The Fluid Art Boutique (FAB) Is Coming To Delray Beach October 8, 9, 10, 2022. Renew, Refine And Revel In Paint Pour Techniques. All Levels Invited. Special Discount On Classes Through October 5th!

The Fluid Art Boutique (FABartists  Karen Durishin, Sarah Mack, Cathleen Ozmore, and Mina Villegas, joined forces to create, teach, and share their work by offering workshops, private lessons, and art for sale. Meet special guest artists Molly Leach,Erica Hughes, Michelle Galli and sign up for a series of workshops in Delray Beach, FL on October 8, 9, and 10, 2022. Make your reservations NOW!  All levels of experience are welcome! Special dinner options are open to participants.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Art lovers are welcome to shop! SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON CLASSES THROUGH OCTOBER 5TH!

















Old School Square/Cornell Art Museum

51 N. Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444




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Welcome to the Fluid Art Boutique!



Who    We    Are:



The Fluid Art Boutique (affectionately known as FAB) currently includes 4 artists: Karen Durishin, Sarah Mack, Cathleen Ozmore, and Mina Villegas, who have come together to create, teach, and share their work by offering workshops, private lessons, and art for sale. FAB also includes special guest artists on a rotating basis; and looks to offer workshops in numerous destinations across the country.  








Here    are    some    sneak    peeks    of    classes:




Karen Durishin – Deconstructed Blooms Abstract




Karen Durishin of Waterfall Acrylics, LLC from northern Virginia is a mixed-media artist working primarily with fluid acrylic paint and epoxy resin for the last six years. Karen is self-taught and has been dabbling with Mixed Mediums, in one form or another, since 2014, and became a full-time artist in 2019. Karen’s work has been shown in multiple art galleries in the Washington DC area, and she is the recipient of several awards from juried shows. Most recently, she was the substantive expert judge for the TV show “Meet Your Maker” now airing on Discovery+. Karen is well known for her use of color and has a keen eye for composition. To date she has sold over 1000 pieces of fluid art, and teaches regularly from her home in northern Virginia. Her work can be viewed on most social media platforms and her website under her business name Waterfall Acrylics. Karen is married and has a teenage daughter, a cat named Bella, and a puppy named Finnegan.



Sarah Mack – Galaxy Pour Landscape



Sarah Mack, New England native and mother of three, has a lifelong passion for art, she finds relaxation and joy in creating works that both challenge and delight. While experienced in many mediums her current passion is the Acrylic Based Fluid medium. With over 25 techniques used in the creation of Fluid Art the artist is constantly learning, evolving and adapting. It is that creative process that is recognized by those who admire her work, one such connoisseur had this to say about Sarah’s work, “The abstract nature of the work challenges you to look at areas within areas of the painting, you get lost in the inner-ness, enthralled in its beauty.” Sarah was a principal artist at the Fluid Art Experience workshop in 2021; and at the Fluid Art Boutique in 2022. You can find her work hanging in Boston restaurants and she has been showcased at Art On The Mall in Newburyport for multiple years. Sarah embraces that each piece she creates is unique,” No two pours will ever be the same, there is a lack of control in the art-form that draws me in, the craft of constructing the pour, the prep of the surface, the creation of layers of color, manipulation of light and dark, contrast and shadow are all subject to the randomness of the pour and the elemental process of the work.”



Cathleen Ozmore – Advanced Swiping




Cathleen Ozmore says, ” From my early days as a potter in Upstate New York to today, creativity has always played a pivotal role in my personal and business pursuits. After a successful 30 year career in both Landscape Design and Interior Decorating, I began my journey into the fluid arts as a way of releasing my creative juices. Having studied many contemporary artists, I started developing my own style of “less is more” using a combination of existing and personally developed techniques. From “The No Bra Zone” (a euphemism for the free flow of design, color, and shape), I began teaching and sharing my techniques with those that desire to similarly release their own creative spirit. I am so honored to share in your journey”.




Mina Villegas – Splendid Split Cups




Mina Villegas is a paint pouring artist based in Southern California. She and her Husband of Awesomeness (HoA) create beautiful paint pouring tutorial videos for her YouTube channel, Mina Villegas Art.  Mina started her professional career as a Doctor of Chiropractic, then married and became a full-time Mom to two beautiful daughters. When the kids were both in school, she started working with succulents and fell head over heels in love with the colors and shapes and textures. She then started her own landscape design firm which created gorgeous Succulent Tapestry landscapes for residential and commercial business properties. Her use of color in plants and rocks and weaving them together was a launching pad for her art journey. Choosing the right colors and creating pleasing composition has always been one of her strong suits. She began paint pouring in October of 2018 and has been learning and teaching ever since. She has participated in Art Shows around Los Angeles and taught many students the basics and more advanced techniques of acrylic paint pouring. Her easy going attitude and sense of adventure and experimentation create some gorgeous artwork and a welcoming learning experience for students of all levels. Her classes discuss color theory, consistency for different techniques, working on big canvases, tips and tricks of the professionals, using negative space, and creating beautiful composition in your artwork. Mina and her Husband of Awesomeness live in California with their two teenage daughters, their cat Ming Ming, and their puppy Baxter.





Molly Leach – Balloon Smash and Dip Technique





Molly Leach is an internationally-known abstract fluid artist. Molly has grown up in coastal cities and draws her inspiration largely from the ocean. She now works primarily with acrylics and some mixed media. She has enjoyed teaching the abstract fluid art form since 2018 and currently is co-author of teaching the abstract fluid art form since 2018 and currently is co-author of the online course, Acrylic Pouring A to Z. She resides in South Florida and is looking forward to bringing her passion for art to the rest of the world. Her hope is to inspire others to feel the emotion and movement in her artwork. She uses bright, contrasting colors and creates unique compositions to interest the audience. Molly uses thinned water-based and acrylic paints and mediums to create chemical reactions to create her beautiful artwork. Molly has participated in multiple juried Fine Art shows and enjoys creating commissioned artwork. Molly is well known on social media as Molly’s Artistry, LLC.





Erica Hughes – Dutch Bloom Blow Out And Spin


Erica Hughes is an internationally-known abstract fluid artist from Chicago IL. Although a native of Chicago, Erica has resided in Dublin, Ireland with her two wonderful children (Tommy and Layla) and husband Tom for almost ten years. Erica has always had a very deep connection with the healing power of expression through creative art in all of its beautiful forms, from playing music, cake design and decoration, to her wonderfully unique mixed media/fluid art. She has a particularly keen eye for color palettes and composition, paired with a very expressive freestyle approach, which has been described as “a joy to watch”. Erica started her YouTube channel “Erica Hughes Art” (150k subscribers) for the sole purpose of sharing and (hopefully) connecting with others. “Fluid art has been such a big positive in my life. Like a door to another place, it offers an escape through barriers that previously seemed impossible. So if I can help even just one person unlock that door… I’m where I want to be.”





Michelle Galli – Pearl Pours





Michelle Galli is a full time resident of Dania Beach, Florida and a Canadian citizen. Growing up in Canada fostered a dream to move south someday. A career as a flight attendant helped her realize that dream to make the move to paradise.  Working as a massage therapist and flight attendant for 20 years each consecutively qualifies her for a book deal for certain! Her passion for art and creativity is matched only by her sense of humor and zest for life!  “If you’re doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!” Her positive energy and experimental style is shared for all to experience through her YouTube channel, Grateful Creations. She feels that to be inspired and to inspire is very satisfying.  Acrylic pouring has become one of her passions.  She’s always trying new things and doesn’t limit herself creatively. She especially loves pearl pours.  Other techniques, such as straight pours, blooms, swipes, cloud pours and resin art are also in Michelle’s repertoire and she is constantly expanding it. Michelle’s work has been featured at several art festivals, the Fort Lauderdale airport and Dania Beach City Hall.



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Palm City Art Associates Announces Demonstrations, Art Events, And New Board Of Directors. First Meeting Is October 12 Featuring Kim Rody

The Palm City Art Associates (PCAA) invite the public to their events and workshops beginning on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 with a demo by Kim Rody. Future events include a Paint & Sip Scholarship Fundraiser, a pastel workshop, and many more opportunities to hone your artistic skills in a welcoming environment with Jane Lawton Baldridge, Chris Kling, Sally Pearson, Martha Quigley, and Alice Laputka.  If you’re looking for an artist networking group, we urge you to connect with PCAA!  They bring brightness, creativity, and artistry to Palm City and Martin County!  PCAA provides scholarships to deserving Martin County High School seniors who are pursuing an art education. The Rickie Report shares the dates, details, and introduces the Members of the Board plus Scholarship winners! 






2022 – 2023  Schedule   of   Events:


All meetings are held at 1:00 at the Peter and Julie Cummings Library 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City except the November 23rd meeting which will be held at the Blake Library 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.



October 12, 2022: Kim Rody – Giglee

November 23, 2022: Jane Baldridge – Poured Painting

January 4, 2023: Martha Quigley – Oil

February 8, 2023: Chris Kling – Oil

March 8, 2023: Alice Laputka – Pastel

April 12, 2023: Sally Pearson – Watercolor



 Upcoming     Art     Workshops

At The Village Club & Preserve

2261 SW Racquet Club Drive, Palm City



Paint & Sip on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  You will paint along with an instructor and bring home a beautiful painting.  $40.00 includes all materials and the Sip.  This event will benefit PCAA and the Scholarship Fund.

Art Workshop to be held on January 25, 2023 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM will be learning how to paint in pastel and create a beautiful landscape.  You will learn by a step by step process on how to mix pigment on paper to create depth and distance. Come try something new an learn how to paint in this exciting medium.  All materials will be provided. Cost $45.00.  Nancy Mich an experienced instructor, member of PCAA with many accolades will teach the classes.

Please contact Laura Tiano to sign up or with questions at:



New     Members    Welcome!


PCAA is an active, interesting & diverse group of friendly, talented artists who share a love of art. Members work in a myriad of mediums including oil, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, stained glass, wood, sculpture, metal & mixed media.  With 3 on-going venues to display & sell work, and a big annual art show in February, there are lots of opportunities to express ourselves, share ideas and support and inspire one another. We work to grow our skills and there’s no better way to do that than collaborate with like-minded artists, which is why we’re always open & welcoming to new artists to join us.

Please come observe a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month Oct. thru May at 1pm at The Peter and Julie Cummings Library in Palm City , and see a fun demo, perhaps learn a new skill, and get inspired by the creativity and inspiration of our members.  Once you observe a meeting, we are confident you will want to join our membership. Member dues enable us to 1) provide & pay knowledgeable artists to demo at meetings (this alone is worth every penny)! 2) pay our rent at the library; 3) cover the cost of our insurance; 4) cover the costs of our website provider; and 5) provide 3 annual scholarships to local high school students. Your dues make it possible for you to participate in all our activities, annual art show, and on-going exhibitions as well.



Meet   Our   Officers   for   2022-2023




At its May 11th meeting PCAA members unanimously elected the following officers:

Back Row:   Nancy Mich, Vice-President, Dana Meyer, Trustee, Judi LeBlanc, Secretary, Diane Raymond,  Past President

Front Row:  Lois Brusko, Treasurer, Laura Tiano, President, Donna Jutila, Trustee











PCAA proudly announces this year’s talented high school scholarship recipients from Martin County. Our best wishes to these three extraordinary young women as they continue their artistic journey making a positive difference in our world.

Juliana Vollone, a Senior at Clark Advanced Learning Center.  Juliana will be attending Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale with a major in Art & Design and a concentration in Graphic Design.


Madisyn Boudreau, a Senior at Jensen Beach High School.  Madisyn will be attending the University of Central Florida with a major in Entertainment Management and minor in Studio Art.


Miyah Lebofsky, a Senior at Martin County High School was awarded The Jane “Ejan” Blatt Memorial Scholarship.  Miyah will be attending Florida State University with majors in Art and Psychology.


(Left to Right)





Palm City Art Associates, Inc. is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization of over 80 artists coming together, sharing ideas and giving back to the community through scholarships for local students.  Their mission states: “Dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creative arts among our members and in our communities.”





If you are interested in becoming involved with PCAA or getting more information, please visit:


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Jurors Are Announced As October 2, 2022 Deadline To Apply To Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest Nears

Endangered Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest is a global, juried, on-line contest that focuses on the artists’ interpretation of what “endangered” means. Cash prizes total over $7,000 and includes an Adult Category and Young Artist Category.  The deadline to enter is Sunday, October 2, 2022. Young Artists ENTER FREE thanks to the generosity of Shechter & Associates. The Rickie Report shares the details and introduces the esteemed jurors. Sales from this contest benefits the Center for Great Apes.





A global, juried, online contest to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

  • Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitatsCash Prizes totaling $7,450; ENDANGERED Online! exhibition Benefits the Center for Great Apes







Art4Apes ensures that your art will be viewed by an expert panel with a commitment to endangered species and their habitats.  Each year we have three or four inspirational judges:  a photographer, an art expert and a conservationist/animal rights supporter. 



Judges are asked to score each entry in terms of the following criteria:

1. Creativity

2. Success in reflecting the theme of “ENDANGERED”

3. Artistic skill/Photographic quality/Technique



Each judge votes on all categories and the scores are summed to decide the winners.

This year we are honored and grateful to have a particularly exciting and appropriate panel to view your work.   We are proud to announce the international jury panel for the 10th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2022 – Bruce Helander, Ron Magill, Frans B. M. de Waal, and Philip Wollen. They’re looking forward to reviewing all the entries.












Art4Apes welcomes back Bruce Helander to the jury panel. Bruce is an art critic, arts writer, curator, and artist whose specialty is collage and assemblage. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a former White House fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and has won the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for professional achievement in the visual arts. He is one of two 2014 inductees to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Florida’s most prestigious arts and culture honor (the other is musician Tom Petty).

Website: Bruce Helander







Thanks to Ron Magill for joining our panel once again. Ron has worked with wildlife for over 40 years. He is the host of HITN’s national wildlife documentary program, Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill. As Zoo Miami’s “Goodwill Ambassador,” he has made frequent television appearances on many programs, including National Geographic Explorer, the Discovery Networks, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Late Show, CBS This Morning, Dateline, and CNN. In addition, as a wildlife photographer and Nikon ambassador, he has written and produced many wildlife articles and award-winning photographs that have appeared in publications and galleries around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Tropical America while developing and directing conservation projects and Emmy-Award-winning documentaries focusing on the wildlife of those regions. Ron’s proudest professional accomplishment is the establishment of the “Ron Magill Conservation Endowment” at the Zoo Miami Foundation.

Website: Ron Magill









We are delighted to welcome Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal, a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known worldwide for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. Dr de Waal is the Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Primate Behavior in the Department of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory, and author of numerous books. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982), compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Ever since, de Waal has drawn parallels between primate and human behavior, from peacemaking and morality to culture. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Facebook: Frans de Waal










Grateful thanks to Philip Wollen for joining our panel. Philip is an Australian philanthropist, environmentalist, and animal rights activist. He is a former Vice-President of Citibank and was also General Manager at Citicorp.

During his travels, by age 40, he’d witnessed cruelty so egregious he decided to do all he could to alleviate suffering, give away everything he owned with warm hands, and die broke. Today, he is a “Venture Capitalist for Good Causes,” supporting some 500 mission-critical projects in 40+ countries that protect children, animals, and the environment.

He awards the annual Kindness Gold Medal & $20,000 Cash Prize to people who have devoted their lives to the service of others. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough (UK), Dr. Professor T. Colin Campbell (USA), Dr. Ian Gawler OAM (Australia), and Dr. Jane Goodall DBE (United Kingdom). He has received many awards, including The Order of Australia Medal in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Facebook: Philip Wollen





Thank you to Juried Art Services~


Art4Apes sincerely thanks Paul Fisher and Mary Strope of Juried Art Services for their exceptional help and support in administering the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.  We could not run this contest without you.  



Adult contest ENTER NOW!




Click to read ADULT contest Rules




Young Artist contest  ENTER HERE  FREE!



Click to read YOUNG ARTIST Rules










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Susan S. Buzzi Examines Relationship Violence In Groundbreaking “This Is How I Feel” Exhibit At Sunrise Civic Center Theatre & Gallery As Part Of Individual Artist Grant through the Broward County Cultural Division

Susan S. Buzzi has received an Individual Artist Grant through the Broward County Cultural Division for her photo documentary , “This is How I Feel”.  A former law enforcement officer, certified coach practitioner and educator, Susan explores the necessary and difficult domestic violence and abuse issues in ALL relationships.  The exhibit opens on September 16 and runs thru October 22, 2022.  The Public is invited to the Opening Reception and short lecture on Sunday, September 18, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some of Susan’s insightful artwork and resources. PLEASE NOTE:  Images are suitable for the general public and are accompanied by informative texts.






Sunrise Civic Center Theatre & Gallery

10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.   Sunrise, FL  33351








Sunday, September 18, 2022    3 pm

Exhibit runs September 16 – October 22, 2022

For more information and hours:  954.747.4646  





“This is How I Feel” focuses on issues of sexual abuse and assault as well as domestic violence.  Along with the widespread impact of the Covid-19 crises, statistics have alarmingly increased and the dialogue has become critical. 





Susan Buzzi tells The Rickie Report, “My main objective with this photo documentary is of course, to bring awareness, given my careers in law enforcement, education, counseling and longtime advocacy; however, to deliver the message visually and promote it through the arts – this is the challenge and my distinct honor.  And, every so often, I have the extraordinary opportunity to bring the voices to the surface for everyone to hear.  I’ve provided the facts – the alarming statistics (which are underrepresented due to not originating as domestic-related calls and those that are simply not reported at all) – and I’ve also outlined the warning signs, scenarios, and life-saving contacts. Indeed, I am grateful to the Broward Cultural Division for their support of this project and to the Sunrise Civic Center Gallery for hosting the exhibition”. 







As an arts educator and coach practitioner working with victims of crime, Susan often uses expressive therapies to overcome adversity and to build confidence and trust.  “For this exhibit, I chose the traditional photography format at the onset of my shoots; developed the film by hand in the darkroom; and later often combined digital manipulation in order to distort identities and locations.  With these techniques, I am able to preserve the basic photographic process of capturing specific moments prior to the shutter trip and then create new layers to enhance and extend the imagery.”



“Trapped” by Susan S. Buzzi



The actual process of healing through art while addressing the metaphors for the unspeakable and raising awareness, has also become a valuable vehicle and extraordinary opportunity for recovery and social change.  This presentation is dedicated to ALL victims, survivors and their families.  Susan shares, ” Each of these individuals have overcome great suffering, pain, darkness, and disappointment….and now have transitioned to healthier and safer places.  I want to remind them that you are stronger than you know!  I am most grateful to the Broward Cultural Division for support of this important project and to the Sunrise City Center Gallery for welcoming this exhibit. By doing so, you contribute to the social consciousness of our communities.”




These are uncomfortable, yet necessary conversations taking place across the country.  We ALL must learn the warning signs to be observant and vigilant. 







Domestic Violence is commonly perpetrated by men against women; however, females have also been known to exhibit violent behavior against their male partners.  Approximately five percent of males are killed by their intimate partners.  Each year, approximately 500,000 women are physically assaulted or raped by an intimate partner compared to 100,000 men. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, statistics show 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and 1 in 4 men (28.5%) will experience rape, physical violence or stalking in their lifetime.




Rape is primarily perpetrated by men, while women engage in other forms of violence against men. 26% of gay men and 37.3% of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, in comparison to 29% of heterosexual men. When considering male same sex relationships, studies show approximately 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence.




“Second Thoughts” by Susan S. Buzzi



Domestic violence and abuse affects our children, teens, elders, both males and females, and our LGBTQIA+ communities.  When counseling victims of crime, assault, stalking and survivors of abuse, I incorporate expressive therapies which often include reflective writing and art programming.  These methods, when combined with traditional treatment, have become invaluable for rehabilitation; they provide a comfortable approach as they relieve anxiety, depression and stress; rebuilds confidence and self-image; calms fears; and encourages the expression of feelings.




Susan sees herself as a social barometer with the goal to achieve “a consciousness” for the viewer. She says, “I think of art as a powerful tool with the potential to heal, protect, inspire, motivate, reveal, and impassion us all. Opening the imagination and encouraging it to soar creates avenues for participation; and surely, strengthening participation leads to commitment in everything we do”.








LGBTQIA+ individuals are found to be far more vulnerable and at risk to domestic violence and abuse than those engaged in heterosexual relationships. Reasons often include lack of reporting incidents and skewed statistics; fear of retaliation from their partner; judgement; and embarrassment in the community. Most recent statistics show that 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime; as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women.  (Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2020)



“As an artist and educator, I feel it is my responsibility to create meaningful dialogue in what I do, and always to provide integrity and authenticity. The opportunity to strive to preserve our humanity, conquer adversity, and foster an appreciation and understanding for, and through the arts, is my privilege”.  Buzzi will also be presenting work to the Broward Commission in October and accepting a Proclamation for National Domestic Violence Month as a member of the Broward Commission on the Status of Women.


Additional services, including alternative medicine and holistic approaches/treatments, need to be made more available for everyone – without stigma or shame –  to ensure safe transitions and referrals for shelter and medical and legal services.  It must be a unified approach: combining education, wellness and healthcare, the law and social services, and most importantly, our communities that will begin the process of healing ….



In September of 2021, Congress passed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act which launched this past July in Broward County.  “988” is now available to those in crisis or experiencing emotional distress for intervention and assistance. 







For more information about this exhibit contact Sunrise Center Theatre Box Office   954.747.4646




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Set Your Cultural GPS For Wellington As Art Events Offer Multiple Opportunities To Meet The Artists And Enjoy A Pop-Up Event At The Mall

Set your cultural GPS for three events sponsored by the Wellington Art Society (WAS)!   Saturday, September 16 – 18 celebrate the “Fall for Art” Pop-Up Gallery at The District @ The Mall at Wellington Green with an Opening Reception (Saturday, September 18).  Enjoy free demos and meet the artists!  A new art exhibit “Effects”is open now through November 29, 2022 at the Wellington Community Center. The art exhibit “Elegant” is at Wellington City Hall open now through November 15, 2022.  A joint Public Reception will be held on Tuesday, October 4 will be held so art lovers can enjoy both!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!







S E P T E M B E R    16  –  18 ,  2022




Saturday, September 17th   5  –  8  pm



Hours:  Friday & Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday,  11 am–3 pm




Art lovers are invited to meet and mingle with the featured artists, enjoy artists demonstrations, and attend the Fall for Art Reception and Awards ceremony!  Proceeds will benefit the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship and Outreach Programs.



The District @ The Mall at Wellington Green is located inside The Mall at Wellington Green



10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 175,     Wellington, FL


For more information, visit, or contact Leslie Pfeiffer at (561) 632-3677 or










About The Mall at Wellington Green:

The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, FL is a 1.2 million square foot, two-level regional shopping destination, and it features over 160 stores. Retail and restaurant favorites include Macy’s, Dillard’s, Apple, Brighton, Chico’s, Forever 21, H&M, Helzberg Diamonds, Zales, Tommy Bahama, City Furniture, Lemongrass, Cask + Shaker, Ford’s Garage, The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, and more. For more information, visit




Wellington   Art   Society

Announces    New   Exhibition    “Effects”  







The public is invited to experience “Effects” at the Wellington Community Center located at 12150 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington. The exhibition will be open weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from August 16 to November 29, 2022. This exhibition is running concurrently with WAS’s “Elegant” exhibition at Wellington City Hall open now through November 15th. 




Opening   reception   celebrating   both   exhibitions



Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

5  –  7  pm.

Two venues – one great night!



Meet the artists and vote for your favorite artwork. There will be door prizes and refreshments to enjoy. Boutique items by WAS members will be available for purchase during the reception. 




All 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, please email 

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 41st year. It is open to visual artists of all mediums and art enthusiasts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries and venues, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit or email 





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Wellington Art Society Kicks Off New Art Season With Its September 14th Meeting Featuring Heather Bergstrom And Tips To Turn Your Passion Into A Career

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) is thrilled to begin its 42nd year with their first event of the season on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The meeting takes place at the Wellington Community Center with a meet and greet followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. The event will conclude with a presentation by local artist Heather Bergstrom on “How to Turn Your Passion into A Side Hustle or Career”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Heather’s artwork.





Public Is Invited To



Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday, September 14 , 2022



5:30 pm


Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL









All events open to members and non-members


For more information contact: Laura Jaffe,


 COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 





Heather Bergstrom has spent a lifetime pursuing her passion and skill as an artist. Her favorite mediums are graphite, charcoal and acrylic paint. She loves to tell stories with her art, painting poignant scenes which translate into universal feelings of contentment, nostalgia, or joie de vivre. 





Heather Bergstrom with Macro Flowers




Heather is originally from New Haven, Connecticut where she worked in the public school system. Several years ago, she and her family moved to Florida where she got a job at a local private school. Throughout her career, she never lost her enthusiasm for art. When she wasn’t working, she was creating. In fact, during her lunchbreaks she was often found drawing in the teachers’ lounge. As more and more people started asking to buy her art, it dawned on her that this might be a nice way to make a little extra cash. In her free time, she began slowly building a portfolio of works, a website and a social media presence. 



“Life Lesson” by Heather Bergstrom



Then the global pandemic forced schools to shut down, leaving many people, including Heather, without a job. Though this was a difficult time, Heather saw it as an opportunity to grow her art side hustle into a full-time career: A dream that she previously thought would have to wait until retirement.





“Bonnie Bluebird” by Heather Bergstrom




Around this time, Heather met master artist, Laurie Snow Hein, through the Wellington Art Society. Laurie appreciated Heather’s passion and business sense and hired her practically on the spot as her assistant. Heather says, “meeting Laurie was providential. I have learned so much from her experience as a professional artist and have applied that knowledge to my own art business.” Now Heather enjoys sharing her art marketing expertise with other creatives.





“Joy Comes With The Morning” by Heather Bergstrom




Heather Bergstrom is an active Board member of the Wellington Art Society and serves on the Marketing Team. In 2020, she received the People’s Choice Award at the South Florida Fair and in 2021 she received the People’s Choice Award for the “Wonders of Art” Exhibition at Wellington Community Center. To learn more about her, please visit her website at and follow her on social media @HeatherBergstromArt.






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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Only One Week Until ArtFest Fort Myers Deadline . Art Lovers Save February 4 & 5, 2023 For This Art Happening

Where can artists find over 80,000 people looking for artwork over two days?  ArtFest Fort Myers offers 200+ artists a great layout, experienced staff, and artist amenities like no other! February 4 & 5, 2023 offers art lovers a free, non-gated event in Southwest Florida.  The DEADLINE for artists to apply is September 9, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  We urge art lovers to mark their calendars for this spectacular art event on February 4 & 5, 2023. 








February   4   &   5,   2023



Edwards   Drive,   Downtown   Fort   Myers

Ft. Myers’ housing market has increased 191%


New home owners = new environments



More people are looking for artwork than ever!



200+   Artists



Deadline   to   apply:   September 9, 2022



Click  HERE  To Apply NOW:




For more information visit:





Artist perks include:


· Two-day, FREE to the public, community event, with 80,000 attendees

· Year-round professional staff, with 23+ years of consistent management

· New and cutting-edge art is equally at home with more traditional work

· Loyal base of dedicated art buyers/VIP members who are focused on YOUR work

· Attracting young professional families with free fun art related activities for kids of all ages

· Oversized booth spaces and convenient Friday set up with drive-up access

· Discounted hotel rates, indoor bathrooms and reserved artist parking







If you are new to the idea of selling at outdoor art festivals please contact us for any support you may need – we can help. Our staff is available to talk about any details you seek and to take a peek at your images in advance and provide feedback on “jury strength” at least in our opinion based on 20+ years of watching juries. We love talking with artists and are happy to share our insights to support artists’ success.




Fort Myers is the largest metro area in Southwest Florida; molded by corporate headquarters, booming residential & commercial markets and a Visitor & Convention Bureau dedicated to rebuilding our record-breaking tourism. Your target audience of upscale and savvy art patrons grows every day! Our dedicated community of art lovers and collectors wait all year to enjoy and purchase the incredible works of fabulous professional artists from across the country.









Artists are selected in a blind jury based upon quality of workmanship, originality and artistic conception. All work must be done solely by the exhibiting artists. ArtFest Fort Myers strives to create a well-balanced show that represents diverse styles and techniques in the following categories: Ceramics, Digital, Drawing/Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media 2-D, Mixed Media 3-D, Painting – oil/acrylic, Painting – watercolor, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wearable and Wood.




ArtFest Fort Myers is a true community event that entices people to buy art. The festival includes the largest high school art exhibit and competition in Southwest Florida; a high school sidewalk chalk competition; a children’s Art Yard with interactive art projects and a Youth Stage featuring regional performing arts organizations. Our upscale dining areas with shaded table seating provide ample food/beverage options.







Apply from now – September 9, 2022 at

• Visit our website at for more information




Annie Crouch, Community Engagement Manager,

ArtFest Fort Myers

1375 Jackson Street, Suite 401    Fort Myers, FL 33901





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Martin Artisans Guild’s Flurry Of Events Include Opening Reception September 7 At Palm Room And Unveiling Of “Chances For Art”, Opening Event At Elliott Museum September 22 And Meet The Artists On October 5

The Martin Artisans Guild has a packed schedule including the Opening Reception of “Fall Into Art” Exhibit on Wednesday, September 7 at the Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique in Stuart.  A Special Exhibit will be unveiled at the Elliott Museum on Thursday, September 22 and a Meet the Artists will take place at the Palm Room on Wednesday, October 5.  All events are open to the public.  Don’t miss “Chances for Art” raffle raises funds for artists needing Open Studio Tour scholarships which kicks off on September 7.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  





Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique



Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm



 3746 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL

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











Original Artwork by Charlie Coté








“Colored Palms” by Mark Stall






Barb Bucci

Charlie Coté

Glen Allen

Kim Beltrame

Mallo Bisset

Marian Vitale

Mark Stall

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Sue Klahne

Jane Lawton Baldridge












“Compression Gliding” by Michaelann Bellerjeau

Thursday, September 22, 2022

5:30  to  7:30 PM

Exhibit Runs Thru   Sunday, November 13



Elliott Museum

825 N.E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL


 772-225-1961 ●

Hours: Daily 10 am – 5 pm; Closed Major Holidays






Chances for Art will be unveiled Wednesday, September 7th at the opening for “Fall Into Art” at the Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique.



The “Chances for Art” raffle raises funds for artists needing Open Studio Tour scholarships.  




Raffle tickets for a $20 donation each, each ticket purchased can be designated for a specific donated item.  Tickets will be available on our website and in the Gallery between September 6 and October 28, 2022.


All donated works will be shown on our website and in the Gallery.


There will be a drawing for the winners of each donated work on October 28, and winners will be announced on our website.  







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

The Martin Artisans Guild


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.


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

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South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild Announces September 17, 2022 Newbie Workshop To Explore This Eclectic Medium

The South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG) has been in existence since 2006.  The members, with various backgrounds, promote polymer clay as an art form by sharing their individual knowledge and ideas of polymer clay with others.  You are invited to a free “Newbie Workshop” on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Members will share their expertise to educate those who might be interested in working with polymer clay but know little about it. The Rickie Report shares the details about the free workshop and shares some photos of previous projects by members.  SEATS are LIMITED To 6 PEOPLE!  RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!














Saturday, September 17, 2022




10 am – 3 pm




Popular Polymer Clay Projects by SEFPCG Members



Kings Point Art Room**

7000 W Atlantic Ave.    Delray Beach Florida

















 A Polymer Clay and Beginner Tool Kit will be provided for Newbie Workshop Project


Learn basic Polymer Clay skills including conditioning clay, skinner blends and & other techniques using polymer clay.



All materials will be provide by guild.

Bring a container to bring your project home.




Deadline to reserve your Newbie Worksheet seat is September 16, 2022




RSVP contact phone, text and email to:

Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343




Each month, SEPFCG offers a forum for guild members to share their experiences with each other on the last Sunday of each month year round in the Kings Point Golf and Country Club Delray Main Clubhouse Art Room.  AS this is a gated community an RSVP is recommended.  Some of our projects include jewelry, home decor items/photo frames, garden decor/windchimes, seasonal decor/figurines and more!  Two or three times a year, our guild engages professional polymer clay artists from all over the world to teach at each one of our Sunday workshops.  We’ve had the privilege of hosting polymer artists Anna Shaw, Christi Friesen and Suzanne Ivester.  Each came to our guild and taught at a thrilling, educational Sunday workshop.  Our Membership dues are $36 a year, and you may attend one workshop for free before joining. SEFPCG is focused on bringing the art of polymer clay to new people.








**Must have photo ID to enter gate to Kings Point

(At the gate, state that you are coming for the Polymer Clay Guild Meeting in the Art Room)










Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343





Kings Point, Delray Beach Club House Art Room 7000 West Atlantic Ave   Delray Beach, FL 33446    561-499-0464

Manned Main Entrance Gate 561-499-7751 Club House (website home page)

(Sorry, Kings Point does not allow children in the Club House.)

Driving Directions:

• From Rte 95:

  1. Take Rte 95 to the W ATLANTIC AVE EXIT (Rte 806) in Delray Beach.
  2. Go WEST 5 miles (toward the FL Turnpike).
  3. Continue WEST until you cross Jog/Power Line Rd.
  4. Go to next lights and turn LEFT into the main manned security gate of Kings Point, Delray Beach.
  5. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and that you are to park in the East EndCafé Parking Lot.
  6. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  7. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your auto license or an ID at the guard desk and to pick it up when you leave.
  8. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

• From FL Turnpike:

  1. Get off at the W ATLANTIC AVE (Rte 806) EXIT in Delray Beach and go EAST.
  2. Go about 2 miles EAST past Oriole Plaza on your left.
  3. Cross Cumberland Drive and turn right at the next lights into theKings Point Delray Beach AdultCondominium Main Security Gate on your RIGHT. (If you reach the Jog Rd lights you have gone too far by 1⁄2mile so make a U turn and go back to next lights and turn left into gate).
  4. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and will park in the East End CaféParking Lot.
  5. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  6. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your car license or an ID at the guard desk and pick it up when you leave.
  7. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

Entry to Kings Point Community and Club House Directions: To gain entrance to the main club house;

To Enter at the back Club House Guard Desk. A member, who is a Kings Point Resident, will be available to bring non-residents into the Art Room.







Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343







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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

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St Lucie Cultural Alliance Announces New Galleries And Headquarters Sneak Peek On Oct 21 And Grand Opening Nov 18 Plus Call For Art Instructors

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is moving…to bring more to the arts & cultural community! With new space, comes requests for classes, so applications are now open for art instructors.  Enjoy a ‘sneak-peek’ tour of The Vault – St Lucie Cultural Alliance New Galleries & Headquarters at the Friday, October 21, 2022 Art Walk.  Save the date for the Grand Opening on Friday, November 18, 2022!  The Rickie Report shares the details and only a brief peek of “The Vault” – you HAVE to stop by to see it!




111 Orange Ave. in Downtown Fort Pierce, FL

Lower     Level

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Galleries




Eyes will widen, and senses will brilliantly ignite among art enthusiasts who visit…






SNEAK  PEEK:   T  H  E        V  A  U  L  T



Friday, October 21, 2022



5  – 8   PM    during Art Walk







Photo Courtesy of SLCA




GRAND      OPENING:    T  H  E        V  A  U  L  T  






 5  – 8  PM       during Art Walk



Photo Courtesy of SLCA




Call for Instructors  –  Applications Now Open


Artist Members of the Alliance are encouraged to apply to teach classes. Artists of varying mediums are welcomed to apply! For more information, visit, or email:




Alyona Ushe tells The Rickie Report, ” We invite everyone to stop by and enjoy a ‘sneak-peek’ tour of The Vault, St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new gallery and headquarters, and take in the vibrant changes taking place to broaden offerings to our dynamic arts and cultural community of St. Lucie County’.



The new space is an eclectic mix of urban-trend and classic modern. On tap are plans for artists to exhibit their works, a studio for a rotating resident artist, and classrooms.  The enhanced, natural lighting and open floor plan will allow for new gathering space, additional galleries and for the public to observe and interact with the working artist as s/he creates.



Galleries full of juried Cultural Alliance Art Guild members work, boutique with artisan wearable art and jewelry, and dynamic space for an array of creative classes of all genres and disciplines are all in store.  Its main gallery space – The Vault – will serve as its new, enlivened setting for an array of juried, curated exhibitions that will introduce its visitors to an abundance of talent in the county.




Members of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance will be awarded additional benefits including opportunities to teach classes, apply for a quarterly residency, screen films, present intimate concerts, and attend networking and professional development workshops. Residents and visitors will benefit from a richer offering of exhibitions, intimate performances, classes and workshops in this eclectic addition to Downtown Fort Pierce.



Would you like to be a part of making St. Lucie County a cultural gem of the Treasure Coast? Become a member and join our growing cultural community! Visit to learn more about the exciting benefits of membership and all of its cool, upcoming events!



About the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

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

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

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

To learn more, visit, or call 772.462.2783



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