Fran Mann Goodman’s New Exhibit, “Wander And Wonder” Opens February 6 At The Delray Beach Library, Sharing Eye-Catching Colored Paintings And A Lesson In Pivoting When Life Throws A Curve Ball

Award winning abstract expressionist artist Fran Mann Goodman reveals not only her eye-catching colorful artistry, but a life lesson as she prepares for her upcoming exhibit,“Wander and Wonder”. The Exhibit will be an eclectic assortment of landscapes, florals and free flowing lines and shapes at the Delray Beach Library from February 6th through mid-March.  The public is welcome to a free Meet The Artist Reception on Wednesday, March 8. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 








100 West Atlantic Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444








“Fantasia” by Fran Mann Goodman









   6 – 8  PM



Library Hours:

Mon – Wed: 9AM – 8PM
Thu – Sat: 9AM – 5PM
Sun: 1PM – 5PM 



This exhibit runs February 6th through mid-March, 2023.





An award-winning abstract expressionist, Fran’s approach to the blank canvas is to fuse eye-catching color with pastes, gels, sands, paper towels, acrylic skins and other layering devices.  This adds dimension to the images, even the smallest ones. Giving little thought to their placement, she allows the application to evolve with each stroke. The effect creates a backdrop for stories and interpretations and a place for viewers to “wander and wonder”. 




Fran Mann Goodman



Although she was educated in fine art, Fran had never thought of herself as an abstract expressionist. She developed a successful career as an author, screenwriter and advocate for women’s beauty rights for which she drew the attention of the domestic and international media. She was featured in women’s magazines, on NPR and in The New York Times. 






“Beginning” by Fran Mann Goodman





In 2012, while working on a script for a second screenplay that had caught the attention of a Hollywood production company, she contracted Lyme disease. Severe pain in her fingers stopped her writing cold. She turned back to her art after realizing it was possible to hold a palette knife. That same year she studied under the legendary abstract expressionist Larry Poons at the Art Students League in New York while teaching abstract expressionism at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey. When she moved to Boca Raton in 2016, she was warmly received by the Florida art community.  





“Pot of Gold” by Fran Mann Goodman


Fran tells The Rickie Report, “When I couldn’t write on the computer, not even manage the space bar, I became very frustrated and depressed. Then, when I reconnected with painting, lifting a palette knife for the first time since my days at art school, it was a godsend for me. I realized I was not going to let anything stop me. The most important thing to do was to do the things I wanted to do in my life. And I wanted to both paint and teach.”




Watch This Video 





“Stellar” by Fran Mann Goodman




Fran is the scholarship chair of the National Association of Women Artists, Florida branch and co-chair of the art program for the Boca Raton chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Manhattan, New Jersey, Toronto and Florida, and are in private collection in the US and Canada. Fran is a former instructor at Old School Square’a Creative Art School. She teaches an open level online class, blending art history with techniques in abstract expressionism. A keynote speaker and workshop leader, her collective projects have been featured in a variety of Florida media and on YouTube.  Fran is an alumnus of Chouinard Art Institute (Cal Arts). 





For more information about this exhibit or to see Fran’s artwork:


LT: @link/annmannart  






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Wellington Art Society Features Ceramicist, Cynthia Zmetronak at Monthly Meeting On Wednesday, February 8, 2023. Non-Members Are Welcome To This Artist Networking Event

The Wellington Art Society will feature a presentation by ceramic artist, Cynthia Zmetronak on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.  She will share about the joyful life of being a maker and teaching others how to navigate their medium of choice.  The meeting and presentation will take place at the Wellington Community Center.  The event includes a meet and greet, a member spotlight, a brief meeting and Cynthia’s presentation.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The public is welcome!




Public Is Invited To


Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  February 8, 2023

5:30 pm




Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL













Open to members and non-members




For more information contact: Laura Jaffe,


 COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 


Tea Pot by Cynthia Zmetronak






Cynthia Zmetronak began her artistic journey by creating delightfully tactile mud pies as a small child. She continued to develop her skills with clay at Girl Scouts as well as in the wonderful art programs in the New Jersey Public Schools System. She went on to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art Education with a concentration in Ceramics from Montclair University and Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Her passion for teaching led to a career teaching art to students from age 4 to 99. A life-long-student herself, Cynthia’s retirement only fueled her passion for learning, as she pursued clay-based workshops online and in person. She has studied at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Penland School of Crafts where she also earned a winter residency. 





Mugs by Cynthia Zmetronak




Locally, Cynthia is the current Vice President of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches and an alumni and active member of the FAU Potters Guild. In addition, she teaches at the Boca Raton Museum of Art School and the Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton. She says, “I enjoy teaching students how to manipulate an ancient material and make an original piece of their own.” When she is not teaching, she can be found creating in her home studio in Parkland, Florida or her summer studio in Canada. Cynthia believes in using her art to make a difference. Because of her love of animals, she has held fund raising events to help organizations providing care for wildlife affected by wildfires in both the US and Australia. The proceeds from the sale of her pottery at these events have been used to support organizations such as the UC Davis Burn Unit for Animals, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Wombat Rescue and Koala Rescues. 






Spoon rest by Cynthia Zmetronak





Another way that Cynthia and her students give back to the community is through an organization called Empty Bowls. In February, FAU Potters Guild is holding an Empty Bowls event where students, staff and alumni will be donating their ceramic bowls for purchase with soup and bread. Proceeds will be split between the Caring Kitchen in Delray Beach and The Tri- County Animal Shelter of Palm Beach County, helping to feed both our two- and four-legged friends. To see her work, visit Cynthia’s upcoming exhibition during the annual JCC show and sale, beginning on March 9th at the Sandler Center. She will also have works displayed in the Sandler Center Gallery. She also exhibits her work twice a year in a show for alumni, staff and students of FAU. Their next show and sale will be in May. Her work is also on display at the Boca Raton Museum of Art School gift shop and on Etsy at .


Learn more about Cynthia Zmetronak and her classes and works by visiting and follow her on Instagram @cynthiazmetronak.



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





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Arts Fest In Downtown Stuart Offers Visual Artists, Musicians, Singers, Top Chefs Plus New Drink Package & Membership Bundle. Saturday, February 11 And Sunday, February 12 Brings One Of Southeast Tourisms’ Best Events To You

ArtsFest 2023 returns on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday,12 at Gazebo Park in Downtown Stuart. This Martin Arts event features a wide variety of visual artists, musicians, singers, and top chefs CHOPPED competition. Tickets  at the gate are $5 for adults; students 18 and under free. Volunteers are needed, so sign up and enjoy special perksTake advantage of a new drink package & membership bundle – limited in supply, so sign up now! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




80 SE Ocean Boulevard in the Court House Cultural Center    Downtown Stuart
 or call 772-287-6676







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



Don’t miss this ever-evolving event!







Get a color-changing cup, a 1-DAY pass, unlimited refills of our specialty cocktail, AND a MartinArts personal membership for only $55 !

To secure the Drink Package for both, Saturday and Sunday, simply purchase two. 

Our cocktail features blood orange vodka, a splash of orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and is topped with an orange slice garnish.

Current MartinArts members who want to purchase the drink package will be emailed you a coupon code for 25% off.

This opportunity may sell out and not be available the weekend of ArtsFest.



Get Details Here








Valerie Carnett & Graham Hudgens * Christine Green

Michael Nelson * Mark Poole


Drawing & Graphics:



Brian McKelvey * Annie Reif 



Andres Arango * Jorge Gil * Donna Harris

Phillipe Lane * Maureen Reilly * Jean Yao




Jim Dirks





Chip Arnold * Herb Brown * Douglas Brandow * Jose Farinango

Scott Macklin * Jose Paternoster

Luis Perez * Mark & Kathy Slaven * Emre Tekeli & Ayse Ersin

 Elizabeth Terhaar * Nora Testor * Rachel Tygart

Barbara Umbel * Jeff  Zoellner



Mixed Media:


Dan Bi * Kimberly Beltrame * Wayne Gao & Michelle Change

 Brenda Gordon & Magnus Sebastian

 Donna Hoyack * Harmony Jones * Jeannie Papadopoulous

 Candice Rodriguez Adams  

Paul Shampine * Susan Werling   





William Cantwell * John Cheng * Erikan Ekefrey * Scott Klimek

Ariel  Hernandez * Chris Kling * Stephen Koury

Anne Schroeder * Wendy & John Manciagli

Guawen Wu



Bruce Bain * Lisa Silk * Jacob Barrett

Brent Livingood * George Rhodes * Gary Whaler



John Vise * Josh Price * Mark Mathews

Don McCullough * Bud Scheffel * Sabra Richards





Paul Block * John Futch * Magali Cereghino-Groves



Local    &    Emerging    Artists:

Jim Ferro * Diane Hagg * Sue Klahne * Donald MacIntosh

Megan McCrystal * Mary Mirabito * Corey Morrow

 Jordan Silvia * Mark Stall * Sunny Walker 








Annually, ArtsFest draws over 7,500 people and over the past 3 years has generated more than a $1 million dollars to the local economy. 





ArtsFest continues its 36-year history to showcase a diverse selection of arts to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.  For the visual artists, juried submissions from across the nation help feature top artists in the categories of painting, drawing, mixed-media, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, sculpture, and jewelry which are selected according to workmanship, originality, and artistic conception.  Attendees can watch the popular CHOPPED event showcasing the inventive talents of renowned Treasure Coast chefs and listen to performances by the greatest talent on the Treasure Coast.  Creating an added community ‘buzz,’  local agencies and nonprofit organizations will provide ArtsFest patrons with family-fun activities such as complimentary guitar lessons and getting up-close-and- personal with wildlife and nature along with information about a broad variety of supportive and enriching community programs and services.  “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.”




Enjoy two days of music and performances !



Brad Brock

Nouveaux Honkies

Brett Staska (“the coastal cowboy”)

The Barn Theatre band & performers

“Grease” singalong

Victoria Leigh

Indian River Pops Orchestra

Jake Walden Band

Bashaum Trio

A.C.T. Studio Theatre

Fabulous Feet Dance Center

Mazz & Moe (performing “the standards”)





Get Details Here






Annually, ArtsFest draws over 7,500 people and over the past 3 years has generated more than a $1 million dollars to the local economy. 


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




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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Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Features Lush And Meaningful Collage Works By Derek Gores. Meet The Artist On Friday, February 3 And Enjoy The First Friday Art Stroll

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues to celebrate their 15th Anniversary season with a lush collage exhibit, Peace of Mind” featuring renown artist Derek Gores. This unique show runs from January 31 – February 24, 2023. Enjoy a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, February 3, 2023  as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This is a gallery where you can expect the unexpected!






1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

Phone: 772 562-5525.  Visit:









Meet     the     Artist     Reception



Friday,    February   3,  2023




5    –    8   pm



Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls




“See Ya Later” by Derek Gores




This Exhibit runs from January 31- February 24 , 2023

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

Also open by appointment

Closed Sunday and Monday  





Gores’ lush collage portraits capture an escapist tranquility, a nostalgic yet contemporary feeling of the good life by the coast.  In his newest body of work for Gallery 14, Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism.  New subjects include a chess board, a vinyl record and a sweet treat or two, in addition to the floating swimmers, shoes and cocktails for which he is known.  At first we see fashionable scenes of tropical bliss, but, closer inspection of his collage technique reveals an alluring spectrum of elements used to build his pictures. 







“Sea of Tranquility” by Derek Gores



For this show, Gores has used many objects and textures inspired by life in Vero Beach.  Hundreds of snapshots of local flowers and foliage, shells and waves, vintage postcards, Lilly Pulitzer patterns, and so many more hidden gems can be discovered at each glance.  His sense of color has really gone next level this time – a nearly neon tropical wave of joy.  His title, Piece of Mind, is a playful nod to the artist’s approach.  Gores is a specialist in being present.  He explores, gathers elements and inspirations, and combines them to form a sort of zen narrative.  The story is on the canvas for us to piece together.  His client list includes Tag Heuer, Loews South Beach, E! Entertainment, and more.  He was honored to be the first ever Artist in Residence at the Hotel Bel-Air, where Marilyn Monroe had her last photo shoot.  





“Carmen Margarita” by Derek Gores




Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Edgardo Abello

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

George Pillorgé

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

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





For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email:



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Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Features Kim Ferguson As Artist In Residence For Month Of February. Kim Will Share Her Knowledge With Demos And You Can Create Your Own Ceramic Pieces

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department continues its Artists in Residence (AiR) program with February artist, Kim Ferguson. She creates sculptural and functional ceramic pieces that reflect her philosophy of eternal optimism in the face of chaos.  The public is invited to a variety of locations throughout the month to not only watch Kim, but participate in creating your own ceramic pieces!  The Rickie Report shares the details of  events, some sneak peeks of her images, and information to become an AiR.








 P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:



Artist    In    Residence:


K  I  M          F  E  R  G  U  S  O  N



The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public




Kim Ferguson


Kim Ferguson is February’s artist of the month, and  The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department relaunched its Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) late last year.  The AiR Program   provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with our community.  A distinguished panel of judges selected eight new artists to be part of our first “graduating class.” This dynamic and diverse group of artists will be in residence though June, and each will be presented as an “Artist of the Month,” during which time they will showcase their work and create unique programs to attract art lovers to BaCA.  At the culmination of the residency, AiR artists will share their new artworks in an exciting group exhibition




KIM’S      SCHEDULE      OF      EVENTS:








Friday, February 3 |  Old Town Untapped 

6:00  –  10:00 PM




Check out Kim’s collection titled “Reclaiming My Wild” at the installation at BaCA’s 2nd Floor gallery. Her work is described as whimsical, vibrant, and feminine, and is informed by her life as a child in Jamaica and her immigration experience in South Florida.



Ceramic Creations by Kim Ferguson






Saturday, February 4| Paint & Sip with a Twist:

Handbuilding with Love Workshop

 12:00- 2:30 PM 




Bailey Contemporary Arts



41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •





Join Bailey Contemporary Arts’ Artist of the Month Kim Ferguson in this professionally led sculpting class with a high-energy environment accompanied by drinks. Each participant will receive 1 free drink ticket for wine or beer; additional drinks may be purchased.  Nothing beats a hand-made gift for your love. This beginner’s guide to making food-safe ceramic gifts that your loved one can enjoy all year welcomes all levels on the creation of Valentine’s themed vases or mugs. Pieces will be fired in time for pick up before 2/14. All materials and firing are included. 




Ceramic Creations by Kim Ferguson





Thursday, February 9| Meet Kim @ Taste of Jazz

7:00  –  8:30 PM  



Kim will be sculpting live during the Taste of Jazz show hours in her studio (2nd floor BaCA). For her residency project, Ferguson will continue to create work that encourages viewers to examine their perspective on “negative” or “chaotic” circumstances. In addition to her typical studio techniques, she plans to employ molds and glasswork techniques and further explore her sculpted figures (called Divines), and the Plant Mama (sculpted plant pot) series. One piece in particular, Shark Week will be fully realized during the residency and serve as the main ‘high art’ piece of the collected work.





Sculpture by Kim Ferguson




Saturday, February 11|  Meet Kim @ No Ghosting Wheel throwing Workshop

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


2:00  – 4:00PM 





A fun ceramics class to help you get connected with yourself and a loved one. This class will introduce you to making food-safe ceramic items using a potter’s wheel. All materials and firing are included. All levels are welcome. This two-hour class for 4 people, focused on the creation of Valentine’s themed vases or mugs using the pottery wheel. Students will have the chance to take “ghosting” pictures/video while using the wheel, inspired by the famous pottery scene from “Ghost”.






Sculpture by Kim Ferguson



Saturday, February 18 |  Meet Kim @ Handbuilding Class

11:00 AM- 2:30 PM 




Create your own unique face pot! Learn how to add details that will create quirky and fun characters. This could be based on a family member, famous person or a face that makes you smile. Ideal for a small succulent or small plant. The pot will be provided and ready to apply the decoration so no need to feel nervous about handling the clay. All materials and firing are included for one pot. All levels are welcome. This three-hour class focuses on the creation of face pots and planters using hand-building techniques.




Wednesday,  February 22 | Meet Kim @ Bell’Arte Concert Series

Featuring renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine

7:00 – 9:00 PM 



Artist of the month, Kim Ferguson will live sculpt before the concert starts in the lobby. 



For more information & registration

for Kim’s events visit: 





About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department:

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





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




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




For more information:


Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •



Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

41 NE 1 Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 •


Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •





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Elliott Museum Features 30+ Artists Of 2023 Martin County Open Studio Tour With Special Reception on Thursday, February 23. Mingle With The Artists, Enjoy The Music And Get A Preview Of The MCOST Studio Tour.

The Martin Artisans Guild and The Elliott Museum invite you to the 7th annual Preview Exhibit for the Martin County Open Studio Tour on Thursday, February 23.  The Opening Reception, featuring the art of over 30 artists will have live musichors d’oeuvres and a cash barThe artists of the 2023 tour will be on hand to talk about their work and encourage you to visit their Open Studios from 10 am to 5 pm on March 11 & 12 The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This exhibit will be available from February 23 through February 26, 2023.














Thursday, February 23, 2023

5:30  to  7:30 PM

Elliott Museum

825 N.E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL



Call us for any questions at 772.225.1961



The exhibit will be up from February 23 – 26, 2023  during museum hours.




Artwork by Lynn Morgan









As you walk through this wonderful museum’s galleries, enjoy the live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Meet the artists who will be participating in the upcoming Martin County Open Studio Tour, browse and buy original works of art including paintings, photography, sculpture, pastels, art-to-wear, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, unique glass works, and much more!





Emerald Pendant by Justin Klahne






About The  2023 Martin County Open Studio Tour:

Saturday   &   Sunday,  March   11 – 12, 2023






Once a year, the best artists in Martin County open their studios to the public and give you the opportunity to see the creative process in person!  We will provide a map to the artists’ studios, and you can visit as many of them as you would like. At the studios, you will be able to watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see their setup and materials. Some of the studios will be offering refreshments and special surprises. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!






“In the Beginning” by Eduardo Gomez





Eduardo Gomez
Kim Beltrame
Billie-Jo Thomson
Suzanne Connors
Jim & Tess Dirks
Renee Keil
Sally Browning Pearson
Marian Vitale
Mark Stall
MJ Dowling
Jane Lawton Baldridge
Michaelann Bellerjeau
Martha Quigley
Alex Akerberg Murray
Curt Whiticar
Laura Kay Darvill
Danuta Rothschild
Janis Clary
Maia Knowles
Geoffrey Smith
Barbara Bucci
James J. DeMartis
Ed Douglas
Cynthia Cooper
Deborah Bottorff
Judi Leblanc
Raymond Reiland
Dot Galfond
Lynn Morgan
Justin Klahne
Sue Klahne
Maria Miele
Carolyn Walsh
Mallo Bisset
Tepa Charles
Cheryl Cote
Dinija Berkien
Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez





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




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Artists Eye Gallery & Boutique In Lake Worth Offers Oil/Acrylic Classes, Watercolor Classes And Drawing Classes Plus A New Exhibit, “Communicate”, Exploring What Art Means To You

The Artists Eye Gallery & Boutique invites you to its 2023  SEASON exploring “Communicate: How Does Art Speak To You?” on view NOW through Saturday, February 4, 2023.  Also NEW: Watercolor Classes with Ed Bianchi (Start February 1); Drawing Classes with Darcy Doiel (Start February 1); Oil/Acrylic Painting Classes with Lynn Peterson (Start February 4).   Browse the Boutique for one-of-a-kind affordable handmade gifts. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks here.












Quick View of Gallery





Free  Admission  and  Parking

Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Show runs January 10 To February 4, 2023





J  O  I  N         U  S  !





For more information  about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes, workshops, or membership:

604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460



Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm


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Enjoy An Evening Of Great Art And Great Conversation At The Charlotte J. Burrie Community Center Sponsored By Pompano Beach Cultural Council And Ft. Lauderdale Branch Of National League Of American Pen Women

Join the National League of American Pen Women – Fort Lauderdale Branch and Pompano Beach Cultural Council for a delightful evening with five nationally and internationally award-winning and collected fine artists at the Charlotte J. Burrie Community Center. This intimate evening of Great Art and Great Conversation takes place on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, with hors d’oeuvres and libations included. RSVP is requested and Free. It’s a unique opportunity to view the exhibit, meet and hear Susan Convery, Sharron Demarest, Claudia Hafner, Karen Tondiglia, and Rosaria Vigorito talk about their art journey and current work.  Pompano Beach is a cultural hub – don’t miss this event! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.














Free Event: Please register to ensure more than enough refreshments

RSVP   Here




M E E T      THE   A R T I S T S:



 Susan Convery




“Sun Glow” by Susan Convery




Susan Convery is an award-winning Florida Certified High School Art Teacher with eight plus years of advanced drawing and painting classroom experience. An accomplished portrait artist she has illustrated two children’s books. She works mostly in watercolor, but also enjoys oil and acrylic painting.  Retiring in 2020, she now enjoys leading supportive, fun and rewarding cooperative art workshops at home and around the world and helping her students uncover their personal artistic genius.





Sharron Demarest





“Slaying the Fruit” by Sharron Demarest



Sharon’s passion for photography was ignited as a high school senior when she acquired a plastic $3.98 Diana camera. Her professional start in photography began as a darkroom technician for various New York-based photographers, including W. Eugene Smith, notable for his WW II photography and documentation of the city of Pittsburgh. Her works are at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and in private collections in NYC and Florida. She’s the recipient of awards from local juried and group exhibits as well as internationally in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. 







Claudia Hafner






“Sea Turtle” by Claudia Hafner





As a watercolorist, Claudia approaches her subjects as portraiture, whether people, wildlife, flower or architecture. She recreates the character of the subject through color and a careful, but loose style which combines a propensity for detail with the desire for freedom and motion. From her grade school portraits of the Beatles to being a handweaver early in her artistic career with sometime in-between in the corporate world to being the widely collected watercolorist she is today, Claudia’s love of nature inspires much of her work. Claudia exhibits both at indoor exhibitions and outdoor art festivals.







Karen Tondiglia








“Welcome Home” by Karen Tondiglia



Karen found her voice as a painter after graduating from Kent State University, teaching for two years and then working for various corporations. She joined a co-op gallery, honed her painting skills and 40 years later she is still painting. Watercolor has always been her favorite medium, but she also enjoys painting with acrylics, oils and pastels. Having traveled extensively as well as lived in three different states, her award-winning paintings range from urban scenes to seascapes, flowers and fauna.








Rosaria Vigorito






“Empathic” by Rosario Vigorito



Formerly a NY lawyer and law librarian professor, Rosaria Vigorito is now an established and award-winning artist, who exhibits locally and internationally in different venues, including art fairs, galleries, government institutions and museums.  She also loves offering her art to help various charitable organizations. Rosaria perceives her artist role as messenger, philosopher, outlier and empath. Her unique and noticeable style involves mosaic style fragmentation, raw emotive lines and vibrant colors, combined to explore various themes, such as the female form, portraiture, androgyny and the inner psyche.







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About National League of American Pen Women – Fort Lauderdale Branch:



For more than 65 years the Fort Lauderdale Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) has been a prestigious organization of professional women in the Arts – Published Writers, Authors, Poets, Musical Composers and Award-Winning Visual Artists. Today primarily a community of professional, contemporary visual artists, Pen Women believe in the power of art to illuminate the human experience, fire the imagination and nurture the soul. Our visual artists work in a variety of media including acrylic, watercolor, oil, sculptor, porcelain and photography. Many are national and international award-winning and collected artist. All are committed to inspiring talented young women to pursue their college arts education degrees. To that end they raise funds each year to award three $1,250 Achievement Award scholarships to deserving women art students at Broward College. The oldest women’s art organization in America, NLAPW was originally founded in 1897.




About Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center



Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center, 2669 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL, had its grand opening celebration on March 12, 2020 just in-time to be closed most of the past two years due to COVID-19. It is re-opened now offering a variety of programming, including: yoga, fitness, karate, dance and Spanish lessons. Overseen by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the 8,700-square-foot civic center, in Pompano’s Cresthaven neighborhood, includes a reception area, two multi-purpose activity rooms, a conference room, a warming kitchen and a large assembly space with a fixed platform stage and adjacent dressing rooms. 





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Susan Bilheimer’s Healing Doodle Art Offers Joy, Love, And Hope For A Pick-Me-Up, Valentine’s Gift, Or Any Occassion. Wall Art And Wearable Art With A Message of Thoughtfulness

Susan B.‘s artistry, “Healing Doodle”, began in 2010 after she became disabled, and reflects the ups and downs of her ongoing health and recovery journey. She offers all of us not only handmade jewelry with her own artwork, but other wearables, all infused with color and a renewed sense of hope despite life’s challenges. If you’re looking for a Valentines gift or a Pick-Me-Up for yourself (or someone else), or are a Dog or a Cat lover check out Susan’s art! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.








A multi-faceted creative, Susan B. often uses her artwork to illustrate her writing, which focuses on living with chronic illness and staying sober, solvent, and abstinent one day at a time. Through her work, she provides comfort and hope to those who struggle with similar issues.

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All original art is hand-drawn by Susan B. and scanned. A section of the scanned art is selected for each pendant. High resolution images are printed out after resizing and fused to wood discs. The pendants have no metal parts. The faux suede cord is adjustable using hand-crafted beads. Pendants are water- resistant and sealed with weatherproofing wood protector and multiple layers of a clear, protective varnish, after which they are baked to harden. Dozens of styles available! See one that’s out of stock? Contact Susan about a special order. FREE Shipping (U.S. only).




























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Aya Fiber Studio Announces A Season Full Of Workshops And Classes For All Levels Of Experience From International And Nationally Renown Fiber Artists

Suzanne Connors and Aya Fiber Studio has a full season of classes and workshops for 2023 for all levels of experience with regional, international and nationally known instructors who are experts in their fields. Studio time is also available for your own projects. Bring a group of friends and create together!  Shop in the boutique for one-of-a-kind textiles, wearable art pieces, and functional artworks.  The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks of the workshops.  






170 NE Dixie Highway      Stuart, FL 34994      











January  2023






STITCHES IN TIME; DEVELOPING A DAILY FIBER ART PRACTICE 1/16/2023-1/20/2023 Lisa Binkle…/62e2db1024b9f7af8…



JOOMCHI AND BEYOND 1/24/2023 – 1/28/2023 Jiyoung Chung…/62f16b99a6cba0139…




SHIBORI AND COLOR ARE MY OBSESSION 1/30/2023 – 2/3/2023 Doshi- Nancy Jo Smith…/62f3c8b7a6cba071f…




February 2023




ECO PRINT ON LEATHER 2/6/2023 – 2/9/2023 M. Theresa Brown…/62f3d857a6cba02a8…




FIBER FUN: From Ideas to Formation… 2/13/2023 – 2/17/2023 MERILL COMEAU…/62f3dc60a6cba0b0b…




INTRO TO SHIBORI and INDIGO 2/20/2023 10:00 Suzanne Connors…/62df319e24b9f775b…



SUBTRACTIONS and ADDITIONS 2/27/2023 – 3/3/2023 ELIN NOBLE…/62f3ea1ea6cba0937…



March  2023



BOJAGI – THE ART OF WRAPPING CLOTHS   3/13/2023 -3/15/2023 YOUNGMIN LEE…/62f520c75440bbc0e…




SAEKSILNUBI 3/16/2023-3/17/2023 YOUNGMIN LEE…/62f524ad5440bb376…



3 + WAY NUNO FELT SHAWL 3/27/2023 – 3/28/2023 Marjolaine Arsenault…/62f52d9c5440bb0af…





NUNO FELT VEST 3/29/2023 – 3/31/2023 Marjolaine Arsenault…/62f531045440bb04f…



April   2023








EXPLORATIONS IN SHIBORI 4/4/2023 = 4/8/2023 Ana Lisa Hedstrom…/62f53bd55440bb396…





INTRO TO SHIBORI and INDIGO 4/17/2023 Suzanne Connors…/62df32b224b9f7233…



FOLLOWING THE TRADITION: ROZOME/ JAPANESE BATIK IMAGE MAKING 4/19/2023 – 4/23/2023 Kiranada Benjamin…/62f55c5a5440bb5e5…




KATAZOME: JAPANESE PASTE RESIST 4/25- 4/28/2023 Suzanne Connors…/630b965d61d3a96b6…




May  2023



OUT OF THE BLUE | SHIBORI AND NATURAL INDIGO 5/1/2023 – 5/5/2023 Suzanne Connors…/62f564345440bb85f…




SPRING RESIDENCY- INDEPENDENT STUDY 5/8- 5/12/2023 SELF GUIDED…/630b944b61d3a928e…




INTRO TO ECO-PRINT 5/15/2023 Suzanne Connors…/62f564345440bb85f…



3 DAY BOTANICAL PRINT WORKSHOP 5/16/2023 -5/18/2023 Suzanne Connors…/62dfe05c24b9f72b7…















For more details about these events, classes, upcoming workshops and opportunities to explore creative fabric design:


Contact Suzanne Connors at: (336) 693-4606




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