6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival At The Armory Art Center Campus Call For Artists Deadline Is August 31, 2022. Art Lovers Mark Your Calendars For December 3 & 4, 2022

Artists looking for the right mix and vibe to showcase your work just in time for the holidays need to apply to the 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival! This spectacular, annual event will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022.  Presented by the Armory Art Center, it promises an exciting array of works by local and out of town artists, live music, artisan demonstrations, food trucks, and family-fun activities for all ages.  The Rickie Report shares the details about this Call To Artists which brought over 6,000 visitors to its previous events!  Deadline to apply is August 31, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

6th ANNUAL

WEST   PALM   BEACH   ARTS   FESTIVAL

 

Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022

 

10 am to 5 pm

 

 

FREE    ADMISSION

Armory Art Center Campus

811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival at the Armory Art Center features two days of artwork and shopping, live music, tours, demonstrations, kids activities, and more. The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Palm Beach Convention Center, Hilton West Palm Beach, and The Square West Palm Beach. The festival takes place on the Armory’s historic campus in the sculpture garden and parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline to apply: August 31, 2022

 

 

 https://armoryart.org/festival/

 

 

 

CALL     FOR:  

2-D

Drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media

 

 

 3-D

Ceramics, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, glass, furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 https://armoryart.org/festival/

Call    for   Artists!

 

 

Artist   Application   Deadline:   August   31

 

About the West Palm Beach Art Festival:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

About the Armory Art Center:

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber & textiles, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

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

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

 

 

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Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Opens Applications For 4th Annual Art Show In The Gardens On January 7 & 8, 2023

The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens will hold its Fourth Annual Art Show in the Gardens on January 7th and 8th, 2023.  The application is open to artists of all media including 2D, 3D, Fine Crafts, and more.  The momentum of this show continues to grow, as it offers food, music, dancing, and a large community effort to ensure its success.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks from last year and urges you to apply by December 1, 2022. Parking and admission are free.

 

 

 

Friends   of   the   Port   St.  Lucie   Botanical   Gardens,   Inc.

 

 

 

 

2023 ART SHOW IN THE GARDENS

 

Saturday, January 7

 9 – 4

Sunday, January 8

 

9 – 3

 

 

 

Calling   all   artists   to   apply   to   join   us   as   exhibitors   at   this   show!  

 

 

 

All   Media   includes   2D,   3D,   fine   crafts   and   more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our show this past January had over 10,000 visitors in attendance and this upcoming show will afford our artists a great opportunity for exposure, interaction and sale of their fine artwork. Additionally there will be wonderful food, music and dance for visitors and those in attendance. 

 

 

DETAILS:

  • Send your name, contact information and 6 (six) images of:

  • Your artwork AND your booth set up

  • DEADLINE is DECEMBER 1, 2022.

 

SEND TO:    Membership@PSLBG.org.

 

PAYMENT:

https://portstluciebotanicalgardens.app.neoncrm.com/forms/art-show

NEXT STEPS:

 

 

Acceptance will be announced within 30 days of the application deadline.

If you are NOT accepted, you will be refunded your full fee.

 

We  look  forward  to  your  joining  us  at  this  special  event!

Friends  of  The  Port  St.  Lucie  Botanical  Gardens

 

For more information about this event:

 

 

www.PSLBG.org

 

 

 

 

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Yochi Yakir-Avin’s “The Memory Catcher” At Sunrise Civic Center Gallery Gives Her Memories New Meaning. Share Your Memories And Be Part Of This Extraodinary Art Experience

The Sunrise Civic Center Gallery presents Yochi Yakir-Avin‘s “The Memory Catcher” with an Artist Talk on Saturday, July 16 followed by the Opening Reception on Saturday, July 23.  Another Artist Talk will be held on Saturday, July 30.  This is sponsored by the Broward County Cultural Division. Many pieces carry a QR video and audio code, which the viewers are encouraged to scan to enjoy the complete experience.  This extraordinary exhibit will also include a photo of YOUR favorite childhood memory or toy! Find out how to get involved by reading this article, seeing some sneak peeks, and getting all of the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery

10610 W Oakland Park Blvd.     Sunrise, FL 33351

 

 

Opening    Reception: 

 

 

Saturday, July 23

6-9 PM

 

 

 

 

The    Artist    Talks:

 

 

Saturday, July 16

and

Saturday, July 30

 

12-3 PM

 

 

For Gallery days and hours:

 

https://www.artscalendar.com/event/the-memory-catcher-the-art-of-yochi-yakir-avin/

 

 

The dates for the exhibition are  July 15 – August 2, 2022

 

The exhibition was made possible, with the support from the Broward County Cultural Division

 

 

Send me a photo of your favorite or most important childhood toy so can include your photos next to my work at the exhibition.

Email : yochiy@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Time and memory are the main topics of my investigation and of the idea that our personal and collective memories are flexible and can be shaped over time” ~ Yochi Yakir-Avin

 

 

Many pieces show a QR video and audio code, which the viewers are encouraged to scan to enjoy the complete experience.

 

 

 

 

Yochi Yakir-Avin tells The Rickie Report, ” I started working on The Memory Project three years ago. At the time I did not know that it would become such an important part of my practice, and most certainly I didn’t understand I have so much to express and elaborate on. One thing led to the other, and The memory project is now in its 4th phase, with “THE MEMORY CATCHER”, displayed here, at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery”.

 

 

 

She goes on to explain, “Time and memory are the main topics of my investigation and of the idea that our personal and collective memories are flexible and can be shaped over time.  The complexity and intricate texture of ancestral and family relationships, through fragmented memory, are at the center of my investigation”.

 

 

 

 

“Bonnet” by Yochi Yakir-Avin

 

 

Yochi created and rebuild from a repository of old archive family images, which were bitten by the teeth of time, while creating a renewed closeness to her fathers and family members, some of whom she did not know at all. “The choice of cardboard in my work comes to emphasize instability, temporality, and vulnerability and to illustrate that changes are easier to make when carrying less cargo. The temporality of material and image is even more pronounced with the choice of the sheer engraving on the boxes”.

 

 

 

“With the same intention I use paper in flimsy origami paper houses made from my birth certificate, or the usage of brown paper for big drawings. When working with image transfer, I was attracted to the imperfect results it gave me that resonated so well with the imperfection of memories.  In some of my work, like in the light boxes, I want to examine only the essential, and I eliminate details or environment, and concentrate on what is left, that is meaningful to me. Those pieces are “framed” in cardboard boxes to create kind of a dim room into which the viewer can peek, with a sense of a glimpse into a private place”.

 

 

 

 

“Knight” by Yochi-Yakir-Avin

 

 

 

Born in Poland and based in South Florida since 2014, Yochi Yakir-Avin is an award-winning figurative artist. Simultaneously American and Israeli, Yakir-Avin studied fine arts in Israel and Italy and has exhibited internationally in Italy, France, Israel and the USA.  Her work has been published and exhibited internationally.

 

With a focus on representation, Yakir-Avin’s works are portraits and still life painted in oil on canvas and wood. She portrays ordinary people with a variety of social backgrounds, to collect the feeling of the present moment, by touching on human experiences. She also creates mixed media wall sculptures, as well as intricate transfer pieces on paper and wood, and installations.

 

 

 

 

“Family”  by Yochi-Yakir-Avin

 

 

 

Conveyed via a masterfully limited palette, her subjects are framed against swathes of monochromatic color and emphasize notions of mood, place and implied narrative. Within her intimate mixed media pieces on paper and wood, the artist draws creative inspiration from her past and allows her memories to weave together to drive her practice forward. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each of her works, the artist aims to offer hope, and striving to bring her personal point of view and to create meaningful engaging experiences that will resonate with others.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or Yochi’s artwork:

 

 

For gallery days and hours here’s the link:

 

https://www.artscalendar.com/event/the-memory-catcher-the-art-of-yochi-yakir-avin/

http://www.facebook.com/yochiyakir

https://wwww.instagram.com/yochiyakiravin

Website: https://www.yochiyakiravin.com

*Subscribe to my newsletter: http://www.yochiyakiravin.com/email-newsletter

 

 

 

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Thank you SO very much, and please let me know if you need anything else.

Warm Regards,

Yochi

Yochi Yakir-Avin
Visual Artist
Tel. +1-786-586-0732

 

 

 

 

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Public Artist, Muse Award Winner, Author, Educator & Art Decor Preservationist Sharon Koskoff Kicks Off 7 Week Event “Trilogy: Art, Architecture & Community” At HATCH 1121 Art Gallery In Lake Worth Beach

Public Artist, Author, Educator, & Art Deco Preservationist & Muse Award Winner, Sharon Koskoff kicks off a 7-week event featuring paintings, photographs, book signings, a walking tour, an art workshop, and lectures in Lake Worth Beach at HATCH 1121 Art Gallery” TRILOGY: Art, Architecture & Community” opens Thursday, April 28 with guided tours and celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches! This Sharon Koskoff Retrospective features: Alone Together: A Corona Crisis Collage! Sharon Koskoff / Mixed Media Mural Collage / 5-feet High by 30-feet Wide / 113 PBC Artist Submissions. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, April 29.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This exhibit continues through June 13th, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LULA Lake Worth Arts

HATCH 1121 Art Gallery

1121 Lucerne Avenue   Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

www.ArtDecoPB.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Art Deco Day

Thursday, April 28th

Opens 1– 4 pm

 

Guided Tours:    2:00 pm  &  3:00  pm

 

 

 

O P E N I N G      R E C E P T I O N:

Friday, April 29, 2022

 6 – 8 pm

 

 

 Exhibit continues through June 13, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRILOGY begins on Thursday afternoon from 1 – 4 pm in honor of World Art Deco Day, celebrated globally to mark the first day of the 1925 Decorative Arts Exposition held in Paris, from which the name Art Deco originates. Lake Worth Beach Mayor Betty Resch has recognized and proclaimed April 28th as World Art Deco Day!

The Opening Reception for TRILOGY is Friday Evening, April 29th, 2022 at the Hatch, 1121 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth Beach and is free and open to the public.  

Sharon Koskoff will be at the Hatch 1121 Arts Center on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 1-4 pm with Saturday’s Lectures beginning at 2 pm.

 

 

 

 

Explore Art in Public Places, Art Deco in PBC, International Art Deco Structures, Murals, Historic Preservation, Community Revitalization and Restoration through Arts & Culture!

 

 

A  7-week Festival….

 

 

Featuring the Premiere Live Showing of the ALONE TOGETHER: A Corona Crisis Collage the Socially Distant Mural Installation with 164 submissions by 113 PBC artists!

Art in the Alley Community Mural to Save Old School Square Books Signings

Collages of Art in Public Places Media

Decorative Paintings

Family Fun Day for during Kids on Memorial Day Weekend

Landmarks in Lake Worth Art Deco Walking Tour

Free Weekly Lectures

A Selfie with a Mummy

Door Panels

Pastel Paintings

Photography Exhibition of Art Deco Architecture 

Recycled Mixed Media Assemblages  

Sculptures

 

And more!

 

For more info… Visit www.ArtDecoPB.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Adventures & Whitespace Are On The Move! Enjoy Food For The Soul And Art For The Mind In Cleveland, OH August 25 – 30, 2022

Pack your bags and take off to nourish your soul and your mind as Elayne Mordes of Whitespace offers a new Art Adventure!  Explore Cleveland, OH with other art aficionados from August 25 – 30, 2022!  Immerse yourself in Private Collection and Corporate Collection tours as well as a special visit with renown photographer, Rita Montlack.  Experience FRONT 2022 in person! The Rickie Report shares the details and registration forms here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Whitespace Collection

 

 

 

 

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Zen, Arts, and Music Festival (ZAM Fest) Offers Free 2 Day Multicultural Event Saturday, April 23 And Sunday, April 24 In Port St. Lucie For All Ages

The Zen, Arts and Music Festival (ZAM Fest) is a free two-day multicultural event that highlights dance, music and family-friendly activities. Concertgoers will experience music from two stages at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center from nationally renowned musicians to local favorites. Free admission and parking on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. The Rickie Report shares the details and photos.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MIDFLORIDA Event Center

9221 SE Event Center Place        Port St. Lucie, FL

 

ZAM Fest Hours:

 

 

Saturday, April 23        11 am to 10 pm

Sunday, April 24         11 am to 9 pm

 

 

Bring your own chair.

You may bring a low-back, folding beach/camping chair to use at the festival.

Sorry, but absolutely no poolside lounges, lazy boys, banquet/folding metal chairs or inflatable furniture allowed on festival grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A full schedule of events, vendors:

www.ZamFestPSL.com 

or call 772-807-4488

 

 

 

Kevin Beatkeeper – Drumming

 

 

 

ZAM Fest will feature a kids’ zone, food vendors and artisans. Children will enjoy face painting, craft projects, glitter tattoos, fairy hair, trackless train rides, bounce houses, an obstacle course and a petting zoo. Port St. Lucie’s most popular food trucks will dish out fan favorites such as barbecue, mac n’ cheese, collard greens, specialty egg rolls, burgers, wings, seafood and delicious desserts. Adult beverages also will be available for purchase. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and photography will be on display. Find your zen by taking free yoga and dancing to the hypnotic sounds of a drum circle!

 

 

 

 

Kids Activities

 

 

 

Grammy Award-winning country supergroup Diamond Rio is Saturday’s headliner. Fans can kick up their heels to  hit singles, “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable” and more. Other multicultural artists are set to play throughout the day, including Apollo Vega, Caribbean American Cultural Group, Inc., jazz saxophonist Gary Palmer, Reggae Rainfall Band and The Groove Soul Band.

 

 

 

 

Shop the Vendors!

 

 

 

 

The Event Center Plaza transforms into a 90s  hip-hop party on Sunday when rap duo  Tag Team and celebrity rapper Tone Loc take the stage. Fans can expect to hear chart-topping hits  “Whoomp! (There It Is),” “Wild Thing,” “Funky Cold Medina” and many more during a fun-filled night. Five bands will warm up the audience, including Joette’s Strings Music Studio, Will Vaughn, 2 Saxy with Harry & Leslie Fager, Saxophonist Bruce M. Bernstein and Tomasito Cruz Band.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet  Mindfulness Experts

 

 

 

ZAM Fest is presented by Mattamy Homes and Riverland. Co-sponsors include St. Lucie Cultural Alliance; Food Homes; Sansone Group; AKEL Homes; Geico Philanthropic Foundation; Sina Companies; Tambone Companies; and Walmart. Friends of the Festival include Braden Real Estate; Carr, Riggs and Ingram; Cotleur Hearing; Florida Power & Light; Nature’s Keeper; OCULUS Surgical; Port St. Lucie Police Foundation; Seefried Properties; Southern Eagle Distributing; SRP Photography; and Urban Air Adventure Park Port St. Lucie.

 

 

 

 

A full schedule of events, vendors: www.ZamFestPSL.com 

Call 772-807-4488

 

 

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

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MartinArts Foundation Seeks Nominations Of Adult Artists And Graduating High School Seniors For MartinArts Awards. Deadline Is April 15, 2022. Meet Neil Capozzi, One Of 2021 Awardees

MartinArts Foundation invites you to nominate ADULT ARTISTS or STUDENT ARTISTS in the visual, performing, or literary arts for a MartinArts Award! Since 2003, the MartinArts Awards, have been the premier celebration of the arts on the Treasure Coast, recognizing performance, visual and literary artistic excellence and those who help the arts flourish in our community.  Each year artists, philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders in the arts are honored with a MartinArts Award.  Deadline for nominations is April 15, 2022. The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks from last year and an interview with Neil Capozzi, one of the MartinArts Award recipients of 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes a mix of artists, philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders weaving together to give the community a more vibrant, rich, and colorful texture. Over 170 award recipients have been honored since 2003!

 

 

Nominating is easy and only requires contact information and a 150-word paragraph about your nominee!

 

 

 

 

“In 2021, the Arts Leadership Award was given to Neil Capozzi for demonstrating a consistent driving force in keeping the arts alive in Martin County, both as the owner of Stuart Art Supply (and formerly Jay-Mar) and as a volunteer for decades, with many arts sector nonprofits and initiatives. He’s supported artists and has given his time, talent, and treasure in advocacy of a vibrant arts community. We were pleased to recognize Neil at the MartinArts Awards in 2021 for his outstanding leadership and service to our community.” –  Nancy K. Turrell, CEO, MartinArts Foundation.

 

 

 

NAMED  AWARD  RECIPIENT

ARTS  LEADERSHIP 2021:

NEIL  CAPOZZI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What were your artistic influences growing up?

NC:

I grew up in Waterbury CT, in a family of 5 children. I am the only artistic child except for a younger brother who is an interior designer. I have an undergraduate degree in biology and plant science with a minor in economics. I completed a graduate degree in business in 1992.  I was introduced to arts and crafts by attending summer art programs at our local museum. My parents noticed how much I enjoyed these Saturday mornings. When the program ended my parents found a local artist, Mrs. Benson who offered private lessons in her home. This instructor introduced me to watercolor and gave me my first plein air experience. After my time with Mrs. Benson, I moved on to Mrs. Hurley who offered classes in her basement on Friday nights. The class included other young people who learned about painting and drawing and some art history. I loved working in oil paint and pastel painting. I also took art classes in high school. Unfortunately, I had an art instructor in high school that dampened my artistic side that lasted for 25 years. After I took a workshop with some local artists in Stuart that awakened my dormant passion for painting. While I was in high school and college I worked in a retail shop Jay-Mar that I joined as a manager and later a partner that eventually expanded in arts and crafts. My art background worked well in our business of Arts & Crafts. The rest as we say is history.

 

 

 

TRR:  Do you have any favorite artists outside of Martin County?

NC:  I prefer impressionist masterworks. I enjoy collecting and supporting local artists. As a retailer of art materials, artists are always interested in bartering art for supplies.

 

 

TRR: What brought you to Martin County?

NC:

In 1991 my business partner felt that we needed to expand our Connecticut chain of Arts & Crafts supply stores to Florida. Our 1st store opened in Stuart Centre in 1991 and Palm Beach Gardens in 1992. Over time as the economy changed so did Jay Mar. I closed Jay Mar in Stuart in 2012. There is one store remaining in Waterbury, CT. When I closed Jay Mar in 2012 the artist community of professionals, teachers and students asked me not to give-up. If I made it work, they would support me. I in turn I felt that I need to support them back. I found this current location at 43 SE Kindred Street and opened Stuart Art Supply and Studio in November 2012. Since there isn’t an art center or an art school in our market, I created one. I offer the studio with reasonable rates so the teachers can offer classes at reasonable cost to the students. As for an art supply shop I worked with my vendors to be able to offer prices to compete with the online businesses. I hope I can say that I give great customer service, offer competitive prices, and give back to the community in service and financially. (I met a former manager of Jerry’s Artarama in WPB and he told me that they gave up marketing in the Martin-St. Lucie market due to the customer loyalty I built.)

 

TRR:  Tell us more about your involvement in the cultural community.

NC:

 

In 2013, I was asked to fill a vacancy on the Arts Council Board and I enjoyed being part of the organization and help it move forward. I primarily focus on MartinArts because it offers the best opportunity to the community. In the early days of Jay Mar and Stuart Art Supply I supported the local art leagues in Martin/St. Lucie, as some of the needed guidance in financial and technical support. Eventually, the Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) formed under the leadership of Suzanne Connors. I jumped in with all the support I could offer. The MAG Open Studio Tour offers artists in our community to reach collectors and buyers. MAG experienced some rough times ( I was devastated when the organization almost collapsed), encouraging them to not give up.  My advocacy as a member of the board of MartinArts helped guide them to the needed support. In 2022 MAG became a financial and volunteer supporter of ArtsFest.  After several years of receiving support from Women Supporting the Arts, they and their membership are active members of MartinArts.  For a short period, I was on the Board of the Palm Beach Gay Men’s Chorus as treasurer.  I put their financial affairs in order. During my tenure I told them to give up, as they were in a hole financially. Wow, that kick-started their financial recovery, and they are still performing today, 12 years later!  I am the recent part-Chair of the MartinArts Foundation and past chair of the ArtsFest Committee. I’m a member of the committee that is advancing the efforts to refurbish the 1923 Stuart High School as an Arts Center in Stuart.  My husband, Ken Capozzi and I will continue to offer our home for our semiannual “Dining Under The Oaks” fundraiser.

 

 

TRR:  How has the cultural scene changed and how can businesses benefit from partnering with the arts?

NC:

 

Since my arrival in Martin County , this was a sleepy community, not even the bedroom community to Palm Beach County as it is today. Our season community was/is primarily snowbirds but has grown to a more non-seasonal community. I often speak with people who come to visit or live here because of the thriving arts community. I firmly believe in the adage “The arts are good for business” – there is broad reach in the arts. Patrons and creators of art don’t wear uniforms like sports, but people notice art on the walls and listen to great music. Clients attend concerts and performances. Having your business associated with the cultural pillar of the community boosts morale and offers a reach to a wider audience.

 

TRR: What does The MartinArts Award mean?

NC:

 

Being recognized for sharing a passion for the arts, having received this award helps me to encourage others to strive for an increased awareness of the arts.  Anyone can nominate someone for a MartinArts Award. Student artists need to attend one of the Martin County schools, public and private. Adult artists need to be a resident of or an active participant of their craft in Martin County. There are many categories. If you know of someone, I urge you to nominate them! The Arts Leadership is one of several awards selected by the MartinArts Board of Directors and not based on nominations from the community. Other awards include: Excellence in Arts Education, Philanthropy and Lifetime Achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in being a part of the celebration?

Help us celebrate the MartinArts Awards as a sponsor or volunteer.

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship opportunities, program ads, and steering committee positions are available–contact us at 772-287-6676 (x2) or marties@martinarts.org today to get in on the fun and be recognized as a supporter of the arts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor Invites Public To Opening Reception Thursday, February 3rd To Meet Guest Artist Michelle Held

The Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor located in Stuart, FL announces the month of February’s Featured Guest Artist, Michelle Held. Her skillful brushstrokes, bold use of color, and dynamic compositions that give her wildlife a spark of life that is felt! You can sense the energy and movement of the painting come to life! The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception on Thursday, February 3, 2022. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  In addition to wall art, browse the hand made furniture, home accessories, and the wine bar!

 

 

 

 

               

 

723 Colorado Plaza  Stuart, FL 34994

Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred

772-678-6949    www.klinggallerystuart.com

 

 

 

 

 

Original Paintings

Napa- Style Tasting Room

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Opening Reception:

 

Thursday, February 3

5:30 – 7:30  PM  

 

 

 

 

 

Artist, Michelle Held

 

Exhibit  is  available  February  3 – 26, 2022

Gallery  Hours:    Tuesday – Saturday   10 am – 5 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Michelle Held

 

 

Much like a pink spoonbill soaring through the dusky evening twilight, Michelle Held brings with her a splash of vibrancy, a flutter of unique perspective, and the song of nature in its truest form. Born and raised in Maryland, Michelle knew from a young age that she was meant to fly the vast skies of the art world with a palette and paints tucked beneath her eager wings. Michelle is passionate about the morning glow of a waking sun illuminating an observant egret, the conversation between a fisherman and a hungry pelican testing its luck, or the simplistic beauty of a half-peeled clementine, bursting with flavor and juicy color. Her passion and bold strokes come through in her paintings that are unforgettable!

 

 

 

 

Painting by Michelle Held

 

 

Her success in the art world has come from her winning combination of creative spark and imaginative nature along with her meticulous attention to detail. Often commissioned for custom paintings as well as murals, Michelle’s passion for wildlife and its ecosystems brought her to embrace the natural world through painting from life. From serene, swampy marshes draped in ancient Spanish moss to tiny, rickety oyster towns bursting with rainbow buoys and boats, there is always a sight to behold. Michelle believes that evoking a feeling of light, space, and passion is the key to any successful contemporary painting. Michelle gives attention to composition, design and value and gives credence to a “go with the flow” attitude as well, and lets the painting direct her, instead of imposing her will on it throughout the entire process.

 

 

 

Painting by Michelle Held

 

 

 

Plein air has set flight to many paint outs, including Easton, Forgotten Coast, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Adirondacks, Sedona to name a few. Achieving many awards throughout this journey, her favorite ones are the artist choice awards. The real victory however, has come with her love of teaching. There were so many who encouraged her, Michelle finds that paying it forward is the best way to fulfill the soul. 

 

 

Taking a note from the birds she so loves to paint, Michelle approaches painting like flight, letting the swells and surges of the wind carry her and her brushes through those brilliant beautiful skies. Michelle has been passionately working as an artist and business owner for the past 25 years. She lives in Sarasota, FL and currently participates in invitational paint outs and is widely collected throughout the United States. Often commissioned for custom painting as well as murals, Michelle’s passion for wildlife and the natural world has brought her many awards throughout the United States! 

 

 

 

Painting by Michelle Held

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit:

 

 

Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor

723 Colorado Plaza   Stuart, FL34994

772-678-6949

www.klinggallerystuart.com

Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred

 

 

 

 

 

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

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Cultural Alliance And St. Lucie County Commissioners Host “Celebrating Us” With Grand Opening Reception Thursday, January 27. Public Invited To Meet Artists, Enjoy Refreshments, And Be Entered Into Drawing For Signed Clyde Butcher Print

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance continues to transform St. Lucie County public buildings into beautiful galleries with art for sale by members of the Cultural Alliance Art Guild. Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening Reception of “Celebrating Us”, the inaugural juried exhibition at the St. Lucie County Administration Building on Thursday, January  27, 2022.  The abundance of talented artists who live locally and are esteemed nationally and internationally offer their artworks to the public including live demonstrations.  Enjoy food and beverages from True Roots Catering and live music by Joette Giorges and Nico James. Attendees can enter to win a signed print of Clyde Butcher’s Florida’s Aquatic Preserves photograph, with extra entries available to those who RSVP ahead of time!   Be sure to check out the 1st Art Walk on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 5 – 8 PMThe daring new exhibition, “Provocative” will be the talk of the Treasure Coast! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of the artworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

 

 

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St. Lucie County County Commissioners

 

 

Host:

 

 

 

 

“Celebrating Us”

Grand Opening Reception

Thursday, January 27

5:30  –  7:30  pm

 

 

County Administrative Building

 

2300 Virginia Ave .      Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 

 

Guests in attendance can enter to win a signed print of Clyde Butcher’s Florida’s Aquatic Preserves photograph, with extra entries available to those who RSVP ahead of time! at artstlucie.org/event/celebrating-us.

 

RSVP

 

 

 

Displayed on the 2nd Floor in the St. Lucie County Planning and Development Services Department of the County Administration Building, the grand opening celebration will keep the building open to the public after hours with a wine reception. Hor d’oeuvres are sponsored by True Roots Catering, a member of St. Lucie County’s Sunshine Kitchen. In this state-of-the-art food incubator, chefs, caterers, and food truck operators can hone their culinary skills and build their businesses.

 

 

“My Octopus Teacher” by Phyllis Petrillo

 

“When developers, planners, and builders stop by the county building, we want them to see this exhibition and recognize the ever-growing talent in the County and St. Lucie County’s investment in our prolific cultural community,” says County Commission Chairman Sean Mitchell. “What better way to welcome people to St. Lucie County than with a gift of locally-created artwork from one of the Cultural Alliance’s talented artists.”

 

 

“Pink Hibiscus” by Barbara Z Lyons

 

 

“St. Lucie County is the Cultural Gem of the Treasure Coast,” Alyona Ushe, Cultural Alliance Executive Director, continued. “With an abundance of crazy-talented artists right here in the county, this exhibition will encourage our developers to look at the beautiful work around them as they consider decorations for their new buildings and homes.” Now, developers and builders submitting plans to county officials will have the opportunity to see an array of examples and purchase beautiful pieces to enrich their projects with art made by local St. Lucie County Artists.

 

 

“Another Language” by Clark Ogier and “Smaggy”

 

 

 

Alliance Music Guild Member Joette Giorges, a classical guitarist will perform in the exhibition, while acoustic singer-songwriter Nico James accompanies Alliance Art Guild Members, selling their wares in a pop-up shop. Clark Ogier, an Alliance Art Guild Member, will demonstrate his technique of creating art with programmable robots and geometric code with his “programmable partner,” named “Smaggy”.

 

 

 

“Sandpipers” by Aurea Migenis

 

 

Enjoy the work of 17 Alliance Art Guild Members, including Lisa Jill Allison, Danielle Biglin, Sally Browning Pearson, Jill Heveron, Barbara Lyons, Robin Marshall, Susan Miller, Aurea Migenis, Lynn Morgan, Clark Ogier, Phyllis Petrillo, Tina Pfeiffer, Diana Rell Dean, Sharon Roselli, Mark Stall, and Debra Terrio, all available for purchase.

 

 

 

“Forest” by Robin Marshall

 

 

“Celebrating Us is also our way to thank residents and St. Lucie County staff and commissioners, who recognize the importance of investing in the arts here in St. Lucie County,” says Cultural Alliance Community Engagement Manager Jake Sanders. “We see over and over again how cultural events bring tourists and money into our community, some even convincing those tourists to call St. Lucie County home permanently.”

 

 

RSVP to “Celebrating Us”

 

 

 

 

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Cultural  Alliance  Opens  Daring  New  Exhibition:

“Provocative”   At   January  Art  Walk

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3rd Floor

 One Eleven Building in Downtown Fort Pierce

  5 – 8 pm

 

 

“Look Away” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

The first Art Walk of 2022 is on January 21st, 5 – 8 PM is sure to be the talk of the town with the opening of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s (Cultural Alliance) new exhibition, Provocative, featuring daring themes at the Cultural Alliance Gallery, located on the 3rd Floor of the One Eleven Building in Downtown Fort Pierce. 

 

 

On the 3rd Friday of each month, guests can enjoy shopping, live music and artists in the street as a part of Art Walk. This month, there will be a performance from Joette Giorges, classical guitarist in the Alliance Gallery. Bruce Bernstein’s Saxophone Expressions will perform outside and 2 Gypsies Music, a duo featuring guitar and saxophone by Harry Fager and vocals from Leslie Fager can be enjoyed on 2nd street alongside Opulence, currently being exhibited at the Ohana Group Gallery at 124 2nd Street. 

 

 

The immensely popular Alliance drum circle with Kevin Beatkeeper is held 6 – 7 PM in the parking lot of One Eleven Orange Building. With a limited number of drums available, this activity always fills up with guests, so we encourage participants to register for the Drum Circle and RSVP beforehand at https://artstlucie.org/art-walk.

 

 

 

About St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (Cultural Alliance) is a professional organization representing the arts and cultural sector in St. Lucie County and a Designated Local Arts Agency. Its mission is to better position the arts and cultural division as a significant contributor to the vibrancy and educational and economic wellbeing of St. Lucie County. Cultural Alliance is a proud partner of St. Lucie County, The City of Port St. Lucie, the St. Lucie County Tourism Division, and the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Call For ZAM (Zen, Arts & Music) On April 23rd – 24th And ArtZen On March 19th Is Now Open To All Media Of Art, Mindfulness Products, Clothing, Authors, Speciality Items, And More

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance and the City of Port St. Lucie announce ZAM (Zen, Arts & Music) Fest to be held at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2022. This will be Open to the Public and offer family friendly activities for children as well as bands in the evening. A one-day event, ArtZen, will take place at Valencia Cay at Riverland, a private community with 3,000 affluent residents in Tradition on Saturday, March 19, 2022.  ZAM and ArtZen have opened applications for vendors, 2D artists, 3D artists, mindfulness products, mindfulness practitioners, fashion designers, and authors.  There is a combined rate discount. The Rickie Report SHARES THIS CALL for both venues.  Last year’s event was heavily publicized with television, radio, print, and social media both  locally and regionally.  You WANT to BE PART of this event in 2022! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER NOW~!

 

 

ZAM  & ArtZen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER NOW~!

 

 

 

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

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986