Mixed Media Fiber Artist, Andrea Huffman, Offers Classes And Workshops At Bailey Contemporary Arts

South Florida fiber artist Andrea Huffman is teaching some new classes at the Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) in Pompano Beach, FL. An Artist in Residence at BaCA, Andrea offers a “Concept to Creation” multiple session workshop (begins April 16) and one-day workshops: Nature Print Notecards (May 4), Fabric covered mini journals (June 8), and Create your very own hand-painted canvas tote bag (June 29).  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Check out PENTA, an exhibit at BaCA, where Andrea’s artistry is featured through April 25.






Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1st Street      Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

954-786-7879     baileyarts.org

 Tuesday through Friday: 10 am – 6 pm Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Sundays & Mondays: CLOSED

Offering contemporary art exhibits, workshops & classes!



Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents:  

Workshops  & Classes With Andrea Huffman






Fiber artist Andrea Huffman received a Master’s degree in Art Education from Florida International University and taught art in Florida Public Schools for over 30 years. She has exhibited her art throughout Florida and nationally, receiving numerous awards and recognitions, including several grants and a Residency at the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida. Although Andrea has retired from teaching in the public school system, she continues to share her passion for art, teaching classes and workshops in fiber art and mixed media at museums, guilds and community outreach venues.





Begins April 16, alternating Tuesdays  6  –  8 pm



• Creative but not sure where to start?
• Lost for new ideas or stuck in a rut?
• Not sure how to develop a meaningful series?
• Intimidated by the blank canvas (or page?)


Concept to Creation is a multiple session workshop to inspire artists to tap deeply into their creativity. Each week Creative exercises such as concept mapping, tapping into personal histories, or collage provide means to discover your unique artistic style, personal symbols, and imagery.

Students will work in a sketchbook along with other media of the student’s choosing. This class is geared toward artists of all levels, working in any medium.


Concept Art by Andrea Huffman


April 16: Abstraction from Realism; how far to alter reality.

April 30: Personal archaeology, digging for meaningful ideas.

May 14: Figure/ ground exploration: Altering positive/negative space for dynamic composition

May 28: Mind/ Concept mapping for developing a body of work.

Time allotment: 4 sessions/2 hours each | Age: teen through adults | |Class Fee: $30/student/session

Min. enrollment: 5 | Max. enrollment: 12



Concept Art by Andrea Huffman

One-Day Fun Saturday Workshops:



Nature Print Notecards        Saturday, May 4

10 AM to 1 PM


Nature print notecards by Andrea Huffman



 Nature print notecards- welcome summer with colorful printed notecards using locally sourced plants, stencils and found objects.

12 Person Maximum.  Cost $50 all supplies provided.







Fabric Covered Mini-Journal  

Saturday, June 8

11 AM to 3 PM




Fabric Covered Mini-Journal- begin your travels, real or imagined, with a journal filled with hand-painted pages and stamped fabric cover.   

Age: teen through adults | Min. enrollment: 5 | Max enrollment: 12 | Class Fee: $70



 It’s in the Bag   – Saturday, June 29



It’s in the Bag- Make a fashion statement at the beach, the farmer’s market or a picnic with your very own hand-painted canvas tote bag.





On view until April 25




For more information about these workshops, classes, exhibit or Andrea’s artwork:



on Facebook at Andrea Huffman Art Work

afhuffman on Instagram






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Marie Donze Offers Integrative Painting Workshops, An Outward Expression Of Your Inner Landscape On April 24 And April 27

Marie Donze‘s acrylic works on canvas are created through a process of meditation and relaxation which she has formalized and now shares through her Integrative Painting Workshop.  She is offering two separate workshops on April 24 and April 27giving participants equal access to their own creativity and inner wisdom.  The Rickie Report shares the details including Early Bird Discounts, plus some photos of previous workshops.  Spring is here!  Is it time for you to try something new?  













 10 to 4:30pm

 Sailboat Bend Artist Loft

1310 SW 2nd Court  Studio #305,       Fort Lauderdale,  FL 33312

*** $155 includes all art supplies, and light refreshments 

***Early Bird Special Discounts:


Sign up on or before April 17 for the April 24 workshop: $35 discount using the promo code: APRIL24

Sign up on or before April 20 for the April 27 workshop: $35 discount using the promo code: APRIL27


Sign Up Here:


Or by calling (954-775-5062)

Or email  info@mariedonze.com

Please contact Marie to schedule on a different date.  

Mobile Workshops, Individual Workshops, and Group Workshops in the Comfort of your home or her studio are available.





Previous participants in Marie’s Integrative Painting Workshop



Originally from the South of France, Marie Donze made her home in Fort Lauderdale over 20 years ago.  She creates art with reverse abstract painting on transparent glass and crystal.  She also uses close up photography of her glass work to capture the figures and beautiful abstracts that appear within the painted glass.  While still passionate about her glass painting, Marie has expanded into acrylic on canvas. Her acrylics on canvas are created through a process of meditation and relaxation which she has formalized and now shares through her Integrative Painting Workshop, allowing participants to have equal access to their own creativity and inner wisdom.

Workshop in progress

Marie tells The Rickie Report, “Often people are reluctant to explore their creative side through art because of the preconceived notion that formal training is necessary.  Through my own explorations I have not only discovered the rewarding powers of creativity but also the existence of a whole new world living inside me! Our inner world is very powerful, even more so when it is materialized onto canvas because it then becomes a fascinating roadmap to our soul”.




Marie’s passion is to share this process with others so they can also discover what lies within while having a good time.  She explains, ” Inside the relaxed and colorful atmosphere of my studio space, I create a safe and sacred space conducive to relaxing and opening up. Through a specific choice of music, a series of meditations and a breathing exercise, I invite participants to embark on a fun and creative journey with me where they will be able to release stress and cast off preconceived notions. After letting their emotions and intuition express themselves freely onto the canvas, the participants will often come out of the experience feeling empowered and refreshed with a new level of self-awareness and confidence”.





Exploring the meaning of the painting



TRR: Please tell our readers about the workshops. What will they learn?
 Through a series of guided meditations and breathing exercises, you will be lead to reach a state of surrender. Once prepared, you’ll be ready to paint from your heart and soul – and not your mind.  Later, we will reflect on the paintings and interpret their deeper meanings…





TRR:  Who will benefit from the workshop?


 Non-artists who would like to explore their creativity
Anyone stressed or overactive
Artists with creative blocks
Left brain and analytical personalities
Anyone desperately in need of “Me” time
Anyone who wants to learn to rely more on their Intuition 
Anyone experiencing inner conflicts or feeling stuck



“I Am Love” by Marie Donze



TRR:  What is the purpose of the workshop?
To leave your left brain at home
To surrender your stress to the process
To experience getting out of your own way
To conquer the fear of a blank canvas and explore the power of colors and symbols
To bring your feelings and intuition to the act of creation
To  practice turning inward and tuning into the guidance of your divine self
To unleash and express your inner wisdom and creativity and discover what it is trying to tell you through your painting
To gain clarity about yourself and the journey you are on




For more information about these workshops and Marie’s artwork:



Call (954-775-5062)      Email : info@mariedonze.com


FACEBOOK: Integrative Painting Workshops with Marie Donze

INSTAGRAM: @MarieDonzeWorkshops



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Body Paint-By-Number And Fabulous Art Opening At Brewhouse Gallery Friday, April 12

Experience a new kind of art reception at the Brewhouse Gallery on Friday, April 12 “Live painting” will take on a new meaning, as you can paint on a live model or just watch the resident artists paint their own canvases.  Limited tickets are available to paint part of the live model and proceeds will benefit Kelsey Cares. All other artwork will be for sale. Enjoy refreshments and live music during a unique art event in Lake Park, FL.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Music will be provided by Big Lux: Hip hop Violin!







 720 Park Avenue in Lake Park

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday   3PM–12AM; Saturday  & Sunday 12PM–12AM

Closed Monday & Tuesday        Phone:    (561) 469-8930




Body Paint-By-Number*


Fabulous Art Opening 

Music by Big Lux: Hip Hop Violin

Friday,  April 12

6 – 8:30 pm  

* Must be at least 18 years old 


Fabulous Art Opening by our resident artists! All art for sale!




Brewhouse Gallery 


The Brewhouse Gallery is a community art gallery and craft beer oasis! It offers some of the most limited craft beers, a full wine list, homemade sangria and catered food nightly. It’s a creative space to share ideas & get inspired. Established in 2014, The Brewhouse Gallery is the brainchild of accomplished Palm Beach Gardens artist AJ Brockman. He wanted to reinvent the art gallery model after experiencing firsthand what it’s like to make a living as an artist.



Artwork by Anthony Burks Sr.



Join us, Friday, April 12 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM as we showcase some of our current artists with a very unique event. Many of them will be painting live including  Anthony Burks Sr, Kat Janis, Kevin Goff, Leo J. Arbeznik and more! 



Artwork by Leo Arbeznik



Live painting! If you ever wanted to try painting a “live” canvas….this is your opportunity!  Buy a ticket for $20 and choose a number out of the bag to find out which square on our beautiful model you will be painting!  Create a masterpiece!  Limited tickets are available! A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Kelsey Cares! The model will have modesty tags on her body and wear a thong.





Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music also provided. Come out and meet the talent behind your favorite pieces! The artists will be here to share their stories and techniques. Plus, negotiate with them on that masterpiece you have been checking out!




For more information:



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Artists’ Guild Of Boca Raton Museum Of Art Presents Free Lecture With Ann Schwartz, “Winslow Homer: Ode To The Sea” Tuesday, April 9

The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum of Art presents a free lecture by Ann Schwartz, “Winslow Homer: Ode To The Sea” on Tuesday, April 9.  The public is invited to this event, part of a series of Art Talks presented by the Artists’ Guild.  Ann is an award winning artist, curator, and international lecturer, who will bring Winslow Homer’s paintings to life.  The Rickie Report shares the details here, including more about joining the Guild. Please note: The Guild’s Gallery has moved from Delray Beach to Boca Raton!





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

bocamuseum.org       guild@bocamuseum.org

Gallery Hours:  TUE – SAT: 10AM – 6PM      SUN: 1 – 5PM






P R E S E N T S:










7:00  –  8:30 pm  

Free admission & Parking      

Open to the Public



2910 N. Federal Hwy   Boca Raton, FL 33431  

(In Elegance Plaza)







Come and visit the new, larger gallery space!



The Artists Guild is an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and was established in its current form in 1984 by the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The Guild comprises hundreds of members, many of whom exhibit at the Artists Guild Gallery on Federal Highway in Boca Raton, FL.



Steve Nash tells The Rickie Report, “We very much encourage your participation in the Artists Guild. Our organization is vibrant and growing because of the interest and excitement of our members. It is not necessary to participate in the Artists Guild Gallery in Boca Raton to be an active member of our Guild. We have many exciting exhibition venues beyond the Artists Guild Gallery in Boca Raton”.



Become active and get the most out of your experience with The Artists Guild!  There are three levels of participation with the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild: Associate, Signature, and Participating Signature members.  





  • Support the Boca Raton Museum of Art (BRMA).
  • Provide an association of artists in all media to interchange ideas, support and educate members and provide quality venues for the exhibition of their original fine art.
  • Treat members and customers with respect and dignity.
  • To contribute to the cultural climate of South Florida.
  • Grow our organization.

Gallery view




In 1950, Boca Raton had a population of less than 1000, with the library acting as the cultural center of the community. Community members began an “Open House,” to exhibit their individual arts and crafts accomplishments. In 1951, the Art Guild of Boca Raton was organized and later incorporated on December 12, 1954.  In 1960, five adjacent lots were purchased on West Palmetto Park Road. Construction began in 1962 and, in the fall of that year, 12 years from it’s founding, the Art Guild dedicated its first home.


Because of a pressing need for studio space, due to the growth of its classes, a building committee was created in 1968. On March 29, 1969, the Studio Building was dedicated. Since 1969, the growth of the Art Guild has taken many different directions. The Exhibiting Artists Guild, known as the P.A.G. or Professional Artists Guild, was formed.


Artists of the “Guild,” held critiques, presented demonstrations by well-known artists and were invited to exhibit their works in several hotels, corporations and clubs. In 1975, the Center changed its name to Boca Raton Center for the Arts, and 10 years later, the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In a relatively short period of time, the enthusiastic support of a group of community artists led to the foundation of the BRMCA!


In 1997, the name was changed to Boca Museum Artist Guild. Membership was opened to the community. Guild membership was divided into two categories: Associate and Exhibiting. Guild activities have significantly contributed to positive public relations for the Museum. The Guild has participated in Boca Festival Days for 16 years; exhibited with Northern Trust Bank at their request; and provided artwork for Boca Raton Community Center, City Hall and Patch Reef Park. For two years, the Guild provided the Art Department of Pine Crest School with exhibits for teaching tools and with member lecturers. For the past three years, the Guild has participated in a joint exhibition project with the students of Boca Raton High School. Several Guild members serve as teachers at the Museum’s Art School. Additionally, Guild artists support the Museum’s Annual Auction with donated artwork and volunteers.


In 2000, The Artist Guild moved its exhibition center from Royal Palm Plaza to the Shops at Boca Center. Known as the Images Gallery, it offered Signature Members a first class exhibition space in a popular, commercial center. It proved to be a very positive public relations effort for both the Guild and the BRMCA. Professional artists were drawn to the center, as there was no comparable exhibition space for local artists in the tri-county area.


Membership in The Artists Guild doubled between 2000 and 2004. We currently have several hundred members, both artists and lovers of the arts. Increasing art sales produced real year-end contributions from The Artists Guild to the Boca Raton Museum of Art.  The Artists Guild moved to Mizner Park in Boca Raton in April 2005. Between April 2005 and September 2008, the Images Gallery was in three different Mizner Park locations. The Guild lost its space in Mizner Park and The Images Gallery closed at the end of September, 2008.  In October 2008, the Guild secured a new location for its gallery, this time on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. This new gallery, now known as The Artists Guild Gallery, reopened in November, 2008, with participation of over 100 Signature Members of The Artists Guild.


In September 2017, the Guild moved back to Boca Raton in a new larger space on Federal Hwy. This new gallery, known as The Artists Guild Gallery, is over 3,000 square feet. It reopened in October, 2017, with participation of over 100 Signature Members.



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




For more information:

Steve Nash:  spnash@aol.com



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Decorate Venetian Masks To Celebrate 40 Years Of Service By Arts Council Of Martin County. Save February 1, 2020 For “Carnivale Di mARTin – A Masquerade”. Support Arts Council Programs And Development Of A New Cultural Center In Stuart

Neil Capozzi at Stuart Art Supply and Artist’s Nook Studio, is ready to celebrate 40 years of the Martin Arts Council support of the arts and cultural scene! This fete is February 1, 2020, so it’s time to prepare by decorating a Venetian mask. Don’t wait – call Neil to reserve a mask! They’re due back by October 1, allowing snowbirds and locals time to explore your creativity!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some peeks at some masks that have already been returned!  The masks will be auctioned off at the “Carnevale di mARTin – A Masquerade”, with proceeds being used for Arts Councils programs including the development of a new cultural center in Stuart! We can’t wait to see what you create!






Stuart Art Supply  & Artists’ Nook Studio

43 SE Kindred Street  Stuart, FL 34990

















Neil Capozzi tells The Rickie Report, “As you know, the arts are an important part of this community and I strive to be active member in providing a quality experience in art materials, art education and community involvement.  I’m offering another opportunity for artists to showcase their talents this year. The Arts Council is having a milestone anniversary in 2020. We will be celebrating 40 years of supporting the arts in Martin County. We will be kicking off the year long celebration with a gala. The theme of the gala is “Carnevale di mARTin – A Masquerade”. The gala is Saturday, February 1st 2020.  I am asking all artists to participate in this event by painting a Venetian Mask and I will be collecting them and donating them to the Arts Council. Our goal is to sell them to the attendees of the gala. Blank masks are available from Stuart Art Supply for you to explore your creativity”.





Our 1st Masks have been completed.




Neil explains, “The mask painting project has been well received and I have over 40 out being painted at the moment. Since I need the masks back by October 1 there is still an opportunity for our “snowbirds” to participate. You just need to send them back by October 1st. The sooner I get them back the sooner we can begin promoting the 2020 Gala.  The masks can represent the style of the artist or the traditional venetian festival. It’s up to you, the artist”. 





Stuart Art Supply has several blanks to choose from. Neil will be ordering more as we gather the masks for this event in February 2020





Venetian Mask History:  The graceful, rounded half-mask of the Colombina mask express the enchanting femininity the Commedia dell’Arte figure of the same name radiates when she steps across the stage. Colombina means “little dove,” but with their sweeping form, splendid colors, and elaborate ornament, our Colombina masks can help you become a “bird of paradise!”






Venetian masks have a long history of protecting their wearer’s identity. Made for centuries in Venice, these distinctive masks were made out of papier-mache and wildly decorated with fur, fabrics, gem and feathers. Eventually, Venetian masks emerged as the emblem of Carnevale a pageant and street fair celebrating hedonism. Additionally, the masks served an important social purpose of keeping every citizen on an equal playing field. Masked, a servant could be mistaken for a nobleman—or vice versa. State inquisitors and spies could question citizens without fear of their true identity being discovered and citizens could answer without fear of retribution. The morale of the people was maintained through the use of masks—for with no faces, everyone had voices.



Mask wearing became forbidden in 1797, so the venetian masks, along with the carnival masks and masquerade ball masks vanished completely. This continued until the early ’80s, when a group of venetian architecture students began to revive this ancient and long tradition. Since then, the carnival of Venice has turned to be again one of the most important and most beautiful in the world.





APRIL 5  &  6


9  am- 5pm
















Check Out The Classes/Workshops  Here:

For more information about art supplies, art classes, or the opportunity to conduct art classes:


Stuart Art Supply  & Artists’ Nook Studio

43 SE Kindred Street  Stuart, FL 34990








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Artisans On The Ave Offers Flat Felting, Drawing And Meditate & Paint Workshops For All Levels Of Experience. Meet Amelia Costa Opening Reception Saturday April 6

Artisans On The Ave Gallery in Lake Worth not only displays and sells unique art creations, they also offer evening workshops! Learn how to Flat Felt with Gin Blische (tonight, March 29 and April 12), Meditate & Paint with Jana Costa (March 30), Learn to Draw with Patricia Lappin ( April 4 and April 18).  In addition, Amelia Costa will be showing her clay creations on April 6.  Please register beforehand for workshops.  The Rickie Report shares the details.






Gallery Hours:  Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm  Sunday 9am – 7pm



One-Time, Evening Workshops:



Flat Felting


March 29,   April 12        6 – 8:00 pm

Spend a casual evening of Wool, Wine and Blue Jeans at Artisans on the Ave with Wool Artist Gin Blische. You bring the denim she’ll bring the rest. Create a One Of A Kind design or use one that Gin has designed for you. This method of flat felting can be used to create a multitude of art projects.  $60.00 includes supplies and refreshments.



Meditate & Paint




March 30   

Lead by Jana Costa – Certified Meditation Instructor, Artists and Poet. Price – $55  Learn how to meditate and paint in a fun and relaxed environment.




Drawing Workshop


April 4,  April 18    6 – 8 pm

A creative drawing class introduces different ways to express yourself with simple tools: pencil, charcoal and pen on paper. Drawing is the foundation of all art expression. Shapes, lines and texture combine to make a quick sketch or a finished drawing. Get started on a life time of creativity with Patricia Lappin. Includes supplies. 







A M E L I A    C O S T A

Free, Public Opening Reception:

Saturday, April 6


6  –  9   pm


Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162      561-582-3300

Gallery Hours:
Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 7pm






For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call: 561.762.8162
Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460  





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April Is Full Of Activities And Opportunities At The Boca Raton Museum School Of Art. Check Out Classes And Exhibits Now

April is a very active month at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art!  It’s time for Youth Summer Camp sign-ups, the 5 x 5 Student Exhibition, a SOLO Exhibit by Susan Schwarz, and the Opening Reception at the International Plaza Exhibition.  The new Adult Class catalog is ready, too! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Be inspired, see an exhibit, and take a class!









Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486








April: Art the Boca Raton Museum Art School



The Boca Raton Museum Art School still a vey busy place during the month of April, even as snowbirds depart. Term 5  (5 weeks)  starts on Monday, April 22. The catalog for Adult Summer 2019 classes will be mailed by the end of March, but you can check out on-line registration.




E X H I B I T I O N S:



International Plaza Exhibition

Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 3, 2019    4:30 – 7:30 PM

International Plaza

7280 & 7284    West Palmetto Park Rd.        Boca Raton, FL 33433



Show your support for the Boca Raton Museum Art School with a lavish Opening Reception with champagne, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, and dessert! Over 60 large paintings and photographs from the students and instructors of the Art School breathe new life into this place of business. Join us and toast your glass to these talented artists.

You Must RSVP :






5 x 5 Student Exhibition

Opening Reception:

Tuesday,  April 30    5:30 – 7:30 PM




Focus Gallery Exhibition  

Artwork by Susan Schwarz

A SOLO Exhibit by award winning abstract artist, Susan Schwarz

On view from Tuesday April 30 to May 22, 2019




Youth   Summer   Art   Camp

2019 Youth Summer Art Camp Program will be conducted by our Youth & Teen Ceramics instructor Rita Daire, registration for the 10 weeks of Summer Camp are ready online and over the phone, please contact us 561-392-2503.




For more information about these workshops, classes, exhibits and other events please visit:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool






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Armory Art Salon On Tuesday, April 2 Features “Curiouser And Curiouser” With TD Gillespie

The Armory Art Center brings TD Gillespie to the next Art Salon, led by Elle Schorr on Tuesday, April 2. The public is invited to discuss  “Curiouser and Curiouser “. TD Gillespie is a multidisciplinary artist working in installation, oil painting, and mixed media.  Stop and look at the art…hear the creators…share the wonder!  The Rickie Report gives you the details and some sneak peeks.  Kudos, Elle, for bringing us internationally, nationally, and locally based artists who help us better understand the creative process!






811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776     armoryart.org




Tuesday , April 2, 2019

6:30 – 8:30 pm



“Curiouser and Curiouser”


 TD Gillispie 





There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.

Armory Art Center Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

* Exhibitions are open to the public

Art Salons continue to meet in the Armory Art Center Library on Tuesday nights, usually the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, from October through May. Salons are open to anyone who would like to participate in these lively discussions. 



“Beauty For Ashes” by TD Gillespie



TD Gillispie is a multidisciplinary artist working in installation, oil painting, and mixed media. The medium selected to make an artwork is one which might make the intended point the strongest. The art is provocative, reflective, and metaphoric, as she is continually exploring our deepest thoughts, feelings and fantasies in new and unexpected ways. Her installations are room-like reflective spaces created using specific found objects that inspire and trigger memory. These objects are determined after much consideration of how to deliver a specific message.


“Big Bang” by TD Gillespie



She states, “With these found objects I re-purpose them to create a space to give new meaning to an old object but keeping the integrity of the original object as a part of the focus. This is a juggling act.” Some recurring themes are toys, home, introspection, and sweet/sinister. The work is centered on reflection of thoughts from the past merged with present circumstances that we all face.



“The Spirit House” by TD Gillespie


TD Gillispie lives and works in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including Dacia Gallery in New York City, Art Palm Beach, 101 Exhibit in Miami, Boca Raton Museum of Art, and Whitespace: The Mordes Collection in West Palm Beach. Gillispie’s paintings have been featured in Studio Visit Magazine. She was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Marshall University. TD is the Palm Beach County 2016 winner of the South Florida Cultural Consortium.



“Peepshow” by TD Gillespie



One of her installations, “Peepshow”, is on view in “Inhabited” at the Projects in FATVillage, Fort Lauderdale through its final Art Walk on Saturday, March 30, and another, which will include “Big Bang” and “Bazooka” along with new work, will be installed in the same location for an exhibition entitled, “Ripped From the Headlines”, opening for preview on Friday, April 26, and Art Walk, Saturday, April 27.





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

Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776




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Public Is Invited To “Celebration Of The Arts” On Saturday, March 30. Experience Music, Visual Arts, Personal Coaching, Ceramics, Porcelain Demo, And Authors

The public is invited to join Pen Women from the Boca Raton Branch and the Ft. Lauderdale Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) for a “Celebration of the Arts”.  Workshops, activities, and speakers will take place at the Center for Spiritual Living in Boca Raton.  An art exhibit by Pen Women artists will be on display and for sale.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to mark your calendars for what promises to be a fantastic day!







About The National League of American Pen Women:

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) is an organization of professional women in the arts – writers, artists and music composers. Established 43 years ago, the Boca Raton Branch is one of the largest branches in the country.

Members have opportunities to interact with other professional women and showcase their creative work in public forums. Workshops, art exhibits, lectures, music programs, competitions and special events are offered. The Branch supports the local community through outreach programs and scholarships awards.

The National League, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest women’s organization in the U.S. Throughout its 120-year-history, the NLAPW has attracted many prominent women to its rosters, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl Buck, Erma Bombeck and Edna Hibel. Vinnie Ream, whose statue of President Lincoln stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, was an early member of the NLAPW.

From October to April, the Boca Raton Branch holds luncheon programs, featuring interesting and inspiring speakers. Guests are welcome to attend the luncheons and meet our creative members. To register for a luncheon, visit our Web site and download a reservation form.







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The Thriving Art Exchange Continues With A Virtual Town Hall On Monday, April 1. Stay Involved And Let’s Make Our Goals Realities! Free To Attend. Register Now!

The Clark Hulings Fund For Visual Artists continues The Thriving Art Exchange at a Virtual Town Hall on Monday, April 1. Even if you didn’t participate in our first exchange at CJR Fine Arts & Frame, everyone is welcome to engage in the important work of building and maintaining our visual art community in Southeast Florida.  Honoring Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report, for her work in bringing together diverse artists, art lovers, and institutions, was only the first step. We look forward to hearing your voice in this online community exchange, so register (free) NOW!  Join Daniel DiGriz (CHF), Neil Capozzi (Martin Arts Council), Rickie Leiter (TRR), and Elayna Toby Singer (Art in Public Places PB County). Let’s take the next step together!  The Rickie Report shares the links to register, listen, and ask questions.






Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists




The Clark Hulings Fund will host another online community exchange:

Monday,  April 1, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Even if you didn’t participate in the first exchange,

You are invited to take part in this one!  


Please feel free to share this information with your visual arts colleagues.


To view the live broadcast April 1st 4:00 PM (or the recording afterward) visit: 



That link includes the chat window for asking questions.

To ask questions, you’ll just need to log in with your google account.

We will also take questions and comments from Twitter that use the hashtag #CHF.





REGISTER (Free):  clarkhulingsfund.org/taewelcome








As promised, we are following up on our recent events in South Florida with a Thriving Art Exchange Virtual Town Hall! Please join us Monday, April 1st at 4:00 PM (Eastern) to continue to discuss the state of the visual art industry in South Florida, and brainstorm ways to better meet the needs of its stakeholders. We are delighted to welcome panelists including Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report; Elayna Toby Singer, artist and Palm Beach County Art in Public Places administrator; and Neil Capozzi, chair of the Arts Council of Martin County, owner of Stuart Art Supply & Studio, and board member of Martin Artisans Guild.



The Thriving Art Exchange brings together the art world’s various players to engage in constructive dialogue, structured brainstorms, and honest debates about the future of the industry, locally, regionally, and nationally. The ultimate goal is to foster positive transformation and build a vibrant community that serves all its members.



Elizabeth Hulings tells The Rickie Report, “After our live learning events have ended, we always hear from participants who tell us how much they’ve been impacted by the experience. That feedback is only part of the story, though. The other part is how much WE learn from all of you”. Rickie Leiter is proud to be named to the Advisory Board of the Clark Hulings Fund!


Debut of The Thriving Art Exchange:



On January 31st, we kicked off three days of art-business talk in south Florida with a reception at Claire and Jack Rosen’s CJR Fine Arts & Frame gallery in Royal Palm Beach. The event marked the debut of CHF’s Thriving Art Exchange, which brings together leading voices from all facets of the art world to foster dialogue in the industry—both in person and online. In this time of upheaval, we’re encouraging collaboration and helping to build an art industry where everyone can thrive.


Rickie Leiter, Publisher of The Rickie Report details our discussion questions at the inaugural Thriving Art Exchange at CJR Fine Art & Frame



The following morning marked the start of our Ft. Lauderdale Art-Business Conference at ArtServe, co-hosted by the Broward County Cultural Division and sponsored by Wells Fargo. The event drew an impressive and inspiring bunch of artists! South Florida’s arts community is in savvy and passionate hands. Our interactive workshops are designed to be their own kind of Thriving Art Exchange, fostering dialogue and collaboration. We provided these artists with a strong foundation for growing their businesses, and they in turn shared their stories and offered us terrific suggestions that we’ll be incorporating into future conferences and CHF curricula.




Participants in the Ft. Lauderdale Art-Business Conference February, 2019




Smack in the middle of the workshops, four leaders from the local arts community graciously shared their expertise in our Roundtable Q&A: Ilene Adams, marketing expert, graphic designer, and artist; Deborah Bigeleisen, painter and former owner of a global textile print-design company; Janeen Mason, artist, curator, author, illustrator, speaker, and arts advocate; and Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report (which covers southeastern Florida’s visual-art scene) and guest of honor at our Thriving Art Exchange Reception. (To learn more about all four, read their full bios on our event page.)



Janeen Mason, Rickie Leiter, Ilene Gruber Adams, Deborah Bigeleisen





These amazing women led a spirited discussion that covered a lot of ground, including how to find public art and grant opportunities; getting involved with south Florida’s local gallery scene; and making art fairs work for you. Ultimately, participants learned that art-business success requires engaging with people in honest and meaningful ways. It’s not about sales but rather true connections.



Daniel DiGriz, Education Director at CHF tells The Rickie Report, “The single most important statistical predictor of life expectancy is that you’re alive. The longer you’re alive, the longer you’re going to live. It’s funny, but it underscores the incredible power of inertia”.


Thriving Art Exchange Inaugural Event at CJR Fine Arts & Frame



“When I see people on the verge of changing their lives and careers, really propelling themselves forward in quantum bounds, the single biggest predictor of whether they will actually do it, is the step they’re taking right now. If they’re not doing something about it at this very moment, the likelihood and the opportunity plummets”.


“I want to see artists make irrevocable changes that accelerate their businesses—so that they mark a before this moment and after this moment on their professional calendars. So it’s not rhetoric to say that this is your last chance. Every chance is your last. Every opportunity missed reduces the likelihood of another opportunity”.




REGISTER (Free):  clarkhulingsfund.org/taewelcome




For more information, please visit https://clarkhulingsfund.org


For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986