Craig McInnis Is Featured Speaker At Wellington Art Society On Wednesday, December 13, 2023. Meet And Mingle With Other Artists

The Wellington Art Society features a presentation by artist, educator and muralist, Craig McInnis on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at the Wellington Community Center. The event includes a meet and greet, member spotlight, brief meeting and a presentation by Craig. The Rickie Report shares all of the details and a sneak peek.  The public is welcome to all WAS events!






Public Is Invited To



Wellington Art Society Meeting



Wednesday, December 13, 2023


5:30 pm



Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL




 C R A I G      M C I N N I S


For more WAS information contact: Heather Bergstrom,



Craig McInnis




Craig is a multi-discipline artist whose favorite medium is paint. He enjoys large scale canvas and mural work.




Artwork by Craig McInnis




Craig is a well-known multimedia artist and creative professional local to the Palm Beach area. Originally from Connecticut, Craig was born into a family of artists and musicians including his mother, grandfather and great uncles. It was the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, however, that brought him to Florida years ago.




Artist Craig McInnis creating a mural




After graduation, he quickly entered the professional art world, taking on not one, but many prominent roles. From making music and touring nationally in numerous bands to painting public and private murals, Craig diversified his talents in ways that led to new and innovative opportunities. He is also the co-founder of Art Synergy and CONTINUUM, through which Craig, along with a dedicated team of art professionals, continues to lead the promotion of local art at national and international levels and facilitates access to arts education. 





“Beyond” by Craig McInnis




Craig has also served as Creative Director of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds for over 15 years. In this role, he oversees horror make-up design, graphics, talent booking, casting and management, branding, set design, scenic painting, as well as getting into creative character himself. According to his website, Craig creates art as a way to maintain sanity and relative balance.

For additional information and to see Craig’s work:





The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit




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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987





Modern Edge Frameworks Grand Opening In Tradition Village Center On Saturday, December 9th Special Discount On Framing Orders, Free Art Raffle, Refreshments And An Array Of Frames That Will Boggle Your Imagination

Modern Edge Frameworks has recently opened in Tradition Village Center, next to Publix and everyone is invited to the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, December 9, 2023!   With a 23 year history of custom framing for residential and commercial clientele in Stuart, FL, a second location is now open in Port St. Lucie. Stop by for refreshments, a 10% discount on your next framing project and free raffle drawings. You’ll be enchanted by the options that await you! Duncan Hurd and his staff dispel the notion that choosing frames is too difficult because they make it fun!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks and the back-story.





Tradition Village Center

10370 SW Village Center Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34987


Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm









Join us during this special day of celebration.


Discover framing as it should be. 


10% Off your next frame project to every visitor


Artwork Raffle (free) 


Light refreshments



For over 23 years, Modern Edge Frameworks has been providing custom picture framing for both residential and commercial clientele in Stuart, and we’re thrilled to have opened a second location in Port St. Lucie. We are known for our friendly service and quality craftsmanship. We love framing and it shows!






With literally thousands of options to choose from, custom framing can be hard. At Modern Edge Frameworks we make it easy … and fun!







Whether it’s your first time framing or you’re an old hand, we’ll help you find something that meets your budget and that you can’t wait to put on your wall.
















We also offer a selection of art-inspired gifts, as well as provide delivery and installation service.







The Back-Story


In 2000, Ronnie and Barbara Hedgepeth opened a small frame shop in Jensen Beach, Florida.  Childhood sweethearts, Ronnie had been the southeast regional manager of the frame business at Ben Franklin stores for many years. They named their store Friendly Framers. Ronnie and Barbara welcomed one and all with their southern charm and folksy ways, making friends of each of their customers.

As the years passed the business grew and moved into a much larger space in the Cedar Pointe Plaza on Ocean Boulevard in Stuart, where they flourished. Upon Ronnie’s death in 2019, Barbara vowed to keep the family business going. Three years later, when she called us, owners of The Gilt Complex in downtown Stuart, and asked if we would take over the business. She announced she was retiring to live with her son in the mountains of North Carolina.

For us, it was an easy decision to make. When we purchased The Gilt Complex, a custom framing and art restoration business, one of the first things we did was to stop by and introduce ourselves to Ronnie and Barbara. They couldn’t have been nicer. Instead of thinking of us as competitors, they welcomed us as colleagues – another friend. Over the years we worked together. They would refer projects to us and we to them – whenever one of us felt the other was better equipped to handle a particular situation. So, of course, when Barbara asked, we leapt at the opportunity..

That was in the summer of 2022. We remodeled the showroom, which even Barbara would tell you needed a refresh. We gave it a more modern look, with white walls, gray floors, and black display cases. We even added a computerized sales system. In a very short time our business has grown, to the point we are now adding a second showroom in Tradition. We still believe in the things Ronnie and Barbara believed in – a wide selection of high-quality frames and framing accessories, a strong devotion to the craft of framing, and an unwavering dedication to service with a smile.

With the remodeling of the showroom and a new store in Tradition, we decided that a complete rebranding was in order. Thus, Modern Edge Frameworks was born. We work closely with The Gilt Complex, who provides all our delivery and installation services. And we continue to build upon Ronnie and Barbara’s legacy, making friends with everyone who enters our showroom.  

~Duncan Hurd




Tradition Village Center
10370 SW Village Center Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34987


Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm

Call Duncan Hurd at 772-486-4880  or  Email:




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No More Starving Artists Foundation (NMSAF) Goes To South Beach’s MUSE Modern & Contemporary Art Fair With 34 Artists. Get Tickets For December 6th Artist Award And Fundraiser To Continue Support And Grants For Upcoming Artists

MUSE Modern & Contemporary Art Fair invited curators Anthony Burks & Trina Slade-Burks of ATB Fine Art Group Inc. (ATB) to produce an exhibition for the nonprofit  No More Starving Artists Foundation (NMSAF). NMSAF’s mission is to help artists be sustainable personally and professionally. NMSAF Goes to South Beach brings 34 artists from Florida to exhibit and sell their art during Miami Art Week. Join NMSAF on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 for the Artist Award Ceremony and fundraiser event to raise funds for artist grants and student scholarships. MUSE is the only fair dedicated to Black, Multi-Cultural, and women artists in Miami Beach during Miami Art Week & Art Basel weekend one of the top international art events in the world. The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks plus GRANT INFORMATION for all artists.









660 Washington Avenue      Miami Beach, FL 33139





Together MUSE and ATB aligned their missions to help in NMSAF’s vision in growing new prospects for these Florida artists of legacy building.



Artist Award Ceremony**

Wednesday, December 6th

6 – 10 pm




**Artist Award Ceremony and fundraiser event is a ticketed event.


This is an opportunity for YOU to support NMSA

Raise funds for artist grants and student scholarships


















Since 2018, the Palm Beach County nonprofit, NMSAF has helped artists throughout the South Florida area with grants, scholarships, awards, exhibition chances and business development opportunities.




The exhibition runs from November 30-December 10, 2023.





Bringing these artists to Miami Beach will contribute to the economic impact of the city as well as give the artists the opportunity to connect, communicate and sell to international art collectors from all over the world.





“From the Block to the Canvas” by David German (Palm Beach County)   Mixed Medium  47.5”x72”



“My profound connection to music and the pulse of hip hop culture infuses every brush stroke and line I create. This synergy has propelled me to explore the intricate relationship between music and visual art through my project, Concept Rhythm. In it, I apply the principles of design and the discerning eye of an art critic to music, revealing the profound synchrony between these two seemingly disparate worlds.”  David German


MUSE is the only fair dedicated to Black, Multi-Cultural, and Women artists in Miami Beach during Miami Art Week & Art Basel weekend one of the top international art events in the world.






“Watershed” by Jane Lawton Baldridge (Martin County)  Acrylic Painting  49” x 34”



“My paintings are stories about my life on the water. Perfect days spent scudding along on the wavelets that reflect diamonds or bashing headlong into waves trying to survive the storm. I am grateful to have an unusual history of waterborne adventures. I want to share my stories and experiences with the audience in hopes of heightening their awareness of its importance, beauty and fragility.”



Thirty-four artists from Duval, Brevard, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties are represented in the NMSAF Exhibit.


Baseball Raydio Dynamic  Sculpture Restomod by Raymond Fernandez (Dade County) 50” tall, 18” wide, 12”


“I see my work as away to unite the past with the present by melting vintage and modern with unmistakable artistic flair. My goal is to spark a sense of history in others, uniting us all through time with an unforgettable multi-sensory experience.” Raymond Fernandez



This MUSE exhibit features an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs and sculptures from Black, Hispanic, Caribbean, and African artists residing throughout the US and abroad.


“Beach Slayer” by Matthew Yeandle ( Palm Beach County) Photograph Printed on Metal Size: 36″x36″



“My creative foundation developed as a multimedia artist and my experience over the years in the fashion and beauty industry has manifested itself in my present works of photographic art. My goal is to create images that resonate with current modern sensibilities. I am inspired by putting a fresh face on even older iconic subjects. Beauty draws me with a single hair.”




Artist Award Ceremony**

Wednesday, December 6th

6 – 10 pm




**Artist Award Ceremony and fundraiser event is a ticketed event.



This is an opportunity for YOU to support NMSA

Raise funds for artist grants and student scholarships










Artist Names & IG Handle

AlPi @Alpi_Fine_Arts

Ann Friedlander  @annfriedlander

Anthony Burks Sr @ampburks

Arielle Charis Yebba @iam_aricharis

Barry Seidman @barry_seidman

Batia Lowenberg @batialowenberg

Camilla Webster @camillawebster

Clifton Webb @clifton_gwebb

David German @Concept_Rhythm

Elie Lescot III @elielescotpaintings

Garry Mabour @garrymabour_art

Gary Kroman @Garykroman

Jahnoi Smith @jai.h.noir

Jane Lawton Baldridge @janelawtonbaldridge

JanJak II @JanJakartJanJakII

Jarett Walker @jwalkertheartist 

Kyle Lucks @kylelucksfineart

Linnea Botanicals @linneabotanicals 

Luis Valle @el_chan_guri

Lupe Lawrence @lawrencelupe

Lyndale Pettus @lyndalep.photography1

Matthew Yeandle @beautybymatt_

NOON @anouckjourdaa

Pia Dugger @piafauna 

Ramel Jasir  @rameljasir

RASIN @Joejunior.racine_rasin

Ray Fdez @ray_fernandez_art

Renata Rodrigues @renatarodriguesart

Scott Jeffries @scottart

Stacey Mandell 

Tracy Guiteau @GuiteauArt

Victor DiPilato

Zbigniew Kijak @zbigniewzee











The Council’s Artist Innovation Fellowship Program celebrates the artistic process and supports professional artists in all artistic disciplines with funding to pursue new avenues of creativity, expand upon current work, and other endeavors to propel his/her career forward. The Artist Innovation Fellowship Program is expanding to include funding for ten $7,500 fellowships in 2024. Each fellow has one year to complete their activities. The program culminates with an exhibition and performance showcase at the Cultural Council’s headquarters in 2025.


The application deadline is December 22, 2023.









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About ATB and NMSAF:

Created in 1992, ATB  is an art-based consulting firm that creates, sells, promotes, and educates art of different disciplines nationally. This includes visual, graphic, publishing, performing and literary arts. They have created art events and exhibitions throughout South Florida and NYC since 2004. In partnership with NMSAF,  ATB has impacted thousands of creatives assisting the artists sustainability personally and professionally with funds and services. Though the company and the nonprofit are both based in Palm Beach County, the South Florida creatives from Brevard County all the way to Dade County have benefited from these two groups whose vision is to help artists build their legacies.






CONTACT: Trina Slade-Burks, Vice President  ATB Fine Art Group Inc


We are creating a new website. In the meantime, you can check out the following:





ATB curators

NMSAF host

MUSE presenting sponsor

Cultural Council sponsor & partner

Discover the Palm Beaches partner




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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Caryl Pomales Is Hosting A One Day Holiday Hand-Painted Designer Handbag Extravaganza On Monday, December 4 At The Palm Room Gallery & Artisans Boutique. All Palm Room Artists Are Offering 10% Off For Shoppers.

Caryl Pomales is hosting a 1 day Holiday Hand Painted Designer Handbag Extravaganza at The Palm Room Gallery and Artisans Boutique in Stuart. Enter a drawing for a hand-painted Kate Spade wristlet with purchase ($189. value).  ALL Palm Room Artists are offering 10% off boutique prices on Monday, December 4, 2023.   Refreshments and holidays treats will be served throughout the day.  Caryl is sharing a personalized take on elevating a designer bag to be truly one-of-a-kind!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




1 day only

Enter drawing to win a hand-painted Kate Spade wristlet with purchase ($189.00 value) 







Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique



Hand-painted one-of-a-kind Kate Spade handbag by Caryl Pomales




 3746 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL

 Sewall’s Point in Harbour Bay Plaza (east end of the Plaza, near Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar)


Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm

(excluding Christmas Day)

Caryl Pomales tells The Rickie Report, ” For as long as I can remember, I’ve been guided by a creative force. Creative magic began for me as an adolescent. My love of color merged on to canvas in a free and exciting way and I was inspired to continue on with learning more and expanding my creative painting practice. I was hooked! My adult career was diversified however, I continued to deepen my knowledge and awareness of self and my connection with the universe through my artistic expression. I never lost sight of my ultimate dream of becoming a full time artist, painter and creative designer”.



Hand-painted one-of-a-kind Kate Spade handbags by Caryl Pomales




She explains, “Although it seems like yesterday, it’s been a decade since my mom, (my very best friend and mentor) passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. In her final months, she lost her ability to verbally communicate; however, though words failed us, I knew that something must still speak. I learned at this point that when words fail, images and art speaks. Creative signs of affection and drawings became my primary form of communication. A picture became worth a thousand words and a lifetime of love”.




Hand-painted one-of-a-kind Kate Spade handbag by Caryl Pomales




Caryl’s painting practice was influenced by and continues to flourish out of a need to communicate and to express joy, love and compassion. It remains a daily labor of love.  She says, “I truly believe that art shines a light and speaks, some days as a delicate whisper; other days it is a mighty roar. Regardless, I listen to this voice, as I truly believe that light shines a light, and is the only form of expression that speaks unwaveringly! 


Listen to your inner voice, rediscover the child that lives within you, be curious and brave, break a few rules along the way and follow your dreams with kindness and a revolution in your heart. The rest will take care of itself.     ~Caryl Pomales


Caryl is an active member of Artists’ of Florida-LLC, North County Art League, Tequesta, FL; The Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL; The Vero Beach Art Museum of Vero Beach, FL; The Wellington Art Society, Wellington, FL; The Arts Council of Martin County FL, Stuart, FL.  Recent Recognitions include: Graduate 2020 of the Immersion SPD Course with designer Bonnie Christine. Featured Artist, Artsy Shark 2019; Honorable Mention 39th Annual Members’ Show,  Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL; 2nd Place Winner for “Flourish” at the Tropical Temptations Exhibition at the Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique.



For more information about The Palm Room visit


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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Announces Winners Of Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023 With A Free Virtual Exhibit. Partial Proceeds From Sales Benefit Center For Great Apes

Art4Apes is delighted to announce the opening of ENDANGERED Online! 2023,  showcasing  25% top scoring entries to ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023This Free VIRTUAL Exhibition runs until December 23, 2023.  Partial proceeds from sales benefit Center for Great Apes.  Kudos to all entries and congratulations to the winners!  The Rickie Report shares the details and images of  the first prize winners in this article, to see all the prize winners click here.






ENDANGERED Online! 2023




Online exhibit features prize winners and top 25% scored entries


ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023 

Exhibition runs until December 23rd  


1st Prize – Fine Art

Sheryl Unwin for “Focus”

Ampersand Scratchboard and colorized with watercolors. 







We would like to thank everyone for entering the contest. By entering you have brought awareness to the plight of endangered species around the world. Your entry donations have gone directly to the Center for Great Apes and are helping to support the 70 apes living out their lives in safe, healthy and happy retirement.





1st Prize – Fine Art Photography


Lauren Chambers for “Portrait of a Spider Monkey”







Congratulations to our prize winners!


We are showing the first prize winners in this article…




Congratulations to all those who were juried into the exhibition. Please tell your friends to check out your work in the exhibition!




Please contact if you are interested in buying one of these wonderful exhibits.





We were particularly thrilled by the high standard of entries submitted by the Young Artists. Rickie Leiter, who judged the Young Artist contest summed it up beautifully:  “Entries included an array of pencil, drawings, markers, oil, watercolor, mixed media, clay, and 3D images. The entrants shared compelling statistics, poetry, comments from the animal’s point of view, encrypted messages, spiritual sentiments, interpretive thoughts, and information that gave me a larger understanding of what “Endangered” means to others. Knowing that these artists are our future, I must say that I am uplifted at their caring, tenacity, and commitment to not only protect the earth as we know it, but to preserve humankind.”



1st Prize –

Young Artist Category  (11-18 Years)

Jiayl Lu (aged 16 years) for “Burned Parrot”








ALL entries (over 300 this year!) will be shown on our website and our social media platforms. We only post a few each day (otherwise people “unfriend” us – which defeats the object) and we continue posting into the new year. So please keep looking at the website and following us on social media Facebook  and Instagram) and let your contacts know when your work is shown.


We will continue to make our Virtual Artist in Residence Awards from the 2023 entries into the new year. After our online exhibition ends, we will be putting up VAiR galleries for January to March.



1st Prize –

Young Artist Category (Under 11 Years)

Ben Glosser (aged 9 years) for “Looking”









Thank you to our judging panel for the generous donation of their skill and valuable time:


Dr Tammi Hanawalt, Curator of Art, National Museum of Wildlife


Mark Edward Harris, Award-winning travel, documentary and wildlife photographer


Lori Perkins, Wildlife conservation and management expert and consultant


Rickie Leiter, Artist, consultant and founder of The Rickie Report juror of the Young Artist Contest.


Art4Apes would also like to thank Paul Fisher and Mary Strope of Juried Art Services for the generous donation of their services and advice. We could not run this contest without their support.

Thanks also to our sponsors Downtown Wealth Studios and Shechter Associatesfor their generosity and support.

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and festive season.




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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Armory Art Center’s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival Celebrates Art, Music, Culture On Friday, Saturday, And Sunday, December 1-3, 2023. Free Admission And Parking

The Armory Art Center’s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival returns on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 1 – 3, 2023. This exciting array of works by local and out of town artistslive musicdemonstrationsfood trucks, and so much more!  Admission and parking are free!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos. 





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










Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 – 3, 2023




Friday Hours:  5 – 8 pm



Saturday & Sunday Hours:  10 am – 5 pm




















The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of The Square West Palm Beach. The festival takes place on the Armory’s historic campus.







At the Armory’s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival, you will discover a variety of handmade artwork including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and more. Browse the many artisan booths for your holiday shopping, watch talented artists give live demonstrations, and enjoy kids’ activities and food trucks.








Celebrate the season and bring your family and friends to this event!


Learn more at



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 or call (561) 832.1776

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



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Posh Design Studio Invites You To Its Season Opener Gala On Saturday, December 2, 2023. Party, Peruse, Partake And RSVP For This Free Event

Kimberly Perry, owner and curator of Posh Design Studio in Delray Beach, Florida, represents local, national and international artists. Kimberly invites the public to Posh’s Season Opener Gala on Saturday, December 2, 2023!  Peruse original paintings, sculptures, glass art, fine art photography, home décor and unique gifts. The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you to RSVP for this FREE event!








Delray Marketplace       Suite # 104

9169 West Atlantic Ave.  Delray Beach, FL 33446












Posh Interior Shot







“Love The Beatles” by Juan Plaza










Original Artwork by Rochelle Haft




Posh is a thriving art gallery that services all types of homes, businesses and interior designers.






Original Artwork by J. Scott Nicol





Looking for an event space?


Let Posh Art Gallery host your fun party or event in the Boca Delray area!

We will provide the food, open bar, live music, treasure hunts with prizes, live artists painting, and a free Caricature Portrait of all your guests to take home as a lifetime keepsake of your event .

If you would like to have a private event hosted in Posh Gallery please contact Kimberly Perry: 561.591.3680



Gallery Hours:  

Monday  through Thursday   11 am – 7 pm

Friday and Saturday  11 am – 8 pm

Sunday  Noon – 6 pm


For more information:


Call the gallery at 561-591-3680

Kimberly Perry, Owner  248-320-6843

Michele Cancro, Gallery Manager  561-827-5973

Rita Bartmon, Custom Framing Manager  954-536-0189





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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987




Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Highlights Artists Barbara Krupp And Paul Solovay From November 30, 2023 – January 26, 2024. Public Is Invited To Special Opening Reception On Thursday, November 30 Plus Two More Receptions Throughout The Exhibit

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues its 16th season with a dual exhibit including THREE receptions!  The gallery will feature abstract expressionist Barbara Krupp and photographer/assemblagist Paul Solovay. This colorful and diverse dual exhibit runs November 1 – November  24,  with a Special Opening Reception on Thursday, November 30th plus Receptions as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll on Friday, December 1st, 2023 and Friday, January 5, 2024.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!






1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

Phone: 772 562-5525.  Visit:




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

Also open by appointment           Closed Sunday and Monday  



“The Tree” Acrylic by Barbara Krupp




“A Lifetime of Exploration: Paintings”

by Barbara Krupp






“Journey Through the Decades: Time Capsules”

by Paul Solovay




“Time Capsules: the 90’s ” Mixed Media by Paul Solovay




Special     Artists     Reception



Thursday, November 30, 2023

5    –    8   pm




“East Meets West” acrylic by Barbara Krupp



Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls



Friday,  December 1,  2023  


Friday, January 5, 2024




5    –    8   pm



Exhibits run November 30, 2023 – January 26, 2024






“Color Of Jazz ” Archival Dye-Infused Photograph On Aluminum by Paul Solovay


Barbara Krupp, living in both Ohio and Vero Beach,  has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums and her work can be found in many private collections, including the University of Tampa, who purchased fifty-three of her paintings. Originally trained as an x-ray technician, she likes to quote T.S. Eliot, “I have seen the skull beneath the skin.” The structure of the painting is very important to her, as she allows the bones of the painting – both computationally and metaphorically, become the painting’s subject matter. 





“Wiki Wacky Widget” by Barbara Krupp



Paul Solovay, living in both Upstate New York and Vero Beach, spent nearly thirty years as a top creative talent in advertising, creating many award-winning commercials.  His Pepsi commercial “Bringing Home Baby” is in the Smithsonian Museum and the Broadcast Museum in NYC.  His ‘Active Camera’ photographs translate musical sound waves into light waves, capturing the high energy of performance.  His new series “Time Capsules of the 20th Century” feature multi-media assemblages with sound tracks and ephemera through the decades.






“Time Capsule: The 80’s” by Paul Solovay





Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Jessica Leto

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Evan Schwarze

Carol Staub

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    





About Gallery 14:

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



Phone:772 562-5525.  Visit us at





For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email:



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Call To Artists For 2024 Storefront Art Showcase At Gilt Complex In Stuart Is Open To Martin And Surrounding Counties. Deadline To Submit Is Sunday, December, 10, 2023.

The Gilt Complex in Stuart, FL  opens its annual Call to Artists for 2D works of art to be enlarged, digitally framed, and displayed on their storefront windows throughout 2024. This call is open to artists in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Palm Beach County, Okeechobee County and Indian River County. The Deadline is Sunday, December 10th and four winners will be announced on Friday, December 15th.  All artists are encouraged to apply, whether professional, emerging or hobbyist. A total of four winners will be selected in any of the following categories: Figure, Wildlife, Botanical, Still-Life, Landscape and Abstract.  Previous winners have received commissions and additional sales of their artwork.  The Rickie Report shares the details and peek at previous images.



608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL  34994






Call    to    Artists!



2024   Storefront   Art   Showcase








Each year, The Gilt Complex invites local artists from Martin and the surrounding counties to enter for the chance to have their art digitally framed and showcased on the showroom windows throughout the next year. This has become a highly anticipated event and all artists are encouraged to apply, whether professional, emerging or hobbyist. A total of four winners will be selected in any of the following categories: Figure, Wildlife, Botanical, Still-Life, Landscape and Abstract.




The contest runs through Sunday, December 10th.

Winners will be announced on Friday, December 15th.



Submit one, two, or three entries, with an entry fee of $10 per submission.



**Please note that all entries must be high-res jpegs in a portrait orientation**



Portrait orientation is important!



Landscape or square art won’t fit properly in the windows.





Details can be found at the link below.




With between 80 and 100 entries, typically, every year the art submitted and the resulting windows are different, so there’s no clear advice that can be given about what type of art or look has the best chance of being selected. They balance the four selections against one another in terms of color, texture and subject. It all depends on what is submitted and, therefore, what they have to work with.  


Katie Gianni tells The Rickie Report, “Some years ten winners could easily be chosen, while other years they struggle to find that perfect fit. Therefore, their advice boils down to this: send the best representation of your art that will pop off the windows and into the hearts of passersby”.




This year, The Gilt Complex has moved the contest to an entirely digital format. Just click the link below to their website page explaining the rules and further details. At the bottom of that page is a link to the entry form. You upload your images into that form and pay the fee directly from the form.  The Gilt Complex encourages anyone with any interest in publicly showcasing their art in Stuart to enter.




Don’t hesitate to contact them directly if you have any questions about the contest. Call Katie Gianni at 772-463-0125 or email her at


Details can be found at the link below. 




For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994



Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex




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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

56th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show At South Florida Fairgrounds Has Something For Everyone November 18th and 19th. Rickie Report Readers Get Discount Coupon

The 56th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show takes place November 18th and 19th at the South Florida Fair Grounds.  This is a family oriented, culturally stimulating show. Proceeds provide the operating budget for the Gem & Mineral Society for the following year. Get more information about this wonder-filled organization in the article!   The show is run totally by member volunteers. The Rickie Report shares the details plus a coupon for reduced admission fees, which may be duplicated as often as you like.









Expo Center East

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd.,        West Palm Beach, FL 33411








Saturday, November 18, 2023

 9 am – 6 pm


Sunday, November 19, 2023

 10 am – 5 pm










Adults  $10 or 2-Day Pass $15  

Children Under 12 Free







Grand Prize Drawing

Door Prizes

Great Shopping

Geode Cracking

Gemstone Mining

Fossil Dig

Spin-the-Wheel Game

Face & Rock Painting

Kids’ Exploration Station





Over 80 dealers from all over the country offer a wide range of merchandise—fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, bead jewelry, loose beads, rocks and minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and much, much more.






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








Decorative Items For the Home and Office


Hourly Door Prizes

Guest Speakers

Kids Activities




The Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences.

We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members.

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







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




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





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



Find us on:

Facebook @gemandmineralspb

Twitter @gemandminerals

Instagram @gemandminerals




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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987