Susan S. Buzzi’s “The Kindness Project” Multigenerational And Multidisciplinary Exhibit Opens At Tamarac Community Center On Saturday, May 27

Susan S. Buzzi of Tamarac, FL received an Individual Artist Grant from The Broward County Cultural Division to present “The Kindness Project”.  She and Dr. Jeff Pickens held an  intergenerational and multi-disciplinary community workshop, resulting in an art exhibit opening at the Tamarac Community Center on Saturday, May 27, 2023. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.



“T h e      K i n d n e s s      P r o j e c t”








Opening   Reception:  

Saturday, May 27, 2023  

3:00 pm     Free admission





Tamarac   Community   Center

8601  W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL. 

For information please call (954) 597-3620









The goal of “The Kindness Project” is to promote wellness, mindfulness and empathy through art in Broward’s diverse communities 




Dr. Jeff Pickens, Commissioner Elvin Villalobos, District 3 of Tamarac, Susan S. Buzzi



Susan S. Buzzi tells The Rickie Report, ” My initial thoughts for this grant proposal first emerged, I suppose, sometime late in 2021 while I was completing an article for publication for the COVID Chronicles and also beginning a photo documentary “Looking Back – Moving Forward”. Ironically, amidst the health crisis and chaos, came focus and strength for me as I navigated the anxiety, economic challenges, sadness and media-driven hysteria we all faced”.







Buzzi goes on to explain, “The unnatural isolation transformed itself into an unexpected camaraderie through zoom meetings and classes; hence, the birth of the “The Kindness Project”.  The article, my documentary and this programming concentrates entirely on the absolute need for compassion, empathy and kindness in our world today.  The concept is so simple; yet essential to survive and thrive”. 








The word clouds are comprised of responses from 4 age groups in the community when asked in an anonymous survey, “How do you describe kindness?”.  The results are interesting, similar in some cases, but above all, optimistic!




Word cloud by participants in workshop ages 16 – 20





As most now function in some form of normalcy post Pandemic, the impact, unfortunately, still lingers for some – both physically and psychologically.  Connecting with one another has become so important – for everyone … and it is certainly a pleasure for Buzzi to present this programming in her city of Tamarac and with her mentor Dr. Jeff Pickens during National Mental Health Awareness Month. 








The exhibition will feature between 50 – 55 pieces completed by participants in the community workshop, Buzzi’s students at Atlantis Academy and her own artworks. 






Buzzi tells The Rickie Report, “I am so very proud of my students’ efforts and am hopeful that we can all learn to inspire each other, be present and be kind”.  



The bottom line – kindness never goes out of style and we can always share a smile!




For information about this event please call (954) 597-3620.






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Delray Beach Development Authority (DDA)Announces Immersive Exhibit “The World Of Water” At Cornell Art Museum. Open Now Through Sunday, June 25, 2023. Admission Is Free

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announces a new immersive exhibition at the Cornell Art Museum.The World of WATER” features 20 South Florida artists with 40 pieces of artwork and explores an artistic interpretation of mankind’s connection to water, touching on the environment, conservation and sustainability. The Exhibit is OPEN NOW through Sunday, June 25, 2023 and admission is Free.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.













Cornell Art Museum

51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444




Free Admission

On view NOW –  Sunday, June 25, 2023



“Bent Pipe Obstruction”by KX2 (Dana Kleinman and Ruth Avra)





This special immersive exhibition was curated by the DDA’s Cultural Arts Director, Marusca Gatto, in collaboration with Debby Coles-Dobay of Art Moves PB.




“Red” by Alicja Kabat





M E E T      T H E       A R T I S T S:











Besides “The World of WATER,” the Cornell Art Museum showcases the Surfing Florida Exhibition (through June 25, 2023), which highlights all of Florida’s rich surfing history through rare archive photographs, historic surfboards and curated local artwork.







“Chesapeake Blue 2018” Hot blown glass and metal by Eli Cecil




A total of 40 pieces featuring textural elements in mixed media sculpture, installations, glass, digital and film photography, oil and watercolor paintings.








“Time for Reflection” by Andre Lopez Bermudez 

Sound Design by Fort Lauderdale’s Multidisciplinary artist Dave Rosenthal, founder of Desire Media Productions, invites guests to linger and hear the sound of water in an immersive experience.

About Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The DDA team is responsible for curating exhibitions, programs and events for the Cornell Art Museum and all other Old School Square campus facilities.  The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established in 1971 with a mission to grow, strengthen, and enhance the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach. As an autonomous agency of the City, the Delray Beach DDA advocates, facilitates, plans, and executes business development, fosters business relations, helps with the planning of public and private projects, and markets the downtown district. The DDA is located at 350 SE 1st Street, Delray Beach, FL.

Learn more at

Follow updates on social media:

@DowntownDelray and @DelrayOldSchoolSquare

Cornell Art Museum: 561-654-2220

The DDA can be reached:  561-243-1077





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Susan S. Buzzi’s “The Kindness Project” Offers Community Workshop For All Ages Plus Art Exhibit In Tamarac Thanks To Artist Grant From Broward County Cultural Division

Susan S. Buzzi of Tamarac, FL has received an Individual Artist Grant from The Broward County Cultural Division to present “The Kindness Project”.  This intergenerational and multi-disciplinary program, promotes empathy, mindfulness and wellness through art as Broward’s diverse communities reflect three years post COVID.  A Free Community Workshop for all ages takes place on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at Tamarac Community Center.  The art exhibit’s Opening Reception is Saturday, May 27, 2023 at the same location.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.



“T h e      K i n d n e s s      P r o j e c t”







Tamarac   Community   Center

8601  W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL. 

For information please call (954) 597-3620



Susan S. Buzzi is a coach practitioner and arts educator who uses expressive therapies such as music, visual art and writing with her work.  “It is essential that after 3 years post COVID, we all move in positive directions – both mentally and physically – resume good, healthy lifestyles, to socialize and connect again.  The effects from the Pandemic were staggering for everyone; and realistically, we still face serious residuals”, states Buzzi.









Collaborating with Dr. Jeffrey Pickens Ph.D., professor of psychology, author and human development expert, they’ll facilitate a Free Community Workshop on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 3:30 pm at Tamarac Community Center which will consist of a series of art-related activities for all ages.  All supplies will be provided. 









Participants will have an opportunity to exhibit completed works for the exhibition which will open during National Mental Health Awareness Month.  The exhibit will also include Buzzi’s photography with accompanying inspirational quotes.









As the art instructor for Atlantis Academies Coral Springs, Buzzi explains, ” I sometimes utilize expressive therapies which include not only the visual arts, but music and journaling. These techniques are integrated to further enhance the creative experience by reducing stress, relieving depression and anxiety; all while encouraging relaxation, confidence and productivity for the students“.



Word clouds will be created for the exhibit based on the workshop responses



Buzzi adds, “The actual process of creating art also builds self-image, purpose and provides a unique outlet for communication. When we share, acknowledge each other, show appreciation and listen … we empathize. Considerable research has shown that identifying and understanding emotions – both one’s own as well as those of others – can help build and strengthen relationships, defuse conflict and improve overall lifestyle satisfaction, good health and wellness”.








Several examples of “tats” (Thematic Apperception Tests – also known as Picture Interpretation Technique) which will be utilized in the May 11th Community Workshop describing emotions and feelings. Participants will view a series of familiar images and select the best emotion or feeling representing the work. The Community Workshop will be facilitated by Susan S. Buzzi and collaborator Dr. Jeffrey Pickens, Professor of Psychology. Additional Workshop activities for participants will include collage making, bookmarks and coloring. The Workshop is open to all ages.






For information about these  events please call (954) 597-3620.






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Wellington Art Society Features Renowned Photographer, Barry Seidman At April 12 Meeting Plus Two Art Exhibits With One Reception On April 18 Public Invited To All Events

The Wellington Art Society will feature a presentation by renowned photographer Barry Seidman on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.  The meeting and presentation will take place at the Wellington Community Center. The event includes a meet and greet, a member spotlight, a brief meeting and Barry’s presentation, “From There to Here” in which he will discuss his life’s work and the transition from commercial to fine art photography. In addition, mark your calendars for a double art exhibit “ Variations” and “Vivid ”. Open now at the Wellington Village Hall and at the Wellington Community Center, there will be a Public Reception on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The public is welcome!







Public Is Invited To


Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  April 12, 2023


5:30 pm




Wellington  Community  Center




12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL









B A R R Y        S E I D M A N





Open to members and non-members




For more information contact: Laura Jaffe,


 COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 




Originally from New York, Barry Seidman is a renowned member of the international photographic community. He was educated at Pratt Institute in New York and has established himself as one of the top advertising print media photographers in the country. He specialized in still-life photography and worked for top major brands in the world, eventually expanding his work to include celebrity photography and directing television commercials.



“Calla Lilies” by Barry Seidman





He has contributed to numerous award-winning national and local advertising campaigns. Recognition for his work includes every possible industry award including Clios, Tellys, Addys and the Art Directors Club Award.



“Tomatoes” by Barry Seidman



After a distinguished career in advertising, Seidman started to devote more of his time to fine art photography, using his vast techniques and knowledge of lighting and design as a foundation. This led to various solo and group exhibitions, all while still connected to the advertising business. 



“Tulip” by Barry Seidman





Seventeen years ago, Seidman, and long-time business partner and wife, Mary Ann Kurasz, relocated to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where he built a studio to focus on his fine art work. He also maintains a studio presence in New York where he continues to shoot for advertising clients. Seidman has exhibited in solo, and group shows both in New York City and Florida. In 2012, Seidman published a photobiography titled New Eyes, a spectacular collection of his fine-art photography. Beginning in April, his work will be on display at the Palm Beach International Airport at their “Journeys” exhibition. His work is held in many public and private collections worldwide.

To learn more about Barry Seidman, visit:




Wellington   Art   Society



Announces   New   Exhibitions






Free and open to the public weekdays  8 am  to 5  pm


See,  Learn,  Share , Engage  and  Be  Inspired! 

         Invite  family,  friends,  and  patrons  –   Share  the  Invitation







TUESDAY, April 18, 2023




 5 – 7 pm





The Wellington Art Society (WAS) is thrilled to announce their new municipal art exhibitions, “Variations” ( now through July 18, 2023 at the Wellington Village Hall located at 12300 Forest Hill Blvd in Wellington) and “Vivid” (now through May 16 at the Wellington Community Center at 12150 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington). 



Hartley Barnes                                 

Betty Brodie                                                

David Ciofalo                                      

Ayesha DeLorenzo                      

Kim Di Giacomo                                   

Faye Ford                                           

Jay Harmon                                               

Carol Krenkel                                        

Laura Jaffe                       

Lou Ann LaBohn

Nancy Lee

Maureen May

Rose Gong Monier

Susan Mosely

Charles Moses

Ana Noble

Susan Oakes

Leslie Pfeiffer

Monica Postell

Marion Roberts

Debra Rosen

Lois Spatz

Carl Stoveland

Cindi Taylor

Raymonde Talleyrand

Tammy Wolfson



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





For more information about the featured artists and the exhibition, please visit the Wellington Art Society’s website at

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 41st 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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Buy Your Tickets Now For 17th Biennial Broward Quilt Expo’s Awards Ceremony Friday, April 14 And Get A Preview Of The Show. Buy General Admission Tickets For Quilt Show Saturday, April 15 And Sunday, April 16.

Judging is complete and all of the winners have been notified that their quilt has won “something” at the 17th Biennial Broward Quilt Expo (BQE). Now its time for YOU to reserve a spot at the Friday, April 14 Awards Ceremony and get a special preview!  Reserve your tickets for Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, when over 260 quilts will be displayed, activities include a basketwalk, raffles, 20+ vendors and 2 demo areas!  Tickets can be purchased at the door and there is Free Parking at the Charles F. Dodge Arena in Pembroke Pines. Eight Quilt Guilds combine their efforts to bring this to our area! Volunteers are needed during the show daysThe Rickie Report shares the details but no sneak peeks of the winners! 







SATURDAY –   SUNDAY     10 am – 6 pm




Charles F. Dodge City Center

601 City Center Way    Pembroke Pines, FL 33025



Located near Sawgrass Expressway, Florida Turnpike, and I95



Tickets are $10 for one day; $12 at the Door

   Purchase a 2 Day ticket for $20

  • Save $2 and purchase your tickets on-line – $10 for one day and $20 for 2 day

  • Your ticket will be at the on call desk at admissions – no physical ticket will be issued

  • Tickets purchase at the venue are $12 each day

View more than 260 quilts from around the South Florida area and many entries from out of state. Quilt displays include both Juried and Exhibit only quilts. Traditional, Modern and Art Quilts are on Display.


Group Rates are available (please email

All Sales are Final









Awards   Ceremony   

Friday- April 14




 7 – 9 pm

 Charles F Dodge City Center

$15.00  Includes one drink (wine, soda, water, tea, coffee)

Cash bar for additional beverages.

Enjoy a private 1 hour showing of the Quilt Show.



Register here








New in 2023  Expanded Demonstration Area






Vendors as of publication time:


Martelli’s; Tops – Brother Machine Demo; June Colburn;

Elevate MD; Boozecruiser Planners; Kate Mitchell;

Kianga Art; Once Upon a Quilt


We will offer 2 areas on the show floor, with longer demos time slots Vendors that offer demos see a significant increase in booth sales.

Book early and get your choice of time slots.
Larger Booth 10″ x 10″



Promotions of demos starting one month prior of event leading up to show days.



Shopping is always a large part of the BQE experience, and we know you will want to join us for what is shaping up to be a landmark show for us! Vendor booths filled up fast in 2021 and we are expecting more demand for 2023.

Secure your spot or get more information call or email us today: Linda Esposito   954-648-1921







The Broward Quilt Expo is 100% volunteer quilt show of 8 sister guilds in the South Florida region. With over 200 quilts on display, awards ceremony, vendor booth, basket walk, charity raffles and 2 demonstration areas.






Volunteer for the show. It takes many hands to make it happen, Teenagers are welcome (with parents) to earn volunteer hours.

Volunteers needed for set-up, quilt collection, judging, admissions, white glove, basket walk and general help.




















ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023 Calls For Young Artists To Enter At No Charge. Important Update On Adult Contest. All Entries Are Due October 1, 2023

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 $6,500 and includes an Adult Category and Young Artist Category.  The deadline to enter is Sunday, October 1, 2023. Young Artists ENTER FREE thanks to the generosity of Shechter & Associates. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Young Artists entries past and present. Sales from this contest benefits the Center for Great Apes.






The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023

Has two entry categories:


Adults and Young Artists.

This month we focus on the YOUNG ARTISTS CONTEST 2023 which is now OPEN!




Calling Young Artists!

(plus an update on the Adult contest)



If you know a young artist, please tell them about the contest, we would love to see their artwork.  All entries are FREE thanks to our generous sponsor,  Shechter & Associates, Certified Public Accountants 



Details about the Young Artist Contest:



We  invite  Young  Artists  to  consider:



What does ENDANGERED mean to you? 

Answer through your Art/Photography and help rescue orangutans and chimpanzees.



Open to Young Artists with Birthdays on or after October 1, 2004

Submit a photo of your work through our online form to enter the contest. 



Closing date for submissions: October 1st, 2023.


Contest Benefits:









Young Artists aged 11-18 years (on October 1, 2023)


First Prize $250, Second Prize $150, Third Prize $100


Young Artists aged under 11 years (on October 1, 2023)


First Prize $125, Second Prize $75,Third Prize $50


Other Awards:


People’s Choice Award $100



Enter now and get your friends and family to vote for your artwork!



Top 15-25% entries featured in ENDANGERED Online! Exhibition.

Entries are published on our website & social media in order of submission.

Every participant receives a certificate!





 We accept individual or class/group entries. 

We can also help with making the entries. 

Great way to interest students in issues related to wildlife and the environment. 

It has proven to be a great vacation art project. 

Students are encouraged to do their own research and to use their imaginations to communicate what they find meaningful through art/photography. 

Students have great fun encouraging family and friends to vote for their artwork and they all appreciate the personal certificates we send them.  



Go to our blog to see images entered by Young Artists in 2022.  



Questions?  Contact for assistance.  



Here’s our first Young Artist entry for 2023!



“The Cape Parrot”  Photograph by Young Artist Rayyaan Alarakhia.  ©2023 All Rights Reserved 





Art4Apes Judge of the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Young Artist Contest 2023



Rickie    Leiter

Artist, Philanthropist, and Mentor

Founder & Publisher of The Rickie Report



It is a particular pleasure to announce that Rickie will judge the Young Artist Contest.  Rickie, a visual artist herself, is the founder, editor and publisher of The Rickie Report, Florida’s leading visual arts resource experiencing over 1.5 million views in the USA and internationally.  She has 40+ years of experience in reviewing, judging and advising on all mediums of the visual arts creations. She is a valued mentor to artists and gallery owners and has consulted with art patrons, art associations, art show producers, and museums.  She is committed to encouraging young artists to develop their work and communicate their thoughts through art.

Art4Apes is featured regularly in The Rickie Report, we encourage you to sign up ( and keep up with developments in the Florida visual arts scene.  The Rickie Report is free to read.



The Young Artist contest attracts about 250 entries per year, all of them heartfelt and carefully executed.  It is no easy task to choose between them.  We would like to thank Rickie for taking on this challenging responsibility.






Update on ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023  Adult Contest 




The Contest is now Open.  Enter Now!

Closing date is October 1, 2023.



This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats. 

The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:


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


  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats




Categories for Entry:



  • Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) 

  • Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

We offer a total of $6500 in cash prizes.




We  promote your work on our website and social media (with appropriate copyright statements).  


So early entries are seen faster!



An expert panel of  judges will review the work and the top scoring 15-25% will be featured in our ENDANGERED Online! exhibition opening 20th November for one month.




For more information and to view the full Terms and Conditions  visit:  







Here  is  our  first  entry!




“Panthera Tigris”  Pencil and oil on linen.  Brian Hall ©2023 © All Rights Reserved 


This amazing piece is part of a series of five 50″x72″ paintings  portraying the five big cats—the lion, tiger, jaguar, leopard and snow leopard—and the ecosystem that is unique to their habitat. Up to twenty-six animals or twenty-three species can be spotted in one painting. 




Virtual Artists in Residence for April



Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.  This is done through additional promotion through our website, social media and The Rickie Report.  Plus we offer a one month online exhibition featuring up to 9 pieces of work.   



The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist and photographer who have submitted 4 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest and have been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

We are proud to introduce you to the work of two amazing artists featured in our VAiR Online Gallery 



Virtual Artist in Residence Fine Art:



Florida-based Jody paints what makes her happy and this shows in the final results.  Jody thinks this is an important message:  Paint what makes you happy!  





“Chimp”  Oil on canvas.  Jolaine Goldman ©2023 All Rights Reserved





Virtual Artist in Residence Fine Art Photography:





Nature photography became a passion for Florida-based pharmacist Steve,  and concomitant with that passion came respect and conservation for wildlife.






“Who’s there? Grand Tetons Wyoming”   Photograph by Steve Pressman © 2023 All Rights Reserved





See more wonderful work by Jody and Steve,  Visit : VAiR Online Exhibition 






Sue Buck Ape Portrait

Online exhibition extended!





The Sue Buck Online Gallery is being extended by popular demand until the end of April.  Don’t miss this amazing one-woman exhibition of portraits of some of the Center for Great Apes fascinating residents.   





“Cahaya”  Charcoal and pastel by Sue Buck © 2023 All Rights Reserved 





Do Good and Look Good!




Don’t miss out on this special T-shirt featuring baby Sue Buck’s portraits of Cahaya and her orangutan family: Sunshine, Archie and Keagan.  Proceeds go to the Center for Great Apes.

Wishing you all a wonderful April (with some spring sunshine.  May it inspire you!   I can’t wait see your work in the contest and thank you all for helping the wonderful primates at the Center for Great Apes.

Best wishes 







Center for Great Apes







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Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department Features Dancer, Choreographer, And Creator, Shanna Woods As April’s Artist In Residence

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department continues its Artists in Residence (AiR) program with April artist, Shanna Woods. Shanna shares her attuned sense of self-awareness in her Art of Acceptance workshops.  Having gained tremendous acclaim as the choreographer of the award-winning short film “Brown Ballerina”, she loves teaching movement meditation to everyone who is seeking a deeper connection to self.  The Rickie Report shares the details of  events, some sneak peeks of her images, and information to become an AiR. Some events require pre-registration.









 P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:





Artist    In    Residence:








A distinguished panel of judges selected Shanna and the other new artists to be part of our first “graduating class.” This dynamic and diverse group of artists will be in residence though June, and each will be presented as an “Artist of the Month,” during which time they will showcase their work and create unique programs to attract art lovers to BaCA.  At the culmination of the residency, AiR artists will share their new artworks in an exciting group exhibition.



Shanna performed internationally with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, Jubilation Dance Ensemble, and Olujimi Dance TheatreAnd her extensive dance studies and performances have covered a vast variety of forms including ballet, tap, Afro-Haitian, Salsa, the ring shout dances of the Congo, Senegal, and many other styles.



During her residency, Shanna will be conducting several Art of Acceptance Workshops, where she  will incorporate ritual dance movements, meditation, journal work and more. “Art of Acceptance encourages one to look within, appreciate their body as it is with intention to shift paradigms as they see fit,” she explained. “Daily affirmations and self-love are strongly encouraged.”








Join us for Pompano’s free street festival featuring live bands, vendors, food truck and art! Explore BaCA’s latest exhibitions and meet Shanna Woods!





Friday, April 7 |  AiR Artist During Old Town Untapped 

6:00  –  10:00 PM




Bailey Contemporary Arts



41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •




Saturday, April 8 | Meet Shanna at the Art of Acceptance – Self Care Workshop Series: Kemetic Yoga


1:30- 3:00 PM





Art of Acceptance creates, shifts, disrupts colonial ways of learning. How do we relearn to accept our bodies, how do we heal, how do we pass on legacy? This workshop is rooted in accountability, daily reflection, risk management, self-love and community structuring.



The Art of Acceptance is geared toward working with mothers with young children, mothers with teenage children, mothers with adult children, as well as women independently. The goal is to create an atmosphere that is a safer space where women can support each other, pass on the legacy of rest, and restoration through self-care by implementing tools that are accessible at home and in local stores.






Thef Sema Paut Neteru translates to “Moving into Union in the company of Gods and Goddesses.” Created by Dr. Dja Ashby and Dr. Muata Ashby, this Kemetic yoga practice enhances awareness of the connection with your mind, your spirit, your body and your inner world in a way that celebrates your autonomy in cultivating inner strength and peace.


Wednesday, April 19 |  Meet Shanna @ Lyrics Lab

8:00- 10:00 PM







Shanna Woods will deliver her Manifesto at Lyrics Lab the popular open mic night.  During her residency at BaCA, she will complete a new dance work entitled “UNaccepted”, which explores her experiences of sifting through her past to become the mother she desires to be. Most people think in order to meditate you must sit with your legs crossed with a completely clear mind. That is not true. Movement meditation creates an opportunity to move through various positions with a mindful and slow pace.










Saturday, April 22 | Meet Shanna at the Art of Acceptance- Self Care Workshop Series: Mango Butta

1:30- 3:00 PM 





Each participant will get an opportunity to infuse their own jar of whipped mango butter according to their needs. Shanna will share the importance of self-care and how moisturizing your body is a flawless act of self-care.  





Learn about Shanna and register for her upcoming workshops:


About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department:

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.





The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is delighted to relaunch its Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA).  The AiR Program provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with our community.




Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is operated by the City of Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department (PBCAD) which annually seeks participants for its Artists in Residence Program (AiR). As part of this program, eight studios at BaCA are available to individual artists for a nine-month period from October – June. The 2023 -2024 residency will be available for application in April 2023. Through this residency, PBCAD strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their talents and enhance their experience through artistic development and experimentation. The residency’s structure is therefore left relatively open to cater to individuality, spontaneity and collaboration. BaCA should be considered a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated. A dynamic environment will be created through the AiR Program – one that appeals to onlookers and attracts locals and visitors alike to watch the creative process unfold and see the latest output.




For more information:


Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •



Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

41 NE 1 Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •


Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •





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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986



Palm Room’s Spring Preview Is “Out Of The Box” Featuring Martin Artistans Guild Members. Public Reception On March 22 And Artist Talk On April 12

The Martin Artisans Guild invites you to their Spring Preview, “Out Of The Box”an exhibit that in The Palm Room Art Gallery and Artisans Boutique located in Stuart’s Harbour Bay Plaza. Enjoy the Opening Reception on Wednesday, March 22 2023, featuring live music, cash bar and the delectable appetizers for which the Guild has become known.  A second opportunity to get to know the people behind the art takes place on Wednesday, April 12, at a “Meet the Artists” event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique



“ART   OUT    OF    THE    BOX”




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)





“Lost in Emotion” by Dinija Berkien





Opening Reception

Wednesday March 22, 2023

5:30 – 7:30 PM




Painting by Janis Clary O




 “Meet the Artists”

 Wednesday, April 12   from 4 – 6  pm









While you’re enjoying the fabulous show, be sure to check out the very special and one-of-a-kind items in the Artisans Boutique – you’ll find great gifts for the special person on your list!  

(Or yourself….)




“Scout” by Jane Lawton Baldridge



What inspired this show: This exhibit is inspired by a visit to this year’s Art Basel down during December’s Miami Art Week. We were delighted, energized, and creatively stimulated to create ART OUT OF THE BOX (AOOTB) as our next Exhibit theme.

We encourage our members to consider producing new works that are unexpected & surprising coming from artists whose work has become familiar.




Meet    the    Artists:



Barb Bucci

Billie Jo Thomson

Candy Walsh

Caryl Pomales

Deborah Bottorff

Dinija Berkien

Doreen Lepore

Dot Galfond

Glen Allen

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Janis Clary “O”

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

Linda Reymore

Lynn Morgan

Mallo Bisset

Maria Miele

Mark Stall

Mary Mirabito

Patricia Pasbrig

Renee Keil





For more information, visit



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.


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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

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The Fort Pierce Jazz Market Brings Live Music And The Visual Arts Together Every Saturday Morning. Raffle Of Special Commissioned Glass Artwork By Laura O’Kelly Will Benefit Music Scholarships To Local Students Now Through March 24. Check Out Free Concerts During Jazz Week March 20-24.

What is a “Jazz Market”?  At the Fort Pierce Jazz Market you’ll find the perfect piece of handcrafted art, unique housewarming, wedding, or birthday gift and enjoy fabulous music! It is one of the Treasure Coast’s treasures! With high-quality vendors, you won’t find tchotchkes, items ordered-by-catalog or mass-produced in an overseas factory – everything is handcrafted by skilled artisans who are right there to chat with you as you browse. Laura O’Kelly of Fine Art By Laura is a well respected glass artist who has been a fixture of the market. Using translucent glass, color, treasures from the sea, and light, she creates breathtaking wall décor. If you’re lucky, you can take home one of her masterpieces of light and color for just $5/1 ticket or $10/ 3 tickets, with a raffle benefiting the Fort Pierce Jazz Society’s Scholarship Fund.  The winner Laura’s artwork will be drawn on Saturday, April 15th at the Market. The Rickie Report shares the Art Raffle infoJazz and Market details PLUS we encourage more visual artists to apply and be part of this creative venture.












Don Bestor, President of FPJS  tells The Rickie Report, “The Fort Pierce Jazz Society, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, manages that Saturday Morning Jazz Market. Taking its mission of quality very seriously and not allowing anything less than the best, FPJ Society certainly makes an effort to be worthy. Twenty-five years is a long time for a volunteer 501 (C) (3) organization to exist and succeed in its mission. Our core are musical performers from our area and those who winter here to avoid the cold. But we are more than that; we are educators, citizens supporters of arts, volunteers and hundreds of members who support the Society financially.  We schedule and perform at many venues throughout the year but a major factor in our success is our focus on the future generation, which undoubtedly will take our place”.


Each year the Society awards 10 – 15  $1,000 scholarships

to young performers

entering college with music as a primary or secondary subject.




For more information about support or to apply for a scholarship please visit







The  Power  of  Music  and  the  Visual  Arts









Meet  Laura  O’Kelly



A dedicated professional and passionate music-lover who fell in love with the Treasure Coast when she relocated here from Albany, New York in 1983, O’Kelly has offered one of her spectacular pieces to help raise funds for a Fort Pierce Jazz Scholarship. Tickets, which are available at or at any of Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society’s many weekly gigs and performances as well as at the Saturday Morning Jazz Market, are just $5 each, and you can even get three tickets for just $10. The value of the piece being raffled off is already priceless, but add to that the knowledge that you’ll also be supporting an aspiring young musician who has chosen to further his or her musical education.




Laura O’Kelly holding “Blue Marlin”, which she is donating to the Fort Pierce Jazz Society to raffle for Scholarships



“Blue Marlin” is framed and ready to hang!  Laura O’Kelly has a gift for combining translucent glass, color and light to create an amazing visual effect and a positive energy that will fill the room.  She tells The Rickie Report, ” Our coastal wall décor is done in a sensual and calming palette of the sea.  Each of my art pieces is uniquely designed with the intention and no two pieces will be exactly alike. All our frames are made of wood and the hardware is attached so your piece is ready to hang! Each piece is personally signed by the me”.  Laura began taking weekly private art lessons in 2009 and discovered the Jazz Society Market through a colleague in 2011.  She says, ” I wanted a platform for exposure  to market my artwork, so I decided to become a weekly, year-round vendor and the rest is history….from the very first day I’ve maintained a level of professionalism and found success selling my artworks.  I also take commissions, so if a visitor doesn’t see exactly what strikes their fancy, I work with them and create something totally unique!  I have been truly blessed with making my mark in the art community here on the Treasure Coast and the positive result as a professional artist that has followed”.




For more information about Laura’s artistry:  




The art raffle winner will be drawn on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00 AM



You don’t have to be present to win



Whether you’re purchasing tickets for yourself, as a gift for others, or because you want to help support an aspiring young musician through one of the many scholarships provided by Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society each year, this is one way for everyone to be a winner here on the Treasure Coast and to help ensure that the soundtrack of our lives will continue for generations to come. To get your tickets today, visit, stop by the Saturday Morning Jazz Market, or pop into any one of our regular weekly gigs, which you can find out about on the website, too.    



Upcoming Concerts/ buy your art raffle tickets:



Jazz Market

March 4,  18

April 1, 15

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

March  8

Special  Jazz Week Show – March 22

April 5, 19


2nd Street Bistro

Special Jazz Week Show  – March 23

March 30

April 27


American Legion

March 27

The Black Box

March  14

April 11





Kick    Off    Of    Jazz    Week – At the Waterfront

Waterside Blues    Sunday, March 19

Jazz Week    Sunday, March 19 –  Friday, March 24, 2023




** See entire schedule by clicking here**


The art raffle winner will be drawn at the Jazz Market on Saturday, April 15  at 11 AM





Inspiring    the    Next    Generation:    127 Scholarships   /   $130,000.





Don continues, “We share our time and talent with students throughout St. Lucie, Martin, and Indian River County providing master classes in music and performance and we invite student musicians to perform with us every Tuesday evening at the Sunrise Black Box Theatre in historic downtown Fort Pierce, and every other Wednesday evening at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. We believe in the power of music, and we want to make sure we pass that magic along to the next generation through scholarship, opportunities, and education. There are lots of investments with a much lower return, but we believe in the power of music and the incredible return it gives in the form of education, building teamwork and cooperation, creating and celebrating joy, and creating a legacy of love that will be passed on generation to generation for as long as we are.



Won’t  you  join  us  in  supporting  the  power  of  music  and  the  visual  arts?





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Palm Beach Watercolor Society Shares Call For Juried Show At BRIC With April 11 Deadline. Show Starts April 20. Also Two Day Virtual Workshop With Lian Quan Zhen August 8 & 10.

The Palm Beach Watercolor Society announces  Call To Artists for “A Painting is Worth a Thousand Words” (Deadline is April 11) at BRIC (Boca Raton Innovation Campus) (Reception is April 25 ) and a virtual water media workshop with Lian Quan Zhen (August 8 and 10th). PBWS offers MANY opportunities no matter what your skill level all year-round.  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you that non-members are welcome to register!





A N N O U N C E S:





“A  Painting  Is  Worth  A  Thousand  Words


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President, Adrienne Walker tells The Rickie Report, “You can become a member, enter our shows, join our virtual Paint Ins with professional models, exhibit in our shows, watch YOU TUBE videos of all of our shows,, and much much more!  We remain active 12 months out of the year.  From November thru April our meetings are in house and Virtually on Zoom.  Home bound??  Can’t drive at night??   You will be sent a link to our Virtual meetings with a demo artist a few days before the meeting.  From May thru October our meetings with a demo artist are on Zoom only.  We are here for you 12 months out of the year”.








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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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