Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department Presents “The Big Book” By Gregory Dirr, December Artist In Residence. Explore Life’s Themes Through Colorful Paintings And Whimsical Scenes With Interactive Events Throughout Pompano

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department continues its Artists in Residence (AiR) program with December’s artist, Gregory Dirr.  Known as an interdisciplinary visual artist who draws inspiration from fairy tales and the natural environment, his epic exhibit explores the themes of life with whimsical mixed media paintings.  With events at various venues, Gregory will offer live painting, a printmaking workshop, Paint & Sip, and much moreThe Rickie Report shares the details of Gregory’s events, some sneak peeks of his images, and information to become an AiR.











   P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:




The    Big    Book 



Artist    In    Residence:




G R E G O R Y     D I R R




The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public



Gregory  Dirr





Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is proud to present The Big Book, an epic visual narrative by artist Gregory Dirr. The stunning exhibition explores the dualities of existential themes—love, evil, fear, death, birth. Through colorful paintings and other artistic mediums, this story is told through whimsical and chaotic scenes interpreted differently by a spectrum of recurring characters. The exhibition will be on display through March 21, 2023.  Dirr, who is a member of BaCA’s Artist in Residence program (AiR), is the December Artist of the Month. In addition to The Big Book exhibition, there will also be an additional free reception during Old Town Untapped on the second floor of BaCA for Dirr’s exhibition, Anything and Everything from the Past. And in BaCA’s west gallery window, Dirr will be showcasing an installation entitled Kaleidoscope Fairies.



“We are honored to feature Gregory’s provocative and visually compelling compositions in this exhibition,” said Ty Tabing, Cultural Affairs Director. “He is an extremely talented artist whose creativity graces several public art projects, including a Painted Pompano sculpture decorated with his signature Celtic knots and a brilliantly colorful traffic box.”  Utilizing a plethora of materials – from the repurposed wood of trees in his backyard, to ground up gemstones – Dirr focuses on ecologically sourcing materials. His work has been exhibited in art fairs such as Scope, published in numerous magazines, and collected by galleries and art buyers internationally. Gregory Dirr was awarded the Silver Key for Portfolio by The National Scholastic Art and Writing Alliance in 2004 and went on to graduate at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2008. While there, he produced many significant pieces winning the Best of Core and Best of Fine Arts awards. He has gone on to produce public art for numerous businesses and cities.



Known as an interdisciplinary visual artist who draws inspiration from fairy tales and the natural environment, Dirr’s The Big Book exhibition is characterized by differing media specific to each piece. Passionate about experimenting with new materials and processes, during his residency, Dirr plans to realize five large scale pieces for his passion works, which are process heavy and innovative. The theme of his planned work is centered around The Big Book. In addition to the events during Old Town Untapped, Dirr will be participating in several upcoming events.








 Friday, December 2  | Old Town Untapped  

6 – 10 pm



Artwork by Gregory Dirr




December 8  | Live Painting At Taste of Jazz 



7  –  8:30 pm  





Bailey Contemporary Arts


41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org





Wednesday,December 14 | Printmaking 

1 – 3  pm




Pompano Beach Cultural Center Library 

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 • ccpompano.org





Artwork by Greggory Dirr




Thursday, December 22   |  Paint & Sip 

6 – 9 pm: 




Bailey Contemporary Arts


41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org



Wednesday,  December 28 | Lunch And Art

12:15  –  1:15  pm 





Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org



Artwork by Gregory Dirr



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About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department:

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.





The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is delighted to relaunch its Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA).  The AiR Program provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with our community.




Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is operated by the City of Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department (PBCAD) which annually seeks participants for its Artists in Residence Program (AiR). As part of this program, eight studios at BaCA are available to individual artists for a nine-month period from October – June. The 2023 -2024 residency will be available for application in April 2023. Through this residency, PBCAD strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their talents and enhance their experience through artistic development and experimentation. The residency’s structure is therefore left relatively open to cater to individuality, spontaneity and collaboration. BaCA should be considered a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated. A dynamic environment will be created through the AiR Program – one that appeals to onlookers and attracts locals and visitors alike to watch the creative process unfold and see the latest output.







For more information:


Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 • ccpompano.org



Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

41 NE 1 Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org


Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 • pompanobeacharts.org





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The Artists’ Studio And Gallery Of Tequesta Presents A Free Holiday Open House December 1

The Artists’ Studio And Gallery Of Tequesta offers original fine art in a relaxed setting in the Gallery North Plaza near the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  The public is welcome to the Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 1, 2022.  Meet the five core artists: Marie Cardi Etherington, Suzanne Fico, Kathy Kauss, Jerry Oliver, and Joseph Bennet Pierre. Featured wall artists include:  Susan Weinbrenner, Jim Sechiano, Bill Rose, Jeni Morton and William Rodriquez. Special Lighthouse ArtCenter Faculty guests include: Chad Steve, Carolyn Austin, Eduardo Gomez, Jeni Licata, and Barbara Powell The Rickie Report shares the details of the Open House and some sneak peeks of artworks worthy to set the tone in your home or office.







Public   Is   Invited   To   A   Free



~ Holiday   Open   House ~



Thursday, December 1, 2022



 5 – 7:30  pm




Studio & Gallery Hours:

Tuesday  to  Friday 10 – 4       

Saturday  &  Sunday    11 – 3



Gallery Square North  

385 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469

618.645.0151    or        561.339.3314









“Ocean Calling” by Marie Cardi Etherington




Marie   Cardi   Etherington


Marie Cardi Etherington draws her inspiration from an early interest in textile, a passion for science and art of gardening, and explorations of exotic locations around the continents.  Her approach is expressionistic and invites the viewer to feel the mood as she, herself experienced it during the painting process. To Marie, “Color is form”.  An early interest in pre-Columbian art lead her to textiles and weaving.  Manipulating threads with a four-harness loom created a pathway for her to express herself with color.  Then she experienced the buttery movement of oil paints and switched from threads and loom to paint and canvas.


Marie tells The Rickie Report, “I paint for the moment.  My goal is to bring the viewer in, to look at the everyday world in a new way, because that is how I have painted it. Marie’s artworks can be found in public and private collections around the globe.  Marie studied with the late Terry Oakes Bourret (in CT), Hugh O’Neill ( FL and Ireland), and John Traynor (NH). She holds a degree from University of NH and continued her studies at Cornell University and Albertus Magnus College. Marie has exhibited at numerous juried shows including: The Lyme Art Association, the Clinton Art Society ( where she is an elected member), at Jupiter Medical Center, and Lighthouse ArtCenter.


An accredited Federated Garden Club of America flower show master judge, Marie draws a sense of design and space from the world of gardening.  Her designs have been sold in such places as luxury retailer, Henri Bendel in New York. Marie enjoys painting outdoors in New England as well as Jupiter, FL.  For more information: www.cardietherington.com





“The Tree” by Suzanne Fico



Suzanne   Fico



Suzanne Fico is from New York, where her interest in capturing the beauty of birds and nature began. She created her first oil painting at the age of 15, comes form a family of artists, and is inspired by her mother.  Suzanne, who has been painting for over a decade, is primarily self taught and she has furthered her studies at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  Suzanne is currently an art instructor at Morselife and other senior facilities.  Her paintings have been included in juried exhibits at both the Lighthouse ArtCenter and Artist Studio and Gallery of Tequesta.  Suzanne tells The Rickie Report, “My medium of choice is oil and acrylic.  I paint a wide variety of subjects.”  She excels in capturing the beauty of birds, where she has her widest audience appeal.





Wading heron by Kathy Kauss



Kathy   Kauss


Kathy Kauss is a well known Jupiter artist who paints primarily in oils.  She is a 40 year resident of the area and finds her inspiration in the rich, colorful, tropical landscapes of this unique area.  Kathy is a member of the Jupiter Lighthouse Gallery and her work can be found at her studio at The Artists’ Studio and Gallery of Tequesta.  Kathy tells The Rickie Report, “When I paint, I try to capture a moment in time as well as all the feelings and emotions. I strive to be creative, focusing on the narrative of each painting, while bringing them alive, as I pay attention to the lights and shadows.”





“Fish Bowl” by Jerry Oliver



Jerry  Oliver


Jerry Oliver was raised on a farm in Kentucky.  After marrying, she moved to southern Illinois where she and her husband, Charles, raised their daughter, Rae.  During those years, Jerry painted in oils and took workshops with several well-known artists.  Her earliest works were influenced by a group of artists from Paducah, KY.  The Paducah Area Painter’s Alliance embraces artists from the mid-west. Jerry’s artwork has been featured in three Solo Exhibits and she was commissioned by the Arts Council of Illinois to create a new work for their college campus. The City of Paducah chose Jerry as one of the main artists to paint a children’s alphabet and art book, “P’ is for Paducah”.


Jerry has moved her focus from scenes of the Kentucky Ohio River Valley to South Florida.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Every day is a new adventure as I paint my journey through life. I love my surroundings and gain inspiration from them. I am thankful for her God given talent and firmly believes that everything is possible through him.”  For more information:  http://www.jerryoliverartgallery.com






“Diva” by Joseph Bennett Pierre




Joseph  Bennett  Pierre



Joseph Bennett Pierre enjoyed drawing since the early age of six.  In 1970, at a low point in his life, he returned to his art. In college, he pursued a BA and MA in Fine Arts at New Jersey City University.  Joseph joined a group of African American artists, who displayed their artworks at the Urban League Gallery in New York City.  He also displayed his art in various libraries and other venues in New Jersey, where he resided.  A long hiatus ensued as Joe’s energies were focused on his career in education. He won outstanding awards in both teaching and administration.  We can see how his philosophy of art is his life mantra: “Art is forever evolving and one always learns something new.”


In 1995, Joseph’s interest in art was reignited as he dealt with the stress of care taking his ill mother.  Painting, drawing, and sculpture proved again, to be positive outlets!  In 2004, Joseph moved to North Palm Beach, FL with his wife and mother.  He enrolled in the Armory Art Center and the Lighthouse ArtCenter, taking classes.  From 2005, his work has been exhibited at Lighthouse ArtCenter where “Tears of Haiti” won “Best Of Show”.  His painting, “Sharecropper” received Honorable Mention at a later exhibit there.  His artworks have shown in Sag Harbor, NY; Martha’s Vineyard, MA; and he is currently at the Sarasota Art Center in Sarasota, FL.  His Solo exhibit in 2011 at Art On Park Gallery in Lake Park,FL was a big success.




Featured wall artists:  

Susan Weinbrenner

Jim Sechiano

Bill Rose

Jeni Morton

William Rodriquez

Special Lighthouse ArtCenter Faculty guests:

Chad Steve

Carolyn Austin

Eduardo Gomez

Jeni Licata

Barbara Powell




For more information  Call:  

618.645.0151    or        561.339.3314

For information about hanging your artwork here:

Call 561.339.3314

Gallery Square North  

385 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL 33469





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Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Presents “Start To Finish: The Works Of Frank Spino & Carol Staub” November 29 Through January 27

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues to celebrate their 15th Anniversary season with a duo exhibit, “Start to Finish: The Works of Frank Spino & Carol Staub”.  This alluring watermedia show runs from November 27 , 2022 – January 27, 2023.  Enjoy a Meet the Artists Receptions on Friday, December 2, 2022  and Friday, January 6, 2023, as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Take a moment from your holiday rush to ponder these outstanding artworks! This is a gallery where you can expect the unexpected!






1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

Phone: 772 562-5525.  Visit:  www.gallery14verobeach.com





“Lemon Wedge” watercolor by Frank Spino




“Start  to  Finish:

The  Works  of  Frank  Spino  &  Carol  Staub”




Meet     the     Artists     Reception



Friday,    December   2,  2022



Friday,  January 6, 2023



5    –    8   pm


Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls





“Yellow Fusion 2”  Acrylic encased in resin by Carol Staub




This Exhibit runs from November 27, 2022 – January 27, 2023

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4

Also open by appointment

Closed Sunday and Monday  





“Blue on Blue Mixed Media” by Carol Staub




 Carol, who began her career as a jewelry designer and silversmith, began painting in 2001.  A master of mixed media, she has been featured in innumerable publications, is a Signature Member of many art organizations, has won many awards and is included in private collections, galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally.  In 2014, she received an Award of Excellence in the Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial-China.  Her painting was purchased by the museum for its permanent collection. 




Frank, before the advent of computer technology, had a very successful career as a sign and billboard painter and branding expert.  When technology advanced, he turned to computer graphic design and then began painting in watercolor.  His paintings have been exhibited worldwide, and his many awards include the Biennial International Prize March D’Acqua in Italy and the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial in China.  He is in numerous publications and has been on the cover of “Splash 14, The Best of Watercolor”.






“Little Fanning Springs” watercolor by Frank Spino     


Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Edgardo Abello

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

George Pillorgé

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Carol Staub

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    





About Gallery 14:

Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic Arts District of Vero Beach.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4.  Closed Sunday and Monday OR open by appointment.

Phone:772 562-5525.  Visit us at  www.facebook.com/gallery14verobeach

FaceBook:  https://www.fb.com/gallery14verobeach

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gallery14verobeach



For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email: dnschindel@gmail.com



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Armory Art Center’s 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival Saturday, December 3 And Sunday, December 4. Free Admission To Galleries, Class Previews, Art, And Entertainment

The Armory Art Center’s 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival returns on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022. This exciting array of works by local and out of town artists, live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and a new KIDS ZONE is courtesy of the Laurence W. Levine Foundation.  Admission is free!  Check out the upcoming Classes and Workshops – sign up over the weekend and get a discount on classes. The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos. 






Armory Art Center Campus
811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401








Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022


10 am to 4 pm













Armory Art Center Campus

811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401




Let your inner artist shine! During the festival, the Armory will also offer an open house in Montgomery Hall on Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. for those interested in attending an art class. Anyone who enrolls in an 8-week class onsite during the open house will receive 25% off tuition (does not apply to workshops or pop-ups).






“We look forward to enjoying South Florida’s beautiful winter weather and vibrant art scene at our annual festival,” said John Suau, CEO. “At the Armory, we value giving our neighbors the chance to enjoy the arts in an accessible, fun way. By purchasing goods from artists or signing up for a class at our campus, visitors contribute to the Armory Art Center’s mission of inspiring people to create and experience art—and to its vision of becoming the community’s leading resource for arts education.”








During the festival, the “Armory Student & Faculty Show” “Radiant Nation: Masks” will be on display in Montgomery Hall and the East Gallery. The faculty and student show highlights works by Armory students and educators in the departments of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and 2D artwork. “Radiant Nation” features a collection of reimagined radiotherapy masks transformed by artists and cancer survivors into vibrant, powerful forms of expression. Guests can enjoy the exhibitions for free on both days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.







Shop til you drop! Scheduled at the perfect time for great weather and holiday shopping, artisan tents will be located outdoors in the Armory’s sculpture garden and in the parking lot. Guests will be able to browse and find unique gifts for loved ones this holiday season—from handmade jewelry to paintings and more.






Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment from South Florida musical artists. From rock and folk to jazz and Celtic music, the festival offers something for everyone, including:



  • Jazz by Neil Bacher and Friends (Dec. 3, 11 a.m.)

  • The Palm Beach State College Progressive Jazz Sextet (Dec. 3, 1 p.m.)

  • Roaring Kelly Band (Dec. 3, 3 p.m.)

  • The Smokeboss Militia (Dec. 4, 11 a.m.)

  • Gypsy String Revival (Dec. 4, 2 p.m.)





About the West Palm Beach Art Festival:

This annual event brings in roughly 6,000 visitors and 100 artists and is well-publicized by local media reporting, media sponsorships, advertising, and social media. Scheduled at the perfect time for holiday shopping, vendors will reach affluent Palm Beach and Broward County residents, plus engage our large seasonal tourist population.

The Armory’s state-of-the-art campus hosts space for up to 10’x10’ tents, socially distanced, throughout its space. Tents will be located outdoors in the sculpture garden and in the parking lot.

The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Palm Beach Convention Center, Hilton West Palm Beach, and The Square—a premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.

Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music, food, and activities for kids make the festival a perfect experience for all.

The Armory Art Center follows CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 health and safety precautions.



About the Armory Art Center:

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 & textiles, 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 information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832.1776

The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401



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The New Studio for the Visual Arts And Photographer, Edward Munoz Celebrate A Corporate Art Acquisition By Fine Mark Bank Of Jupiter. Exhibit Runs Through November 30

The New Studio for the Visual Arts (NSVA) and photographer, Edward Munoz celebrate a new corporate art acquisition by Fine Mark Bank of Jupiter! Munoz is among the first gathering of native Jupiter artists with a new exhibit, “Our Jupiter”. The free exhibit runs through the Thanksgiving Holidays and closes at the end of the month.  Kudos to the Bank leadership for becoming true aficionados of local artists and to Peggy Kirkwood, President of The New Studio and the moving force behind the All About Jupiter Exhibit.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some unexpected sneak peeks.



Jupiter… like   you’ve   never   seen   it   before!

Through    the    eyes

Of    Over    THIRTY


Homegrown    Jupiter    artists

Coming    together    for    the    First    Time!




Exhibit runs through the Thanksgiving Holidays and closes at the end of the month.




“Our Jupiter”, presented by The New Studio for the Visual Arts, invites you to experience Jupiter then and now, from the unique perspective of local artists.  Ed’s Blue Dot Photography is proud to announce its participation in “Our Jupiter”, the first annual gathering of native Jupiter artists.





Photographer, Edward Munoz with newest corporate acquisition by Fine Mark Bank of Jupiter



Peggy Kirkwood tells The Rickie Report, “The New Studio for the Visual Arts, which includes The Photography of Edward Munoz, has had a great run showcasing Art all about Jupiter and recently the excitement spilled over to the Jupiter business community. Fine Mark Bank of Jupiter selected one of the Munoz Photographs from his Jupiter collection to hang on their main wall. The Bank contracted Artworks of West Palm, one of our vendor partners, to print on canvas an 80-inch-high triptych for display at their bank. Karl Osterman handled the printing, stretching and hanging while Munoz supplied various photography options for the client’s consideration. The final product is now on display at the Bank”.



Ed Munoz is a photographer specializing in Nature and Travel Photography. He’s a member of Artists of Palm Beach County, The Lighthouse Art Center, and The New Studio for the Visual Arts, all located in Florida. Ed also serves on the Board of Images for Conservation of Texas. Ed shares, ” I inherited my interest in photography from my father, who did not have the resources that I have but had a love for the art.”





Ed says, “I have also endeavored to advance my skills under the tutelage of experts such as Ken Geiger, Pulitzer Prize winner from National Geographic, E. David Luria of Washington DC Photo Safari fame, Professor David Durbak teacher and professional photographer, and wildlife photographer Bill Gosanski.  My work has been recognized with several awards, the latest being a first-place prize for the 2021 Grassy waters photo contest.




“My wife Susan has been my loving partner, travel companion, assistant, model, promoter and critic all rolled into one. Without her, and the loving encouragement of my four adult children, and eight grandchildren, the inner light that guides my photography would be indeed dim and dull. My hope is that my photography will move people to better appreciate our environment and inspire them to protect and preserve.”  ~  Ed Munoz



For more information about Ed’s photography and this exhibit:

Follow us on Instagram : @eds_blue_dot

Visit our Website : edsbluedot.com


For more information about classes, workshops, or events:  www.thenewstudiova.net






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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s “Art Mind & Soul Fest” April 1 & 2, 2023 Opens Calls For Vendors At New Location In Tradition Town Square. Early Registration Discount Ends December 31, 2022

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance proudly presents the “Art, Mind & Soul Fest” on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2023 at Tradition Town Square. A Call for Vendors is now open!  All work must be original. Take advantage of the Early Registration discount which ends December 31, 2022. Alliance members pay no registration fee.  Tent space is limited. Regular Registration closes February 28, 2023. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to apply NOW







St.   Lucie   Cultural   Alliance

Proudly   presents







“A r t,    M i n d    &    S o u l    F e s t”


Saturday, April 1, 2023




Sunday, April 2, 2023




11  AM   –   7  PM


Tradition   Town   Square


10799 SW Civic Lane         Port St. Lucie, FL 34987




Previously known as “Arts & Mindfulness Fest”, this is the Cultural Alliance’s 3rd year of presenting this one-of-a-kind festival. We are thrilled to move this festival to Tradition Square, which is more centrally located and comes with a built-in audience. However, the space is more intimate, and we will have limited tent spaces available. 


  • All work must be original.

  • By submitting this application, you agree that all products are 100% handmade.






Early Registration Fees:      

The non-refundable early application fee is $40

  • Cultural Alliance member early registration fee: FREE
  • Regular vendor early registration fee: $150
  • If you are not a member, you may join at the PREMIUM LEVEL or higher, participate in “Art, Mind & Soul Fest” for a $40 registration fee, and receive additional benefits throughout the year. This level is only open to individual artists.
  • Please visit Business or Cultural Organizations for additional membership benefits. Businesses and Cultural Organizations are entitled to two tent spaces in addition to other annual membership levels.
  • **EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS 12/31/2022**

Regular Fees:

  • Application fee: $50
  • Cultural Alliance member registration fee: FREE
  • Regular vendor registration fee: $200**REGULAR REGISTRATION CLOSES 2/28/2023**





Call (772) 776-ARTS (2787)



Join the Alliance:




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The Gilt Complex Shares Call To Artists For Their 2023 Storefront Art Showcase. Open To Artists In Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, And Indian River Counties. Deadline Is November 30

The Gilt Complex in Stuart, FL  opens its annual Call to Artists for 2D works of art to be enlarged, digitally framed, and displayed on their storefront windows throughout 2023. This call is open to artists in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Palm Beach County, Okeechobee County and Indian River County. The Deadline is November 30th and four winners will be announced on Monday, December 5th. Previous winners have received commissions and additional sales of their artwork.  The Rickie Report shares the details and peek at previous images.



608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL  34994









The Gilt Complex is looking for compelling works of art – Figure, Wildlife, Botanical, Still-Life, Abstract, etc. – that will capture the attention of passersby. Artists are encouraged to submit one to three high resolution JPEG images of their original art. All entries must have a portrait orientation due to the configuration of the showroom windows.




The contest ends November 30th, with four winners announced on Monday, December 5th. The winners receive extensive publicity and public exposure of their art for a full year. Previous winners have received commissions and additional sales of their artwork. 




All submissions must be accompanied by an entry form and emailed to Katie Gianni at katie@thegiltcomplex.com. Entries are $10 each and can be paid by cash or check. You can drop off or mail entry fees to our showroom: 608 Colorado Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994.



The winners will be featured in our January newsletter and also invited to participate in a celebratory exhibition at The Gilt Complex, that will take place during one of the First Friday Fest art walks here in The Creek District of Arts & Entertainment(official date TBD).





For information and questions please contact:

Katie Gianni








For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com


Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex




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Fort Pierce Art Club Opens Call For Miniature Artworks And Announces Public Auction To Benefit Local High Schools And The Club’s Scholarship Program At Indian River State College

The Fort Pierce Art Club shares a Call to Artists for “Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces” (DEADLINE: Saturday, December 5).  ALL ARTISTS are encouraged to take part! Students from these high schools: Central, Lincoln Park Academy, and Westwood will be involved.  Each school will receive a $500 check. The 2022 Silent Auction is Wednesday, December 14 thru Friday, December 16 in the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Vault. The event concludes on Sunday, December 18, with the winning artists and student artists being awarded cash prizes in Harmony Music Lounge’s Mermaid Gallery.  ART LOVERS: Mark your calendars now – you won’t want to miss the FUN! Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County are a hub for art! All proceeds from the event go to local schools and to the Club’s Scholarship Program at Indian River State College.  Get your mini canvas and easel NOW! The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.












DEADLINE:   December 5, 2022




Silent   Auction

December 14 – 16, 2022

St Lucie County Cultural Alliance Vault

111 Orange Avenue    Fort Pierce, FL





Final   Gala

Sunday, December 18

3  to 5 PM

Harmony Music Lounge’s Mermaid Gallery

116 Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL




The Fort Pierce Art Club’s calls on all artists to participate in this worthy cause with cash prizes for the 2022 Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces.

Artists may pick up entry forms which include a 3”x3” canvas and easel to enter at several locations and events.  Entry fee is $10.  Entries with canvas and easel may be mailed to participants from the website for an additional $10 for priority mail.  The completed art submission deadline is December 5, 2022.   


The 2022 silent auction starts on Wednesday, December 14 through Friday, December 16 in the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Vault located at 111 Orange Avenue, Fort Pierce from 11 AM to 4 PM and during ArtWalk from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


The event concludes on Sunday, December 18, with the winning artists and student artists being awarded cash prizes from 3 PM to 5 PM in Harmony Music Lounge’s gallery located at 116 Avenue A, Fort Pierce.   


This year’s the club is sponsoring participants 90 students from the following high schools:  Central High, Lincoln Park Academy, and Westwood in the student category.  Each school will be presented with a $500 check at the December 18 celebration for their arts programs.


All proceeds from the event go to the art programs for supplies in local schools and scholarships for students at Indian River State College.  The Fort Pierce Art Club, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) and donations to the club are tax deductible in accordance with the tax laws.






For questions about events, calls to artists, upcoming workshops, or how to become a member of this arts organization:

Call:  772-579-1529 (Jeanne Johansen)

Facebook @fortpierceartclub 

Website:  www.fortpierceartclub.org

Contact:  Jeanne Johansen, 772-579-1529,

Email:  fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com




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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show At South Florida Fairgrounds Has Something For Everyone November 19th and 20th. Rickie Report Readers Get Discount Coupon

The 55th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show takes place November 19th and 20th at the South Florida Fair Grounds.  This is a family oriented, culturally stimulating show. Proceeds provide the operating budget for the Gem & Mineral Society for the following year. Get more information about this wonder-filled organization in the article!   The show is run totally by member volunteers. The Rickie Report shares the details plus a coupon for reduced admission fees, which may be duplicated as often as you like.





Expo Center East

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd.,        West Palm Beach, FL 33411






(All Photography courtesy of Amelia Homan)



Saturday, November 19, 2022

 9 am – 6 pm


Sunday, November 20, 2022

 10 am – 5 pm


Adults/Seniors 1 day $9.00 or 2 day pass $14.00
Children under 12 are FREE.

 Visit our website for more details:













Over 75 dealers from all over the country offer a wide range of merchandise—fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, bead jewelry, loose beads, rocks and minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and much, much more.









The show offers a wide range of educational activities and exhibits. Visit the demonstration area where society members will be showcasing skills learned in club classes. Demonstrations will include faceting, cabochon making, chain making, and bead stringing just to name a few. Hourly door prizes awarded both days and a show Grand Prize Drawing and several other drawings will be held. We have also invited several local education based clubs to display at our show, as well as the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History. We will also have speakers.







Decorative Items For the Home and Office


Hourly Door Prizes

Guest Speakers

Kids Activities




The Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences.

We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members.

We also offer classes in lapidary and jewelry making for adults as well as children.



Chairman, Barbara Ringhiser said: “I’ve been affiliated with this show since 2004. This year we were thrilled to have 2,848 people attend the two-day exhibit. Vendors were extremely happy, and the Mine did better than ever. Our Society also donates the proceeds from the Scholarship Fund Raffle to the American Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies scholarship foundation who awards 12- $4,000 scholarships every year to geophysical science graduate students at the masters and PhD level. The federation is divided into six regions and each region awards two scholarships per year.”



The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches Society holds monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month (except for December) at the Multi-Purpose Center across from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33405. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm with a variety of interesting programs, opportunity for members to “show and tell”, birthstone challenge with prizes, silent auction and member selling opportunities.



The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches is part of a national hierarchy of mineralogical societies, including neighbor clubs, Florida Gold Coast Gem and Mineral Society (Broward County), St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club; Treasure Coast Rock and Gem Society (Indian River County), and Miami Mineralogical and Lapidary Guild (mmlg-Inc.org).


 Visit our website for more details: www.gmspb.org


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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Kicks Off Season In A Big Way With “The Vault” Grand Opening Friday, November 18 In Fort Pierce

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance invites the public to attend The Vault’s Grand Opening at the November Art Walk Friday, November 18. Enjoy wine and locally catered food. The Alliance’s Literary Guild will be on hand for a meet-and-greet with book signings in addition to live painting. A special Drum Circle led by Kevin Beatkeeper takes place in the parking lot.  Stubborn Bastards Band will add to the entertainment. The Rickie Report shares the details with links to sign up for the Drum Circle and RSVP for the Grand Opening.  Admission is Free- but PLEASE RSVP.





111 Orange Ave. in Downtown Fort Pierce, FL






Friday, November 18, 2022

5 – 8 pm

Free admission and parking











Downtown Fort Pierce’s historical buildings have gone through multiple transitions over the years. A recent metamorphosis has taken place at 111 Orange Avenue. Formerly the Sun Bank building, it is now divided into several sections with offices and galleries upstairs, and until recently, the home of St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.


This summer, the Alliance headed to the basement. “We’re calling the entire space The Vault,” curator Terry Long says. “There’s an actual bank vault there. It’s the coolest thing ever – a fun space.” Long has been curator for the last year and a half. “Fort Pierce, really all of St. Lucie County, is extremely rich with a variety of talented people in the arts, music, dance, theater.” 



Fort Pierce also has its own genre, art history-wise. “We have the Highwaymen,” Long explains, “and hundreds of plein air artists. I could go on and on. As more people become aware of St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, we’re constantly increasing membership.”  This led to the happy problem of becoming cramped upstairs. “We started in little offices inside the county administration building on Virginia Avenue,” Long says, “then moved downtown. But we’ve outgrown it.”


Over the years, artists have been housed in the building, including Art Mundo, a non-profit that focused on visual arts. For Rebecca Miller, chair of the board of directors for the Cultural Alliance, things have come full circle. “I was also chair of Art Mundo. We had a gallery, visiting artists, classes, and Art Walk. It was the pulse of Fort Pierce, the center of the gravitational pull for the art world.”


Without municipal support, however, the concept wasn’t sustainable. A vision to celebrate all art forms and culture was born, which St. Lucie Cultural Alliance fulfills with municipal and corporate partnerships, in addition to its members.  This summer and fall, work on The Vault was completed. Visitors enter through Lisa Jill Allison Gallery and Working Studio into the Cultural Alliance’s five rooms. Glass walls facing the walkway create a unified, welcoming feel. A boutique is planned for handcrafted jewelry, wearable art, and more.


Executive Director Alyona Ushe calls the rooms “galleries with desks. We didn’t want to waste space for administration, so each space has a desk. We’ll also use the rooms for classes.” Plans include belly dancing instruction, visual arts, professional development, and film screenings.  The expansive vault itself will house juried art shows, changed periodically and usually reflecting a theme. The acoustics promise to be an asset for live music and readings.


The financial aspect is also positive. “The cost per square foot is amazing,” Miller says, “which helps us be fiscally responsible. It’s not about being showy, but now we have four times the space.”  Community partnerships are an important component. “Rather than just hosting events,” Ushe says, “we want to collaborate more with others, supporting our members’ events, supplying public schools with master classes, and arranging music concerts with the Department of Parks and Recreation.”



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 ArtStLucie.org, or call 772.462.2783



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