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

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

 

 

 

MartinArts.org or call 772-287-6676

ArtsFest is traveling back to its traditional location: 

Memorial Park and along East Ocean Boulevard  

HOURS:  10 am – 5 pm  Both Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this ever-evolving event!

 

 

 

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

 

 

FIND    A    TURTLE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

What is a poetry slam?

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

For more information: 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Martin Arts 33rd All Florida Exhibit Features 46 Artists From Tallahassee To Miami At Court House Cultural Center In Stuart. Opening Reception Is Friday, January 12. Juror’s Talk With Gregory Jones On Saturday, January 13, 2024

Martin Arts continues its 33-year legacy “All Florida” exhibition showcasing art by all Florida artists from Tallahassee to Miami.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, January 12, 2024. A Juror’s Talk led by Gregory Jones takes place Saturday, January 13.  This exhibit runs from January 9 – February 29.  Exhibited works span the mediums of watercolor, ceramics, acrylic, oil, photography, clay, encaustic, wood, metal, glass, and mixed media from 46 artists from Tallahassee to Miami. The Rickie Report shares the details here. Make your reservation now for the Juror’s Talk!

*Registration required for Juror’s Talk. Additional details can be found on MartinArts.org

Exhibit Dates | January 9 – February 29, 2024

 

 

 

Featured   Artists:

 

 

Glen Allen, Robert Bernstein, Enid Blechman, Barbara Bose, Jerilyn Brown, Holly Cannon, Linda Chipperfield, Becky Coleman, Maggie Dillon, Gabriele DiTota, Kimberly Engel, Brendan Fisk, Todd  K Fox, Barbara Fugazzotto, Susan Giblin, Ryan Michael Gleason, Rene Guerin, Erika Heffernan, Latonya Hicks, Judy Horowitz, Heather Ivins, Denise Jackson, Carson Kapp, Martin Karadzhov, Chloe Kelley, Claudia Jane Klein, Michael Knapp, Tina Kraft, Joe Krawczyk, Anita Lamb, Alice Laputka, Julia Longwell, Robin Marshall, Erin McCullough, Gary Menzel, Dawn Inglis Montgomery, Lynn Morgan, Katya Neptune, Daniel Newcomb, Janis Clary Oehlschlager, Raymond Olivero, Kathy Omeara, Caryl Pomales, Molly Potter, Thomas Prestopnik, Galal Ramadan, Patricia Reagan, D. S. Reif, JL Schwartz, Norman Silva, Harriet Silverstein, Richard P Stevens, David Valiente, Jim Wang, Elaine Weber, Terry White, Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill, Harris Wiltsher

 

 

Juror: Gregory Jones

Artist Statement:

To reach inside and free the creative child within each of us is basically what my art is about. I might begin with a used air conditioner filter as in “Dust to Dust” or a bright red cloth tie as in “Man Under Paints With Red Tie”, but from that point I seldom know what direction the work will take. I simply “follow paths through the woods” as I did as a child growing up near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I played in the mud a lot, then grew up and played in the muddy paint a lot. When I played I learned that some good things sometimes happened. Then I learned that I could get the good things that happened to grow like a plant until the whole canvas would sometimes be a good thing.

 

It is probably from dust that we come and to dust that we go, but in between there is growth. When all is said and done, how much we have grown determines the richness of the soil we leave on which others will trod. From the muddy mess I often make in art and life is born the lesson of humility and discovery.

 

The idealism of my youth and the realism of adult life run head-on in my work to form an expression that merges seriousness with playfulness and superficiality with depth. Somewhere inside that depth is an innocent child, a very good person who can touch nature, and when I visit with him (or her) I learn to love, to fly, to live. To this day it is that sincere, sensitive child seeing and feeling nature that my art echoes and that moves my spirit to create my mixed media “layered” paintings. I only wish there were more days when he could come out to play.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

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

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

Asia Westbrook’s Mosaics Heighten The Level Of This Art Form. Announcing The Opening Of Her Studio In Port St. Lucie And Working As City Of Stuart’s Sidewalk Mosaic Program Coordinator

Asia Westbrook takes mosaics up a notch, as she opens Fractured Brilliance Mosaics here on the Treasure Coast of FL.  Adding to her already long list of  private collectors and public art collections in North Carolina and Florida, Asia is eager to share her enthusiasm for this art form!  She teaches individuals, groups, offers in-studio classes and will travel to you as well! The Rickie Report shares some details, sneak peeks, and will update everyone as she takes over the reins of the Public Art Mosaic Program in Stuart, FL

 

717.682.9180    asiabooth360@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Artist Asia Westbrook

 

 

 

“Dragon Cup” 3D Mosaic by Asia Westbrook

 

 

 

 

Asia created her first mosaic in a studio art class in high school and was immediately hooked!  The project for the class involved cutting tile, but since it was hard to cut and there was a limited option of colors available Asia began to teach herself how to use stained glass. After her second glass mosaic, this art teacher gave Asia free rein to continue creating mosaics during class, and afterwards gave her the tools she would need to continue after the class ended. 

 

 

 

 

Ground Floor Farm Commission: Asia and her colleague Diane Concepcion standing in front of one of the mosaic panels they created for the Ground Floor Farm

 

 

It remained an enjoyable hobby for her until she met Mosaic Studio owner Diane Concepcion, who took her under her wing and allowed her to nurture her talent by not just creating art but teaching others as well. Asia found true passion in teaching how to create mosaics, because she believed it was a healthy outlet for everyday stress, and it was a new fun skill that could be learned with practice.

 

 

 

 

Asia with her first pet portrait of her own cat, Anna. This helped Asia get a lot of pet portrait commissions.

 

 

 

 

Asia worked with Diane in her studio for about five years, and then the two became business partners for about a year, during which time Asia found another use for her love of animals and began to create pet portrait mosaics. 

 

 

 

 

This is the first dog pet portrait that Asia created, depicting Lil Beans, the mascot of the Bunkhouse Coffee Bar in Downtown Jensen Beach.

 

 

 

Asia moved to North Carolina, where she taught mosaic classes and worked on commissions for about three years before moving back to South Florida.

Now she has a small studio in her home where she works with students who are interested in one-on-one classes and studio hours.

 

 

 

 

 This work in progress is of a video game character from The Legend of Zelda : Majora’s Mask. The mask itself is very intricate, which made it challenging and fun to work on.

 

 

Besides her home studio, she works on private commissions, travels to do classes in gated communities and other venues.

 

 

Pendant Finishing Demo: All of the students gathering around Asia to watch a demonstration on how to glaze a finished pendant.

 

 

Some of Asia’s Favorite Subjects:

Not a Transformer: Asia’s favorite type of art to create is video game art. This is a picture of Samus from the game series Metroid.
Smalti Peacock: This piece was made with a combination of Italian Smalti and stained glass. Smalti are glass blocks that provide a 3D effect to mosaic pieces.
Zelda Pendant: Asia likes to work with small pieces, and so creates a lot of pendants. This is Zelda, a character from the game series Legend of Zelda.

 

 

 

 

Watch for upcoming news about how to be part of  Stuart’s Sidewalk Mosaic Program!  

(Open to residents outside of Martin County)

 

 

717.682.9180    asiabooth360@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

33rd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show Presented By Martin Arts Opens Applications To All Florida Artists. Deadline To Apply Is October 1, 2023

The 33rd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show presented by Martin Arts continues its legacy featuring all Florida artists in all media. View pieces of art from artists all over the state from Tuesday, January 9 thru Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges all artists who are residents of Florida to apply by October 1, 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

33rd   Annual   All   Florida   Juried   Arts   Show

 

 

 

CALL     TO     ARTISTS

 

 

 

 

First Place Winner 2022, “Photos” by Martin Dunn

 

 CLICK BELOW FOR APPLICATION:

Deadline to apply:  October 1, 2023

 

 

 

Questions??

 Contact Jennifer at 772-287-6676 (x2) or email juriedshow@martinarts.org – please mention “All Florida Juried Show” in the subject line of the email.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com 561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

Martin Arts Presents “Art In The Garage” At Court House Cultural Center Gallery August 8 – September 30, 2023. Public Is Invited To Opening Reception Friday, August 11. Meet The Artists And Be Inspired

Martin Arts and The Court House Cultural Center in downtown Stuart presents “Art in the Garage”, inspiring us with a variety of media and techniques.  In the early 2000s, a group of artists started meeting on Wednesday afternoons to practice figure drawing.  Over the years, as their camaraderie deepened, so did their daring! Judi Bettendorf, Jane Kiehart, Gail McCarthy, Molly Potter-Thayer, Cheryl Ritland, Kimberly Roden, Roni Rottner, Kathy Saigh, Patrice Scott, and May Wong began experimenting with new media and techniques.  We are the benefactors of their joyous and gutsy endeavors. This exhibit is available on Tuesday, August 8 , with a Public Opening Reception on Friday, August 11, 2023, and runs through September 30, 2023.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peaks.

 

 

 

 

FREE   PLAY

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, August 11, 2023

5:30  –  7  PM

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ A $5. donation is requested ~

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

 

 

The Garage Artists

 

 

 

Featured members and artists Judi Bettendorf, Jane Kiehart, Gail McCarthy, Molly Potter-Thayer, Cheryl Ritland, Kimberly Roden, Roni Rottner, Kathy Saigh, Patrice Scott, May Wong are bringing a unique and eclectic exhibit – Art in the Garage – to the Court House Cultural Center from August 8-September 30.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, August 11, 2023.  

 

 

“Sea Grape Leaves” by Kathy Saigh

 

 

While each one has practiced art individually for most of their lives, the group’s synergy has resulted in weekly think tank/workshops since the early 2000s.

 

 

 

“Lusty Fold”  Group Collaboration

 

 

Patrice Scott tells The Rickie Report, “We teach each other what we know and then we watch the sparks of creativity fly, as we all step away from our own previous boundaries”. 

 

 

 

Not content to stay stuck in a routine, they started to explore not only each other’s medium, but other materials that have been collected from their own studios, area thrift shops, dumpsters and back yards. Leaving their egos and life’s problems at the door, they enter a negative-free zone, a communal workspace well-outfitted with hand and power tools and stocked with pooled resources for projects!

 

 

 

 

“Plumber” by Patrice Scott

 

 

 

Then, right before the pandemic, one of the members, Kathy Saigh, bought a piece of property in Martin County that included an open-air garage and the friends/artists were able to continue holding their Wednesday dates in safety.  One wall in the exhibit will be a memorial to esteemed ceramic artist Gail McCarthy, a member of the group who passed away recently.

 

 

 

About MartinArts:

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

 

For more information: 

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

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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

MartinArts Presents Member Exhibit, “Infinite Possibilities” At Court House Cultural Center. Opening Reception On Friday, June 16, 2023

Members of MartinArts have a diverse and noteworthy range of talents which will be on display at Court House Cultural Center from June 13-July 28 in, “Infinite Possibilities”.   The exhibit showcases 59 artists in a variety of media including acrylic, charcoal, collage, mixed media, oils, pastel, pen and ink, photography, watercolor, and more. An Opening Reception on Friday, June 16 will offer a unique fundraiser. In addition to the art created for this exhibit, several of the participating artists have painted 9”x6” original canvases which will be available for purchase for $96 each.  Proceeds from the sale of these signature pieces will benefit arts education programs offered by MartinArts.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, June 16, 2023

5:30  –  7  PM

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ A $5. donation is requested ~

 

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

 

 

Liliana Crespi, “Guardian”

 

 

The exhibit showcases 59 member artists working in a variety of media to include acrylic, charcoal, collage, mixed media, oils, pastel, pen and ink, photography, watercolor, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Klimek “Mesmerizing Membranes”

 

 

 

 

 

An opening reception from 5:30 5 – 7  PM on Friday, June 16 will bring both exhibitors and lovers of the arts to the Court House Cultural Center for an evening featuring light refreshments, beverages will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Miele “A Closer Look”

 

 

 

 

A unique fundraiser will be part of the opening night festivities. In addition to the pieces created for “Infinite Possibilities,” several of the participating artists have painted 9”x6” original canvases which will be available for purchase for $96 each.  Proceeds from the sale of these beautiful signature pieces will benefit arts education programs offered by MartinArts.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheryl Odza  “Untitled”

 

 

 

 

About MartinArts:

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

 

For more information: 

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

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MartinArts Celebrates “Works In Living Color” By Innovative Artist, Dorothy Gillespie With Exhibit And Artist Talk With Her Son, Gary Israel. Opening Reception On February 24 Includes Special Auction Of Art In Public Spaces Picnic Tables

MartinArts proudly presents “Dorothy Gillespie: Works in Living Color,” a unique collection of original works Tuesday, February 21 through April 15.  A pioneer in the new directions of metal sculpture, she was always in the forefront of the American Art movement. The Opening Reception on Friday, February 24 also celebrates the “re-opening” of the Court House Cultural Center following significant renovations by Martin County of the historic courthouse. As a follow-up to Martin County’s Art in Public Places’ Arts Fest, five custom made picnic tables painted by local artists will be auctioned off during the Opening Reception.  Bids can also be made via the website. A special conversation about her life and artwork by Gary Israel, Dorothy’s son, takes place on Thursday, March 16.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, February 24, 2023

5:30  –  7  PM

 

 

Refreshments and light appetizers are available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now thru Friday, February 24, you can buy the table of your choice for $2500 via (https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/events/artsfest/picnic-table-mural-project.html)

or attend the live auction event on, Friday, February 24, 2023 

The auction will begin at 6:30  PM –  Meet the Artists!

 

 

 

People’s Choice Award Picnic Table by Pat Denuzzio

 

 

 

 

ARTIST     TALK:

 

 

“A conversation about Dorothy Gillespie’s life and artwork”

Featuring

Gary Israel, Dorothy’s son

 

 

Untitled by Dorothy Gillespie

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 16  

5:30 pm

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ A $5. donation is requested ~

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

 

The exhibit runs February 21 –  April 15, 2023

 

 

 

 

Dorothy   Gillespie   “Works   in   Living   Color”

 

 

 

“Color Fall” by Dorothy Gillespie

 

 

 

Dorothy Gillespie was a prominent and groundbreaking New York artist from the mid-1940s until her death in 2012. Gillespie forged a career that was independent, innovative, and individual. She was among those who helped blaze a path for women artists during the feminist art movement in the 1970s. A master of many mediums including painting, paper, sculpture, printmaking, environments and happenings, ceramics, jewelry, and set design, her works are included in numerous public and private collections.

 

 

 

 

Two Untitled Installations by Dorothy Gillespie

 

 

 

 

Dorothy’s career spanned seven decades, and was always in the forefront of the American Art movement.  Ms. Gillespies works have graced and still grace many institutions, museums, colleges, universities and public places.  She was one of the first artists to offer her art to the world through displays in the lobbies of public institutions and governmental centers such as the Mayo Clinic,  Epcot Center, Warren Wilson College, Fort Lauderdale Airport-Delta Terminal, ceramics Hall Center for the Performing Arts,  Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, St. Marks School-Dallas, United States Mission to the United Nations, Miami Public Library, Court House Square-Roanoke, VA.  Her art was always fresh and colorful and Dorothy Gillespie’s artistic touch is unequaled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now thru Friday, February 24, you can buy the table of your choice for $2500 via (https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/events/artsfest/picnic-table-mural-project.html)

or attend the live auction event on, Friday, February 24, 2023 

The auction will begin at 6:30  PM –  Meet the Artists!

 

 

Custom painted Picnic Table by Sam Nagel Eggert

 

 

As a follow-up to Martin County’s Art in Public Places’ Arts Fest, five custom-made picnic tables were painted by local artists: Edda Davila, Gregory Dirr, Nadia Utto, Pat Denuzzio and Sam Nagel Eggert.  The picnic tables were built by Project Lift, with plans donated by the Treasure Coast Builders Association. They will be auctioned off during the Opening Reception.

 

Now thru Friday, February 24, you can buy the table of your choice for $2500 via (https://www.martinarts.org/support_us/events/artsfest/picnic-table-mural-project.html)

or attend the live auction event on, Friday, February 24, 2023 

 

 

Auctioneer Elliott Paul will conduct the auction to benefit the artists, Project Lift and MartinArts.

 

 

 

Custom painted Picnic Tables by Edda Davila, Gregory Dirr, Nadia Utto

 

About MartinArts:

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

 

For more information: 

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

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

32nd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show Showcases Wide Variety Of Media At Court House Cultural Center In Stuart. Enjoy Opening Reception, Juror’s Talk, And Artist Panel Discussion

The 32nd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show continues its legacy featuring all Florida artists in all media. View pieces of art from artists all over the state from October 11 through November 18, 2022 at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart. Juror, Dolores Coe will choose the winning piece at the Opening Reception on Friday, October 14 and will give a Juror’s Talk on Saturday, October 15.  An Artist Panel Discussion led by Duncan Hurd of the Gilt Complex will take place on Tuesday, October 25.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

32   Annual   All   Florida   Juried   Arts   Show

 

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E Ocean Blvd      Stuart, FL 34994

772-287-6676

 

 

 

Artwork by Lisbeth Ascanio

 

 

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday 10–6 /Wednesday–Saturday 10 – 4 

 

 

A  donation  of  $5  in  support  of  our  exhibitions  and  programs  is  requested

 

*Court House Cultural Center is following current Covid-19 health and safety regulations

 

 

Artwork by Jamie Rodriguez

 

 

Opening Reception

Friday, October 14 | 5:30–7 PM

 

 

Juror’s Talk

Saturday, October 15 | 11 AM 

 

 

Artist Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 25 | 6 PM 

 

Exhibition Dates:  October 11 – November 18, 2022

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Judith Copeland

 

 

Featuring Artists:

 

 

 

Lisbeth Ascanio, Bob Bechtol, Steven Beverage, Sarah Black-Sadler, BILL Brody, Jonathan Brooks, Judith Copeland, Cheryl Cote, Martin Dunn, Janas Durkee, Miriam Esteve, Janet Folsom, Marine Fonteyne, Ron Garrett, Bonney Goldstein, Jay Hatfield, Latonya Hicks, Etheard Joseph, Claudia Jane Klein, Michael Knapp, Catherine Kramer, Stacey Mandell, Suzanna Mars, John Marshall, Jane McIntyre, Robert Michelmann, Sharon Mroz Hopek, Leslie Neumann, Nina Offutt, Deborah Perlman, Amber Quimby, Galal Ramadan, Linda Reymore, Christopher Rivera, Jamie Rodriguez, Danuta Rothschild, Alexandria Salmieri, Rita Shapiro, Joel Shapses, Norman Silva, Rachel Stewart, Jeff Whipple, Terry White, Addison Wolff, Kate Wood 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Cheryl Cote

 

 

 

 

 

Meet The Juror:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolores Coe (Studio Art) is an artist, educator, and former Professor of Art and Program Director at Ringling College of Art and Design. Her paintings and mixed media work re exhibited regionally and nationally in museums and galleries and are included in a number of public, private and corporate collections. She was awarded a resident fellowship at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and is a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting. She earned the MFA in Painting and an MA in Counseling. 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Deborah Perlman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Div. Of Cultural  Affairs, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

 

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Days Of Summer ( And Other Pets Too!) Opens August 9 At MartinArts’ Courthouse Cultural Center Gallery. Public Reception Friday, August 12 . Family Day, Pet Adoptions, Artist Demos Scheduled Through October 1st

“Dog Days of Summer (and other pets too!)” opens August 9, 2022 at MartinArts’ Court House Cultural Center Gallery in Stuart.  Meet the artists at the Public Reception on Friday, August 12.  Enjoy original art of animals and pets, a Family Day (Saturday, September 17) and pet adoption opportunities will be held through the exhibit’s run, until October 1st.  A raffle will be held for a Skip Hartzell sculpture.  Proceeds from all sales will benefit Caring Fields Felines, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, and MartinArts.  A special video presentation by international group, Gunhill Road, “I Know You’re Real is included in this multi-medium exhibit. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  All artwork will be available on the virtual gallery as well as in person. 

 

 

 

 

 

80 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL  34994

 

Opening Reception

 

Friday, August 12 | 5:30–7  PM

 

 

Special Raffle to win a Skip Hartzell sculpture!

 

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the exhibit.

 

 

 

Artist Demos / Meet & Greet/ Pop Up

 

Saturday, September 3, 2022      10 – 4

 

 

Featuring:  

 

 

Katie Gianni       Jordan Silvia      Heather Ivins

 

Artists Katie Gianni, Jordan Silvia, and Heather Ivins will be teaming up for a fun event where they will be painting and drawing live, chatting with you about their work, and selling fine art originals and prints.

 

 

Additionally, each artist will be raffling off an 8”x8” piece, with 100% of the proceeds going to the animal rescue and adoption organizations participating in the Dog Days of Summer exhibition. By entering the raffle, you may win an original piece of artwork for a small donation of $5 (or more, if you’d like), while also helping animals!  The three artists will be sharing more details in the next couple of weeks, so make sure to follow them here and on Instagram for more information.

 

 

 

Family Day

 

Learn about local wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities, library card sign up, and story time provided by the Martin County Library System, Tykes & Teens, and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center

 

Saturday, September 17 | 12–3PM

 

 

 

Adoption Days

Meet furry friends available for adoption and support local rescues.

 

Caring Fields Felines – August 13 | 10AM–1PM

Humane Society of Treasure Coast – September 22 | 10AM–3PM

 

 

 

Check back for additional programs & events.

 

Exhibit Dates:  August 9 – October 1, 2022

 

 

A donation of $5 in support of MartinArts is requested.

 Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10AM–6PM

 Wednesday through Saturday 10 AM–4 PM

 

 

 

 

“Couch Potato” by Deborah La Fogg Docherty. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Holly Cannon

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Margaret Gray

Skip Hartzell

Heather Ivins

Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Mia Lindberg

Maria G. Miele

Caryl Pomales

Roni Rottner

Jordan Silvia

Molly Potter Thayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caryl Pomales’ “Have you Any Wool”  All rights reserved.

 

 

 

“Animals have been subject matter in the visual arts since the beginning of time. We are so excited about this collaborative effort to have local artists bring attention to the needs of our furry and perhaps not so furry friends and the nonprofits that help them.” said Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of MartinArts.”

 

 

 

 

Heather Ivins’ “Green Fish”  All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Proceeds from sales will benefit MartinArts and local non-profit animal rescue and adoption agencies – Caring Fields Felines, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center.  In addition to the artworks on display, activities throughout the exhibit will include artist demos, pet adoption events, a family fun day with animal education, hands-on activities, library card sign up, and story time provided by the Martin County Library System, Tykes & Teens, and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The legendary classic rock group Gunhill Road’s hit YouTube video celebrating the special relationship between humans and animals, “I Know You’re Real.”    gunhillroadmusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Silvia’s “French Bulldog”. All rights reserved

 

 

 

 

THANK    YOU   TO   OUR   SPONSORS:

 

 

 

 

 

About MartinArts: 

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community. 

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

Visit MartinArts.org for additional details.

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

“Be Squared ~ A Members Exhibition” Opens June 10 At Martin Arts Court House Cultural Center Gallery Featuring 52 Artists’ All Media Artworks In A Square Format

Be Squared“,  A Members Exhibition opens FridayJune 10th at MartinArts’ Court House Cultural Center Gallery in downtown Stuart. Showcasing the diverse talents of 52 artists, each piece is created and presented in a square shape. Throughout the exhibition, a special selection of 8”x8” works, created and donated by participating artists in a variety of mediums, will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit arts education programs in Martin County. A $5 Donation is requested at the door. This exhibit will be on display through July 23, 2022The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, June 10, 2022

5:30  –  7  PM

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ A $5. donation is requested ~

 

 

 

Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

 

 

This exhibit, on display through July 23rd, will showcase the diverse talents of 52 artists who are all members of MartinArts. Unique to the collection, is that each piece is created and presented in a square shape.

 

 

 

 

 

“Moonlighting” by Sharon Ferina

 

 

 

 

Throughout the exhibition, a special selection of 8”x8” works, created and donated by participating artists in a variety of mediums, will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit arts education programs in Martin County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Self Portrait” by Tom Forster

 

 

 

 

“We invite the community to experience these extraordinary works by this exemplary group of artists at our beautiful, historic gallery,” said Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of MartinArts. “Whatever your favorite medium or genre, it’s bound to be showcased in in this exquisitely-presented “square” exhibit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dreaming Zebra” by Dinija Berkien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Gatherers” by Chris Kling

 

 

 

 

 

Be Squared – A Members Exhibition, will feature works by these celebrated MartinArts’ Member Artists:

 

 

Jeanine Baum, Michaelann Bellerjeau, Kimberly Beltrame, Dinija Berkien, Mallo Bisset, Deborah Bottorff, Sally Browning Pearson, Tracy Canada, Holly Cannon, Robert ClenDening, Marc Cohen, Suzanne Connors, Kendra Deltano, Evangelia Deslis, MJ Dowling, Sharon Ferina, Tom Forster, Torenzo Gann, Katie Gianni, Lindsay Hager, Jill Heveron, Heather Ivins, Etheard Joseph, Elizabeth Esther Kelly, Julia Kelly, Justin Klahne, Sue Klahne, Scott Klimek, Chris Kling, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Mia Lindberg, Barbara Z. Lyons, Lorrie McKenna, Dana Meyer, Maria G Miele, Mary Lou Mirabito, Lynn Morgan, Margarita Nielsen Palacios, Janis Clary Oehlschlager, Tom Prestopnik, Mary Lou Pults, Lisa Rapp, Diane Raymond, Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Danuta Rothschild, Bobby Savage, Jordan Silvia, Mark Stall, Marian Vitale, Jesse Walker, Sunny Walker, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

 

 

“Flight Check” by Lynn Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Blue heron Neighbor” by Margarita Nielsen Palacios

 

 

 

About MartinArts:

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

 

For more information: 

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

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986