Kianga Jinaki and Barbara Cheives Are Featured At “Quilting In Paradise” Vendor Boutique February 2 And 3rd At MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center Port St Lucie FL

The Port St. Lucie Crazy Quilters’ “Quilting in Paradise” will feature vendors, workshops, networking with other fabric lovers, judged quilts, a silent auction, and a quilt appraiser!  Two days of fabric fun on Friday, February 2 through Saturday, February 3, 2024 take place at the MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie, FL.  This biennial show features two fabric artists, Kianga Jinaki and Barbara Cheives, who will WOW YOU with their creations and a vast variety of fabrics, embellishments, and kits to purchase.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

SHOW HOURS:

Friday, February 2, 2024

Saturday, February 3,2024

HOURS    BOTH DAYS:  9 AM   –   4 PM  

 

 

Admission is $10 a day  or $15 for both days 

For more information: www.pslcrazyquilters.com

Or email quiltinginparadise@gmail.com

 

Mid-Florida Credit Union Event Center

9221 SE Event Center Place     Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

 

 

KIANGA    ART    and   AFRASIA

 

 

 

 

 

Two   Big   Days   of   Fabric   Fun!

Booths  6  and  7

Stop  by  and  see  us!

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki is a fiber artist who creates quilts, dolls and mixed-media works that honor Black life and culture. Her works have been been exhibited both nationally and internationally since 1991. Ms Jinaki is a 2022 recipient of the Artist Innovation Fellowship presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Florida. A teaching artist, Kianga has worked with The Norton Museum, Spady  museum, the African American Resource Library & Cultural Center, and  the Palm Beach & Broward County Library Systems providing artistic/cultural programs for the communities they serve. 

 

 

 

Close-Up of Quilt by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kianga holds a B. S. Degree in Community Mental Health from Morgan State University. A licensed massage therapist for 22 years and a yoga teacher for 11 years. She is the mother of 4 adult children, and has  been a resident of  South Florida for more than 30 years. One of her greatest joys as an artist is working with community members to tap into their own creative rhythm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki Offers a Wide Array of Merchandise

 

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki is a visual storyteller. Her multi-dimensional work reflects her life and African cultural traditions learned through travel and personal study. She creates her own textiles using African cloth by painting, stamping, dying, or sun printing. Over 50% of her work is done by hand.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt created by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

Kianga Jinaki’s multi-dimensional fabric art reflects her life and African cultural traditions she learned through travel and personal study. She tells The Rickie Report, “Textiles come with their own stories. I am adding my own voice. I speak with cloth”.

 

 

 

 

Quilting Cruise to Hawaii led by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Kianga’s  fabric creations, classes, or workshops:

kiangaart.com

https://www.instagram.com/kianga_art/

www.facebook.com/KiangaArt/

Email:  Info@kiangaart.com

(561) 503-9504

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm      Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm     Sunday: Closed

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow and Scarf by Barbara Cheives

 

 

 

Barbara Cheives is the President and CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting.  Converge specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion consulting, employee relations, community engagement and cultural competency training.  Barbara’s consulting expertise includes government entities; law enforcement and public safety; not for profit organizations; media; education; and corporations.

 

 

 

Crane Wall Hanging by Barbara Cheives

 

 

Barbara served as the first Executive Director of Toward A More Perfect Union in Palm Beach County, Florida – a non-profit initiative addressing the critical impact of race and ethnicity in a diverse community. She has planned and executed county wide community engagement and community dialogue projects with difficult to reach communities for the YWCA, Children’s Home Society and Community Partners of South Florida and statewide for the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

 

Pillows by Barbara Cheives

 

 

She serves on the board of The Lord’s Place (Palm Beach County’s premier agency serving the homeless) St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach; Sustainable Connexions in the United States and Ghana; and the Task Force for Police Accountability for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is Past President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter, and an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County, from the Class of 2002.

 

 

 

 

Handmade Notecards by Barbara Cheives

Barbara tells The Rickie Report, “Afrasia is a unique marriage of cultures preserving vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi blended with modern African fabric, trims, beads, and “found” items. Over the years I’ve developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan.  I also have a natural affinity for the African culture. By day, as a consultant I work to bridge the gap between cultures.  I continue that work through my art.  As a Fiber Artist, my one of a kind wearable and decorative art represents a harmonious blend of cultures and “Multi-Cultural Recycling.”

 

 

 

 

For more information about Barbara’s consulting, workshops, and art:

 

 

Barbara I. Cheives

Converge & Associates Consulting

1709 Florida Avenue #201    West Palm Beach, FL  33401

www.convergeandassociates.com

Office – 561.689.2428      Cell – 561-351-6864

www.convergeandassociates.com

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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

Eleanor Leinen Shares Her Magical Life Journey, Inspiring All Of Us To Create Just When You Thought You Could Do No More! Meet The Artist On Thursday, August 24 At The MidFlorida Event Center In Port St Lucie

Eleanor Leinen is living a life people dream about. This “Renaissance Woman” brings her art and eclectic life experiences full circle. She served two Mayor’s of NYC as Assistant Commissioner of Telecommunications, Energy and Director of Special Projects & Events.  She  had lengthy conversations with Nelson Mandela, Mary Tyler Moore, Pavarotti, Butros Butros Galli, taught at New York City’s Museum of Natural History, New York University’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and was a Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines celebrity guest lecturer! Since moving to Port St. Lucie she has let no thing stop her as she once again transforms ideas into boundless creativity! Visit the MidFlorida Event Center and experience “Metamorphosis III” featuring The Genie Habitat Collection from August 25 – September16, 2023.  The public is welcome to an Opening Reception Party on Thursday, August 24th. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Don’t Miss the Opening Party – it will be a reception like no other you have experienced!

 

 

 

 

Monday through Friday   8 am to 5 pm 

772-807-4488       772-807-4471 (TDD)

9221 SE Event Center Place    Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

 

 

 

 

OPENING    NIGHT    PARTY

Thursday, August 24, 2023

6:45 – 8 pm  

Free admission & parking

 

 

Eleanor Leinen

 

 

None of those previous positions leapfrogged Eleanor Leinen’s art career as much as becoming the owner of an artsy gift gallery in Englewood, New Jersey. After leaving the Mayor’s office, she opened Eleanor’s Craft Gallery which featured unique gifts created by upscale crafters.  When  her loyal clients urged her to provide wrapping to match the gifts, Eleanor reinvented the art of gift wrapping… and began making regular appearances on NBC’s Weekend Today in New York Show.

 

 

          From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection

         LIBRA          
  The Genie of A Dreamer’s Dreams 

 

 

Her elaborate gift wraps became so popular that she penned a book UNIQUELY GIFTED, which featured her “out of the box” wraps she dubbed “PRESENT SCULPTURES.” From there, this woman’s imagination  took her on a super-sized Alice in Wonderland journey. Apparantly, the media had never seen giftwrapping of this nature either. She was featured in STORES, ESSENCE, HAIRSTYLE, SOUTHERN LADY magazines and more, plus NBC’s national Today Show, NBC’s Today in South Florida (10×), the Daily Buzz, Fox & Friends and DYI just to name a few…and became a media spokesperson for 3M. Her first giftwrapping exhibit “THE ORGINAL WRAPPER” was hosted by friend, Chris Noth  in his NYC club the Cutting Room and empty wrapped packages sold for $500 and up.

 

 

 

When Eleanor was diagnosed with diabetes, a friend asked her if she would be required to wear diabetic shoes which she had never heard of before. In her opinion diabetic and orthopedic shoes were simply “MONSTEROUS!” and something had to be done to make them fashion forward. So, she immediately turned her attentions to “fixing” this problem and created “WALK ANOTHER WAY” – a line of couture handpainted orthopedic footwear for women. The media had never seen anything like Eleanor’s shoes and within just a few months she garnered extensive editorial acclaim in – THE SUN SENTINEL, (” ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE PEOPLE OF THE YEAR”), DIABETES FORECAST, ENTERPRISING WOMEN,  FOOTWEAR NEWS, (FN), and BOCA  magazines. To her shock and amazement Eleanor became one of MORE MAGAZINE and DOVE BEAUTY’S  “10 MOST INSPIRING WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES”.  

 

 

 

                    From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection
 REGA
   
The Genie of Royal Lifestyles

 

 

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “There are two moments in my professional life that humbled me –  the MORE/ DOVE BEAUTY MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT and an award I received from the prestigious New York State’s NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL –  “DIABETIC INNOVATOR AWARD OF THE YEAR”.  In addition, Zuilly also requested Eleanor to create an exclusive collection for their customers.

 

In the height of her career  Eleanor’s  husband of 25 years, Stephen Leinen, was stricken with cancer. Immediately, she put her career on a back burner for 8 years caring for him until his death in 2017. After her husband passed, Eleanor pondered about whether to pursue her art.  On the day her husband died she received word that she had won a coveted Artist In Residence to work and exhibit in STUDIO18 a well known gallery for emerging artists in Pembroke Pines, Florida where she exhibited frequently.

Like everything else in her life, she always leaned on her Mom’s advise and looked forward to new horizons. And as expected, she found a new love, Paul Rorhbaugh (also a widower),  who was a retired pharmacist, entrepreneur and art aficionado, overcame a major bout with cancer and surprisingly,  her art was rebooted by the Covid lockdown.

Two years into the pandemic they  married on Valentines Day. During the Covid crisis they took great joy decorating their home and purchased a number of tall floor bottles. One day her husband suggested that she might consider painting them. And so she did! They are now known as “THE GENIE HABITAT COLLECTION” – three years in the making along with framed wall art.

 

 

From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection

RATTLE
A Baby Genie for New Parents        

 

 

 

Eleanor’s art is all about bright and luscious color schemes, unique  palates, texture and contemporary ornate designs that are combined with global ethnocentricities. Each creation dares the viewer to experience and discover the world of optimism she has enjoyed and hopes will emerge in time.

 

 

 

When asked what is so special about her fictictious Genies? Eleanor responds,   “Everyone who has ever fantasized about Genies thinks about wishes of wealth and sucess being granted but…what if the bottle and it’s  Genie  is “wish limited” …then what?” This comment capsulizes her brilliant imagination and her nod to whimsy which she believes one acquires from 71 years of living a magical life.

 

 

 

From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection
VACAYA 
Genie of Vacation Memories

 

 

 

Eleanor was raised by a smart college educated, spiritually unique, fashion forward mother and  father  who was an international businessman, spoke five languages and traveled all over the world bringing young Eleanor exotic gifts which she treasured. Other inspirations include her husband Paul and vintage National Geographic Magazines which stayed on the top of her childhood reading lists.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Eleanor’s artwork:

Email:  leinen314@gmail.com

Cell:  646.286.9323

 

 

 

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

 

Call For ZAM (Zen, Arts & Music) On April 23rd – 24th And ArtZen On March 19th Is Now Open To All Media Of Art, Mindfulness Products, Clothing, Authors, Speciality Items, And More

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance and the City of Port St. Lucie announce ZAM (Zen, Arts & Music) Fest to be held at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2022. This will be Open to the Public and offer family friendly activities for children as well as bands in the evening. A one-day event, ArtZen, will take place at Valencia Cay at Riverland, a private community with 3,000 affluent residents in Tradition on Saturday, March 19, 2022.  ZAM and ArtZen have opened applications for vendors, 2D artists, 3D artists, mindfulness products, mindfulness practitioners, fashion designers, and authors.  There is a combined rate discount. The Rickie Report SHARES THIS CALL for both venues.  Last year’s event was heavily publicized with television, radio, print, and social media both  locally and regionally.  You WANT to BE PART of this event in 2022! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER NOW~!

 

 

ZAM  & ArtZen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER NOW~!

 

 

 

REGISTER NOW~!

 

 

 

REGISTER NOW~!

 

 

REGISTER NOW~!

 

 

For more information about anything mentioned in this article, new initiatives you would like to propose, or to make a comment:

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Saint Lucie Cultural Alliance Announces Ongoing Clyde Butcher Exhibit, Plein Air Painting, Art Walk And More Upcoming Events

Don’t miss the many opportunities that the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is offering now and planning for in the future! Renown photographer, Clyde Butcher’s “The Living Waters and Florida Landscape Exhibit” and the Smithsonian WaterWays Exhibit are both at the MidFlorida Event Center NOW through December 23, 2021. Plein Air painting, an Art Walk, and a new ZAM Fest ( Zen, Arts, Music) are all on the calendar!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  

 

 

 

 

Clyde    Butcher    Photography    Exhibit

 

&

 

Smithsonian    Waterways    Exhibit 

 

 

NOW through December 23, 2021

 

 

MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center

9221 SE Civic Center Place       Port St. Lucie, FL

 

 

Clyde Butcher’s ongoing exhibition, Living Waters and the Florida Landscape features 29 of Butcher’s black and white, large-format breathtaking photographs. He composes his work throughout the US and helps the public experience scenes out of reach and untouched. Butcher has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, awarded as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community and recognized as a conservationist for bringing issues to the forefront of public consciousness through his art.

 

 

 

 

The Living Waters and the Florida Landscape is a traveling exhibition by the Aquatic Preserve Society. Butcher, a longtime, devoted supporter of environmental causes, donated the photographs to the Aquatic Preserve Program in 2000. This gallery is a collaborative effort with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, the Aquatic Preserve Society, the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves, and the Friends of Spoil Islands.

 

 

Water/Ways, a partnership with Florida Humanities, the Smithsonian Institute, and the City of Port St. Lucie is presented as a part of the Museum on Main Street program, a national, state, and local partnership to bring exhibitions to local cultural organizations. The exhibition explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEARN   MORE

 

 

 

 

LEARN     MORE

 

 

 

 

REGISTER   NOW

ZAM     Fest     Committee     Meeting

 

 

Tuesday, November 16        5:30

Cultural   Alliance   Gallery   or   online

 

 

We invite you to be a part of the creative force planning the festivities and activities. Join us on November 16 at 5:30 at the Cultural Alliance Gallery or online to learn more about the festival and how you can play an essential part as a committee member.

Based on the success of our inaugural Treasure Coast Arts and Mindfulness Fest, our artistic zen celebration is expanding to include music. We are thrilled to announce that the Fest returns as ZAM Fest (Zen, Arts, Music) on April 23 & 24, 2022.

RSVP

 

 

 

~~~~  NEW      MEMBERS     WELCOME  ~~~

 

 

 

DON’T      FORGET  !!!

 

 

For more information about anything mentioned in this article, new initiatives you would like to propose, or to make a comment:

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

44th Annual St. Lucie Jewelry, Rock And Gem Show At MidFlorida Event Center Saturday, October 30 And Sunday, October 31. Classes, Demonstrations, Raffles, Discount Coupon For Admission For Adults, Children Under Age 12 Admission Free

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club announces its 44th Annual Jewelry, Rock And Gem Show At MidFlorida Event Center on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31.  This event has all of the elements of a fabulous weekend: Buy gems, jewelry, minerals; Sell unwanted jewelry; Take classes (only $5); Special kids activities! Free Parking, Kids under age 12 admitted Free. The Rickie Report shares the details, sneak peeks, and a Special Adult Admission Discount Coupon! Check out the Show Special Discount on Annual Membership to this Club! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

9   am    to    5   pm

 

 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

10   am    to    4   pm

 

 

Admission   to   the   show   is   $5.00

Children   under   12   are   free

 

 

 

 

 

MidFlorida Event Center

9221 SE Civic Center Place       Port St. Lucie, FL

 

 

 

 

 

Artisans and vendors from many parts of the country bring their best wares to this show each year. There is handcrafted jewelry created from beads, rocks, silver, copper, and more. There will be rock slabs, cabochons (flat-backed) and faceted gemstones from around the globe.

 

Shopping for a special piece of jewelry for a gift or for yourself? 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional highlights include raffles for jewelry custom-made by club artisans and hourly drawings for items contributed by the vendors, as well as a silent auction with numerous unique items donated by club members such as jewelry, beads, stones, books, and equipment. Children are always welcome with a special area where they can learn about rock and gemstone identification and make their own jewelry.

 

 

Do you make jewelry and need something unusual to perfect your latest design?

 

 

 

 

Attendees who want to learn the skills will have the opportunity to join the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club, which offers many different classes to its members. Anyone wanting to join the club can take advantage of the show special and for $40 get 14 months for the price of 12.

 

Want to sell unwanted jewelry so you can buy something new?

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in making jewelry, but don’t know where to start? 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign up for a class (only $5) and make a piece of jewelry that you will be proud to wear home. Club members will also demonstrate a variety of techniques, including bead weaving, faceting (turning a bit of rock into a sparkling gem), creating cabochons, wire wrapping and weaving, and chain maille.

 

 

Fascinated by geology and gems or love looking at nature’s beautiful gifts?

 

 

 

 

Our mission is simply to provide a gathering place, forum and network to promote lapidary and related arts. The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club welcomes members from the counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard and beyond.

 

 

 

 

The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club was founded in 1975 when area rockhounds decided to organize and share their knowledge and skills. The Club now has more than 100 active members from throughout the region. Classes are offered in the club’s fully-equipped workshop throughout the year. Each class is taught by a skilled volunteer who is a club member. Classes are held in 8-week increments, with additional “pop-up” classes available as demand and opportunity occur.

 

 

A    Sampling    of    Classes:

 

 

 

 

Fees for the classes range from $35 to $65. Open workshop times are also available for a fee to members who have demonstrated experience with the tools and equipment. The monthly general membership meeting is held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Because of COVID, meetings are currently held via Zoom (remote presence via computer). When possible, the club will return to its former gathering place at the White City Methodist Church on Midway Road (opposite Nelson Family Farms) in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club benefits The Bob and Ruth Young Memorial Scholarship for a student at Indian River State College.

 

 

More information about the club and the show: 

http://www.slcrockandgem.org

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/slcrockandgemclub)

Call:    772-462-6597

 

Thanks to Moira Lynn Mefein for providing much of this information!

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Treasure Coast Arts And Mindfulness Fest This Weekend Features Two Days Of Crazy Awesome Art, Yoga, Mindfulness Classes, And More For The Entire Family. Free Admission And Parking

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is partnering with the MIDFLORIDA Event Center to host the 1st Annual Treasure Coast Arts and Mindfulness Fest.  This family friendly event takes place on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 with Free Admission and Free Parking.  Sign up now for yoga classes, a drum circle, meditation sessions and more!  Special Kids Activities will get them in touch with nature!  All types of creative products and services will be available.  The Rickie Report shares the details and looks forward to seeing you there!  Namaste~

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

and 

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

 Saturday, May 22     and     Sunday, May 23 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK    HERE    TO     REGISTER    FOR:

 

GUIDED MEDITATION

YOGA

DRUM CIRCLE

BELLY DANCING

SINGING CRYSTAL BOWLS

 

 

KIDS ACTIVITIES

 

 

ECO – FUN ACTIVITIES

YOUNG YOGIS

FACE PAINTING

ANIMAL SIGN LANGUAGE

LEAF RUBBING

ANIMAL MOVEMENTS & DANCE

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

 

TREASURE COAST COMMUNITY SINGERS

WINGS TO FLY DANCE COMPANY

PRESTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE STUDIO

 

 

 

This festival is one of the initiatives the Alliance is putting in place to raise funds for a Grant Program to support regional artists and special projects to enhance the County’s cultural landscape. All proceeds will go directly into this granting fund.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is long overdue! Organized by St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) in partnership with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, “Art and mindfulness warm our hearts and lift our spirits as we journey through life,” says Executive Director Alyona Ushe. “Combining the mind-opening benefits of art with the healing benefits of mindfulness is a perfect marriage”.

 

 

 

 

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is designed to enhance the cultural community while the fundraiser will empower SLCA to showcase local and regional talent.   This is the Alliance’s major fundraising event for the year to raise funds for the SLCA Grants Program.  Artists from around the region will be featured as the arts and local artists provide value, fun, and entertainment for the whole family.

 

 

 

There will be painters, potters, photographers and sculptors; artists who create works from recycled components as well as fashion designers. Live music, dance productions and spoken word performance pieces will take place on stage. A children’s corner featuring family activities and crafts will provide the opportunity to create hands-on art. Multiple food trucks will tempt visitors with aromatic healthy food choices.

 

 

 

 

Focusing on the mindfulness part of the Fest, alternative health vendors in categories including acupuncture, nutrition, massage and hypnotherapy will be on hand, as will yoga and Pilates studios, Reiki masters and Tai Chi practitioners. Visitors will find all-natural soaps, hand-made crystal jewelry and sound healing instruments. Take the opportunity to have a Tarot card reading or a chakra analysis.

 

 

For more information about the Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest:

 

 

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Participate In Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest On Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23, 2021. Looking For Visual Artists, Performing Artists, Mindfulness Vendors, Volunteers!

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is long overdue!  Organized by the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance and the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, it will offer arts and cultural activities for all ages on  Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23. The outdoor event will reflect the diversity of artists and the scope of alternative health modalities.  Visual artists and performing artists from all over are eligible to participate!  The Rickie Report shares the details.  This event will also need volunteers! If you are a member of the St. Lucie Cultural Art Guild and Organization, get your vendor space at no charge!

 

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

and 

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

 Saturday, May 22     and     Sunday, May 23 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

C   A   L  L           F   O   R:

 

~  VISUAL  ARTISTS ~

~ PERFORMING  ARTISTS ~

~ YOGA  INSTRUCTORS ~

~ MINDFULNESS   PRACTITIONERS ~

~ VENDORS ~

&

!!!  VOLUNTEERS !!!

 

 

 

 

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is long overdue! Organized by St. Lucie Cultural Alliance in partnership with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, “Art and mindfulness warm our hearts and lift our spirits as we journey through life,” says Executive Director Alyona Ushe. “Combining the mind-opening benefits of art with the healing benefits of mindfulness is a perfect marriage”.

 

The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest is designed to enhance the cultural community while the fundraiser will further empower the organization to showcase local and regional talent.  We encourage artists from all over the state and beyond to be part of this festival”, Alyona adds.

 

This is the Alliance’s major fundraising event for the year to raise funds for the nonprofit organization artists grants program. This fest will also promote the arts, local artists, and provide value, fun, and entertainment for the whole family.

 

There will be painters, potters, photographers and sculptors; artists who create works from recycled components as well as fashion designers. Live music, dance productions and spoken word performance pieces will take place on stage. A children’s corner featuring family activities and crafts will provide the opportunity to create hands-on art. Multiple food trucks will tempt visitors with aromatic healthy food choices.

 

 

Deena Rahill and and Lisa Jill Allison

 

 

Performers/Teaching Artists for workshops, demonstrations, live painting, etc. APPLY:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/StLucieCulturalAlliance/TreasureCoastArtsMindfulnessFestDemonstrationsWorkshopsAndLivePainting.

 

 

Focusing on the mindfulness part of the Fest, alternative health vendors in categories including acupuncture, nutrition, massage and hypnotherapy will be on hand, as will yoga and Pilates studios, Reiki masters and Tai Chi practitioners. Visitors will find all-natural soaps, hand-made crystal jewelry and sound healing instruments. Take the opportunity to have a Tarot card reading or a chakra analysis.

 

 

Heila, Belly Dancer

 

 

Available vendor spaces.  Here is the link to reserve a vendor space, https://artstlucie.z2systems.com/np/clients/artstlucie/survey.jsp?surveyId=5& 

 

 

Join the Alliance:  www.artstlucie.org/memberships. If anyone decides to become an Alliance member, that artist will only be charged the $25 application fee.

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available~

 To inquire, contact info@artstlucie.org.

 

 

While most art lovers are mindful, and in turn, many mindfulness practitioners surround themselves with beautiful art, the Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest will inspire everyone to “jump over the fence” to find new ways of enjoying every day. “The arts and mindfulness offer a natural partnership between two powerful disciplines,” says Alyona. Linda McCarthy, Director of MIDFLORIDA Event Center agrees. “Arts and cultural activities inspire civic pride, connect generations, bridge diverse groups, and serve as a symbol of Port St. Lucie,” says McCarthy.

 

All funds received from sponsorships and vendor fees will go into the Cultural Alliance’s Grant Fund to be awarded to artists and cultural organizations, as will monies raised from the sale of auction items and raffles. According to Alyona, the Grant Fund already has accumulated $25,000: $10,000 from the city of Port St. Lucie which helped launch the program and $15,000 from St.Lucie County and from the Florida Arts License Plate program. All grant awards will be awarded only to local entities “so we can continue growing the local cultural landscape,” says Alyona.

 

Deena Rahill, a Certified Sound Healing Practitioner is the organizer of the mindfulness portion of the Fest. She will play a set of crystal bowls in a live performance while Lisa Jill Allison paints a canvas for a symbiotic art and sound experience. Sound can be used to unblock creativity and focus the mind. Deena describes a crystal bowl sound bath as a meditative acoustic sound concert. It is quite an experience to be immersed in vibrational sound, one that lulls the listener into a peaceful and mindful state of being.

 

 

For those who are unfamiliar with crystal bowls, each one is made from 99.8 percent pure quartz crystal and is tuned to a particular note of the musical scale. When played, the sound frequencies affect brainwave activity, slowing down brain waves to enter a deeply restorative state, where the body rebalances itself to self-heal.  “Creative mindfulness activities assist in the development of self-awareness and resilience,” says Deena. Both mindfulness and art creation are linked to a flow state, one that allows a person to think in different ways. “When we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves – space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions,” she adds.  Deena believes that, “The Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest offers the opportunity to explore different modalities and find local providers who can help people discover and embrace new ways of managing their life. Ultimately, community is immunity.”

 

 

The Rickie Report shares a special Thank you to Dorothy Kamm for contributing to this article! Dorothy Kamm, a member of the Port St. Lucie Business Women since 2008, is known in the area as a public relations professional, award-winning writer, and community advocate. Kamm is known as the premier source on American painted porcelain, and her writings are on file in the library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the leading research facility on women’s art. She is a member of the Port St. Lucie Business Women.

 

 

For more information about the Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest:

 

 

 visit https:// artstlucie.org/event/art-fest.

 

 

Available vendor spaces. FREE for Cultural Alliance Art Guild and Cultural Organization members. Reserve NOW!

 

https://artstlucie.z2systems.com/np/clients/artstlucie/survey.jsp?surveyId=5&

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

See The Port St. Lucie Arts League In Action At Winter Art & Craft Expo January 23-24. PSAL Helps Creativity Flourish With Monthly Meetings, Plein Air Events, Annual Member Exhibit And More

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) brings one thing to mind – PASSION for the visual arts!  Despite Covid19, this arts organization is flourishing!  Whether members paint for pleasure or for commerce, they continue to form partnerships that engage and encourage creativity.  Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 you can meet over 25 members at the Port St. Lucie Winter Art & Craft Expo.  From refined chalk painters, veterans honing their art skills, to residents of assisted living who keep their creative juices flowing, you will meet 2D and 3D artists to refresh your spirits!  This Rickie Report article highlights Winter Art Expo in partnership with Latitude-88 Monthly meetings ( in person or via Zoom), Plein Air Painting, 14th Annual Member Exhibition at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center Gallery (Opening Reception Thursday, February 4 and runs through March 23), and more opportunities to get involved.  If you’re looking for some passion, connect with PSLAL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Annual  Port  St.  Lucie  Art  &  Craft  Expo

Saturday, January 23 10 am – 5 pm

 Sunday, January 24  10 am – 4 pm

 

At   recently renamed the MIDFLORIDA Credit

Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths

 Live Music & Food

 

 

Face coverings are encouraged but not required at this outside event. Complimentary face masks available at the event. Please observe social distancing between guests and exhibitors and utilize the hand sanitizer stations around the event. Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet    Chalk    Artist    Shane    Mesmer

 

 

 

Chalk art by Shane Mesmer & guest David Lepore

 

PSLAL enjoyed providing several art experiences for visitors at the recent Expo! Everyone enjoyed watching our artists painting and creating live throughout the weekend! People were amazed by Shane Mesmer’s chalk art image, stopping in awe of her breathtaking work!

 

It is always exciting to hear, “I just moved to PSL and am so happy to discover the Port St. Lucie Arts League! I am an artist and happy to know that there is a connection of artists here for me.”  An older gentleman, who worked creating stained glass, was inspired to start working again after setting aside his passion to create for many years.  A 15 year old girl was so excited to observe all the artists painting, especially, the Donna Dewberry technique used by Madelaine Cooper. She is going to check out online classes to learn this style.

 

It is a great JOY to see people of all ages begin to feel their creative ideas bubble to the surface! The League is proud to be an integral part of the Expo and to be working together in partnership with Lattitude-88, Inc. supporting the arts & artists in our community.

 

Stop by the League’s non-profit booth to learn more about us and to see our artists creating live, including Chalk artists Shane Mesmer and special guest. The PSLAL Plein Air painters will also be found painting around on the grounds of Expo & MIDFLORIDA Event Center.

 

PSLAL is the benefiting organization at all PSL Expos and we are grateful to Latitude-88, Inc. for the ongoing support and generosity to support the League’s mission. Our connection and work together at the Expos has provided relationships and awareness to local artists and the arts in PSL.  PSLAL has enjoyed working in partnership with Mike Strickland, owner of Latitude-88, Inc., and all behind the scenes at the Port St. Lucie Art & Craft Expos to bring arts & culture to PSL. A Celebration of Life, Arts & Crafts and the Human Spirit… The PSLAL artists can always be found creating live at the Expo! 

NEXT  Expo:   May 1-2, 2021

 

14th    Annual     PSLAL     Members    Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

FREE    OPENING   RECEPTION:

 THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 4  

6:30  –  8:30 PM

 

Opening Reception will be held outdoors on the terrace weather permitting or in case of rain in the main atrium outside the Gallery.  Covid-19 safety practices will be followed.  Masks are required indoors.  

 

Exhibit runs February 4 through March 25, 2021

Regular Gallery Hours:   8:30 am – 5 pm

 

 

MIDFLORIDA  EVENT  CENTER

9211 SE Event Center Place  Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

772.807.4488   www.midfloridaeventcenter.com

 

 

 

The PSLAL celebrates its 14th Annual Member Exhibit at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center Gallery. It will be the largest exhibit in League history and will showcase over 100 works of art by 41 League members, including fine art professional as well as those who create purely for pleasure.  The exhibit includes naïve, assemblage, abstract, classical, representational, glass, sculpture, impasto, graphic, and photography artworks. The viewer can explore diverse subjects capturing a sense of place or specific location, the essence of a person, or a moment in time.  League artists express their passion and appreciation of the arts and support the League’s mission to advance, enhance, and sustain the community’s cultural viability.  Special kudos to Doris Jacoby for bringing this to fruition!

 

 

 

 

Participating     Artists:

 

Susan Adamo ◊  Mimi Albert ◊  Michael Alexander ◊  

Mary Ann Austin ◊  Nancy Bacheller ◊  Elaine Bankston ◊  

Patty Clayton ◊  Judy Coffman ◊  Madelaine Cooper ◊  

Fiori Ferraris   ◊  Joanne Lucia Florez ◊  Donna Franklin ◊  

Caroline Frederiksen ◊  Eric Frederiksen ◊  Nora Griffin ◊  

Marilyn Hamblet ◊  Evelyn Hartsell ◊  Carol Heslop ◊

 Jillane Heveron ◊  I. Joseph ◊  Doris Jacoby ◊  Bonnie Larson ◊

Joan Laugois ◊  Sandy Lillis  ◊ Barbara Z. Lyons  ◊

 Phred Madsen-Vallee ◊  Patricia McLaughlin ◊  Marilyn Mead ◊

Nancy Mich ◊  Laura R. O’Kelly ◊  Cecilia Peterson ◊  Linda Relis

Alyssa Rose ◊ Sharon Roselli ◊  Mayda Saborit ◊  

Christine Schroth ◊  Frances Sine ◊  Mark Stall ◊  Debra Terrio

Tamara Thoma ◊  Barbara  Warren ◊

 

 

 

 

 

Nourish   Your   Soul   And   Paint   Plein   Air  

 

No matter if you’re a beginner or advanced it’s a great way to get out of the studio and be right there in nature. Linda calls it “Soul Food” and she invites you all to come out and PLAY! It’s a great way to not only meet members, but to get some new work ready for all the upcoming PSLAL events.

 

 

Fridays  from  9 am – Noon

A new location is chosen every 2 weeks 

All levels welcome

 

Contact: Linda Relis    772.579.8342

 

 Join us!

 

 

             River is inspired by Mary Anne Austin’s Plein Air work!

Informal discussion about ART, sharing ideas and artwork or just come to listen and be together. Bring a chair!  Enjoy nature and connect with other artists!

 

Passers-by are always inspired! At theLeague’s recent event, Art Show in the Gardens, a little boy named River, joined Mary Anne Austin, to draw a picture.

 

Visit: https://www.pslartsleague.org/pslal-plein-air-painters

 

 

Monthly       Meetings:

 

 

 Marcy Purdy gives a demonstration to create a fish print

 

 

Our Next Meeting:   Friday, February 19, 2021

 

Join us via Zoom or in person for our monthly meetings!  Enjoy the camaraderie, networking with other like-minded creatives, and a demonstration!  Learn about a new technique, color, painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and so much more!

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm

 

 

Port St. Lucie Community Center    2195 SE Airoso Blvd.  Port St. Lucie, FL

 

Meetings are held in the banquet room and can accommodate 30 people.  Masks are required and Covid safe practices are followed.  RSVP is required to attend.   Zoom is provided as well.  RSVP: 772.323.1151

The mission of the Port St. Lucie Arts League is to advance, enhance and sustain our community’s cultural and artistic viability. Our membership works to develop cultural awareness and provide increased opportunities for community access to the arts.  Our league members are advocates for the arts and we promote quality, professionalism and diversity in our work. Our goals are to develop and sustain a membership of local artists, encourage networking, provide a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, and support, encourage and inspire one another’s artistic creativity.  The Port St. Lucie Art League works closely with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

 

Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website: pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986