Trunk Show At Whitespace Kicks Off A New Season On October 29. Open Call To Jewelry Artists To Participate

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace The Mordes Collection is looking for jewelry artists to be part of the Weekend Trunk Show experience.  Local artists are welcome to attend and sell their creative works. Non-local artists are welcome to participate as well.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.






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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Offers Public Art Workshop With Debby Coles-Dobay On August 3. Free To Members And Open To The Public

Preparing an application for a public art project can be a daunting task. The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance offers a Public Art Workshop with Debby Coles-Dobay on Tuesday, August 3. Learn about the basics of Public Art Programs including tips, best practices, and resources. Reservations are required. This seminar is free to St. Lucie Cultural Alliance members and is open to non-members for a small fee. The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Register soon as space is limited!  










T U E S D A Y,    A U G U S T  3,  2 0 2 1  

10 – 11 AM




Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd   Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Phone: 772-337-1959



This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions and explore best practices to assist you in reviewing and developing a quality response to a Call for Artists (Request for Qualifications or Request for Proposals).


This 1-hour session will take place at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, on Tuesday, August 3, 10 – 11 AM, and cover the following:



  • Basics of Public Art Programs

  • How to prepare a Call-to-artist RFQ

  • What are RFQ and RFP?

  • Tips to become a public artist

  • Public art best practices and resources


Intro to Public Art is FREE for Cultural Alliance Members and City of Port St. Lucie residents click here to register:




 and ONLY $25 for all other artists:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is on a mission!The organization is determined to empower its artists to achieve their highest potential.And nothing is going to stop them.  On August 3, the Cultural Alliance will present another powerful professional development workshop:Introduction to Public Art. Presented in partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie Public Arts, the workshop will address critical components of successfully responding to a call to artists.



Pattie Tobin  Long Range Planning Administrator for Port St. Lucie



“I would encourage all local artists to take advantage of this workshop,” said Pattie Tobin, Long Range Planning Administrator for Port St. Lucie, and who manages Public Art for the city. “It will help them prepare for any call to artists that local governments, like Port St. Lucie, will send out to solicit public art.The responses to our call to artists in the past have included some great entries and some not-so-great entries.It’s important to have a thorough and responsive application to get your art selected.”



Debby Coles-Dobay


The workshop is sponsored in part by the City of Port St. Lucie to educate and encourage local artists to apply and be selected. “One of the main priorities for St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to empower our members with useful tools to be successful,” said Alyona Ushe, Cultural Alliance’s Executive Director.“For Intro To Public Art,” we engaged one of the region’s top public art professional, Debby Coles-Dobay.”




As founder of Art Moves You, Debby Coles-Dobay applies her professional skills to create and cultivate public art projects, exhibits, and programs in the Arts & Culture sector. Debby served 13 years as a public art professional for the City of Boynton Beach. During that time, she realized over 80 public art projects, created and implemented the biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibit. Before public art, Debby’s career included marketing and advertising for international corporations, as well as her own company. To learn more about Debby and her company visit Art Moves You.


For more information about anything mentioned in this article, new initiatives you would like to propose, or to make a comment:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783










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Whitespace The Mordes Collection Invites Organizations And Groups For Private Tours. Book Your Reservations Now

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace The Mordes Collection invites organizations and groups to book a private tour.  Experience contemporary art in a unique setting with your colleagues and friends!  Whitespace Opens for Season on November 5th. The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks.






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Whitespace The Mordes Collection Announces Openings For Exhibition Space For 2021/2022 Season. Artists Of All Mediums Are Welcome

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection announces openings for artists of all mediums at this Private, Contemporary Art Exhibition space.  Artists looking for a high visibility exhibition venue that is staff supported can count on Elayne Mordes to be part of their business strategy.  The Rickie Report shares the details and links to the previous years’ exhibition.








View   a   360   Tour   of   our   last   Exhibition:


“Abstract Interpretations” 


Artist Roseanne Williams & Pianist Jed Maness


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Delray Art League Is Back With A New Location, New Mediums Of Artwork Being Accepted, Exciting New Plans With “Summer In The City” And “Art Scape In The City”! New Members Welcome!

The Delray Art League (DAL) is BACK with a NEW LOCATION, NEW MEDIUMS of artwork being accepted, TWO NEW season events for 2021-2022!  NEW MEMBERS are welcome (enjoy some special perks) and NON-MEMBERS can participate in “Summer In The City” and “Art Scape In The City” at the Big Apple Bazaar on Atlantic Avenue.  The excitement begins Saturday July 17 and Sunday, July 18.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to sign up now!  Admission is free for art lovers, spectators, browsers, their family and guests!  DAL brings us the coolest Art Show in the area this summer!









Big Apple Shopping Bazaar

5283 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL.



The Coolest Art Show in Delray Beach

Is Indoors  this Summer!

Celebrate our exciting new 2021-2022 season~


N  E  W        C  A  T  E  G  O  R  I  E  S:




watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage, photography, digital print


video, MPEG3, MPEG4 etc.


stone, wood, metal, clay



‘Summer In The City’ Show Application Information




For more information or questions send an email to:









Delray Art League is a group of fine artists, sculptors and photographers whose mission is to promote the development of visual arts by awarding scholarships and art supplies to local arts students and provide member artist indoor and outdoor venues to showcase their art.  







The Delray Art League continues its 55 years + mission of encouraging and sharing the visual arts as well as fundraising for Arts Education.  Over the past decade the Delray Art League has contributed over $120,000 to Fund Art Education Programs in Palm Beach County. This season we hope to significantly increase that support with your help and participation.










Premium Members – Indoor & Outdoor Events:




  • We will be using ZAPP online for all juried indoor and outdoor events such as ‘Summer In The City’ and ‘Art Scape In The City’ for the 2021-2022 season.
  • The indoor and outdoor event jury process will be completed through ZAPP utilizing your online profile.
  • Create your ZAPP user profile online here and upload images of your work and also an image of your outdoor booth setup.
  • The jury team will review all applications for all indoor and outdoor shows using ZAPP unless otherwise specified.
  • ‘Summer In The City’ – Indoor space size is approximately 10×12, retail slat wall is useable and requires approved slat wall hooks.
  • Slat wall hooks are available from the Show Team and are required to use the slat wall to prevent damage.
  • Indoor booths include electricity, display cases, WI-FI access, and overnight security.
  • ‘Art Scape In The City’ – Outdoor space size is 10×10, white tents will only be allowed, no pavement stakes, 4 corner weights that must be >25 lbs.
  • Tents should also have side walls and covered overnight on Friday.
  • Friday overnight security will be provided outdoors.
  • Non-Members must submit a certificate of insurance for liability using the form
  • Active members in good standing are not required to submit a certificate of insurance as indoor and outdoor liability insurance is included in membership.













About Delray Art League:

General meetings are held on the second Monday of the month from October through April in the Delray Beach Parks & Recreation Building: 50 NW 1st Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444 – from 6:45 –  8:00 pm. 

The Delray Art League was established as a non-profit 501 3C in 1965.Over the past 12 years, the league has donated 10% of its profits — equaling over 150, 000 — to help fund art programs in Palm Beach County. These include organizations for children and adults with disabilities. This year, through the Lori Lee Doty Art Education Fund, the league will add art-related initiatives for survivors of breast cancer and their families.




For more information:

Ron Rizzi, President

Our Website:




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Cornell Museum At Old School Square Announces Call To Artists For Indie Fest. Application Deadline Is July 12 For September 18 & 19 Event in Delray Beach

The Cornell Art Museum announces a Call To Artists and Artisans of 2D and 3D artworks for Indie Fest, which takes place on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19, 2021. Located on the historic grounds of the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square on Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, FL, the community is ready to celebrate the arts!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to apply by July 12, 2021.  Art lovers – mark your calendars for September 18 & 19!

51 N. Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444











Deadline to apply:  July 12, 2021









 For more details



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Squares on the Square is a signature fundraising event for Old School Square Center for the Arts, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) registered non-profit cultural organization.





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Martin Artisans Guild Celebrates Permanent Home Of The Palm Room Gallery & Artisans Boutique . Grand Opening Reception And Kick Off Raffle Of Special Luxury Baskets On Friday, July 2. Raffle Continues Through August 27

The Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) is thrilled to announce their new permanent location in Harbour Bay Plaza! The Public is invited to the Grand Opening of The Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique on Friday, July 2 offering light refreshments, a cash bar, and music.  Support MAG by buying Chances for Luxury Baskets which will be on display at the Gallery. Chances for these prizes will be available until August 27. The random drawing will be 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 1.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks of artwork and Luxury Baskets!  Admission and parking are FREE. The Martin Artisans Guild are sponsors of the Open Studio Tour. Mark your calendars for March 5 – 6, 2022.








Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique

  Grand     Opening     Reception






Friday, July 2

5:30  –  7:30 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm

This exhibit will continue to August 28, 2021

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)




Painting by Diana Rell Dean






Ceramic Sculpture by Carolyn Walsh





Angela Krogen

Barbara Bucci

Carolyn Walsh

Charlie Coté

Craig Dietrich

Curt Whiticar Collection

Diana Rell Dean

Dinija Berkien

Dot Galfond

Ed Douglas

Eduardo Gomez

James J. DeMartis Collection

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Jeanine Baum

Lynn Morgan

Sue Klahne
















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.


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Artists Of Palm Beach County Presents “Summer Dreams” Exhibit And Features Artist, Lupe Lawrence. Opening Reception Is Friday, June 25

ArtWorks Gallery, located in the wonderful, historic bohemian art district of Northwood in West Palm Beach, hosts  “Summer Dreams”, the next exhibit by the Artists of Palm Beach County.  The Awards Juror is Sue Archer. The Featured Artist is award winning Lupe Lawrence.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, June 25.  The exhibition is open now and will run through August 31, 2021.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!









An Opening Reception and awards ceremony for “Summer Dreams” at the ArtWorks Gallery is planned for Friday, June 25th, 5 – 8 PM in conjunction with the Northwood Village Art Walk. The gallery will be treated to a live jazz band, and visitors can also stroll through the area to enjoy local arts and craft vendors, experience live street-side music, or dine at some of the best restaurants. Don’t miss this lively night out!



“After The Beach” by Lupe Lawrence



A call for artists went out to members and non-members alike for this juried show of original artwork in all media, 2D or 3D, and 24 artists were accepted. Lupe Lawrence, a painter who is best known for her landscapes and cityscapes, was chosen as the Featured Artist, and her oil painting “Island Cove” is below.



“Island Cove” by Lupe Lawrence



Artists of Palm Beach County is also thrilled to have Sue Archer as the Judge for awards. Ms. Archer is a nationally known award-winning watercolorist and workshop instructor whose watercolors have been exhibited in national, state, and regional competitions.



For more information about this exhibit or other events of the Artists of Palm Beach County:



Artists of Palm Beach County is a non-profit 501c organization dedicated to helping member artists achieve their artistic goals and utilize their talents to enrich the lives in our community. Registration #CH52359





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Art & The Blockchain Is A Reality: One Third Of Small And Medium Sized Businesses Now Take Cryptocurrency As Payment. What You Need To Know!

Blockchain is affecting the art industry, small business, and our lives in general. How will it change the way artists, galleries, and art buyers do business?  Here’s what artists and art buyers should know about this evolving technology. The Rickie Report shares an informative article about Art & Blockchain, written by Carolyn Edlund of Artsyshark.











ART     &     THE      BLOCKCHAIN



Art as NFTs and the rise of the crypto art market have been all over the news lately. Headlines scream about artists earning veritable fortunes overnight, while others warn about energy usage. Some artists are clamoring to get involved with this hot new market. Others are vehemently opposed.  What is the future of NFTs and the blockchain technology behind them? I spoke with two experts to get answers and dive into big changes coming to the industry.



Why Blockchain Matters



Blockchain is a “trustless” protocol that records transactions through a transparent, verifiable ledger system which cannot be altered. The entire cryptocurrency market and a myriad of virtual tools and projects are built on blockchain platforms that provide fast, accurate and safe functionality.


Importantly, blockchain is a decentralized system which is disrupting the status quo. It tends to increase fairness and stability, and take power out of the hands of a small group of decision makers. In this way, blockchain mirrors the art industry itself, which has fractured and placed more control in the hands of self-determining individual artists.


To get to the heart of the enormous impact this will have in our everyday lives, I spoke with Shidan Gouran. He is an early blockchain investor and a serial technology entrepreneur holding degrees in Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Western Ontario. Gouran is the founder of Gulf Pearl, a Canadian merchant bank focused on “financing both private and junior public companies in the information, communications and media sectors.

“Blockchain is now mainstream,” Gouran says. “Technologies come and go, and better technologies will come. The concept of universal databases that anybody can read and write to and that cannot be manipulated are very useful. Digital assets are here to stay. It just makes sense that things would move from paper to the digital world. Tracking and provenance of real world objects on the internet will become more and more common. Those are the realities.”


How prevalent is blockchain in our society? One-third of small and medium-sized businesses now take cryptocurrency as payment. Bitcoin can be purchased using Paypal. Mastercard, Visa, and American Express are all embracing blockchain technology. It is transforming the banking and “financial industries, and is the “digital DNA” of the internet 3.0.



The Question of Energy Consumption



Blockchain is undergoing rapid evolution and improvement. Detractors cite as a major concern the high energy usage in the “mining” process that drives transactions. Bitcoin is often held up as a major example of this excess.  “Bitcoin was the “first prototype; it is not the last system in existence,” explains Gouran. “Right now it consumes more energy than the Netherlands. Each transaction burns more than 700,000 Visa transactions as far as energy goes. When you consider these things, Bitcoin is not a great system. In my opinion, if it became the world’s currency it would be highly immoral, because of the energy consumption.”



How will this problem be overcome? Bitcoin operates on a Proof of Work mechanism which is energy ineficient. The Ethereum blockchain (which powers NFTs) and other platforms are moving to Proof of Stake, which is much less energy consumptive.  Gouran adds, “There are systems like Stellar and Ripple and when released,Facebook’s Diem blockchain, which would use even less energy than Ethereum’s Proof of Stake. A transaction on the Diem blockchain doesn’t cost more than a Visa transaction.”



Think of super efficient systems underlying the technology of finance and business that remove the need for offices full of workers using energy to validate and push through transactions. What are the energy savings when you don’t have to power 100,000 square foot buildings using light and heat and computers for hundreds of workers because they aren’t needed, all due to blockchain efficiency? We could end up with an actual decrease in energy usage.






Art as NFTs



NFTs (art sold as non-fungible tokens) have captured the imagination of the world and produced record-breaking sales. I asked art advisor, curator and crypto expert Georg Bak about this phenomenon. He says, “NFTs are certainly not just a trend. I believe that this market has a huge growth potential, not only for art but also for any kind of collectibles in the game, fashion and sport industry. At the moment the market is a bit overheated and many buyers are only buying NFTs in order to flip them instantaneously and make profits. I believe we will see a correction towards a more consolidated and matured market. There are so many historical digital artworks which never had a market and can be discovered by a wider public.”



What does this mean for the individual artist?  Selling platforms are cropping up like wildfire, offering an opportunity to artists who want to enter the crypto art market. Over time it will shake out and mature, and providers will address some of the existing technical limitations. Right now the sky is the limit. Once we have some history in the rearview mirror, the road will become clearer.


Benefits of New Tech



New technologies built on blockchain and the “smart contracts” they enforce and offer a level of transparency to an often opaque art world. This is good news for artists who create both digital and physical artworks, which can be embedded and tracked.


Bak says, “Blockchain technology will certainly not solve the authenticity and provenance issues of the past, but it can have a strong impact on future transactions. Nevertheless the data on the blockchain is only valuable if the physical artwork can be identified and assigned clearly to the data. There are different methods to apply identifiers such as for example RFID chips or surface scanning technologies.”


Once embraced, chips and scanning methods can assure the authenticity, scarcity and provenance of an individual piece of art. Artists will also use blockchain technology to track inventories, collectors, shipping and sales transactions. Another huge benefit of smart contracts is automatic payment of royalties to artists when secondary sales of their work are made.



Power to the Artists


As decentralization continues to put more control into the hands of individual artists, they are no longer in thrall to gatekeepers or third parties. How will our industry evolve as the power centers change?



“Galleries are certainly losing their monopoly over the market as artists can reach out to collectors directly,” says Bak. “The new gatekeepers are online marketplaces, and power is shifting from galleries to platforms. Even though platforms provide an interesting new revenue stream for artists, they don’t necessarily provide the same extent of curatorial exposure and content for artists as gallerists did in the past. Quite often platforms select artists according to purely mathematical measures, such as the number of followers on Instagram. Therefore, I think that galleries or artist managers are still playing an important role in promoting the artist’s career but probably they have to reinvent their business model.”




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Gallery 526 In Northwood Village Announces Summer Special Offer To Artists Of All Media For July, August, September To Display And Sell Your Artwork

Barbara Ziev, owner of Gallery 526 in Northwood Village announces a Summer Gallery Special for July, August, and September.  Choose to consign 78″ wall space or consign the 12′ x 14′ Solo Gallery space. The lower commission rate covers: utilities, tax, full time sales rep, security, book keeping, insurance, display system, retail space, advertising, marketing and more.  The Rickie Report shares the details here and suggests you contact Barbara soon while space is still available!




Gallery 526

Hours:   Wednesday through Saturday 11 to 5 pm

526 Northwood Road, Northwood Village, W. Palm Beach, FL








Six (6) gallery wall and floor spaces available for $100 per month plus 30% commission for a 78”W x 106”H space. (month to month or up to three months,  July, August and September. Take one month or up to three months, a 30% commission on every sale includes utilities, tax, full time sales rep, security, book keeping, insurance, display system, retail space, advertising, marketing and more.



Also available, 12’ x 14’ solo gallery / studio space for $500 month plus 30% commission on each sale. Space includes French doors, display system, full time sales assistant, utilities, good lighting, AC, book keeping, advertising and marketing,  insurance, security system, display system and more. Available month to month up to three months, July, August and September.



Contact Barbara Ziev

526 Northwood Road     West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone/Text: 610-428-3943





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