Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Features Lush And Meaningful Collage Works By Derek Gores. Meet The Artist On Friday, February 3 And Enjoy The First Friday Art Stroll

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues to celebrate their 15th Anniversary season with a lush collage exhibit, Peace of Mind” featuring renown artist Derek Gores. This unique show runs from January 31 – February 24, 2023. Enjoy a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, February 3, 2023  as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This is a gallery where you can expect the unexpected!

 

 

 

 

 

1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

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

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Meet     the     Artist     Reception

 

 

Friday,    February   3,  2023

 

 

 

5    –    8   pm

 

 

Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls

 

 

 

“See Ya Later” by Derek Gores

 

 

 

This Exhibit runs from January 31- February 24 , 2023

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

Also open by appointment

Closed Sunday and Monday  

 

 

 

 

Gores’ lush collage portraits capture an escapist tranquility, a nostalgic yet contemporary feeling of the good life by the coast.  In his newest body of work for Gallery 14, Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism.  New subjects include a chess board, a vinyl record and a sweet treat or two, in addition to the floating swimmers, shoes and cocktails for which he is known.  At first we see fashionable scenes of tropical bliss, but, closer inspection of his collage technique reveals an alluring spectrum of elements used to build his pictures. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sea of Tranquility” by Derek Gores

 

 

For this show, Gores has used many objects and textures inspired by life in Vero Beach.  Hundreds of snapshots of local flowers and foliage, shells and waves, vintage postcards, Lilly Pulitzer patterns, and so many more hidden gems can be discovered at each glance.  His sense of color has really gone next level this time – a nearly neon tropical wave of joy.  His title, Piece of Mind, is a playful nod to the artist’s approach.  Gores is a specialist in being present.  He explores, gathers elements and inspirations, and combines them to form a sort of zen narrative.  The story is on the canvas for us to piece together.  His client list includes Tag Heuer, Loews South Beach, E! Entertainment, and more.  He was honored to be the first ever Artist in Residence at the Hotel Bel-Air, where Marilyn Monroe had her last photo shoot.  

 

 

 

 

“Carmen Margarita” by Derek Gores

 

 

 

Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Edgardo Abello

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

George Pillorgé

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Carol Staub

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    

 

 

 

 

About Gallery 14:

Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic Arts District of Vero Beach.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4.  Closed Sunday and Monday OR open by appointment.

Phone:772 562-5525.  Visit us at  www.facebook.com/gallery14verobeach

FaceBook:  https://www.fb.com/gallery14verobeach

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gallery14verobeach

 

 

For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email: dnschindel@gmail.com

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Opens Call For Instructors In Any Medium. Participate In This New Initiative And Teach Your Area Of Expertise To Eager Learners

From Bellydancing to Visual arts and Professional development, the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance invites artists to propose a class at The Vault.  The Cultural Alliance has moved into a wonderful new space in the lower level of 111 Orange Avenue. The space is bigger and will enable SLCA to offer classes. Classes will start in January, and SLCA can’t wait to promote yours! The Rickie Report shares the details and a link to the form.  Don’t hesitate – share your expertise and passion with students who are eager to learn!

 

 

 

 

111 Orange Ave. in Downtown Fort Pierce, FL

 

 

 

 

 

The Cultural Alliance will only collect a 10% commission from our members who sign up now until December 31st, 2022. Cultural Alliance will collect 25% of tuition from non-members. As an instructor, you will set your tuition fee and minimum & maximum number of students and determine any supplies cost if applicable. Please complete this form to be considered for this much needed and anticipated initiative.

 

 

 

If you wish to visit the Gallery and discuss how it can best adapt to your needs, please stop anytime by Monday – Friday from 10 AM – 6 PM.

 

 

About the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

The mission of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic well-being, of St. Lucie County.

SLCAlliance is sponsored in part by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the St. Lucie Office of Tourism.

SLCA is located at 111 Orange Avenue, 3rd Floor, Fort Pierce, Fla. 34950  

To learn more, visit ArtStLucie.org, or call 772.462.2783

 

 

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Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department Presents “The Big Book” By Gregory Dirr, December Artist In Residence. Explore Life’s Themes Through Colorful Paintings And Whimsical Scenes With Interactive Events Throughout Pompano

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department continues its Artists in Residence (AiR) program with December’s artist, Gregory Dirr.  Known as an interdisciplinary visual artist who draws inspiration from fairy tales and the natural environment, his epic exhibit explores the themes of life with whimsical mixed media paintings.  With events at various venues, Gregory will offer live painting, a printmaking workshop, Paint & Sip, and much moreThe Rickie Report shares the details of Gregory’s events, some sneak peeks of his images, and information to become an AiR.

 

 

 

 

POMPANO      BEACH      CULTURAL    AFFAIRS      

 

DEPARTMENT

 

 

 

   P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:

 

 

 

The    Big    Book 

 

 

Artist    In    Residence:

 

 

 

G R E G O R Y     D I R R

 

 

 

The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public

 

 

Gregory  Dirr

 

 

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is proud to present The Big Book, an epic visual narrative by artist Gregory Dirr. The stunning exhibition explores the dualities of existential themes—love, evil, fear, death, birth. Through colorful paintings and other artistic mediums, this story is told through whimsical and chaotic scenes interpreted differently by a spectrum of recurring characters. The exhibition will be on display through March 21, 2023.  Dirr, who is a member of BaCA’s Artist in Residence program (AiR), is the December Artist of the Month. In addition to The Big Book exhibition, there will also be an additional free reception during Old Town Untapped on the second floor of BaCA for Dirr’s exhibition, Anything and Everything from the Past. And in BaCA’s west gallery window, Dirr will be showcasing an installation entitled Kaleidoscope Fairies.

 

 

“We are honored to feature Gregory’s provocative and visually compelling compositions in this exhibition,” said Ty Tabing, Cultural Affairs Director. “He is an extremely talented artist whose creativity graces several public art projects, including a Painted Pompano sculpture decorated with his signature Celtic knots and a brilliantly colorful traffic box.”  Utilizing a plethora of materials – from the repurposed wood of trees in his backyard, to ground up gemstones – Dirr focuses on ecologically sourcing materials. His work has been exhibited in art fairs such as Scope, published in numerous magazines, and collected by galleries and art buyers internationally. Gregory Dirr was awarded the Silver Key for Portfolio by The National Scholastic Art and Writing Alliance in 2004 and went on to graduate at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2008. While there, he produced many significant pieces winning the Best of Core and Best of Fine Arts awards. He has gone on to produce public art for numerous businesses and cities.

 

 

Known as an interdisciplinary visual artist who draws inspiration from fairy tales and the natural environment, Dirr’s The Big Book exhibition is characterized by differing media specific to each piece. Passionate about experimenting with new materials and processes, during his residency, Dirr plans to realize five large scale pieces for his passion works, which are process heavy and innovative. The theme of his planned work is centered around The Big Book. In addition to the events during Old Town Untapped, Dirr will be participating in several upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

GREGORY’S    SCHEDULE    OF    EVENTS:

 

 

 Friday, December 2  | Old Town Untapped  

6 – 10 pm

 

 

Artwork by Gregory Dirr

 

 

 

December 8  | Live Painting At Taste of Jazz 

 

 

7  –  8:30 pm  

At 

 

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts

 

41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org

 

 

 

 

Wednesday,December 14 | Printmaking 

1 – 3  pm

 

 

 

Pompano Beach Cultural Center Library 

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 • ccpompano.org

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Greggory Dirr

 

 

 

Thursday, December 22   |  Paint & Sip 

6 – 9 pm: 

At 

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts

 

41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org

 

 

Wednesday,  December 28 | Lunch And Art

12:15  –  1:15  pm 

 

At 

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org

 

 

Artwork by Gregory Dirr

 

 

For more details, visit:

https://www.pompanobeacharts.org/baca/artists-in-residence/gregory-dirr

 

 

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, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. 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.

 

 

 

 

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is delighted to relaunch its Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA).  The AiR Program provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with our community.

 

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is operated by the City of Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department (PBCAD) which annually seeks participants for its Artists in Residence Program (AiR). As part of this program, eight studios at BaCA are available to individual artists for a nine-month period from October – June. The 2023 -2024 residency will be available for application in April 2023. Through this residency, PBCAD strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their talents and enhance their experience through artistic development and experimentation. The residency’s structure is therefore left relatively open to cater to individuality, spontaneity and collaboration. BaCA should be considered a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated. A dynamic environment will be created through the AiR Program – one that appeals to onlookers and attracts locals and visitors alike to watch the creative process unfold and see the latest output.

 

 

https://www.pompanobeacharts.org/bailey/artists-in-residence

 

 

 

For more information:

 

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 • ccpompano.org

 

 

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

41 NE 1 Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org

 

Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 • pompanobeacharts.org

 

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center’s 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival Saturday, December 3 And Sunday, December 4. Free Admission To Galleries, Class Previews, Art, And Entertainment

The Armory Art Center’s 6th Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival returns on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, 2022. This exciting array of works by local and out of town artists, live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and a new KIDS ZONE is courtesy of the Laurence W. Levine Foundation.  Admission is free!  Check out the upcoming Classes and Workshops – sign up over the weekend and get a discount on classes. The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos. 

 

 

 

 

 

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 4 pm

 

 

OPEN  HOUSE   –

DISCOUNT  ON CLASS ENROLLMENT

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3      NOON – 2 PM

 

 

 

FREE    ADMISSION

 

Armory Art Center Campus

811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

Let your inner artist shine! During the festival, the Armory will also offer an open house in Montgomery Hall on Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. for those interested in attending an art class. Anyone who enrolls in an 8-week class onsite during the open house will receive 25% off tuition (does not apply to workshops or pop-ups).

 

 

 

 

 

“We look forward to enjoying South Florida’s beautiful winter weather and vibrant art scene at our annual festival,” said John Suau, CEO. “At the Armory, we value giving our neighbors the chance to enjoy the arts in an accessible, fun way. By purchasing goods from artists or signing up for a class at our campus, visitors contribute to the Armory Art Center’s mission of inspiring people to create and experience art—and to its vision of becoming the community’s leading resource for arts education.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the festival, the “Armory Student & Faculty Show” “Radiant Nation: Masks” will be on display in Montgomery Hall and the East Gallery. The faculty and student show highlights works by Armory students and educators in the departments of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and 2D artwork. “Radiant Nation” features a collection of reimagined radiotherapy masks transformed by artists and cancer survivors into vibrant, powerful forms of expression. Guests can enjoy the exhibitions for free on both days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop til you drop! Scheduled at the perfect time for great weather and holiday shopping, artisan tents will be located outdoors in the Armory’s sculpture garden and in the parking lot. Guests will be able to browse and find unique gifts for loved ones this holiday season—from handmade jewelry to paintings and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment from South Florida musical artists. From rock and folk to jazz and Celtic music, the festival offers something for everyone, including:

 

 

  • Jazz by Neil Bacher and Friends (Dec. 3, 11 a.m.)

  • The Palm Beach State College Progressive Jazz Sextet (Dec. 3, 1 p.m.)

  • Roaring Kelly Band (Dec. 3, 3 p.m.)

  • The Smokeboss Militia (Dec. 4, 11 a.m.)

  • Gypsy String Revival (Dec. 4, 2 p.m.)

 

 

 

 

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 The 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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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s “Art Mind & Soul Fest” April 1 & 2, 2023 Opens Calls For Vendors At New Location In Tradition Town Square. Early Registration Discount Ends December 31, 2022

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance proudly presents the “Art, Mind & Soul Fest” on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2023 at Tradition Town Square. A Call for Vendors is now open!  All work must be original. Take advantage of the Early Registration discount which ends December 31, 2022. Alliance members pay no registration fee.  Tent space is limited. Regular Registration closes February 28, 2023. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to apply NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

St.   Lucie   Cultural   Alliance

Proudly   presents

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A r t,    M i n d    &    S o u l    F e s t”

 

Saturday, April 1, 2023

 

&

 

Sunday, April 2, 2023

 

 

 

11  AM   –   7  PM

 

Tradition   Town   Square

 

10799 SW Civic Lane         Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

 

Previously known as “Arts & Mindfulness Fest”, this is the Cultural Alliance’s 3rd year of presenting this one-of-a-kind festival. We are thrilled to move this festival to Tradition Square, which is more centrally located and comes with a built-in audience. However, the space is more intimate, and we will have limited tent spaces available. 

 

  • All work must be original.

  • By submitting this application, you agree that all products are 100% handmade.

 

 

APPLY HERE:

 

 

Early Registration Fees:      

The non-refundable early application fee is $40

  • Cultural Alliance member early registration fee: FREE
  • Regular vendor early registration fee: $150
  • If you are not a member, you may join at the PREMIUM LEVEL or higher, participate in “Art, Mind & Soul Fest” for a $40 registration fee, and receive additional benefits throughout the year. This level is only open to individual artists.
  • Please visit Business or Cultural Organizations for additional membership benefits. Businesses and Cultural Organizations are entitled to two tent spaces in addition to other annual membership levels.
  • **EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS 12/31/2022**

Regular Fees:

  • Application fee: $50
  • Cultural Alliance member registration fee: FREE
  • Regular vendor registration fee: $200**REGULAR REGISTRATION CLOSES 2/28/2023**

 

APPLY HERE:

 

 

Call (772) 776-ARTS (2787)

 

 

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show At South Florida Fairgrounds Has Something For Everyone November 19th and 20th. Rickie Report Readers Get Discount Coupon

The 55th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show takes place November 19th and 20th at the South Florida Fair Grounds.  This is a family oriented, culturally stimulating show. Proceeds provide the operating budget for the Gem & Mineral Society for the following year. Get more information about this wonder-filled organization in the article!   The show is run totally by member volunteers. The Rickie Report shares the details plus a coupon for reduced admission fees, which may be duplicated as often as you like.

 

 

 

 

Expo Center East

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd.,        West Palm Beach, FL 33411

www.southfloridafair.com

 

 

 

 

(All Photography courtesy of Amelia Homan)

 

 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

 9 am – 6 pm

&

Sunday, November 20, 2022

 10 am – 5 pm

 

Adults/Seniors 1 day $9.00 or 2 day pass $14.00
Children under 12 are FREE.

 Visit our website for more details:

www.gemandmineralsociety.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 75 dealers from all over the country offer a wide range of merchandise—fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, bead jewelry, loose beads, rocks and minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and much, much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show offers a wide range of educational activities and exhibits. Visit the demonstration area where society members will be showcasing skills learned in club classes. Demonstrations will include faceting, cabochon making, chain making, and bead stringing just to name a few. Hourly door prizes awarded both days and a show Grand Prize Drawing and several other drawings will be held. We have also invited several local education based clubs to display at our show, as well as the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History. We will also have speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative Items For the Home and Office

Demonstrations

Hourly Door Prizes

Guest Speakers

Kids Activities

 

 

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The Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences.

We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members.

We also offer classes in lapidary and jewelry making for adults as well as children.

 

 

Chairman, Barbara Ringhiser said: “I’ve been affiliated with this show since 2004. This year we were thrilled to have 2,848 people attend the two-day exhibit. Vendors were extremely happy, and the Mine did better than ever. Our Society also donates the proceeds from the Scholarship Fund Raffle to the American Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies scholarship foundation who awards 12- $4,000 scholarships every year to geophysical science graduate students at the masters and PhD level. The federation is divided into six regions and each region awards two scholarships per year.”

 

 

The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches Society holds monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month (except for December) at the Multi-Purpose Center across from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33405. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm with a variety of interesting programs, opportunity for members to “show and tell”, birthstone challenge with prizes, silent auction and member selling opportunities.

 

 

The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches is part of a national hierarchy of mineralogical societies, including neighbor clubs, Florida Gold Coast Gem and Mineral Society (Broward County), St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club; Treasure Coast Rock and Gem Society (Indian River County), and Miami Mineralogical and Lapidary Guild (mmlg-Inc.org).

 

 Visit our website for more details: www.gmspb.org

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Kicks Off Season In A Big Way With “The Vault” Grand Opening Friday, November 18 In Fort Pierce

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance invites the public to attend The Vault’s Grand Opening at the November Art Walk Friday, November 18. Enjoy wine and locally catered food. The Alliance’s Literary Guild will be on hand for a meet-and-greet with book signings in addition to live painting. A special Drum Circle led by Kevin Beatkeeper takes place in the parking lot.  Stubborn Bastards Band will add to the entertainment. The Rickie Report shares the details with links to sign up for the Drum Circle and RSVP for the Grand Opening.  Admission is Free- but PLEASE RSVP.

 

 

 

 

111 Orange Ave. in Downtown Fort Pierce, FL

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 18, 2022

5 – 8 pm

Free admission and parking

FREE   –   PLEASE   RSVP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Fort Pierce’s historical buildings have gone through multiple transitions over the years. A recent metamorphosis has taken place at 111 Orange Avenue. Formerly the Sun Bank building, it is now divided into several sections with offices and galleries upstairs, and until recently, the home of St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

 

This summer, the Alliance headed to the basement. “We’re calling the entire space The Vault,” curator Terry Long says. “There’s an actual bank vault there. It’s the coolest thing ever – a fun space.” Long has been curator for the last year and a half. “Fort Pierce, really all of St. Lucie County, is extremely rich with a variety of talented people in the arts, music, dance, theater.” 

 

 

Fort Pierce also has its own genre, art history-wise. “We have the Highwaymen,” Long explains, “and hundreds of plein air artists. I could go on and on. As more people become aware of St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, we’re constantly increasing membership.”  This led to the happy problem of becoming cramped upstairs. “We started in little offices inside the county administration building on Virginia Avenue,” Long says, “then moved downtown. But we’ve outgrown it.”

 

Over the years, artists have been housed in the building, including Art Mundo, a non-profit that focused on visual arts. For Rebecca Miller, chair of the board of directors for the Cultural Alliance, things have come full circle. “I was also chair of Art Mundo. We had a gallery, visiting artists, classes, and Art Walk. It was the pulse of Fort Pierce, the center of the gravitational pull for the art world.”

 

Without municipal support, however, the concept wasn’t sustainable. A vision to celebrate all art forms and culture was born, which St. Lucie Cultural Alliance fulfills with municipal and corporate partnerships, in addition to its members.  This summer and fall, work on The Vault was completed. Visitors enter through Lisa Jill Allison Gallery and Working Studio into the Cultural Alliance’s five rooms. Glass walls facing the walkway create a unified, welcoming feel. A boutique is planned for handcrafted jewelry, wearable art, and more.

 

Executive Director Alyona Ushe calls the rooms “galleries with desks. We didn’t want to waste space for administration, so each space has a desk. We’ll also use the rooms for classes.” Plans include belly dancing instruction, visual arts, professional development, and film screenings.  The expansive vault itself will house juried art shows, changed periodically and usually reflecting a theme. The acoustics promise to be an asset for live music and readings.

 

The financial aspect is also positive. “The cost per square foot is amazing,” Miller says, “which helps us be fiscally responsible. It’s not about being showy, but now we have four times the space.”  Community partnerships are an important component. “Rather than just hosting events,” Ushe says, “we want to collaborate more with others, supporting our members’ events, supplying public schools with master classes, and arranging music concerts with the Department of Parks and Recreation.”

 

 

About the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

The mission of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic well-being, of St. Lucie County.

SLCAlliance is sponsored in part by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the St. Lucie Office of Tourism.

SLCA is located at 111 Orange Avenue, 3rd Floor, Fort Pierce, Fla. 34950  

To learn more, visit ArtStLucie.org, or call 772.462.2783

 

 

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Dr. Sara Schesser Bartra’s Solo Exhibit “The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful” Explores The Unseen World Of Microbes And Mixed Media At ArtServe In Fort Lauderdale Now Through December 30, 2022

Dr. Sara Schesser Bartra‘s Solo exhibit at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale,  “The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful” explores the world of art and microbes. She brings a combination of mixed media artwork and science to forge a deeper public understanding and awareness of science. This exhibit  is about the importance of the microbial world and its role in Nature and our everyday lives. Art helps us to better understand nature and the natural world. This exhibit does not pretend to illustrate the natural world but rather shows a representation of it – to instigate curiosity about it in the viewerIt is available NOW thru December 30, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and explores the world of microbes with you!

 

 

We live in a microbial world.

 

We are surrounded by microbes… they are in the air, soil, water, and in our bodies.

 

They are the smallest and most powerful organisms on our planet….

Essential for life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know very little about them, but can learn so much from them.

 

 

They are important for our health, for our lives and for all life in our planet.      

~Sara Schesser Bartra

 

 

 

 

Exhibit runs Now until December 30, 2022 at ArtServe 

 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Hours:  Monday-Friday: 9 am – 5pm;  Saturday: 10 am – 5pm; Sunday: closed

ArtServe Phone: (954)-462-8190

 

 

 

Sara Schesser Bartra, Artist In Residence, ArtServe

 

 

 

South Florida based visual artist Sara Schesser Bartra considers herself a citizen of the world. Sara grew up and lived as an adult in many different countries in South America and Europe.  A self-taught artist who drew  inspiration since childhood from many family members, Sara is currently an Artist In Residence at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.  

 

 

 

 

Sara Schesser Bartra, Artist In Residence, ArtServe

 

 

 

Sara’s art work is in private collections around the world. Her goal is to combine science and art to elucidate actual nature and social themes and to forge a deeper public understanding and awareness of science. Dr. Sara Schesser Bartra holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and often incorporates science and the microbial world in her creations. She believes that microbes are not only important but also beautiful and that it is essential to show their elegance and significance.

 

 

 

 

 

“Gone with the Wind”by Sara Schesser Bartra, Mixed Media Artist

 

 

 

Sara tells The Rickie Report, “We live in a microbial world. A micro-organism or microbe is a creature that is too small to be seen with the naked eye. Microbes play a fundamental role in life on earth.  They are the foundation upon all the other life rest. Microorganisms include fungi, algae and micro algae, bacteria, archaea and microscopic animals. They are unfathomable diverse and immeasurably abundant. The majority of microbes are beneficial (The Good), very few are the bad actors, they are called pathogens and they cause diseases to humans, animals and plants (The Bad) and finally so many of them seen under the microscope are absolutely attractive (The Beautiful).  Microbes have been on our planet from the beginning and throughout history… they enabled societies but also posed challenges to them”. 

 

 

 

 

“I Cannot Live Without You” by Sara Schesser Bartra, Mixed Media Artist

 

 

 

Sara explains, “This exhibit, “The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful” shows a body of work created in multiple mediums to represent the world that is unseen with a naked eye and emphasizes the role of the microscopic organisms in our lives. By doing so, I hope to instigate curiosity about it in the viewer. Each piece is a compilation of diverse characteristics and elements that helped create pieces that resembles microorganisms and their stories”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Group of Diatoms” by Sara Schesser Bartra, Mixed Media Artist

 

 

Sara’s work represents a variety of techniques, mediums and themes. She particularly enjoys mixed media because she can use all of her imagination and creativity utilizing materials that sometimes she buys but most times she finds and collects from the most unlikely sources. The combination of these techniques and materials produces interesting and compelling pieces of art. Her work exemplifies a highly personal approach and perspective. In her recent work she is combines her scientific background into her art. “Humans are visual creatures: we need to see in order to understand”. Her goal is to combine science and art to elucidate actual nature and social themes and to forge a deeper public understanding and awareness of science. Friendship and collaborations are part of Sara’s daily life. Accordingly, she founded and leads an art group of Swedish Women living in South Florida. She recently retired from The University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine where she worked as a scientist for 20 years, to dedicate herself completely to the arts. 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit:

ArtServe

1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

ArtServe Phone: (954)-462-8190

 

 

 

For more information and to see other artworks of Sara Schesser Bartra:

Webpage: https://www.lvlyartbysara.org/

Instagram: @schesserbartrasara

                     @lvlyartdesigns

 

 

 

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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Southern Handcraft Society Pineapple Grove Chapter Holds 29th Annual Juried Art & Craft Show At Old School Square November 17, 18, 19. Don’t Miss This Annual Shopping Experience

​The Southern Handcraft Society, Pineapple Grove Chapter, Delray Beach, ​celebrates its ​29 Annual Juried art and craft show, “An Olde Fashioned Holiday”, at the Fieldhouse (formerly the Vintage Gymnasium) at Old School Square. All items are hand made ​and many are one-of-a-kind works of art.  Items for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas or for any occasion. Be amazed on  Thursday, November 17, Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19! ​Join this group if you have an interest in art and/or crafts! ​Free Admission with convenient parking at the garage across the street​. ​The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

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Southern Handcraft Society

Pineapple Grove Chapter     Delray Beach, FL

Invites you to:


29 Annual Juried Art and Craft Show

“An Olde Fashioned Holiday”

Thursday, November 17, 2022 – 10 am to 8 pm
Friday, November 18, 2022 – 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 9 am to 2 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fieldhouse ( Formerly the Vintage Gymnasium)

At

Old School Square

51 N. Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33444

 

 

 

FREE ADMISSION

CDC Guidelines will be observed

 

Convenient Parking across the street​

Old School Square is located on the corner of NE 1st Street and NE 1st Avenue ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Southern Handcraft Society, Pineapple Grove Chapter, Delray Beach, will hold its 29th Annual, juried art and craft show, An Olde Fashioned Holiday, at the Fieldhouse (formerly The Vintage Gymnasium), at Old School Square. This event is the most spectacular, longest running, indoor art and craft show in Delray Beach. We are back and bigger and better than ever!

 

 

 

 

Our local crafters and artists create one-of-a-kind works of art and crafts of distinction. Our gift and holiday items include: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas….along with items that are appropriate for any occasion.

 

 

 

We have jewelry, cards, journals, shell art, glass art, hand painted and turned wood pieces, ornaments, purses, quilts, hand-knit hats, sweaters and blankets, local honey and so much more. Prepare to be incredibly amazed by all of our local talent. In fact, we have many new and spectacular items this year.

 

 

 

 

Southern Handcraft Society is a wonderful networking group of fine artists and crafters. They meet monthly in Delray Beach. For more information about SHS please contact Madeline at mhincken@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show Has Something For Everyone November 19th and 20th. Rickie Report Readers Get Discount Coupon

The 55th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show takes place November 19th and 20th at the South Florida Fair Grounds.  This is a family oriented, culturally stimulating show. Proceeds provide the operating budget for the Gem & Mineral Society for the following year. Get more information about this wonder-filled organization in the article!   The show is run totally by member volunteers. The Rickie Report shares the details plus a coupon for reduced admission fees, which may be duplicated as often as you like.

 

 

 

 

Expo Center East

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd.,        West Palm Beach, FL 33411

www.southfloridafair.com

 

 

 

 

(All Photography courtesy of Amelia Homan)

 

 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

 9 am – 6 pm

&

Sunday, November 20, 2022

 10 am – 5 pm

 

Adults/Seniors 1 day $9.00 or 2 day pass $14.00
Children under 12 are FREE.

 Visit our website for more details:

www.gemandmineralsociety.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 75 dealers from all over the country offer a wide range of merchandise—fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, bead jewelry, loose beads, rocks and minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and much, much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show offers a wide range of educational activities and exhibits. Visit the demonstration area where society members will be showcasing skills learned in club classes. Demonstrations will include faceting, cabochon making, chain making, and bead stringing just to name a few. Hourly door prizes awarded both days and a show Grand Prize Drawing and several other drawings will be held. We have also invited several local education based clubs to display at our show, as well as the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History. We will also have speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative Items For the Home and Office

Demonstrations

Hourly Door Prizes

Guest Speakers

Kids Activities

 

 

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The Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences.

We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members.

We also offer classes in lapidary and jewelry making for adults as well as children.

 

 

Chairman, Barbara Ringhiser said: “I’ve been affiliated with this show since 2004. This year we were thrilled to have 2,848 people attend the two-day exhibit. Vendors were extremely happy, and the Mine did better than ever. Our Society also donates the proceeds from the Scholarship Fund Raffle to the American Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies scholarship foundation who awards 12- $4,000 scholarships every year to geophysical science graduate students at the masters and PhD level. The federation is divided into six regions and each region awards two scholarships per year.”

 

 

The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches Society holds monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month (except for December) at the Multi-Purpose Center across from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33405. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm with a variety of interesting programs, opportunity for members to “show and tell”, birthstone challenge with prizes, silent auction and member selling opportunities.

 

 

The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches is part of a national hierarchy of mineralogical societies, including neighbor clubs, Florida Gold Coast Gem and Mineral Society (Broward County), St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club; Treasure Coast Rock and Gem Society (Indian River County), and Miami Mineralogical and Lapidary Guild (mmlg-Inc.org).

 

 Visit our website for more details: www.gmspb.org

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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