Eleanor Leinen Shares Her Magical Life Journey, Inspiring All Of Us To Create Just When You Thought You Could Do No More! Meet The Artist On Thursday, August 24 At The MidFlorida Event Center In Port St Lucie

Eleanor Leinen is living a life people dream about. This “Renaissance Woman” brings her art and eclectic life experiences full circle. She served two Mayor’s of NYC as Assistant Commissioner of Telecommunications, Energy and Director of Special Projects & Events.  She  had lengthy conversations with Nelson Mandela, Mary Tyler Moore, Pavarotti, Butros Butros Galli, taught at New York City’s Museum of Natural History, New York University’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and was a Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines celebrity guest lecturer! Since moving to Port St. Lucie she has let no thing stop her as she once again transforms ideas into boundless creativity! Visit the MidFlorida Event Center and experience “Metamorphosis III” featuring The Genie Habitat Collection from August 25 – September16, 2023.  The public is welcome to an Opening Reception Party on Thursday, August 24th. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Don’t Miss the Opening Party – it will be a reception like no other you have experienced!





Monday through Friday   8 am to 5 pm 

772-807-4488       772-807-4471 (TDD)

9221 SE Event Center Place    Port St. Lucie, FL 34952






Thursday, August 24, 2023

6:45 – 8 pm  

Free admission & parking



Eleanor Leinen



None of those previous positions leapfrogged Eleanor Leinen’s art career as much as becoming the owner of an artsy gift gallery in Englewood, New Jersey. After leaving the Mayor’s office, she opened Eleanor’s Craft Gallery which featured unique gifts created by upscale crafters.  When  her loyal clients urged her to provide wrapping to match the gifts, Eleanor reinvented the art of gift wrapping… and began making regular appearances on NBC’s Weekend Today in New York Show.



          From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection

  The Genie of A Dreamer’s Dreams 



Her elaborate gift wraps became so popular that she penned a book UNIQUELY GIFTED, which featured her “out of the box” wraps she dubbed “PRESENT SCULPTURES.” From there, this woman’s imagination  took her on a super-sized Alice in Wonderland journey. Apparantly, the media had never seen giftwrapping of this nature either. She was featured in STORES, ESSENCE, HAIRSTYLE, SOUTHERN LADY magazines and more, plus NBC’s national Today Show, NBC’s Today in South Florida (10×), the Daily Buzz, Fox & Friends and DYI just to name a few…and became a media spokesperson for 3M. Her first giftwrapping exhibit “THE ORGINAL WRAPPER” was hosted by friend, Chris Noth  in his NYC club the Cutting Room and empty wrapped packages sold for $500 and up.




When Eleanor was diagnosed with diabetes, a friend asked her if she would be required to wear diabetic shoes which she had never heard of before. In her opinion diabetic and orthopedic shoes were simply “MONSTEROUS!” and something had to be done to make them fashion forward. So, she immediately turned her attentions to “fixing” this problem and created “WALK ANOTHER WAY” – a line of couture handpainted orthopedic footwear for women. The media had never seen anything like Eleanor’s shoes and within just a few months she garnered extensive editorial acclaim in – THE SUN SENTINEL, (” ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE PEOPLE OF THE YEAR”), DIABETES FORECAST, ENTERPRISING WOMEN,  FOOTWEAR NEWS, (FN), and BOCA  magazines. To her shock and amazement Eleanor became one of MORE MAGAZINE and DOVE BEAUTY’S  “10 MOST INSPIRING WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES”.  




                    From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection
The Genie of Royal Lifestyles





She tells The Rickie Report, “There are two moments in my professional life that humbled me –  the MORE/ DOVE BEAUTY MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT and an award I received from the prestigious New York State’s NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL –  “DIABETIC INNOVATOR AWARD OF THE YEAR”.  In addition, Zuilly also requested Eleanor to create an exclusive collection for their customers.


In the height of her career  Eleanor’s  husband of 25 years, Stephen Leinen, was stricken with cancer. Immediately, she put her career on a back burner for 8 years caring for him until his death in 2017. After her husband passed, Eleanor pondered about whether to pursue her art.  On the day her husband died she received word that she had won a coveted Artist In Residence to work and exhibit in STUDIO18 a well known gallery for emerging artists in Pembroke Pines, Florida where she exhibited frequently.

Like everything else in her life, she always leaned on her Mom’s advise and looked forward to new horizons. And as expected, she found a new love, Paul Rorhbaugh (also a widower),  who was a retired pharmacist, entrepreneur and art aficionado, overcame a major bout with cancer and surprisingly,  her art was rebooted by the Covid lockdown.

Two years into the pandemic they  married on Valentines Day. During the Covid crisis they took great joy decorating their home and purchased a number of tall floor bottles. One day her husband suggested that she might consider painting them. And so she did! They are now known as “THE GENIE HABITAT COLLECTION” – three years in the making along with framed wall art.



From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection

A Baby Genie for New Parents        




Eleanor’s art is all about bright and luscious color schemes, unique  palates, texture and contemporary ornate designs that are combined with global ethnocentricities. Each creation dares the viewer to experience and discover the world of optimism she has enjoyed and hopes will emerge in time.




When asked what is so special about her fictictious Genies? Eleanor responds,   “Everyone who has ever fantasized about Genies thinks about wishes of wealth and sucess being granted but…what if the bottle and it’s  Genie  is “wish limited” …then what?” This comment capsulizes her brilliant imagination and her nod to whimsy which she believes one acquires from 71 years of living a magical life.




From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection
Genie of Vacation Memories




Eleanor was raised by a smart college educated, spiritually unique, fashion forward mother and  father  who was an international businessman, spoke five languages and traveled all over the world bringing young Eleanor exotic gifts which she treasured. Other inspirations include her husband Paul and vintage National Geographic Magazines which stayed on the top of her childhood reading lists.






For more information about Eleanor’s artwork:

Email:  leinen314@gmail.com

Cell:  646.286.9323




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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987


39th ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival Applications Are Open To Seasoned And Emerging Artists For February 17 – 18, 2024 Event

The 39th ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by Hanley Foundation, scheduled for February 17- 18, 2024, is currently accepting artist applications!  Artists can apply for jury selection in 12 fine art categories including Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing and Printmaking, Fiber (Wearable and Non-Wearable), Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood.  One of the nation’s top art festivals, ArtiGras, in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, attracts tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors. Produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, showcases seasoned and emerging artists, offering a special opportunity to artists who have not been in a professional show before.  The Rickie Report shares tend details and urges you to apply!






February 17 – 18, 2024








Along with more than 250 onsite artists, the 39th edition of ArtiGras will feature interactive art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, and a youth art competition among food and art demonstrations.


For more information visit www.artigras.org




Digital Art

Drawing and Printmaking

Fiber (Wearable and Non-Wearable)



Mixed Media







Deadline Wednesday, September 27, 2023




Best of Show: $3,000

First Place (one in each category): $1000

Total: $15,000.00




ArtiGras offers the “Emerging Artist” category for local artists.

This program offers selected developing artists mentoring services, professional booth photos and complimentary tent rental. Qualifications include artists who have never exhibited in a show and reside in South Florida. Emerging Artist applicants should proceed in the same manner as professional artists and submit their artwork online throughzapplication.org.


For more information:


Email artists@artigras.org

Call (561) 748-3942

Visit www.artigras.org





About Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce:

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Southeast Florida. Serving businesses in the ten (10) municipalities that make up Palm Beach North, the Chamber fosters a partnership of private, public, educational and civic organizations working together to ensure Palm Beach North is Florida’s “Prosperity Coast”. The Chamber’s four strategic imperatives are: A Prosperous Economy, High Quality of Life for all residents, a Smart and Connected Region, and Regional Leadership. For more information:  pbnchamber.com.




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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

33rd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show Presented By Martin Arts Opens Applications To All Florida Artists. Deadline To Apply Is October 1, 2023

The 33rd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show presented by Martin Arts continues its legacy featuring all Florida artists in all media. View pieces of art from artists all over the state from Tuesday, January 9 thru Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges all artists who are residents of Florida to apply by October 1, 2023.






33rd   Annual   All   Florida   Juried   Arts   Show









First Place Winner 2022, “Photos” by Martin Dunn



Deadline to apply:  October 1, 2023





 Contact Jennifer at 772-287-6676 (x2) or email juriedshow@martinarts.org – please mention “All Florida Juried Show” in the subject line of the email.





For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994







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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986



Celebrating The Life Of Visionary Artist And Community Champion DeVon Cunningham

DeVon Cunningham, 88 passed on July 31, 2023.  He is survived by his two daughters, Leisa Traylor and Kimberly Perry. DeVon was a prolific painter, portrait artist, nationally renown for his cover on Ebony Magazine, and for being in the Catalogue of American Portraits in the Smithsonian Institute.  The Rickie Report shares his legacy which went beyond the visual arts and included community service.  May we be inspired to live our lives with “no regrets” as he did.












DeVon Cunningham was born in Tuscaloosa, AL on February 21, 1935, the son of Willie Carson and Andrew Cunningham.  Raised by his grandmother, “Mama” Maddy Carson, he received a Masters Degree Communications from Wayne State University and was working toward his doctorate.





As a prolific painter, he always said that his family was his great masterpiece.  He is survived by daughter Leisa Traylor and Kimberly Perry; granddaughters Alexandria Henry-Wang and Chelsea Perry; brother Anthony Christine and a host of cousins and extended family.


DeVon married the late Dollie Cunningham in 1952. After seeing her on the cover of a newspaper as the winner of a Thanksgiving Day beauty contest – he knew that she was to be his wife.  There were married for over 60 years, attending St. Cecilia’s Church where both daughters attended school.







DeVon saw a bigger role for himself in his community as he worked for Detroit Edison for 44 years as the Director of Community Affairs as well as a lobbyist for the company. He loved being involved with community politics and served as a Precinct delegate, nurturing many young politicians along the way.  When DeVon wasn’t working, he was painting.







Over his long career, DeVon’s artworks appeared in numerous galleries and he had eleven Solo Exhibits. His art hangs in private as well as public art collections, the most notable being the Catalogue of American Portraits in the Smithsonian Institute.  His painting, “Black Jesus” at St. Cecilia’s Church was commissioned in 1967 by Father Raymond Ellis and appeared on the cover of Ebony Magazine in March, 1969.  DeVon painted commissioned portraits of prominent Detroit community leaders including Coleman Young, the city’s first black mayor, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., and many others.







In addition to his artwork, DeVon served on the Board of Directors for Home for Black Children, an agency finding adoptive parents for orphaned children, as well as on the Board of Directors for Mount Carmel Hospital in Detroit. Besides his love of family and creating art, he was fond of spending time having spirited conversation at the local barbershop and betting on horses at the race track. He played bongos, and in his earlier years was a traveling drummer with his band, “DeVon Cunningham and the Calypso Boys”.






In his own words, he lived a “full and wonderful life with no regrets”, being able to do everything he wanted to do.  He had such an incredible life that cannot fit on one page, as he dedicated himself to his family, his art, and a life of service. DeVon requested that there be no funeral, but that his life be remembered through his art and service to others.








The Rickie Report expresses sincere condolences to DeVon’s family, including Kimberly Perry of Posh Gallery in Delray Beach, FL.






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Deerfield Beach Historical Society’s Museum & Cultural Center Showcases Ceramic Sculptures By Walter O’Neill And Wayne Pelke. Meet The Artists At Free Reception On Saturday, August 19

Ceramic Sculptures by Walter O’Neill and Wayne Pelke will be featured at the Deerfield Beach Historical Society’s Museum & Cultural Center August 12 – September 30, 2023.  Meet these two prolific artists on Saturday, August 19 at the Artist Reception.  The exhibit is also available on Saturdays, August 12 – September 30.  The Rickie Report shares some highlights and urges you to visit a little bit of history and see how these artists continue to be inspired.






84 SE 4th Avenue Deerfield Beach, FL  







Artist Reception:   

Saturday, August 19, 2023  

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Free Admission      Light Refreshments


Exhibit runs August 12 – September 30, 2023





Venture to a magical place,

Where history and present-day combine!





“Bride & Banyan” by Walter O’Neill




Walter O’Neill tells The Rickie Report, “During the Covid pandemic, I walked along Hillsboro Blvd daily and looked at the banyan tree in the back of the Butler House.  My recent sculptures are inspired by the strength, growth, and resilience of that tree. The banyan tree is a symbol of fertility, life, and resurrection in many world cultures.”




A chorus of sculptures by Wayne Pelke




Wayne Pelke tells The Rickie Report, “I’ve been creating sculpture for over 40 years.  In these recent creations, I try to capture the essential flexibility and beauty of the female for’s body language.  I hope the viewer examines the whole and allows their mind to soar.”












  • Live Music
    Our Driveway Friday music series brings live music to the community on the second Friday of the month. The South Florida Chamber Ensemble performs the third Sunday of the month, every other month.


  • Art Gallery
    This is the only public art gallery in Deerfield Beach featuring rotating exhibits from local painters, photographers, sculptors  and more.


  • Lectures
    The third Saturday of the month we present a free lecture on the fascinating history of  South Florida.


  • Art Classes
    Our Art Curator Gabriela Gamperl teaches weekly Love4Arts classes to area children, and she teaches En Plein Air classes to beginners of all ages. We also offer sketching and drawing classes on Saturday mornings.


  • International Film
    The second Friday of the month is a showing of an international film with lively discussion, signature drinks and free popcorn.


  • Community Meetings
    The Cultural Center has rooms available for meetings. Local service organizations, clubs and other groups can rent space for very reasonable rates right in the heart of Deerfield Beach


For more information about Walter O’Neill:





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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Martin Arts Presents “Art In The Garage” At Court House Cultural Center Gallery August 8 – September 30, 2023. Public Is Invited To Opening Reception Friday, August 11. Meet The Artists And Be Inspired

Martin Arts and The Court House Cultural Center in downtown Stuart presents “Art in the Garage”, inspiring us with a variety of media and techniques.  In the early 2000s, a group of artists started meeting on Wednesday afternoons to practice figure drawing.  Over the years, as their camaraderie deepened, so did their daring! Judi Bettendorf, Jane Kiehart, Gail McCarthy, Molly Potter-Thayer, Cheryl Ritland, Kimberly Roden, Roni Rottner, Kathy Saigh, Patrice Scott, and May Wong began experimenting with new media and techniques.  We are the benefactors of their joyous and gutsy endeavors. This exhibit is available on Tuesday, August 8 , with a Public Opening Reception on Friday, August 11, 2023, and runs through September 30, 2023.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peaks.








Opening Reception:

Friday, August 11, 2023

5:30  –  7  PM


Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ A $5. donation is requested ~



Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994





The Garage Artists




Featured members and artists Judi Bettendorf, Jane Kiehart, Gail McCarthy, Molly Potter-Thayer, Cheryl Ritland, Kimberly Roden, Roni Rottner, Kathy Saigh, Patrice Scott, May Wong are bringing a unique and eclectic exhibit – Art in the Garage – to the Court House Cultural Center from August 8-September 30.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, August 11, 2023.  



“Sea Grape Leaves” by Kathy Saigh



While each one has practiced art individually for most of their lives, the group’s synergy has resulted in weekly think tank/workshops since the early 2000s.




“Lusty Fold”  Group Collaboration



Patrice Scott tells The Rickie Report, “We teach each other what we know and then we watch the sparks of creativity fly, as we all step away from our own previous boundaries”. 




Not content to stay stuck in a routine, they started to explore not only each other’s medium, but other materials that have been collected from their own studios, area thrift shops, dumpsters and back yards. Leaving their egos and life’s problems at the door, they enter a negative-free zone, a communal workspace well-outfitted with hand and power tools and stocked with pooled resources for projects!





“Plumber” by Patrice Scott




Then, right before the pandemic, one of the members, Kathy Saigh, bought a piece of property in Martin County that included an open-air garage and the friends/artists were able to continue holding their Wednesday dates in safety.  One wall in the exhibit will be a memorial to esteemed ceramic artist Gail McCarthy, a member of the group who passed away recently.




About MartinArts:

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

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

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


For more information: 

772-287-6676   or visit   www.martinarts.org.



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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Lori Charnow Uses Clear Glass As Her Canvas Creating Contemporary Glass Artware Heirlooms Through Reverse Painting Techniques, Offers Workshops And Partners With Local Non-Profits And Groups

Lori Charnow is excited to share her love for reverse painting and creating one of a kind beautifully functional objects!  She offers Reverse Painting workshops to the public and is interested in partnering with local non-profits and other organizations to help raise funds by combining them with a fundraising show of her work.  While her work is grounded in Judaic customs or tradition, she create pieces that are relevant to clients of all backgrounds expressing universal values of family, friendship, and community. She offers pieces with or without Hebrew, in English only, and is thrilled when asked to create pieces in other languages! It’s exciting and rewarding to offer clients an opportunity to provide custom messages in any language with text they provide.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a short interview with Lori.  We urge non-profits and groups to contact her and reserve time for a workshop! 






For Class Information Click Here





“My work has been enhanced and expanded by a diverse clientele who have allowed me to express their own cultures and heritage”  

~  Lori Charnow



TRR:  Is your work solely Judaica?


While most of my work is grounded in Judaic customs or tradition, I create pieces that are relevant to clients of all backgrounds expressing universal values of family, friendship, and community. I offer most of my pieces with or without Hebrew and several are in English only. I am also thrilled when asked to create pieces in other languages! It is exciting and rewarding to be able to offer clients the opportunity to provide custom messages in virtually any language with text they provide.




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Born in Brooklyn, NY, Lori (Leah), has roots in two distinct Jewish cultures as the daughter of first generation Americans whose families immigrated from Russia (on her father’s side) and Turkey (on her mother’s). As a child, she enjoyed the unparalleled experience of old world Sephardi and Ashkenazi customs in her grandparents and great-grandparents homes. This background gives her an enthusiasm to share her cultural roots with her family and friends and has led her to create unique pieces of art to enhance the rituals of both cultures.  As a teacher of children and adults, Leah uses her knowledge and life experience to add to the vast richness of Jewish culture and traditions. She hopes that her work will inspire others to reach back and bring their own histories into the present, fostering the Jewish mandate of l’dor va dor ( from generation to generation).





To see more Blessing Bags Click Here



Lori shares, “I am a teacher and self-taught painter who became a Judaic artist. My journey began as a way to share traditions that were brought to this country by my great-grandparents and passed down to my children through me. I use my art to express the beautiful and varied traditions of the Jewish people. Through the years my work has been greatly enhanced and expanded by a diverse clientele who have allowed me to express their own cultures and heritage using my art form to create one-of-a-kind pieces for their homes, friends and family. My pieces are designed to accessorize and enhance all family celebrations, holidays and milestones”.







To see the Rosh Hashana Collection Click Here



TRR:  Why do you call it Living Art?


Two reasons…

Ten years ago I taught myself to paint in reverse to create unique, colorful, decorative and functional “artware” which I call Living Art by Leah.

First, this is art for living – functional, practical pieces that you can use and enjoy every day to serve food or hold items, or simply to display. They are food safe and washable, making them easy to incorporate into your everyday life and adding a pop of something special to everything you do.


The second reason is that I design each piece with the hope that my art will help to bring the vast and wonderful legacy of our Jewish ancestry to life! Every piece touches upon a tradition or aspect of Jewish living, making it easy to share Jewish culture and tradition with family and friends. Most pieces include translations or transliteration to make the Hebrew and the traditions relevant and meaningful for all.   


This is art that tells the story of a living people, rooted in an ancient heritage but reaching out to embrace future generations in a colorful, approachable, and understandable way. I hope that these pieces will become cherished family heirlooms, woven into your own customs, traditions, and celebrations!




For Mah Jongg Mezuzah Click Here







TRR:  Is your name Leah or Lori?


Yes! My legal name is Lori. My Hebrew name is Leah. When I began painting Judaica, I felt drawn to my Jewish roots and identity, so I started signing my work with my Hebrew name, in Hebrew script and transliterated, so that those who couldn’t read Hebrew would still be able to read my signature.


TRR:  Why do you paint backwards?


I wanted to put the art behind the glass so no one would be afraid to use the pieces. I taught myself to paint and write in reverse layers and backwards. The resulting artwork, usually created on a piece of functional glassware, is trapped between the protective glass in front and the additional layers of paint behind the artwork. Then each piece is baked to a delicate permanence so they are food safe and washable.



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For More Color & Design Information Click Here



TRR: Give us an overview of one of your reverse painting workshops:


I start by offering choices of the objects that are going to be painted themselves ( a jewelry pendant, platter, small bowl, mezuzah, tea light holders, etc.)  The beginning of the workshop is learning how to reverse paint and understand how to add layers from behind so they pop when you’re looking at the object straight on.  If English or Hebrew calligraphy is involved, I create it as you request, because it takes a steady hand and lots of hours of practice to do calligraphy backwards! Once you finish painting your object, I take it to my studio to back each piece with two additional layers of paint and then bake it. This ensures the delicate permanent finish of all Living Art by Leah pieces, protects the artwork, and makes each piece functional and food safe.  Before each workshop, we arrange for a central pick-up location of your group’s choice, making it easy for participants to get their finished pieces. A typical workshop lasts 2-3 hours.



For Class Projects Click Here


TRR: If I place an online order, is the piece shown on your website the one that will arrive at my home?


Yes, and no. Every piece shown is an actual piece painted in the design selected and it is representative of other pieces painted in the same design. My designs are original and handpainted one at a time. While the elements of each design are incorporated on every new piece, there will be differences in how the final product appears. As with any original artwork, no two pieces are exactly identical. You can get a clear idea of what a design will look on the Color & Design page of my website. Click on any design image to read about the colors and elements of the design and to see examples of items painted using that design. If you want to see the exact piece that will be shipped to you, contact me directly and I will be happy to send you pictures before your order ships.







For More Mezuzah Information Click Here




TRR: Where can I see your work?


I am a resident of Wellington, in Palm Beach County, FL. Currently, my work is for sale online and in a few Judaica shops across the country, mostly in Florida. If you happen to be in Florida or the Southeast region, you may see me in a tent or booth, as I do appear at some local art shows and events from time to time. I also showcase my work periodically at conventions and other large meetings around the US, mostly on the East Coast. I meet clients locally by appointment, and I just recently added a virtual studio space where we can meet face to face no matter where you reside! Click on the Contact Us tab on the menu bar for more information or to make an in person or virtual appointment. You can find my work in a sprinkling of fine shops around the US including The Jewish Museum Gift Shop, NY,NY. and Temple Torat Emet Sisterhood Judaica Shop, Boynton Beach, FL.






For Details About Custom Gifts Click Here





TRR: Tell us about your wholesale accounts and the time to complete an order, including shipping.


I have some wholesale clients and I would love to discuss the possibility of my work being added to your shop or venue. Please reach out to me and we can discuss further…

I fill orders as quickly as possible, but it does take time to paint each piece and allow for adequate drying and baking. Please contact me when you place your order to let me know if you need an item right away, and I will do my best to accommodate you. In general ~ If the piece that you ordered is currently in inventory, it should take approximately one week to ten days from your order date to arrive to you, depending on where you live. You will be notified via email when your order ships. Please allow 2-4 week lead time for all custom pieces, such as Family Trees or other one of a kind items, as these require several approval checks throughout the creation process. Of course, we all know that sometimes we just need to get something quickly. Contact me directly to check availability and/or lead times, or for suggestions on items that can be shipped immediately.

I’d like to say I ship everywhere, and hopefully someday soon I will. Right now, shipping is regularly available within the US only, but I will look into international shipping on a case by case basis. Please contact me directly for more information.  My standard shipping method is currently Priority Mail from the US Postal Service, which typically takes 3-5 business days. If you need something faster, please contact me for quicker shipping options and cost.  All shipping rates and delivery estimates are based on the USPS regional price scale and delivery time table.




*  Each piece of Living Art by Leah is part of a growing collection, perfect for building your own traditions for gift giving, holiday celebration, and adding art to everyday life.

*  Everything is available in colorful contemporary designs to enhance or complement any decor or setting.  

*  You can choose the language in each design ( English, Hebrew, or one of your own choosing)





Prism Mezuzahs   *   Blessing Bags  

   Blessings on functional pieces, suitable for display or use

Freeform tea light menorah      

Platters and bowls – available individually and in sets

Candlesticks and tea light holders  

 Challah Trays   *   Kiddush Cups


Traditional and deconstructed Seder plates




Please check her website often to see what’s new!



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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Posh Design Studio In Delray Marketplace Presents “Impact Through Education” On Thursday, August 3 To Benefit ORT America. Free Reception With Food, Fun, And Art

Kimberly Perry, owner of Posh Art Studio invites everyone to “Impact Through Education”, a fundraiser for ORT AMERICA, on Thursday, August 3, 2023.  Attendees of this FREE reception will enjoy food, fun, live music, and art in the enlarged Posh space. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to RSVP for this free event.








Delray Marketplace       Suite # 104

9169 West Atlantic Ave.  Delray Beach, FL 33446







5% of sales will benefit ORT AMERICA during this event




Posh Art Gallery is proud to host an event for ORT AMERICA. ORT has a presence in over 40 countries and believes in Impact Through Education. It offers students the means to thrive through high quality teaching, training and education.  Building on its origins of employability training, ORT teaches the skills needed to gain and maintain expertise for employment in sought-after fields. Without ORT, many students from resource-poor communities would not have access to a full technology-rich education.






Please RSVP to Michele.cancro@gmail.com

Or  Call






If you would like to have a private event hosted in Posh Gallery please contact Kimberly Perry: 561.591.3680



Gallery Hours:  

Monday  through Thursday   11 am – 7 pm

Friday and Saturday  11 am – 8 pm

Sunday  Noon – 6 pm








Posh Design Studio is a fine art gallery. We offer all types of artwork – abstracts, pop art, contemporary landscapes, photography, portraits – both people and pets, fine glass art, sculptures – both indoor and out- door, home decor accessories , custom framing, delivery and installation. Most of our artists do commissions to help give you that ultra personal touch. We also offer home consultations for both homes and businesses. Check out our website and come visit the gallery. We offer personal tours if you want more information about the artists or the gallery services.


For more information:


Call the gallery at 561-591-3680

Kimberly Perry, Owner  248-320-6843 Kimberly@poshdesignstudio.net

Michele Cancro, Gallery Manager  561-827-5973  Michele@poshdesignstudio.net

Rita Bartmon, Custom Framing Manager  954-536-0189 customdesignframing@gmail.com






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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Armory Art Center’s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival December 1 – 3, 2023 Is Accepting Applications Of Artists, Artisans, Crafters, Vendors, Food Trucks And Sponsors. Deadline To Apply Is August 31, 2023

The Armory Art Center‘s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival, scheduled for December 1- 3, 2023, has opened its CALL to ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, VENDORS, FOOD TRUCKS, and SPONSORS. For one evening and two days, browse the artisan booths for your holiday shopping, listen to live musicians, watch talented artists give demos, and the kids can enjoy special activities.  Admission to the event is FREE.  The Rickie Report shares the details for interested individuals and groups to apply now!  DEADLINE to apply: August 31, 2023.





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






Friday,  December 1, 2023


  4:30 – 6:30 pm



Saturday  &   Sunday

December  2 – 3, 2023


10 am  to  5 pm





This festival features enjoyable outdoor experiences for all ages. For one evening and two days, you can shop for artwork, including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more. Browse the many artisan booths for your holiday shopping while listening to live music performed by different musicians each day. Watch talented artists give live demonstrations, enjoy kids’ activities, and celebrate the season. Bring your family, and friends to the Holiday Arts Festival. The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of The Square in West Palm Beach. The festival takes place on the Armory’s historic campus. Plenty of parking will be available and admission is FREE.





Application Deadline: August 31
Jurying: Sept 1-15
Jury Notifications:  September 22
Notifications will be emailed approximately 3 weeks after Zapplication online application is completed.
Accept Invitation & Purchase Deadline: October 27



Exhibitor   Application:




APPLICATION FEE (non-refundable): $35
BOOTH FEE: $200  (Double spaces are considered; $400)
BALANCES/PAYMENTS:  We accept these credit cards: Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express.
*Late fee of $40 incurred after October 27 or forfeited participation





Drawing includes original two-dimensional work with graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks, and washes.
Photography includes signed prints created by the artist from his/her own original negative or digital files that have been processed by that artist or under his/her direct supervision.
Printmaking includes prints created by the artist using plates, stones, or screens that have been signed and numbered.
Painting includes original, two-dimensional work with oils, acrylics, watercolor, egg tempura, etc.
Mixed Media includes collages and handmade paper, and must incorporate more than one type of material.



Sculptor artists need to apply as a maker with original work. Sculpture can be created by carving, forming, and modifying clay, wax, marble, or other pliable materials.
Jewelry artists need to apply as a designer, a maker, or a designer and maker with conceptually original and compositionally interesting work. Assembled commercial items will not be accepted. Jewelry can be made from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic, or other materials.
Ceramics include originally shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware, and terracotta).
Fiber includes original work created from fibers/fabric or leather including batik, basketry, weaving, and quilt-making. No factory-produced items are permitted.
Furniture includes original work in any functional material as a piece of furniture.
Glass includes original work created in glass by the artist including blown glass, fused glass, or stained glass.
Metal includes original work created by the artist without the use of a production studio.
Wood includes original hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned, or carved work in wood.


Entertainment  Application:





Food Truck Vendor Application:





Festival Sponsorship Application:






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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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987



Call For Artists To Benefit Art For Smiles’ Inaugural Juried Art Show “The Joy Of Art”. Deadline To Apply Is September 10, 2023. Open To All Artists

Help bring joy and smiles to children facing adversity by being part of Arts For Smiles‘ Inaugural “Joy of Art” Exhibition! Showcase what brings you joy in times of adversity by applying to this exciting venture.  This juried art event is open to all artists eager to share their 2D and 3D artworks.  The Deadline to apply is September 10, 2023.  The exhibit takes place at The Peach Gallery November 11 & 12. Cash prizes will be awarded.  Not an artist? You can help by donating art supplies! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to support this initiative!









Reception and Awards

November 11th

6 – 9  pm

The Peach

3950 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401









Arts for Smiles is a non-profit organization run by a team of artists in Wellington, FL. Our mission is to bring joy to children facing adversity, through the arts. “The Joy of Art” exhibition will showcase artists’ creations which express how art brings joy to your life, how it helps you through times of adversity, or what it means for the promotion of positive mental health.

The jurying process will include Arts for Smiles Board members. In addition to selected artists, The Joy Of Art exhibit will include artworks created by the children supported by our programs.  All entry fees go directly to Arts for Smiles, a designated 501(c)3 charitable organization.






September 10th: Applications Due

October 10th: Artist Notification

November 10th: Artwork Drop Off (in person) 10am-12pm

November 11th: Exhibit Opening 11am – 9pm

November 11th: Reception and Awards 6pm – 9pm

November 12th: Exhibit Open 11am – 3pm

November 12th: Artwork Pickup 3pm – 5pm






  • Must be original artwork.  If selected, the artist will have the option to sell prints at the reception. 
  • 2D and 3D Artwork in all mediums and all styles are acceptable but must be able to be hung. 
  • Artwork must not exceed 16×20.
  • Artwork subject matter must be aligned with the theme of the show and appropriate for audience. 
  • Images of explicit or sexual content or violence will not be accepted.  
  • Artwork must be for sale.
  • Artwork must be securely wired, framed or painted/finished edges and properly prepared for display.
  • Selected artists must provide bio/artist statement.
  • Selected artists must sign artist’s agreement prior to artwork drop off date.




People’s Choice Award during the reception – $100 First Place $50 Second Place.





Selected artists will have the option to sell prints during the exhibit. Arts for Smiles will track all sales throughout the duration of the exhibition, including original artwork and artist prints Arts for Smiles will retain 20% commission of ALL sales during the exhibition, please factor this into your pricing.














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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987