Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Features “A Summer Breeze” With Paintings By Popular Husband And Wife Team Melissa Mastrangelo And Horacio Lertora. Opening Reception On Friday, March 1st Is Free And Open To The Public

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues its 16th season with a dual exhibit that brings retro vibes to the forefront, featuring popular husband and wife team Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Letora with some bright and colorful images.  This playful dual exhibit runs  March 1 – March 29, 2024, with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 1st as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll on Fridays. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

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

 

 

 

 

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

Also open by appointment           Closed Sunday and Monday  

 

 

 

Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls

 

 

 

“A Summer Breeze”

Paintings by Melissa & Horacio

 

 

 

 

Friday,  March 1,  2024  

 

 

 

 

5    –    8   pm

 

 

 

 

Exhibit runs March 1 – 29, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

“Hibiscus Pelican” by Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Letora

 

 

 

 

 

The month of March brings the return of the ever popular husband and wife team Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Lertora.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Skimming by Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Letora

 

 

 

 

 

The duo, who have continually brought smiles to the faces of fans and collectors from near and far, like to say that they are spouses sharing the same canvas in life and art.  This partnership has resulted in a successful collaboration for 18 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Tangerine Surf Van”  by Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Letora

 

 

 

 

In their current body of work, A Summer Breeze: Paintings by Melissa and Horacio, Melissa uses acrylic paint and original mid-century ephemera, in collaboration with Horacio’s hand cut stencils and wooden tiles to create nostalgic and playful works of art. 

 

 

 

“Sun and Sand” by Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Letora

 

 

 

Each piece is created on an assemblage of 1/4” wooden tiles and panels.  Most of the pieces in this collection are meant to be hung singularly or in combination with others to create a larger panoramic statement.

 

 

 

 

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  www.facebook.com/gallery14verobeach

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

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

 

 

For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email: dnschindel@gmail.com

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Admission To Artisans Of Martin County Open Studio Tour March 2 and 3, 2024. See Where The Artists Create. Free Event

The 8th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3, 2024 will feature over 35 artists in their studios and galleries!  Enjoy this Free event and watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN      COUNTY      OPEN      STUDIO      TOUR

 

 

Saturday,  March   2   &   Sunday,  March 3,   2024  

 

 

~FREE     To     ATTEND~

 

 

10 am – 5 pm    each   day

 

 

MARTIN     COUNTY,   FL

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MAP!

 

 

 

 

MCOST.org

 

 

 

Photography by Mark Stall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled painting by James J. DeMartis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Great Patience” by Patricia Pasbrig

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover a treasure of your own!

 

 

 

 

“Sea Dancer” by Chris Kling

 

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS

 

Alex Akerberg

LauraKay Whiticar-Darvill

Curt Whiticar

James J. DeMartis

Glen Allen

Suzan Allen

Barbara Bucci

Deborah Bottorff

Cynthia Cooper

Chris Kling

Ed Douglas

Patricia Reagan

Judi LeBlanc

Glenda Skarie

Raymond Reiland

Lanette Janelle-North

Dinija Berkien

Carolyn Walsh

Mallo Bisset

Dot Galfond

Tepa Charles

Abigale Stachowski

Patricia Pasbrig

Sue Klahne

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Maria Miele

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Martha Quigley

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Renee Keil

Eduardo Gomez

Kimberly Beltrame

Mark Stall

Mary Mirabito

Sally Browning Pearson

Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

 

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

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boca Raton Museum Of Art Features Exhibit By Dorotha Grace Lemeh: Cycles Artist Talk On Sunday February 18, 2024.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art highlights the art of Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh who brings a new light to visual storytelling.  This internationally renowned visionary will be giving an Artist Talk on Sunday afternoon, February 18, 2024.  The exhibit, “Cycles” brings attention to generational concerns with an array of birds, 3D objects, paintings, drawings and collage. highlighting the humor as well as the seriousness of Lemeh’s works. The Exhibit is available NOW through

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dorotha Lemeh, “Bird of Prey” (detail), 2005, mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist

 

February 18th at 3 pm in the Wolgin Auditorium

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Please   RSVP

Museum hours: Wed, Friday -Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Thursday 11:00 am;

Monday-Tuesday Closed

Members: FREE
Adults: $16.00     Seniors (ages 65+): $12.00      Groups: $10.00
High School Students (under 18): FREE        Children (under 15): FREE

 

 

 

Kelly Bodle, Associate Curator tells The Rickie Report, “From climate and seasonal changes to environmental and other historical events, “Cycles” takes a serious and sometimes humorous look at how our human social and cultural choices, alongside other complex narratives, continuously shape our everyday experiences and consequently, our lives. Using myths, legends, archetypes, folklore, current events, and other forms of visual storytelling this new exhibition of collaged mixed media paintings, drawings, 3D elements, and digital imagery intends to feature generational concerns for all living things that occupy our planet. Joining Dorotha in this conversation will be an array of birds and other creatures, who bear witness to our human folly”.

 

 

 

Mixed media, 2022  “Blue Crystal” by Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh

 

 

 

A northern-born southerner, as she (at times) describes herself, Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh is an accomplished national and international artist. Dorotha is best known for her mixed media paintings, though more recently, her painted, sometimes collaged, digital still photographic images & video installations.  Her deep roots in traditional artmaking methods in painting and drawing serve as the foundation for her artworks. As an avid visual storyteller, Dorotha arranges or “stages” a single, pair, or group of 3D objects along with paintings, drawings, or collaged works to create exciting tableaux to explore complex narratives associated with our environment and personhood associated with historical phenomena operating in our time.

 

 

 

 “Glass House” by Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh

 

 

 

These living experiences encapsulated her perceptions of ethnocultural identity that strives to exist in a world where socio-cultural identity is continually shifting.

Regardless of the subject matter, she purposely creates art that considers sameness in the face of differences.

 

 

 

 

 “One to Go” from the “In Danger” Series  by Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh

 

 

 

Dorotha’s preoccupation with how visual storytelling materials continually bring together layers of meaning—especially in relationship to a single subject. In her mixed media work, Dorotha continues to utilize a variety of ways to transverse the intersection of visual language using sound and text alongside images. Formally steeped in more traditional modes of artmaking, specifically as a painter, Dorotha draws from her narratives — based on stories that grew out of her life experiences being born and living in the North, growing up in the South in the United States and for a brief period in her youth, traveling with her parents and siblings to her father’s native homeland of Nigeria.

 

 

 

Mixed media collage, 2019  “Tethered Bloodline” by Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh

 

 

 

Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. She has participated in 90+ exhibitions nationally and internationally as a professional visual artist. Dorotha has received numerous awards, including Best of Show, 1st Place, and Honorable Mention.

 

 

Reviews and images of her artwork have been featured in catalogues, newspapers, and journals, such as On-View Magazine, The International Review of African American Art Journal, Arts & Antiques Magazine, Gumbo Ya-Ya: An Anthology of African American Women Artists, Painting in Acrylics, the International Triennial of Painting: Sofia Bulgaria, Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporary: Florence, Italy, Celebrating Visual Traditions, and Howard University’s Black Women in the Academy.  Featured below are a few of Dorotha’s national and international exhibition highlights:

 

 

o Spiritual Journeys, Barraza Gallery, LLC, Kingsville, TX
o 33rd Annual International Exhibition, Museum of Fine Art (MoFA)– FSU, Tallahassee, FL
o Art on BRiC Walls, Boca Raton Museum of Art, in association with CP group
o Art in Nigeria, 5th Biennial of Pan African Circle of Artists Lagos, Nigeria
o Crossing Boundaries and Frontiers: The 4th Biennale Centre Soleil d’Afrique, West Africa
o Changing Attitudes: Afrika Heritage, 4th Biennial of Pan African Circle of Artists, Nimbus Art Center, Lagos, Nigeria
o Artistas del Mundo en Tlaxacala-Mexico, Palacip de la Cultural in Mexico
o Global Focus: Women in Art and Culture, The China World Trade Center, Beijing
o Arts in Embassy Program (AIEP), U.S. Department of Art, Washington D.C
o Triennial Sofia ’96: International Exhibition of Paintings, Sofia, Bulgaria
o “Who Am I: The Journey of the Artist,” Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
o “African Influence/Contemporary Artists”, The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

o “NAWA Group Exhibition,” Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey
o “Expanding Visions,” Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, FL
o “To Your Health!”, Euphrat Museum in Cupertino, California
o Nexus: Science + Art, Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other happenings at the Boca Raton Museum of Art:

BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

(561) 392-2500  x222     bocamuseum.org 

https://www.facebook.com/bocamuseum

https://www.instagram.com/bocamuseum

https://twitter.com/bocamuseum

 

 

 

 

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

Be Philanthropic, Have Fun, And Vote For Your Favorite At “ART WARS: A Fusion Of Art And Philanthropy” On Saturday February 17 At HATCH 1121 In Downtown Lake Worth. Admission Is Free

Emmanuel Gonzales, a renowned local artist in South Florida, curates “ART WARS:  A Fusion of Art and Philanthropy” on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at HATCH 1121 located in downtown Lake Worth, FL. The main highlight of ART WARS is an exhilarating live painting competition between 15 exceptionally gifted artists! There will be food, music, more art than you can imagine, and you can enjoy yourself while helping out the community by showing up!  This event is FREE to attend! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of artwork of Curator, Artist, Emmanuel Gonzales.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 17, 2024

6 – 10 pm

AT

HATCH 1121

1121 Lucerne Ave.  Lake Worth, FL 33460

 

 

 

 

 

 

F R E E             A D M I S S I O N

 

 

 

With a degree in Fine Arts from Palm Beach Atlantic College, Emmanuel has made a strong impact on the art scene. His unique style combines collage, pencil, acrylic, stencils, and oils to create detailed and vibrant artwork that captures movement and energy. Emmanuel has organized live painting performances at prestigious venues like the W Hotel and Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach. You can explore Emmanuel’s art on his website, social media, galleries, showrooms, public spaces, and in the homes of celebrity patrons and art enthusiasts worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

Art by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

 

 

ART WARS is an extraordinary philanthropic event that seamlessly blends the worlds of art and altruism, providing immense support to the local art community. This event promises an unforgettable evening filled with delightful experiences, including scrumptious food from Curbside Gourmet and Twisted Smoke BBQ food trucks. The soundscape will be provided by “Brady Beats and the Token Girl” from West Palm Beach, Florida.

 

 

 

The Artistic Battle: Live Painting Competition

 

 

 

 

The main highlight of ART WARS is an exhilarating live painting competition.

Fifteen exceptionally gifted artists from South Florida will have four hours to create a masterpiece using their preferred materials.

 

 

 

The participating artists include:

 

 

 

 

 

Steph Stinchcomb
Hilary Mangel
Anastasia Sultzer
Melissa Mastrangelo-Diaz
Renata Rodrigues
Manzi Liu
Pablo Hernandez
Brent Bludworth
Sami Makela
Daniel Echeverry
Alejandro Enriquez
Ali Aliscio
Nicole Galluccio
Jose Gadi
Kevin Goff
Gregory Dirr
Emmanuel Gonzales

 

Vote for Your Favorite Creation

 

If you have any burning questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Emmanuel Gonzales:  emmanuelart@gmail.com

We’re here to help!

 

 

 

Emmanuel Gonzales is an artist in South Florida. Since graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic College in 2001 with a degree in Fine Arts, he has made a strong impact on the scene.  He combines collage, pencil, acrylic, stencils, and oils in his unique style. His artwork is detailed and vibrant, capturing movement and energy. He explores the past and present through realism and portraiture, focusing on American icons as fragments in a larger patchwork. Emmanuel is also known for live painting performances at notable venues, including the W Hotel and Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach. He organizes ART WARS, an event where artists compete head-to-head. Emmanuel’s art can be found on his website, social media, galleries, showrooms, public spaces, and in the homes of celebrity patrons and art enthusiasts worldwide.

 

 

For more information about this event and about Emmanuel Gonzales’ artwork:

 

 

Emmanuel Gonzales

Fine Artist-Illustrator

www.emmanuelART.com

www.facebook.com/Artbyemmanuel

www.instagram.com/artbyemmanuel

 

 

 

 

ABOUT OUR EVENT SPACE

HATCH 1121, an exhilarating exhibition space that has undergone a stunning transformation in the heart of Lake Worth’s vibrant Art’s Overlay District. Nestled at the epicenter where the FEC railroad tracks meet Lucerne Avenue, this newly renovated gem is operated by the esteemed LULA Lake Worth Arts. Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring mural adorning its walls, aptly named “the Great Wall of Artists.” Serving as a dynamic hub, HATCH 1121 unites the community through a tapestry of culture and the arts. This extraordinary venue owes its remarkable revival to a prestigious cultural facilities grant bestowed by the illustrious State of Florida’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Get ready to be blown away by HATCH 1121, where creativity knows no bounds!

 

 

 

 

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

 

Wellington Art Society Features Luxury Industry Designer Rose Gong Monier To Speak About “Ceramics, Easy Peasy!” At Meeting On Wednesday, February 14, 2024. The Public Is Welcome

The Wellington Art Society features Rose Gong Monier presenting “Ceramics, Easy Peasy!” for their Wednesday, February 14th Meeting at the Wellington Community Center. Having worked  with industry giants such as Ralph Lauren and Hendredon Furniture, Rose has a vast background to share. The event includes a meet and greet, member spotlight, brief meeting and Rose’s presentation. There is still time to visit the two municipal art exhibitions, “Joyful” (now until February 20, 2024, at the Wellington Village Hall) and “Thankful” (now until March 12, 2024, at the Wellington Community Center). The venues are walkable to each other!  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, February 14, 2024

 

5:30 pm

 

 

 

 

Wellington  Community  Center

 

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

 

 

 

For more WAS information contact: Heather Bergstrom, presidentofwas@gmail.com

 

 

PRESENTING: 

 

ROSE   GONG   MONIER

 

 

 

 

 

“Ceramics,  Easy  Peasy!”

 

 

 

 

Platter by Rose Gong Monier

 

 

 

 

 

There are artists who work in ceramics and artists who design products for living spaces, Rose Gong Monier fuses the two with a passion that is indisputable throughout her 25-year long career. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Rose has worked with furnishing giants like Ralph Lauren, Henredon, Karastan, Reed & Barton, and Waterford-Wedgewood; companies that represent lifestyle and luxury.

 

 

 

“Beauty in a Bowl” by Rose Gong Monier

 

Rose and her handpicked team of designers were directly responsible for the creation of the Polo Sport men’s fragrance bottle and packaging.  Using clay as her favorite medium, Rose’s work is focused on the creative process constructing a vision that is both expressive and distinctly unique. Rose will celebrate Valentines Day with a fun, thoughtful, and perhaps romantic project and demonstrate how ceramics can be “easy peasy!”

 

 

 

“Florentine Serpent Roared” by Rose Gong Monier

 

 

For more information on Rose Gong Monier, please follow the links below:

https://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org/rosegongmonier

http://www.rosegongmonier.com

https://www.instagram.com/rosegongmonier/

 

TWO Art Exhibitions:

 

 

“Joyful” and “Thankful”

 

 

 

Both exhibits are free and open to the public:

Weekdays  8  am to 5  pm

 

 

 “Joyful”

(now until February 20, 2024)

  Wellington Village Hall

2300 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL

 

&

“Thankful”

 

 (now until March 12, 2024)

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL

 

Most of the artwork in the exhibition is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. To arrange the purchase of artwork hanging in the exhibition, or for more information please email presidentofwas@gmail.com.

 

 

Featured Artists are:

 

Hartley Barnes

Emily Bergstrom

Betty Brodie

Lisa Campbell

Kimberly Clark

Ayesha DeLorenzo 

Kim DiGiacomo

Nancy Fried

Cynthia George

Jan Gmitter

Jay Harmon

Lou Ann La Bohn

Maureen May

Dinah Mirson

Susan Mosely 

Charles Moses

Susan Oakes

Lucille Pallante

Leslie Pfeiffer

Monica Postell

Marion Roberts

Lois Spatz

Karen Stern

Carl Stoveland

Cindy Taylor

Elaine Weber

 

 

 

 

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 www.wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

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

 

Martin Artisans Guild Open Studio Tour 2024 Kicks Off With Preview Exhibit At Elliott Museum On Thursday, February 15, 2024. Save The March 2 & 3 For The Open Studio Tour

The Martin Artisans Guild and The Elliott Museum invite you to the 8th annual Preview Exhibit for the Martin County Open Studio Tour on Thursday, February 15.  The Opening Reception, featuring the art of  37 artists will have live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The artists of the 2024 tour will be on hand to talk about their work and encourage you to visit their Open Studios from 10 am to 5 pm on March 2 and March 3!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This exhibit will be available from February 15 – end February 2024.

 

 

 

825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour   Preview   2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2024 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit.

 

 

Sculpture by Eduardo Gomez

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE STUDIO TOUR:

https://martinartisansguild.org/mcost-details

 

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Wearable Art by Glenda Skarie

 

 

 

As you walk through this wonderful museum’s galleries, enjoy the live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Storm on the Hammock” by Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Original Ceramics by Carolyn Walsh

 

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS

 

Alex Akerberg

LauraKay Whiticar-Darvill

Curt Whiticar

James J. DeMartis

Glen Allen

Suzan Allen

Barbara Bucci

Deborah Bottorff

Cynthia Cooper

Chris Kling

Ed Douglas

Patricia Reagan

Judi LeBlanc

Glenda Skarie

Raymond Reiland

Lanette Janelle-North

Dinija Berkien

Carolyn Walsh

Mallo Bisset

Dot Galfond

Tepa Charles

Abigale Stachowski

Patricia Pasbrig

Sue Klahne

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Maria Miele

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Martha Quigley

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Renee Keil

Eduardo Gomez

Kimberly Beltrame

Mark Stall

Mary Mirabito

Sally Browning Pearson

Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

 

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

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArtsFest 2024 Returns To Downtown Stuart Saturday, February 10 And Sunday, February 11 With Art, Craft, Family Activities, CHOPPED, Live Theater, A Poetry Slam And More

ArtsFest 2024 returns on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Memorial Park in Downtown Stuart. This Martin Arts event features a variety of visual artists, musicians, singers, CHOPPED Competition, live theatrical presentations  and a poetry slam.  Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults; students 18 and under free.  Volunteers are needed, so sign up and enjoy special perks! The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

MartinArts.org or call 772-287-6676

ArtsFest is traveling back to its traditional location: 

Memorial Park and along East Ocean Boulevard  

HOURS:  10 am – 5 pm  Both Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named one of the area’s Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society!

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this ever-evolving event!

 

 

 

“We always aim to surprise and delight guests who attend Artsfest, and this year will be no different,” said Nancy Turrell, CEO of MartinArts Foundation. “ArtsFest is truly an extension of the expansive arts community we have on the Treasure Coast, and we love this opportunity to highlight their accomplishments.”

 

 

FIND    A    TURTLE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beloved pre-ArtsFest scavenger hunt for glass turtles, made by Dot Galfond and included as a part of the Office of Tourism’s “Arts & Culture Trail” may get you a free entry or a VIP package

 

 

ArtsFest’s favorite CHOPPED takes place during the day on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch talented students and professional artists create outstanding chalk art that is a part of a grant from the State of Florida, Division of Arts & Culture to bring new art educational experiences to middle school students, which expands MartinArts programming into this vital age range. Schools and community groups will compete for awards for works that will being created on Saturday morning and judged on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Sunday will feature “Art Speaks,” in which a dozen-plus in-person competitors will be vying for the best-spoken word poetry award. Judges will be selected from the audience. Spoken word poet Stella B will organize the day’s activities and liven up the day. Registration is filled, but a wait list is being maintained.

 

 

What is a poetry slam?

 

 

Think of a slam as a live poetry competition. Like an open mic, people perform their work to an audience. However, in a slam, there is a competitive element – invited judges (usually people who are not used to seeing a slam) score readers on how well a poem is written and delivered, with the top scorers going through to the next round.  In this slam, there will be three rounds: the first round is open to all poets (12-15). However, in the second round, 8 people get through (the top 8 scorers as determined by the judges), and 4 through to the third and final round. Each read a new poem each round to determine who will be Slam Champion!

 

 

 

 

Volunteers are the only way ArtsFest happens each and every year. The team planning the event is driven by volunteers. During the weekend, more than 100 people serve in roles that would have salaries of tens of thousands of dollars. Simply put, ArtsFest wouldn’t happen without volunteers. Find out what jobs and time slots are available at ArtsFestStuart.org and sign up today.

 

 

 

 

MartinArts is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. MartinArts provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public while striving to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.

 

For more information: 

772-287-6676   or visit   www.martinarts.org.

 

MartinArts is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners as well as corporate and private contributions.

 

 

 

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Kianga Jinaki and Barbara Cheives Are Featured At “Quilting In Paradise” Vendor Boutique February 2 And 3rd At MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center Port St Lucie FL

The Port St. Lucie Crazy Quilters’ “Quilting in Paradise” will feature vendors, workshops, networking with other fabric lovers, judged quilts, a silent auction, and a quilt appraiser!  Two days of fabric fun on Friday, February 2 through Saturday, February 3, 2024 take place at the MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie, FL.  This biennial show features two fabric artists, Kianga Jinaki and Barbara Cheives, who will WOW YOU with their creations and a vast variety of fabrics, embellishments, and kits to purchase.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

SHOW HOURS:

Friday, February 2, 2024

Saturday, February 3,2024

HOURS    BOTH DAYS:  9 AM   –   4 PM  

 

 

Admission is $10 a day  or $15 for both days 

For more information: www.pslcrazyquilters.com

Or email quiltinginparadise@gmail.com

 

Mid-Florida Credit Union Event Center

9221 SE Event Center Place     Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

 

 

KIANGA    ART    and   AFRASIA

 

 

 

 

 

Two   Big   Days   of   Fabric   Fun!

Booths  6  and  7

Stop  by  and  see  us!

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki is a fiber artist who creates quilts, dolls and mixed-media works that honor Black life and culture. Her works have been been exhibited both nationally and internationally since 1991. Ms Jinaki is a 2022 recipient of the Artist Innovation Fellowship presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Florida. A teaching artist, Kianga has worked with The Norton Museum, Spady  museum, the African American Resource Library & Cultural Center, and  the Palm Beach & Broward County Library Systems providing artistic/cultural programs for the communities they serve. 

 

 

 

Close-Up of Quilt by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kianga holds a B. S. Degree in Community Mental Health from Morgan State University. A licensed massage therapist for 22 years and a yoga teacher for 11 years. She is the mother of 4 adult children, and has  been a resident of  South Florida for more than 30 years. One of her greatest joys as an artist is working with community members to tap into their own creative rhythm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki Offers a Wide Array of Merchandise

 

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki is a visual storyteller. Her multi-dimensional work reflects her life and African cultural traditions learned through travel and personal study. She creates her own textiles using African cloth by painting, stamping, dying, or sun printing. Over 50% of her work is done by hand.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt created by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

Kianga Jinaki’s multi-dimensional fabric art reflects her life and African cultural traditions she learned through travel and personal study. She tells The Rickie Report, “Textiles come with their own stories. I am adding my own voice. I speak with cloth”.

 

 

 

 

Quilting Cruise to Hawaii led by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Kianga’s  fabric creations, classes, or workshops:

kiangaart.com

https://www.instagram.com/kianga_art/

www.facebook.com/KiangaArt/

Email:  Info@kiangaart.com

(561) 503-9504

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm      Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm     Sunday: Closed

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow and Scarf by Barbara Cheives

 

 

 

Barbara Cheives is the President and CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting.  Converge specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion consulting, employee relations, community engagement and cultural competency training.  Barbara’s consulting expertise includes government entities; law enforcement and public safety; not for profit organizations; media; education; and corporations.

 

 

 

Crane Wall Hanging by Barbara Cheives

 

 

Barbara served as the first Executive Director of Toward A More Perfect Union in Palm Beach County, Florida – a non-profit initiative addressing the critical impact of race and ethnicity in a diverse community. She has planned and executed county wide community engagement and community dialogue projects with difficult to reach communities for the YWCA, Children’s Home Society and Community Partners of South Florida and statewide for the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

 

Pillows by Barbara Cheives

 

 

She serves on the board of The Lord’s Place (Palm Beach County’s premier agency serving the homeless) St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach; Sustainable Connexions in the United States and Ghana; and the Task Force for Police Accountability for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is Past President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter, and an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County, from the Class of 2002.

 

 

 

 

Handmade Notecards by Barbara Cheives

Barbara tells The Rickie Report, “Afrasia is a unique marriage of cultures preserving vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi blended with modern African fabric, trims, beads, and “found” items. Over the years I’ve developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan.  I also have a natural affinity for the African culture. By day, as a consultant I work to bridge the gap between cultures.  I continue that work through my art.  As a Fiber Artist, my one of a kind wearable and decorative art represents a harmonious blend of cultures and “Multi-Cultural Recycling.”

 

 

 

 

For more information about Barbara’s consulting, workshops, and art:

 

 

Barbara I. Cheives

Converge & Associates Consulting

1709 Florida Avenue #201    West Palm Beach, FL  33401

www.convergeandassociates.com

Office – 561.689.2428      Cell – 561-351-6864

www.convergeandassociates.com

 

 

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

Derek Gores Returns To Gallery 14 In Vero Beach With “More Than Meets The Eye” February 1-23. Special Opening Reception On Thursday, February 1st Is Followed By Second Reception On Friday, February 2nd During First Friday Gallery Stroll And February 16th Ekphrastic Poetry Event

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues its 16th season with an exhibit by Derek Gores which includes THREE receptions!  In his newest body of work for Gallery 14, Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism with an array of text based pieces!  The Special Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1st is sponsored by Anthony Romero of Dale Sorensen Real Estate and The Luxe Team.   A Second Reception takes place as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll on Friday, February 2nd. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy ‘Derek Gores Ekphrastic Poetry Event and Reception’ on Friday, February 16th in conjunction with the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

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

 

 

 

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

Also open by appointment           Closed Sunday and Monday  

 

 

 

DEREK    GORES

Returns  To   Gallery 14

 “More    Than    Meets    the   Eye”

Feb 1 – 23, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

Artist, Derek Gores

 

 

 

 

Special     Artist     Reception

Sponsored by Anthony Romero of Dale Sorensen Real Estate and The Luxe Team.

 

 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

5 – 8   pm

 

 

Gores’ detailed collages capture an escapist tranquility.

 

 

In his newest body of work for Gallery 14

 

 

Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism with an array of text based pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Zippy Good Fun” by Derek Gores

Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Stroll

 

 

Friday,  February 2,  2024

  5 – 8 pm  

 

 

 

 

 

This new work will feature icons that complement the figurative pieces.  

 

 

 

Gores explores, gathers elements and inspirations, and combines them to form a sort of zen narrative.

 

 

  The story is on the canvas for us to piece together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Air Supply” by Derek Gores

 

 

 

 

 

‘Derek Gores Ekphrastic Poetry Event and Reception’

Friday,  February 16,  2024

 

 

Individual poets will interpret Derek’s art work and will read their poems aloud as they stand side by side with the collages. 

 

  5:30  – 7:30 pm  

 

 

Poetry from Writers of the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation

 

 

Exhibit runs February 1 – 23, 2024

 

 

 

“Fierce Music Pink” by Derek Gores

 

 

 

Born in New York and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, the internationally acclaimed collage artist whose clients and collectors include Prada, The Kentucky Derby, National Football League, New England Journal of Medicine, Vienna Austria Tourism Board, Disney, Hotel Bel-Air Beverly Hills, Playboy, Lucasfilm and others.  Gores has extensive experience in partnerships with blue chip brands, properties, and events full of immersive art and experiences.

 

 

 

 

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  

Melanie Denison

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    

 

 

 

About Gallery 14:

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email: dnschindel@gmail.com

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zero Empty Spaces Features Lupe Lawrence And Sue Slick Carlson In New Exhibit “For The Love Of Boys And Dogs” Free Public Reception Is Saturday, January 20

Meet Featured artists Lupe Lawrence and Sue Slick Carlson on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Zero Empty Spaces, a collective of 22 artists at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens, FLThe space is open to the public every day from 12 – 5. Celebrate with wine, refreshments  and ART ! This exhibit, “For The Love of Boys and Dogs” is available NOW through February 6, 2024. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

Zero Empty Spaces

11300 Legacy Ave. Suite 140

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Show Reception

Saturday, January 20, 2024

4 – 7  PM

 

 

Hors d’Oeuvres, Refreshments –

and Beautiful Art for Sale 

Exhibit is available  Now through February 6, 2024

 

 

 

LUPE     LAWRENCE

 

 

“Hold My Hand” by Lupe Lawrence

 

Lupe Lawrence was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Palm Beach County when she was 5 years old.  Upon seeing a painting, ” Haywain” by John Constable in her aunts home, Lupe cried!  She was transformed by this artwork and decided then that she would be an artist, evoking the same emotions she felt at such a young age. She says, “I told my mother that I wanted to go to art school. Because we had just come from Cuba, we did not have the money to go, and she persuaded me to forget about my desire”. 

 

 

“Paradise Beach” by Lupe Lawrence

 

When Lupe entered high school, she took her first art class and felt as if she had come home. “I told my teacher that I wanted to pursue an art career and she told me that I did not have what it took to go to college. Deflated, I was persuaded not to follow my inspiration to become an artist. It would take a crisis in 1995 for me to remember my desire for art, and I began taking classes at Convenient School of the Arts headed by Robert Watler. Through his instruction and my perseverance, I began exhibiting professionally in 2002. I have since shown in England, South and North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Jersey and throughout Florida”.

 

 

 

 

SUE  SLICK  CARLSON

 

 

 

The Dog House includes lovable pups created by Sue Slick Carlson

 

 

For long-time Palm Beach County artist, Sue Carlson, the “dog house’ is her favorite place to be. It’s the name of her new art studio, where she captures the spirit and personality of man’s best friend on wood, cut to life size and painted front and back with acrylic.  Carlson has been making dog art for decades. Shortly after graduating from art school, she started Petraits, Ink. She created commissioned pen-and-ink dog portraits, several of which were featured in national publications and exhibited at the Palm Beach James Hunt Barker Gallery.

 

 

In 2008 her dog art business evolved into Art Van Go, Inc. Carlson, a former art teacher at several area private schools, taught fine art to children ages 4-18. She hosted after school programs, summer camps and parties at her studios in West Palm Beach and later Lake Park.  She tells The Rickie Report, “When the pandemic prevented group activities, I closed my studio and enjoyed being a student myself,” said Carlson, who took art classes online through the nationally-recognized Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Md. “I started experimenting with new painting techniques and materials.”

 

 

 

Dog portraits (Petraits) by Sue Slick Carlson

 

 

New artistic approaches – plus Carlson’s new orange-and-white English cocker spaniel named Pinkerton-inspired her latest line of pet art. In addition to wood cut-outs, Carlson creates expressive abstracts on canvas and offers art lessons to all ages.  Carlson’s Dog House Studio is part of the Zero Empty Spaces initiative that turns vacant spaces into affordable art studios. The enclave at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens houses more than 20 artists. Meet Carlson and the other artists at an open studio event every 2nd Saturday of the month.

 

For more information about Lupe Lawrence’s artwork:  arttimesbylupe.com

 

 

For more information about Sue Slick Carlson’s artwork:

https://www.facebook.com/sue.carlson.9277

 

 

 

About Zero Empty Spaces

Zero Empty Spaces is a rapidly growing affordable artist studio/vacancy management company that creates affordable artist studios in vacant spaces around the country where artists can create and collaborate at an affordable price. The concept expands the appreciation of all genres of art and helps to create a thriving cultural community in the cities surrounding each location. Current Florida locations include Hallandale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Myers, and St. Petersburg, with out-of-state locations in Natick Massachusetts and Richmond Virginia.

For more information visit www.zeroemptyspaces.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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