The Fluid Art Boutique (FAB) Is Coming To Delray Beach October 8, 9, 10, 2022. Renew, Refine And Revel In Paint Pour Techniques. All Levels Invited. Special Discount On Classes Through October 5th!

The Fluid Art Boutique (FABartists  Karen Durishin, Sarah Mack, Cathleen Ozmore, and Mina Villegas, joined forces to create, teach, and share their work by offering workshops, private lessons, and art for sale. Meet special guest artists Molly Leach,Erica Hughes, Michelle Galli and sign up for a series of workshops in Delray Beach, FL on October 8, 9, and 10, 2022. Make your reservations NOW!  All levels of experience are welcome! Special dinner options are open to participants.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Art lovers are welcome to shop! SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON CLASSES THROUGH OCTOBER 5TH!

















Old School Square/Cornell Art Museum

51 N. Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444




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Welcome to the Fluid Art Boutique!



Who    We    Are:



The Fluid Art Boutique (affectionately known as FAB) currently includes 4 artists: Karen Durishin, Sarah Mack, Cathleen Ozmore, and Mina Villegas, who have come together to create, teach, and share their work by offering workshops, private lessons, and art for sale. FAB also includes special guest artists on a rotating basis; and looks to offer workshops in numerous destinations across the country.  








Here    are    some    sneak    peeks    of    classes:




Karen Durishin – Deconstructed Blooms Abstract




Karen Durishin of Waterfall Acrylics, LLC from northern Virginia is a mixed-media artist working primarily with fluid acrylic paint and epoxy resin for the last six years. Karen is self-taught and has been dabbling with Mixed Mediums, in one form or another, since 2014, and became a full-time artist in 2019. Karen’s work has been shown in multiple art galleries in the Washington DC area, and she is the recipient of several awards from juried shows. Most recently, she was the substantive expert judge for the TV show “Meet Your Maker” now airing on Discovery+. Karen is well known for her use of color and has a keen eye for composition. To date she has sold over 1000 pieces of fluid art, and teaches regularly from her home in northern Virginia. Her work can be viewed on most social media platforms and her website under her business name Waterfall Acrylics. Karen is married and has a teenage daughter, a cat named Bella, and a puppy named Finnegan.



Sarah Mack – Galaxy Pour Landscape



Sarah Mack, New England native and mother of three, has a lifelong passion for art, she finds relaxation and joy in creating works that both challenge and delight. While experienced in many mediums her current passion is the Acrylic Based Fluid medium. With over 25 techniques used in the creation of Fluid Art the artist is constantly learning, evolving and adapting. It is that creative process that is recognized by those who admire her work, one such connoisseur had this to say about Sarah’s work, “The abstract nature of the work challenges you to look at areas within areas of the painting, you get lost in the inner-ness, enthralled in its beauty.” Sarah was a principal artist at the Fluid Art Experience workshop in 2021; and at the Fluid Art Boutique in 2022. You can find her work hanging in Boston restaurants and she has been showcased at Art On The Mall in Newburyport for multiple years. Sarah embraces that each piece she creates is unique,” No two pours will ever be the same, there is a lack of control in the art-form that draws me in, the craft of constructing the pour, the prep of the surface, the creation of layers of color, manipulation of light and dark, contrast and shadow are all subject to the randomness of the pour and the elemental process of the work.”



Cathleen Ozmore – Advanced Swiping




Cathleen Ozmore says, ” From my early days as a potter in Upstate New York to today, creativity has always played a pivotal role in my personal and business pursuits. After a successful 30 year career in both Landscape Design and Interior Decorating, I began my journey into the fluid arts as a way of releasing my creative juices. Having studied many contemporary artists, I started developing my own style of “less is more” using a combination of existing and personally developed techniques. From “The No Bra Zone” (a euphemism for the free flow of design, color, and shape), I began teaching and sharing my techniques with those that desire to similarly release their own creative spirit. I am so honored to share in your journey”.




Mina Villegas – Splendid Split Cups




Mina Villegas is a paint pouring artist based in Southern California. She and her Husband of Awesomeness (HoA) create beautiful paint pouring tutorial videos for her YouTube channel, Mina Villegas Art.  Mina started her professional career as a Doctor of Chiropractic, then married and became a full-time Mom to two beautiful daughters. When the kids were both in school, she started working with succulents and fell head over heels in love with the colors and shapes and textures. She then started her own landscape design firm which created gorgeous Succulent Tapestry landscapes for residential and commercial business properties. Her use of color in plants and rocks and weaving them together was a launching pad for her art journey. Choosing the right colors and creating pleasing composition has always been one of her strong suits. She began paint pouring in October of 2018 and has been learning and teaching ever since. She has participated in Art Shows around Los Angeles and taught many students the basics and more advanced techniques of acrylic paint pouring. Her easy going attitude and sense of adventure and experimentation create some gorgeous artwork and a welcoming learning experience for students of all levels. Her classes discuss color theory, consistency for different techniques, working on big canvases, tips and tricks of the professionals, using negative space, and creating beautiful composition in your artwork. Mina and her Husband of Awesomeness live in California with their two teenage daughters, their cat Ming Ming, and their puppy Baxter.





Molly Leach – Balloon Smash and Dip Technique





Molly Leach is an internationally-known abstract fluid artist. Molly has grown up in coastal cities and draws her inspiration largely from the ocean. She now works primarily with acrylics and some mixed media. She has enjoyed teaching the abstract fluid art form since 2018 and currently is co-author of teaching the abstract fluid art form since 2018 and currently is co-author of the online course, Acrylic Pouring A to Z. She resides in South Florida and is looking forward to bringing her passion for art to the rest of the world. Her hope is to inspire others to feel the emotion and movement in her artwork. She uses bright, contrasting colors and creates unique compositions to interest the audience. Molly uses thinned water-based and acrylic paints and mediums to create chemical reactions to create her beautiful artwork. Molly has participated in multiple juried Fine Art shows and enjoys creating commissioned artwork. Molly is well known on social media as Molly’s Artistry, LLC.





Erica Hughes – Dutch Bloom Blow Out And Spin


Erica Hughes is an internationally-known abstract fluid artist from Chicago IL. Although a native of Chicago, Erica has resided in Dublin, Ireland with her two wonderful children (Tommy and Layla) and husband Tom for almost ten years. Erica has always had a very deep connection with the healing power of expression through creative art in all of its beautiful forms, from playing music, cake design and decoration, to her wonderfully unique mixed media/fluid art. She has a particularly keen eye for color palettes and composition, paired with a very expressive freestyle approach, which has been described as “a joy to watch”. Erica started her YouTube channel “Erica Hughes Art” (150k subscribers) for the sole purpose of sharing and (hopefully) connecting with others. “Fluid art has been such a big positive in my life. Like a door to another place, it offers an escape through barriers that previously seemed impossible. So if I can help even just one person unlock that door… I’m where I want to be.”





Michelle Galli – Pearl Pours





Michelle Galli is a full time resident of Dania Beach, Florida and a Canadian citizen. Growing up in Canada fostered a dream to move south someday. A career as a flight attendant helped her realize that dream to make the move to paradise.  Working as a massage therapist and flight attendant for 20 years each consecutively qualifies her for a book deal for certain! Her passion for art and creativity is matched only by her sense of humor and zest for life!  “If you’re doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!” Her positive energy and experimental style is shared for all to experience through her YouTube channel, Grateful Creations. She feels that to be inspired and to inspire is very satisfying.  Acrylic pouring has become one of her passions.  She’s always trying new things and doesn’t limit herself creatively. She especially loves pearl pours.  Other techniques, such as straight pours, blooms, swipes, cloud pours and resin art are also in Michelle’s repertoire and she is constantly expanding it. Michelle’s work has been featured at several art festivals, the Fort Lauderdale airport and Dania Beach City Hall.



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Palm City Art Associates Announces Demonstrations, Art Events, And New Board Of Directors. First Meeting Is October 12 Featuring Kim Rody

The Palm City Art Associates (PCAA) invite the public to their events and workshops beginning on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 with a demo by Kim Rody. Future events include a Paint & Sip Scholarship Fundraiser, a pastel workshop, and many more opportunities to hone your artistic skills in a welcoming environment with Jane Lawton Baldridge, Chris Kling, Sally Pearson, Martha Quigley, and Alice Laputka.  If you’re looking for an artist networking group, we urge you to connect with PCAA!  They bring brightness, creativity, and artistry to Palm City and Martin County!  PCAA provides scholarships to deserving Martin County High School seniors who are pursuing an art education. The Rickie Report shares the dates, details, and introduces the Members of the Board plus Scholarship winners! 






2022 – 2023  Schedule   of   Events:


All meetings are held at 1:00 at the Peter and Julie Cummings Library 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City except the November 23rd meeting which will be held at the Blake Library 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.



October 12, 2022: Kim Rody – Giglee

November 23, 2022: Jane Baldridge – Poured Painting

January 4, 2023: Martha Quigley – Oil

February 8, 2023: Chris Kling – Oil

March 8, 2023: Alice Laputka – Pastel

April 12, 2023: Sally Pearson – Watercolor



 Upcoming     Art     Workshops

At The Village Club & Preserve

2261 SW Racquet Club Drive, Palm City



Paint & Sip on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  You will paint along with an instructor and bring home a beautiful painting.  $40.00 includes all materials and the Sip.  This event will benefit PCAA and the Scholarship Fund.

Art Workshop to be held on January 25, 2023 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM will be learning how to paint in pastel and create a beautiful landscape.  You will learn by a step by step process on how to mix pigment on paper to create depth and distance. Come try something new an learn how to paint in this exciting medium.  All materials will be provided. Cost $45.00.  Nancy Mich an experienced instructor, member of PCAA with many accolades will teach the classes.

Please contact Laura Tiano to sign up or with questions at:



New     Members    Welcome!


PCAA is an active, interesting & diverse group of friendly, talented artists who share a love of art. Members work in a myriad of mediums including oil, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, stained glass, wood, sculpture, metal & mixed media.  With 3 on-going venues to display & sell work, and a big annual art show in February, there are lots of opportunities to express ourselves, share ideas and support and inspire one another. We work to grow our skills and there’s no better way to do that than collaborate with like-minded artists, which is why we’re always open & welcoming to new artists to join us.

Please come observe a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month Oct. thru May at 1pm at The Peter and Julie Cummings Library in Palm City , and see a fun demo, perhaps learn a new skill, and get inspired by the creativity and inspiration of our members.  Once you observe a meeting, we are confident you will want to join our membership. Member dues enable us to 1) provide & pay knowledgeable artists to demo at meetings (this alone is worth every penny)! 2) pay our rent at the library; 3) cover the cost of our insurance; 4) cover the costs of our website provider; and 5) provide 3 annual scholarships to local high school students. Your dues make it possible for you to participate in all our activities, annual art show, and on-going exhibitions as well.



Meet   Our   Officers   for   2022-2023




At its May 11th meeting PCAA members unanimously elected the following officers:

Back Row:   Nancy Mich, Vice-President, Dana Meyer, Trustee, Judi LeBlanc, Secretary, Diane Raymond,  Past President

Front Row:  Lois Brusko, Treasurer, Laura Tiano, President, Donna Jutila, Trustee











PCAA proudly announces this year’s talented high school scholarship recipients from Martin County. Our best wishes to these three extraordinary young women as they continue their artistic journey making a positive difference in our world.

Juliana Vollone, a Senior at Clark Advanced Learning Center.  Juliana will be attending Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale with a major in Art & Design and a concentration in Graphic Design.


Madisyn Boudreau, a Senior at Jensen Beach High School.  Madisyn will be attending the University of Central Florida with a major in Entertainment Management and minor in Studio Art.


Miyah Lebofsky, a Senior at Martin County High School was awarded The Jane “Ejan” Blatt Memorial Scholarship.  Miyah will be attending Florida State University with majors in Art and Psychology.


(Left to Right)





Palm City Art Associates, Inc. is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization of over 80 artists coming together, sharing ideas and giving back to the community through scholarships for local students.  Their mission states: “Dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creative arts among our members and in our communities.”





If you are interested in becoming involved with PCAA or getting more information, please visit:


Visit our New FaceBook Page!  



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Studios Of Key West Feature Jane Lawton Baldridge’s “Oceana Phenomena: Sea Level Stories Key West Edition” October 6 – 27, 2022

The Studios of Key West will feature  Jane Lawton Baldridge in a Solo Exhibit, “Oceana Phenomena: Sea Level Stories Key West Edition”.  A local artist whose artwork has been showcased as far away as the Republic of Slovenia, Baldridge is an award-winning sailor, licensed boat captain, and accomplished mixed media artist. The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Thursday, October 6. Enjoy an Artist Talk and Reception on Wednesday, October 26.  This exhibit continues through October 27, 2022. Along with the Gallery talk October 26th, Baldridge is working with Schools at the Studios to arrange for Montessori classes to attend the exhibit and create project inspired by the exhibit.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




533 Eaton Street      Key West, FL 33040







“Oceana     Phenomena:

Sea    Level    Stories    Key    West    Edition”




Thursday,  October   6,   2022



5 pm         VIP   reception   with   champagne 



6 – 8 pm         Public reception





Wednesday,  October  26,  2022





Artist Talk and Closing Reception 5:30 pm







Gallery and Box Office Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 am – 4 pm


Exhibit  runs  October 6-27,  2022

 Sanger Gallery at The Studios of Key West


The exhibit will have some education components TBA.




Over 950 square feet of gallery space will display approximately 25 of Baldridge’s Sea Story paintings and 20 Sea Level Story mannequins along with her video Wisdom of the Waves.



“Eastern Swell breaking on Anastasia Rocks” by Jane Lawton Baldridge




Baldridge uses the power of art to bring awareness to the mounting threats of flooding and sea level rise with the goal of inspiring our community to unify in becoming more resilient to these issues while solutions are sought. Large abstract seascape paintings that portray sea states from the perfect tranquil snorkel day to the powerful waves borne on a storm are displayed alongside sculptural figures covered with recycled navigational charts reinforcing the immediacy of the crisis at hand.




Jane Lawton Baldridge’s Sea Mannequins



“If you do not go out on the ocean and witness its power and beauty, you won’t understand the rushing water borne on a storm. Currents, tides and runoff change the land. This can manifest into the magic of an ox-bow forming in a river or a beach house undermined and falling into the ocean.” —Jane Lawton Baldridge.




“Life at 20 Down” by Jane Lawton Baldridge



The sponsors of this exhibit, First Horizon Foundation and FIRM are laser focused to help educate property owners in the Keys of their vulnerability and how to make their properties more prepared for the impending threat of permanent inundation.




“Bermuda Triangle” by Jane Lawton Baldridge




THANK   YOU   to   our   Sponsors~

Supported by First Horizon Foundation and FIRM

Additional sponsors to date:  Key West Sunrise Rotary Club and Steve & Kathy Russ






Key West Inhabitants in progress by Jane Lawton Baldridge




The venues where Baldridge’s artwork has been shown include Lincoln Center, Times Square, the Louvre, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art and Fayetteville Museum of Art and at the World Festival of Art on Paper in Slovenia. She also has a print in the Library of Congress. For more information, visit her website,




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Deborah La Fogg Docherty Takes Pastels To The New Heights, Winning Two National Awards. Check Out Her Newest Classes For All Levels And Her Artworks

Deb La Fogg Docherty celebrates international recognition of her pastel art with 4th Place and Honorable Mention wins in the Pastel Journal’s 100 Pastels for 2022. Her love of the medium is apparent when you see her work. The inferences of a tree’s shadow, a dog’s eyes, or a cat’s hair distinguish her abilities. Not content to create art herself, Deb is a wonderful teacher, eager to share her methods with her students.  The Rickie Report shares an interview with Deb about “Patio Princess”, some sneak peeks, the class details and urges anyone who ever wanted to dip their toes into painting or pastels to take advantage of Deb’s class opportunities, as you read in the interview, teachers have influence of their students that follows them in their lives. 










Two of Deborah’s animal paintings recently won fourth place and honorable mention in the Pastel Journals Top 100 Pastels for 2022 international competition and have fetched substantial amounts in recent auctions. In 2021 her painting “Testing the Waters” was selected by the Timber Wolf Alliance for their Poster of the year.










“Patio Princess” by Deborah La Fogg Docherty. All rights reserved




Deborah LaFogg Docherty’s love for painting and nature began on a farm in Connecticut where she grew up. Besides the animals she encountered, her mother’s paintings inspired Deborah to continue in her footsteps. In grade school she had numerous watercolor one woman shows of the birds she had encountered on nature walks with her teacher Mrs. Harvey. Her formal training in illustration and commercial art began in college where she had a painting hanging in Yale University’s Art Gallery in her junior year and discovered the joy of pastels. After graduating with honors, she moved to South Florida where she landed a job with a large newspaper for 34 years, finding ways to use her art in and outside of work.  



During her art-related trips to Europe it was Degas’ pastel paintings that were as vibrant as the day he created them that fed her desire the most. In hopes of honing her skills and insight she took workshops and classes with Doug Dawson, Maggie Price, John Seery-Lester, Richard McKinley, Liz Haywood-Sullivan and Jan Martin McGuire. With the many things Deborah learned she loves to share her passion for pastels with beginners and intermediate students through workshops and classes.










TRR:  Tell us about your exciting award winning piece!  How you approach a blank surface before you begin and how does the subject effect your work?



A blank piece of paper is an exciting opportunity to me. I can sketch it or take photos and play with compositions in photoshop, but this was a something I had seen almost daily that made me smile. The subject is one of my two cats, Boop. She and her sister were rescues.  Boop is a sun worshiper/ snuggler and her eyes light up every time she gets to go out into the patio.  At a certain time of day, the light would hit  Boop just right and the scene would sparkle!  That’s when I knew I had to paint it! To me when the composition, contrast, textures and colors come to life that gives me inspiration.



TRR:  You can sign up for classes with Deborah (Starting the beginning of October) by contacting the Boynton Beach Arts and Cultural Center.  Sign up for “Expressive Pastel”:  561.742.6221  Located at 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd.  Boynton Beach, FL 33435.  Click Here to register

Deborah will also be teaching “Expressive Pastels For Landscapes” at the Armory Art Center on October 17/18 and November 28/29.  Contact Deborah for details




“Dreaming of Flight” by Deborah La Fogg Docherty. All rights reserved





TRR: What is your working method?


Once the drawing is done, I will often do an under painting of large areas to establish where lights, darks and colors go. On this painting I choose to do each section independent of each other, allowing me more control. The different texture was exciting to me. The paper I use is 400 UART, it allows me to use many layers of color. The pastels I use range from hard Rembrandts and Giraults to buttery colorful Jack Richeson, Terry Ludwigs and Unisons. The pastel pencils I use are Faber-Castel.





“Assateague Island” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty. All rights reserved



TRR:  What is your focus when it comes to color, values, mark-making and textures?



Color obviously plays a major role in this piece. I love color. I had been told by one of my professors that I was a “colorist”. To me color is life. It expresses mood and invokes emotion in the viewer, things I want to share.  When I approach a painting, I note the shape and texture of each object. Is it fur? Is it a smooth surface like the sky, water, or is it a tree with many layers of textures? Each gets a different approach. Example: fur. You wouldn’t like to pet a cat going against how its hair grows… it would appear course and unnatural. You’d want to paint it going in the direction of how it flows over muscle and bone so it appears more lifelike. You’d use thin short strokes.




“Pelican Dawn” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty.  All Rights Reserved




TRR:  Are there ever any surprises as you work on a painting?



Mostly I paint wildlife and landscapes but I’ve been painting pets for other people ever since I finished college and moved to Florida. I will only paint pets for myself if I feel that the particular animal has importance to me. About surprises…YES!  I had gotten halfway done with “Patio Princess” when I dropped it. I was devastated… But I really wanted to finish it. After studying it for a week I noticed the cushions on the coach had been too vibrant. The pastel dust from other colors had neutralized the color helping me to see. It took almost destroying the painting, to turn it into a blessing in disguise!



TRR:  Is there anything else you’d like to add?


I am currently featured in a curated exhibit, “Dog Days of Summer…and Other Pets, Too” by Martin Arts at the Courthouse Cultural Gallery in Stuart, FL. which is available through October. For more details visit:





Her paintings have won many other national and international awards and have been included in art museum shows in the US, the International Festival for Natural Ecology Convention at the Lanwan Art Museum in Qingdao China with the Artists for Conservation and has had paintings in New York City’s Salmagundi Club, Sotheby’s in Los Angles and the MEAM Museum in Barcelona Spain.  Membership affiliations include: Signature Member Pastel Society of America, Signature Member Artists for Conservation, the Salmagundi Art Club in NYC, Elected Member Audubon Artists, Society of Animal Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Oil Painters of America, and the International Guild of Realism.

For more information about Deborah’s paintings or classes:

Deborah LaFogg Docherty, AFC, IAPS/MC, PSA
Wildlife/Landscape Artist



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Wellington Art Society Kicks Off New Art Season With Its September 14th Meeting Featuring Heather Bergstrom And Tips To Turn Your Passion Into A Career

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) is thrilled to begin its 42nd year with their first event of the season on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The meeting takes place at the Wellington Community Center with a meet and greet followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. The event will conclude with a presentation by local artist Heather Bergstrom on “How to Turn Your Passion into A Side Hustle or Career”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Heather’s artwork.





Public Is Invited To



Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday, September 14 , 2022



5:30 pm


Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL









All events open to members and non-members


For more information contact: Laura Jaffe,


 COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 





Heather Bergstrom has spent a lifetime pursuing her passion and skill as an artist. Her favorite mediums are graphite, charcoal and acrylic paint. She loves to tell stories with her art, painting poignant scenes which translate into universal feelings of contentment, nostalgia, or joie de vivre. 





Heather Bergstrom with Macro Flowers




Heather is originally from New Haven, Connecticut where she worked in the public school system. Several years ago, she and her family moved to Florida where she got a job at a local private school. Throughout her career, she never lost her enthusiasm for art. When she wasn’t working, she was creating. In fact, during her lunchbreaks she was often found drawing in the teachers’ lounge. As more and more people started asking to buy her art, it dawned on her that this might be a nice way to make a little extra cash. In her free time, she began slowly building a portfolio of works, a website and a social media presence. 



“Life Lesson” by Heather Bergstrom



Then the global pandemic forced schools to shut down, leaving many people, including Heather, without a job. Though this was a difficult time, Heather saw it as an opportunity to grow her art side hustle into a full-time career: A dream that she previously thought would have to wait until retirement.





“Bonnie Bluebird” by Heather Bergstrom




Around this time, Heather met master artist, Laurie Snow Hein, through the Wellington Art Society. Laurie appreciated Heather’s passion and business sense and hired her practically on the spot as her assistant. Heather says, “meeting Laurie was providential. I have learned so much from her experience as a professional artist and have applied that knowledge to my own art business.” Now Heather enjoys sharing her art marketing expertise with other creatives.





“Joy Comes With The Morning” by Heather Bergstrom




Heather Bergstrom is an active Board member of the Wellington Art Society and serves on the Marketing Team. In 2020, she received the People’s Choice Award at the South Florida Fair and in 2021 she received the People’s Choice Award for the “Wonders of Art” Exhibition at Wellington Community Center. To learn more about her, please visit her website at and follow her on social media @HeatherBergstromArt.






The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd 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  






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South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild Announces September 17, 2022 Newbie Workshop To Explore This Eclectic Medium

The South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG) has been in existence since 2006.  The members, with various backgrounds, promote polymer clay as an art form by sharing their individual knowledge and ideas of polymer clay with others.  You are invited to a free “Newbie Workshop” on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Members will share their expertise to educate those who might be interested in working with polymer clay but know little about it. The Rickie Report shares the details about the free workshop and shares some photos of previous projects by members.  SEATS are LIMITED To 6 PEOPLE!  RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!














Saturday, September 17, 2022




10 am – 3 pm




Popular Polymer Clay Projects by SEFPCG Members



Kings Point Art Room**

7000 W Atlantic Ave.    Delray Beach Florida

















 A Polymer Clay and Beginner Tool Kit will be provided for Newbie Workshop Project


Learn basic Polymer Clay skills including conditioning clay, skinner blends and & other techniques using polymer clay.



All materials will be provide by guild.

Bring a container to bring your project home.




Deadline to reserve your Newbie Worksheet seat is September 16, 2022




RSVP contact phone, text and email to:

Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343




Each month, SEPFCG offers a forum for guild members to share their experiences with each other on the last Sunday of each month year round in the Kings Point Golf and Country Club Delray Main Clubhouse Art Room.  AS this is a gated community an RSVP is recommended.  Some of our projects include jewelry, home decor items/photo frames, garden decor/windchimes, seasonal decor/figurines and more!  Two or three times a year, our guild engages professional polymer clay artists from all over the world to teach at each one of our Sunday workshops.  We’ve had the privilege of hosting polymer artists Anna Shaw, Christi Friesen and Suzanne Ivester.  Each came to our guild and taught at a thrilling, educational Sunday workshop.  Our Membership dues are $36 a year, and you may attend one workshop for free before joining. SEFPCG is focused on bringing the art of polymer clay to new people.








**Must have photo ID to enter gate to Kings Point

(At the gate, state that you are coming for the Polymer Clay Guild Meeting in the Art Room)










Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343





Kings Point, Delray Beach Club House Art Room 7000 West Atlantic Ave   Delray Beach, FL 33446    561-499-0464

Manned Main Entrance Gate 561-499-7751 Club House (website home page)

(Sorry, Kings Point does not allow children in the Club House.)

Driving Directions:

• From Rte 95:

  1. Take Rte 95 to the W ATLANTIC AVE EXIT (Rte 806) in Delray Beach.
  2. Go WEST 5 miles (toward the FL Turnpike).
  3. Continue WEST until you cross Jog/Power Line Rd.
  4. Go to next lights and turn LEFT into the main manned security gate of Kings Point, Delray Beach.
  5. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and that you are to park in the East EndCafé Parking Lot.
  6. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  7. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your auto license or an ID at the guard desk and to pick it up when you leave.
  8. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

• From FL Turnpike:

  1. Get off at the W ATLANTIC AVE (Rte 806) EXIT in Delray Beach and go EAST.
  2. Go about 2 miles EAST past Oriole Plaza on your left.
  3. Cross Cumberland Drive and turn right at the next lights into theKings Point Delray Beach AdultCondominium Main Security Gate on your RIGHT. (If you reach the Jog Rd lights you have gone too far by 1⁄2mile so make a U turn and go back to next lights and turn left into gate).
  4. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and will park in the East End CaféParking Lot.
  5. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  6. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your car license or an ID at the guard desk and pick it up when you leave.
  7. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

Entry to Kings Point Community and Club House Directions: To gain entrance to the main club house;

To Enter at the back Club House Guard Desk. A member, who is a Kings Point Resident, will be available to bring non-residents into the Art Room.







Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343







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St Lucie Cultural Alliance Announces New Galleries And Headquarters Sneak Peek On Oct 21 And Grand Opening Nov 18 Plus Call For Art Instructors

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is moving…to bring more to the arts & cultural community! With new space, comes requests for classes, so applications are now open for art instructors.  Enjoy a ‘sneak-peek’ tour of The Vault – St Lucie Cultural Alliance New Galleries & Headquarters at the Friday, October 21, 2022 Art Walk.  Save the date for the Grand Opening on Friday, November 18, 2022!  The Rickie Report shares the details and only a brief peek of “The Vault” – you HAVE to stop by to see it!




111 Orange Ave. in Downtown Fort Pierce, FL

Lower     Level

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Galleries




Eyes will widen, and senses will brilliantly ignite among art enthusiasts who visit…






SNEAK  PEEK:   T  H  E        V  A  U  L  T



Friday, October 21, 2022



5  – 8   PM    during Art Walk







Photo Courtesy of SLCA




GRAND      OPENING:    T  H  E        V  A  U  L  T  






 5  – 8  PM       during Art Walk



Photo Courtesy of SLCA




Call for Instructors  –  Applications Now Open


Artist Members of the Alliance are encouraged to apply to teach classes. Artists of varying mediums are welcomed to apply! For more information, visit, or email:




Alyona Ushe tells The Rickie Report, ” We invite everyone to stop by and enjoy a ‘sneak-peek’ tour of The Vault, St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new gallery and headquarters, and take in the vibrant changes taking place to broaden offerings to our dynamic arts and cultural community of St. Lucie County’.



The new space is an eclectic mix of urban-trend and classic modern. On tap are plans for artists to exhibit their works, a studio for a rotating resident artist, and classrooms.  The enhanced, natural lighting and open floor plan will allow for new gathering space, additional galleries and for the public to observe and interact with the working artist as s/he creates.



Galleries full of juried Cultural Alliance Art Guild members work, boutique with artisan wearable art and jewelry, and dynamic space for an array of creative classes of all genres and disciplines are all in store.  Its main gallery space – The Vault – will serve as its new, enlivened setting for an array of juried, curated exhibitions that will introduce its visitors to an abundance of talent in the county.




Members of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance will be awarded additional benefits including opportunities to teach classes, apply for a quarterly residency, screen films, present intimate concerts, and attend networking and professional development workshops. Residents and visitors will benefit from a richer offering of exhibitions, intimate performances, classes and workshops in this eclectic addition to Downtown Fort Pierce.



Would you like to be a part of making St. Lucie County a cultural gem of the Treasure Coast? Become a member and join our growing cultural community! Visit to learn more about the exciting benefits of membership and all of its cool, upcoming events!



About the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

The mission of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic well-being, of St. Lucie County.

SLCAlliance is sponsored in part by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the St. Lucie Office of Tourism.

SLCA is located at 111 Orange Avenue, 3rd Floor, Fort Pierce, Fla. 34950  

To learn more, visit, or call 772.462.2783



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

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






80 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL  34994


Opening Reception


Friday, August 12 | 5:30–7  PM



Special Raffle to win a Skip Hartzell sculpture!


Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the exhibit.




Artist Demos / Meet & Greet/ Pop Up


Saturday, September 3, 2022      10 – 4






Katie Gianni       Jordan Silvia      Heather Ivins


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



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




Family Day


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


Saturday, September 17 | 12–3PM




Adoption Days

Meet furry friends available for adoption and support local rescues.


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

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




Check back for additional programs & events.


Exhibit Dates:  August 9 – October 1, 2022



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

 Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10AM–6PM

 Wednesday through Saturday 10 AM–4 PM





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




Holly Cannon

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Margaret Gray

Skip Hartzell

Heather Ivins

Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Mia Lindberg

Maria G. Miele

Caryl Pomales

Roni Rottner

Jordan Silvia

Molly Potter Thayer







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




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





Heather Ivins’ “Green Fish”  All rights reserved.




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








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






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











About MartinArts: 

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

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

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

Visit for additional details.





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

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






Friday, August 5, 2022

5   –   8 pm

At The New Studio for the Visual Arts

1615 S. Cypress Drive    Suite 2  

 Jupiter, FL 33469


The Awards Ceremony takes place at 6:30 pm

Refreshments will be available




F E A T U R E D   A R T I S T:

Daniel    Pichney



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




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



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




Invite your friends!

We look forward to seeing you at the opening!




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



For more information please contact:



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

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








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



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


Donated Backpacks and Art Supplies



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





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



The Box Gallery     811 Belvedere Road     West Palm Beach

Don Ramon Cuban Restaurant     7101 S.Dixie Hwy.   WPB

YWCA Palm Beach County     1016 North Dixie Hwy.   WPB






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

Shipping Address:

Art Synergy c/o The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach, FL 33405




Financial donations can be made at

For more information:

Art Synergy, Inc.  501(c)(3)

Internal Revenue Code: EIN #47-4791072




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