44th Annual St. Lucie Jewelry, Rock And Gem Show At MidFlorida Event Center Saturday, October 30 And Sunday, October 31. Classes, Demonstrations, Raffles, Discount Coupon For Admission For Adults, Children Under Age 12 Admission Free

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club announces its 44th Annual Jewelry, Rock And Gem Show At MidFlorida Event Center on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31.  This event has all of the elements of a fabulous weekend: Buy gems, jewelry, minerals; Sell unwanted jewelry; Take classes (only $5); Special kids activities! Free Parking, Kids under age 12 admitted Free. The Rickie Report shares the details, sneak peeks, and a Special Adult Admission Discount Coupon! Check out the Show Special Discount on Annual Membership to this Club! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

9   am    to    5   pm

 

 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

10   am    to    4   pm

 

 

Admission   to   the   show   is   $5.00

Children   under   12   are   free

 

 

 

 

 

MidFlorida Event Center

9221 SE Civic Center Place       Port St. Lucie, FL

 

 

 

 

 

Artisans and vendors from many parts of the country bring their best wares to this show each year. There is handcrafted jewelry created from beads, rocks, silver, copper, and more. There will be rock slabs, cabochons (flat-backed) and faceted gemstones from around the globe.

 

Shopping for a special piece of jewelry for a gift or for yourself? 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional highlights include raffles for jewelry custom-made by club artisans and hourly drawings for items contributed by the vendors, as well as a silent auction with numerous unique items donated by club members such as jewelry, beads, stones, books, and equipment. Children are always welcome with a special area where they can learn about rock and gemstone identification and make their own jewelry.

 

 

Do you make jewelry and need something unusual to perfect your latest design?

 

 

 

 

Attendees who want to learn the skills will have the opportunity to join the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club, which offers many different classes to its members. Anyone wanting to join the club can take advantage of the show special and for $40 get 14 months for the price of 12.

 

Want to sell unwanted jewelry so you can buy something new?

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in making jewelry, but don’t know where to start? 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign up for a class (only $5) and make a piece of jewelry that you will be proud to wear home. Club members will also demonstrate a variety of techniques, including bead weaving, faceting (turning a bit of rock into a sparkling gem), creating cabochons, wire wrapping and weaving, and chain maille.

 

 

Fascinated by geology and gems or love looking at nature’s beautiful gifts?

 

 

 

 

Our mission is simply to provide a gathering place, forum and network to promote lapidary and related arts. The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club welcomes members from the counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard and beyond.

 

 

 

 

The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club was founded in 1975 when area rockhounds decided to organize and share their knowledge and skills. The Club now has more than 100 active members from throughout the region. Classes are offered in the club’s fully-equipped workshop throughout the year. Each class is taught by a skilled volunteer who is a club member. Classes are held in 8-week increments, with additional “pop-up” classes available as demand and opportunity occur.

 

 

A    Sampling    of    Classes:

 

 

 

 

Fees for the classes range from $35 to $65. Open workshop times are also available for a fee to members who have demonstrated experience with the tools and equipment. The monthly general membership meeting is held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Because of COVID, meetings are currently held via Zoom (remote presence via computer). When possible, the club will return to its former gathering place at the White City Methodist Church on Midway Road (opposite Nelson Family Farms) in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club benefits The Bob and Ruth Young Memorial Scholarship for a student at Indian River State College.

 

 

More information about the club and the show: 

http://www.slcrockandgem.org

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/slcrockandgemclub)

Call:    772-462-6597

 

Thanks to Moira Lynn Mefein for providing much of this information!

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Offers Public Art Workshop With Debby Coles-Dobay On August 3. Free To Members And Open To The Public

Preparing an application for a public art project can be a daunting task. The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance offers a Public Art Workshop with Debby Coles-Dobay on Tuesday, August 3. Learn about the basics of Public Art Programs including tips, best practices, and resources. Reservations are required. This seminar is free to St. Lucie Cultural Alliance members and is open to non-members for a small fee. The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Register soon as space is limited!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T U E S D A Y,    A U G U S T  3,  2 0 2 1  

10 – 11 AM

 

 

 

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd   Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Phone: 772-337-1959     www.pslbg.org

 

 

This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions and explore best practices to assist you in reviewing and developing a quality response to a Call for Artists (Request for Qualifications or Request for Proposals).

 

This 1-hour session will take place at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, on Tuesday, August 3, 10 – 11 AM, and cover the following:

 

 

  • Basics of Public Art Programs

  • How to prepare a Call-to-artist RFQ

  • What are RFQ and RFP?

  • Tips to become a public artist

  • Public art best practices and resources

 

Intro to Public Art is FREE for Cultural Alliance Members and City of Port St. Lucie residents click here to register: https://bit.ly/3kDbf2c

 

 

 

 and ONLY $25 for all other artists:  https://bit.ly/3xfYwpz

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is on a mission!The organization is determined to empower its artists to achieve their highest potential.And nothing is going to stop them.  On August 3, the Cultural Alliance will present another powerful professional development workshop:Introduction to Public Art. Presented in partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie Public Arts, the workshop will address critical components of successfully responding to a call to artists.

 

 

Pattie Tobin  Long Range Planning Administrator for Port St. Lucie

 

 

“I would encourage all local artists to take advantage of this workshop,” said Pattie Tobin, Long Range Planning Administrator for Port St. Lucie, and who manages Public Art for the city. “It will help them prepare for any call to artists that local governments, like Port St. Lucie, will send out to solicit public art.The responses to our call to artists in the past have included some great entries and some not-so-great entries.It’s important to have a thorough and responsive application to get your art selected.”

 

 

Debby Coles-Dobay

 

The workshop is sponsored in part by the City of Port St. Lucie to educate and encourage local artists to apply and be selected. “One of the main priorities for St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to empower our members with useful tools to be successful,” said Alyona Ushe, Cultural Alliance’s Executive Director.“For Intro To Public Art,” we engaged one of the region’s top public art professional, Debby Coles-Dobay.”

 

 

 

As founder of Art Moves You, Debby Coles-Dobay applies her professional skills to create and cultivate public art projects, exhibits, and programs in the Arts & Culture sector. Debby served 13 years as a public art professional for the City of Boynton Beach. During that time, she realized over 80 public art projects, created and implemented the biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibit. Before public art, Debby’s career included marketing and advertising for international corporations, as well as her own company. To learn more about Debby and her company visit Art Moves You.

 

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

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace The Mordes Collection Announces Openings For Exhibition Space For 2021/2022 Season. Artists Of All Mediums Are Welcome

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection announces openings for artists of all mediums at this Private, Contemporary Art Exhibition space.  Artists looking for a high visibility exhibition venue that is staff supported can count on Elayne Mordes to be part of their business strategy.  The Rickie Report shares the details and links to the previous years’ exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View   a   360   Tour   of   our   last   Exhibition:

 

“Abstract Interpretations” 

By

Artist Roseanne Williams & Pianist Jed Maness

 

Learn more about Whitespace Collection

 

 

 

 

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Artists Of Palm Beach County Presents “Summer Dreams” Exhibit And Features Artist, Lupe Lawrence. Opening Reception Is Friday, June 25

ArtWorks Gallery, located in the wonderful, historic bohemian art district of Northwood in West Palm Beach, hosts  “Summer Dreams”, the next exhibit by the Artists of Palm Beach County.  The Awards Juror is Sue Archer. The Featured Artist is award winning Lupe Lawrence.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, June 25.  The exhibition is open now and will run through August 31, 2021.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Opening Reception and awards ceremony for “Summer Dreams” at the ArtWorks Gallery is planned for Friday, June 25th, 5 – 8 PM in conjunction with the Northwood Village Art Walk. The gallery will be treated to a live jazz band, and visitors can also stroll through the area to enjoy local arts and craft vendors, experience live street-side music, or dine at some of the best restaurants. Don’t miss this lively night out!

 

 

“After The Beach” by Lupe Lawrence

 

 

A call for artists went out to members and non-members alike for this juried show of original artwork in all media, 2D or 3D, and 24 artists were accepted. Lupe Lawrence, a painter who is best known for her landscapes and cityscapes, was chosen as the Featured Artist, and her oil painting “Island Cove” is below.

 

 

“Island Cove” by Lupe Lawrence

 

 

Artists of Palm Beach County is also thrilled to have Sue Archer as the Judge for awards. Ms. Archer is a nationally known award-winning watercolorist and workshop instructor whose watercolors have been exhibited in national, state, and regional competitions.

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other events of the Artists of Palm Beach County:

 

 

Artists of Palm Beach County is a non-profit 501c organization dedicated to helping member artists achieve their artistic goals and utilize their talents to enrich the lives in our community. Registration #CH52359

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800- 435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

 

 

 

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Middle River Press Opens Call For “COVID Stories” Now Through July 4, 2021. Include An Illustration Or Photo Of Your Artwork That Accompanies Your Story. No Fee

Middle River Press, a local custom publisher in Oakland Park, FL is putting together a chapter book of stories—YOUR stories.  Judy and Bruce Borich announce a unique opportunity for authors and artists to share their COVID stories.   This is a chapter of everyone’s personal history.  Everyone who sends a story of 2500 words or less will get a free copy of the book. You may include a photo of an illustration or art piece to accompany your story. All ages are invited to participate.  There is no fee to submit your entry. Once published, the book will be available on Amazon.  All profits will benefit the Broward County Humane Society.  The deadline for entries is July 4, 2021.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 www.middleriverpress.com 

 

 

 

 

Get    Published    for    FREE   and   get   a    FREE    book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C  A  L  L              F O R              E  N  T  R  I  E  S:

 

 

 

 

D E A D L I N E:      JULY 4, 2021

 

 

 

Judy and Bruce Borich tell The Rickie Report,  “There isn’t anyone who wasn’t touched in some way by this virus; some lost loved ones, their jobs and even their homes. Virtual schools and virtual events replaced normal activities almost overnight. Every part of our lives was turned upside down. This is an important chapter of your personal and family history. How did we get through it?  Many are still getting through it.  Everyone who sends us a story of 2500 words or less will get a free copy of the book. If you have a photo that you would like to put with your story, please include that. All ages are invited to participate”.

 

 

Bruce says, “We intend to publish all pieces submitted, but don’t guarantee it. HOWEVER, everyone who submits a story will get a FREE copy of the book.  We will post the book on our website www.middleriverpress.com and all social media.  Additional copies of the book will be available on Amazon.  All profits after printing costs will go to the Broward Humane Society.

 

 

Email your story to info@middleriverpress.com or call Middle River Press at 954-630-8192

 

 

 

For more information about Middle River Press:   www.middleriverpress.com

 

 

 

 

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Art & The Blockchain Is A Reality: One Third Of Small And Medium Sized Businesses Now Take Cryptocurrency As Payment. What You Need To Know!

Blockchain is affecting the art industry, small business, and our lives in general. How will it change the way artists, galleries, and art buyers do business?  Here’s what artists and art buyers should know about this evolving technology. The Rickie Report shares an informative article about Art & Blockchain, written by Carolyn Edlund of Artsyshark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART     &     THE      BLOCKCHAIN

 

 

Art as NFTs and the rise of the crypto art market have been all over the news lately. Headlines scream about artists earning veritable fortunes overnight, while others warn about energy usage. Some artists are clamoring to get involved with this hot new market. Others are vehemently opposed.  What is the future of NFTs and the blockchain technology behind them? I spoke with two experts to get answers and dive into big changes coming to the industry.

 

 

Why Blockchain Matters

 

 

Blockchain is a “trustless” protocol that records transactions through a transparent, verifiable ledger system which cannot be altered. The entire cryptocurrency market and a myriad of virtual tools and projects are built on blockchain platforms that provide fast, accurate and safe functionality.

 

Importantly, blockchain is a decentralized system which is disrupting the status quo. It tends to increase fairness and stability, and take power out of the hands of a small group of decision makers. In this way, blockchain mirrors the art industry itself, which has fractured and placed more control in the hands of self-determining individual artists.

 

To get to the heart of the enormous impact this will have in our everyday lives, I spoke with Shidan Gouran. He is an early blockchain investor and a serial technology entrepreneur holding degrees in Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Western Ontario. Gouran is the founder of Gulf Pearl, a Canadian merchant bank focused on “financing both private and junior public companies in the information, communications and media sectors.

“Blockchain is now mainstream,” Gouran says. “Technologies come and go, and better technologies will come. The concept of universal databases that anybody can read and write to and that cannot be manipulated are very useful. Digital assets are here to stay. It just makes sense that things would move from paper to the digital world. Tracking and provenance of real world objects on the internet will become more and more common. Those are the realities.”

 

How prevalent is blockchain in our society? One-third of small and medium-sized businesses now take cryptocurrency as payment. Bitcoin can be purchased using Paypal. Mastercard, Visa, and American Express are all embracing blockchain technology. It is transforming the banking and “financial industries, and is the “digital DNA” of the internet 3.0.

 

 

The Question of Energy Consumption

 

 

Blockchain is undergoing rapid evolution and improvement. Detractors cite as a major concern the high energy usage in the “mining” process that drives transactions. Bitcoin is often held up as a major example of this excess.  “Bitcoin was the “first prototype; it is not the last system in existence,” explains Gouran. “Right now it consumes more energy than the Netherlands. Each transaction burns more than 700,000 Visa transactions as far as energy goes. When you consider these things, Bitcoin is not a great system. In my opinion, if it became the world’s currency it would be highly immoral, because of the energy consumption.”

 

 

How will this problem be overcome? Bitcoin operates on a Proof of Work mechanism which is energy ineficient. The Ethereum blockchain (which powers NFTs) and other platforms are moving to Proof of Stake, which is much less energy consumptive.  Gouran adds, “There are systems like Stellar and Ripple and when released,Facebook’s Diem blockchain, which would use even less energy than Ethereum’s Proof of Stake. A transaction on the Diem blockchain doesn’t cost more than a Visa transaction.”

 

 

Think of super efficient systems underlying the technology of finance and business that remove the need for offices full of workers using energy to validate and push through transactions. What are the energy savings when you don’t have to power 100,000 square foot buildings using light and heat and computers for hundreds of workers because they aren’t needed, all due to blockchain efficiency? We could end up with an actual decrease in energy usage.

 

 

 

 

 

Art as NFTs

 

 

NFTs (art sold as non-fungible tokens) have captured the imagination of the world and produced record-breaking sales. I asked art advisor, curator and crypto expert Georg Bak about this phenomenon. He says, “NFTs are certainly not just a trend. I believe that this market has a huge growth potential, not only for art but also for any kind of collectibles in the game, fashion and sport industry. At the moment the market is a bit overheated and many buyers are only buying NFTs in order to flip them instantaneously and make profits. I believe we will see a correction towards a more consolidated and matured market. There are so many historical digital artworks which never had a market and can be discovered by a wider public.”

 

 

What does this mean for the individual artist?  Selling platforms are cropping up like wildfire, offering an opportunity to artists who want to enter the crypto art market. Over time it will shake out and mature, and providers will address some of the existing technical limitations. Right now the sky is the limit. Once we have some history in the rearview mirror, the road will become clearer.

 

Benefits of New Tech

 

 

New technologies built on blockchain and the “smart contracts” they enforce and offer a level of transparency to an often opaque art world. This is good news for artists who create both digital and physical artworks, which can be embedded and tracked.

 

Bak says, “Blockchain technology will certainly not solve the authenticity and provenance issues of the past, but it can have a strong impact on future transactions. Nevertheless the data on the blockchain is only valuable if the physical artwork can be identified and assigned clearly to the data. There are different methods to apply identifiers such as for example RFID chips or surface scanning technologies.”

 

Once embraced, chips and scanning methods can assure the authenticity, scarcity and provenance of an individual piece of art. Artists will also use blockchain technology to track inventories, collectors, shipping and sales transactions. Another huge benefit of smart contracts is automatic payment of royalties to artists when secondary sales of their work are made.

 

 

Power to the Artists

 

As decentralization continues to put more control into the hands of individual artists, they are no longer in thrall to gatekeepers or third parties. How will our industry evolve as the power centers change?

 

 

“Galleries are certainly losing their monopoly over the market as artists can reach out to collectors directly,” says Bak. “The new gatekeepers are online marketplaces, and power is shifting from galleries to platforms. Even though platforms provide an interesting new revenue stream for artists, they don’t necessarily provide the same extent of curatorial exposure and content for artists as gallerists did in the past. Quite often platforms select artists according to purely mathematical measures, such as the number of followers on Instagram. Therefore, I think that galleries or artist managers are still playing an important role in promoting the artist’s career but probably they have to reinvent their business model.”

 

 

 

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Carolyn Edlund:  410.977.2915

Carolyn@ArtsyShark.com

www.ArtsyShark.com

 

 

 

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Treasure Coast Arts And Mindfulness Fest This Weekend Features Two Days Of Crazy Awesome Art, Yoga, Mindfulness Classes, And More For The Entire Family. Free Admission And Parking

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is partnering with the MIDFLORIDA Event Center to host the 1st Annual Treasure Coast Arts and Mindfulness Fest.  This family friendly event takes place on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 with Free Admission and Free Parking.  Sign up now for yoga classes, a drum circle, meditation sessions and more!  Special Kids Activities will get them in touch with nature!  All types of creative products and services will be available.  The Rickie Report shares the details and looks forward to seeing you there!  Namaste~

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

and 

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

 Saturday, May 22     and     Sunday, May 23 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK    HERE    TO     REGISTER    FOR:

 

GUIDED MEDITATION

YOGA

DRUM CIRCLE

BELLY DANCING

SINGING CRYSTAL BOWLS

 

 

KIDS ACTIVITIES

 

 

ECO – FUN ACTIVITIES

YOUNG YOGIS

FACE PAINTING

ANIMAL SIGN LANGUAGE

LEAF RUBBING

ANIMAL MOVEMENTS & DANCE

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

 

TREASURE COAST COMMUNITY SINGERS

WINGS TO FLY DANCE COMPANY

PRESTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE STUDIO

 

 

 

This festival is one of the initiatives the Alliance is putting in place to raise funds for a Grant Program to support regional artists and special projects to enhance the County’s cultural landscape. All proceeds will go directly into this granting fund.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is long overdue! Organized by St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) in partnership with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, “Art and mindfulness warm our hearts and lift our spirits as we journey through life,” says Executive Director Alyona Ushe. “Combining the mind-opening benefits of art with the healing benefits of mindfulness is a perfect marriage”.

 

 

 

 

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is designed to enhance the cultural community while the fundraiser will empower SLCA to showcase local and regional talent.   This is the Alliance’s major fundraising event for the year to raise funds for the SLCA Grants Program.  Artists from around the region will be featured as the arts and local artists provide value, fun, and entertainment for the whole family.

 

 

 

There will be painters, potters, photographers and sculptors; artists who create works from recycled components as well as fashion designers. Live music, dance productions and spoken word performance pieces will take place on stage. A children’s corner featuring family activities and crafts will provide the opportunity to create hands-on art. Multiple food trucks will tempt visitors with aromatic healthy food choices.

 

 

 

 

Focusing on the mindfulness part of the Fest, alternative health vendors in categories including acupuncture, nutrition, massage and hypnotherapy will be on hand, as will yoga and Pilates studios, Reiki masters and Tai Chi practitioners. Visitors will find all-natural soaps, hand-made crystal jewelry and sound healing instruments. Take the opportunity to have a Tarot card reading or a chakra analysis.

 

 

For more information about the Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest:

 

 

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

 

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Spring Edition Of St. Lucie Art & Crafts Expo May 1-2 Offers Free Art Workshops, Fabulous Mother’s Day Shopping, And Chance To Meet The Artists As They Work

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) will greet the public at the St. Lucie Spring Edition Art & Craft Expo on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie.  Meet these 2D and 3D artists who call this area “home”, while they sell their  works around the US and the globe!  A special shout out to Latitude 88 show producer, Mike Strickland for championing the PSLAL and our cultural arts scene, as PSLAL gives back to the community!  You can participate in special FREE mini-workshopsPaint & Sip (adults 21 and older), a Vision Board, Abstract Collage ( all ages), and the Community Canvas Paint (all ages) during the Art Expo! This is the perfect time to shop for Mother’s Day and other upcoming celebrations!  The Rickie Report shares all of this information plus details about monthly meetings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At  MIDFLORIDA Credit  Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths         Live Music & Food

 

 

 

Join the Port St. Lucie Art League and feel the ENERGY!  By working together, League artists are empowering themselves to reach beyond to discover hidden talents!  Getting together at shows, zoom and League meetings, PSLAL’s busy calendar has connected its members – as one told The Rickie Report, “We are on FIRE and shining on! Our success is due to being innovative which has ignited a powerful energy within our organization. We are always trying new things which are inspiring and we thrive from all of our experiences. We are learning together and helping one another” PSLAL is grateful for the support of Mike Strickland, producer of Latitude 88 shows.   

 

 

 

ARTIST      SCHEDULE :

 

 

 

 

 

FREE      MINI-WORKSHOPS!

 

 

PAINT    &    SIP !

 

Join us this weekend for a fun time with local artist, Kevin Bryk, who will take you step by step through a featured painting!

Take home your very own masterpiece!  

Saturday, May 1st    1 – 2 pm  

Sunday, May 2nd    1 – 2 pm

 

RSVP: pslacontact@gmail.com

Visitors may also sign up at the Port St. Lucie Arts league non-profit booth located at the main entrance to the Expo.  

There will limited space for drop-ins.

Includes: 1 complimentary glass of wine.  Expo also offers a Full Bar.

 

 

 

Come, Sip & Paint with PSLAL!

 

 

Community  Canvas  Paint

 The  Midnight  Sun: 

Sunday morning, May 2    between 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.

 

 

 

 

Shapes & Color ~ Enjoy painting a part of the canvas using geometric shape and contrasting colors. The completed canvas panels will be joined together to create a mural installation. 

 

 

 Marcelo and Isabel Painting ( Close Up)

 

 

Abstract    Collage    or    Vision    Board:  

Saturday,  May 1     10 am – 12:30 pm

 

 

ABSTRACT  COLLLAGE:

 

Explore Forms & Colors through Collage using warm & cool colored decorative papers and geometric shapes.

 

VISION BOARD:     REFLECTION   *    FOCUS   *   LIVE   IT!

 

 

Quit looking in the rearview mirror!    Shine On! 
What inspires or motivates you?    Why do you do what you do every day?
Is it with purpose?     Are you living your PASSION?
 
Set an Intention: Choose images, words and positive affirmations to turn your dreams into Reality!
 You can Make it Happen!
All materials will be prepackaged. (NO sharing of materials).
Feel free to bring along your own treasures to embellish your creation.
 

For all art activities Covid Precautions will be followed, surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between art classes and painting.

 

 

 

Create a Vision Board with Marie

 

 

 

 

PSLAL     GIVING    BACK    TO   THE    

COMMUNITY :

PARTNERING    WITH    OUR    SCHOOLS

FREE   TO   BE!!!

FREE   TO   EXPRESS   YOURSELF!

In 2019, just before Covid hit us, the League connected with Windmill Point Elementary School to provide an art scholarship for young aspiring artist(s) to take an art class with formal instruction and to support their after-school art program. This after-school program was initially developed since the arts budgets were cut some years back, to support students who were interested to learn more about the arts and to express their creativity. At that time, PSLAL had also partnered with AC Moore to help support League art projects at the Expo as well as help Windmill Point with art supplies until AC Moore closed. 

 

 

Over one year later, PSLAL has reconnected with Windmill Point Elementary School in Port St. Lucie!  As the needs changed, the League is looking forward to creating an artist-in-residence program to facilitate a school-wide art project to kick off the school year in the fall. One of the League’s primary goals as the  benefiting organization of the PSL Arts & Crafts Expo was to give back to the community, especially to the children. PSLAL looks forward to giving a donation to Windmill Point Elementary School to provide an enriching art experience for all students in the next school year. 

 

 

Monthly       Meetings:

 

 

 

 

Join us via Zoom or in person for our monthly meetings!  Enjoy the camaraderie, networking with other like-minded creatives, and a demonstration!  Learn about a new technique, color, painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and so much more!

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm

 

 

Port St. Lucie Community Center    2195 SE Airoso Blvd.  Port St. Lucie, FL

 

Meetings are held in the banquet room and can accommodate 30 people.  Masks are required and Covid safe practices are followed.  RSVP is required to attend.   Zoom is provided as well.  RSVP: 772.323.1151

The mission of the Port St. Lucie Arts League is to advance, enhance and sustain our community’s cultural and artistic viability. Our membership works to develop cultural awareness and provide increased opportunities for community access to the arts.  Our league members are advocates for the arts and we promote quality, professionalism and diversity in our work. Our goals are to develop and sustain a membership of local artists, encourage networking, provide a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, and support, encourage and inspire one another’s artistic creativity.  The Port St. Lucie Art League works closely with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

 

Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website:pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 https://www.pslartsleague.org/

 https://www.artandcraftexpo.com/

 

 

Mike Strickland         ​Latitude-88, Inc.​

Tel: 866-611-0442

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Armory Art Center Offers Trips To “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” In Miami ~ Don’t Miss This Phenomenal Experience

The Armory Art Center is offering a day trip by luxury coach to Miami for the “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” through their program,  Armory Art on The Go.  Reservations are required, with bus trips beginning on Wednesday, May 5 and continuing on select Wednesdays. This art opportunity is open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now before all of the seats are taken!  

 

 

Armory Art Center

811 Park Place       West Palm Beach,  FL

Visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832.1776

 

 

Join the Armory Art Center

On a luxury group day-trip to Miami

To experience the stunning world of Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

Beginning May 5th 

Seating limited      ~    Reserve yours today!  

 Call: 561.832.1776

 

 

 

 

Tickets:  $99 per person,  Limited to 25 seats on a first-come, first-served basis

 

 

For tickets, visit the Armory’s on-campus Registrar’s Desk, or call 561.832.1776

 

 

Visit armoryart.org/vangogh

 

 

*Day-trips will take place each Wednesday, as scheduled in advance, throughout the duration of the exhibition May 5th – July 11th

 

 

Luxury Coach  Departs   9:30 am  from the Armory Art Center

811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Arrival in West Palm Beach is approximately 4:30  pm

 

 

Van Gogh Carousel (Images provided by Ice Palace Studios)

The Armory Art Center invites the community to enjoy a luxury group day-trip to Miami’s iconic Ice Palace Studios to experience Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience beginning Wednesday, May 5th!*

 

‘Armory Art on the Go’ – with Van Gogh! will depart 9:30 a.m. from the Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, in West Palm Beach.Tickets are $99 per person and limited to 25 seats on a first-come, first-served basis. For tickets, visit the Armory’s on-campus Registrar’s Desk, or call 561.832.1776.

 

*Day-trips will take place each Wednesday, as scheduled in advance, throughout the duration of the exhibition May 5th – July 11th.

 

 

Van Gogh Carousel (Images provided by Ice Palace Studios)

 

This exciting, arts & cultural extravaganza begins with comfortable, fun, socially-distanced transportation, with tasty snacks provided amid luxurious coach seating and a restroom on-board. Attendees are scheduled to arrive at the Ice Palace Studios at 11:45 a.m. for the chance to easily peruse the exquisite exhibition and enjoy lunch in restaurants on the premises, or nearby (on your own).

 

At 2:30 p.m., it’s ‘all aboard’ for the return trip to West Palm Beach with estimated time of arrival approximately 4:30 p.m. Boarding to return to West Palm Beach is scheduled 2:30 p.m.

 

All participants must comply with health and safety procedures. For more information about Armory Art on the Go, visitarmoryart.org/vangogh. To learn more about Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience, visit vangoghmiami.com

 

 

 

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.orgor call (561) 832.1776 

The Armory Art Center is located at

811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

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Participate In Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest On Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23, 2021. Looking For Visual Artists, Performing Artists, Mindfulness Vendors, Volunteers!

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is long overdue!  Organized by the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance and the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, it will offer arts and cultural activities for all ages on  Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23. The outdoor event will reflect the diversity of artists and the scope of alternative health modalities.  Visual artists and performing artists from all over are eligible to participate!  The Rickie Report shares the details.  This event will also need volunteers! If you are a member of the St. Lucie Cultural Art Guild and Organization, get your vendor space at no charge!

 

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

and 

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

 Saturday, May 22     and     Sunday, May 23 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

C   A   L  L           F   O   R:

 

~  VISUAL  ARTISTS ~

~ PERFORMING  ARTISTS ~

~ YOGA  INSTRUCTORS ~

~ MINDFULNESS   PRACTITIONERS ~

~ VENDORS ~

&

!!!  VOLUNTEERS !!!

 

 

 

 

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is long overdue! Organized by St. Lucie Cultural Alliance in partnership with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, “Art and mindfulness warm our hearts and lift our spirits as we journey through life,” says Executive Director Alyona Ushe. “Combining the mind-opening benefits of art with the healing benefits of mindfulness is a perfect marriage”.

 

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is designed to enhance the cultural community while the fundraiser will further empower the organization to showcase local and regional talent.  We encourage artists from all over the state and beyond to be part of this festival”, Alyona adds.

 

This is the Alliance’s major fundraising event for the year to raise funds for the nonprofit organization artists grants program. This fest will also promote the arts, local artists, and provide value, fun, and entertainment for the whole family.

 

There will be painters, potters, photographers and sculptors; artists who create works from recycled components as well as fashion designers. Live music, dance productions and spoken word performance pieces will take place on stage. A children’s corner featuring family activities and crafts will provide the opportunity to create hands-on art. Multiple food trucks will tempt visitors with aromatic healthy food choices.

 

 

Deena Rahill and and Lisa Jill Allison

 

 

Performers/Teaching Artists for workshops, demonstrations, live painting, etc. APPLY:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/StLucieCulturalAlliance/TreasureCoastArtsMindfulnessFestDemonstrationsWorkshopsAndLivePainting.

 

 

Focusing on the mindfulness part of the Fest, alternative health vendors in categories including acupuncture, nutrition, massage and hypnotherapy will be on hand, as will yoga and Pilates studios, Reiki masters and Tai Chi practitioners. Visitors will find all-natural soaps, hand-made crystal jewelry and sound healing instruments. Take the opportunity to have a Tarot card reading or a chakra analysis.

 

 

Heila, Belly Dancer

 

 

Available vendor spaces.  Here is the link to reserve a vendor space, https://artstlucie.z2systems.com/np/clients/artstlucie/survey.jsp?surveyId=5& 

 

 

Join the Alliance:  www.artstlucie.org/memberships. If anyone decides to become an Alliance member, that artist will only be charged the $25 application fee.

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available~

 To inquire, contact info@artstlucie.org.

 

 

While most art lovers are mindful, and in turn, many mindfulness practitioners surround themselves with beautiful art, the Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest will inspire everyone to “jump over the fence” to find new ways of enjoying every day. “The arts and mindfulness offer a natural partnership between two powerful disciplines,” says Alyona. Linda McCarthy, Director of MIDFLORIDA Event Center agrees. “Arts and cultural activities inspire civic pride, connect generations, bridge diverse groups, and serve as a symbol of Port St. Lucie,” says McCarthy.

 

All funds received from sponsorships and vendor fees will go into the Cultural Alliance’s Grant Fund to be awarded to artists and cultural organizations, as will monies raised from the sale of auction items and raffles. According to Alyona, the Grant Fund already has accumulated $25,000: $10,000 from the city of Port St. Lucie which helped launch the program and $15,000 from St.Lucie County and from the Florida Arts License Plate program. All grant awards will be awarded only to local entities “so we can continue growing the local cultural landscape,” says Alyona.

 

Deena Rahill, a Certified Sound Healing Practitioner is the organizer of the mindfulness portion of the Fest. She will play a set of crystal bowls in a live performance while Lisa Jill Allison paints a canvas for a symbiotic art and sound experience. Sound can be used to unblock creativity and focus the mind. Deena describes a crystal bowl sound bath as a meditative acoustic sound concert. It is quite an experience to be immersed in vibrational sound, one that lulls the listener into a peaceful and mindful state of being.

 

 

For those who are unfamiliar with crystal bowls, each one is made from 99.8 percent pure quartz crystal and is tuned to a particular note of the musical scale. When played, the sound frequencies affect brainwave activity, slowing down brain waves to enter a deeply restorative state, where the body rebalances itself to self-heal.  “Creative mindfulness activities assist in the development of self-awareness and resilience,” says Deena. Both mindfulness and art creation are linked to a flow state, one that allows a person to think in different ways. “When we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves – space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions,” she adds.  Deena believes that, “The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest offers the opportunity to explore different modalities and find local providers who can help people discover and embrace new ways of managing their life. Ultimately, community is immunity.”

 

 

The Rickie Report shares a special Thank you to Dorothy Kamm for contributing to this article! Dorothy Kamm, a member of the Port St. Lucie Business Women since 2008, is known in the area as a public relations professional, award-winning writer, and community advocate. Kamm is known as the premier source on American painted porcelain, and her writings are on file in the library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the leading research facility on women’s art. She is a member of the Port St. Lucie Business Women.

 

 

For more information about the Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest:

 

 

 visit https:// artstlucie.org/event/art-fest.

 

 

Available vendor spaces. FREE for Cultural Alliance Art Guild and Cultural Organization members. Reserve NOW!

 

https://artstlucie.z2systems.com/np/clients/artstlucie/survey.jsp?surveyId=5&

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

 

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.com561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986