Meet Crystal Alba: Vet Tech, Photographic Artist, Animal Advocate, Virtual Artist-In-Residence

While the ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest has reached its deadline, we continue to showcase those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. Crystal Alba is a multitasker par excellence!  The Virtual Artist in Residence for October, 2020 is a Vet tech, animal advocate and photographic artist based in Chattanooga, TN.  The Rickie Report shares her poignant photographs and her story. The Contest Results will be published soon, as the ENDANGERED ONLINE exhibition opens November 1st!  We’ll share the details!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET:  

 

 

CRYSTAL    ALBA

 

 

October, 2020   Virtual   Artist   In   Residence

 

 

 

 

https://www.Art4Apes.com      

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

Crystal Alba tells The Rickie Report, “My mission is to see each animal as an individual and capture them in a way that makes people connect with them.”  As we looked at her photos, they seem like a family album: intimate, personal, and telling a story through the eyes of her subjects. We present a taste of Crystal’s work. To see more visit http://crystalalba.com

 

 

 

 

 

“Chimpanzee Portrait” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Crystal says, “Capturing the unique faces and personalities of these complex individuals has become very important to me. I like to photograph them as I would take human portraits. I think it helps people see how similar we are to our distant cousins. As an endangered species, chimpanzees need our help. Showing their “human” side is important to connect with people who might otherwise have no interest. I’ve met almost 100 chimpanzees and no two have been the same. They can be incredibly kind, curious, intelligent, friendly and generous. My portraits are an attempt to share that with the world.”

 

 

 

 

Photograph of the artist. © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Crystal’s goal is to show the world how she sees chimpanzees: as social, intelligent, emotional, and quirky individuals. “Even if one person feels compelled to help one chimpanzee because they saw something in a portrait that moved them, I feel that I have succeeded in my mission as a photographer.”

 

 

 

 

“Peacemaker and Instigator” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

“Without connection, people aren’t moved to take action. Chimpanzees, who can live 50+ years in captivity, need more advocates speaking out for them, donating to them, and helping them however possible. This is why I began focusing on close-up intimate portraits of them.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Grooming” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Grooming is important among chimpanzee social groups as it helps to build and strengthen bonds, diffuse tense situations, and it’s important for hygiene. Chimpanzee grooming sessions are often accompanied by noises like raspberries and lip smacking. If a chimpanzee has a new wound, no matter how minor, it is usually the focus of the grooming.”

 

 

 

 

“Rest” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Chimpanzees nap a lot. One of my favorite things was quietly photographing them as they drifted off to sleep. I don’t think people really get to see sleeping chimpanzees when visiting zoos or watching them on TV. It’s a special moment, when their guard is totally down. Chimpanzees often sleep with their friends, sometimes with arms thrown over each other, or with this subject, in a quiet spot by herself.”

 

“Portrait of an Alpha Female” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“This is an older chimpanzee, the highest ranking female in her group. A force to be reckoned with, she is larger than many of the males. She uses many methods to sway others to take her side.”

 

 

“Mischievous” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

“This young chimpanzee is the smallest female in her group. She uses her size to her advantage and gets the higher ranking chimpanzees to back her up. For a while, she was allowed to eat with the highest-ranking females in her group. She enjoys starting things with the other younger ones, sometimes running up and hitting or pestering them because she knows she’ll get away with it. She also forms close friendships. Once, when one of her closest friends refused to leave the outdoor area overnight, she stayed outside with her and kept her company until the next morning.”

 

 

 

“Food Peering” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Food peering is one of my favorite chimpanzee behaviors. If a chimpanzee is eating something special or new or high value, others will gather round and put their faces right up in the face of the one who is eating. They are either inspecting the food or begging to share depending on the situation.”

 

 

 

See more of Crystal’s work at: http://crystalalba.com

 

 

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com    

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes
https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

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Pompano Beach Arts Launches Virtual Workshops With Techniques Of Documenting Your Artwork & Collectibles

Pompano Beach Arts is launching its virtual workshops for both artists and collectors.  Join Sarah Michelle Rupert on Wednesday, October 28 for this FREE Zoom event.  Learn different techniques to document your artwork or collectibles on your smartphone, basic shots, and stop motion animation!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative    Documentation    Workshop

Techniques Of Documenting

Your    Artwork    &    Collectibles

Wednesday October 28

 6:00 – 8:00 PM

 

 FREE

 

 

 

 

To   learn  more   and   register   visit:

 

When you register for this event, the Zoom link will be sent to you.

 

 

 

This short, informal workshop via Zoom is created with artists and collectors in mind who are looking for creative ways to document and share their work with minimal equipment.

Participants will learn different techniques and best practices to quickly capture quality photo and video of their artwork or collectibles on their smartphones.

After a review of standards of artwork documentation, the workshop will go over a basic shot list and jump into alternative documentation methods including stop motion animation, prop use and model interventions.

Participants will leave the workshop with fun photo and video documentation of their work for use in websites, social media and print.

 

 

 

Suggested Materials for Workshop:

 

• smart phone

• small 2D, small 3D and book or zine work • large desk, table or work area

• positionable lights or lamps

• Free App – ImgPlay, Apple or Google play

• Suggested: Tripod and Cell Phone attachment for tripod

• Suggested: large white paper, poster board, or portable light studio

Instructor:

 

Sarah Michelle Rupert is an artist, educator and cultural producer living and working in Miami, FL. Working with photography, video, collage, drawing and animation, her creative practice revolves around consumer and mass-communication culture and its beautiful, tragic and humorous interactions within contemporary life and the environment. As a cultural producer, she works collaboratively with artists and organizations to build innovative and fun projects across artistic disciplines. She is the Director of Collections at Girls’ Club Collection, a private collection and nonprofit alternative art space in Fort Lauderdale. She is a founding co-director of SPF: Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale and Tropic Bound Artist’s Book Fair, and works with artists and collectives to realize ambitious projects through program and grant development.

 

To learn about other  events and to register visit

www.pompanobeacharts.org/virtual-events.

 

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, Historic Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely House. 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.

 

 

For more information visit, www.pompanobeacharts.org or call 954-545-7800.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at  50 W Atlantic Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL  33060

 

 

 

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Creative Arts School at Old School Square Announces Registration For New Virtual Classes Fall 2020/Winter 2021

The Creative Arts School at Old School Square announces New Virtual Classes for Fall 2020/Winter 2021. NEW SKILLSNEW HOBBIESNEW YOU! And all from the convenience of home! Choose from classes in culinary arts, music performance, fine art, photography and digital imagingRegistration is open for online classes at Creative Arts School, from October 2020 through March 2021. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51 N. Swinton Avenue     Delray Beach, FL 33444

OldSchoolSquare.org

561-243-7922

 

 

 New skills~

New hobbies~

New you~

And all from the convenience of home!

 

 

Check Out This Video:

https://youtu.be/0-YdggePSiU

 

 

 

 

 

The Creative Arts School is located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre building. The School offers beginner through master level classes, for all ages, during fall/winter and spring/summer sessions. From classes for art and photography to genres that have never before been offered, we are exploring new territories to bring you classes that are accessible with the click of a button. Using the power of Zoom, you will enter a virtual classroom that is both collaborative and interactive! At the Creative Arts School, we are excited about the far-reaching potential of this tool because it enables teachers AND students to remotely participate in real-time lessons.

 

Art classes include drawing, painting, watercolor, pastel, collage and mixed media. All patrons have access to Open Studio sessions throughout the year.

 

Photography classes include introduction to digital camera use, fine art photography (beginning/intermediate/advanced/master) and digital imaging.

 

Newly announced classes in Music Performance and Culinary Arts are designed to uplift your senses while sharpening your skills! Classes include musical instrument performance and culinary exploration in varieties of cuisine.

 

 

Check Out Some Of The  26 New Classes:

 

 

 

 

 

WATERCOLOR  102

 

 

 

Watercolor 102, taught by fine artist Janet Onofrey, helping students to learn the techniques that bring watercolor paintings to life. Students will learn skills such as gradient washes, sponging, masking, dry brushing, wet-on-wet, and more ways to enjoy this nontoxic medium.

 

 

NOODLE  ART 101

 

 

 

 

NoodleArt 101, taught by restaurateur Walter Harris and sharpening students’ cooking skills. In newly introduced curricula for Culinary Arts, NoodleArt 101 will teach students to merge American ingredients with traditionally inspired Asian cuisine and flavor profiles.

 

 

UKELEL MAGIC II

 

 

 

 

 

Ukelele Magic II, taught by South Florida-based guitarist, singer, songwriter, and session musician Sean Radford. Ukelele Magic II takes students on a musical journey, while learning popular songs from yesterday and today through ukulele instruction. This class teaches fun techniques such as fingerpicking, chord progressions, and challenges through accompaniment patterns.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE  GUITAR

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Guitar, also taught by Sean Radford, takes students with fundamental guitar-playing experience to a more advanced level. Through Radford’s masterful instruction, students will learn to strum, read notation for chords and notes, sharpen ear training, improvising, build a repertoire of songs, and more!

 

 

ART  ABOUT  YOU

 

 

Art About You, taught by Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC. Conducted by a licensed and certified Art Psychotherapist, this class utilizes art therapy-based directives to help students discover emotions and gain insights about oneself.

 

 

 

CREATING  A FOLD  BOOK

 

 

 

 

Creating A Fold Book, taught by award-winning painter and illustrator Carla Golembe, teaches students to create three-dimensional “fold book” works of art using illustration, fine art, and language. Students will explore creative storytelling through imagery and, if they wish, words.

 

 

 

TRAVEL   SKETCHBOOK

 

 

Travel Sketchbook, taught by fine artist Jen Fisher, helps students to create artistic memories as they travel to their favorite destinations through their photo albums.

 

 

 

COLLAGE  AND  MIXED  MEDIA

 

 

 

 

 

Collage and Mixed Media, taught by fine artist Sharon Koskoff, which explores the fascinating world of collage and mixed media using found materials, recyclables, personal photographs, collectibles, and other unusual art mediums.

 

 

AND    MORE………..

 

Other long-standing classes covering fine arts, digital imaging, and photography also return! Each class is taught using the power of Zoom and gives students access to a virtual classroom that is both collaborative and interactive.

All of the fun-filled, joy-inspiring, and diverse classes can be found here: www.oldschoolsquare.org/classes/online-learning

 

 

 

ABOUT OLD SCHOOL SQUARE

Old School Square Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit cultural arts organization, located in the heart of charming downtown Delray Beach, FL. A historical landmark that has served the community for over 30 years, Old School Square’s mission is to enrich the lives of all people as the community’s cultural center and destination for the arts. Old School Square provides a total arts experience through visual and performing arts, education, and entertainment.

For more information on Old School Square visit www.oldschoolsquare.org.

 

  

 

 

 

 

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Wellington Art Society October Events Include Virtual Meeting Demonstration With Suzanne Redmond And Member’s Art Gallery

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) will feature a demonstration by member and past president, Suzanne Redmond on October 14. The meeting demonstration will take place through the WAS Zoom virtual link which is distributed by email to all members. A meet and greet will be followed by the member spotlight and brief meeting. The event will conclude with Suzanne’s demonstration. The public is invited. The Rickie Report shares these details, some sneak peeks of Suzanne’s artwork, and a link to the impressive Member’s Art Gallery.  RSVP to get the Zoom link!

 

 

 

 

 

Public Is Invited To

Wellington Art Society Meeting

 

Wednesday,  October 14, 2020

 7 PM

 

 

FEATURING:

SUZANNE   REDMOND

 

All events open to members and non-members

Please RSVP to presidentofwas@gmail.com for the Zoom Link to attend

 

 

 

 

“Untitled” by Suzanne Redmond

 

 

Suzanne Redmond is a local art professional in the Wellington area. She has a business background in accounting. After years working in financial and contract management, she switched gears to pursue her artistic side. As Suzanne became more connected within the local arts community, she found herself organizing art shows and helping artists with their business and writing tasks. Suzanne’s own artworks have been featured in regional exhibits and in the prestigious Art in Public Places exhibit at Palm Beach International Airport.

 

 

Suzanne Redmond podcasting The Left Brain Artist

 

 

It wasn’t long until Suzanne then started her very own podcast, The Left Brain Artist, where she interviews a new artist every week. Interview topics include art and artistic techniques in addition to exploring how each artist creates and maintains a successful business. With over one million downloads in just a few short years, Suzanne’s podcast has become a local sensation and international platform for artists interested in creative and business development. For more information about Suzanne and her podcast, please visit www.suzanneredmond.com.

 

 

 

 

WAS Virtual Gallery

 

In addition to the virtual meeting demonstration, WAS is participating in a virtual gallery through October 16. This is an open themed exhibit featuring artworks including sculptures, fine art photography, paintings, and more. Viewers can see the artwork in a 3D virtual gallery and everything is for sale. For more information and to view the virtual gallery, please visit the Wellington Art Society Home page www.wellingtonartsociety.org or https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2095366/was-member-showcase.

 

 

 

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

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Deadline Is October 7. Join Us To Celebrate Douglas Aja Artist-In-Residence’s Sculptures

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 7th. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up can apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Douglas Aja, our Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

 

Contest deadline OCTOBER 7th

 

Entry details and Virtual Artist in Residence information below  

 

MEET:  

 

 

 DOUGLAS  AJA

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST in RESIDENCE 

 

Applying Patina © 2020 Douglas Aja.All Rights Reserved.

Douglas Aja:

Sculptor of African Wildlife, Photographer, Adventurer and Animal Philanthropist

 

Check out this video of Doug’s inspiring work: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5B20c1mdNU

To see more visit:

https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1238

 

 

Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife in bronze since the late 1990s.  Though he sculpts a variety of species, he specializes in the African elephant.  Many elephants are known individuals from Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

“Playful”  © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

“Playful” depicts an orphaned elephant chasing a soccer ball. Calves are orphaned for many reasons, mostly because of poaching to feed the illegal ivory trade. The fortunate ones are brought to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where they are cared for and eventually reintroduced into the wild, a process that takes many years.

 

 

 

 

 

“Dionysus” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Named by elephant researcher Cynthia Moss, Dionysus was one of the largest and most dominant bulls in the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya. This sculpture represents him in his prime at approximately 50 years of age. Dionysus has been featured in many documentaries, including the “Echo of the Elephants” films.

 

 

 

 

“Echo & Calf “© 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This sculpture is of an old matriarch known as Echo along with her one year old calf, Emily Kate. Echo is probably the world’s best known wild elephant, having been featured in the four BBC “Echo of the Elephants” films as well as “An Eye for An Elephant”.

 

 

 

Exploring Africa:

 

Traveling to Africa for the first time in 1978, Doug took part in a wilderness education program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). There he studied wilderness and mountaineering skills, outdoor leadership, minimum impact camping and Kenya’s culture. He continues to visit East Africa regularly to take photos, gather reference material and to further his knowledge and understanding of his subjects. He often backpacks on Mount Kenya, through Maasailand and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

 

 

 

Kenya © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Prized Possession” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The spotted hyena is the most successful large carnivore in Africa. They are highly adaptable and opportunistic, capable of hunting a wide variety of prey animals and will scavenge when the opportunity arises. They hunt alone, in small groups or in large packs.

 

 

“Approaching Storm” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

I was in the Maasai Mara near the end of a long drought when we were hit with high winds and heavy thunderstorms. While driving back to camp we stopped to watch a pride of lions. What caught my attention most was the males’ manes blowing in the wind. Approaching Storm depicts a young male lion gazing out onto the savanna as the strong wind and rain blow in his face.

 

 

 

 

“Brown-hooded Kingfisher” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher inhabits wooded and savanna country in southeastern and central Africa. It has a varied diet which includes insects, small mammals, birds and reptiles. It only rarely eats fish. It searches for its prey from a perch, rapidly flies down to grab it with its bill then returns to its perch to eat it.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Philanthropy:

 

Doug has been a longtime supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), ElephantVoices and The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. He had dedicated his time and creativity to support species in need and donates art and/or a portion of his sales to a number of charities.  

 

 

 

“Threatened” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This female cheetah is intently looking at something in the distance that could pose a threat to her cub, possibly a lion or hyena which would kill the cub if given the chance. Cheetahs are now on the endangered species list, numbering around 10,000 in the wild.

 

 

 

 

 

“Watchful” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Cheetahs are constantly scanning the savanna on the lookout for prey. More importantly if it’s a female with cubs, she would also be on alert for other predators. My goal in sculpting “Watchful” was to capture this intense and focused gaze.

 

 

To see more of Doug’s work visit:

Website:https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1238

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

Enter Now! 

Deadline Extended  to 7th October

 

 

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats.  The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

  • Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

Categories for Entry:

 

 

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art)

Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001).  We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest. 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.  Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD.  There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories.  Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition. 

 

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues.  It seems clear that resurgence of the virus could possibly force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers.  Such a last minute cancellation would mean that artists would spend money sending work in to an exhibition that might not happen and that would likely have far less visitors.   Having taken everything into account we have determined, sadly, that we must cancel the live exhibition this year. 

We have developed an exciting virtual exhibition to run from November 1 to December 31, 2020.  Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning.  We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real-life show.   Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days. 

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece. 

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Please note:  Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place.  Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes by June 30th

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message. 

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

  • Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
  • You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
  • We will design an e-flyer for you to send out to clients and contacts
  • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website
    • You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment. 
    • We will include your full bio and artist statement
    • We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
    • We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
    • We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
    • We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. 

Artists can only be featured once a year. 

 

 

Enter Now!  Deadline Extended to 7th October

 

 

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

 

 

Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes
https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Flamingo Magazine Recognizes Carla Golembe As She Gathers A Group Of Artists On Social Media To Uplift Each Other

When Carla Golembe initiated “Socially Distanced, Connected By Art” on social media at the beginning of the Covid19 crises, she never dreamed that it would embrace and affect so many people from around the world!  The Rickie Report joined in her mission and nominated Carla as a “Ray of Light” when Flamingo Magazine was looking for visionaries.  This article shares a minuscule sampling of artists who participate in this ever-growing group, who have given The Rickie Report permission to publish their images.  We share the link to the FaceBook group (free to join!) as well as the Flamingo Magazine article.  

“Socially    Distanced,    Connected    By    Art”

 “Tikun Olam” (Heal the World) by Carla Golembe, acrylic 30″ x 30″.

 

When the galleries closed and the art shows were cancelled, Carla Golembe knew exactly what to do!  She  established herSocially distanced, connected by art Facebook page.  Though she began in mid-March as a means to stay connected with the 20–30 adult art students she teaches in Delray Beach, it’s racked up more than 1,300 members from Florida to the Philippines. Carla tells The Rickie Report, ” I am using the page to break through the isolation I feel in quarantine and I created a vehicle to connect with others feeling just as alone through art.

 

 

 

3 Artworks by Linda Botwinick 

 

 

 

And connect she did!  Sign up and see artwork from all over the world!  She states, “Be Kind and Courteous. We’re all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let’s treat everyone with respect”.  The Rickie Report publisher, Rickie Leiter, is in a state ‘ever-being-awed’ as she peruses each day’s sightings of new artworks that touch the heart and soul.

 

 

“Sending Love” by Linda Winters

 

 

 

“It’s about creating an art family,” she said, “and I guess that’s what I was trying to do.” It is safe to say her art family has exploded!   Artists of all mediums including painting, photography, digital art and sculpture have taken to the Facebook page to share their creations. Comments from “This is one of those works that sings to heart” to “Miss your face!! And all them boys too!!!” can be found on nearly every post. Golembe’s favorite part, besides the shock and joy of watching the page grow, is “the joyful variety and the way people are finding to use art to deal with this new world.”

 

 

Artworks by (Left) Beth Baker  and (Right) Betty Areson

 

 

Carla’s second rule, “No Promotions or Spam.  Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, sales, spam and irrelevant links aren’t allowed” is taken seriously.  Honestly, just by looking at some of the posts, the viewer only needs to follow the link to the artist and be in touch to make a purchase.  They are sharing their passion – which leads to sales on their own sites.  As she reminds people, The intent of this page is to share our own original artwork and to feel part of a community while apart”.  Since this is a public group, with no “hard sell” intention, no hashtags are allowed.

 

Artwork by Carla Golembe
To further her vision, artists of all levels, all media from everywhere are encouraged to connect through. Carla’s mission, “Creating light, joy and community” is one that struck a chord with Rickie, which is why she nominated Carla for the Flamingo Magazine (Florida magazine) for being a “Ray of Light”.  She is one of four “rays” the magazine chose!  And, true to herself, she asked that the link to the article NOT be listed on her Socially Distanced Connected by Art FaceBook page.  
We are honored to share it here:

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

Laurie Snow Hein Offers “Intro To Painting Oceans” And “Capturing Effect Of Sunlight On Oceans”

Laurie Snow Hein is a master of light: appreciating it, capturing it in her paintings, and bringing a sense of awe to the viewer.  Laurie’s gift doesn’t end there. She is a brilliant teacher who eases her students into creating their own breathtaking paintings!  Sign up for “An Intro to Painting Oceans” on Tuesday, October 13.  Students who register and pay for the Intro Workshop will be sent a code for $25. off the registration fee to her two day workshop November 9 – 10, “Capturing the Effect of Sunlight on Oceans”. The New Studio for the Visual Arts is coordinating these virtual classes.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks and urges you to sign up now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurie Snow Hein at her easel

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for an introduction to our upcoming workshop!

 

This “Paint Along” type of instruction encourages students to really think about what they are doing and to paint the way they want to paint.

The object is to teach students how to think when painting.

By the end of this 3 hour workshop, the students will have an almost if not completely finished painting.

 

***This class is suitable for oil painting.***

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Laurie Snow Hein, an accomplished portrait artist, is well known for her Florida landscapes, beaches, oceans, botanicals and birds. She has worked in artistic fields as a professional teacher, licensed artist and illustrator. Many awards have accumulated over the years; but, the joy of teaching, the enthusiasm of her students and clients is the most meaningful.

 

 

Click to see this short video

 

Students who register and pay for the Intro Workshop will be sent a code for $25.00 OFF the registration fee to the two day workshop in November 9 -10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn what to think when painting oceans!

 

 

The goal of this workshop is to help students think for themselves and develop their own style preference while learning to apply principles and elements useful for all subjects they paint.

REGISTER NOW

Students will be taught everything from impressionistic work to realism.

 

This will be more than a follow along painting session.

 

 

In this workshop, students will learn:

How to take photos of the ocean and choose the right image to paint their strong points and what weaknesses to work on in the future

What color mixtures and techniques to use when painting water

Students will find their own strengths and weaknesses while developing a style of their own.

The workshop will concentrate on applying knowledge that will strengthen the skill of each student.

The instructor’s goal is for the students to paint for themselves, learning to think and apply learned knowledge to their own work.

 

***This class is suitable for oil painting.***

 

SUPPLY    LIST:

SUPPLY LIST FOR ALKYDS OILS OR REGULAR OILS:

COLORS:  GAMBLIN,  WINSOR NEWTON, MICHAEL HARDING  or your preferred brand  -Do not buy HUES

1. WINSOR YELLOW,  LEMON YELLOW or CADMIUM YELLOW LIGHT  ( only one)  

2. CAD YELLOW MEDIUM

3. CAD ORANGE

4. CAD RED LIGHT OR CADIUM RED

5. ALIZARIN RED

6.THALO BLUE

7. THALO GREEN

8.  FRENCH ULTRAMARINE BLUE 

9.PRUSSIAN BLUE

10. BURNT SIENNA

11. YELLOW OCHRE  

12.LARGE TUBE TITANIUM WHITE  ( WINTON SOFT FORMLA WHITE IS ESPECIALLY NICE)

 EXTRA  (don’t need for ocean paintings) QUINACRIDONE COLORS,  BURNT UMBER, DIOXAZINE PURPLE,   PERMANENT ROSE,  ANY OF YOUR FAVORITE COLORS.

BAR OF BRUSH CLEANING SOAP   or  MURPHY OIL SOAP

BRUSHES: ROSEMARY IVORY flat & long , variety,  WINSOR NEWTON GALLERIA , long or brides flat, JERRY’S PRO STOKE PREMIUM WHITE BY CREATIVE  MARK, long or bright flats

I prefer long flat depending on the maker

I will most likely be using a Jerry’s Pro Stroke. Number 8 or 12  for the entire painting

LIQUIN MEDIUM

ODORLESS MINERAL SPIRITS

2 MEDIUM SIZED JARS WITH LIDS

SMALL JAR OF COCONUT OIL OR BABY OIL to clean hands and brushes,

PAPER TOWELS

NATRIL GLOVES 

THROW AWAY PAPER PALETTE, LARGEST SIZE YOU CAN BUY, OR BUY TWO

PAINT TOTE OR BOX.

BOX OF SARAN WRAP to cover unused paints

NOTE PAD

SKETCH PAD

PHOTO PRINTED OUT IN COLOR AND IN BLACK & WHITE

CANVAS SIZE 12 X 16  OR YOUR CHOICE photo transferred onto canvas if you want.

 

 

 

“Over The Edge” by Laurie Snow Hein

 

 

 

Florida Artist Laurie Snow Hein has been painting for over 50 years, growing up in South Florida and living here her entire life. Her collection of coastal and inland Florida landscape and seascapes capture the beauty of Florida that Laurie knows so well. It is the subject she is most passionate about and has dedicated herself to paint. Laurie also is a master portrait artist and takes a limited number of portrait commissions a year.

 

 

As a contemporary artist in Florida, Laurie’s work boasts of the use of bright, vibrant hues that are a reflection of the lively spirit and luxuriant landscape that the state has come to be associated with. It is, after all, the ‘Sunshine State’. There are many artists and painters in Florida, but none quite like Laurie, who has managed to capture the true essence of the place and its stunning natural beauty in her artworks.

 

 

“Rolling On” by Laurie Snow Hein

 

 

If you are looking for a contemporary artist’s paintings for sale, Laurie’s body of oil paintings will surely not disappoint. Choose from pieces that paint a dreamy picture of beaches, wetlands, oceans, flowers, trees, birds, national parks, and more. In addition to being inspired by her native state, she also paints a range of other types of works, including portraits, abstract works, as well as paintings depicting the innocence of childhood, Christmas and more.

 

 

Browse through her website to find  Florida wetlands artwork, classical Everglades artwork and more. From her originals for sale and images that can be ordered as giclee on paper or canvas custom size , she can customize an image by doing a crop or change to meet your particular proportions. To find out more about Laurie’s art, portraits, illustrations and other subjects, please visit her website at: https://www.laurieheinartist.com/

 

 

For ordering any of Laurie’s paintings you can contact her directly or visit her Fine Art America Profile, there you will find a vast selection of her work and order directly from Fine Art America. Various surfaces and finishes of reproductions in many sizes, you can also purchase many of Laurie’s painting in a variety of design objects for yourself or your home, such as greeting cards, mugs, phone covers, pillows, bags, duvets and more.

 

LICENSING And ILLUSTRATIONS:

Laurie’s art work appears in open and limited edition prints with a large following. Her designs have been licensed for home decor and gift products for such companies as Current Inc., Home Interiors, Mohawk Home, Leanin’ Tree, Conimar, Weavetec, and Home Interiors Inc. You can find her licensed products in WalMart, Target, Cracker Barrel, and specialty shops of all kinds. She is a successful oil painter, illustrator, art instructor, portrait artist and a member of the Atlanta Portrait Society and the Portrait Society of America. Laurie is also listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of American Women. She has painted executive portraits for institutions such as Furman College, Palm Beach Atlantic College and St Vincent Hospital. Avon Company commissioned her to paint the Mothers Day 2009 Plate which completely sold out. Her newest collection, “Freedom’s Spirit”, was started to raise awareness of the plight of an American heritage…the wild mustangs of America. When this collection has 30 completed images, there will be public shows held, with the sale of the images being donated to various Wild Horse Funds.  Laurie has illustrated numerous books.  

 

 

 

 

For details about this class, other classes or workshops please contact:

The New Studio for the Visual Arts

1615 S Cypress Dr  Suite 1    Jupiter, Fl   33469

561-295-5712 Studio

 www.thenewstudiova.net

 

The New Studio for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charitable Educational Organization.  #CH56474 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATON AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800) 435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Learn To Thrive In The “New Normal” With Clark Hulings Fund’s “Virtualize Your Art Career™” Conference October 19 – 30

The Clark Hulings Fund will help you focus on strong business principles, specific strategies, and implement an action plan at its  Virtualize Your Art Career™ Conference.  CHF is laser-focused on what artists must do right now to survive and thrive in the “new normal”, by offering a CHF Art Business Conference™ Virtual Edition with 11 sessions from October 19 – 30, 2020.  The Rickie Report shares the details in this article. Registration is now open! The good news? No airfare, no hotel, and no Uber trips! 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Sessions:    

October 19-30th, 2020

$200.

 

 

 

Landing page: https://clarkhulingsfund.org/conference

 

 

 

Schedule: https://clarkhulingsfund.org/conference/schedule/

 

 

 

Questions? info@clarkhulingsfund.org

505.983.4339

 

 

Review or catch up on sessions easily, because it will all be recorded

 

The Conference is 11 live-streaming sessions in October for $200. The virtual interactive learning accelerator covers Career Blueprint, Sales Strategy, Brand Narrative, and Peer Network—delivered through live streaming video workshops and vidchats, and presented by seasoned business leaders who specialize in working with artists: Elizabeth Hulings, Carolyn Edlund, and Daniel DiGriz. There’s a day of industry-expert interviews, and time to network and make important connections.

 

 

 

 

 

The good news? No airfare, no hotel, and no Uber trips! Attend the conference from the comfort of your studio or bedroom. Then, review or catch up on sessions easily, because it will all be recorded. Artists speak to the value of the training: take a look at Sharon’s & James’ testimonials from past conferences.

 

 

 

 

View the details of this Conference

 

 

REGISTER NOW:  https://clarkhulingsfund.org/conference/start/

 

 

This Conference is a 10-session, virtual interactive learning accelerator for creative professionals, delivered through live streaming video and digital chat. Sessions are led by seasoned business leaders who are all entrepreneurs in their own right, and who specialize in working with artists. It will be delivered through a combination of our cutting-edge digital campus and social media for maximum interaction. Learning isn’t merely academic for us—it’s life-changing and requires a deep experience centered on learners’ aspirations and sense of belonging in a larger community and industry.

 

 

 

The training experience prepares artists to act as influential members of their local and regional art communities. As drivers of the creative economy, artists must have powerful voices to claim their rightful place in this changing industry. 

 

 

 

Sessions will be a mix of streaming workshops, live vidchats, and informal interactions in social media—supported by a thousand-artist strong campus teeming with creative intelligence and replete with opportunities to extend and support the learning through additional (optional) coursework. There’s also a day of interviews with industry experts about the state of the art industry and how artists are earning in “the new normal.” Because a career should be punctuated with fun, this October Conference culminates in a virtual Halloween Costume Party that gives everyone a chance to let their hair down, show their creativity, and build camaraderie.

 

 

 

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists is a registered nonprofit that equips working visual artists to be self-sustaining entrepreneurs. CHF’s artist training is supported by extensive data and research on artists’ career needs with a proven track record of success :https://clarkhulingsfund.org/rowa/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Why pARTnership Matters: How YOU Can Benefit From The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance speaks with The Rickie Report about how the public (art lovers and artists alike) can benefit from pARTnering together.  The promise of new initiatives will bring the sectors of visual arts, performing arts, musical art, and literature in the Treasure Coast together, creating a Cultural Mecca!  Every consumer wonders “What’s In It For Me” and this interview will answer your question!  Rickie Report READERS: Get a SPECIAL DISCOUNT on membership rates NOW through October 15, 2020!  Be pART of the ART SCENE!

 

 

 

 

 

772.462.2783

artstlucie.org

2300 Virginia Avenue     Ft.Pierce, FL 34982       

 

 

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has taken flight from under the radar to star performer!  Executive Director, Alyona Ushe, tells The Rickie Report, “We are developing new initiatives for every arts discipline, looking toward monthly meetings  as well as collaborative efforts.  We are building an army of individual artists, arts organizations, businesses, and the public to make the Treasure Coast a Cultural Mecca”.  SLCA is supported by monies from the County, Membership dues, and Private donations.

 

 

DON’T  MISS  A  THING!

Subscribe to get the FREE SLCA Newsletter via email!!

 

 

TRR:  What is currently on the SLCA “Wish List”?

AU:  Our Top 5:

1.We need writers!

2.We want to arm artists, empower them, and offer exhibitions and performance venues for all disciplines and genres of art.

3.We’re looking to businesses with vacant spaces to share those with the arts community and therefore the public.  Collaboration and pARTnership go hand in hand – and benefit everyone!

4. We are looking for people who are advertising savvy, to look for more opportunities for SLCA to pARTner with other businesses whose interests dovetail into ours.

5. Volunteers to help with events and researchers can help us continue to illuminate our arts base their needs, other resources, and data.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: What kind of programs are already in place?

AU: There are many events taking place now and more are opening up, as this is being read!

Made in St. Lucie & Starving Artists Online auction is our next big initiative.  The Alliance will use all of our resources to encourage patrons to buy local art for the holidays.  The next Cultural Alliance Art Guild Exhibition is planned for early November and we are organizing musical performances in collaboration with Mid Florida Event Center starting in November as well!  In addition, galleries, museums, live music venues, performing arts, nature & science, and festivals are all making plans for the 2020/2021 Season.  Our website  lists specific events and directs you to the relevant information.

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What are the benefits of SLCA membership?

AU: We are developing benefits that actually empower our cultural community!  We’re developing powerful partnerships with businesses to assist our members with their specific needs.

From exhibition & performing venues, to spotlighting every member, and assisting with marketing and business development needs, we are here for you.  I urge your readers to reach out to us and let us know how we can help them specifically and the creative community in general.

 You no NOT have to be a County resident to be a member!

 

 

 

 

We are offering a SPECIAL PRICE for Rickie Report readers:  

NOW thru October 15, 2020

 

 

EMAIL:  info@artslucie.org to receive these benefits!

 

 

 

Members are listed under different categories:

Artists:https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=artists

Arts Organizations: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=arts-organizations

Businesses: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=businesses

Individuals: https://artstlucie.org/members?directorytype=individuals

 

 

 

BENEFITS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: We are fascinated by the diversity of arts and artists St. Lucie County is in touch with. Can you tell us more about how you choose someone to be written up for the weekly “Member Spotlight”?

AU: Our artists continue to fly under the radar.  “Member Spotlight” is designed to let the public know the creative vision of each artist.

 

Our members actually write the feature, which also builds their relationship and creates community!  If any of your readers have public relations backgrounds and are interested in getting to know other artists personally, this is a perfect project for them!  The most enthusiastic landing spot is our “Member Spotlight” which focuses on a creative in each of the sectors we include ( Festivals, Galleries & Museums, Live music, Nature & Science, Performing arts, Writing, and Visual arts).

 

MEMBER  SPOTLIGHT:

 

Get more information about the Member Spotlight

 

 

Art in Public Places:  At St. Lucie County Utilities Office, “Elvis” by Stephen DePirro, made from recycled cans

Center Left: Mark Satterlee, AICP  Deputy County Administrator,  St Lucie County Board of Commissioners and Board Liaison to SLCA  To Mark’s Right: Alyona Ushe, Executive Director St. Lucie Cultural Alliance and Jeanne Johansen, Cultural Alliance Board Member and President of the Fort Pierce Art Club.

 

 

TRR: Is there a place for volunteers or people who would just like to receive emails to stay up-to-date?

AU: We have a current and ever-changing list of volunteer opportunities!

Our current (and ever-changing) list of volunteers opportunities include:

  • Writers
  • Graphic designers
  • Greeters at Receptions
  • College Ambassadors
  • Student Internships
     

 

 

 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER:

    https://artstlucie.z2systems.com/projectList.jsp

 

 

 

 

Here’s the link for our Free newsletter sign up:

 

TRR: Can you tell us about an easy way to help SLCA fundraise?

AU: YES!

The State of Florida has a multitude of license plate options, which benefit specific non-profit groups, as well as U.S Military Service branches and Education centers.  When you register with the Arts license plate, SLCA gets a portion of the fee!  It is heartening to see the large number of cars sporting these, and when I see one, I feel a kindred spirit is driving and announcing “I Support The Arts”!

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: The SLCA website has an extensive list of Resources.  Can you tell us more?

AU:  A comprehensive list of Covid 19 assistance grants and general funding opportunities are available on our website: https://artstlucie.org/news/covid-19-resources-for-artists.

I have exciting news to share with your readers!  We are getting ready to announce a mini-grants program.  Anyone who is interested should be a member of SLCA and contact us.  Sign up for our newsletters to be the first to know!

I would love for your readers to reach out to me directly!  The Alliance is here to serve the community and I want to know what we can do better.  My email is alyona@artstlucie.org and I want to hear from everyone!  We are building a community and their input is critical.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

WITVA (Women In The Visual Arts) Starts Season Off With Zoom Seminar Focused On Good Business Practices For Artists Featuring Rickie Leiter

Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) announces their kick off meeting on Friday, September 25 via Zoom.  Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report will present two topics: “Why You Need An Artist Statement” and “Marketing During A Pandemic”.  There will time for questions and answers from participants.  This event is Free but you must RSVP by September 22 to receive the Zoom link information.  WITVA grants art scholarships, holds an annual competitive exhibition with awards, offers educational forums relating to specific forms of art,  presents art exhibitions and competitions, and serves as a networking forum for members and guests.  WITVA also donates group art to other non-profits. Join WITVA today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter,  Publisher of The Rickie Report 

Presents:

 

 

“Why You Need An Artist Statement”

&

“Marketing Art During A Pandemic”

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

1:00 pm

Via Zoom

 

RSVP to get the Zoom link:  KGHENKE@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter has always been fascinated by the creative process. A former art consultant in her native Massachusetts, her instinct to connect with creatives in her new Florida home led her to found The Rickie Report in 2011. This free online publication features artist stories, helpful tips for marketing, a calendar of upcoming art events, and calls to artists/artisans for both juried and non-juried shows. Rickie’s goal is to help artists, galleries, and visual arts-related organizations achieve their potential by connecting with other artists, art lovers, and patrons. Rickie’s mission is to help emerging artists achieve meaningful careers and to guide professional artists in finding their niches. She has juried exhibits, offered Art Marketing Seminars, and been a featured speaker at many art-related events. Rickie is an active member of numerous art coalitions in southeast Florida. She is always looking for a way to connect emerging artists, established artists, art promoters, and art patrons together, sometimes in the most unexpected ways.

 

 

 

Rickie earned an MSW and worked as a psychiatric social worker before changing professional paths as an art consultant. While her own creativity includes a successful career as a jewelry artist and a mosaicist, she is open to new knowledge, growth and experiences. Rickie has served as a long-time volunteer in national and international non-profits, providing her with a solid on-the-ground education for marketing, communication and leadership training. She and her husband, Jeff, publish The Rickie Report while enjoying the cultural bounties around them. Being involved with her community is important to Rickie, as she volunteers with the Ft. Pierce Jazz Society and co-chaired a juried art show in PGA Village Verano. She previously worked in Development with Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is a long- standing leader with Hadassah.

 

 

 

 

For more information on events, membership, or supporting WITVA, Inc. please visit:

 

www.witva.org

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986