Gilt Complex And Crescent® Collaborate In Call For “Tiny Art Challenge 2020” To Benefit The Creek District Of Arts & Entertainment in Stuart, FL

The Gilt Complex and Crescent® are collaborating in the “Tiny Art Challenge 2020” which is open to artists residing in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian River County, Okeechobee County, and Palm Beach County.  Artists of any skill level, ages 16 years and older are welcome to enter at NO FEE.  Pick up your FREE MATERIALS and create a piece of artwork on Crescent® Mixed Media Board 2.5″ x 3.5 “. All art will be sold at a Silent Auction (date to be announced) to benefit The Creek District Of Arts & Entertainment in Stuart, FL.  Jurors from Crescent® choose the winner, who receives a $250 Gift Certificate to The Gilt Complex and bragging rights!  The Rickie Report shares this call and is excited to see what you create!  This Contest is open NOW through August 15, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125    

 www.TheGiltComplex.com

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The Florida Watercolor Society’s “Creative Confinement Challenge” Online Exhibition – Original And Affordable Art For Everyone

What happens when 100 watercolor artists are cooped-up and concerned about shows, sales, and funding for not-for-profit arts organizations like the Florida Watercolor Society? FWS came up with the “Creative Confinement 64-Inch Challenge”! Members were challenged to “confine” their work to 64-square inches (8″ x 8″), creating an original water media artwork to express their feelings or experiences during the “safer-at-home mandate”. The Challenge gave the artists inspiration to create, a place to show and now, sell their work, and the entry fees raised money for the FWS Healing Arts Award for the 49th Annual Exhibition.  This virtual exhibit is showing now through August 15, 2020. The Rickie Report gives you a sneak-peek of some of the images and urges you to hurry to make a purchase! The prices are affordable and the images offer diverse subject matter! We also include information about the FWS 49th Annual Exhibition and upcoming virtual workshops, demonstrations, Convention & Trade Show. There will be an online Exhibition Review by Michael Reardon, judge & juror for the 49th Annual Exhibition. The Rickie Report includes the details.

 

 

 

 

 

floridawatercolorsociety.org

About the Florida Watercolor Society:

 

The Florida Watercolor Society is the largest State society in the United States with nearly 1000 members. Our mission is to promote the art of watercolor and to educate the public as to the importance of watercolor as a creative and permanent painting medium while contributing to the cultural atmosphere of the state of Florida.

 

 

FWS’ Annual Awards are among the most outstanding of the major state water media organizations in the country. They are made possible by sponsors including individuals, businesses, and memorial gifts from the estates of members who have passed. The annual cash and merchandise awards usually total over $20,000, including two $1500 purchase awards. One of these is sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, a major sponsor and great friend of FWS. The other is the Healing Arts Award given by FWS to purchase a painting from the Annual Exhibition to be donated to a medical facility of the current President’s choosing. This year, the painting is going to Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg where the annual events were to be held before COVID-19 came into the picture. Since their live annual Fall events were canceled, FWS came up with the Creative Confinement Challenge to raise funds for the Healing Arts Award!

 

 

FWS’ main events each year are an Annual Exhibition, Convention & Trade Show every fall in various locations throughout Florida. FWS also hosts an Online Show for our Non-Signature members. At our Convention, we host two 4-day workshops and at least one 1-day workshop taught by invited internationally-known artists. During Convention weekend, demonstrations by noted artists are presented hourly, as well as critiques, silent auctions, raffles, and a host of other wonderful activities. There are Member and Non-Member rates to register for the Convention, however, the Trade Show is free and open to the public.

THE 2020 FWS ANNUAL CONVENTION & TRADE  SHOW GO VIRTUAL

Since the cancellation of 2020 fall events, the FWS board has been working very hard to create virtual offerings during the week the Convention & Trade Show would have taken place.  While this could never substitute for a live gathering, there will still be a Convention featuring demonstrations by noted artists, workshops, interviews, and even opportunities to purchase art supplies from our Trade Show vendors! 

There will even be an online Exhibition Review by Michael Reardon, judge & juror for the 49th Annual Exhibition. 

The schedule is on the FWS website

Work is being accepted from FWS Members for the 49th Annual Exhibition through August 15, 2020  

 

 

 To see the Prospectus for rules and details visit the FWS website:

 

 

 

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Boca Raton Artists Guild Gallery Offers 20% Off All Art Now Through July 18, 2020 As Gallery Closes

The Boca Raton Museum Artists Guild Gallery is hosting a final exhibition now through July 18, 2020.  All art purchases will be discounted 20%.  The Artists Guild continues to work toward finding a new space and looks forward to greeting the public soon.  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

bocamuseum.org       guild@bocamuseum.org

Gallery Hours:  WED – SAT: 11AM – 5PM      SUN: 1 – 4 PM

561.278.7877

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

bocamuseum.org

bocamuseum.org/artistsguild

For more information:

Steve Nash:  spnash@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

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City Of Palm Beach Gardens Opens Call To South Florida Artists “Chairs For Charity”

The City of Palm Beach Gardens announces a Call To Artists to benefit “Chairs For Charity”.  South Florida artists are invited to design and paint one-of-a-kind Adirondack chairs to be featured at the new Tennis & Pickleball Center Clubhouse!  Artists will be given a chair to design and paint (incorporating a tennis item).  Artists whose proposals are chosen will receive a SOLO GardensArt Exhibit!  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you to apply by July 31,2020.  We can’t wait to see your designs!!!  The chairs will be auctioned  as a fundraiser to benefit Palm Beach Gardens Adaptive Tennis Programs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded in 1989, the GardensArt program is a unique program that exhibits the work of locally and nationally recognized professional artists and photographers. It was established to increase the opportunities for cultural exchange between artists and the community.

For more information about this Call to Artists or other opportunities, please contact:

Amy Stepper   astepper@pbgfl.com or 561.630.1116

 

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Martin Artisans Guild Announces “Summer Salon” At The Palm Room. Opening Reception Is Wednesday, July 1

The Martin Artisans Guild announces the “Summer Salon” in the Palm Room. The public is welcome to the Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 1. Over 20 member artists will display their art, sculpture, glass, and ceramics, as well as wearable art.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks, and an introduction to some of the artists. Masks will be available and Phase 2 distancing guidelines will be followed. This exhibit will be up through August 29, 2020.  All artwork is for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET    THE    ARTISTS!

 

 

 

Jane Lawton Baldridge, ASMA

Jane studied art at High School for Performing and Visual Arts (Houston, TX), California Institute of Art (Valencia, CA) and the Alfred G. Glassell Museum School (Houston, TX). “Being a creative requires being somewhat fearless. Unafraid to make something new and so different no one understands what it is.” Jane was taught by John Mandel and influenced by Douglas Huebler and John Baldessari, to never repeat what has been done – to do new art. Arthur Turner taught her to try multiple mediums, to keep the creative ideas flowing. Her artwork has been exhibited in Solo and juried shows including Times Square, The Musée du Louvre, Lincoln Center, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Fayetteville Museum of Art, World Festival of Art on Paper (Slovenia) and her 911 tribute, “We the People,” in the Library of Congress. She has won competitions at both local and international levels.

 

 

“I Can’t Stop The Rain” by Jane Lawton Baldridge

 

Jane’s new work is represented in the Reflection, Erosion and Alchemy series. Although she has painted moving water for decades using various media, her current paintings are the closest she has come to eliciting the paint to tell her story. Jane uses a mixture of pencil, charcoal, acrylics, latex, glazes, inks, watercolor and digital.  She now combines all of that experience into rich visual stories. 

 

“I’m passionate about the planet, especially the ocean, rivers, and bays. I have a profound respect for the power of water and wind.  Watching my childhood sand castles fall to the continued impertinent rolling in of waves and tide captivated me. It was but a miniature version of what happens all around the globe.  I grew up in a small Texas fishing village that was underwater at the hint of a tropical storm, from there I moved to a North Carolina coastal fishing village that went under water with the lunar cycles. Now, much of the coastal areas of the planet have reason to watch their own erosion, subsidence and the rising tides reshape their world. Jane is a licensed boat captain and lived on a boat with her husband and their dog. They have settled in Stuart where she now has a beautiful studio. She has an obsession for water and watches how it moves and how it sculpts shorelines.

 

MalloBisset

Mallo might have taken the long road to living her dream, but once she sets her mind on something, there’s nothing stopping her.   As a little girl living on the Åland Islands in the Finnish archipelago, she wasn’t too fond of school, and told everyone “I am going to be an artist when I grow up”.   Life got in the way for a while, but after years of hard work and building a successful business, in, 2007 with encouragement from her husband and daughter, that Mallo finally took the time to do what she had always dreamed of doing.   It started with a weekly drawing class at the local Adult Education program.    After just two semesters her teacher, Helen Terry, told her she could make money drawing pet portraits.   Mallo’s earliest work combined her love of animals with her love for the arts.   Having tried drawing, pastels, and watercolors, it was time for oils !  She signed up for classes at a studio located across the street from her own business, so she could be close to work, yet make it easy to get to class every week. This is where her love affair with oils and the palette knife began.   Under the tutelage of Georgia Abood at Alizarin Crimson, she has been working on her craft and has made remarkable progress in such a short time.  Having grown up on an island, and living in Florida for 30 years, with a second home in the Bahamas, it’s not a surprise that Mallo Bisset’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature.    As it turns out, that little girl in  Finland  really did grow up to be an artist!  

 

 

 

“Social Distancing” by Mallo Bisset

 

“My artwork celebrates the things that make me happy.  While my subject matter does vary,  I am greatly influenced by my love of color, animals, and nature.  Having always lived close to the sea, water and the color blue seem to be a part of me and often make it onto my canvas.  When I get an idea for a painting and I can’t stop thinking about it, I know it’s time to get to work.  Often it’s these obsessive moments that lead to the best work.    Having tried many techniques, I now paint exclusively using oils and the palette knife.   I love the texture created with the knife.  My method is quick and definitive.  Once I commit to a painting there is not a lot of second-guessing.  I know a piece is done when the canvas is full of color.    The most rewarding feeling is seeing a smile on the face of someone viewing my work and nothing compares to the satisfaction of having someone bring home a piece of my work. Hopefully my artwork makes others happy too.  The studio tour is my FAVORITE event of the year!”  Mallo Bisset  resides in Palm City, Florida http://www.mallobisset.com

 

 

Wire wrapped Circle Pendant by Laura Kay Darvil

 

James Joseph DeMartis

James Joseph DeMartis (1926 – 1996) was an American painter of the post-World War II generation who explored a wide variety of styles and media; but he is best known for his abstract expressionist works.  He was born in Corona, Queens, New York, to working-class Italian immigrants. He received the Purple Heart in World War II for injuries incurred in Belgium leading up to the Battle of the Bulge. During his rehabilitation he began taking art classes. After being discharged, he attended the War Veteran Art Center at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1946-47 and took classes at the Art Students League of New York. After traveling across the US, DeMartis trained for two years at the California School of Fine Arts in Santa Monica, California. A stint in Pacific in the Merchant Marines came next then, DeMartis devoted himself full-time to painting. With funding from the G.I. Bill he left for Europe in 1950, traveling to France and settling in Florence, Italy. He studied painting and art restoration at L’Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze from 1950-54. He participated in several group shows and one-man shows in Italy and Switzerland. 

 

 

Untitled by James J. DeMartis

 

Mr. DeMartis returned to New York in 1956, at the height of the Abstract Expressionist art movement that had New York City as its center. He first settled with his new family in Corona and then moved to Brooklyn, New York. He had a steady stream of grass-roots storefront galleries opened with fellow artists, before opening the Armory Gallery and studio in Manhattan where he worked and exhibited his paintings. He also exhibited in other lower Manhattan galleries and at the National Arts Club. In 1962, he was awarded the prestigious Emily Lowe Award for Painting. Following that with shows at the Ward Egglestone Gallery, ROKO Gallery, Pierantonio Gallery, Artemis East Gallery and Hicks Street Gallery from 1962-68.  He opened the Brownstone Gallery in Brooklyn, exhibiting his and others’ works, while doing framing and restoration until 1988.  Following several one-man shows in Tokyo, DeMartis sold the Brownstone Gallery. He is now represented by his children. 

 

 

Ed Douglas

“I am an eighth generation Floridian. The Florida of my youth was much different than today. Being raised in relative poverty, I was drawn to the outdoors for entertainment. In my free time, I explored the woods, lakes, streams and beaches of Florida. As a young man, I spent countless days and nights fishing the Florida Keys by boat and shore.  Thirty years of corporate life was spent as an executive in insurance claims management. Work took me all around the country and to some parts of Canada but it was really vacation travel that planted the seeds of art appreciation. Visiting the Canadian Maritimes, for example, exposed me to marine settings that were very different from those of Florida. My wife and I were fortunate enough to also travel throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.  While England, Scotland and Ireland were initially on my radar for golf excursions, they also gave me exposure to the unique and moody landscapes of that part of the world. In France I visited the Louvre, Versailles, Monet’s country home in Giverny and many of the museums and cathedrals of Paris. It was my travels through Italy that gave me a chance to study the works of the great masters that are abundantly displayed in the churches, cathedrals and public spaces. All of these experiences helped to shape my perspective as human being and, eventually, as an artist.

 

“Blue Herons” by Ed Douglas

 

 

 

After retirement, I quickly became burned out on 3-4 weekly golf games and was drawn back to my love and appreciation of art. I spent a few years of formal study and work with some highly experienced local artists and teachers. My travels also continued to be my teacher. I spent six months traveling the central coast of California studying the sunsets, seascapes and quaint villages of that part of the country, but now as a fully committed artist. I gradually began to develop my own style. I have found that my creative expression is very much informed by the natural environment of my youth and by my travels later in life.  My work, consequently, tends toward maritime settings and rustic landscapes. My goal is to produce art that is easy to look at, captures the imagination and draws your eyes back time after time. 

 

 

 

“Red Murrini” by Dot Galfond

 

 

 

Torenzo Ganaway

Artist’s Statement :

I am compelled.   I am driven.    I must create!     I see art everywhere. On sidewalks, reflections in storefront windows, shadow designs falling on the ground or embracing the side of a building. I see clouds as moving sculptures.

I produce thousands of photographs. Some, to use as a reference for a painting… others because they tell a story or ask a question and invite me to create a painting.

As an artist, I believe I have a responsibility to also create works of art that bring attention to important societal issues such as chemicals as food additives, toxic chemicals used in the industrialized production of crops, and genetic engineering. I’m also concerned about the current trend in America to whitewash our history in order to oblige the politically correct community.

I feel a deep responsibility and calling to create works of art that reveal and contemplate the beauty in the everyday objects we all find around us in this amazing universe created by God.

Art is everywhere! If you look for it, you’ll see it!

I believe God has created an amazing universe! As God is the original Creator, He created EVERYONE with the ability to create…everyone! If you’re one of the millions of people who believe they cannot create or are not creative, I challenge your belief and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and CREATE something. I believe you can do it! We all start at the beginning. Let the fun begin! Soon…you’ll be seeing art everywhere.

 

 

 

“Summer Breeze” by Torenzo Ganaway

 

 

Torenzo is an internationally known, award winning fine-artist, photographer, and commercial art film producer. A native of Michigan, he majored in illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design. He pursued his own studies in the areas of painting, photography, and filmmaking.After 20 years of creating art, Torenzo abandoned it to confront a personal crisis caused by his alcoholism. As a result of his experience receiving treatment and getting sober, he chose to become a certified counselor so that he could help others who struggle with alcoholism and other drug addictions. When he was able to help a patient achieve a major breakthrough, it was an exhilarating moment! He recalls “nothing I’ve ever created has given me such satisfaction and joy!” It would be another twenty years before he returned to the world of physically creating art.Torenzo has exhibited in national and international shows. In January of 2019, he was selected for the prestigious ArtSynergy/ArtPalmBeach International Art Fair, by Eric Weiss, Curator of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain.In September 2019, two recent works, “Wall Switch, St. Petersburg” and “Obelisk, Bonaire” selected by Jack Rasmussen, Director of the Katzen Gallery, American University (Washington, D.C.) for the Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art.In November 2019, Torenzo was one of 54 artists selected from over 500 entrants to be juried into the prestigious All Florida Art Show by the Martin County Cultural Arts Council. Juror, Ehern Gerhard, Arts Exhibitions Director for the Centers for the Arts in Bonita Springs, FL commented on Torenzo’s piece, “The Last Roundup”, as a work that brings awareness and attention to the toxic chemicals used and found in America’s agriculture, and awarded it Honorable Mention. Torenzo’s ceaseless quest for seeing and creating art is his unconstrained passion. He eagerly awaits to see what the universe offers.

 

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas

“The human figure in all its aspects and conditions is my main source of inspiration. In it, I see the incredible beauty and perfection of creation as well as the raw reflection of our human condition.  Individual uniqueness inspires me. Life affects all humans in a singular way. Our bodies are a journal of our life and an X-Ray of our soul. I find a raw beauty in this uniqueness and my work attempts to chronicle my own personal perception of this uniqueness. The result can be beautiful but can also be intense and even disturbing. Our individual bodies carry the imprints of our lives and our souls. For me form is a vehicle for expressing individual character rather than idealized perfection. Human relationships also inspire me. For this reason, I like making sculptures with multiple figures. I also find inspiration in physical movement. Its grace and its plasticity; even what it may say about our brokenness. That is why I like sculpting dancers and other athletes”.  

 

My work always starts in clay because it allows me to quickly develop an idea into a visual concept. I then may finish the work in clay or evolve to casting the work in bronze or other media. This may take months or even years. I work on many projects at once because they are at different stages of development. I like making portraits, full figure sculptures and reliefs. I don’t follow any particular formula and I don’t sculpt for a particular audience. I do try to be honest and express my true feelings. I leave the psychoanalysis to the psychiatrists. I accept private and public commissions, small to monumental.

 

“Sitting Nude” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas was born in Colombia and moved to the USA as a young man. Eduardo graduated with a BA, in Economics, and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he started sculpting. Later, he completed his art major in sculpture at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and received a post-baccalaureate degree in sculpture.  Eduardo also studied independently under various nationally recognized sculptors.  In 2009 a book was published about his work titled “Eduardo Gomez : Silent Messages”.  This book includes an introduction and artist interview by Art Historian Laura M. Amrhein, Ph.D. This work is available in in e-book format at amazon.com. Eduardo has exhibited in various Museums and international juried art shows and his work is collected internationally. Eduardo has been a sculpture instructor at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida for the last 9 years. His sculpture studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida where he also teaches privately. Eduardo has completed multiple private and Public Commissions. Two of his public commissions can be appreciated locally at the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart, FL. 

 

 

Carol Kepp

“Many years ago, I was given a choice, “Music or Art”, and I chose Art!  More than 30 years later, I am still painting. I work in oils with brush and sometimes palette knife to create seascapes, landscapes and florals. My passion is to paint the blues and greens of the sea and I love the peace it gives me. Monet is my inspiration”.

 

 

 

“Seascape” by Carol Kepp

 

 

Carol studied art at the Cleveland Institute Of Art and Cleveland Ad School.  She returned to fine art and is teaching art classes and workshops at the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League Gallery and The Artist Nook in Stuart. “Working with adults that have a desire to find their hidden talent has brought me much joy”.  She studied with Ted Goerschner, a professional artist and teacher, who  influenced her to paint in the impressionist style. The colors of the ocean inspired her to paint seascapes. 

Carol worked on “The Holy Trinity” painted in oil on canvas from 2006 to 2008 for St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Jensen Beach, FL. The painting is 30’ by 9.5’ and was installed above the altar. Five more paintings were done of Saints and the Holy Family completed by 2013. Each of these five paintings were 10ft x 9.5 ft. “This was a project of love for my church”.   Helping People Succeed chose several pieces of her art work for their Florida calendars.   She sells her artworks to collectors in Canada, Italy and the US.  Carol has exhibited in the Abbot Tract Artist Gallery (St. Augustine, FL), Backus Gallery ( Ft. Pierce, FL), The Elliot Art Museum ( Stuart, FL), and the Florida State Capitol Gallery (Tallahassee, FL).  Her work can be seen at Hobe Sound Fine Art League Gallery, and Rare Earth Gallery in Stuart, FL.

Sue Klahne 

Sue is an ocean inspired artist who currently enjoys exploring the many techniques associated with fluid art. Acrylic and resin are her primary mediums used to create aerial views of the ocean.  Much of her work is abstract in nature; however, the ocean, the ebb and flow of tides, wave formation and the many shades of blue associated with the sea can be seen throughout Sue’s body of work.  “I love all things blue and find my inspiration in nature and travel, whether it be to the cold waters of Alaska or the warm waters of the Caribbean. It is my desire that the viewer of my work, experience the calm and serenity that the creative process affords me”.

 

 

“Waves of Hope” by Sue Klahne

 

Raised in Connecticut and relocated to Florida with her family in her early twenties, she is a retired graphic designer, who, prior to raising two children, worked as an Art Director at a local advertising agency. Sue holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a major in Graphic Design. Although trained in a variety of mediums, she loves the chemistry involved in working with acrylic and silicone, which along with paint density and manipulation create interesting abstract pieces.  Working with tinted epoxy resin and a torch, she creates beautiful aerial views of the ocean which rival that of Mother Nature. In addition to fine art, Sue’s creations can be found on her “functional art” which range from ocean inspired furniture to charcuterie boards. Her paintings are largely inspired by the beautiful blue hues of the ocean which appeal to her senses and influence her creativity. Sue finds inspiration in nature and traveling, whether to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the turquoise icebergs of Alaska or cruising the Caribbean.

 

 

Sue has sold her work internationally, in addition to exhibiting locally in festivals, museums, businesses, pop-up shows and gallery settings as well as opening her home studio for the Martin County Open Studio Tour. She is an active member in several local art organizations, including the Martin Artisan’s Guild, Soul Arts Society, and Arts Council of Martin County. Sue is an advocate for Mental Health and Addiction Awareness and aims to break the stigma associated with both. She uses art to maintain personal wellness and often donates percentages of her sales to non-profits such as American Federation for Suicide Prevention or NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). Sue believes God has called her to use the talent He has given her to help encourage and inspire others and give back to organizations which she is so passionate about.  She creates unique pieces of fine art as well as commission work. 

(772) 485-5957  Visit her website: sueklahnecustomartwork.com 

https://www.instagram.com/suewilsonklahne/

https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Klahne-Artwork  Email: sue.klahne@gmail.com

 

 

Chris Kling 

 

“Being an artist is not just my career.  It is an integral part of who I am and is something that I am compelled to do reflecting my interest in boats, water, nature, and the human figure.  I work in oil primarily in a traditional manner but with a contemporary flair through color, composition, value, and application of paint. Color sings to me and I try to use its harmony to connect to others.  I love to paint plein air (on location) landscapes which helps my studio work retain an authenticity that only comes from observation from life.  In my portraiture work, I strive to show not only their appearance but also a part of their personality and when I do this I know it is a successful painting that a family can cherish for years to come. Painting, to me, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us and life around us”.

 

 

“Boy Voyager” by Chris Kling

 

Chris has received numerous awards from shows for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the U.S. and with the Portrait Society of America. She has received hundreds of commissions for oil portraits and landscapes and her work is in numerous private and corporate collections in the U.S. as well as in international collections. She served as one of the “Florida’s Finest Ambassadors” for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (2018), and was an Invited Artist in the New Smyrna Paint Out (2018), Delray Plein Fun Fest (2019), and won Best Seascape in the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival (2019). Chris was juried into the AIS 20th Annual National Exhibition 2019 at the Salmagundi Club in NYC , the NOAPS Small Works National Exhibition, OPA Eastern Regional 2019, and the OPA National Exhibition 2020.  She currently teaches Plein Air and Oil Portraiture workshops at The Artist’s Nook in Stuart,FL. 

 

Chris is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and Plein Air Palm Beach. Chris has work in several galleries in Florida and you may see her work on Facebook, at Chris Kling Studio and at her website. Locally she is represented by Palm City Art and Frame and is owner of Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor of Stuart, FL. www.chrisklingartist.com .Email:  cbkling@bellsouth.net, or call 772-678-6949 (gallery), or 772-285-7826 (cell).

 

Sophie Ledemé

Sophie is a French artist born in Martinique, raised in France, and lives in Stuart, FL.Her traditional visual arts training includes several art studios as well as extensive studies at the School of the Museum of the Louvre in Paris, France. These studies profoundly enriched Sophie’s artistic and cultural knowledge and encouraged her travel from prehistoric times to modern times all over the world discovering a vast array of fascinating artistic, cultural, historical, and religious movements.  She owned a professional photography studio focusing primarily on outdoor candid portraits where light and movement played an essential role. Today, Sophie is back to painting with an abstract expressionist bent, bringing a vision of the world that is very colorful, vibrant, animated, sensual, complex and simple at the same time. Her creativity is expressed through the power of instinctive imagination guided by a spiritual connection.

 

 

 

“Ocean Life Happiness” by Sophie Ledemé

 

 

“In the process, I have discovered the pleasure of energies flowing freely.My paintings represent these vibrations of energies, emotions, and the connectedness with all that surrounds us. Colors flow evoking a dance connecting all elements of nature through their vibrations. Even though my art is mostly abstract, it easily brings to mind specific images of underwater scenes, plants and flowers, and the spiritual realm where all things physical originate. The flow of colors and their shapes speak to the soul and takes us to another dimension”.

 

I know a painting is finished when it brings me serenity, harmony and joy because then I am connected to the universe with all its energetic, complex, and sensual glory. Sophie uses mostly fluid media like inks to convey the dance of colors, elements, and feelings that are in perpetual movement. She includes metallics (mostly gold) to highlight the flickering of energies and she uses acrylics and textures for the dimension they add. Matisse and Kandinsky are two of her favorite painters for their colors, shapes, movement, and the overall energy that is so powerful in their work.  Sophie is exhibiting her work in France and in Florida and has sold paintings internationally.  E-mail : soledeme@gmail.com Tel : 772.263.0230   Instagram : @sophieledeme     Website : www.sophieledeme.com

 

 

Sheryl Levine 

 

Sheryl Levine works as a Mixed Media Artist. Her works are of the Landscape, Narratives and Intuitive Art. She is  the owner/designer of Orchid Art & Jewelry Design.  “My artwork is a fusion of traditional media, experimental mixed media, digital images and photography, which has all become a narrative of my life’s journey expressed through my art making. I intentionally allow the viewer to see my creative process. My finished paintings and 3D  works have evidence of layers of transformation with exposed underpainting, drawing and collage. I use mostly earthy hues, and those of nature, with contrast created by the juxtaposition of texture and media. My art is both abstract and representational. The two styles have supported each other like a dance where each takes a turn to lead”.

 

 

“Santa Fe” by Sheryl Levine

 

 

Sheryl most recently participated in the Martin County Open Studio Tour at the Palm Room in January, 2020. She has actively exhibited her work in New York City: American Artists Professional League and Salmagundi Club, Westchester and Putnam County, New York: Paramount Center for the Arts, Gallerie JJENTH, Garrison Art Center, Putnam Arts Council, Brush, Chisel & Lens and Hudson Valley Art Association’s 64th and 65th Annual Exhibitions. In Florida, Sheryl exhibited at the Kennedy Gallery in Key West, Masterpiece Gallery in Boca Raton, Women in the Visual Arts, Artists Showplace Cooperative Inc. and the Lake Worth Art League, Lake Worth. Sheryl also exhibited her work in a two-person show at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville, NY.

 

Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology and has won awards nationally. In addition to studying at numerous art schools in New York City and abroad, Sheryl graduated with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Hunter College. She received her Master’s Degree in Art Education from Manhattanville College. Sheryl retired from teaching art in Brewster, NY and was named the NY State Art Teachers Association’s Region 7 Art Educator of the Year. She continued to teach children and adults at the Katonah Art Center (Goldens Bridge, NY) where she also acted as Gallery Director of the Anderson Chase Gallery from 2016-2017.

 

Lynn Morgan

“Before I begin a painting, I already have an idea in my head about the subject matter, which is often inspired by photos taken on one of my adventures”.  Lynn begins with a loose sketch using a dark hard pastel, blocks in dark and light shapes with hard pastels, and then washes  over the entire underpainting with denatured alcohol which creates the lovely drips, splashes and patterns that she incorporates into the finished painting. “When I think the painting is complete, I leave it on the easel until the next day, when I will undoubtedly see adjustments that need to be made.  I ask myself a series of questions about design and composition.  Does the work convey the emotion I felt when I saw the scene in person?  Does it convey the emotion I felt when I imagined the idea?  Depending upon my response to these questions, I will then make further adjustments or declare it complete and sign it”.

 

For Lynn, creating art is an integral part of her philosophy of being consciously aware of the world around her.  Lynn has been creating art all of her life.  Until her retirement from the corporate world, art was one of her hobbies. By attending classes and workshops, she learned techniques that have evolved from realistic renderings to a much more abstract style.  Lynn loves to travel the world and is considered quite the adventurer by her friends.  Her works are inspired by the sights and sounds of her travels to various parts of the world.

 

 

“Palm Pods” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

Lynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management.  She tried flying a plane, playing guitar and piano, playing golf, SCUBA diving and sailing, but she always came back to painting. Lynn took classes with Garri Katz, Barbara Nechis, and Robbie Laird.  An instructor at Palm Beach State College introduced her to pastels.  She was hooked on the look of the pastel sticks, the feel of the medium in her hand with no brush as a go-between, and the brilliant color that clings to the tooth of the paper. In her studies with Margaret Dyer, her style evolved into a looser, more abstract one.  As her travels increased, Lynn began painting landscapes.  She has studied with Miroslav Antic, Terri Ford, Casey Klahn, Aline Ordman, Jen Evenhus and Tony Allain.  Her style continues to move toward more abstraction in both landscape and figurative works. 

 

Lynn is a full-time artist and a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida Artists Group (FLAG), Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA), Martin Artisans Guild, and is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America.  She exhibits both locally and nationally and has won awards at several exhibits.  Lynn is currently represented by GalleryVibe in Naples, FL, and she teaches pastel classes and workshops at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL. 

 

 

Sally Browning Pearson  

“When I saw my first watercolor Painting I was hooked.  Several years of watercolor painting and acceptance in juried shows, brought success and confidence. People then ask me to teach, which terrified me, but the terror soon disappeared and I discovered my second love. Satisfaction and reward come from watching my students “get it” while composing and painting.  Those small “Oh…I see” moments are wonderful.Art is the love of my life.  Watercolor painting is how I express myself.   It is a demanding medium, challenging me one moment and delighting me the next. I love it. Sally has been teaching adults from her home studios, art leagues and condo complexes since 1995.  She has taught workshops at the J.C. Cambbell Folk School (NC), Pocohauntaus Art League (WV) and Greenbrier Artists League (WV).

 

 

“Frangi Pangi” by Sally Browning Pearson

 

 

Sally’s most influential teacher was Eloise Gardner Giles, Dunellen, Florida.  Eloise was taught by Edgar Whitney, (one of the greatest watercolor teachers of our time).  She took lessons from her for two years before she went out on her own to sell her artwork.  Sally’s artwork has been in many galleries in FL and you can only find her on line.  Sally teaches the principals and elements of design as well as the techniques of painting with watercolor.  Sally is a great teacher because she loves what she does and nothing pleases her more that to see you succeed with watercolor!

 

Currently she spends most of her time teaching, but you can make an appointment to buy any of her art work by calling her.  Sally resides in Port St. Lucie, FL.  Email her at sallybpearson@gmail.com772-340-3728  or information about Sally can be found on Facebook, Instagram or on her Blog: sallyspaintings.blogspot.com/. On the blog you will find many photos of her studios and her students working and many of her demos.  Call or email for an appointment or for her teaching schedule.

 

Chad Periman

Originally from Kansas City, MO, Chad has been practicing automotive repair and refinishing from the age of 15 and developed an appreciation of the beauty in things we think of as damaged or broken.  “My contemporary art includes recycled and repurposed sculpture, mixed media assemblage, and photography. The medium is the subject, which speaks as a visual meditation through a mantra of shapes and colors to convey its truth. Subjects are chosen or repurposed with a sense of movement and action, to heighten the awareness of the potential that exists in every object, just as in every person”.

 

“Themes of creation, destruction, loss and redemption resonate with the intimacies of the human existence to explore inspirations including the foundations of western thought, our world today, and visions of the near future. When we encounter the true wonders of nature, the beauty we behold transcends our intellects and reaches directly to our hearts. I desire a similar response from viewers of my work to provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the natural world”.

 

 

 

“Post in Blue” by Chad Periman

 

 

A professionally trained automotive collision repair and custom refinish technician with over 30 years’ experience, Chad attended Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI), 2016. His professional artistry has grown in scope as well as in garnering attention from around the U.S.  He is a member of  Martin County Artists Guild,  Martin County Arts Society, ArtServe (Ft Lauderdale, FL) and is a Founding Member of the Soul Arts Society, Stuart, FL.

Chad’s Solo, group and other juried exhibitions include prestigious venues around the U.S.: The Martin Artisans Guild Summer Salon, Elliot Museum (Stuart, FL), Zolla – Lieberman Gallery (Chicago, IL), University of Indiana (Richmond, IN), Palm Room (Stuart,FL), Continuum 2019 and 2020 (WPB, FL), All Florida Juried Arts Show (Stuart, FL), Blanco +1 at Arts Warehouse (Delray Beach, FL),  Summer Salon 2018 and 2019 (Stuart, FL), Chetola Lake Sculpture walk (NC), The Box Gallery (WPB, FL),  ArtSpace (Port St Lucie, FL), ArtLive 2018 and 2019 (Stuart, FL), Contemporary Visions of the Industrial, The Frank (Pembroke Pines, FL),  ArtFind! (Stuart, FL),  Art exhibition, (Lake Worth, FL),  Art of Association at Lighthouse Art Center (Tequesta, FL),  Avant Garde exhibition at ArtServe (Ft Lauderdale, FL), Reflect exhibition at Art Serve (Ft. Lauderdale,FL) Free On The Inside exhibition at Arts Warehouse (Delray Beach, FL), Notes Music Room – SOLO photography show (Stuart, FL), Evening on Antique Row (WPB, FL), Art Synergy’s  Solar Lawn Art Show (Delray Beach, FL),  Martin County Open Studio Tour (Stuart, FL), Red Eye Untamed Arts Festival, Ft. Lauderdale Art Bravo at Art Serve Gallery (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Art Florida II: Abstractions at The Box Gallery, (WPB,FL), Oxbow Nature Center (Port St. Lucie, FL), and Nest Gen 2016 Bi-annual in Miami, FL.

Contact Chad at:  Perimanart.com    FB: chad Periman (arts) IG: chad_periman Phone/text 352-316-5551

 

 

 

Danuta Rothschild 

Danuta tells us, ” While I am creating my art, I step in a space that allows me to connect to the Universe; to tap into the unknown. My intention is that the viewer will not only see carefully chosen colors, images, shadow and light, but will step with me into the magic of the moment, that they will feel excitement of unplanned surprises that show up on the canvas. The excitement that fulfills me when I am creating”. 

“Connection” by Danuta Rothschild

 

 

Billie-Jo Thomson

 

Billie is an award winning artist who was born and educated in Canada. Billie earned a diploma in fine arts at Central Technical College in Toronto majoring in 3-D. She studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. While raising a family, Billie continued to paint and participated in many solo and group shows and garnered a number of awards. Billie, an accomplished mural artist, also completed a number of commissions for both corporate and private clients.

 

In 2010 Billie became a paint coordinator in the film industry, creating the wonderful scenic worlds of notable films including “The Magicians”, “Big Eyes”, “Continuum”, “The Confirmation” and many others. Billie also painted commissioned pieces featured in two Tim Burton films, “Big Eyes” and “Miss Peregrines Home for peculiar Children”.  Billie currently splits her time between Vancouver Canada and Jensen Beach, FL. Billie’s current inspiration is the spirit of the ocean, the skies and the natural beauty of the tropics.

 

“Palm” by Billie-Jo Thompson

 

 

 

Billie shares, ” My life journey has always been about making art. From bronze sculptures and ceramic work to mural painting and visual commissions in the film industry, I have filled my life with art. This process has validated itself for me by earning a number of awards and commissions throughout my career. I am a classically trained visual artist, having completed numerous courses in various institutions in the 1980’s. I now immerse myself in the medium of oil painting as a way to express my vision in a variety of subject matter. My life search has left me in a place where painting elevates my spirit daily and I am able to translate my life experiences onto the canvas in new and uplifting ways”.

 

 Carolyn Walsh

Ceramic artist Carolyn Walsh was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  At a young age,  she was inspired by her Aunt Jean, a ceramic sculptor.  Even though her life took another direction, she always longed to be a working artist.  She became a Pediatric Physical Therapist and a devoted mother of three.  In 2003, she was able to pursue her dream, after all her children went off to college.  She began working and learning at the Pottery of Carlee Weston and Friends, honing her craft for the last 17 years. 

 

“Faces” by Carolyn Walsh

 

 

As a studio trained artist, she taught hand building and began to show her work.  She showed her work at Molly’s House winning a 3rd place ribbon in mixed media and at the Lighthouse Arts Center juried show where she won a 2nd place ribbon in ceramics.  She has also shown her work at the Beanie Backus Gallery Best of the Best Show, Spring Pop Up Show with the Martin Artisan Guild, Summer Salon at the Martin Arts Council,  the Fall Pop Up Show  and most recently the December Art Exhibit at the Palm Room with the Martin Artisan Guild. Carolyn has recently opened her own ceramic studio, My Little Pottery, in Palm City Farms. 

 

 

 

“The Gold Coast” by Curt Whitcar

 

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

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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Arts Council Of Martin County Invites You To Its Members Exhibit Via Virtual Gallery, June 19 – July 31

The Arts Council of Martin County shares their Annual Visual Artist Members Exhibit available now through July 31, 2020.  Due to Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, the Court House Cultural Center and its galleries are closed to the public. As such, this exhibit will showcase the talented artist of our community via a virtual gallery.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks and the links to see this uplifting exhibit! You can get up very close to each item in this exhibit and many are for sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arts Council of Martin County 

Presents:

 

 

 

 

Direct Virtual Gallery link: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/1165218/members-showcase

Or Visit:

 Facebook event page: https://bit.ly/2UUxq6p

 

 

“Fat Minnow” by Robert Moore

 

 

Participating Member Artists:

Leo J. Arbeznik
Kathryn Bell
Lynn Bell
Mallo Bisset
Sally Browning Pearson
Nanette Carton
Judy Coffman
Suzanne Connors
Laura Kay Darvill
Adrienne Davis
James J. DeMartis
Evangelia Deslis
Jann Dobkin Rudd
Sharon Ferina
Thomas Forster
Lois Friel
Dot Galfond
Torenzo Gann
Katie Gianni
Dave Goldstein
Eduardo Gomez Rojas
Maria Gullberg-McCadden
Sharon Mroz Hopek
Rebecca Hose
Carol Hughes
Gisela Hunnicutt
Heather Ivins
Anne Johann
Renee Keil
Carol Kepp
Sue Klahne
Chris Kling
Anita Lamb
Jane Lawton Baldridge
Sophie Ledemé
Angela M. Leggio
Randy Lenna
Sheryl Levine
Barbara Z. Lyons
Debra  Mannhalter
Joseph E. Marmo
Brent McAhren
Maria G Miele
Robert Moore
Amber Moran
Lynn Morgan
Chad Periman
Tom Prestopnik
Mary Lou Pults
Sharon Raab
Patricia Reagan
Ronald Renner
Barbara Schmitz
Patrice Scott
Jordan Silvia
Geoffrey C. Smith
Nancy Smyth Yannetti
Mark Stall
Billie-Jo Thomson
Nadia Utto
Marian Vitale
Lisa P. Young

 

 

 

Questions Contact Jennifer at 772.287.6676 ext 2 or jhearn@martinarts.org

 

About The Arts Council of Martin County:

A private, non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, The Arts Council of Martin County is supported in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners and private contributions. Its activities include:

  •   Cultural assessment and planning services to arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, and the communities the local arts agency represents;

  •   Promotion of arts and cultural events or opportunities;

  •   Collaborations that benefit the community at large and provide greater quality and access to arts and cultural programs and opportunities;

  •   Programs, projects, or initiatives such as arts in education, lifelong learning, art in public places, marketing and community outreach.

www.martinarts.org

 

 

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Whitespace Is Open And Offering 40% Off All COL-LECT Jewelry!

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection is open and offering 40% off all Col-lect Jewelry!  They have huge inventory!  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

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Artsy Bags Opens World Wide Call To Artists For Luxury Handbags. License Your Artwork Now

Artsy Bags announces the launch of its luxury Handbag Project!  The Rickie Report shares a world wide call to visual artists who want to license their artwork to be used for Summer and Fall Collections!  We share the details and some sneak peeks here.

Your bag says who you are… Express yourself!

 

 

 

To Apply:

Please email up to 3 images to: artsybags@artsybags.net

Name  __________________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________

Phone: ____________________________________

Address:  _____________________________________    __________________

                     Street                                                                                               Apt.

  

 _____________________________  _______     _____________      ________

               City                                                              State              Zip Code                      Country

Website:  ____________________________________________________

 

Artist statement: _______________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

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Image Specifications

  • At least 1400 pixels, preferably 1920 pixels, on the longest edge
  • Under 5 MB
  • File types accepted: JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIFF
  • Between 72 and 300 dpi
  • Each Image file must include your Last name, First Name, Title, Medium

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

Marvin Leventhal,  Chief Baggologist

Artsy Bags

https://artsybags.net

Your bag says who you are… Express yourself!

 

 

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Sharon Koskoff Fosters Community With Innovative “Alone Together: A Corona Crises Collage”

Sharon Koskoff has created a unique art exhibit, “ALONE TOGETHER: A Corona Crises Collage” by inviting area artists to submit photos of their original works of art. The 6″ x 6″ images have been merged into a 5′ x 30 ‘ large scale mural which will be seen at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth Beach.  Available June 13 through July 18, it can be viewed virtually with an Opening Interview and Overview on Saturday, June 13 via FaceBook and Instagram.  Art lovers and patrons can purchase a print-on-demand (includes shipping) photo of their choice to benefit the PBC Artist Relief Fund.  The Rickie Report is excited to have taken part in the initial Call to Artists and cannot wait to see the finished mural! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Council Website / Artist Exhibition

 

By:

Sharon Koskoff

 

 

“Alone Together: A Coronavirus Crisis Collage”

… A Socially Distant Installation

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 13, 2020

 1:00 PM

 

 

LIVE Virtual Online Interview Opening ~ Facebook & Instagram

 

 

LIVE Facebook… https://facebook.com/palmbeachculture

LIVE Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/palmbeachculture/

 

 

 

Mural Dimensions:   30-feet wide by 5-feet tall

Collage Inclusions:   164 Six-inch Squares

Submissions by:   113 PBC Artists

 

 

Benefitting PBC Artist Relief Fund

 

 

June 13 – July 18, 2020

 

 

 

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Florida

 

 

 

Community Artist, Sharon Koskoff spent March, April & May 2020, COVID-19 quarantine time, creating a three-dimensional, mixed-media, mural installation. Koskoff sent out a Call to Artists online and incorporated 164 six-inch square artworks submitted by 113 artists. The works were created “during or inspired by“ their time ALONE in the pandemic crisis. She felt the need to connect with other artists and inspire creativity during this unprecedented and isolating experience. She says, “My goal is to keep all artists productive and working! I built this large-scale mural in the confines of my home, while communicating with other artists, and within the limitations of my computer, printer and ordering materials online. This undertaking has given me a great sense of sanity, in this insane world!” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Koskoff tells The Rickie Report,  “While living alone with underlying health issues and a stay-at-home order in Delray Beach, I knew I had to stay connected and stay active! As a community motivator and public mural artist, I challenged other Palm Beach County artists to submit a square- sized creation of something relevant that they had made or that inspired them during quarantine. The overwhelming results have kept my creative spirits intact while giving participants a sense of pride, purpose and recognition”.

 

 

 

A is for Antibodies that fight infection

L is for always for Love

O is for keeping your Mask ON!

N is for the New Normal

E is for Education & Empathy TOGETHER 2020

 

500 Hours

164 Six-Inch Squares

139 Headlines Honoring those in Heaven

113 Artists

72 Days of Quarantine

36 Toilet Paper tubes 9 Cut-Outs

 

 

 

Prints of the individual pieces are for sale on the Council’s website, www.palmbeachculture.com

To benefit the Council’s Artist Relief Fund, which provides small grants to creative professionals in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enthusiastically, we are all connected through the internet.

 

 

Prints of the individual pieces are for sale on the Council’s website, www.palmbeachculture.com

to benefit the Council’s Artist Relief Fund, which provides small grants to creative professionals in need.

 

For more information:

Sharon Koskoff is an arts instructor of mixed media collage at Creative Arts School at Old School Square in Delray Beach and an Honorary Lifetime member of WITVA.

www.BySharon.com

www.ArtDecoPB.org

www.ArtintheAlley.org

Studio 561 276-9925    Cell 561 699-7899

Email to:  BySharon@icloud.com

Be Safe and Feel Free to connect with Sharon at BySharon@ArtDecoPB.org

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Executive Director, Alyona Ushe

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has named its new executive director, Alyona Ushe after a lengthy national search.  Ushe began her career by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. In South Florida, as President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC),  she grew the organizational budget to over $3 million. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million Cultural Center. The Rickie Report welcomes Alyona and looks forward to working with her and the St Lucie Cultural Alliance team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are thrilled that Alyona Ushe will be putting her energy, creativity, and extensive experience to move St. Lucie County’s Alliance to an entirely new level of commitment to the community it serves,” said Rebecca Miller, Chair of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Board of Directors.

 

Ushe brings over twenty years of leadership experience in launching and growing distinctly different organizations for both nonprofit institutions and municipalities. As the Alliance’s Executive Director, Ushe will lead the implementation of the SLCA strategic plan, establish and cultivate strong partnerships with artists, organizations, events, and groups in St. Lucie County, and work towards engaging compelling arts and education experiences for residents and visitors alike.

 

“SLCA’s overwhelming success since its reincarnation is remarkable. Neil Levine, SLCA Interim Executive Director, has done an outstanding job in developing a powerful road map for the vision and direction of the organization,” said Ushe. “I am honored to take over the reins and continue to build on the great accomplishments while developing new initiatives to strengthen St. Lucie County’s cultural economy and support the local creative community.”

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new executive director, Alyona Ushe

 

 

 

 

With Ushe’s expertise and years of experience, it is foreseen that she will have no problem filling the big shoes of Dr. Neil Levine, who has been the interim director since the organization reestablished in 2018.  “I’ve been delighted to have had the opportunity to assist the cultural alliance by developing organizational structure and strategic development, resulting in significant momentum. And I am pleased that foundational work is to be built upon by a true professional. I feel sure that Alyona will further develop the alliance into a benchmark organization we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Levine.

 

Ushe began her career in the arts by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. There she produced over 100 original productions and organized the company’s participation at numerous festivals, including the International New York Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival in Washington, DC. She created and implemented extensive education outreach programs, praised on the floor of the US House of Representatives, resulting in significant Federal Appropriation funding.

 

In South Florida, she was the President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC), where she grew the organizational budget from $250,000 to over three million in under five years. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million cultural center. Previously, Ushe was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.

 

About St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) is the professional organization representing the arts and cultural sector in St. Lucie County. SLCA’s mission is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic wellbeing of St. Lucie County. SLCA is a proud partner of The City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, St. Lucie County Tourism Division, and Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Avenue  Fort Pierce, FL 34982

www.artstlucie.org

 

 

 

 

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