Michael J D’Amato’s Photography And Digital Art Dynamic Interpretations And 3D Photo Sculptures Are Featured At Plunge Beach Resort

Michael J D’Amato is a Photographer and Digital Artist who continually looks for new ways to edit what he sees and show us other possibilities! On Wednesday, December 13, 2023, his work will be featured at Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale by the Sea.  His award winning artwork has been part of international and national exhibits, bringing viewers a different eye to photography. The Rickie Report shares the details  and some sneak peeks of this Free Art Event and encourages you to meet the artist and hear what piques his interest and inspires him. RSVP is recommended!











6  –  7:30  PM

Plunge Beach Resort

4660 El Mar Drive     Lauderdale By The Sea, FL   33308


Extensive international travel over the past 10-plus years has afforded Michael one-of-a-kind moments when the uniqueness of a place and the right time of day align to present themselves to a watchful eye.  At the same time a good portion of his work centers around architecture (mostly black and white), using geometry and structure, light and shadow, long exposure, darkening filters and multipoint perspective to compel the viewer to examine iconic structures as majestic elements of a culture.





In 2021 he introduced a new twist to photography, 3D photo sculpture, where dimensionality is given to an architectural image by layering segments atop each other. As a largely self-taught artist, his unique perspective is apparent to the viewer. As a photographer he is the counterpart to the subject. When both are in sync, the art reveals itself.







And when you see, when you spend time looking, re-looking, scouting, waiting, surveilling and examining, that’s when you start feeling.  And feeling is interpreting too.



Some of the images reflect my feelings at the scene.  Less about accuracy, more about the impression I had. 



The black and white images start by removing the distraction of color and ask you to focus on the shape, volume, light, shadow, delicateness and grandeur of the subject.



The 3-D photo sculptures are the end result of extracting an element from a building or bridge and reimagining an entirely different entity —sometimes keeping the original features and sometimes extrapolating on those features and plowing new ground.




For more information about Michael’s photography:








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

Modern Edge Frameworks Grand Opening In Tradition Village Center On Saturday, December 9th Special Discount On Framing Orders, Free Art Raffle, Refreshments And An Array Of Frames That Will Boggle Your Imagination

Modern Edge Frameworks has recently opened in Tradition Village Center, next to Publix and everyone is invited to the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, December 9, 2023!   With a 23 year history of custom framing for residential and commercial clientele in Stuart, FL, a second location is now open in Port St. Lucie. Stop by for refreshments, a 10% discount on your next framing project and free raffle drawings. You’ll be enchanted by the options that await you! Duncan Hurd and his staff dispel the notion that choosing frames is too difficult because they make it fun!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks and the back-story.





Tradition Village Center

10370 SW Village Center Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34987



Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm










Join us during this special day of celebration.


Discover framing as it should be. 


10% Off your next frame project to every visitor


Artwork Raffle (free) 


Light refreshments



For over 23 years, Modern Edge Frameworks has been providing custom picture framing for both residential and commercial clientele in Stuart, and we’re thrilled to have opened a second location in Port St. Lucie. We are known for our friendly service and quality craftsmanship. We love framing and it shows!






With literally thousands of options to choose from, custom framing can be hard. At Modern Edge Frameworks we make it easy … and fun!







Whether it’s your first time framing or you’re an old hand, we’ll help you find something that meets your budget and that you can’t wait to put on your wall.













Contact:  pam@modernedgeframeworks.com



We also offer a selection of art-inspired gifts, as well as provide delivery and installation service.







The Back-Story


In 2000, Ronnie and Barbara Hedgepeth opened a small frame shop in Jensen Beach, Florida.  Childhood sweethearts, Ronnie had been the southeast regional manager of the frame business at Ben Franklin stores for many years. They named their store Friendly Framers. Ronnie and Barbara welcomed one and all with their southern charm and folksy ways, making friends of each of their customers.

As the years passed the business grew and moved into a much larger space in the Cedar Pointe Plaza on Ocean Boulevard in Stuart, where they flourished. Upon Ronnie’s death in 2019, Barbara vowed to keep the family business going. Three years later, when she called us, owners of The Gilt Complex in downtown Stuart, and asked if we would take over the business. She announced she was retiring to live with her son in the mountains of North Carolina.

For us, it was an easy decision to make. When we purchased The Gilt Complex, a custom framing and art restoration business, one of the first things we did was to stop by and introduce ourselves to Ronnie and Barbara. They couldn’t have been nicer. Instead of thinking of us as competitors, they welcomed us as colleagues – another friend. Over the years we worked together. They would refer projects to us and we to them – whenever one of us felt the other was better equipped to handle a particular situation. So, of course, when Barbara asked, we leapt at the opportunity..

That was in the summer of 2022. We remodeled the showroom, which even Barbara would tell you needed a refresh. We gave it a more modern look, with white walls, gray floors, and black display cases. We even added a computerized sales system. In a very short time our business has grown, to the point we are now adding a second showroom in Tradition. We still believe in the things Ronnie and Barbara believed in – a wide selection of high-quality frames and framing accessories, a strong devotion to the craft of framing, and an unwavering dedication to service with a smile.

With the remodeling of the showroom and a new store in Tradition, we decided that a complete rebranding was in order. Thus, Modern Edge Frameworks was born. We work closely with The Gilt Complex, who provides all our delivery and installation services. And we continue to build upon Ronnie and Barbara’s legacy, making friends with everyone who enters our showroom.  

~Duncan Hurd




Tradition Village Center
10370 SW Village Center Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34987



Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm


Call Duncan Hurd at 772-486-4880  or  Email:    duncan@modernedgeframeworks.com




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Ilene Gruber Adams And Deborah Smith Are Featured Artists At Zero Empty Spaces At Legacy Place In Palm Beach Gardens For Special December Art Show And Sale. Opening Reception Is Thursday, December 14. This Year, Give The Gift Of Art

Meet Featured artists, Ilene Gruber Adams and Deborah Smith on Thursday evening, December 14 to celebrate the season with music, wine and ART at Zero Empty Spaces, a collective of 22 artists at Legacy Place Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The space is open to the public every day from 12 – 5. An award-winning artist, Adams works in both mixed media and photography, often combining the two in installation pieces.  Her photography is bright with over-accentuated colors; her mixed media work is usually nostalgic and delicate, and looks at how our world and life mesh together.  Newer to the art stage, Smith’s art fuses images from magazines, newspapers and books to create colorful collages that are uniquely whimsical, surreal, layered and abstract. This year, why not give yourself and your loved ones the gift of art. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





Celebrate  art  and  toast  the  season!

December Art Show Reception

 Zero Empty Spaces 

11300 Legacy Ave. Suite 140



Thursday, December 14, 2023

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Hors d’Oeuvres, Refreshments – 

and Beautiful Art for Sale 





20% of Ilene’s sales will benefit Magen David Adom and IDF





Exhibit is available December 6, 2023 – January 6, 2024



New to Florida from Boston, Debora Smith (who has been doing collage artwork for many years) is using her retirement from a business and marketing consultation career, to spending more time on creating collages. Her art is quite eclectic, using images from magazines, newspapers, and books to create colorful collages that can be both whimsical and fanciful, or more layered and abstract in tone and composition.  Smith tells The Rickie Report, ” I generally have ten pieces going at once, so I need a fairly large surface space to mix, pick, and play with images as the spirit moves me.” Works for sale also include vibrant reproductions on ceramic tile and several size and framing options ideal for art lovers to collect or give as gifts.  

For more information: dsmith@deborahsmithgroup.com  




Ilene Gruber Adams, owner of The Marketing Works of Palm Beach, is a web designer, graphic designer, marketing guru and artist combining her business acumen with her artistic skills to create branding and marketing that best represents you or your business. She is a Wix agency partner and creates and markets businesses worldwide.

For more information:  www.ileneadams.com                                TheMarketingWorksPalmBeach

Call 5613460172  or email: ilene@themarketingworkspalmbeach.com





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

Caryl Pomales Is Hosting A One Day Holiday Hand-Painted Designer Handbag Extravaganza On Monday, December 4 At The Palm Room Gallery & Artisans Boutique. All Palm Room Artists Are Offering 10% Off For Shoppers.

Caryl Pomales is hosting a 1 day Holiday Hand Painted Designer Handbag Extravaganza at The Palm Room Gallery and Artisans Boutique in Stuart. Enter a drawing for a hand-painted Kate Spade wristlet with purchase ($189. value).  ALL Palm Room Artists are offering 10% off boutique prices on Monday, December 4, 2023.   Refreshments and holidays treats will be served throughout the day.  Caryl is sharing a personalized take on elevating a designer bag to be truly one-of-a-kind!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




1 day only

Enter drawing to win a hand-painted Kate Spade wristlet with purchase ($189.00 value) 







Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique



Hand-painted one-of-a-kind Kate Spade handbag by Caryl Pomales




 3746 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL

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


Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm

(excluding Christmas Day)

Caryl Pomales tells The Rickie Report, ” For as long as I can remember, I’ve been guided by a creative force. Creative magic began for me as an adolescent. My love of color merged on to canvas in a free and exciting way and I was inspired to continue on with learning more and expanding my creative painting practice. I was hooked! My adult career was diversified however, I continued to deepen my knowledge and awareness of self and my connection with the universe through my artistic expression. I never lost sight of my ultimate dream of becoming a full time artist, painter and creative designer”.



Hand-painted one-of-a-kind Kate Spade handbags by Caryl Pomales




She explains, “Although it seems like yesterday, it’s been a decade since my mom, (my very best friend and mentor) passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. In her final months, she lost her ability to verbally communicate; however, though words failed us, I knew that something must still speak. I learned at this point that when words fail, images and art speaks. Creative signs of affection and drawings became my primary form of communication. A picture became worth a thousand words and a lifetime of love”.




Hand-painted one-of-a-kind Kate Spade handbag by Caryl Pomales




Caryl’s painting practice was influenced by and continues to flourish out of a need to communicate and to express joy, love and compassion. It remains a daily labor of love.  She says, “I truly believe that art shines a light and speaks, some days as a delicate whisper; other days it is a mighty roar. Regardless, I listen to this voice, as I truly believe that light shines a light, and is the only form of expression that speaks unwaveringly! 


Listen to your inner voice, rediscover the child that lives within you, be curious and brave, break a few rules along the way and follow your dreams with kindness and a revolution in your heart. The rest will take care of itself.     ~Caryl Pomales


Caryl is an active member of Artists’ of Florida-LLC, North County Art League, Tequesta, FL; The Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL; The Vero Beach Art Museum of Vero Beach, FL; The Wellington Art Society, Wellington, FL; The Arts Council of Martin County FL, Stuart, FL.  Recent Recognitions include: Graduate 2020 of the Immersion SPD Course with designer Bonnie Christine. Featured Artist, Artsy Shark 2019; Honorable Mention 39th Annual Members’ Show,  Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL; 2nd Place Winner for “Flourish” at the Tropical Temptations Exhibition at the Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique.





Instagram: www.instagram.com/carylfineart

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carylfineart

For more information about The Palm Room visit www.martinartisansguild.org.


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

Deb Yager Is One Of The Featured Artists At Armory Art Center’s Holiday Arts Festival December 1st – 3rd And Empty Bowls December 9, 2023.

Deb Yager is a singer, songwriter and artist who is one of the participants in the Armory Art Center’s Holiday Arts Festival on Friday, December 1, Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, 2023.  From being a musician on the road from the west coast to the east coast, she also creates iconic paintings using her blind contour drawing style.  Deb is also involved in giving back to the community, so mark your calendars and RSVP for Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Trinity Delray Lutheran Church and School in Delray Beach to celebrate The Palm Beach County Food Bank-Empty Bowls event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!








Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 – 3, 2023





“Nomad Happy and Stoked” by Deb Yager




Friday Hours:  5 – 8 pm



Saturday & Sunday Hours:  10 am – 5 pm








“Here Comes The Sun” by Deb Yager




The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of The Square West Palm Beach. The festival takes place on the Armory’s historic campus.





“Cuba Musica” by Deb Yager






Deb Yager lived in The Live Music Capital of the World, Austin Texas as a singer songwriter. She had the opportunity to play at many notable venues and see a plethora of singer songwriters live & up close. She drew local Musicians and their instruments. Then went on the road to play music all over the west coast from Washington state to South Florida. When she found a “for rent” sign tacked to a coconut tree (not kidding) and exclaimed “Stop the Car!!” I always wanted to live in this neighborhood! Got off the road for a month that turned into ten years! Yikes!





Mermaid painting by Deb Yager




Now living in a “surf shack” turned art studio in south Florida, her work continues to expand into Bright colored Watercolor Seahorses and Mermaids, Local cottages and iconic businesses in her blind contour drawing style with watercolor.  Most recently painting brightly colored acrylic Crazy Abstract Roosters on canvas.




For more information about Deb’s appearance at the Armory Art Center’s Holiday Arts Festival: 




Deb also supports the Palm Beach County Food Bank by Volunteering and also supporting their annual “Empty Bowls” Event by painting Bowls with many other artists in PBC.








The 8th Annual

Empty   Bowls   Delray   Beach




Saturday, December 9, 2023

Trinity Delray Lutheran Church and School




400 N Swinton Ave    Delray Beach, FL 33444








Register and attend The Palm Beach County Food Bank-Empty Bowls event! Deb tells The Rickie Report, “I am excited to work with such a great organization. This event is not only an opportunity to support a worthy cause but also a chance to enjoy delicious food and connect with others in the community”.




See more of Deb’s body of work at:



Instagram     @artistdebyager



Deb still plays gigs with her singer songwriter husband Bo Reynolds. You can hear her music at debyager.com and her husband at boreynolds.com.




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






ENDANGERED Art4Apes Announces Winners Of Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023 With A Free Virtual Exhibit. Partial Proceeds From Sales Benefit Center For Great Apes

Art4Apes is delighted to announce the opening of ENDANGERED Online! 2023,  showcasing  25% top scoring entries to ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023This Free VIRTUAL Exhibition runs until December 23, 2023.  Partial proceeds from sales benefit Center for Great Apes.  Kudos to all entries and congratulations to the winners!  The Rickie Report shares the details and images of  the first prize winners in this article, to see all the prize winners click here.






ENDANGERED Online! 2023




Online exhibit features prize winners and top 25% scored entries


ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023 

Exhibition runs until December 23rd  


1st Prize – Fine Art

Sheryl Unwin for “Focus”

Ampersand Scratchboard and colorized with watercolors. 







We would like to thank everyone for entering the contest. By entering you have brought awareness to the plight of endangered species around the world. Your entry donations have gone directly to the Center for Great Apes and are helping to support the 70 apes living out their lives in safe, healthy and happy retirement.





1st Prize – Fine Art Photography


Lauren Chambers for “Portrait of a Spider Monkey”







Congratulations to our prize winners!


We are showing the first prize winners in this article…




Congratulations to all those who were juried into the exhibition. Please tell your friends to check out your work in the exhibition!




Please contact Lindsey@art4apes.com if you are interested in buying one of these wonderful exhibits.





We were particularly thrilled by the high standard of entries submitted by the Young Artists. Rickie Leiter, who judged the Young Artist contest summed it up beautifully:  “Entries included an array of pencil, drawings, markers, oil, watercolor, mixed media, clay, and 3D images. The entrants shared compelling statistics, poetry, comments from the animal’s point of view, encrypted messages, spiritual sentiments, interpretive thoughts, and information that gave me a larger understanding of what “Endangered” means to others. Knowing that these artists are our future, I must say that I am uplifted at their caring, tenacity, and commitment to not only protect the earth as we know it, but to preserve humankind.”



1st Prize –

Young Artist Category  (11-18 Years)

Jiayl Lu (aged 16 years) for “Burned Parrot”








ALL entries (over 300 this year!) will be shown on our website and our social media platforms. We only post a few each day (otherwise people “unfriend” us – which defeats the object) and we continue posting into the new year. So please keep looking at the website and following us on social media Facebook  and Instagram) and let your contacts know when your work is shown.


We will continue to make our Virtual Artist in Residence Awards from the 2023 entries into the new year. After our online exhibition ends, we will be putting up VAiR galleries for January to March.



1st Prize –

Young Artist Category (Under 11 Years)

Ben Glosser (aged 9 years) for “Looking”









Thank you to our judging panel for the generous donation of their skill and valuable time:


Dr Tammi Hanawalt, Curator of Art, National Museum of Wildlife


Mark Edward Harris, Award-winning travel, documentary and wildlife photographer


Lori Perkins, Wildlife conservation and management expert and consultant


Rickie Leiter, Artist, consultant and founder of The Rickie Report juror of the Young Artist Contest.


Art4Apes would also like to thank Paul Fisher and Mary Strope of Juried Art Services for the generous donation of their services and advice. We could not run this contest without their support.

Thanks also to our sponsors Downtown Wealth Studios and Shechter Associatesfor their generosity and support.

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and festive season.

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com



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

Posh Design Studio Invites You To Its Season Opener Gala On Saturday, December 2, 2023. Party, Peruse, Partake And RSVP For This Free Event

Kimberly Perry, owner and curator of Posh Design Studio in Delray Beach, Florida, represents local, national and international artists. Kimberly invites the public to Posh’s Season Opener Gala on Saturday, December 2, 2023!  Peruse original paintings, sculptures, glass art, fine art photography, home décor and unique gifts. The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you to RSVP for this FREE event!








Delray Marketplace       Suite # 104

9169 West Atlantic Ave.  Delray Beach, FL 33446








RSVP: Michele.Cancro@gmail.com




Posh Interior Shot







“Love The Beatles” by Juan Plaza










Original Artwork by Rochelle Haft




Posh is a thriving art gallery that services all types of homes, businesses and interior designers.






Original Artwork by J. Scott Nicol





Looking for an event space?


Let Posh Art Gallery host your fun party or event in the Boca Delray area!

We will provide the food, open bar, live music, treasure hunts with prizes, live artists painting, and a free Caricature Portrait of all your guests to take home as a lifetime keepsake of your event .

If you would like to have a private event hosted in Posh Gallery please contact Kimberly Perry: 561.591.3680



Gallery Hours:  

Monday  through Thursday   11 am – 7 pm

Friday and Saturday  11 am – 8 pm

Sunday  Noon – 6 pm




For more information:


Call the gallery at 561-591-3680

Kimberly Perry, Owner  248-320-6843 Kimberly@poshdesignstudio.net

Michele Cancro, Gallery Manager  561-827-5973  Michele@poshdesignstudio.net

Rita Bartmon, Custom Framing Manager  954-536-0189 customdesignframing@gmail.com






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Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Highlights Artists Barbara Krupp And Paul Solovay From November 30, 2023 – January 26, 2024. Public Is Invited To Special Opening Reception On Thursday, November 30 Plus Two More Receptions Throughout The Exhibit

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues its 16th season with a dual exhibit including THREE receptions!  The gallery will feature abstract expressionist Barbara Krupp and photographer/assemblagist Paul Solovay. This colorful and diverse dual exhibit runs November 1 – November  24,  with a Special Opening Reception on Thursday, November 30th plus Receptions as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll on Friday, December 1st, 2023 and Friday, January 5, 2024.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!






1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

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




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

Also open by appointment           Closed Sunday and Monday  



“The Tree” Acrylic by Barbara Krupp




“A Lifetime of Exploration: Paintings”

by Barbara Krupp






“Journey Through the Decades: Time Capsules”

by Paul Solovay




“Time Capsules: the 90’s ” Mixed Media by Paul Solovay




Special     Artists     Reception



Thursday, November 30, 2023

5    –    8   pm




“East Meets West” acrylic by Barbara Krupp



Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls



Friday,  December 1,  2023  


Friday, January 5, 2024




5    –    8   pm



Exhibits run November 30, 2023 – January 26, 2024






“Color Of Jazz ” Archival Dye-Infused Photograph On Aluminum by Paul Solovay


Barbara Krupp, living in both Ohio and Vero Beach,  has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums and her work can be found in many private collections, including the University of Tampa, who purchased fifty-three of her paintings. Originally trained as an x-ray technician, she likes to quote T.S. Eliot, “I have seen the skull beneath the skin.” The structure of the painting is very important to her, as she allows the bones of the painting – both computationally and metaphorically, become the painting’s subject matter. 





“Wiki Wacky Widget” by Barbara Krupp



Paul Solovay, living in both Upstate New York and Vero Beach, spent nearly thirty years as a top creative talent in advertising, creating many award-winning commercials.  His Pepsi commercial “Bringing Home Baby” is in the Smithsonian Museum and the Broadcast Museum in NYC.  His ‘Active Camera’ photographs translate musical sound waves into light waves, capturing the high energy of performance.  His new series “Time Capsules of the 20th Century” feature multi-media assemblages with sound tracks and ephemera through the decades.






“Time Capsule: The 80’s” by Paul Solovay





Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Jessica Leto

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Evan Schwarze

Carol Staub

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    





About Gallery 14:

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



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

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

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



For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email: dnschindel@gmail.com



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Call To Artists For 2024 Storefront Art Showcase At Gilt Complex In Stuart Is Open To Martin And Surrounding Counties. Deadline To Submit Is Sunday, December, 10, 2023.

The Gilt Complex in Stuart, FL  opens its annual Call to Artists for 2D works of art to be enlarged, digitally framed, and displayed on their storefront windows throughout 2024. This call is open to artists in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Palm Beach County, Okeechobee County and Indian River County. The Deadline is Sunday, December 10th and four winners will be announced on Friday, December 15th.  All artists are encouraged to apply, whether professional, emerging or hobbyist. A total of four winners will be selected in any of the following categories: Figure, Wildlife, Botanical, Still-Life, Landscape and Abstract.  Previous winners have received commissions and additional sales of their artwork.  The Rickie Report shares the details and peek at previous images.



608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL  34994






Call    to    Artists!



2024   Storefront   Art   Showcase








Each year, The Gilt Complex invites local artists from Martin and the surrounding counties to enter for the chance to have their art digitally framed and showcased on the showroom windows throughout the next year. This has become a highly anticipated event and all artists are encouraged to apply, whether professional, emerging or hobbyist. A total of four winners will be selected in any of the following categories: Figure, Wildlife, Botanical, Still-Life, Landscape and Abstract.




The contest runs through Sunday, December 10th.

Winners will be announced on Friday, December 15th.



Submit one, two, or three entries, with an entry fee of $10 per submission.



**Please note that all entries must be high-res jpegs in a portrait orientation**



Portrait orientation is important!



Landscape or square art won’t fit properly in the windows.





Details can be found at the link below.





With between 80 and 100 entries, typically, every year the art submitted and the resulting windows are different, so there’s no clear advice that can be given about what type of art or look has the best chance of being selected. They balance the four selections against one another in terms of color, texture and subject. It all depends on what is submitted and, therefore, what they have to work with.  


Katie Gianni tells The Rickie Report, “Some years ten winners could easily be chosen, while other years they struggle to find that perfect fit. Therefore, their advice boils down to this: send the best representation of your art that will pop off the windows and into the hearts of passersby”.




This year, The Gilt Complex has moved the contest to an entirely digital format. Just click the link below to their website page explaining the rules and further details. At the bottom of that page is a link to the entry form. You upload your images into that form and pay the fee directly from the form.  The Gilt Complex encourages anyone with any interest in publicly showcasing their art in Stuart to enter.




Don’t hesitate to contact them directly if you have any questions about the contest. Call Katie Gianni at 772-463-0125 or email her at katie@thegiltcomplex.com.


Details can be found at the link below.





For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com


Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex




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Clifton G. Webb And Anthony Burks Sr. Are Featured Artists At Zero Empty Spaces At Legacy Place In Palm Beach Gardens. Special Reception On Saturday, November 18 In The Evening Is Free And Open To The Public. See More At Miami Art Week/Art Basel, November 30 – December, 10th

Inspired by African culture, artist Clifton G. Webb creates abstract sculpture and paintings with a visual message of positive change.  Clifton joins Anthony Burks Sr. as a Featured Artists at Zero Empty Spaces in Legacy Place, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  The public is welcome to a free Reception on Saturday, November 18 in the evening.  In addition, Clifton joins the No More Starving Artists Foundation for Miami Art Week/ Art Basel from November 30 – December 10, 2023 at the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel in Miami Beach.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




1300 Legacy Ave #140      Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410











Using a “visual alphabet” developed over the course of his career, formerly New Orleans-based (now living in Florida), artist Clifton Webb creates works imbued with reverence and dignity. Though the symbols he has developed may not be immediately familiar, they are unmistakably noble—and that is the intent. Webb set out to create works that would say to the world “This is me and all the people around me who don’t get to see themselves, who don’t get to see the royalty and sacredness of who the African American is.”




“Face to Face” by Clifton G Webb




Webb grew up in the Jim Crow south surrounded by a loving, nurturing, and caring community. However, he came to realize the people who made up that community were vastly under-represented in the artworks that were available to them. He asked himself, “What makes me unique? How do I make a mark that would suggest something about me, the African American? How do you know it when you see it in a gallery? What makes you say, ‘Oh, that’s African American’?”



“Siren Song” by Clifton G Webb




Clifton tells The Rickie Report, “My artistry bubbles up from a deep faith that my African American heritage is worthy of sharing and celebrating, and will inspire others who don’t see enough positive role models in the general population. As an arts educator and professional fine artist represented in museum collections and galleries around the country, my goal is to identify what is meaningful to me. I rephrase it using sculpture to translate it into a message of positivity more people can “hear” and see. I long to not only help break down negative barriers but exemplify positive images. I want my artwork to be a dialogue starter towards continuing to reframe stereotypes”.




“They Came Before Columbus” by Clifton G Webb




His images may include symbols that are unfamiliar to most viewers. This is in the hope that their piqued interest will lead them on a journey of increased knowledge and appreciation for the noble underpinnings of Webb’s culture.  He goes on to say, ” For me, the path to understanding the underlying sacredness of the African American civilization begins visually, as it has the most impact on a person’s brain. How does the coloration of the image, the subject, or the medium effect a response from the viewer. Should I choose colored pencil, create a bronze sculpture or a bas-relief in handmade paper? What are the consequences of individual choices made during an international pandemic? How can I make a difference in society?”




“Hip Hop” by Clifton G Webb




The most important question Webb continually ask himself is, “How do I translate my inner passion into a visual ‘call to action’?” My concern is not merely creating visually pleasing works of art for people to walk by or peruse in a gallery. My constant goal is to construct a visual perception that makes the viewer stop…look…ponder…read new information…integrate those insights into their lives—and change the world”.





A New Orleans cultural bearer who co-founded the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, Webb taught the talented in Visual Arts in the New Orleans public schools for three decades. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Dooky Chase restaurant.  He has exhibited at many galleries and museums including Stella Jones Gallery, The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, the African American Museum of Dallas, the Chattanooga Museum of Afro-American Culture and History, the Alternatives Museum, the Atlanta Arts Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Arthur Roger Gallery and Max Hutchinson Gallery in New York.  He is now a resident artist at Zero Empty Spaces in Palm Beach Gardens, FL Legacy Place.




About Zero Empty Spaces:

ZES creates affordable artist studios in vacant storefronts around the country where artists can create and collaborate at an affordable price and have the ability to be discovered and sell work at their studio.

Since 2021, every month ZES Palm Beach Gardens location curates featured artists of the month in their space.  This allows for the public to view and purchase art that the artists create in their studios.  Webb asked fellow studio mate and longtime ZES resident, Anthony Burks Sr. to join him as a featured artist. Burks, a Palm Beach County (PBC) native, is a conceptual fine and commercial artist who is one of the first in the Palm Beach Gardens location. He over the last 30 years is one of the local creatives, who  has largely contributed to the landscape of the arts in PBC. The artist/curator/art educator is one of several artists in the space who helped develop the “feature artists program”.









You can also see both of their works in the NMSAF Goes to South Beach Exhibition during Miami Basel Week from November 30-December 10. The exhibition sponsored by MUSE Modern &Contemporary Art Fair & curated by ATB Fine Art Group Inc. (ATB) , has 34 artists throughout the state of Florida including Palm Beach County, Dade County and even Jacksonville where they have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their art during Miami Art Week.


Kimpton Angler’s Hotel

660 Washington Avenue   Miami Beach, FL 33139




Bringing these artists to Miami Beach will give them the opportunity to connect, communicate and sell to international art collectors from all over the world. This show is at the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida 33139.This event is courtesy of the 501(c)3 No More Starving Artists Foundation (NMSAF) that’s mission is to help primarily Palm Beach County artists be sustainable personally and professionally by providing opportunities and services.






Clifton G. Webb  https://www.artistcliftonwebb.com/

Anthony Burks Sr. https://linktr.ee/ampburks

Zero Empty Spaces https://www.zeroemptyspaces.com/

ATB Fine Art Group Inc. https://www.atbfineartists.com/






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