Martin County ArtsFest 2021 Formats Offer In Person And At Home Participation February 20 & 21. Virtual Shops Are Now Open

On Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, ArtsFest 2021 will include live performances including a Saturday feature of A.C.T. Studio‘s rendition of a Midsummer’s Nights Dream, 50+ artist booths, a community glass mosaic project, the Clyde ButcherAmerica’s Everglades” photography exhibition at the Court House Cultural Centerfood trucks and more!  ArtsFest at Home brings the beloved CHOPPED competition to life, hands-on kids projects, and an artist marketplace for browsing and buying.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Volunteers are still needed!












ArtsFest has been named as one of the top 20 tourist events in the Southeast, for the past 5 years.






Vase by Luis Enrique, Best of Show Winner 2020



Nancy Turrell, Executive Director of the Martin Arts Foundation tells The Rickie Report,” Treasure Coast residents are sincere and sophisticated lovers of the arts. And when we say “arts” we mean everything in the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts.  Local residents, as well as visitors, have helped elevate the culture of our entire area”.



Entertainment by The Cuban Trio



The Gratitude Steel Band




Located in downtown Stuart, ArtsFest is one of the longest running arts events in the area at 34 years and counting. This year’s ArtsFest will take place at Gazebo Park and East Ocean Boulevard and includes the “Clyde Butcher: America’s Everglades” photography exhibition at the Court House Cultural Center.



VISIT  Artists At Home Pages:




Back in 1988 when ArtsFest first emerged, the arts were a fledgling component of our community. Today, 34 years later, the arts community is thriving, despite the massive curve ball COVID-19 has thrown at the arts and cultural sector. ArtsFest gives us a chance, each and every year, to show up and demonstrate our support for the arts in Martin County.





So if you can’t join us at ArtsFest to show your support in person this year, join us at ArtsFest at Home! On this virtual event site, you can watch performances, check out the culinary arts, make a donation or purchase art from an artist. Together, show our support and solidarity with the goal to keep the arts alive and well.



See   you   at   ArtsFest!



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Elliott Museum Features Martin Artisans Guild Paintings, Photography, Wearable Art, Sculpture, And Glass As Prelude To Martin County Open Studio Tour. Opening Reception Is Wednesday, February 17

The Elliott Museum will feature the Martin Artisans Guild with a special Exhibit and Preview of the Martin County Open Studio Tour.  The public is invited to the Wednesday, February 17 Opening Reception.  Paul Hamaty will entertain at the piano as guests enjoy light bites and a cash bar, while meeting the artists.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Remember to save the dates for the Martin County Open Studio Tour March 6-7, 2021.

















Wednesday, February 17

5:30 to 7:30 PM

There will be $5.00 admission for all guests


“Wildflower” by Dot Galfond


Elliott Museum

825 N.E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL

Call us for any questions at 772.225.1961



“Please Yield For Pedestrians” by Katie Gianni




As you walk through two galleries, enjoy the piano tunes of Paul Hamaty, three Cash Bars and Food Stations.   Meet the artists who will be participating in the upcoming Martin County Open Studio Tour, browse and buy original works of art including paintings, photography, sculpture, pastels, art-to-wear, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, unique glass works, and much more!  The PDS Cafe will also be open.



“Sante Fe” by Sheryl Levine




About The  2021 Martin County Open Studio Tour:

Saturday & Sunday,  March 6 – 7, 2021


Once a year, the best artists in Martin County open their studios to the public and give you the opportunity to see the creative process in person!  We will provide a map to the artists’ studios, and you can visit as many of them as you would like. At the studios, you will be able to watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see their setup and materials. Some of the studios will be offering refreshments and special surprises. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!


“The Elliott” by Laura Kay Darvill


Go to the 2021 Tour Artists page to see the names and website links for the artists you can visit on the tour.




For more information about this event, the Open Studio Tour, or membership:




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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Opens New Gallery Space, Announces Calls For Artists, Art Walk, And Special MLK Exhibition

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Gallery located in downtown Fort Pierce, which will display and showcase masterpieces from its members. The Cultural Alliance launched a new initiative called Arts Made in St. Lucie, opened a special MLK Exhibition, started to participate in Downtown Fort Pierce ART WALK, and has announced numerous Call to Artists opportunities. The organization provides new opportunities to showcase and sell artwork by regional artists as part of membership benefits. The Rickie Report shares all of the details and some sneak peeks. You don’t have to live in St. Lucie to be part of this growing arts movement!”







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Alliance Gallery

111 Orange Avenue     Fort Pierce, FL  34950



Executive Director, Alyona Ushe tells The Rickie Report, “The Alliance is here to serve the community and I want to know what we can do better.  My email is and I want to hear from everyone!  We are building a community and their input is critical”.



Be part of our family! Exhibit in our new gallery at the One Eleven Building in Downtown Fort Pierce. We’re accepting applications for Alliance Art Guild members. The gallery is just one of the many Alliance initiatives to promote and establish the arts as a significant contributor in St. Lucie County, and we want to proudly showcase St. Lucie County’s extraordinary talent in our gallery.






  • Roger E. Poitras Administration Annex Building – The submission deadline is 2/19. Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Women Empowerment Exhibition – The deadline 2/19. Learn more and apply HERE.







  • Art Walk – The deadline is by the second Friday of the month. Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Made in St. Lucie – Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming exhibition opportunities!











  • The Alliance share exciting and useful arts and culture information and promote the arts and artists in its weekly newsletter. SUBSCRIBE

  • Stay connected with the Alliance on social media. All the icons are on the top left-hand corner of the website and linked to our social profiles.

  • Also stay in the know with what’s happening in the arts in St. Lucie. Bookmark the Alliance online event calendar






  • Treasure Coast Arts and Mindfulness Fair – Our first annual art fair is in May, and we are looking for community members interested in volunteering for this event. Please send an email to




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

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783









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Fort Lauderdale Pen Women Announce Call For Women Artists For Juried Exhibit Of All Media

The Fort Lauderdale Branch of National League of American Pen Women shares a Call for Women Artists for a juried exhibition of all media. The Exhibit takes place online at The Rickie Report shares the details and urges the artists to apply! We urge art patrons to visit the exhibit, which runs February 11 through March 31, 2021.  










CALL       FOR       WOMEN      ARTISTS

     ALL       MEDIA







Public Is Invited To View The Exhibition:

February 11 through March 31, 2021





Link for Prospectus





1st prize 2020  “Friends” by Karen Kondek





Online Entry:   

Monday, January 25  thru  Saturday, February 6

Cost: $30 + $1.50 CC processing fee- (2 pieces)



2 & 3-Dimensional Art/Photography/sculpture: Upon entering this exhibit, you are certifying that this work is an original, not a copy of another artist’s work or a copy of any photograph not taken by you, this work has not been entered before in this annual show, this work was done by only one artist and completed within the last FOUR years.






The sale of artwork is between the artist and the buyer ONLY.





Pen Women Members and Patrons. Women Guest Artists are invited to enter up to 2 pieces of art and are limited to participation in two of these Annual Juried Exhibits. This show is our way to introduce local women artists to the Ft. Lauderdale Branch of the NLAPW.



Entry Guidelines:


All entries must be made online at You must create a free Cloud Folios account and upload your images as a jpeg. For each piece of art you enter in our online show you will need: TITLE, MEDIUM, PRICE, WIDTH AND HEIGHT.


Collect the data before you start entering your work at

Do not show any frame or mat and the image must be correctly oriented either vertical or horizontal. For best results, your images should be less than 2MB to upload quickly.


Any questions Contact: Tammy Seymour or Cell 954-288-7972

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ENTER ONLINE starting Jan 25 to Feb 6 at:



A ZOOM class on Cloudfolios:


A ZOOM class on Cloudfolios will be held on Wednesday January 27th at 1pm if you need help with entering your work. If interested in this ZOOM class, email and the ZOOM link will be emailed to you. Written instructions are also available upon request.


Entry and Fees: Artists may enter one or two paintings. A non-refundable fee of $30 (plus $1.50 processing fee) will be paid online at after you upload your artwork. No changes can be made after entry is received. No refunds will be made. BE SURE YOU ENTER ALL YOUR PIECES AT SAME TIME.


Conditions and Liabilities: The submission of entries to this competition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the terms and conditions as set forth in this prospectus. Pen Women reserves the right to use photographs for publicity and promotion.



Ribbons & Cash Prizes:

 Sophie Bonet (Head Curator ArtServe)

1ST, 2ND, 3RD & Honorable Mentions

Monetary awards:

A major entry portion of the proceeds will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

AWARDS Presentation:

Thursday, February 11, 2021

12:30 pm Zoom Monthly Meeting






About the National League of American Pen Women:


Since its founding in 1897 by Marian Longfellow O’Donoghue, Henry Longfellow’s niece, the League seeks to create progression and advancement in visual arts, literary work, and musical composition. As the oldest and largest women’s arts organization, members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, exhibitions, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures, fostering networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union.

Many of our artists teach in the South Florida area; many are award-winning artists. All are passionate about encouraging talented young women to pursue their college arts education degrees and raise funds each year to award three $1,500 Achievement Awards to Broward College Women.



For additional information please call 954-288-7972







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Annual Juried ONLINE Exhibit – All Media & Fine Arts

Exhibit Dates: February 11th thru March 31st 2021








Tammy Seymour

Art-Chair- Pen Women




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!  






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




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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


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




















Saturday, January 2

Sunday, January 3

Rain or Shine 

Show  hours:   9 am to 4 pm



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

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

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 You must also email to 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________________________________________




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:







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


On-Line Application:


Make checks payable to: Friends of PSLBG Email Required Documents to

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:

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


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





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.


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.



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________________________________________







For more information about this event:

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Mark Barnes at







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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”.









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 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 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 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.







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.





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Phone: (239) 590-7199








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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







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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



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.


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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, 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




 New skills~

New hobbies~

New you~

And all from the convenience of home!



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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, 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.








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.









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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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:





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.

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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.





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