Pineapple Grove Chapter Of Southern Handcraft Society Postpones Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

The Southern Handcraft Society, Pineapple Grove Chapter, Delray Beach, will NOT be holding its annual holiday arts and crafts show in November 2020. The Annual Holiday Show will take place November 18, 19, and 20, 2021. If shoppers want to contact any artist or crafter for an item you want, The Rickie Report shares the details here. For artists and crafters who have been staying busy with projects, this is the best time to reach out to Southern Handcraft Society to become a member!  

 

 

 

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Southern Handcraft Society

Pineapple Grove Chapter     Delray Beach, FL

 

Next Annual Holiday Show:  

 

November 18, 19, and 20, 2021

 

 

 

The Southern Handcraft Society, Pineapple Grove Chapter, Delray Beach, will NOT be holding its annual holiday arts and crafts show in November 2020.

 

Because of circumstances beyond our control, we feel it necessary to cancel our arts and crafts show this year to protect the health of our artists, crafters, and patrons. We are rescheduling our annual holiday show for November 18, 19, and 20, 2021.

 

A Spokesperson for the event tells The Rickie Report, “we are all disappointed, but the safety of all of us is our main priority. Our artists and crafters are still busy creating incredible works of art; we will certainly have more incredible works of art in 2021. 

 

If you would like to contact any artist or crafter for some item you just have to have, please contact Madeline at mhincken@gmail.comand she will try to make contact with any artists or crafters. You can also contact Madeline atmhincken@gmail.comfor any questions. Stay healthy and stay safe. See you next year!

For more information:

Southern Handcraft Society is a wonderful networking group of fine artists and artisans. For more information about SHS please contact Madeline at mhincken@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Friends Of Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Opens Call For Artists: “Art Show In The Gardens” January 2-3, 2021

Join the Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens for their 2nd Annual Art Show in The Gardens on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, 2021. The show will feature artists representing 2D, 3D, Jewelry and Fine Crafts from the Treasure Coast and beyond. Applications are due by November 30, 2020.  Please note: Non-Profit Art Societies and/or Informational Resource Tables will be available at this event for a low fee. What a fabulous way to network with the community!! And a new “Party With The Artists” Silent Auction and Reception takes place Saturday, January 2 after public hoursThe Rickie Report shares all of the details in this Call to Artists.

 

 

2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd.     Port St. Lucie, FL    34952
772.337.1959       

 

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

 

 

PRESENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 ART SHOW IN THE GARDENS

 

Saturday, January 2

Sunday, January 3

Rain or Shine 

Show  hours:   9 am to 4 pm

 

ARTIST APPLICATION DEADLINE:

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

 

 

The January 2021 Art Show in the Gardens will feature local, regional and renowned artists of all mediums. The event will be held at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, located immediately south of the intersection of Westmoreland Blvd. and Port St. Lucie Blvd. (2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd). Show times to the public will be 9 am to 4 pm, both days. Setup will commence Friday (January 1, 2021) from 10 am to 6 pm and must be complete prior to 8:30 am on Saturday morning (January 2, 2021).

* For those artists/vendors who were NOT with us in our 2020 show, the following items will need to be submitted in order to be considered for our show and reviewed by our jury.

* Returning artists/vendors who were with us in 2020 do not need to submit photos of work, display or bio.

PHOTOS OF WORK: minimum of 3 photos (Maximum of 6) of your work. Please make sure these are high quality images, as you will be judged on what can be seen. Email to art@pslbg.org.

DISPLAY PHOTO: 1 photo of your display. We must see your entire display.
SHOW FEES: Show fees are: 10’ x 10’ – $175.00, 10” x 15’ – $225.00, 10’ x 20’ – $275.00. Please note that show

fees are paid with your application. If you are not approved for any reason, they will be fully refunded. ARTIST STATEMENTS: We want to know about you and your work. Please include an artist statement/bio with your photographs submitted to art@pslbg.org.

You may apply in two (2) ways. Complete the form below and the information on page 3 and mail to Art Show C/O Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 together with your Check for the complete booth fee. *OR* Complete the on-line application form at PSLBG.org/artapp. You must also email to art@pslbg.org the required photos and your artist statement. Please be sure to include your name, email address & phone number in the email. ARTIST APPLICATION DEADLINE 11/30/20.

 

Please print or type:

Name of Artist Exhibitor/Company________________________________________________________

 

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

City: _____________________________State: ______ Zip Code: ___________________

 

Contact Person/s _______________________________________________________________________

 

E-mail: ___________________________________________________

 

Contact #_______________________________

 

Were you an Artist or Vendor with us for last year’s Show? ☐ YES ☐ NO If yes, put NA in the Describe what your booth or art will entail below.

 

 

Artist Medium: ☐ 2D ☐ 3D ☐ Jewelry ☐ Fine Crafts Please describe what your booth or Art will entail: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Each approved application comes with one (1) ticket to our Saturday evening Party with the Artists. Additional tickets are available for $25 each. Please see Pg3 for Party and ticket details. Do you require more than one (1) ticket:

☐ NO ☐ 1 Extra Ticket ($25) ☐ 2 Extra Tickets($50) Include with your Booth Remittance Check

 

 

The Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden and the City of Port St. Lucie undertakes no responsibility for damage to craftsperson’s or an organization’s property due to theft, loss, accident, vandalism or weather. The City and the Friends reserves the right to deem any display or activity inappropriate for this family oriented event.

The undersigned agrees to abide by the rules and regulations specified on the additional pages of this contract. 

 

EXHIBITOR’S SIGNATURE________________________________________

 

DATE__________________

 

Will you be setting up your booth on Friday, January 1, 2021 (Preferred)? ☐ Yes ☐ No If “No”, your vehicle must be removed from the sales area by 8:30 am Saturday morning.

Please initial your understanding of this request: _______________

Check the type of vehicle you will be bringing: ☐ Van ☐ Truck ☐ Flatbed ☐ Trailer

 

Specify approximate height and size of vehicle(s). This information is necessary to route traffic into the Gardens and onto the event lawn. _________________________________

Do you require electricity (limited availability)? ☐ No (thank you) ☐ Yes   (No generators please)

Would you like to contribute 1 (one) piece for our non-profit raffle: ☐ Yes   ☐ No

Non-Profit Art Societies and/or Informational Resource Tables:

Location of booth is at the Discretion of the 2021 Art Show in the Gardens Committee Booth Space Size: 10 x 10 only

Non-Profit Participant: $35.00

Non-profit Art & informational resource societies exhibiting at the 2021 Art Show in the Gardens WILL NOT be permitted to sell any Materials with the exception of memberships or Raffles.

Please sign your understanding of this requirement:

 

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Name/Title

 

ARTIST APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 30, 2020.

 

Contact persons: Mark Barnes or Laura Mehr • 772.337.1959

Please return Artist Display Request Form to:

Art Show C/O Friends of the PLS Botanical Gardens

2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd.

Port St Lucie, FL 34952

*OR*

On-Line Application:

 

www.PSLBG.org/artapp

 

Make checks payable to: Friends of PSLBG Email Required Documents to art@pslbg.org

NOTE: The Art Show Committee has developed a layout and plan that allows for social distancing and safety. The layout is somewhat different than last year because of the covid situation, but is customer and artist friendly. So we look forward to seeing you there, as the show will go on!

If mailing, please return pages 2 & 3 of the Artist Display Request Form. 

 

Applications for ART in The Gardens are preferred to be submitted online to: PSLBG.org/artapp

For those artists or vendors who were NOT with us last year (2020), the following items will need to be submitted in order to be considered for our show:

 

PHOTOS OF WORK: minimum of 3 photos (Maximum of 6) of your work. Please make sure these are high quality images, as you will be judged on what can be seen. Email to art@pslbg.org.

 

DISPLAY PHOTO: 1 photo of your display. We must see your entire display.

 

SHOW FEES: Show fees are: 10’ x 10’ – $175.00, 10” x 15’ – $225.00, 10’ x 20’ – $275.00.

Please note that show fees are paid with your application. If you are not approved for any reason, they will be fully refunded. ARTIST STATEMENTS: We want to know about you and your work. Please include an artist statement/bio with your photographs submitted to art@pslbg.org

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW:

DEADLINES: ARTIST APPLICATION NOVEMBER 30, 2020

 

CONFIRMATIONS: If you are accepted, additional show information such as lodging, parking, set-up times, directions, etc. will be included in your confirmation. This will be emailed to you upon receipt of your booth fee. Please review this information carefully as it includes important event details.

 

CANCELLATIONS: Any cancellation made for any reason less than 45 days prior to an ART show is Non-Refundable. Cancellations will be due in writing (email preferred) in our office AT LEAST 45 days prior to the show date. We understand that problems arise and everyone cancels for reasons beyond their control; however, please understand there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. In the event the Art Show is Cancelled for any reason – all both fees are fully refundable. NOTE: The Art Show Committee has developed a layout and plan that allows for social distancing and safety. The layout is somewhat different than last year because of the covid situation, but is customer and artist friendly. So we look forward to seeing you there, as the show will go on!

 

E-MAIL: Please note that invitations, waitlist notifications, confirmations, important updates, and announcements will be sent to you via email. Be sure to check your email account regularly.

 

PAYMENTS: Payment will be accepted by Check or on-line through our payment processing system. Please note the name of the festival and your full name on the check to avoid confusion. Make all checks payable to Friends of the PSLBG.

 

PROCESSING TIME: Please allow at least 1-2 weeks to process your application from the date it is received. Please always try to apply as early as possible to make for a smooth process and to avoid late fees.

 

AWARDS: Ribbons & Cash Awards will be given for 1st Place ($250), 2nd Place ($150) and Honorable Mention ($100) in each category (2D, 3D, Jewelry & Fine Crafts), as well as one Best of Show ($500).

 

WAITING LIST: We have 80 available spaces. Once shows are closed or available space reserved, applications are still accepted for the waitlist. We will contact you as early as possible if any spaces become available. Please keep in mind that this may be as late as 2-3 days before the show. If you cannot work on short notice, the waitlist may not be the best option for you. If we call you from the waitlist to see if you would like to participate in the show, you have the option to turn us down without penalty.

 

PARTY WITH THE ARTISTS: 2021 brings a Saturday evening “Party With The Artists” Silent Art Auction and Reception. An opportunity for the public, guests and dignitaries to meet and talk with the artists, while enjoying a selection of hors d’oeuvres and light entrées, adult beverages and good music. Each approved Artist is provided with 1 ticket. Up to 2 additional tickets can be purchased by the Artist for $25 each. Tickets are on sale to the public for $50 each / $75 per couple.

 

CREDITS/REFUNDS: WE DO NOT ISSUE REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS UNLESS notification is made at least 45 DAYS prior to the ART show. Cancellations must be made in writing (email preferred) and received in our office no later than December 1, 2020. In the event the Art Show is Cancelled for any reason – all both fees are fully refundable.

 

WEATHER: THIS IS AN OUTDOOR ART SHOW and will go on rain or shine. No credits or refunds will be issued if forces of nature beyond our control affect show. Please check our website or contact the office for updates on cancellations resulting from severe weather such as, hurricanes, tornados, flooding, etc. Please note, we will not cancel a show unless informed by state, city or local officials that it will be in the best interest of safety for all. If it looks like it is going to rain, we will not call a show prior to the event. It will be at the show coordinator’s discretion on site at the time.

 

CAREFULLY READ the rules and regulations before submitting: We make every attempt to review all information contained within the pages herein and at the time of posting all information is believed to be accurate and complete. We are not responsible for any typographical errors. If we find one to have been made, we will immediately fix as needed. Management has final rights for interpretations and disclosure and reserves the right to change any information as it becomes necessary (i.e., show venue, parking locations, additional city licenses, fees, policies, etc.). Any changes will be disclosed to parties involved as soon as they become available to us. We will make every reasonable attempt via e-mail or phone, as we feel best for confirmed parties. Thank you for adhering to all of our policies. They are in place to ensure a smooth process for all. If you have any further questions, please contact our offices.

EXHIBITOR RULES AND REGULATIONS:

The Volunteers at the Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens (FPSLBG) would like to thank you for your participation in our shows. In order for you to help us make our shows the best they can be, we have established standard accepted rules and regulations. To participate in our events, you MUST observe the following:

All work must be original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the approved artists themselves. Kits, imports, and mass produced items are not allowed.

All categories shall be reviewed, juried and screened prior to your acceptance. Any media NOT approved during the application process that appears in your booth at the event will be asked to be removed. Categories include: 2d, 3d, jewelry & fine crafts.

Displays must be professional and aesthetically pleasing.

Exhibitors will leave their exhibit space clean after packing up at break down. If your space is not clean after an event, you may be expelled or rejected from future shows.

For the Art Show, the application fee must be paid at time of application submission. It is VERY important that you include your full name and phone number on your checks to avoid miscommunication.

The approved exhibitor will occupy his or her booth at all times. NO subletting or sharing of space without prior approval. Maximum of 2 Artists Sharing a booth with prior approval.

TAXES – Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting the state sales tax and filing a report with the local Department of Revenue St. Lucie County Sales Tax is 7%.

BANK FEES – A $35 bank fee will be charged on all returned checks.

TENTS – Exhibitors are responsible for making their tents sturdy against wind, rain etc. Tents MUST be manufactured of flame-retardant materials. Dollies are suggested for set-up and breakdown for most shows! No vehicle will be permitted on the event lawn 30 Minutes prior to event opening and 30 minutes after event closing. Any vehicle not complying with these rules with be towed.

Exhibitors will receive an ample amount of booth space, which varies depending on the on the space selected. Exhibitors will NOT take up any additional space without first consulting with a show coordinator. ALL WORK, DISPLAY and STORAGE WILL NOT GO BEYOND THE ASSIGNED EXHIBITOR SPACE.

The exhibitor’s space shall be occupied by 8:45 a.m. the morning of the show or you will be considered a “no -show” and your space will be given away with no possible refund or credit.

Set-up and breakdown times will be strictly enforced. Please see show confirmation for details.

Your space number and event map will be provided the Monday prior to the show (Earlier if we have the final layout completed).

Management reserves the right to make final interpretations of all rules and regulations.

 

GENERAL RELEASE

The undersigned does hereby discharge, release and hold harmless, FPSLBG (all cities, property owners, and associations) and all co-sponsors from any and all manner of action, suits, damages, or claims whatsoever arising from any loss or damages or claims, to the person or property of the undersigned while in possession or under the supervision of the sponsors during the Art Show, and hereby consents to enforcement of all rules of this event. Furthermore, the undersigned artist hereby certifies that all display work is handcrafted and created by the show participant. Participant understands that any mass-produced item on display can cause expulsion from the show or future shows. There are no rain dates. MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY EXHIBITOR CAUSING ANY PROBLEMS TO FELLOW EXHIBITORS OR MANAGEMENT. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations set forth on the reverse side of this General Release may result in expulsion from any and/or all events. Management reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.

 

The applicant understands that if this application is not accepted, all fees and photos will be returned by FPSLBG has your permission to reproduce artwork, through the photographs you have submitted, for the purpose of advertising and marketing the Festival. FPSLBG also has your permission to publish photographs or videos taken of your booth, work and photos of you during the Art Show for purposes related to promotion of the Festival, past or future.

The undersigned agrees to abide by the rules and regulations specified on the additional pages of this contract. 

 

EXHIBITOR’S SIGNATURE________________________________________

 

DATE__________________

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event:

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Mark Barnes at art@pslbg.org.

 

 

www.PSLBG.org/artapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

“Beyond the Individual”

 

Essay by John Loscuito, Gallery Director

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

“WHEN   WE   SEE   FURTHER”

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

HEATHER COUCH

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

MARINA FONT

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

RENÉE REY

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

TERRE RYBOVICH

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit:

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

10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965

Phone: (239) 590-7199

Website:  fgcu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative    Documentation    Workshop

Techniques Of Documenting

Your    Artwork    &    Collectibles

Wednesday October 28

 6:00 – 8:00 PM

 

 FREE

 

 

 

 

To   learn  more   and   register   visit:

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Suggested Materials for Workshop:

 

• smart phone

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

• positionable lights or lamps

• Free App – ImgPlay, Apple or Google play

• Suggested: Tripod and Cell Phone attachment for tripod

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

Instructor:

 

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

 

To learn about other  events and to register visit

www.pompanobeacharts.org/virtual-events.

 

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department:


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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Creative Arts School at Old School Square Announces Registration For New Virtual Classes Fall 2020/Winter 2021

The Creative Arts School at Old School Square announces New Virtual Classes for Fall 2020/Winter 2021. NEW SKILLSNEW HOBBIESNEW YOU! And all from the convenience of home! Choose from classes in culinary arts, music performance, fine art, photography and digital imagingRegistration is open for online classes at Creative Arts School, from October 2020 through March 2021. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51 N. Swinton Avenue     Delray Beach, FL 33444

OldSchoolSquare.org

561-243-7922

 

 

 New skills~

New hobbies~

New you~

And all from the convenience of home!

 

 

Check Out This Video:

https://youtu.be/0-YdggePSiU

 

 

 

 

 

The Creative Arts School is located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre building. The School offers beginner through master level classes, for all ages, during fall/winter and spring/summer sessions. From classes for art and photography to genres that have never before been offered, we are exploring new territories to bring you classes that are accessible with the click of a button. Using the power of Zoom, you will enter a virtual classroom that is both collaborative and interactive! At the Creative Arts School, we are excited about the far-reaching potential of this tool because it enables teachers AND students to remotely participate in real-time lessons.

 

Art classes include drawing, painting, watercolor, pastel, collage and mixed media. All patrons have access to Open Studio sessions throughout the year.

 

Photography classes include introduction to digital camera use, fine art photography (beginning/intermediate/advanced/master) and digital imaging.

 

Newly announced classes in Music Performance and Culinary Arts are designed to uplift your senses while sharpening your skills! Classes include musical instrument performance and culinary exploration in varieties of cuisine.

 

 

Check Out Some Of The  26 New Classes:

 

 

 

 

 

WATERCOLOR  102

 

 

 

Watercolor 102, taught by fine artist Janet Onofrey, helping students to learn the techniques that bring watercolor paintings to life. Students will learn skills such as gradient washes, sponging, masking, dry brushing, wet-on-wet, and more ways to enjoy this nontoxic medium.

 

 

NOODLE  ART 101

 

 

 

 

NoodleArt 101, taught by restaurateur Walter Harris and sharpening students’ cooking skills. In newly introduced curricula for Culinary Arts, NoodleArt 101 will teach students to merge American ingredients with traditionally inspired Asian cuisine and flavor profiles.

 

 

UKELEL MAGIC II

 

 

 

 

 

Ukelele Magic II, taught by South Florida-based guitarist, singer, songwriter, and session musician Sean Radford. Ukelele Magic II takes students on a musical journey, while learning popular songs from yesterday and today through ukulele instruction. This class teaches fun techniques such as fingerpicking, chord progressions, and challenges through accompaniment patterns.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE  GUITAR

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Guitar, also taught by Sean Radford, takes students with fundamental guitar-playing experience to a more advanced level. Through Radford’s masterful instruction, students will learn to strum, read notation for chords and notes, sharpen ear training, improvising, build a repertoire of songs, and more!

 

 

ART  ABOUT  YOU

 

 

Art About You, taught by Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC. Conducted by a licensed and certified Art Psychotherapist, this class utilizes art therapy-based directives to help students discover emotions and gain insights about oneself.

 

 

 

CREATING  A FOLD  BOOK

 

 

 

 

Creating A Fold Book, taught by award-winning painter and illustrator Carla Golembe, teaches students to create three-dimensional “fold book” works of art using illustration, fine art, and language. Students will explore creative storytelling through imagery and, if they wish, words.

 

 

 

TRAVEL   SKETCHBOOK

 

 

Travel Sketchbook, taught by fine artist Jen Fisher, helps students to create artistic memories as they travel to their favorite destinations through their photo albums.

 

 

 

COLLAGE  AND  MIXED  MEDIA

 

 

 

 

 

Collage and Mixed Media, taught by fine artist Sharon Koskoff, which explores the fascinating world of collage and mixed media using found materials, recyclables, personal photographs, collectibles, and other unusual art mediums.

 

 

AND    MORE………..

 

Other long-standing classes covering fine arts, digital imaging, and photography also return! Each class is taught using the power of Zoom and gives students access to a virtual classroom that is both collaborative and interactive.

All of the fun-filled, joy-inspiring, and diverse classes can be found here: www.oldschoolsquare.org/classes/online-learning

 

 

 

ABOUT OLD SCHOOL SQUARE

Old School Square Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit cultural arts organization, located in the heart of charming downtown Delray Beach, FL. A historical landmark that has served the community for over 30 years, Old School Square’s mission is to enrich the lives of all people as the community’s cultural center and destination for the arts. Old School Square provides a total arts experience through visual and performing arts, education, and entertainment.

For more information on Old School Square visit www.oldschoolsquare.org.

 

  

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace The Mordes Collection Is Now Offering 4 Spots For SOLO Exhibitions

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection is offering a new opportunity to artists who are looking for exhibition space and marketing of their artwork.  Four spots for SOLO Exhibits are now available!  The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

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Arts Foundation For Martin County Seeks Nominations For The mARTies Awards 2021

The Arts Foundation for Martin County invites you to nominate an ARTIST or STUDENT ARTIST in the visual, performing, or literary arts for a mARTies Award!   The mARTies Awards are a signature event of the Arts Foundation for Martin County honoring outstanding artistic, voluntary, and philanthropic achievement in Martin County which inspire a passion for and participation in the arts in our community.  It takes a mix of artists, philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders weaving together to give the community a more vibrant, rich, and colorful texture.  Over 140 award recipients have been honored since 2003! The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks from last year and the information you need to make a nomination.  Deadline  for nominations is November 1, 2020.  SAVE THE DATE: mARTies Celebration takes place March 24, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 mARTies Nominated and Named Award Winners

 

 

Nominees are judged for several qualities, by professional artists and knowledgeable community leaders, to include their participation in the arts and artistic excellence; their civic responsibilities; and their leadership in improving the quality of life in Martin County.  Adult nominees must either be a Martin County resident or do the majority of their artistic work in the Martin County area.  Student nominees must be a Martin County resident and have entered their senior year of high school in August 2020.

 

 

 

2019 mARTies Opening Performance at the Lyric Theater

 

 

 

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

Nominations are being accepted through November 1, 2020

 

 

https://www.martinarts.org/arts-foundation/news_events/marties-awards/marties-nomination.html

 

 

The 2019 Named Award Recipients:

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts – Guy Coheleach
Philanthropy in the Arts – Jerome and Phyllis Rappaport
Corporate Leadership in the Arts – PNC Bank for the Arts Alive! program
Excellence in Arts Education – Cindy Kessler
Arts Leadership – Karen L. Barnes
Arts Service – Mary Ann Loomis
Special Recognition – Martin County High School Visual Arts Teachers Amanda Jones and Bryan Johnson and business owner Kim Jones for the Martin County Historical mural at the Prescription Shoppe in downtown Stuart

 

 

 

 Guy Coheleach, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts recipient (left) with  Neil Capozzi

 

 

The Special Recognition Award went to MCHS Visual Arts Team and Kim Jones, owner of thePrescription Shoppe in downtown Stuart. Pictured are MCHS Team member Bryan Johnson; Nancy Turrell, executive director of the Arts Council of MC; MCHS Team member Amanda Jones; Kim Jones and Marney McKee, mARTies 2019 co-chair.

 

2019 mARTies Award Recipients:

 

Adult Literary:  Betty Jo Buro

Adult Performing: Tasha Shirley

Adult Visual: Suzanne Connors

Student Performing Music: Brandon Gunter

Student Performing Theater: Eliza Levy

Student Visual: Isabella Gallese

 

 

Adult VisualArts Award recipient Suzanne Connors and Lisa Renee Ludlum

 

 

Student Visual Award Recipient Isabella Gallese and Marney McKee

 

Opportunities to help us celebrate the mARTies are available for sponsors and volunteers. Please contact the Arts Foundation for Martin County if you are interested in being a part of the event.  And save the date for the mARTies Awards to be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

 

 

Contact us at (772) 287-6676 or info@martinarts.org today!

 

 

 

 

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Ft. Pierce Art Club Announces 3 Calls To Artists And Events Open To The Public: ARToberfest, Fabulous Flamingos, And Magnificent Miniatures

The Fort Pierce Art Club shares 3 Calls to Artists for the upcoming “ARToberfest” (Saturday, October 17 – includes a Cookie Contest with Cash Prizes), “Fabulous Flamingos” (Saturday, November 21), and “Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces” (Saturday, December 5).  Artists from St. Lucie County, Martin County, Palm Beach County, Indian River County, and Okeechobee County are welcome to participate.  ART LOVERS: Mark your calendars now – from our sneak peeks, you won’t want to miss the FUN!  The Rickie Report shares the details of each event in this article.  Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County are a hub for art! 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTS   3   EVENTS:

 

 

“ARToberfest” 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

9 am to 1 pm

At

Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. 

Free and Open to the Public 

 

 

INCLUDES:

Artists

Crafters

Cookie Contest with Cash Prizes

 

Artists, Crafters, Non-Profits:   FREE Spaces

 

NO FEE but MUST Pre-register!

Must be handmade – no resale!

Bring your own table (Maximum 6′)

Send 3 jpegs to  Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

 

DEADLINE to ENTER: October 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

Cookie Contest:

The Cookie Contest is open to all residents of the Treasure Coast.

The Cookie Contest entry fee will be  four dozen cookies packaged in individual bags of 6 each.  

Supplies for the contest:  cookie bags and display boxes will be provided to contestants at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House on 1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, the week before the event. 

The cookies will be for sale and for judging. 

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. 

Proceeds from the sale will go to support “Art on the Porch”, a free painting session including all supplies, sponsored by the club every Monday morning from 10 am to noon, at Cool Bean Brew Coffee House. 

Register by contacting: 

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

“FABULOUS  FLAMINGO”  SILENT  AUCTION

 Saturday, November 21, 2020

 Free and Open To Public

 

 

9 am – 1 pm

At

Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.

 

 

 

 

Open to all artists and art students on the Treasure Coast.  Students in Junior High, High School and College are encouraged to participate with the supervision of an art teacher and/or parent.   

FLAMINGO SPECIFICATIONS: 

  1. Open to all artists working in all media.  Original work must be created on flamingos provided by the Fort Pierce Art Club, Inc.  (FPAC).  Other flamingos may be used with approval by the Show’s Curator.
  2. Works will be judged on craftsmanship and use of the flamingo as a lawn ornament/decoration.    
  3. There is no theme requirement for the flamingos.  
  4. This is a non-profit community project.  All flamingos will be for sale to the public and the proceeds will go toward the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Public Art Programs and the Student Scholarship Program.  
  5. No eroticism or graphic violence will be considered.  General patriotic themes are allowed but political party and/or campaign candidate promotion are strictly prohibited.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

Each artist will be asked to give a $5 deposit for the flamingo.  The $5 will be refunded to the artist when the completed Flamingo is returned.  Note:  Students working with a School Art Teacher(s) will be exempt from the deposit, but the teacher will be responsible for the return of the completed or uncompleted flamingo(s) they take.

AWARDS:

The Selection Committee is composed of professional members of the public and the Show Curator who will oversee the judging of the pierces.  The judges will evaluate the work and have the right to reject any piece that might be offensive to the public or of poor construction.  There will 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ribbons for each of two categories:  Students and Adults.  There will also be tons of bragging rights for all.

DELIVERY OF COMPLETED FLAMINGOS: 

Text message 772-579-1529 to arrange pickup/deliver of a flamingo.

QUESTIONS: 

Please direct any questions to Blanca Longo Rancourt at 305-281-3335

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

 

 

ONLY CALL Cool Beans Brew Coffee House for coffee and/or lunch orders!

 

The proceeds from the flamingo sale will go towards FPAC Art Education Scholarships to be awarded on January 9, 2021 at the Club’s 65th Anniversary party.  The club’s party will be held outside under the oaks from 9:00 am to noon at Cool Beans Brew coffee house.  Scholarships applications for high school and college students to complete will be available at www.fortpierceartclub.org at the end of November 2020.  Winners will be posted on the club’s website above.

 

 

The Fort Pierce Art Club this year has raised $400 for the “Inner Truth Project” and $500 from the July “Filthy Mug” silent auction to aid the Fort Pierce Women’s Club, who provide food for families on Mondays and Fridays.  During March and April, the club distributed wooden birdhouses, paint, and brushes for families to embellish.  The “Bird House” art was then displayed at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House.  Currently, the club is sponsoring “Art on the Porch”, a free painting session including all supplies, every Monday morning at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House. In addition, several club members are painting bike racks for the city of Fort Pierce.

 

 

The Fabulous Flamingos event will be sponsored by Cool Beans Brew Coffee House and The Fort Pierce Art Club, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting artists and the arts through community awareness.  

 

 

 

FORT  PIERCE  ART  CLUB

&

WALLFLOWER  CUSTOM  FRAME & ART

 

 

PRESENT:

 

CALL FOR

 

 

MAGNIFICENT  MINIATURE  MASTERPIECES  

 

 

 

Contest Runs NOW –  Monday, Nov. 30 , 2020

 

 

Free  And Open To the Public

 

 

Display and Sale:

 

 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

 

 

During Christmas Festival

 

 

At Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW through  Monday, Nov. 30 , 2020

CONTEST    INSTRUCTIONS:

 

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

 

 

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

Pick Up​  Entry Form, Easel & Miniature Canvases:

At

 ​Wallflower Custom Framing

​802 S6th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

Return:

All masterpieces are to return with easels to ​Wallflower Custom Framing

Either:

Monday, November 30th;

Tuesday, December 1;

Wednesday, December 2nd

 

 

 

 

 

PRIZES:​ ​

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

Call:  772-579-1529 (Jeanne Johansen)

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

Visit: www.fortpierceartclub.org

 

 

 

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Why pARTnership Matters: How YOU Can Benefit From The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance speaks with The Rickie Report about how the public (art lovers and artists alike) can benefit from pARTnering together.  The promise of new initiatives will bring the sectors of visual arts, performing arts, musical art, and literature in the Treasure Coast together, creating a Cultural Mecca!  Every consumer wonders “What’s In It For Me” and this interview will answer your question!  Rickie Report READERS: Get a SPECIAL DISCOUNT on membership rates NOW through October 15, 2020!  Be pART of the ART SCENE!

 

 

 

 

 

772.462.2783

artstlucie.org

2300 Virginia Avenue     Ft.Pierce, FL 34982       

 

 

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has taken flight from under the radar to star performer!  Executive Director, Alyona Ushe, tells The Rickie Report, “We are developing new initiatives for every arts discipline, looking toward monthly meetings  as well as collaborative efforts.  We are building an army of individual artists, arts organizations, businesses, and the public to make the Treasure Coast a Cultural Mecca”.  SLCA is supported by monies from the County, Membership dues, and Private donations.

 

 

DON’T  MISS  A  THING!

Subscribe to get the FREE SLCA Newsletter via email!!

 

 

TRR:  What is currently on the SLCA “Wish List”?

AU:  Our Top 5:

1.We need writers!

2.We want to arm artists, empower them, and offer exhibitions and performance venues for all disciplines and genres of art.

3.We’re looking to businesses with vacant spaces to share those with the arts community and therefore the public.  Collaboration and pARTnership go hand in hand – and benefit everyone!

4. We are looking for people who are advertising savvy, to look for more opportunities for SLCA to pARTner with other businesses whose interests dovetail into ours.

5. Volunteers to help with events and researchers can help us continue to illuminate our arts base their needs, other resources, and data.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: What kind of programs are already in place?

AU: There are many events taking place now and more are opening up, as this is being read!

Made in St. Lucie & Starving Artists Online auction is our next big initiative.  The Alliance will use all of our resources to encourage patrons to buy local art for the holidays.  The next Cultural Alliance Art Guild Exhibition is planned for early November and we are organizing musical performances in collaboration with Mid Florida Event Center starting in November as well!  In addition, galleries, museums, live music venues, performing arts, nature & science, and festivals are all making plans for the 2020/2021 Season.  Our website  lists specific events and directs you to the relevant information.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What are the benefits of SLCA membership?

AU: We are developing benefits that actually empower our cultural community!  We’re developing powerful partnerships with businesses to assist our members with their specific needs.

From exhibition & performing venues, to spotlighting every member, and assisting with marketing and business development needs, we are here for you.  I urge your readers to reach out to us and let us know how we can help them specifically and the creative community in general.

 You no NOT have to be a County resident to be a member!

 

 

 

 

We are offering a SPECIAL PRICE for Rickie Report readers:  

NOW thru October 15, 2020

 

 

EMAIL:  info@artslucie.org to receive these benefits!

 

 

 

Members are listed under different categories:

Artists:https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=artists

Arts Organizations: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=arts-organizations

Businesses: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=businesses

Individuals: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=individuals

 

 

 

BENEFITS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: We are fascinated by the diversity of arts and artists St. Lucie County is in touch with. Can you tell us more about how you choose someone to be written up for the weekly “Member Spotlight”?

AU: Our artists continue to fly under the radar.  “Member Spotlight” is designed to let the public know the creative vision of each artist.

 

Our members actually write the feature, which also builds their relationship and creates community!  If any of your readers have public relations backgrounds and are interested in getting to know other artists personally, this is a perfect project for them!  The most enthusiastic landing spot is our “Member Spotlight” which focuses on a creative in each of the sectors we include ( Festivals, Galleries & Museums, Live music, Nature & Science, Performing arts, Writing, and Visual arts).

 

MEMBER  SPOTLIGHT:

 

Get more information about the Member Spotlight

 

 

Art in Public Places:  At St. Lucie County Utilities Office, “Elvis” by Stephen DePirro, made from recycled cans

Center Left: Mark Satterlee, AICP  Deputy County Administrator,  St Lucie County Board of Commissioners and Board Liaison to SLCA  To Mark’s Right: Alyona Ushe, Executive Director St. Lucie Cultural Alliance and Jeanne Johansen, Cultural Alliance Board Member and President of the Fort Pierce Art Club.

 

 

TRR: Is there a place for volunteers or people who would just like to receive emails to stay up-to-date?

AU: We have a current and ever-changing list of volunteer opportunities!

Our current (and ever-changing) list of volunteers opportunities include:

  • Writers
  • Graphic designers
  • Greeters at Receptions
  • College Ambassadors
  • Student Internships
     

 

 

 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER:

    https://artstlucie.z2systems.com/projectList.jsp

 

 

 

 

Here’s the link for our Free newsletter sign up:

 

TRR: Can you tell us about an easy way to help SLCA fundraise?

AU: YES!

The State of Florida has a multitude of license plate options, which benefit specific non-profit groups, as well as U.S Military Service branches and Education centers.  When you register with the Arts license plate, SLCA gets a portion of the fee!  It is heartening to see the large number of cars sporting these, and when I see one, I feel a kindred spirit is driving and announcing “I Support The Arts”!

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: The SLCA website has an extensive list of Resources.  Can you tell us more?

AU:  A comprehensive list of Covid 19 assistance grants and general funding opportunities are available on our website: https://artstlucie.org/news/covid-19-resources-for-artists.

I have exciting news to share with your readers!  We are getting ready to announce a mini-grants program.  Anyone who is interested should be a member of SLCA and contact us.  Sign up for our newsletters to be the first to know!

I would love for your readers to reach out to me directly!  The Alliance is here to serve the community and I want to know what we can do better.  My email is alyona@artstlucie.org and I want to hear from everyone!  We are building a community and their input is critical.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Executive Director, Alyona Ushe

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has named its new executive director, Alyona Ushe after a lengthy national search.  Ushe began her career by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. In South Florida, as President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC),  she grew the organizational budget to over $3 million. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million Cultural Center. The Rickie Report welcomes Alyona and looks forward to working with her and the St Lucie Cultural Alliance team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are thrilled that Alyona Ushe will be putting her energy, creativity, and extensive experience to move St. Lucie County’s Alliance to an entirely new level of commitment to the community it serves,” said Rebecca Miller, Chair of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Board of Directors.

 

Ushe brings over twenty years of leadership experience in launching and growing distinctly different organizations for both nonprofit institutions and municipalities. As the Alliance’s Executive Director, Ushe will lead the implementation of the SLCA strategic plan, establish and cultivate strong partnerships with artists, organizations, events, and groups in St. Lucie County, and work towards engaging compelling arts and education experiences for residents and visitors alike.

 

“SLCA’s overwhelming success since its reincarnation is remarkable. Neil Levine, SLCA Interim Executive Director, has done an outstanding job in developing a powerful road map for the vision and direction of the organization,” said Ushe. “I am honored to take over the reins and continue to build on the great accomplishments while developing new initiatives to strengthen St. Lucie County’s cultural economy and support the local creative community.”

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new executive director, Alyona Ushe

 

 

 

 

With Ushe’s expertise and years of experience, it is foreseen that she will have no problem filling the big shoes of Dr. Neil Levine, who has been the interim director since the organization reestablished in 2018.  “I’ve been delighted to have had the opportunity to assist the cultural alliance by developing organizational structure and strategic development, resulting in significant momentum. And I am pleased that foundational work is to be built upon by a true professional. I feel sure that Alyona will further develop the alliance into a benchmark organization we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Levine.

 

Ushe began her career in the arts by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. There she produced over 100 original productions and organized the company’s participation at numerous festivals, including the International New York Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival in Washington, DC. She created and implemented extensive education outreach programs, praised on the floor of the US House of Representatives, resulting in significant Federal Appropriation funding.

 

In South Florida, she was the President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC), where she grew the organizational budget from $250,000 to over three million in under five years. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million cultural center. Previously, Ushe was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.

 

About St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

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

 

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www.artstlucie.org

 

 

 

 

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