Boca Raton Museum Art School Announces November Fall Session And December Workshops

The Boca Raton Museum Art School announces NEW Fall Session classes and Special December Workshops. Social distancing precautions and adherence to CDC guidelines are in place.  The Rickie Report shares all of these details and some sneak peeks. Let the Boca Museum of Art School help you boost your well being through creativity!







801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486




November Around The Boca Museum Art School



Click to Register for Fall Sessions and December Workshops








Now, more than ever, the presence of art in our lives has become a part in boosting mental health and wellbeing. Art is being used as a therapy  to help people explore self-expression and, in doing so, find new ways to gain personal insight and develop new coping skills.



People do not need to have artistic ability or special talent to participate in art class, we are inviting you to visit our website and find the perfect class for you or for a member of your family.






Whether you are an experienced or beginner artist, the Boca Raton Museum Art School has the perfect class for you in Drawing, Jewelry, Pottery and Ceramics, Painting, Clay Sculpture,  Photography, Textiles, Ikebana Floral Sculpture ,Youth and Teen. 








  Tuesday, December 8

10 am – 2 pm

Instructor: Pavel Ouporov








Thursday, December 10

11 AM – 3 PM

Instructor: Janet Onofrey





Students are excelling in Figure Drawing, Comics and Exploration in Art classes




Teen Figure Drawing Class – Instructor Suzanne Scherer

Teen Comics Class –  Instructor Thomas Bruckner

Youth/Teen Drawing & Painting – Instructor Oksana Urban









We are committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and volunteers. In consideration of all participating the Boca Museum Art School will follow current guidelines set by the governor of the State of Florida and local authorities.


The Art School has created a robust cleaning and sanitizing schedule. Masks will be required for adult instructors, staff, and volunteers. The students will be encouraged to wear masks as well and will be provided. We will adhere to social distancing in the classrooms with a maximum of 10 students per room as well as no rotating between rooms for activities. Each student will have their own set of materials and will not share supplies. Students will wash their hands upon entering the building and will go directly to their classroom. We encourage all students to use the hand sanitizing stations frequently that are placed in each classroom as well as throughout The Art School.





For more information about these classes and more:

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





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November Exhibition By Martin Artisans Guild Opens At Palm Room Wednesday, November 4 With 2D And 3D Artworks. Exhibit Runs Nov. 4-28

The Martin Artisans Guild announces their November Exhibition and Reception at the Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza!  The Opening Reception is Wednesday, November 4, 2020.  Featured artists include: Diana Rell Dean, Ed Douglas, Skip HartzellRenee KeilSally Pearson, and Curt Whiticar.  The exhibit continues through November 28The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks, and an introduction to some of the artists. Masks will be available and Phase 2 distancing guidelines will be followed. All artwork is for sale.  













Opening Reception:



Wednesday, November 4



 5:30 – 7:30 pm




Featuring refreshments, artists, paintings and sculpture! 



The exhibit runs November 4 -28



Gallery Open: Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm





M  E  E  T         T  H  E         A  R  T  I  S  T  S:









Diana has been an artist all her life, first as a dancer, and now as a pastel artist! She is showing her pastels in the Palm Room and has a studio and gallery at her Riverhouse Workshop.













Ed’s maritime creations and rustic landscapes are influenced by  his Floridian youth and his travels. His goal is to “capture your imagination and draw your eyes back time after time.”









Skip is inspired by dogs! He tells The Rickie Report, “I am always “ready to see where the work will take me”. His sculpture and paintings are about form, movement, color, and texture.










Renee’s art is inspired by her theatrical background. She loves for her artwork to tell a story, to “make a statement about the human condition, the universal connection that move our souls”.










“Ravens” by Sally Pearson



Sally is a popular watercolor artist and favorite teacher. You can usually find her sharing her extensive knowledge at the Artist’s Nook in Stuart.








Curt is a self-taught artist and a Stuart native, painted constantly and made his own frames in between building and designing boats at Whiticar Boat Works. His daughter, LauraKay Darvill, presents her late father’s work in our November exhibition.





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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Call for Artists: Karibu, A Celebration Of Black Artists In Palm Beach County Curated By ATB Fine Art Group




Call to Artists




A Celebration of Black Artists in Palm Beach County


Artwork by Anthony Burks Sr.





Cultural Council for Palm Beach County  

601 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460




ATB Fine Art Group Inc. 



Deadline for Applications:  November 15, 2020  11:59 pm


Commission:  75% to artist, 25% to Cultural Council 


Exhibition Takes Place:   January 14, 2021– March 13, 2021


Accepted Artists Announcement: November 22, 2020




  • No fee to enter
  • Reside in Palm Beach County
  • Must be a living artist 
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Open to Black professional visual artists 
  • Painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, fashion design, installation will be accepted
  • All artists must submit three images for review. (JPEG, TIFF, or PDF). Images cannot be smaller than 150 – 300 dpi or maximum of 1 – 3 MB. Artist must provide an artist statement, a bio and a description of the art with the title, medium, dimensions, and year (word doc or PDF format). Please send all contents via: to  ONLY. Any work not submitted in this format will be disqualified. Please create a folder with the artist first and last name on, and then download the three images and information in the designated folder. Any work not submitted in this format will be disqualified




  • Nudity
  • Art work exhibited previously in an ATB productions (CONTINUUM or Collaboration) or any Council Exhibitions
  • Representation of a deceased artists or estates of a deceased artist.
  • Submissions of art to the call in any other format except 

Aim:  Is to introduce the Palm Beach County community the artistic vision from artists of African descent.  This exhibition is to culturally build bridges between the communities.  We are looking for artists to express their true talent in their chosen discipline. ATB Fine Art Group Inc. (ATB) in partnership with the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (the Council) is hosting a Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition displaying visual art created by black artists from Palm Beach County entitled Karibu.  The title Karibu, in Swahili, means, “Welcome, Come in” and is a celebratory concept of the black culture of welcoming all to embrace the journey and learn through the eyes and the words of the artists.

Set up: January 12, 2021 Time TBA

Opening: January 14, 2021 6pm-9pm Regular, Limited Attendance or Live streaming on social media 

Deinstallation March 15 and March 17, 2021 Time TBA

If the artist’s work is accepted into the show, please note the following: 

•The artist will be emailed a copy of the contract. It must be reviewed, filled out and signed with the consignment information. 

•If the submitted artwork becomes unavailable, the artist must contact the curators immediately.  A replacement similar to the style can be reviewed. The curators have the right to accept or reject the new work. 

•The artist agrees to provide quality and tasteful work that best represents the format of the venue.  

•All art must be ready to hang or install. The curators and coordinator can reject any work if not presentation ready. (Must be framed or have hanging devices, be gallery wrapped and edges treated and painted. No cracks, sloppy edges, or incomplete work will be accepted. If hung raw, instructions must be provided as to how the work must be installed.)

• Artwork must be labeled on the back with Artist’s Name, Title of artwork, medium, dimensions and price. 

•Either the artist or a representative must deliver work on the designated date of delivery.  

•If you ship or arrange delivery of the work to the venue, it is the artist’s responsibility to package the art work properly and provide all the signed paperwork including shipping documents to have art work reshipped at the cost of the artist if the art does not sell.  



For more information:


About ATB Fine Art Group, Inc.

Created in 1992, ATB Fine Art Group Inc. is an established art-based consulting firm that creates, sells, promotes and educates art of different disciplines nationally. This includes visual, performing and literary arts. They have created art events and exhibitions throughout South Florida and NYC since 2004.

Please visit, follow us @atbfineartists on IG, or or contact us at 561-714-6674.






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Art Exhibit Takes Viewers Beyond The Individual: “When We See Further” Offers Unique Perspective Of Four Artists

The Wasmer Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL) is offering viewers a unique experience.  Gallery Director, John Loscuito, has connected four disparate artists to pull together this deep-thinking exhibit, “When We See Further”.  Heather Couch, Marina Font, Renée Rey and Terre Rybovich offer four distinct ways of looking, feeling and thinking about the body. Each of their perspectives offers a unique tactile and psychological experience. The Rickie Report invites our readers to see the exhibit and urges you to listen to the Gallery Talk which are available online.  See beyond the individual and how those differences expand the definition of being human!










Gallery Talk interviews are also available on our website 
or the FGCU Arts YouTube channel



“Beyond the Individual”


Essay by John Loscuito, Gallery Director


The physical condition is a subject that artists have been reflecting on throughout history. While the human body is something that joins us, it is also something that divides us, or at the very least separates us. “When We See Further” is an exhibition about seeing beyond the individual and how those differences expand the definition of being human.


The artists in this exhibition, Heather Couch, Marina Font, Renée Rey and Terre Rybovich, offer four distinct ways of looking, feeling and thinking about the body. Each of their perspectives offers a unique tactile and psychological experience. They do this through their varied mediums that present the limits and potentials of the body’s physical and psychological state.  For these artists, depicting the body is just the beginning of a journey to something else. The works reveal many themes including impermanence, transformation, and resilience. Approaching their work for the first time is similar to encountering each other in life, it begins with a surface understanding of each piece that deepens through repeated encounters, and from the associations derived between the works.



John goes on to say”,The variety of approaches depicting the human body was the impetus for the exhibition, but through studio visits and group conversations, the artists revealed a different purpose. It became clear that a larger work was being created as each artist found connections and overlaps between the pieces they were creating for the exhibition. This was also during the first six months of the Covid-19 outbreak and the protests over racial inequities. It is impossible to separate the exhibition from the context in which it was created. The artists themselves see their work in new ways based on these events and through their collaboration. The human condition is clearly only limited by the context in which we choose to imagine it to exist. These artists provide ever-expanding hopes for that condition”.









Heather Couch uses clay, fibers and wood to create stand-alone objects and installations. Her ceramic forms range in size from a few inches to a few feet, but they all share evidence of her hands and fingers. Rather than smoothing the clay surface, Couch is purposely revealing her process and her body in the work. The bulbous forms of her sculptures are opened as though they once were occupied. They suggest the presence of a body while recording the body’s act of making. Couch also creates organic ladder structures with handles immersed in bundles of wool. They hang from the ceiling implying movement to another place. The combination of these elements creates a landscape of possibilities open to interpretation that we find repeated in the other artists as well.





Marina Font is explicit in her use of the human body in a different way. Photography is the basis of her work and an entry point for the viewer. The model she photographs can be seen as a representation of “any woman”. This model is used repeatedly throughout her work, but is always positioned in the same pose. Font then layers the photograph of the life-size nude with explosive patterns that recall star systems, energy and past generations.


These patterns are made using thread, fabric, and ceramics, creating a visceral juxtaposition against the photographic image. The abstract patterns exist in our physical space, more real and active than the photographic image itself, suggesting a static body that is in the process of exposing the emotional, spiritual and psychological being.






The large-scale paintings by Renée Rey are figurative and depict fantastical landscapes. Her paintings allude to an ethereal space of atmospheric beings that float and merge with each other and their surroundings. The physical laws break in a multitude of ways. The bodies themselves are fluid in gender, age and size. They intersect with each other, becoming one, as the sky and landscapes create symbolic forms celebrating this state of flux. Much like the abstract patterns in Font’s works, Rey’s bodies become the patterns, fragmenting into possibilities beyond the static form. Rey also describes her figures as self-portraits. They are interpretations of herself over the course of her life.






Self-portraiture is seen again in Terre Rybovich’s process. She begins with placing her body directly onto the drawings. It is a performative act that creates a literal imprint or tracing of her physical self within the work. This ghost of her body begins the drawing.


From there, Rybovich generates infinite possibilities for her drawings, from formal investigations to morphological evolutions with animals. Birds are a recent addition to her work. Their larger than life depictions are gridded over her body print, morphing and transforming it. The body’s scale and form change in relationship to both the birds as well as her other additions. Out of this process new structures are defined that map out the body’s relationship to itself, to nature, and mythic narratives.






Heather Couch is an emerging south Florida artist working primarily in installation with ceramic forms, fiber, and raw construction materials. Her work plays with fragility in a way that brings liveliness and nonchalance through materials that are both timeless and ephemeral. The seemingly irrational ways in which we move and make decisions are echoed in the process of this work. Nurturing, caretaking, risk, and transformation are themes that repeat themselves in her work, informed by emotional, spiritual, and ideological tension. The forms inform each other in a dialogue of growth and discovery, responding to experiences in the artist’s life and in empathy to stories that resonate with her own.


Raw materials actively respond to the maker, as the artist indulges in the character of the material. The repetition of finger marks in wet clay, the warmth of billowed wool, the grittiness and raw presence of concrete and wood… these serve as grounding consistencies that allow for continued exploration and the expression of intuitive gestures. In this process is found comfort, fear and metaphor in repetitively approaching a dynamic precariousness. There is an underlying strength that sits beneath any fragility.



Heather Couch is an Assistant Professor of Art at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She earned a BA in Sculpture at Union University in 2007, and an MFA in Ceramics at Arizona State University in 2015. She also studied ceramics and sculpture at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the Chautauqua Institute of Art in upstate New York, Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. She has been a resident artist at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona, and the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.









Marina Font was born in Argentina in 1970. She studied design at the Martin Malharro School of Visual Arts, Mar del Plata, Argentina. In 1998 she studied Photography at the Speos Ecole de la Photographie, Paris. She earned an MFA in Photography from Barry University, Miami in 2009. She has exhibited extensively at galleries, museums and cultural institutions in the US and abroad.


Her work is present in various public collections such as the MDC Museum of Art+Design, Miami, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Frost Art Museum at FIU, the LOWE Art Museum at The University of Miami, FoLA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Bunnen Collection in Atlanta, the Girls’ Club collection in Fort Lauderdale and various private collections throughout the world.


She is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, mixed media, installation and video. Her studio practice explores ideas about identity, gender, territory, language, memory and the forces of the unconscious. Her visceral and intuitive works, strongly influenced by psychoanalysis, often focuses on women and the domestic sphere.


Her first monograph “Anatomy is Destiny” in collaboration with Minor Matters Books + Dina Mitrani Gallery was selected for the Photo Book Spotlight by Aperture at aipad The Photography Show, NY, 2019. Marina is also part of the multidisciplinary collaborative RPM Projects, as well as the Instagram-based collaboration “Instacorrespondences”. She currently lives in Miami Beach and works at her studio at The Collective 62, located in Liberty City, Miami.







Renée Rey is an award-winning painter and mixed media artist working in Southwest Florida and New York City. In large and intimate-scaled artwork, Rey challenges traditional landscape and human figuration. In alternate universes and transformative self-portrait, she explores movement, metamorphosis and the sublime. Existential and societal narratives of age/gender/cultural identity, cross-cultural connections, environmental sustainability, inclusiveness and equality flow through her artwork. As she intuitively applies, wipes, scratches and manipulates traditional and non-traditional materials, Rey investigates intersections between abstraction and realism, two and three dimension, and intensity and delicacy of materiality by the artist’s hand.


Rey’s artwork has been selected for numerous national exhibitions by museum curators and gallery directors including the exhibition Gateway to Imagination, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM and Florida Contemporary Exhibition, Baker Museum, Artist-Naples, Naples, FL  Awards include Best of Show, Art Encounters National Competition by Alejo Benedetti, Curatorial Assistant, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK, Jade Dellinger, Director of Exhibits & Collections, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Myers, FL, and Mallory O’Connor, Professor of Art History Emerita (Santa Fe College, Gainesville,FL).


Rey was invited to the School of Visual Arts Summer Painting Residency, New York, NY in 2019 and Sun Peak Center for Art and Sustainability, Colorado Springs, CO in 2016. She has taught painting, drawing and creative thinking to adults and children for 8 years. The artist studied drawing, painting, 3D design, film, performance art, computer art and art history on the undergraduate and graduate levels in New York and Florida. Rey holds an MBA in Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, an AAS in Interior Design, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, an MA in Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY and a BA in Judaic Studies, University at Albany, Albany, NY.







A third-generation native of West Palm Beach, Terre is a daughter of Tommie Rybovich, the noted sports-fishing boat designer/builder. Like her father, Terre opts to work at the edge of what she knows, in a process of continual questioning.


Her drawing technique came to her years ago, while delirious with the flu. “Drawing backward” was the initial idea. In other words, creating an image by removing charcoal from paper, instead of making marks on a clean page. Since that day, Terre has been drawing backward. She staples a large piece of paper to a sheet of plywood, then scrubs the entire surface with a thick stick of charcoal. Next, she works spontaneously to imprint her hands, limbs and torso in the charcoal. Her aim is to start the drawing with random marks.



Ultimately it is those marks that determine the outcome of the drawing. Spending as much time looking as she does drawing, Terre relies on her intuition and her drawing skills to find the final image in the spontaneous marks. Working without preconceived results allows her to draw imagery she never could have imagined.  Since becoming a serious birder, Terre also makes drawings of birds based on photos she takes. Increasingly, birds also appear in her figurative works.



Terre has her Bachelors in Politics and Economics from New York University. She has a Masters in Rural Sociology from Wisconsin-Madison. Her first career was in grassroots activism and grant-making. That experience forged an enduring commitment to this world. It also instilled a courageous drive that Terre now channels into art-making.


Terre now lives in Homestead, Florida with her husband Jon Ward. Her drawings have been exhibited widely in South Florida; they are in a number of private collections. Terre’s drawings have been part of the Viewing Program of the Drawing Center in New York City since 2004.





For more information about this exhibit:

Wasmer Art Gallery is located on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965

Phone: (239) 590-7199








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The Gilt Complex Shares Call For Artists. 2D Artworks Will Be Enlarged And Displayed For 12 Months

The Gilt Complex in Stuart, Fl has opened a Call for 2D Artists.  The four chosen artworks will be enlarged and displayed in the store window front for 12 months!  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 30,2020.  The Rickie Report shares the details and peek at previous images.  We can’t wait to see when yours is chosen!



608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL  34994











For information and questions please contact:

Katie Gianni











For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994



Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex




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Meet Crystal Alba: Vet Tech, Photographic Artist, Animal Advocate, Virtual Artist-In-Residence

While the ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest has reached its deadline, we continue to showcase those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. Crystal Alba is a multitasker par excellence!  The Virtual Artist in Residence for October, 2020 is a Vet tech, animal advocate and photographic artist based in Chattanooga, TN.  The Rickie Report shares her poignant photographs and her story. The Contest Results will be published soon, as the ENDANGERED ONLINE exhibition opens November 1st!  We’ll share the details!














October, 2020   Virtual   Artist   In   Residence






Crystal Alba tells The Rickie Report, “My mission is to see each animal as an individual and capture them in a way that makes people connect with them.”  As we looked at her photos, they seem like a family album: intimate, personal, and telling a story through the eyes of her subjects. We present a taste of Crystal’s work. To see more visit






“Chimpanzee Portrait” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.



Crystal says, “Capturing the unique faces and personalities of these complex individuals has become very important to me. I like to photograph them as I would take human portraits. I think it helps people see how similar we are to our distant cousins. As an endangered species, chimpanzees need our help. Showing their “human” side is important to connect with people who might otherwise have no interest. I’ve met almost 100 chimpanzees and no two have been the same. They can be incredibly kind, curious, intelligent, friendly and generous. My portraits are an attempt to share that with the world.”





Photograph of the artist. © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.



Crystal’s goal is to show the world how she sees chimpanzees: as social, intelligent, emotional, and quirky individuals. “Even if one person feels compelled to help one chimpanzee because they saw something in a portrait that moved them, I feel that I have succeeded in my mission as a photographer.”





“Peacemaker and Instigator” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.





“Without connection, people aren’t moved to take action. Chimpanzees, who can live 50+ years in captivity, need more advocates speaking out for them, donating to them, and helping them however possible. This is why I began focusing on close-up intimate portraits of them.”






“Grooming” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.




“Grooming is important among chimpanzee social groups as it helps to build and strengthen bonds, diffuse tense situations, and it’s important for hygiene. Chimpanzee grooming sessions are often accompanied by noises like raspberries and lip smacking. If a chimpanzee has a new wound, no matter how minor, it is usually the focus of the grooming.”





“Rest” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.




“Chimpanzees nap a lot. One of my favorite things was quietly photographing them as they drifted off to sleep. I don’t think people really get to see sleeping chimpanzees when visiting zoos or watching them on TV. It’s a special moment, when their guard is totally down. Chimpanzees often sleep with their friends, sometimes with arms thrown over each other, or with this subject, in a quiet spot by herself.”


“Portrait of an Alpha Female” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.



“This is an older chimpanzee, the highest ranking female in her group. A force to be reckoned with, she is larger than many of the males. She uses many methods to sway others to take her side.”



“Mischievous” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.





“This young chimpanzee is the smallest female in her group. She uses her size to her advantage and gets the higher ranking chimpanzees to back her up. For a while, she was allowed to eat with the highest-ranking females in her group. She enjoys starting things with the other younger ones, sometimes running up and hitting or pestering them because she knows she’ll get away with it. She also forms close friendships. Once, when one of her closest friends refused to leave the outdoor area overnight, she stayed outside with her and kept her company until the next morning.”




“Food Peering” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.




“Food peering is one of my favorite chimpanzee behaviors. If a chimpanzee is eating something special or new or high value, others will gather round and put their faces right up in the face of the one who is eating. They are either inspecting the food or begging to share depending on the situation.”




See more of Crystal’s work at:










Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes





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Stanford Slutsky Celebrates Childhood Memories With Hyper-Sized Sculptures. Reminisce With No Calories

The Rickie Report visits Stanford Slutsky‘s artwork and studio to see what this 79 year old artist is creating next!  His artwork has been seen world wide and is available in local galleries.  Our fascination is: What drives Stanford to create?  As a child, his imagination was captured by magical illusions. With the support of his wife Kathy, now he creates masterful illusions of 3D artworks that remind us of our childhoodIf you love candy on paper dots, sushi, chocolates, a Chicago Dog, and much more, then visit The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.






Accepting FaceTime Calls 


We’ll show you the piece of artwork you may want information on and tell you more about it ~



We can send you to one of the Art Galleries that represent our artwork ~




Boynton Beach, FL.



We specialize in three dimensional mixed media giant-sized hyper-realistic fine art replica sculptures of Good Humor Dessert Pops. 




Art Critic, Candice Russell says, “Stanford Slutsky’s evolution as an artist has led him to a larger-than-life exploration of food, one of our most basic needs. However, not just any food has captured his fancy. Stanford harnesses the innocence of youth in the form of various sweets. People of a certain age have fond memories of the ice cream and other sweet things. Slutsky’s hyperrealism pop art food sculptures are larger than life. By enlarging the size of these snacks and desserts, the artist similarly enhances the viewer’s craving for them. If longing is a part of art, so be it”.



See    Stan’s    Newest    Video:






Stanford Slutsky, 79, of Boynton Beach, has lived in Florida for 37 years.  He creates unmistakable lifelike sculptures of the sweet ice cream treats he remembers from his youth in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. He also creates art that looks like chocolates, hamburgers, bagels and pizza, among others. After one year of college, he spent his career in the wholesale grocery business, retiring to Florida in 1983. “I’m a self-taught artist, that I believe comes from a higher power,” said Slutsky, who sports a goatee and boasts a puckish sense of humor, saying he is “the best looking artist you know.”




3D Sesame bagel, lox, tomato and cream cheese with Kathy Slutsky



Stan tells The Rickie Report, “Creating food art was the natural growth of my background. Looking back at my life, driving a Good Humor ice cream truck for a summer job, being in the grocery business, my love of food, especially my love of sweet things inspired my choice of subjects. I think of my art before going to sleep and I wake up thinking of my art, and go into my studio to work on my art. “When I was a child,” Slutsky said, “there was something about the illusions magicians created that captured my imagination. I want that same vivid sense of illusions to be central in all my artwork.”







An array of 3 sizes of 3D Strawberry Eclair Pops created by Stanford Slutsky 




His current works of food are colorful, playful, mouth-watering and, as he joked, “calorie-free.” Slutsky has exhibited in numerous venues and participated in many national and international competitions including the online gallery in the United Kingdom, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art 54th annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition.








Kathy and Stanford Slutsky: May, 1962 at Kathy’s Senior Prom





Slutsky was nominated to the Florida Arts Hall of Fame in 1993. His “Assorted Box of Candy” won an award at The Armory of West Palm Beach and Art in Public Places at the Palm Beach International Airport, Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Coral Springs Art Museum, City of Boynton Beach to mention a few. He credits his enjoyment through his journey in life to his wife of 58 years, Kathy, and their three children: Roberta, Marlin, and Adele, and their spouses from Pittsburgh and Majorca Spain and 6 grandchildren.





Stan enjoys lime in his tequila!  Here’s a hyper-sized slice!




He said he loves to do all the grocery shopping and cook for his wife, family and friends while enjoying a drink of tequila before preparing dinner. “Cooking makes me relax,” Slutsky said. He also shares good times with his longtime friends from grade school. “In 1984, along with David Maxwell, we created and started an Arts District in downtown Hollywood, Florida, which enabled unknown but talented artists to display their works,” he said. “One Friday of each month, we held receptions that included music, and opened a theater. The public viewed and purchased the works of the many local artists and provided them the opportunity to create more pieces of art. I am proud of that accomplishment.” Slutsky credits his wife as the person he most admires. “She is honest, dependable, kind, compassionate and wonderful.




At a young age, Slutsky unearthed clay to made sculptures. In high school he won many awards for his jewelry design and creations.  He moved to Florida 34 years ago where he became a full time working and professional artist. These past years he has had numerous SOLO exhibits including the  Young at Art Museum in Davie, Fl, Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Fort Lauderdale Art Institute,  and Nathan D. Rosen Museum.



Stan the Good Humor man


After focusing on and perfecting his optical illusion Art and geometric techniques, Slutsky has now moved into his new territory. His memory of the summer of 1957 when he drove a Good Humor ice cream truck (and was called “Stan the Good Humor Man”) drives his intention to stimulate and provoke a positive emotional response to our love of food.





“Samurai Sushi” by Stanford Slutsky




A recent interviewer wrote, ” Walking into the home of Stanford Slutsky is like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, the giant-sized hyper-realistic art on the wall looks good enough to eat. What looks like luscious chocolates is actually made of Plaster of Paris, rigid foam, tacky glue, glitter, acrylic and much more.



Stanford Slutsky working in his studio on a Stack of Pancakes



By exaggerating the size of these snacks and desserts, the artist similarly enhances the viewer’s craving. Slutsky states, “After walking through the market, I see something sweet to create and proceed to recreate in my studio by eating, studying, feeling and smelling my new subject matter.” Slutsky then starts by taking photos, measuring, sculpting, sanding, and mixing paint colors for the mixed media construction of his artwork.





“Watermelon Slice, Orange Slice, Lime Slice” by Stanford Slutsky



This good feelings from childhood come racing back, as you see beyond life-size pizza slices, ice cream bars dripping as they “melt”, sushi, hamburgs, and so much more.  His enjoyment is not only derived from the creative process, but from seeing the smiles on the faces of art lovers who collect his work.



When you bring the art work of Stanford Slutsky to your home or office, you automatically invite joy and whimsy to your walls and space! His artwork is precise yet spontaneous. His perceptions of the world will bring a smile to your heart and engage all of your visitors. Stan’s pieces are original one of a kind food sculptures – larger than life –  with the emphasis on confectionary things and other edibles. Slutsky says, “I am chasing the sweet things in life.”




“Chocolate Sampler” by Stanford Slutsky



Slutsky has exhibited in numerous venues and participated in many national and international competitions including  the on line gallery in the UK, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art 54th annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, (out of more than 1100 submissions by nearly 400 artists, he was one of less than 100 artists chosen to represent the best in Florida. Slutsky, was nominated to the Florida Arts Hall of Fame in 1993. His “Assorted Box of Candy” won an award at The Armory of West Palm Beach, Art in Public Places at the Palm Beach International Airport, to mention a few.  Slutsky is currently represented in two galleries: Sundook Fine Art Galleries (Delray Beach, FL), and Gallery Art at the Promenade Shops (Aventura, FL)





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CALL: 561-789-4678







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Artists Call For “Mini Masterpieces” Is Open Until November 30. Prizes For Entries With Public Sale December 5 To Benefit Ft. Pierce Art Club Scholarships

The Fort Pierce Art Club and Wallflower Custom Frame & Art share a CALL for “Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces”.  Participating artists from St. Lucie County, Martin County, Palm Beach County, Indian River County, and Okeechobee County are welcome! Deadline to Enter: Monday, November 30, 2020.  ART LOVERS: Mark your calendars now for December 5, 2020 PRIZES for entries and public sale to benefit the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Educational Scholarship Fund and the community. The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.  Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County are a hub for art! 























Free  And Open To the Public


Display and Sale:



Saturday, December 5, 2020



During Christmas Festival



At Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950








NOW through  Monday, Nov. 30 , 2020



Open to all students, hobbyists, emerging and professional artists residing in St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties, and members of the Fort Pierce Art Club.



A $5 entry fee (cash or check only) includes the contest canvas and easel. Artists are welcome to use any medium and may paint the easels if they wish

Pick Up​  Entry Form, Easel & Miniature Canvases:


 ​Wallflower Custom Framing

​802 S6th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950



 Return masterpieces/easels to ​Wallflower Custom Framing:


Monday, November 30th;

Tuesday, December 1;

Wednesday, December 2nd





Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 on December 5th, 2020 at ​Christmas Festival at Cool Beans Brew Coffee Shop, 1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce​.​

The Magnificent Mini Masterpieces will be sold with the proceeds going to benefit the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Educational Scholarship Fund and the community. This is a fund-raising charity event for ​Fort Pierce Art Club’s Educational Scholarship Fund and our community involvement projects. You will have the opportunity to purchase a masterpiece after the judging at the Christmas Festival. All remaining paintings from this event will be gifted to an assisted living facility as Christmas presents for the residents.


E N T R Y             F O R M:









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

Call:  772-579-1529 (Jeanne Johansen)






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Pompano Beach Arts Launches Virtual Workshops With Techniques Of Documenting Your Artwork & Collectibles

Pompano Beach Arts is launching its virtual workshops for both artists and collectors.  Join Sarah Michelle Rupert on Wednesday, October 28 for this FREE Zoom event.  Learn different techniques to document your artwork or collectibles on your smartphone, basic shots, and stop motion animation!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now! 













Creative    Documentation    Workshop

Techniques Of Documenting

Your    Artwork    &    Collectibles

Wednesday October 28

 6:00 – 8:00 PM







To   learn  more   and   register   visit:


When you register for this event, the Zoom link will be sent to you.




This short, informal workshop via Zoom is created with artists and collectors in mind who are looking for creative ways to document and share their work with minimal equipment.

Participants will learn different techniques and best practices to quickly capture quality photo and video of their artwork or collectibles on their smartphones.

After a review of standards of artwork documentation, the workshop will go over a basic shot list and jump into alternative documentation methods including stop motion animation, prop use and model interventions.

Participants will leave the workshop with fun photo and video documentation of their work for use in websites, social media and print.




Suggested Materials for Workshop:


• smart phone

• small 2D, small 3D and book or zine work • large desk, table or work area

• positionable lights or lamps

• Free App – ImgPlay, Apple or Google play

• Suggested: Tripod and Cell Phone attachment for tripod

• Suggested: large white paper, poster board, or portable light studio



Sarah Michelle Rupert is an artist, educator and cultural producer living and working in Miami, FL. Working with photography, video, collage, drawing and animation, her creative practice revolves around consumer and mass-communication culture and its beautiful, tragic and humorous interactions within contemporary life and the environment. As a cultural producer, she works collaboratively with artists and organizations to build innovative and fun projects across artistic disciplines. She is the Director of Collections at Girls’ Club Collection, a private collection and nonprofit alternative art space in Fort Lauderdale. She is a founding co-director of SPF: Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale and Tropic Bound Artist’s Book Fair, and works with artists and collectives to realize ambitious projects through program and grant development.


To learn about other  events and to register visit


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, Historic Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely House. 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.



For more information visit, or call 954-545-7800.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at  50 W Atlantic Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL  33060




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Kinetic Art Exhibit Announces 5th Biennial Event In Boynton Beach FL With Extended Call To Artists Through November 1, 2020

The City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places announces the 5th Biennial Kinetic Art Exhibit to be held on Saturday March 6th – Sunday, March 7th, 2021. The Outdoor and Indoor exhibit brings meaningful and playful public art by prominent Kinetic artists for this international event. This exhibition features works by artists from around the world whose works reflect a variety of styles and modes of movement.  In this article, The Rickie Report shares the CALL FOR ARTISTS (Deadline is November 1, 2020).  














March  6 – 7, 2021


















Apply to be an exhibitor at the 2021 event!



Deadline to apply is NOVEMBER 1, 2020.



Artists, please visit to apply



All types of kinetic art forms are encouraged!

Join international and national kinetic artists in exhibiting

kinetic artwork in this one-of-a-kind event!




“Reflections” by Ralfonso




“Kinetic Art Exhibit attracts artists and celebrates kinetic art, branding the City as a premier arts destination,” said Eleanor Krusell, Director of Marketing & Events for the City of Boynton Beach. “This year’s exhibit will attract families and art patrons to Boynton Beach.”


The outdoor installations are accessed via an easy-to-walk self-guided tour. During opening weekend, the FREE public event will take place on Saturday, March 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Highlights during this year’s event include an unveiling of world-renowned kinetic sculptor Ralfonso’s piece “Reflections”. This gateway feature for the City’s Town Square redevelopment project is located at the North East corner of E Ocean Ave. and Seacrest Blvd. The 27’ high sculpture features twenty-one 3ʹ to 11’ long bird-like wings that rotate in the wind. Fabricated by EES Designs, this stainless-steel artwork reflects nature by day and is colorfully lit at night. The wings intersect, representing the City’s diversity and unity. Three Zen-shaped seating walls provide sculpture viewing and a community- gathering place.


Additionally, “Synesthesia” by Donald Gialanella located at 120 E. Ocean Ave., will also be unveiled in November 2020. This artwork plaza is interactive during the day, engaging all generations and abilities with vibrant sounds and surface reflections. At night, it emits ambiance with soothing sounds and ever-changing light. 


For more information, please visit


Media contact:  Zucker Lewis Media Group

Valerie Zucker // 305.321.7556 //

Nicole Lewis // 305.803.9177 //







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