’s ” Florida Showcase 2022 ” Open Now Through August 27. Meet Carl On Thursday, July 28 For A Photo Lecture And Connect With Carl For Other Art Opportunities

Carl Stoveland‘s photograph taken during his Artist Residency in the Dry Tortugas National Park (during hurricane season) took Best In Show at the Box Gallery’s “Florida Showcase 2022“.  Join Carl on Thursday, July 28 for an interactive “Process with Practices on Photography” free lecture. This Exhibit runs through August 27, 2022.  Because Carl’s photography is only a small part of his larger art practice, The Rickie Report also showcases his paintings as well as classes and meet-ups he sponsors.  Carl’s energy and passion for art is contagious!  If you cannot attend the lecture, please contact Carl to make an appointment at the Gallery!




811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405










Florida Showcase 2022 is an exhibition of contemporary photography by artists living in South Florida. Selections were made by jurors: Pedro Penavel, WPB Magazine Editor in Chief, Kiara Santiago BFA, Florida Atlantic University, and Rolando Chang Barrero, curator at The Box Gallery.













Exhibition   is   open   NOW   through   August   27,   2022



Free    Photography    Art    Talks:



“Photography:    Process    and    Practice”




Every Thursday, July 28 – August 25, 2022

7 – 9 pm




The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405






Artist Carl Stoveland with his Best in Show Photograph 



“It was a once in a lifetime experience… even now,  eighteen months later I am still finding images from that trip to edit!”  

Carl Stoveland



TRR:   Give us a peek into your experience in the Dry Tortugas.


The Artist in Residence program at Dry Tortugas National Park is run by the National Parks Art Foundation and the NPS.  It is one of the most extreme residencies out there.  The residency requires two people for safety reasons due to the isolated and remote location of the residency.  Held on Loggerhead Key, an uninhabited island a mere 49 acres in size,  3 miles from Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas 70 miles west of Key West and about 90 miles North of Cuba.
In 2020, fine artist painter Shannon Torrence and I were fortunate enough to be selected as the Artists in Residence (AIRs).  We had applied for slots in 2019 and were finalists but ultimately not selected.  We started planning our application for 2020 the next day.  We built a podcast with guests speaking about art and art residencies,  We created a blog and a social media presence, including a movie trailer for our project we called the “Flying Tortuga Brothers”.  Ultimately we were selected for 2020!  When September arrived and we had gathered all of our gear and food for the month in Key West, we were ferried to Fort Jefferson on the Yankee Freedom to Fort Jefferson on Garden Key. 





“The old kitchen house and cistern, Loggerhead Key”
Infrared B&W Photograph by Carl Stoveland





That is as far as most tourists ever get as there is no access to Loggerhead Key except by kayak – a 6 mile round trip. There were a few hearty souls who did that during our month, but I think I can count on one hand the number of folks we saw who did that.  Larger boats can tie off to one of two mooring balls and use a dinghy to land on Loggerhead Key.  Over the month we saw perhaps 10 people visit for part of a day.  Once at Fort Jefferson we were taken by a small NPS boat with our gear to Loggerhead Key.  We lived in the old lighthouse keepers house.  The only other house on the island is the old Kitchen house and an intern for the NPS studying the turtles was there.  The lighthouse (its supporting garage and shed) and the two buildings are the only structures on the entire island.  It was rustic with a “capitol R”.  “Desolate” is probably the better word.  The island is stark and beautiful.  The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1997 and that is when the Coastguard turned the island over to the park service.




We had to be self sufficient for the entire month.  There were no runs to the shops for more food, etc.  There was no fresh water so maintaining and operating the desalination plant became a big part of daily life along with monitoring power usage and the batteries in the solar system (as that is needed  for the desalination plant to make the fresh water).  Most days were in the mid 90’s.  I lost 20lbs in the month I was there from all the exercise  ( he says with a smiling emoji). Shannon produced a breathtaking series of small paintings during the month that are fueling his larger works to this day.  I was enchanted by the night sky.  The Dry Tortugas has almost no light pollution so the stars are brilliant.  If you spend a few minute out after dark to let your eyes adjust you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye!  I was like a kid in a candy store photographing the old lighthouse against a backdrop of stars like diamonds hanging in the sky.  My days were spent photographing the water and the emptiness of the island.




Artist Carl Stoveland in Dry Tortugas National Park




I have enough for a full blown exhibit if any galleries want to host a show.  The only piece printed and seen in public (outside of social media of course) is a night scene of the light house with a sky that was lit by lightning and part of the star-filled sky.  It took Best in Show at the “Florida Showcase 2022” at the Box Gallery in West Palm which is running until August 27th.  The residency was a profound experience.




As artist in residence at Dry Tortugas National Park (September 2020) Carl’s goals as an artist became distilled and clarified.  He says, “The shear beauty of the ocean and the night could be overwhelming.  It was there that I realized I needed to use my art as an advocate for protecting our natural environment and making people aware of what we risk losing if these places are lost to over development.  I do this by focusing on a location and showing its beauty through my art”.



“The experience on Dry Tortugas was life changing for me as an artist…. I questioned whether I could say what I want through the lens”.  ~ Carl Stoveland


“This lead to a near-constant exploration of other media.  After working my way through acrylic, gouache, Casein and oil painting I have settled on Oils as my favored medium to paint in for personal work along with my old favorite Watercolor”. ~ Carl Stoveland



“Dreams of Loggerhead Key” by Carl Stoveland (acrylic on birch panel)




TRR:  What is your creative background?



I grew up in NY near the Catskill Mountains and found my passion for photography hiking along the many trails and streams near my home.  My Dad spent his entire career working in photo labs and my Mom is an oil painter and watercolorist.  (So the apple did not fall far from the tree in this case).  My current passions include a variety of photo and painting media along with teaching  and urban sketching.


Carl tells The Rickie Report, “In the language of photography there is a wide angle view and a close up macro view to seeing the world.  I believe it is the same for the life and work of all artists.  The close up macro view speaks to the drive to work every day to improve in their craft and expand the tools they have to interact with the world.  After 35 years as a photographer I reached a certain level of expertise.  Still I am constantly working to find new ways to tell stories.  This has led explorations in various other media including film, audio, podcasting painting and digital art.  We are all both students and masters at the same time.  This is my daily closeup view”.



“From the standpoint of the wide angle view a mature artist with skills honed over years of hard work yearns for more than just technical proficiency, Carl explains.  They look to the world at large and desire to use their work to have a bigger impact on viewers.  Artists are obligated to use their skills to make people think about bigger issues.  This can be accomplished by creating beautiful work or disturbing/unsettling work.  It requires that a strong point of view be what drives the creation of the art”.




TRR:  How did moving to Lake Worth, FL change your perspective ?




When I arrived in Florida in 2016 I was struck by the nature of my adopted town of Lake Worth.  I found people doing projects everywhere, people helping each other and a town that like no other loves to throw a parade.  I set out to capture the people that make this a special place and ask each of them why they think it is special.  The result after two years of shooting were the IAMLAKEWORTH and IAM LAKEWORTHTOO exhibits held at the Hatch in Lake Worth.  It was a great experience and a wonderful way to become one of those fabulous Lake Worthians I admire so much.




I AM LAKE WORTH Exhibit by Carl Stoveland at Hatch 1121 Lake Worth Beach, FL



“After returning in October 2020 Covid was everywhere and decided to throw myself into accomplishing more paintings.  In the 18 or so months since, I have charged headlong into painting  – adding oils, acrylics, gouache and casein to the watercolors I was already doing”.   ~ Carl Stoveland




TRR:  Please tell us more about your classes At Mounts Botanical Garden and Venue 1201.




I spent the remainder of 2020 and 2021 (during covid) in my home studio exploring media and styles.  That left me with a nagging question of what can I do with my art for good.  It was then I decided to look for teaching opportunities.  Mounts Botanical Garden had an opening for a watercolor teacher and found that it was the missing piece of the puzzle!  I love teach almost as much as I like making art.  When it clicks for a student and they have an “A-HA moment” is thrilling to me.




I replenish my creative energies when I teach watercolor at Mounts Botanical Garden on Tuesdays from 10am to 12:30pm.  Class starts with a walk in the garden, a quick demo, and then the students work on what they choose with me wandering the room offering assistance. I am there to enhance their experience, not put my touch on their painting style.  Class is open to all levels.  Signup on the events page of the Mounts website.  Mounts.org  For absolute beginners I also have a starter class with weekly lessons and projects designed to get you up and running as a watercolorist.  CLASS IS FROM 10AM TO 12PM  at Venue 1201 in Lake Worth.  Contact me to sign up (cstoveland@icloud.com)




“As Above so Below”  by Carl Stoveland

TRR:  What does Palm Beach Urban Sketchers offer?



I am part of the Palm Beach Urban Sketcher group (that is part of the worldwide urban sketching movement https://urbansketchers.org)  Our local group can be found on FaceBook at the Palm Beach Urban Sketcher Group.  It’s an informal group of sketchers who meet up weekly to sketch together at different locations around Palm Beach County.  There is no cost involved (unless the venue we are sketching at has an entrance fee).  Every week we pick a new place to sketch and get word out to the group through FaceBook and an email group.  To be added to the email group simply email me and I’ll be happy to add you.  Whether you are a working artist, like to draw or just think it might be a fun thing to do it is great.  Drawing from life on location over the past year or so has vastly improved all of my art practices.




Sketch in progress at the Society of The Four Arts Garden by Carl Stoveland



I offer private instruction in photography and photoshop for photographers that want to get to know there cameras better, want to learn how to best edit raw files in photoshop to get the best prints or for pros who want to explore Florida with a camera.  contact me by email to cstoveland@icoud.com  to discuss creating a customized experience.




For more information to purchase Carl Stoveland’s photography and art work, plus class information:




 Email:  cstoveland@icoud.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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