Call for Public Art Mural To All Artists Who Are Residents Of Palm Beach County , FL

This is a Public Service Announcement to share a CALL to Palm Beach County Resident artists for a Mural at the South Façade of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (CCPBC).  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to apply by April 19, 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for Application

 

PROJECT OPPORTUNITY

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County (CCPBC) requests qualifications from professional artists or professional artist teams to create an original public art mural for the back wall of its headquarters (south façade) located at 601 Lake Avenue. The theme of the mural should celebrate the concept of community: healing, unity, connections, wellness, and/or belonging. As the mural will face the Council’s new Art & Wellness Space, themes highlighting nature and tranquility are also encouraged. This call will consist of two parts: a call for qualifications followed by a selection of up to five finalists that will develop proposals for the mural.

 

 

PROJECT SITE

 

The Cultural Council serves as the county’s local arts service agency providing funding, advocacy, cultural tourism marketing, artist services, professional development, and a host of other activities and events year-round designed to support Palm Beach County creative professionals and cultural organizations. Its headquarters houses the administrative offices, three gallery spaces, a visitor information center, and the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach store. Immediately behind the building is a lot owned by the Cultural Council for arts programs, concerts, and other gatherings. Through this initiative, the space will be renamed the Arts & Wellness Space, and the mural will be a significant part of this rebranding and reimagining of the space.

 

 

In 2017, through the Canvas public art festival, a mural was installed on the back wall. The mural has weathered significantly and must be replaced. The Council’s back wall is approximately 54’W x 36’H and includes a roll-up type garage door that was previously included in the mural. CCPBC requests that the garage door is not included in the new mural design of approximately 1,000 sq. ft. The existing mural will be removed, and the wall will be repaired and primed before the start of the new mural project.

 

 

PROJECT GOALS

 

The artwork is of high artistic quality.
The design is expressive and echoes the theme of the project.
The completed mural serves as a visual identifier for Lake Worth Beach, the Cultural Council, and the theme of community and/or wellness.
The proposed work is appropriate for the site in terms of scale, design, and materials.

 

 

BUDGET

 

The commissioning budget is $40,000 and is all-inclusive including: design, artist fee, materials, installation, and insurance. Proposals that exceed the commission budget will be considered non-responsive and non-qualified. Artist teams must split the allotted budget if awarded. The Cultural Council will work with the selected artist or artist team on securing rental equipment (scaffolding and/or scissor-lifts). Additional budget may be allocated for these expenses.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Open to professional visual artists or artist-led teams age 18 and over who reside in Palm Beach County, Florida. Artists or artist teams (max two artists per team) must demonstrate their professional capacity to oversee the design and installation of a large-scale public mural.

 

 

QUALIFICATION APPLICATION

 

All interested artists or artists teams must submit their qualifications by uploading their application to the Call to Artists on Café. There are no exceptions.
Applications must contain all the following materials:

1. Professional Resumé: Resumés or CVs (limited to 2 pages) must be uploaded for each artist or artist team (artist teams should provide a separate Resumé/CV for each member). Teams must provide information for each team member, and one artist must be identified as the lead contact for the team. Any artist team selected through this call must retain the same composition of individual team members until the completion of the commission.

2. Statement of Interest: (max. 500 words) Statements should address the artist or artist team’s interest in developing a public art proposal for this specific commission and provide context to the conceptual and aesthetic approach, highlighting prior artworks, projects, or commissions of a similar scale.

3. Documentation of Past Projects: A minimum of five (5) images and maximum of seven (7) images of past completed or realized work within the past five years are required. Image specifications: JPG, PNG, 300dpi, 5MB max.

4. Image Information: Title of work, artist(s), year completed, medium, dimensions, location. No composite images.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

Artist or artist teams will be selected through the following process:

1. Qualification Review. CCPBC staff will preview submissions for completeness and compliance with qualification requirements. Staff may reject incomplete applications or non-qualified or non-responsive submissions.

2. Selection. A selection panel consisting of visual art professionals, board and staff representatives from the Cultural Council, and a representative from the City of Lake Worth Beach will review artists’ qualifications. No more than five (5) and no less than three (3) artists or artist teams will be selected and notified as finalists for the call.

3. Concept Creation. The finalists will create a concept for the completed mural responding to the thematic requirements. The finalists will be paid a stipend of $500 each to develop their concept proposal. Finalists will also be asked to submit a full budget and timeline for the proposed project. Concepts will be on display for two weeks at the Council’s headquarters so that the public has a chance to view and provide general feedback. The selection committee will then reconvene and select the final artist or artist team (and the mural concept). The selected artist or artist team will have approximately three months to complete the project.

 

CRITERIA:

 

Selection of the final concept proposal will be based on the project goals and the following criteria:

  1. Artistic quality: Artwork should incorporate a high level of craftsmanship and artistic excellence.
  2. Diversity: Artwork is diverse in terms of media, cultural or historical significance, innovation, and creativity.
  3. Appropriateness to site: Artwork should be innovative, engaging, and compatible with the location in terms of scale, material, and form. Artwork should be conceptually appealing to a wide audience of varied ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Artwork should exhibit originality of concept and demonstrate a strong conceptual alignment with the goals of the project.

4. Artist qualifications: The feasibility of the proposed artwork is evaluated relative to the artist’s ability to complete the work proposed. Factors to be considered include the artists or artist teams experience, past projects budget, and timeline.

5. Artwork maintenance: Artwork must be designed and constructed for durability in the South Florida climate. Consideration will be given to proposals that consider sustainable and efficient methods in the ongoing maintenance of the artwork, including UV protection.

 

OVERVIEW OF COMMISSIONED ARTIST OR ARTIST TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Develop and refine artistic concepts and designs with staff and key stake – holders working on the project. Develop final drawings, presentation materials, budget breakdown, and other visual and written items. Participate in an ongoing design review and modification process with input from City staff, designers, key stakeholders, and appropriate City committees.

Provide bi-monthly (every 2 weeks) email updates to CCPBC staff. Develop maintenance recommendations for the mural.

 

TIMELINE (subject to change due to funding, weather, or other issues)

March 25
April 19
April 26
May 31
June 28
September 30

 

CCPBC reserves the right to decline all applications submitted in response to this Call to Artists, to terminate the selection proceedings, or to combine, eliminate, or otherwise amend the commission opportunities at any time. Artists identified through this process are not guaranteed a commission or the opportunity to develop a public art project or proposal. The release of this Call to Artists in no way binds CCPBC to the commissioning of any artist, artist team, or artwork.

Application Requirements

 

QUALIFICATION APPLICATION

 

All interested artists or artists teams must submit their qualifications by uploading their application to the Call to Artists on Café. There are no exceptions.

Applications must contain all the following materials:

1. Professional Resumé: Resumés or CVs (limited to 2 pages) must be uploaded for each artist or artist team (artist teams should provide a separate Resumé/CV for each member). Teams must provide information for each team member, and one artist must be identified as the lead contact for the team. Any artist team selected through this call must retain the same composition of individual team members until the completion of the commission.

2. Statement of Interest: (max. 500 words) Statements should address the artist or artist team’s interest in developing a public art proposal for this specific commission and provide context to the conceptual and aesthetic approach, highlighting prior artworks, projects, or commissions of a similar scale.

3. Documentation of Past Projects: A minimum of five (5) images and maximum of seven (7) images of past completed or realized work within the past five years are required. Image specifications: JPG, PNG, 300dpi, 5MB max.

4. Image Information: Title of work, artist(s), year completed, medium, dimensions, location. No composite images.

 

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

The Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

Phone: (561) 471-2901         Email: info@palmbeachculture.com

Public Hours: Tuesday – Saturday | 12 – 5 p.m.

Administrative Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Parking: There is free, 4-hour parking along Lake Worth Beach’s Downtown streets.
There is also a public parking lot on the east side of “L” Street, adjacent to the Cultural Council’s building.

Building Accessibility: We welcome all visitors. Visitors using mobility devices and aids may gain access by using the ramp at our front entrance located on the north side of the property. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on the first floor. Service animals are always welcomed; depending on the visitor’s needs, service animals may be carried or outfitted with a harness or leash. We encourage all visitors to ask for assistance from our staff, should they have an accessibility question.

 

 

 

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

Explore “Soul Doodling” With Renowned Artist Scott Jeffries At Wellington Art Society Meeting On Wednesday, April 10 Plus Two Art Exhibits With An Opening Reception On Tuesday, April 16

The Wellington Art Society features Scott Jeffries as he speaks about “Soul Doodling” on Wednesday, April 10, 2024  at the Wellington Community Center.  Scott’s artistry comes from his heart with no specific plan of how a piece will turn out.  Enjoy his insights at his presentation after a meet and greet, member spotlight, and brief meeting . WAS does it again, with a double header of Art Exhibitions and ONE GREAT RECEPTION on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Visit  Expressive ” (now until May 21, 2024, at the Wellington Village Hall) and “ Visions ” (now until June 16, 2024, at the Wellington Community Center). The venues are walkable to each other! The Rickie Report shares all of the details and a sneak peek. The public is welcome to all WAS events!

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

 

 

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

 

5:30 pm

 

 

 

Wellington  Community  Center

 

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

For more WAS information contact: Heather Bergstrom, presidentofwas@gmail.com

 

 

 

PRESENTING:  

 

 

 

 S C O T T        J E F F R I E S

 

 

Artist, Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

“S O U L       D O O D L I N G”

 

 

If you wonder how he creates his spectacular paintings, Scott Jeffries, who’s been doodling since childhood and still has his grandmother’s paintbox and brushes, will tell you “Don’t be afraid to paint outside the lines.”

 

 

 

 

Painting by Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

 

That describes not just his art but his life. Jeffries has reinvented himself as a professional artist after a series of yet unbroken high school swimming records, being an All Star Division 1 athlete, having a successful legal career as a Public Defender and more.

 

 

 

 

Painting by Scott Jeffries

 

 

 

Jeffries’ art begins with a total absence of sketching or planning, as it blossoms spontaneously into a beautiful melody of faces and shapes that create symphonies of color sometimes spilling over and off the canvas. And he will tell you his lack of a formal art education has allowed him freedom of artistic creativity  unencumbered by established norms. To browse his paintings and learn more about Scott Jeffries please visit www.scottyjart.com, on Instagram @scottart.

 

 

 

 

Wellington Art Society Announces

 

TWO New Exhibitions:

 

 

“Expressive” and “Visions”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Public Reception:

 

 Tuesday, April 16,2024  

5 – 7 pm

Refreshments and Door Prizes

Both exhibits are free and open to the public:

Weekdays  8  am to 5  pm

 

 

 “Expressive”

(now until May 21, 2024)

  Wellington Village Hall

2300 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL

 

&

“Visions”

 

 (now until June 16, 2024)

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL

 

 

Enjoy the original artwork of 19 artists with over 70 works of art. Two venues – one great night! Meet the artists and vote for your favorite artwork. There will be door prizes and refreshments to enjoy.

 

 

Most of the artwork in the exhibition is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. To arrange the purchase of artwork hanging in the exhibition, or for more information please email presidentofwas@gmail.com.

 

 

Featured Artists are:

 

Halyna Albanese

Emily Bergstrom

Heather Bergstrom

 Lisa Campbell

Ayesha DeLorenzo

  Cynthia George

  Jan Gmitter 

 Diane Hodges

 Erica Kyle 

Lou Ann LaBohn

 Shahen Markarian

  Ali Mendoza

 Dinah Mirson

  Susan Mosely 

Susan Oakes

 Leslie Pfeiffer

 Marion Roberts

  Raymonde Talleyrand

  Andrea Vossen

 

 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Brent McAhren’s Creations: A Master At Murals, Drawings And Set Design

Brent McAhren is not your stereotypical artist, honing one medium or subject matter. This Jensen Beach local artist is a muralist, a sculptor, and a teacher with a bachelor of arts in visual communication design from Purdue University.  You’ve seen his work when visiting the Elliott Museum, the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, and the City of Palm City to name a few!  The energetic set designer for StarStruck Academy in Stuart sees everyday objects as potential  design materials as well!  Brent accepts mural and graphic design assignments on commission. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

“Will You Marry Me?” 3D People’s Choice Award Winner by Brent McAhren

 

 

 

Brent McAhren’s irregular path to becoming a mural artist is truly a life lesson for us all: Learn to pivot when “Plan A” is not working!  While studying industrial management at Purdue University in Indiana, he struggled with chemistry. His career counselor suggested he consider a design track instead. Business, homes, museums, and storefronts are lucky he did! After graduation, Brent created silkscreens for circuit boards (a layer of ink used to identify components, logos, test points and parts of the PCB). 

Recent pet portraits by Brent McAhren

 

 

Brent’s work at the newspaper, Stuart News led to a job teaching Art and Photoshop at the Inlet Grove Community High School in Riviera Beach from 2004 to 2012.  

 

 

 

 

Drawings and 3D creations by Brent McAhren

 

 

In 2013, McAhren switched gears and started creating set designs for Stuart’s StarStruck Theatre, which he continues today.  He told Stuart Magazine, ” I was introduced to the world of mural painting when Debbie Duval at the Elliott Museum posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted a little black and white kitten because the kitten didn’t get along with her cat.” When the development director at StarStruck adopted the kitten, Duval happened to ask her if she knew anyone who could paint a mural for the Elliott”. McAhren was hired!

 

 

 

 

Mural at the Elliott Museum by Brent McAhren

 

 

Brent explains that The Elliott Museum wanted its mural to feel like a natural part of the environment as visitors explore the cars, plane, and motorcycles. Some of the museum staff suggested additions like a bluebird and a pelican. And the kitten made the mural too! This project required seven 10-hour days and is a seamless part of the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

Set Designs at StarStruck Theater by Brent McAhren

 

 

“Using materials that are considered trash to most, creating recycled amazing works of art. Foam couch cushions, cardboard and other mixed media are used to create 3-D art costumes and even large-scale set designs for Star Struck, children’s theater in Stuart”, Brent tells us. Winning multiple local art competitions and costume contests because of his unique application to a more realistic visual presentation, most of his artistic success comes from not limiting materials, thinking outside the box and unusual visual perspective. An eye for creative details adds to the excitement of each project he encounters.

 

 

Some recent murals by Brent McAhren

 

 

Since then, McAhren has painted local murals for companies including Shears of Joy and Shark Shack Sweets in Palm City and the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach. He has also been commissioned for work by the City of Palm City as well as private residences. Later this year, look for two upcoming murals—a project on Johnson Avenue in Stuart (across from the Wawa) and another in downtown Jensen Beach—which he is finalizing illustrations for now.

 

 

 

For more information, please contact Brent McAhren at  772-341-9651 or email mcahren62@gmail.com

 

 

 

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

Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Features “Celebrating Nature: Paintings By Reed Dixon” For The Month Of April. Meet The Artist At The Free Opening Reception On Friday, April 5

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues its 16th season with “Celebrating Nature: Paintings By Reed Dixon”, an exhibit that reminds us that nature is wondrous and is a plentiful inspirer. This exhibit runs  April 2 – April 26, 2024, with an Opening Reception on Friday, April 5th as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll on Fridays. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

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

 

 

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

Also open by appointment           Closed Sunday and Monday  

 

 

 

Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls

 

 

 

“Celebrating  Nature”

Paintings by Reed Dixon

 

 

 

Opening  Reception:

Friday,  April 5,  2024

 5 – 8 pm

 

 

 

Artist, Reed Dixon

 

 

 

 This exhibit runs April 2 – April 26, 2024

 

 

 

 

Gallery 14 is happy to welcome back mixed media artist Reed Dixon. Celebrating Nature: Paintings by Reed Dixon” once again showcases his bright, imaginative and captivating images of flowers and birds. 

 

 

 

 

Reed Dixon’s “Tutti-Frutti”, acrylic painting size: 24 x 30

 

 

 

Reed currently lives and works in Boynton Beach, FL. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he studied graphic design and fine arts at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He was originally a Hallmark Card designer and illustrator. Later on, after spending years in the ad business (while always painting) Reed opened Dixon Graphics, a graphic design and fine arts studio. His work has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators Show in New York City and for the past fifty years he has been widely shown and can be found in several corporate and private collections.

 

 

 

 

Reed Dixon’s “Windy Day”, acrylic painting size: 22 x 28

 

 

 

According to Reed: “ I call it imagery. By that I mean the end result is not necessarily a study of the subject, but how I feel the subject should look in the end.  I’ve always felt the need to experiment with paints, mixed media applications, colors, textures and subject matter. I’m never short on inspiration to capture what fascinates me.” 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Jessica Leto

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Evan Schwarze

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxbow Eco-Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Earth Day With Special Call To Artists For Sustainable Art

The Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie has opened a CALL FOR ECO ART for their upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day.  This call is OPEN TO EVERYONE – regardless of your location AT NO CHARGE!  There are four divisions artists can enter as individuals or collaborative groups, the newest is the Eco Wearable Art category.  Deadline for general artwork is April 6, 2024.  Wearable Art must be delivered the day of the event, Saturday, April 20, 2024.  The Rickie Report shares the details and encourages all of you to enter!

5400 NE St. James Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

(772)  785-5833      Email: oxbow@stlucieco.org

 

Hours:   Tuesday – Saturday    12 pm – 4 pm

The Oxbow Preserve trails are open sunrise to sunset daily.

All St. Lucie County Preserves and trails are open to the public.

 

 

 

 

**Please note – artworks do not have to be in Dr. Seuss style.

 

 

 

The Oxbow Eco-Center cultivates knowledge, nurtures a sense of wonder and inspires stewardship for the natural world through education, artistic expression, collaboration, volunteerism & celebration.

 

 

 

Artwork submissions for Earth Day 2023

 

 

 

 

CLICK  HERE  TO  APPLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about the Oxbow Eco-Center:

Phone: (772)  785-5833

Email: oxbow@stlucieco.org

 

 

 

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

Let MartinArts Help You In Your Search For Your Next Cherished Art Piece On Saturday, March 23, 2024 With “Art Out Of The Closet” Plus A Call For Volunteers At The Court House Cultural Center In Stuart

Let MartinArts help you as you search of your next cherished piece of art!  Stop by the Courthouse Cultural Center on Saturday, March 23rd for “Art Out of the Closet” as we recycle and upcycle art, art supplies and other arts-related items. If there’s something in your closet you’d like to give away for a good cause, consider making a donation!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this annual event AND how you can volunteer with MartinArts!

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.,  Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searching for your next cherished piece of art?

 

 

MartinArts   can   help !

 

 

“Art Out of the Closet”

 

 

Saturday, March 23, 2024 

 

 

10 am – 4 pm

 

 

~  Framed  artwork

 

 

~  Unframed  artwork

 

 

~  Frames

 

 

~  Art  Supplies  AND  MORE!

 

 

If there’s something in your closet you’d like to give away for a good cause, consider making a donation! Funds raised through the sale of donated items benefit the arts and cultural programming offered at the Court House Cultural Center.  

For details: Art out of the Closet“.

 

 

 

 

Adventure  into  the  Arts:  Volunteer  Today!

 

 

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of MartinArts operations and programming. Over 250+ volunteers each year contribute their time and talents in a variety of ways within the areas of guest relations, education, membership,  events, outreach, and more. Our volunteers are a major force in fulfilling our mission to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community.

 

 

~MartinArts looks for volunteers from all backgrounds throughout the year as projects arise.

 

~We welcome students who require service hours for school and community members interested in sharing their love of art with others.

 

~We’re seeking volunteers for roles such as gallery greeters, reception, and arts education program.

 

~Our volunteers are an integral part of fulfilling our mission to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community!

 

Volunteer Information Session | April 16, 11AM
Volunteer Information Session | May 21, 11AM
Volunteer Information Session | June 18 11AM

 

Click Here For More Volunteer Information~

 

 

 

For more information about upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

MartinArts Opens “Surreal” At Cultural Courthouse Gallery In Stuart Featuring Christine Sobczak, LS Finch, Maya Schoenberger With Bold Images

MartinArts has opened a new exhibition, “Surreal” featuring the art of Christine Sobczak, LS Finch & Maya Schoenberger at the Cultural Courthouse Center in downtown Stuart.  Enjoy bold images and installation artworks where dream-like images and ideas subconsciously thrive.  This exhibit, Curated by Ken Hooper-Capozzi is available NOW through April 20, 2024The Rickie Report shares the details here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit dates: March 8 – April 20, 2023

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maya Schoenberger – “Urban Sprawl”

 

 

The bold photomontages, paintings and textile installations created by the three artists lead viewers into the cryptic world of surrealism – a place where dream-like images and ideas subconsciously thrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LS Finch – “Jade Smoke”

 

 

 

The visual language of surrealism is not only portrayed by images of the strange and unearthly, but is also influenced and shaped by political, social, and environmental events around us.

 

 

 

 

 

Christine O. Sobczak – “A Message From The Stars”

 

 

 

Viewers are invited to widen their field of vision and explore the stark beauty of celestial realms, decaying civilizations, collective pandemic memories, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

MartinArts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Artists Of Palm Beach County Are “All Fired Up” To Invite You To Three Art Salons, Annual Members Exhibit And A Call To Artists (Non-Members Welcome) At The Box Gallery

The Artists of Palm Beach County are BUSY!  Get your calendars out and Mark these dates! Meet award winning ceramicists Karla Walter, Heather Couch & Barbara Powell on Saturday, March 16 at the RISE Community Resource Center and hear why they get “All Fired Up”! The Annual Members 2024 Exhibit will be held at The Box Gallery (the DEADLINE for entries is Thursday, March 21). On Wednesday, March 20 enjoy the Art Salon with the Palm Beach Photographic Center to hear Lali Shankar speak about “Blurred Vision”. On Saturday, March 23, you can “Unleash Your Creativity” with Maxine Schreiber. Join APBC and Urban Sketchers Palm Beach for an all-day Art Salon at an historic home in West Palm Beach on Sunday, March 24. On Saturday, March 30 enjoy the Closing Reception of “All Fired Up”. A Call for “Absolutely Abstract” to be held at the Lake Park Library is OPEN to MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS ( the DEADLINE is Wednesday, April 10). The Rickie Report shares ALL of THE DETAILS and some sneak peeks.  KUDOS to APBC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Crow Eating French Fries” by Karla Walter

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramicist, Heather Couch

 

 

 

 

“Raku Bowl” by Barbara Powell

 

 

 

 

 

 

C L O S I N G      R E C E P T I O N

 SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2024

 1 – 3  pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O P E N I N G       R E C E P T I O N:  

SATURDAY,  APRIL  6,  2024

5  – 8 pm

The Box Gallery

809 Belvedere Road  W. Palm Beach, FL

 

 

 

FOR DETAILS:

  ANNUAL MEMBERS 2024 EXHIBITION.

This show for members only.

Exhibit is free and open to the public

 

 

 April 2 – April 30, 2024.

 

For the Members show, member artists are invited to submit work in all mediums – painting, photography, collage, mixed media, fiber art, sculpture, ceramics, and other 3D media as well as large works are encouraged for this juried exhibit.

 

 

 

 

Box Gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero

 

 

Visual artist, entrepreneur, and Box Gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero will be the Judge for Awards for our Members Exhibit. Winner of the 2020 Muse Award for Outstanding Cultural Leadership, Barrero, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been recognized as a trailblazer and integral member of the art community.. APBC is proud to be exhibiting in The Box Gallery, Barrero’s current artistic venture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This free workshop is for anyone or everyone who wishes to strengthen self-awareness and self-expression. Led by Maxine Schreiber, artist and retired licensed mental health counselor, the workshop is designed for the seasoned artist to deepen creative pathways and to learn tools for overcoming periods of blocking or self-doubt. It is also for anyone who longs for the opportunity to unleash creative potential.

 

 

Using art therapy techniques, the process of creating will be emphasized rather than the product. Paper, crayons, and magic markers will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring in supplies for any medium they choose to use for their self-expression: sketch pads, pencils, paint, clay, newspaper, construction paper, scissors, collage materials, glue, beads, feathers, etc.  Whatever sparks your creative juices.

 

Pre-register at artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org 

or email maxine@schreiberstudio.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Awards are $100 for First Place, $75 for Second Place, and $50 for Honorable Mention.

 

 

For Absolutely Abstract both members and non-members are invited to submit totally abstract two dimensional works in any mediums.

 

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, May 4, 2024

1:30 – 3:30 pm

The Lake Park Library   529 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL

 

 

 

Apply to: ABSOLUTELY ABSTRACT  

 

Karen H. Salup, former president of Women In the Visual Arts, will be the Judge for Awards for Absolutely Abstract. She is a nationally renowned fine artist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Art Speak, NewsDay, Palm Beach Art & Culture, Palm Beach Illustrated, The Sun Sentinel, Boynton Beach Forum and has appeared in exhibits and galleries throughout America.

 

 

 

 

Karen H Salup

 

 

 

 

Artists of Palm Beach County is a non-profit 501c organization dedicated to helping member artists achieve their artistic goals and utilize their talents to enrich the lives in our community. Our mission is to share, inspire and promote creativity in the arts through education, exhibitions, and outreach to our community. We welcome all who would care to join us in our endeavors and in putting our mission into action!

Contact artistsofpbc@gmail.com

Or visit

artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org.

 

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

Your Tickets To Africa Have Arrived For African Orphan Educational Foundation’s “Taste of Africa” On Saturday, April 13, 2024. Delicious Food, Distinguished Speakers, Doing Good All In One Event

Your tickets to Africa have arrived!  Enjoy and engage in a unique social impact organization, African Orphan Educational Foundation on Saturday, April 13, 2024! AOEF is devoted to the education and personal development needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.  Through long-standing partnerships with U.S. based missions and aid agencies AOEF offers exceptional learning opportunities to young children who eagerly pass on their knowledge to others in their families and communities. Director, Kathie Kreh reached out to The Rickie Report a few years ago, looking for artists to create a “learning and encouraging” coloring book for their missions.  A special THANK YOU to Melissa Carter for this referraltogether we really CAN change the world! More than half of the images inMercy’s Magnificent Dreams” came from our call to artists!  Using this interactive educational tool, children learn English as well as their local tribal language and can dream of a future for themselves that never existed before.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images of AOEF’s accomplishments.  Get YOUR tickets NOW! Read the article to find out how you can be involved – change begins with one step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Speaker: Howard Minsky African Wildlife Photographer

Cocktail Attire

www.africanorphaneducation.org

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Get   Your  Tickets   To   Africa   NOW!

Saturday, April 13, 2024 

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Kreh tells The Rickie Report ,”This intimate VIP cocktail reception at the North Palm Beach Country Club will offer a unique and memorable experience. Enjoy sights, sounds and sips that are authentically African. Rolling and thunderous drums, savory tastes from the continent, auction items, and messages from team members in Africa — all designed to “take you there” for an evening.  Guests, sponsors, supporters and friends will engage with us and each other in an intimate and meaningful way”. Sponsorship opportunities can be viewed here: Taste of Africa Sponsorships.  This is one event you won’t want to miss! Purchase your VIP Access tickets. For additional information, please reference AOEF Taste of Africa in the subject line and email: kathie@africanorphaneducation.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AOEF supports the educational and personal development needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. Our focus on education, and our long-standing partnerships with U.S.-based mission/aid agencies in Kenya and Uganda, allow us to produce a direct, long-lasting, and multi-generational impact. We have awarded 143 annual educational sponsorships in Uganda and Kenya since our inception in 2019. We and our teams travel to the communities we serve in Africa and know every child by name. Despite big achievements, we remain a small nonprofit organization; in fact, we still pay out-of-pocket for our own travel expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We were astounded to see children sharing this book by using sign language!”  

 

 

 

Children in Nigeria using sign language to experience “Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams”

 

 

 

Student in Nigeria showing his favorite page of  “Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams”

 

 

 

Kathie says, “I am truly amazed at how one ask for illustrations became the book we dreamed of – and that it has now made its way around the world!  While we use it in Africa, there are other agencies using it around the globe to give kids an opportunity to increase their language skills and self esteem – no matter where they live!  

 

 

 

 

This book has become so popular that we are planning a series of Mercy books!  Anyone can be involved by:  donating original illustrations, purchase a book at $20 each or make a bulk purchase of 100 or more books at $10. each.  ContactKathie Kreh.

 

 

 

Artist Contributors were asked to present renderings our young learners in Africa might be able to relate to.
Not only do the illustrations appear familiar to and appeal to our readers, they dignify their village life and culture.

 

 

 

The Mercy story encourages young pupils in Africa to “dream” and reinforces the role of education in empowering them on their life journey. Students in our story, encouraged by schoolteacher Miss Birungi to dream, envision over a dozen careers our readers can ponder for their own futures. We also hoped, with 32 million Primary School age children out of school in Africa, the book might gain a small foothold in villages where students don’t attend school to assist them with English literacy.  We’ve  been presented with an opportunity by a local Councilman in the Namugongo region of Uganda to place books in 10 schools, as he declares “Mercy Literacy Week”.  With funds to print and distribute 500 additional books, this possibility can become a reality!

 

 

 

We publish and distribute a children’s literacy tool in Africa [Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams], maintain a Youth Advisory Council of college students and young professionals across Africa, and piloted From Leadership To Legacy – an international leadership curriculum we hope to publish online in the quarters ahead.

 

 

We visited 3 leper colonies, read Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams to the children in English

and in a local tribal language and asked them to draw their future for us!

 

 

 

 

 

The tall gentleman in the background, George Kizito Mubanda, is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed artist in Uganda who has become a friend of AOEF.

 

 

 

In July 2023, the real Mercy, Collin and Miss Birungi (characters in the book who are inspired by real people) were presented with their own copies of Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams. Finally, one of the last people to secure a copy of Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams was Mercy herself – one of our sponsored students in Uganda who inspired the character of Mercy in our story. She just graduated from high school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*THANK  YOU  TO  OUR  ARTISTS  AND  SPONSORS

 

 

 

Thank you playing an integral role in advancing our mission and uplifting the most vulnerable among us. 

 

 

*Mukama akuwe omukisa.

 

 

 

 

Without a budget to produce Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams, we turned to the Palm Beach County art community for support. Thanks to Melissa Carter, Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report,  Artists of Palm Beach County and lead artist Lori Boyle, we were able to publish a Call To Artists, present sample illustrations to artists for direction, and secure ample work to produce the 60-page story and literacy tool. Over a dozen artists contributed illustrations, including Camilla Webster, Patrick (Jozsef) Baker, Juan B. Plaza, Jeffrey Wiener, Judith (Yudit) ​Eisinger, Gabrielle Howard, Alison Forster, Catherine Kreh, Kim Dahlheimer, Lori Boyle, and Rosie Barrig. Also included among contributing artists are 10-year-old Aidan Holcroft from Palm Beach Gardens and 17-year-old art student Kalyowa Alvin Cranmer from Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT  African Orphan Educational Foundation (AOEF):

 

 

Sponsorship Opportunities: https://africanorphaneducation.org/taste-of-africa/

VIP Exclusive – First Access Tickets: https://givebutter.com/c/Gyhcu0

Awards/Recognition: Gold Seal of Transparency (Candid/GuideStar), Top-Rated Nonprofit Award (Greatnonprofits.org, 2020-2023), 2023 Hats Off Nonprofit Award nominee, Cognizant Classic/PGA Charities/Birdies For Children charity (previously Honda Classic, 3 years), Gwyn Initiative 2023 Small Nonprofit grantee, and Member of Nonprofits First.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Kreh​​​​

African Orphan Educational Foundation, Inc.

kathie@africanorphaneducation.org

Phone: 561-262-8828

 

African Orphan Educational Foundation (EIN 84-1893311) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. A copy of the official registration (CH#59939) and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 1-800-HELP-FLA (800-435-7352) within the state or visiting www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

 

 

 

 

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

“Spring Forward” With The Martin Artisans Guild Newest Exhibition At The Opening Reception On Wednesday, March 13 And Mark Your Calendars For The Special Artists Talk On Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Where do the artists of the Martin Artisans Guild get their energy?  A week after a successful Open Studio Tour, you can celebrate their newest exhibit “Spring Forward” at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, March 13th at the Palm Room in Stuart, Fl.  The Palm Room celebrates 2D and 3D artworks, including wearable art pieces and their Opening Receptions are grand with plenty of food and libations.  On Wednesday, April 3 you can hear the artists speak about their work and why they create what they do!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique

 

 

 

 

“S P R I N G       F O R W A R D”

Opening Reception

Wednesday, March 13, 5:30 – 7:30

Live music, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm

 

 

 3746 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL

 Sewall’s Point in Harbour Bay Plaza (east end of the Plaza, near Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar)

 

 

 

 

Show runs from Wednesday, March 13  through  April 27, 2024

 

 

 

Doreen E. Lepore

Dot Galfond

Glen Allen

James J. Demartis

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Jose Farinos

Kimberly D Beltrame

Linda Reymore

Lynn Morgan

Maria Miele

Martha Quigley

Mickey Rudolph 

MJ Dowling

Patricia Pasbrig

Susan Clifford

Suzan Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

While you’re enjoying the fabulous show, be sure to check out the very special and one-of-a-kind items in the Artisans Boutique – you’ll find great gifts for the special person on your list!  

(Or yourself….)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

For more information, visit www.martinartisansguild.org.

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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