Elliott Museum Showcases Original Artworks From 26 Members Of Martin Artisans Guild, Including Paintings, Glass, And Wearable Art. Opening Reception Is Thursday, April 14

The Elliott Museum invites the public to its newest exhibit, “Art Down The Hall”  for the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14, 2022.  Noteworthy and eye-catching creations of the twenty-six members of the Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) include paintings as well as wearable art pieces. This exhibit is available through June 27, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 










Thursday, April 14, 2022

5:30  to  7:30 PM




Elliott Museum

825 N.E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL


 772-225-1961 ● elliottmuseum.org

Hours: Daily 10 am – 5 pm; Closed Major Holidays



The exhibit will be up through June 27, 2022  during museum hours.



Suggested Donation Is $5.00 







The Elliott Museum announces a new collaboration with the Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) with the new exhibit, “Down The Hall”.  The public is invited to enjoy live music, appetizers and a cash bar at the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14.  The exhibit is available for viewing through June, 27, 2022.











Jane Lawton Baldridge – Acrylic Painting      

Jeanine Baum – Oil Painting

Michaelann Bellerjeau – Oil Painting

Kimberly Beltrame – Oil on Canvas

Mallo Bisset – Oil on Canvas

Deborah Bottorff – 3D Acrylic Mosaic on Canvas

Janis Clary – Acrylic on Canvas

Diana Rell Dean – Pastel

James J. DeMartis – Watercolor

MJ Dowling – Acrylic on Canvas

Dot Galfond – Kiln Formed Glass

Torenzo Gann – Collage

Renee Keil – Acrylic Inks/Pastel

Carol Kepp – Oil Painting

Sue Klahne –  Acrylic & Resin

Sheryl Levine – Collagraph

Maria G Miele – Oil on Canvas

Mary Mirabito – Oil on Canvas

Lynn Morgan – Pastel 

Sally Browning Pearson – Watercolor

Chad Periman – Photography

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez  – Fiber Art/ Handloom Knit

Danuta Rothschild – Acrylic on Canvas

Mark A. Stall – Photography

Curt Whiticar – Oil Painting

Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill  – Jewelry








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

The Martin Artisans Guild


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

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





About the Historical Society of Martin County:

Since 1955, the Historical Society of Martin County has served as a guardian of local history and a cultural center by operating the Elliott Museum, (825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart) and the House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert’s Bar, (301 SE MacArthur Blvd., Stuart) which opened in 1876 and served as a haven for shipwrecked survivors. The Elliott Museum seeks to preserve and celebrate the region’s colorful history by presenting an eclectic mix of traveling and rotating permanent exhibits, lectures and experiential events. The House of Refuge’s mission is to educate the public about the historical significance of Martin County’s iconic landmark and to ensure its historical integrity and preservation. For more information, go online to www.elliottmuseum.org or call 772-225-1961.





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Wellington Art Society Features Stained Glass Demo by Marcia Greene Wednesday April 13 And Two Art Exhibits With An Opening Reception On April 26. Public Is Invited To Free Events

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) features a presentation on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 by stained glass artist Marcia Greene. Marcia is part of a therapeutic treatment team that encourages and guides clients to use various artistic mediums to create their own works of art to work through their issues. On Tuesday, April 26 you are invited to a free Opening Reception for “Dazzle” ( at Wellington City Hall) and “Love 4 Art” (at the Wellington Community Center). Two venues – one great night- including a Demo by Heather Bergstrom and art sale!  Proceeds help fund WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. WAS knows how to express itself!  Are you a member yet? The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




Public Is Invited To



Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  April 13 , 2022



5:30 pm


Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL






Stained glass by Marcia Greene




All events open to members and non-members


For more information contact: Laura Jaffe, presidentofwas@gmail.com



Social  distancing  will  be  observed  and  masks  are  required


Stained glass artist Marcia Greene is originally from New York City. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts with an emphasis on sculpture and jewelry design from SUNY Albany, NY in 1971. When Marcia began working with glass in 1978, she found it to be the ideal medium for her, as it incorporated the three-dimensional aspect of sculpture with the detail and glitter of jewelry making, and she has made it the focus of her art ever since. Besides utilizing thousands of types of glass, Marcia enhances many pieces with metal accents and embellishments and other media such as geodes, crystals, stones, and shells. Marcia says, for her, “design inspiration is everywhere: nature, real life, photos, [my own] imagination,” and her style can run the gamut from Victorian to modern abstract, making each work a different and fascinating experience. 






Stained glass by Marcia Greene




In addition to being an artist, Marcia is a Registered Nurse Board Certified in Psychiatry and Mental Health and currently works in a local Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Facility. Marcia is part of a therapeutic treatment team that encourages and guides the clients with substance abuse and mental health issues to use various artistic mediums to create their own works of art to work through their issues. She believes that art and the act of creating has a healing effect on people and is grateful to be able to use her knowledge and talents to help others.



To learn more about Marcia Greene and her stained-glass work:






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Opening     Reception:

Two     Spring     Exhibitions




Tuesday , April 26, 2022

5:00  –  7:00 pm


“Dazzle”  – Wellington  City  Hall

“Love  4  Art”  – Wellington  Community  Center




Two    venues    –    ONE    great   night!



Meet the artists and vote for your favorite artwork. There will be door prizes and refreshments to enjoy. See a live demo by acrylic artist, Heather Bergstrom. Boutique items by WAS members will be available for purchase during the reception. All artwork hanging in the exhibitions is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs.


Both art exhibits will be open daily to the public throughout the spring season. “Love 4 Art” runs NOW – May 17 at the Wellington Community Center. “Dazzle” runs from NOW – July 19 at Wellington City Hall. For more information about the exhibitions, please visit the Wellington Art Society’s website at www.wellingtonartsociety.org.

To arrange the purchase of artwork hanging in the exhibitions, please email presidentofwas@gmail.com.




Hartley Barnes

Betty Brodie

Neil Byrden

Laura Jaffe

Susan Mosely

Susan Oakes

Leslie Pfeiffer

Cindi Taylor

Elaine Weber

Linda Zolet







Hartley Barnes ⋅ Audrey Freedman ⋅ Charles Moses ⋅

Cindi Taylor ⋅ Heather Bergstrom ⋅ Stan Greenfield ⋅

Susan Oakes ⋅ Elaine Weber ⋅ Betty Brodie ⋅ Laura Jaffe ⋅

Leslie Pfeiffer ⋅ Jean Williard ⋅ Neil Byrden ⋅ Erica Kyle ⋅

Janine Sabinsky ⋅ Tammy Wolfson ⋅ David Ciofalo ⋅

Susan Mosely ⋅ Barry Stefan ⋅ Linda Zolet





The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 40th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org or email presidentofwas@gmail.com. 




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Maria Miele’s Artistry Is Featured At The Palm Beach Art, Antique & Design Showroom For Month Of April And At Palm Room May 4 Through End Of June

Maria Miele is a visual artist, painter, photographer, and design consultant, so what better place to find her artwork this month than at the Palm Beach Art, Antique & Design Showroom in Lake Worth! The monthly Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, April 7 and is open to the public at no charge. Make an Appointment with Maria  NOW through April 30, 2022.  Maria’s art is constantly evolving which is evident in the variety of subject matter and painting styles throughout the years. She will be at the Martin Artisan Guild’s Palm Room Gallery & Boutique in Stuart from Wednesday, May 4 through the end of JuneThe Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and more details about commissions and her new ethereal series.






500 N. Dixie Hwy   Lake Worth, FL 33460





Opening  Reception:

  Thursday, April 7, 2022




 4  –  7   pm



Now   through   April 30, 2022




“Key West Rooster” by Maria Miele













Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique



Opening  Reception:

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

5:30  –  7:30 pm




Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm

This exhibit is available May 4  – June 30, 2022

3746 SE Ocean Blvd.       Stuart, FL


Gallery is located at 3746 SE Ocean Blvd, Sewall’s Point in Harbour Bay Plaza, (east end of the Plaza, near Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar)





~~~  Make     An     Appointment     With     Maria  ~~~


Phone:  772.486.4229  or  mgmoriginalsfineart@gmail.com








Spending time with eclectic artist Maria Miele feels like a true moment of refreshment! Maria tells The Rickie Report, “My Paintings capture and interpret natural environments in an expression of color and minimal composition. My work is constantly evolving which is evident in the variety of subject matter and painting styles throughout the years. My subjects are often inspired by life, pop culture, bold composition and interpretive abstracts. What stays consistent is my passion for color and bold, minimal composition as evidenced in my photography”.








“Selfies” by Maria Miele capture the essence of each person she paints





Maria has chosen NOT to put herself in an artistic “box”, being typecast for a certain style or medium. The result is that one can see her creativity as it flows through her veins.  A rooster with a contemporary sparkle easily lives next to a serene and reflective piece on her easel.








Maria works closely with interior designers, decorators, and home owners to bring each space to life.





“Date Night Revisited” by Maria Miele


“Seeing Maria’s art in person is refreshing, breathtaking, and exciting all in one glance!”, shares a visitor to her studio.



Maria’s joie de vivre comes through in all of her creations. Each element in Maria’s journey has strengthened her to be the best “Maria” she can be!  While Maria doesn’t step away from the reality of the world, staying focused on the present is important to her…and that is what her artwork does for each viewer.



“Studio Reflections” by Maria Miele





Maria taught studio art and photography to students from elementary age through college and is an adjunct professor at Indian River State College. While Maria may have retired from teaching, she never retired from creating her own artwork. As she says with great enthusiasm, “I’m finally getting back to what I am meant to be doing!’





“Surrender to the Night” by Maria Miele




Photography has always been a vehicle for inspiration and experimentation and is the usual resource for her paintings. She says, “Being able to capture a place, or moment in time and transfer that to a 2-Dimensional surface is what I am called to do artistically. I often think of Picasso as my muse and motivator, not for his styles or even specific works but for the work ethic, the commitment to his art and the importance of making it authentic to what drives me to create a painting or capture an image”.  Maria offers photography bookings, family shoots, senior photos, and vacation travel shoots.






“Islamoralda” by Maria Miele


Always active in her community, Maria just added another exciting volunteer project to her resume, as she designs and paints a “Giving Tree” mural for the Children’s Advocacy Council in Port St. Lucie. This agency covers four counties, offering children’s advocacy.  The Ribbon Cutting takes place on April 30. Maria tells us that one of her most impactful experiences was teaching art to students in needy areas where creativity was undernourished.



Maria is an active member of  Martin Artisans Guild, Martin Arts, Gallery Committee for Courthouse Cultural Center, and St. Lucie Cultural Alliance. She has exhibited in international art shows including SPECTRUM Miami and is associated with Redwood Media Group. Maria has won several awards at the AE Backus Museum, Martin Arts venues.


For more about Maria’s artwork, commissions, or photo shoots:


Maria G. Miele


instagram: @mgmoriginals_fine_art





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Noelle McCarthy’s Endless Curiosity With Nature Can Be Seen At New Solo Exhibit At Eissey Campus Theatre Lobby Gallery In Palm Beach Gardens

Noelle McCarthy‘s “A Tribute to Nature” a Solo Art Exhibit brings the viewer up close with some stunning images. The Eissey Campus Theatre Lobby Gallery  exhibit opens April 2 and runs through May 1, 2022.  From her colorations to her innate understanding of her subjects, this Free Exhibit is not to be missed!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.







Noelle McCarthy, based in Delray Beach, FL. was born and raised in Clifden, Ireland, a small rural town on Ireland’s remote and rugged west coast known as “The Wild Atlantic Way”.  As a child she was surrounded by nature, many pets, seaside trips, mushroom picking in the fields with her Dad, and Sunday drives in the countryside with her Mom.  “I was captivated by art and any type of creativity at school, although art classes were few and far between.  In my teens, I was immersed in the horse culture going to shows and enjoying rides in the woods and open fields in Graiguenamanagh.  I later moved to Dublin to work as a Secretary and attend the College of Marketing and Design at night.  Wanderlust struck and then I just had to travel and did so for years, starting by working in Paris, London, Asia, Thailand and Australia and eventually ended up settling in the US”.






“Cactus Sunburst” by Noelle McCarthy




Her interest in art blossomed during classes with Talin Lyman.  With a curiosity and deep connection with nature, her mission is to bring awareness to the need to protect and preserve wildlife and their habitats. Noelle’s first commission was to paint 100 Hibiscus Blooms for the remodel of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, FL. A regular in Juried Group Art Exhibits, this is Noelle’s first Solo Exhibition – “A Tribute to Nature”.





Noelle tells The Rickie Report, ” With each painting there is always something that catches my eye, whether it is a pose or stance, striking color, or composition. My paintings are very personal and related to a meaningful worthy cause. The emotion can be empathy towards an animal and my desire to help, or it can be just a peaceful scene that I don’t want to leave behind.  As I explore the natural world I anticipate what my next creation will be.   Each painting is like an extension of me and there’s no better honor than for others to see or feel what I am trying to convey while appreciating nature’s beauty.  I want viewers to be touched by an inner connection that translates to their own lives.”




“Flamingo Stand Tall” by Noelle McCarthy




Working and traveling throughout Europe, Asia and Australia provided her with influences of diverse landscapes. Noelle loves the adventure of exploring and trips to the Everglades, Wildlife Refuges and Sanctuaries provide endless inspiration. She paints en plein air on Everglades Day annually at Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge and takes part in Endangered Exhibitions supporting wildlife organizations.  She shares, “I participate annually in the Center for Great Apes Endangered Art Contest, to promote and support their efforts to save animals”.




Painting in acrylic works well for her as it allows Noelle to paint boldly and vibrantly (and she likes that it dries quickly, so that colors can be layered with less wait time and with more control of the texture and consistency). Noelle’s painting compositions vary from up close and personal, to wide open landscapes leading you in. She is drawn to color, flow and movement and her style is Interpretative Realism sharing highly detailed subjects, but her work remains Expressive.  Attending an Artist Residency at Desert Mountain Retreat in New Mexico provided peace, solitude and much inspiration while experiencing the landscape of Georgia O’Keefe who she admires, along with South African wildlife artist, James Stroud.




“New Year’s Sunrise” by Noelle McCarthy



Noelle was featured in New Times “10 Best Visual Artists in Palm Beach County” and most recently featured in “Art Adventures of the Palm Beaches ‐ The Art of Making Place” TV show and currently LIVE “Creativity Takes Flight” show on PBC TV Channel 20. She is a member of  Artists of Palm Beach County, Plein Air Palm Beach Meet Ups, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Friends of Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge.




“Home Sweet Osprey” by Noelle McCarthy




Noelle’s artwork can be seen at the The FLOW Exhibition at Palm Beach International Airport Art Gallery through June 13, 2022 – celebrating the beauty, mystery, joy and life-sustaining benefits there are to experience throughout Palm Beach County’s diverse aquatic ecosystems. She is also in the Member’s Exhibit, Artists of Palm Beach County at Artworks, Northwood, now through April 11, 2022.





  • 2019 at Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge Annual “Loxahatchee Visions” Art Contest (Judge’s Honorable Mention for “New Year’s Sunset”).
  • 2019 at Artists of Palm Beach County “Members Exhibit” (Judge’s Honorable Mention for “Great Falls Reflections” and Featured Artist in  “Members Choice” Exhibit – for “Elephants in the Wild” & “Malayan Tiger”)
  • 2020 during the pandemic, “Home Away from Home” and “Chicklet” created during quarantine were incorporated into “Alone Together” a Corona Crisis Collage Exhibit by Artist Sharon Koskoff, a 164 piece collage mural at The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  Prints were sold to support the Council’s Artist Relief Fund. The collage can be seen “In Person” for the first time at Hatch 1121, LULA Art Gallery April 29 – June 13, 2022.
  • 2020 “Koala Care” in the Endangered Online Exhibition (Highly Commended Gallery).




For more information about this exhibit or to see Noelle’s other artworks:


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Palm Beach Watercolor Society Announces Call for Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) Art Show And Monthly Virtual Meeting With Marla Morrison From Winsor Newton

Palm Beach Watercolor Society (PBWS) announces a major coup as it shares a Call for  “A Show Of Many Colors” to be exhibited at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC). The public is invited to the exhibit which opens on April 22nd and runs through October 31, 2022. The Gala Reception takes place on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. If you are not yet a member of PBWS, this is the time to join!  The PBWS monthly virtual meeting will feature guest speaker from Winsor Newton, Marla Morrison on Thursday, April 14.  The Rickie Report shares all of these details and includes information about membership, so new members can apply to the BRIC exhibit! Deadline to apply is April 15, 2022.










MONTHLY  MEETING:   Thursday, April 14


Virtual Attendance 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


 Featuring: Marla Morrison

Marla Morrison


Meetings  Are  Open  To  Non-Members  

for a $5.   donation


For details please email:  pbws2021@gmail.com


Marla Morrison is a mixed media artist residing in Texas. For her, exploration of the myriad of art materials and techniques is a major source of inspiration. In her work, she seeks to show beauty through the colors, design, and behaviors of the materials. Marla is a teaching artist for The Fine Art Collective and has been for 20 plus years. Through this opportunity she’s learned scads about art materials and loves sharing that information with others. Her work is in collections throughout the US and in Canada.

The demo will cover some pigment history, color mixing, brush tips and techniques, and watercolor paper. See more of her work via Instagram @marlamorrisonart or her website marlamorrisonart.com




Public Reception at BRIC

Tuesday, April 26

5:30   to   7:30 PM

4950 Communications Ave.   Boca Raton, FL  33431




Adrienne Walker, PBWS President shares her excitement with The Rickie Report, “The public is invited to see the show which opens Tuesday, April 22nd and runs through October 31, 2022.  The BRIC is joining with us to have a fabulous reception with a cash bar on Thursday, April 26.  They saw the slide shows that PBWS has been exhibiting from the last two years of doing everything virtually and the rest is history!”


Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) is home to the birthplace of the first personal computer and was where a young Bill Gates secured a licensing deal with IBM for Microsoft’s operating system, “Project Chess”. Today, BRIC is a 1.7 million square foot office park with amenities such as cafes, event space, STEM lab, and a wellness center.


It is also the home of some of our PBWS members’ studios! In an ongoing effort to merge technology, innovation and the arts, BRIC has allocated permanent exhibit space to PBWS in one of their many buildings. Our exhibits will hang for a period of 6 months. Therefore, we will have 2 exhibits there per year.






Take-in: Friday, April 22, 2022   9:30-11:00
Pick-Up: Monday, October 31, 2022   9:30-10:30

Reception at BRIC on Tuesday, Apr. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 at 4950 Communications Ave.

Eligibility: Artists may enter up to 3 pieces of art. Minimum size 16 x 20, maximum size 48 x 60. Entry Fee: $35 plus 5% administrative fee for Cloud Folios.

Entry Rules: We will be using Cloud Folios to collect the artist information and payment, and to publicize the show. If you have not already done so, you must create a free Cloud Folios account on www.cloudfolios.com. Upload your images as a jpeg to the exhibition “A Show of Many Colors” (see instructions below).

Do not show any frame or mat in the image and ensure the image is correctly oriented, either horizontally or vertically. You may ONLY enter this show thru Cloud Folios (Instructions below).

Entries will be accepted on Cloud Folios from March 21 thru April 15.

NOTE: Paintings that have not been submitted on Cloud Folios will NOT be accepted at take-in.

Eligible Artwork: Watercolors, Acrylics, Inks or Collage made by an artist!s own artwork will be accepted. No oils, pastels, charcoal, drawings, photography, prints or giclees. Images should be of your original art only, and not created under instruction or copied from another artist!s work. Only your own, original photographs may be used for reference. Paintings that have been exhibited in prior PBWS shows are not eligible. No nudes please. Artwork can be greater than 3 years old!

Framing Requirements: Paintings on paper must be glazed with plexiglass or varnished. Glass will not be accepted. Works on other surfaces, if not framed, must have wrapped edges, with no staples showing. All work must be wired firmly, taped and ready to hang. All entries must remain hanging for the duration of the show.

Please include the following information on the back of your painting: Artist Name, Address, Phone, Email, Title of Painting, Media, Size and Price.

Juror: We are pleased to announce that Grace Gdaniec will be the juror. Besides being an established artist, Grace is currently the Arts Warehouse Manager. In that role, she curates exhibits, develops art programs and plans exhibits among her many roles.

Waiver of Liability: By submitting artwork into the exhibit, you agree to abide by all rules and regulations in this prospectus of the Palm Beach Watermedia Society. PBWS reserves the right to use artwork for publicity and promotion. PBWS is entitled to a 10% donation on the sale of any artwork during the exhibition.








 Before you begin, please make sure that your paintings are cropped so that the image does not include any matting or frame and that the image is not sideways or upside down. 

Log into www.cloudfolios.com and sign in or create a free account.

On the “My Cloud Folios” page

  • Hit “Create New Folio”

  • Name your folio

    • Enter a description or artist statement if you like (not necessary)

    • In “Style of Folio” enter “gallery”

    • In “Folio Privacy” hit “Make this folio public”

    • Hit “Save the Folio”

To enter an Exhibition:

  • Click on “Exhibitions” on the menu bar on the left

  • Find the exhibition you want to enter

  • Hit “Submit Your Work” on the bottom of the screen

  • Click on “Begin Submitting Artwork”

  • Find your photo on your pc or tablet and click on it to “choose” it

  • Click on Upload Artwork” or “Select Exiting Artwork”

  • Your work should now appear in your new Folio

    • Enter the title of your artwork

    • Enter the medium (ex. Watercolor)

    • Enter “Edition Size” which is 1

    • Enter Price (no dollar signs. Ex. 400.00)

    • Confirm that all of your information is correct

  • Enter your credit card details under “Submission Fee Payment”

    • (Note that a 5% processing fee is automatically added to the entry fee)


  • You will get a message that your work has been ”submitted”

Sign out of CloudFolios by choosing the logout button in the tool box in right hand corner.











For more information about PBWS:



Visit Our Art Gallery Here



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Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) Hosts 26th Annual Spring Celebration Of High School Art With Free Virtual Access April 8 And A Member’s Exhibit At Sugar Sand Park April 4 – May 2

Women in the Virtual Arts, (WITVA) will host two art exhibitions in April.  The 26th annual “Spring Celebration of High School Art” begins April 8, 2022 on WITVA’s YouTube channel. It showcases 75 students from 8 High Schools in Palm Beach County and 25 teachers. WITVA’s “Spring Into Art” at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, FL will offer an in-person exhibit running from April 4 – May 2, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you that WITVA is an artist networking organization and new members are always welcome!






26th Annual “Spring Celebration of

High  School  Art


“My Friend in a Tree” by Schaefer





April 8, 2022   Visit: WITVA





“Rising” by Dunn




“Johanna” by Wilson



    75     Students

    25     Teachers

8 Palm Beach County High Schools





“An Indistinct Muse” by Dominquez







  ~  Join us for a celebration of Spring


The talented artists of Women in the Visual Arts  ~









300 South Military Trail     Boca Raton, FL


Park Hours:  Mon – Sat: 8AM – 10PM   Sun: 8AM – 5PM

300 S Military Trail  Boca Raton, FL 33486

Phone 561-347-3900





Since the nineteen eighties, Women In The Visual Arts, has been an organization for artists of South Florida as an important link for our surrounding art community including our neighboring art students. Our organization has gone through changes  but what remains is that we have always been an organization with “heart”. Our members tell us that the community knows us as, “A very friendly group of women”, Vice President Sandy Ryter tells The Rickie Report.  

She shares, “We are planning to exhibit; showing our painters, sculptures, fine crafters and decorative artists.  We have fund-raising activities, arrange group painting sessions and craft times, and create art works to donate to community centers, hospitals and other facilities”. Check out our latest newsletter for updated events and where you can see some of our members’ work (virtually for now). WITVA is looking forward learning about other organizations to build a mutually satisfying relationship that will benefit all of us.  







Learn more about us:   WITVA.Org







Members shall be classified in one or five categories, namely: Artist Member, Life Member, Honorary Member, Associate Member and Adjunct Member. 

1. Artist Member: A women who has met all qualifications as stated in Article II, Section 1, and whose annual dues are paid up to date. This Artist Member may apply for exhibition in all shows. The Artist Member shall have all voting rights, privileges and benefits of membership. 

2. Life Member: An Artist Member may become a Life Member by paying a lump sum, designated by the Board, in a lump sum. A Life Member may apply for exhibition in all the shows.

3. Honorary Member: Past Presidents who have served two or more years shall be Honorary Members and shall maintain all voting rights and privileges without the payment of any further dues. Honorary Members may apply for all shows.

4. Associate Member: Any woman member of the general public who is interested in supporting the aims of WITVA is an Associate Member. This Associate Member may only apply for exhibitions in large, open juried shows as determined by the Board.

5. Adjunct Member: Friends and family members, male or female, may become an Adjunct Member as a supporter. This Adjunct Member may participate in general meetings, educational seminars and lectures, artist circles and other events as deemed appropriate by the Board. The Adjunct Member does not have voting privileges and is not eligible to hold office.




To learn even more about us, we invite you to visit WITVA.Org




WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  All Solicitations and donations are retained 100% by the organization. #SC-12388.  A Copy of the Official Registration and Financial Information May be Obtained from The Division of Consumer Services by Calling Toll-Free (800-435-7352) Within the State. Registration Does Not Imply Endorsement, Approval or Recommendation by the State.




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View New Collection Of Jewelry By Annemieke Broenink And Monies Collection At Whitespace With Special Trunk Show

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace The Mordes Collection announces an exciting new collection of jewelry pieces by the internationally renown artist, Annemieke Broenink and the Spring/Summer Collection by Monies.  The Trunk Show begins Monday, March 28 and continues on Thursday, March 31 and Saturday, April 2, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.















Learn more about Whitespace Collection


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MartinArts Foundation Seeks Nominations Of Adult Artists And Graduating High School Seniors For MartinArts Awards. Deadline Is April 15, 2022. Meet Neil Capozzi, One Of 2021 Awardees

MartinArts Foundation invites you to nominate ADULT ARTISTS or STUDENT ARTISTS in the visual, performing, or literary arts for a MartinArts Award! Since 2003, the MartinArts Awards, have been the premier celebration of the arts on the Treasure Coast, recognizing performance, visual and literary artistic excellence and those who help the arts flourish in our community.  Each year artists, philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders in the arts are honored with a MartinArts Award.  Deadline for nominations is April 15, 2022. The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks from last year and an interview with Neil Capozzi, one of the MartinArts Award recipients of 2021.














It takes a mix of artists, philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders weaving together to give the community a more vibrant, rich, and colorful texture. Over 170 award recipients have been honored since 2003!



Nominating is easy and only requires contact information and a 150-word paragraph about your nominee!





“In 2021, the Arts Leadership Award was given to Neil Capozzi for demonstrating a consistent driving force in keeping the arts alive in Martin County, both as the owner of Stuart Art Supply (and formerly Jay-Mar) and as a volunteer for decades, with many arts sector nonprofits and initiatives. He’s supported artists and has given his time, talent, and treasure in advocacy of a vibrant arts community. We were pleased to recognize Neil at the MartinArts Awards in 2021 for his outstanding leadership and service to our community.” –  Nancy K. Turrell, CEO, MartinArts Foundation.















TRR:  What were your artistic influences growing up?


I grew up in Waterbury CT, in a family of 5 children. I am the only artistic child except for a younger brother who is an interior designer. I have an undergraduate degree in biology and plant science with a minor in economics. I completed a graduate degree in business in 1992.  I was introduced to arts and crafts by attending summer art programs at our local museum. My parents noticed how much I enjoyed these Saturday mornings. When the program ended my parents found a local artist, Mrs. Benson who offered private lessons in her home. This instructor introduced me to watercolor and gave me my first plein air experience. After my time with Mrs. Benson, I moved on to Mrs. Hurley who offered classes in her basement on Friday nights. The class included other young people who learned about painting and drawing and some art history. I loved working in oil paint and pastel painting. I also took art classes in high school. Unfortunately, I had an art instructor in high school that dampened my artistic side that lasted for 25 years. After I took a workshop with some local artists in Stuart that awakened my dormant passion for painting. While I was in high school and college I worked in a retail shop Jay-Mar that I joined as a manager and later a partner that eventually expanded in arts and crafts. My art background worked well in our business of Arts & Crafts. The rest as we say is history.




TRR:  Do you have any favorite artists outside of Martin County?

NC:  I prefer impressionist masterworks. I enjoy collecting and supporting local artists. As a retailer of art materials, artists are always interested in bartering art for supplies.



TRR: What brought you to Martin County?


In 1991 my business partner felt that we needed to expand our Connecticut chain of Arts & Crafts supply stores to Florida. Our 1st store opened in Stuart Centre in 1991 and Palm Beach Gardens in 1992. Over time as the economy changed so did Jay Mar. I closed Jay Mar in Stuart in 2012. There is one store remaining in Waterbury, CT. When I closed Jay Mar in 2012 the artist community of professionals, teachers and students asked me not to give-up. If I made it work, they would support me. I in turn I felt that I need to support them back. I found this current location at 43 SE Kindred Street and opened Stuart Art Supply and Studio in November 2012. Since there isn’t an art center or an art school in our market, I created one. I offer the studio with reasonable rates so the teachers can offer classes at reasonable cost to the students. As for an art supply shop I worked with my vendors to be able to offer prices to compete with the online businesses. I hope I can say that I give great customer service, offer competitive prices, and give back to the community in service and financially. (I met a former manager of Jerry’s Artarama in WPB and he told me that they gave up marketing in the Martin-St. Lucie market due to the customer loyalty I built.)


TRR:  Tell us more about your involvement in the cultural community.



In 2013, I was asked to fill a vacancy on the Arts Council Board and I enjoyed being part of the organization and help it move forward. I primarily focus on MartinArts because it offers the best opportunity to the community. In the early days of Jay Mar and Stuart Art Supply I supported the local art leagues in Martin/St. Lucie, as some of the needed guidance in financial and technical support. Eventually, the Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) formed under the leadership of Suzanne Connors. I jumped in with all the support I could offer. The MAG Open Studio Tour offers artists in our community to reach collectors and buyers. MAG experienced some rough times ( I was devastated when the organization almost collapsed), encouraging them to not give up.  My advocacy as a member of the board of MartinArts helped guide them to the needed support. In 2022 MAG became a financial and volunteer supporter of ArtsFest.  After several years of receiving support from Women Supporting the Arts, they and their membership are active members of MartinArts.  For a short period, I was on the Board of the Palm Beach Gay Men’s Chorus as treasurer.  I put their financial affairs in order. During my tenure I told them to give up, as they were in a hole financially. Wow, that kick-started their financial recovery, and they are still performing today, 12 years later!  I am the recent part-Chair of the MartinArts Foundation and past chair of the ArtsFest Committee. I’m a member of the committee that is advancing the efforts to refurbish the 1923 Stuart High School as an Arts Center in Stuart.  My husband, Ken Capozzi and I will continue to offer our home for our semiannual “Dining Under The Oaks” fundraiser.



TRR:  How has the cultural scene changed and how can businesses benefit from partnering with the arts?



Since my arrival in Martin County , this was a sleepy community, not even the bedroom community to Palm Beach County as it is today. Our season community was/is primarily snowbirds but has grown to a more non-seasonal community. I often speak with people who come to visit or live here because of the thriving arts community. I firmly believe in the adage “The arts are good for business” – there is broad reach in the arts. Patrons and creators of art don’t wear uniforms like sports, but people notice art on the walls and listen to great music. Clients attend concerts and performances. Having your business associated with the cultural pillar of the community boosts morale and offers a reach to a wider audience.


TRR: What does The MartinArts Award mean?



Being recognized for sharing a passion for the arts, having received this award helps me to encourage others to strive for an increased awareness of the arts.  Anyone can nominate someone for a MartinArts Award. Student artists need to attend one of the Martin County schools, public and private. Adult artists need to be a resident of or an active participant of their craft in Martin County. There are many categories. If you know of someone, I urge you to nominate them! The Arts Leadership is one of several awards selected by the MartinArts Board of Directors and not based on nominations from the community. Other awards include: Excellence in Arts Education, Philanthropy and Lifetime Achievement.






Interested in being a part of the celebration?

Help us celebrate the MartinArts Awards as a sponsor or volunteer.





Sponsorship opportunities, program ads, and steering committee positions are available–contact us at 772-287-6676 (x2) or marties@martinarts.org today to get in on the fun and be recognized as a supporter of the arts!







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Not Sure What “Art” Is All About? Deborah Bigeleisen’s Lecture Puts Everyone On The Same Playing Field With “Looking At Art Through The Eyes And Mind Of An Artist. In-Person Or Virtual Attendance Available

If you like looking at artwork but aren’t sure what it means or why an artist would choose to create it – this lecture is for YOU! Deborah Bigeleisen takes you on an exciting journey with her lecture, “Looking at Art Through the Eyes and Mind of an Artist”. Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU, Florida Atlantic University, Deborah shares her unique vision including newbies to aficionados. This lecture is available in-person or virtually on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.  Hear about colors, materials, and techniques that impact one’s emotions and challenge the senses, the tricks that artists play on the viewer, and even some neuroscience aspects of how the brain perceives art.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  Sign up now!






Professor Deborah Bigeleisen


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

     12:00 – 1:30 PM





Deborah Bigeleisen’s lecture is designed for everyone whether you are an art aficionado or know nothing about art.  You will come away energized with a fresh perspective on not only looking at art, but also looking at the world around you from the everyday places that you go all the time, to where ever you travel.




The lecture is part of the OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE at FAU, Florida Atlantic University.

To register for live-in-person or live via video: 





“Rainforest” by Deborah Bigeleisen 




With the visual-aid of a PowerPoint presentation, you will be taken on a virtual tour of modern and contemporary art in museums, galleries, and international art fairs. The presentation also covers the excitement in modern architecture from museums to international metro stations and even bridges! Photography is also explored since (almost) everyone is snapping photos with their cell phone. The emphasis is looking at art and the world around you “through the mind and vision of an artist.”  Hear about colors, materials, and techniques that impact one’s emotions and challenge the senses, the tricks that artists play on the viewer, and even some neuroscience aspects of how the brain perceives art.



Historical facts are introduced where Professor Bigeleisen feels that it has additional significance to a particular work – such as “why is that 10 foot plank of black plastic leaning against the wall in a museum?”  You will learn why there is more to it than meets the eye!  





“Havasu Falls” by Deborah Bigeleisen 





Deborah Bigeleisen is an international renowned artist whose innovative vision of the floral genre embodies a contemporary world. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world. Her paintings have been published in numerous international art books and interior design magazines including New Art International, Science Creative Quarterly, Florida Design, and Architectural Digest.








For more information about this lecture:

Call 561.799.8547 or Email:  llsjuptr@fau.edu 

5353 Parkside Drive   Jupiter, FL 33458    




 For  more  information  about  Deborah  Bigeleisen’s artworks:


mobile: 561.351.8755






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Artist Sarah Gualtieri Uses Her Creativity To Inspire Her Students For An Artistic Venture

Artist, Sarah Gualtieri has been involved in the local visual art scene, showing in area galleries. Focused on her teaching Special Education, she has not recently exhibited any of her own artworks (for which she won an award of this article in The Rickie Report).  The Rickie Report shares what Sarah’s students are creating and selling for a School-based Enterprise project.  We hope you will support their efforts! 




Growing up, Sarah Gualtieri took painting, photography and clay classes.  She also made cards and presents for friends and family.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I learned how to work with wood in Shop in middle school and also with my dad at home.  I took architecture classes in High School.  I went to Rhode Island School of Design for landscape architecture and while I didn’t finish, I learned some amazing things in my foundational art classes there.  I ended up majoring in Sociology at Guilford College and kept on with my art interests”.





Sarah was a case manager/support coordinator for individuals with disabilities and she loved this. She shares,” I also did direct care.  I started facilitating some art workshops for these populations and really enjoyed this.  I realized that I loved to teach!  Exceptional Student Education was the best fit for me because of my background working with vulnerable populations.  I love to focus on abilities and empowerment”.







A Transition teacher, with students between 18 and 22 years old who have already graduated through the 12th grade, Sarah’s focus is life skills, such as Pre-Vocational Job Skills, Social Skills, Personal Care and Health, Safety and Community.  “I wanted my students to create items that they could make and sell as they increased their Pre-Vocational Job Skills, so I developed the wooden fish concept after practicing some methods over the summer.  The staff in my room have been very helpful in putting the project together with me”.









She sees her students smiling and focusing as they are sanding wood and painting the wood.  “Some prefer to create designs on the fish instead of sanding or painting.  Some prefer to paint over sanding.  Some have surprised me with their amazing abilities to sand.  I continue to make adaptations to the process of making the fish so that the students can do as much on their own as possible.  This is really exciting for the students. Almost everyday, students and staff all put on smocks/aprons, cover the tables and get to work.  Pre-vocational job skills is a regular lesson and with this project they continue to get more and more skilled“. 









Students are reminded of who is getting the fish that they may be working on that day. Students are really proud to bring fish home to family and friends.  They carry them down the hallway with pride to their ride home.  It’s also fun for them to sell fish to the staff at school when we have visitors to our class showroom!







Sarah tells us, “We use the money to buy more supplies ( 1/4 plywood, paint, brushes, glue, sandpaper, jute rope, etc.).  We also are able to use money that we have made on pizza parties!  When The Rickie Report asked if anyone can donate supplies, Sarah said, “Yes! Donations are welcome!”




For more information about purchasing a single fish, a school of fish, or donating supplies please contact:


Sarah Gualtieri  (Ms. “G”):   (561) 558-5464

ESE Transition Teacher, Royal Palm School, room 2-123

@sarah_gualtieri, Follow us on Twitter @RoyalPalm_RPS






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