Innovative Focus Of Visual Art Exhibit And Performing Arts Event On Black History At Center For Creative Education Brings Generations Together

The Center For Creative Education celebrates Black History with a visual arts exhibit that spans generations and visionaries.  The Opening Reception on Friday, February 28 coincides with the Opening Performance of “BLACK WALL STREET, The Play”, the dramatized telling of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre and destruction of one of the wealthy black communities of the 20th Century.  Tickets to the play are also available on Saturday, February 29. The art exhibit continues through the end of March.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Kudos to the CCE for bringing such a moving, insightful combination to the community!





425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33407
T: (561) 805-9927



Black History at Center for Creative Education

February through March 2020:



The Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at Center for Creative Education


P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:  





Opening Reception:


Friday, February 28, 2020


6 PM


$10 Entry


Light Bites and Drinks Provided



Nipsey Hussle Memorial by AndrewGreenaway



Featuring Artworks by:



The late, African American Folk Artist

Jimmie Lee Sudduth

(Fayette, Alabama | 1910-2007)


The late Folk Contemporary Artist

Purvis Young

(Miami, Florida | 1943-2010)


Benny Holmes

(Pleasant City, West Palm Beach)



Exhibiting Artists also include:

Doba Afolabi

Akeem Agbelekale

Ashlee Breyan Sanford

Laurent Dareau

Rosemarie DeJean

Janelle ExtraOrdinary-J Fulford

Jada Grantlin

Andrew Greenaway

Andrew Hollimon

Walter Johnson

Lupe Lawrence

Melissa Loftman

Reverie x Riss

James Silk

Shani Simpson

Katiana Smith






The same evening as the exhibition reception there will be a special performance:





In the Conrad Hilton Theater at CCE:



Friday, February 28 & Saturday, February 29




Creative Touches Productions presents





The dramatized telling of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre and destruction of one of the wealthy black communities of the 20th Century.


Friday, February 28 | 7pm

Saturday, February 29 | 2pm


$5 Youth (15 & Under), $15 Adult (16 & Up)

VIP TICKETS: $25 (Reserved Seating Area and Goodie Bag)

Seating Is Limited, Rain or Shine, No Refunds

ON    SALE    NOW!!




Thank you to our Supporting partner:

Spady Cultural Heritage Museum in Delray Beach

Special Thanks to:

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Culture Builds Florida

This is part of the Black Wall Street, The Play series.


For more information about these events or other programs:

The Gallery at Center for Creative Education
425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33406

For more information about this event, classes, workshops or upcoming exhibits:

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery and Marketing Manager

State Issued Photo ID Required for Visit
T: (561) 805-9927 ext. 106   F: (561) 805-9929

Empowering Students to Grow Academically, Creatively and Socially Through Arts-Based Education





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National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch Presents “Pour Your Heart Out” Acrylic Workshop With Lois Perdue And Tammy Seymour Friday, March 27. Registration Is Open To Public

National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch invites you to a “Pour Your Heart Out” Acrylic workshop on Friday, March 27. Registration is open to members and the public, so make your reservations now and see what the “pour” craze is all about!  Join two award winning artists, Lois Perdue and Tammy Seymour who will show you how to create an art piece without ever using a brush! Learn how to pour paint directly onto the surface of a canvas and maneuver the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other creating a unique work of art! Or use these pieces once dry, as backgrounds to future paintings when you get home.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.










National League of American Pen Women

Fort Lauderdale Branch





Acrylic Pour Painting




“Pour  Your  Heart  Out”    Acrylic  Workshop



With Award-Winning Artist/Instructors


Lois   Perdue   &   Tammy   Seymour


Friday, March 27, 2020

10 am – 2 pm

Members $45.     Non- Members $55.



1350 E Sunrise Blvd.      Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33304





To Register:

Call Tammy Seymour at 954-288-7972 by March 23rd

Email: to reserve your spot





Acrylic Pour Painting




Come join two award winning artists Lois Perdue and Tammy Seymour who will show you how to create an art piece without ever using a brush! Learn how to pour paint directly onto the surface of a canvas and maneuver the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other creating a unique work of art! Or use these pieces once dry, as backgrounds to future paintings when you get home.


Every “pour” painting is different! Even if you used the very same colors prepared exactly the same way and placed them in the same areas of the canvas, the paints would spread and mix in different ways. While you have some control over the spreading and mixing, the paint has a “mind of its own”! And, the most fantastic designs appear.  Some artists enjoy creating this type of art as a change from their usual techniques simply because they don’t have any control about the outcome! It’s always fun and a surprise!


Tammy and Lois will also show you the most important thing to know about a “pour”: what mediums to use, which paints give the best results, and what kind of additives to create a successful “pour” every time.


Supply List:

Bring 3-4 stretched canvas to pour on.

Small sizes as example: 8×10, 9×12, 12×12,11×14*** ,12×16.

Bring a table cover

Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

We Supply the rest!

***   11×14 canvas will be available for purchase at class.




Lois Perdue Abstract Artist:

Lois Perdue has lived in Florida her entire life. She graduated from Florida International University and spent much of her career in the fields of public relations and journalism. In 2007 after retiring, she began a lifelong dream of painting.  A consistent award winner at the local, state and national levels she most recently received a first-place award at Bonnet House’s Impressions Exhibit 2019, Gold Coast Watercolor Society’s Florida Focus 2018 “Best in Show” award and signature membership. Lois also received Florida Watercolor Society’s “2018 Art Societies” award.



Several years ago, in response to a question she is most often asked, “how do you begin an abstract painting”, she responded by starting to teach a workshop course in the South Florida area to organizations, art guilds and businesses for employee therapy! She teaches all levels from traditional artists who want to learn how to paint in an abstract style to new artists. One group to which she belongs raises funds for Broward College young women’s art scholarships.


Lois is involved in numerous art guilds and societies whose purpose it is to educate and inform the community about art: Florida and Gold Coast Water Color Societies, Bonnet House Museum, Coral Springs, Weston, Plantation and Broward Art Guilds, International Society of Experimental Artists and National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch.


Lois tells The Rickie Report, ” I use my feelings, fantasy and imagination combined with colors, shapes, materials and concepts to design and create my unique way of expressing myself through Abstract Art”. She begins many of her paintings on a synthetic Japanese paper called Yupo that when combined with watercolor and acrylic paints explode with vibrant color. Her paintings often have between 10-15 layers of paint and collage to create depth and dimension in the landscape abstract art she creates. Often, she begins her artwork intuitively, sometimes instinctively. “It is a very personal journey I take when I paint that hopefully, conveys a variety of emotions in viewers.”

She is represented by Heritage Gallery and Framing, Tamarac, FL.            954-812-1860




Tammy Seymour,  Watermedia Artist  Wet and Wild:

After working in corporate sales for 30 years, Tammy had time to express her passion for watermedia. Initially she was a self-taught artist with an inherited talent from her father, who was a dedicated landscape artist. Tammy developed her own style.  A resident of Fort Lauderdale, Tammy’s art reflects her environment with its incredible range of rich and sun-drenched colors and abundant wildlife.



Tammy’s prize-winning paintings are inspired by the local nature around her as well as her travels to the U.S. National Parks and abroad. She often paints using photos from her travels and will have a camera close by to capture her next subject.  Personal dedication to environmental conservation led Tammy to initially paint turtles as a major subject matter. This choice was due to their plight for survival. Tammy became known as the “Turtle Lady”!  Her fascination and love of wildlife has expanded to painting the colorful birds of Florida and majestic animals of Africa.



Tammy tells The Rickie Report,” I am an artist whom expresses the WET and WILD experiences of nature in watermedia.  I am inspired by nature, wildlife and the beauty that surrounds us.  When I paint, I seek to capture the personality and quirkiness of my animals starting with their eyes. The eyes resonate with my core and when I can bring them to life, I feel I have created a new magical creature.  Adding a splash of wild color makes everything a bit more beautiful and gives life to these wondrous creatures.  Painting with watercolors, acrylics or gouache allows me the freedom to express myself where my intuition guides me on any given day”.






About the National League of American Pen Women:

The National League of American Pen Women Inc. is a non-profit organization, made up of professional women in the arts.  The object of the League is to create progression and advancement in literary work, visual arts and musical composition.

Since its founding in 1897, the League continues to seek higher mental and intellectual development, with excellent networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union.  Members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures.  Writing and poetry contests, art exhibitions (both juried and non-juried) and music composition competitions, conducted at all levels, branch state, and national.

Each year the Fort Lauderdale Branch awards three $1,250 Scholarships to Broward College Women for Art, Writing and Music.

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West Palm Beach Library Foundation Director, Tami Lesser, Speaks About The Role Of The Mandel Public Library Of West Palm Beach. A Library Is More Than A Building Filled With Books

The Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach is truly a community center!  Our interview with Tami Lesser, West Palm Beach Library Foundation Director gives you more insight to serving 760,000 people each year! Programs at the Library are FREE to you…yet not free to the Library.  Save Saturday, April 4 for Food for ThoughtCall to reserve your spot for a Tour of the Library!  From personal visits, discussions with library staff and the West Palm Beach Library Foundation personnel, The Rickie Report shares the importance of what this library is providing and can provide in the future. Has anyone noticed their “411” address = “Information, please”?  We give you a comprehensive list of all programs available!








West Palm Beach Library Foundation




“Public libraries are the sole community centers left in America. The degree to which a branch of the local library is connected to the larger culture is a reflection of the degree to which the community itself is connected to the larger culture.” – Russell Banks


TRR:  We are excited to welcome you!  Tell us more about your role .



As the new Executive Director of the Library Foundation, I have quickly come to understand and experience these meaningful words by celebrated American writer Russell Banks. The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is much more than a building filled with books; it is vital institution that enriches and strengthens our local community.


Your generous support allows us to continue to provide an educational and inspirational center where children can excel and adults can thrive. Gifts to the Foundation support these fundamental programs, services and resources for our community members who need them most.


TRR:  Can you give us some specific examples of what you offer beyond books?



Every day, I witness magical moments at the Library that showcase the difference we are making in people’s lives:

– Young adults continue their education and earn their High School diploma or earn a job thanks to our job training programs.

– Our senior community stays active with fitness classes and stays engaged by meeting friends for lectures, jazz concerts, and art classes.

– Teens receive guidance from a mentor, learn new skills in job readiness programs, get help with schoolwork from certified teachers, or just hang out with their friends in a safe and creative space.

– Children actively learn, discover and explore while doing homework or reading, and have fun with music, arts and crafts, dance and more.

– Families connect with each other and meet new friends during storytimes, baby yoga, self-lead activities and special events.


Dog Tales at Mandel Public Library



TRR:  Tell us more about “community building”



This Library is a Community Builder – the structure, the wonderful staff and the programs and resources offered are all aiding, encouraging and shaping our community programs in a remarkable and critical way!


The library serves over 760,000 people each year, providing our children, teens, and adults endless opportunities for learning, growth, enrichment, inspiration, entertainment and so much more.


The Library Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for the Library to provide the free quality programs, services and resources that enrich and strengthen our diverse community. A great public library depends on a partnership between private philanthropy and public funding from the City. Because of our generous donors, we have a gem in our community that serves as a center for learning, inspiration and creativity.


To express our appreciation, I am excited to share that we have launched the WPB Library Foundation Giving Society to recognize our supporters, who contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually to the Library Foundation. Our first Giving Society event will be on March 11 with celebrated columnist and author, Leslie Streeter.

Please see our newsletter below for more information about the Giving Society and the March 11 event as well as other important news. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now for our main event, Food for Thought, which takes place on Saturday evening, April 4.

If you have not yet come on a library tour, please let me know and we will make it happen. I look forward to seeing you soon!



Teens at Mandel Public Library



Programs We Fund:

From providing technological support, to highlighting different cultures, to a vast array of programs and services, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach presents many new, unique, and interesting events that are free to the public – but, of course, not really free for the Library. For example, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has supported programs and utilities such as:

  • Baby and toddler yoga classes
  • Equipment, so computers are fully accessible for children
  • Teen Mentoring and Support for high-risk teens
  • Get that Job Programs, preparing youth and adults for the working world
  • GED Programs so individuals obtain high school diplomas
  • Children and Teen Homework help Centers with certified teachers
  • Children’s Summer Academy with a free healthy lunch every day
  • Technology classes/ Girls Can Code classes
  • Art classes
  • Dog Tales


For the child inspired to read on her own after attending story time … the student who needs high-tech computer access to complete his homework assignments … the new resident seeking connections in the community … the job hunter preparing for an interview … the small business owner researching marketing techniques … or the senior who masters sending emails so they can stay in contact with friends and family across the country … the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is here to serve the entire community.

Now is the time for those with the capability to step up and lend support to ensure a strong, accessible, enriching public library for generations to come.

The following are just a few of the programs the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has supported at the Mandel Public Library. To find out how you can support these and other programs, call the Library Foundation at 561-868-7793.



Arts411 at Mandel Public Library


The After School Elementary Homework Center helps children excel in all academic programs.  Located in the heart of the Children’s Library, the center’s certified teachers use creative and interactive teaching methods to assist children.

The Teen Homework Center on the second floor in the teen section of the Library provides high-risk teens with a safe environment where they receive academic support. They have the opportunity to meet with other teens to work on projects in the arts, sciences, and math.  The Library becomes a place where teens receive help with academics while developing and building life skills.

Science Projects 101 helps low-income children achieve gains in scientific literacy.  Since many children lack support at home to complete science projects. During two-hour sessions, students and parents learn about the scientific method and receive kits which include materials needed to complete their science projects.  Pre- and post-survey results have shown that children who participate in the program substantially improve their science knowledge and grades in school.

Children’s Summer Academy minimizes or reverses “Summer Slide” for low income children.  This six-week program provides a safe, accessible learning environment which enables children to maintain and build their skills in reading, writing, science, and math.  Breakfast and lunch are provided as incentives to attend the programs and to provide the energy needed to fully engage in the learning process. 

The Summer Reading Program for preschool- and elementary-age children. This program encourages these children to complete reading logs, which track the number of books they read. Every week, children receive books to help them build their home libraries.  Books selected by the children have included Caps for Sale, A Pocket for Corduroy, Flat Stanley, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Magic Tree House series, Bad Kitty, Captain Underpants, Charlotte’s Web, and James and the Giant Peach.

Early Literacy Bilingual Computer Stations in our KidSpace strengthen the skills of preschoolers to promote school-readiness. These computer stations enable the Library to expand its outreach to young children who have limited or no access to computers at home and at school. At the Mandel Public Library, the Early Literacy Computer Stations increase the Library’s ability to meet school-readiness goals for both English and non-English speakers.

Dog Tales provides reluctant readers with opportunities to read aloud to trained therapy dogs that listen to these young readers so they can develop a love of reading and improve their reading comprehension.  With dogs present six days a week during the school year and three days a week during the summer, Dog Tales has become a treasured program.  The Library ensures that new Library Edition books are available for the children who participate in the program.

Let’s Read is a volunteer-based literacy program that improves the reading skills of children. Annually, forty volunteers trained in the art of reading aloud bring story times to 1,800 students in four academically struggling schools. This results in children developing stronger reading skills and a love for books.  Children in the program receive gift books to build their home libraries.  Children served through this program begin to develop a lifelong relationship with the value of the printed word and begin to see reading as an enjoyable experience.

Teen Mentoring builds self-esteem and provides teens with the confidence and motivation they need to be successful in life. Teens come to the Library and discover a safe haven where they will receive homework help, get advice on life’s challenges, make friends who have similar interests, and receive assistance with job readiness, GED, and college preparedness. At-risk teens acquire the skills needed to become outstanding, responsible citizens.  A variety of activities designed with their needs in mind, such as lectures, arts and crafts, poetry slams, and group technology projects, help them develop a more positive outlook on the future.

Young Adult to Senior Adult programs abound at the Library as recreational, educational, and cultural settings. The Library provides free skill-building, physically engaging, and diverse life experiences which are not found anywhere else.  Tango, swing dance, yoga, and Pilates are just a handful of the classes offered at the Library. Imaginations soar and educational opportunities thrive for tens of thousands of people every week.

Job Readiness Programs, underemployed, and unemployed young people and adults eager to find work and/or full-time positions take place through out the year.  Due to their lack of computer and job readiness skills, adults receive assistance in preparing resumes, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, gaining computer program knowledge, and improving writing skills.

Studio 411 Art Classes and Lectures   is a comprehensive studio space for the library’s popular range of arts programs, where  artistic adults can create, explore, and learn about a variety of arts and crafts from painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, soap-making and even jewelry-making…with all supplies included!  This studio provides so many adults in our community an outlet to be creative, develop their talents, and learn from local artists.
Arts programming at the Mandel Public Library is funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation supported by YOUR generous donations.





VIP Cocktail Reception with Black Widow Author Leslie Gray Streeter for Giving Society Members

Join Leslie Gray Streeter, The Palm Beach Post columnist and new author, for a discussion of her memoir,
Black Widow: A Sad/Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title 

MARCH 11, 2020  Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  VIP Cocktail Reception for WPB Library Foundation Giving Society
Meet the celebrated columnist and new author during her book launch tour.
Members will receive a signed copy of the book, and complimentary valet parking at the Library Book Drop on Clematis Street.
Reserve your seat at 561-868-7715 or
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Black Widow Book Discussion & Signing,

FREE and open to the public



Last day to pledge:

 Wednesday, February 26 at 9 pm



Just make a donation of $20 or more to our charity page on theAmerican Honda Birdies for Childrenwebsite and then guess the total number of birdies that will be made by the entire field in the four rounds of the 2020 Honda Classic golf tournament.  To help you along, they provide you with the total number of birdies made in each of the last ten tournaments.  Best of all, 110% of your donation will benefit the WPBLF.


Donate here to benefit the WPBLF and make your best birdies guess:



2020 Food For Thought    Saturday, April 4, 2020

6:30 – 9:30 PM

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach   411 Clematis Street | West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Complimentary Valet at the Library Book Drop on Clematis Street. You’re invited to an elegant dinner party featuring notable authors and personalities leading an array of lively discussions. Choose your table host to converse, inquire, and engage with this expert, and guests of similar interest, about your favorite topic. Gain insights about varied topics including the arts, architecture, culture, current affairs, entertainment, history, literature, music, news, science, and more. Dinner will be served in the impressive ‘Grand Reading Room on the 4th Floor. Your support benefits the free quality programs, services and resources at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach that enrich and strengthen our diverse community. Peruse the menu of great conversations and table hosts on our website   Cocktail Attire.  The vision of the West Palm Beach Library  Foundation is to create an inspired community where children excel and adults thrive. After purchasing you tickets we will contact you to chose your table host our you are welcome to call: Nickie Hennevelt 561-868-7715 Sponsorship opportunities please call: Nickie Hennevelt 561-868-7715




For more information:


Mail a check to the West Palm Beach Library Foundation:

411 Clematis Street  3rd Floor  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Call Tami Lesser at 561-868-7793

To join the Giving Society, contact Executive Director Tami Lesser
at 561-868-7793    Levels starting at $1,000 minimum annually.








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Delray Art League Expands Its Programs, Open To All Artists And Arts Organizations As DAL Prepares For 55th Anniversary

The Delray Art League (DAL) announces its new “Artists and Easels” events throughout downtown Delray Beach. DAL hosts First Friday Art Walks at SubCulture Coffee on Atlantic Avenue the 1st Friday of each month and will be adding Pop-up locations near Old School Square.  DAL celebrates its 55th Anniversary in 2021 and is planning its “Vision 2020” Art Festival in the fall and spring of 2021. All events will be listed with ZAPP and are open to members, prospective members, artists from other organizations, and all local artists. DAL encourages artist conversations, meeting new friends, and enjoying the local arts community in Delray Beach.  Best of all, it’s FREE!  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  








Ron Rizzi, President of the Delray Art League tells The Rickie Report, “The Delray Art League will celebrate its 55th Anniversary in 2021. We’re preparing for this grand event as we formulate plans for our Vision 2020 Art Festival in the Fall of 2020 through the Spring of 2021. As we schedule these new events and select locations in and around Delray Beach, we’ll be using ZAPP for event registration. Events will be listed there for our members and also prospective members and artists from other organizations. The jury process and event application for each show will make it simpler for everyone to participate”. 








DAL will continue with its new “Artists and Easels” events in 2020 throughout downtown Delray Beach. It hosts First Friday Art Walk at SubCulture Coffee on Atlantic Avenue the first Friday of each month beginning at 6 PM. We encourage our League members and members to come, join in the fun and bring one of their artworks to be displayed on their easel out front on Atlantic Avenue.




More pop up locations will be added near Old School Square and on Atlantic Avenue later this month and will be the best place to follow Artists and Easels events. It’s simple to RSVP as a Delray Art League member or as a member. These events are open to all local artists in the community. We encourage artist conversations, meeting new friends and enjoying the Local Arts Community together in Delray Beach!  Best of all it’s Free!

Please email Pamela Lambie at

Sign up and RSVP directly!





We also have a few select outdoor events coming up in downtown Delray Beach at Veteran’s Park on Atlantic Avenue. The dates for the upcoming shows are March 7th &  8th and April 4th & 5th. We will make booth space available for non-members as well. 



Please email Bruce Bain at for more information.




1440 N. Federal Highway    Delray Beach, FL



Please visit the Heart of Delray Gallery on 1440 N. Federal Highway in Delray Beach. The Delray Art League is home to our member artist gallery within the Heart of Delray. We currently showcase over 25 of our local member artists in the member gallery. There is plenty of parking, it’s convenient and also a wonderful gallery to see over 70 professional artists work and meet some of the artists in residency there. Tell Dan the Delray Art League invited you!


For more information:


Ron Rizzi, President

Kathi Stamm, Treasurer

Howard Sherman,  VP


Our Website:





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Tibetan Monks Visit Stuart Area February 17 – 23. Public Invited To Lectures, Children’s Activities, Mandala Rituals, And Cultural Dinner

The Martin Artisans Guild and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast will co-host a group of Tibetan Monks at The Palm Room Gallery and at the Church. From February 17 – 23, several monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will provide Cultural Pageants, lectures and children’s events, including  the creation and dissolution of a mandala.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Some events require advanced registration and have limited seating, so make your plans now!




Martin Artisans Guild


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast










February 17 – 23






 Creation of the Sacred Mandala:  

Monday, February 17    11 am – 4 pm



Ongoing Creation of Mandala:


Tuesday, February 18                 10 am – 3pm

Wednesday February 19            10 am – 3 pm

Thursday , February 20             10 am – 5 pm

Friday, February 21                     10 am – 5 pm

Saturday February 22                 10 am – 5 pm






Sunday, February 23        1 pm



ALL Located at:   

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida





Monday, February 17:


Childrens’ Coloring Tibetan Designs   4 – 5 pm

Sacred Art Tour Fire Puja house blessing  7 – 8 pm

Tuesday, February 18:


Mani Stone Workshop    4 – 6 pm

Wednesday, February 19:


Tibetan Dinner and Cultural Pageant   7 –  9 pm


Saturday, February 22:  


World Peace Puja  1 – 3 pm



ALL Located at:

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast

21 SE Central Parkway    Stuart,FL 



~Registration for events is requested~


~Donations are appreciated~


Additional information and registration sites:

Or Call:  Suzanne Connors   336.693.4606

Event schedules available at the Palm Room or the Church locations



From February 17-23 several monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will visit Martin County and bring their teachings of ancient ways and beliefs that create the possibility of global peace, nonviolent conflict resolution, compassion and wisdom. Highlighting their trip is the creation of a Sacred Sand Mandala in the Martin Artisans Guild Palm Room exhibition space. The monks will share Tibetan culture and traditions, as well as offer us universal lessons on compassion and impermanence.





The Sacred Art Tour supports the 2,000 monks in Mundgod, India, with funds for their education, healthcare and nutrition. Handcrafts by Tibetan artisans will be offered for sale. The Martian Artisans Guild is comprised of professional artists from the county who have banded together to promote the arts in Martin County. Their yearly activities include the Martin County Open Studio Tour which is held the third weekend of January, numerous exhibitions, artist seminars, a county gallery guide, and other art related opportunities for artists and the general public. Their goal is to make Martin County an arts destination.



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Artists Guild Of Boca Museum Of Art Invites Public Today To A Free Musical Presentation With Howard Greenblatt And A Free Photography Lecture With Allan Pierce On February 20

The Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum of Art invites you to a FREE Special Musical Presentation with Howard Greenblatt  TODAY.  On Thursday, February 20, Award winning photographer, Allan Pierce, will speak about “Creativity & Photography”. These FREE events require an RSVP The Rickie Report shares the details here. Not a member yet?  This is the perfect time to check out this professional artist networking organization!







2910 N. Federal Hwy   Boca Raton, FL 33431  (In Elegance Plaza)

Gallery Hours:  TUE – SAT: 10AM – 6PM      SUN: 1 – 5PM





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 2 – 3  PM








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7   – 8:30   pm








Free admission & Parking      

Open to the Public


Online at

Via email to



2910 N. Federal Hwy   Boca Raton, FL 33431  

(In Elegance Plaza)






For detailed information about this event, future exhibits, and membership, please visit:

For more information:

Steve Nash:



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Palm Beach Watercolor Society Brings Renown Artist, Jane Slivka, For 3 Day Workshop March 9 – 11. Registration Is Open To Members And Non-Members

The Palm Beach Watercolor Society (PBWS) brings renown watercolor artist Jane Slivka to Delray Beach, FL to offer a three-day workshop on March 9,10,11, 2020.  The workshop is open to members and non-members, so  get your calendars out and register now!  Jane captivates students with her genuine charm and natural talent.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few peeks at Jane’s work.
















MARCH 9, 10, 11, 2020

 Old School Square

 51 Swinton Avenue  Delray Beach, Fl


Jane Slivka discovers new inspirations for her portfolio every day at the beaches in sunny Florida, from her love of people and culture, and through the play of shadow and light on old buildings. A truly gifted artist, she brings paint to life with ease and elegance. Jane captivates students and audiences alike with her genuine charm and natural talent.





3 Day Acrylic Workshop

March 9,10,11 2020

9 – 4 each day

Old School Square

51 Swinton Ave.   Delray Beach, Florida

Contact Adrienne Walker:  516-885-4199

Questions? Call Steve..  561-632-0812







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Old Floresta Plein Air And Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibit Opens Tomorrow, February 4 At Boca Raton Museum Of Art School. Mark Your Calendars For One-Day Workshops On Friday, February 21 And Sunday, February 23.

The Boca Museum Art School invites the public to the Old Floresta Plein Air and Sogetsu Ikebana Reception on Tuesday, February 4. Mark your calendars for Friday, February 21 and Sunday, February 23 and take One-Day workshops in a multiple of techniques!  If you think you are too busy to commit for a full term class, this is your opportunity to relax, have fun, explore your creativity, elevate your artistic skills or acquire new techniques in just one day. The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks of classes.





Boca Raton Museum Art School

801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm   Saturdays: 9 am – 4 pm

Monday – Thursday: 9 AM – 9 PM  Friday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 4 PM










 5:30 – 7:30 -PM




 The Plein Air Palm Beach and Art School’s Old Floresta Paint Out artists and Chieko Mihori’s advanced Sogetsu style of ikebana students will be exhibiting works never before seen.


This Exhibition runs through February 19, 2020









Friday, February 21    All day Workshop



Beautiful Paintings With Oil Pastels

Genie Appel- Cohen

Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Did you always want to paint, but were unsure about your skills with a brush? Instructor, Genie Appel-Cohen will show you all the techniques to create your own art masterpieces. In this not-to-be-missed workshop, you will learn blending, build-up, and scrape down techniques. We will cover simple color theory and composition. Create the art that’s in your heart, with oil pastels! Materials included. 45 minute break for lunch.










If you think you are too busy to commit for a full term class, this is your opportunity to relax, have fun, explore your creativity, elevate your artistic skills or acquire new techniques in just one day.






  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm… Mixed Media Florals– Jacalyn Gmoch
  • Create unique and beautiful floral blossoms using a variety of materials including watercolors and acrylics. No artistic painting experience required.









  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm..Painterly DrawingBeth Sloat
  • Take your drawings to a new place with water soluble graphite, watercolor pencils, and/or Inktense pencils and aqua brushes. Learn to use color selectively and with restraint for maximum effect. Graphite pencils, erasers, bristol paper and aqua brushes will be included. Color pencils will be available.









  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm… Figure Painting, A Comprehensive Study – Roumen Boudev
  • Learn how to paint the anatomical structure of the human form while properly mixing the skin tones and applying the principles of color theory. Emphasis is placed on the properties of color, cool and warm color variations, and representing textures. Our objective is to complete a finished figure painting study, while exploring the traditional old masters’ painting methods and techniques.









  • ​10:00 am – 4:00 pm..Basic Watercolor Painting – Janet Onofrey
  • Using still lifes as subjects, students will explore basic color usage, brushes, and paper. We will experiment with gradient washes, sponging, scratching, dry brushing, masking, wet-on-wet and more. The Basic session will make you comfortable using this medium and enjoy the flow of color. Some drawing ability is helpful. (Bring lunch for a half hour break.)









  • ​10:00 am – 4:00 pm..Multiple Figure Composition – Barbara Wasserman
  • Using a live nude model students will develop a single composition from 3 to 4 poses. The emphasis will be on how to put these poses together using the same model to form a composition. Large format permitted but not require. All mediums accepted. (Bring lunch for an hour break.)







  • 10:00 am – NOON..Impact of Van Gogh’s Letters – Ralph Papa
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm… Impact of Van Gogh’s LettersRalph Papa
  • In this 2 hour presentation of slides and demos, Ralph Papa will cover the impact that Vincent Van Gogh’s letters have had on him personally as well as on the world at large. Through images of selected letters, drawings and paintings, Papa will provide a personal understanding and insight into the mind and work of Van Gogh as if he himself were sitting beside us.



For more information about this exhibit, classes and more:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486





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Wellington Art Society Invites Public To Monthly Meeting Featuring Anita Lovitt On Wednesday, February 12 Plus Two Art Exhibits On Tuesday, February 25.

The Wellington Art Society will feature Anita Lovitt as their demonstrator on Wednesday, February 12 at the Wellington Community Center.  The public is welcome to this free eventMeet and greet will be followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting. Anita’s presentation will be the highlight of the meeting followed by an art raffle. On Tuesday, February 25, the public is invited to two art exhibits at the Wellington Community Center and City Hall. Enjoy the free reception and a demonstration by Raymonde Talleyrand.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Check out WAS – it offers fabulous artist networking opportunities.








Public Is Invited To Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  February 12, 2020


6:30 pm


Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL






All events open to members and non-members




Anita Lovitt



Anita Lovitt is a multitalented artist, designer, teacher and author.  She was born and raised in Philadelphia.  Because she was always interested in science she majored in chemistry at Penn State University but after taking a summer art course she changed her major to art and graduated with a BFA in illustration from Philadelphia College of Art.  She began her professional career as an artist with Hallmark in Kansas City.  In order to expand her artistic experience she studied theater design at the University of Kansas and moved to New York City to work as a freelance illustrator and later as a Graphic Design Coordinator at the Shakespeare Festival.



“Lobster” by Anita Lovitt



In 2001 Anita moved to Delray Beach.  Using her knowledge from theater school she created the iconic “Dancing Pineapples” mural which made a huge impact on downtown development for Delray Beach.  She now serves on the Public Art Advisory Board of Delray Beach and created the “ArtFans” campaign which gives out wood and paper fans at free events to promote good will and offer information about art in Delray Beach 





“Hat People” by Anita Lovitt


In 2018, Anita gave a lecture at the Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches entitled “It’s All About Taste” exploring whether food and art are related—YES!  She is a member of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society and has just won a second place prize at their current show in Patch Reef Park .







At The Community  Center


City Hall Galleries:

 “Season  Of  Light”    and    “Celebrate  Art”

Tuesday, February 25       5 – 7 pm


Raymonde Talleyrand will be doing a demonstration at the Community Center

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL



“Season of Light” is being exhibited at the Community Center and “Celebrate Art” is the exhibit at City Hall.  The Community Center is located just south of City Hall on Forest Hill Boulevard.  There will be light refreshments, door prizes, an artist demonstration and a People’s Choice Award presentation for each exhibit.  A total of 26 artists are exhibiting 108 pieces of art at the two venues.  Most of the art pieces are for sale and many artists offer prints of their work.  The reception is open to the public, free of charge so come and enjoy original art and meet the artists.



The artists exhibiting are:

Fawn McNeill Barr

Natalie Bodre

Betty Brodie

Liz Demaree

Hildegard Donavan

Stan Greenfield

Jay Harmon

Patsy Heller

Jean Howard

Laura Jaffe

Sharon Kleiman

Erica Kyle

Marie Lentine

Joanne Baker MacLeod

Susan Mosely

Ana Noble

Susan Oakes

Candace Platz

Rebecca Profitt

Holly Rutchey

Vasantha Siva

Raymonde Talleyrand

Geraldine Weinert

Jean Williard

Betty Jane Zedonek

Hermi Zumado



Please join us for a free, lovely reception and great art.  Come and bring

Your family, neighbors or your club.  Everyone is welcome!




The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

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Sally Cooper Is Featured Artist At Cornell Art Museum Spotlight Gallery In Delray Beach. Public Welcome To Opening Reception And Exhibit On February 7

Celebrated and published artist, Sally Cooper, will be honored with a SOLO Exhibit at the Spotlight Gallery, part of the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, FL.  The public is invited to view over 17 of Sally’s artworks at “Painting Outside the Lines” on Friday, February  7 for an Opening Reception and to meet the artist. The exhibit runs through March 1, 2020.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. We also suggest you check out Sally’s classes and workshops!












Sally Cooper (Photo courtesy of Angie Meyers)



Opening Reception/Meet the Artist

Friday, February 7

6 – 9 pm

Refreshments will be served

Free admission during Art Walk (First Fridays  6 – 9 pm )

Cash bar and light bites.

Exhibit is available February 7 – March 1, 2020

Cornell Art Museum

51 N. Swinton Avenue   Delray Beach, FL 3344



Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm; Friday:  11 am – 8 pm; Saturday:  Noon – 8 pm; Sunday:  Noon – 5 pm; Monday & Tuesday:  CLOSED

Admission:  $8 (general); $5 (seniors 65+ and students with ID); free for children under 12, Old School Square members and Veterans



“Bougainvillea”  by Sally Cooper




Sally Cooper tells The Rickie Report, “My artistic journey began at a young age.  At that time I was only interested in capturing an image or photo likeness.  A big change occurred in my work in 1980 when I was introduced to painting non-objectively in a Creative Watercolor workshop taught by Miles Batt.  A whole world opened and I was hooked.  I began to experiment in non-traditional ways with acrylics, gesso and various polymer mediums. I also became extremely interested in Asian calligraphy and sought out different books on the subject.  The powerful flying brush strokes, the splashes of fresh ink/paint and the spontaneous fluid movement have been influential and I began to incorporate my own personal calligraphy and mark-making into my paintings”.




“Edgewater” by Sally Cooper



It has been almost 40 years since taking that Creative Watercolor Workshop and Sally’s work today is about a creative process rather than a specific image or place.  She works intuitively and enjoys the direct experience of the art-making —the process, the spontaneity and surprise elements of painting.



“Zen Garden”  by Sally Cooper



Sally explains, “Starting with a primed large unstretched canvas or sometimes  stretched canvas I build my abstracts layer by layer.  I start by placing triadic colors (three hues, equally spaced on the color wheel), plus raw umber, white and black for tinting and shading the colors — mix a few together, grab a brush and then follow intuitive promptings and apply a big gestural linear mark or brushstroke that comes from deep within.  These intuitive promptings are like a dance.  I quickly move back and forth applying marks, keeping some, veiling over others, stepping back every so often, studying, looking, moving, deciding which marks to keep and which marks to take away.  This play or process continues until a painting evolves”.




“Daybreak” by Sally Cooper




Sally’s painting Everglades 2 was selected as one of 350 out of over 1,000 applicants for publication in Studio Visit Volumes 47 and 48 which will be out in the Summer, 2020. This is a magazine of contemporary artwork.  Sally took First Place in 2017 in The Artist’s Magazine’s National competition for Conversation in Blue which was published in the March 2018 issue.  In 2017 her work was included in the publication Art Journey Abstract Painting, A Celebration of Contemporary Art.  In 2015 Sally’s painting Blue Horizon was chosen for the cover of The Artist’s Magazine along with a feature article and her work has been featured in Acrylic Artist, Professional Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.  Sally is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and a member of Chroma Paints Independent Teaching Program for their Atelier Interactive acrylic paints and mediums.  





Sally teaches Discovering Abstract Painting and a unique Expressive Abstract – Large Scale Painting Workshop (this workshop takes place in a 1925 Vintage Gymnasium which plenty of space to paint) at Old School Square Creative Arts School in Delray Beach.  For more information on these classes and workshops go to

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