Don’t Miss The “Art Explosion” Of 9 Swedish Women’s Art Group Sharing Their Artworks At History Of Ft. Lauderdale Museum November 3- 7. Free Reception On Wednesday, November 3

What happens when nine Swedish creatives who call Florida their home, get together to share their love of art?  You get an “ART EXPLOSION” of internationally and nationally acclaimed women! These members of the Swedish Women Art Group are eager to share a vast array of various mediums at their November 3- 7 Exhibit.  Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, November 3. This exhibit takes place at the History of Fort Lauderdale Museum and is Free to attend.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks! I hope you will take the time to read these biographies – how lucky are we to have this group of talent!







The Swedish women art group is a South Florida based group. Our purpose is to inspire each other, learn from each other, and promote our Swedish culture. We promote each other’s art, share art events, tips, advice, interesting articles related to art and more.  




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Sara  Schesser  Bartra




I am an artist based in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been working on a variety of creative projects and have participated in many exhibitions. My artistic expression has gone through many phases over this period resulting in art with a highly personal approach and perspective. My work involves a variety of techniques and materials including traditional oil, acrylics, and mix media. I particularly enjoy mix media because I can use all my imagination and creativity utilizing materials that sometimes I buy, but most times I find and collect from the most unlikely sources. The combination of these techniques and materials produces interesting, fun and compelling pieces of art. My work is found in many private collections around the world.


In my recent work I am combining my scientific background into my art. Humans are visual creatures: we need to see in order to understand. My goal is to combine science and art in order to forge a deeper understanding of science in the public.      @schesserbartrasara     @lvlyartdesigns    Webpage:





Kerstin   Holm



I was born in Sweden and lived most of my life in the USA.  I made my first painting when 9/11 happened. My emotions took over and I painted “God saving the USA from terrorists”. It made me calm, and I dared flying a week after 9/11.  It was followed by “My daughter’s walk throw life”, “Protecting my Daughter”, “Women LeaderShip,” “Saving the Ocean”, Finding a Man”, “Staying on the Covid Boat”,  “Yellow Suns Musical Garden”, to name a few. In the past I was a co-founder of a hi-tech company in the USA. We developed the type of video that companies like Zoom uses. I am also a co-founder of SACC Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in Florida and the Swedish Church in Florida. I have served on several boards, been an angle investor, mentor at SCORE, Career Source Broward and several entities in Sweden.



My life events are reflected in my paintings. Events that can happen to a lot of people, so I made pillows, cups, scarfs and so on with my art.  “Women LeaderShip” is a popular gift to motivate women. “Protected” gifts are popular to encourage someone, when they are sick or worried.  You can order the gifts with my art on at media is acrylic on canvas. Some of my original artworks are for sale at the show.  For more information:



Agneta   Anderson






What color is the letter a?

I see colors everywhere, even in letters and numbers.
For a long time, I thought that everybody else did too.A figurative language and a powerful imagination have always been a strong part of my identity. I come from generations of curious creators, brave adventurers, and self-made artists from the arctic north. I was born in the Nordic light, raised with a Scandinavian touch and I grew up surrounded by historical architecture, antique art and furniture mixed by contemporary design.This mix became my origin and left a deep imprint on my signature brush stroke.


I used to be a co-owner of a small but very successful record label and music production company. It was crazy busy but always fun, and it gave me many creative outlet opportunities.To capture, create and develop the image of a new artist, you need to focus on the originality, personality, and quality they have, and then refine it. From the deep core within to the artistic expression. I try to do the same in my art. Capture, develop and refine, with a love for color, texture, form, and beauty in all shapes.  The inspiration from being among and around different expressions of art and people, triggers my impressions, thoughts, and experience from life as it presents itself to me and all my senses. I have a playful and experimental approach to creating art. My mediums are plentiful, but mostly I work with acrylic and mixed media.


….and by the way. The letter a is red.


 For more information:




Angela     Moore





A native of Sweden, I have created a variety of art and design all my life. I studied Fine Art and Graphic Art for nine years in Malmö, Sweden.  My recent work shows my broad perspective and colorful approach to portraits, mythology, animal shapes and fantasy. My art has found recognition and appreciation both in Sweden and Florida. My art has been shown in galleries in West Palm Beach over the years. My media are acrylic, water colors and etchings, etc. I have lived in Palm Beach County since 1986.  For more information:



Mona    Tumba



Art, jewelries, and sculptures. Inspired by love, by joy, by life, the Swedish archipelago, and the sun in Florida. Color and shape are my passion! Color makes you feel, it is a vehicle that carries powerful messages. And for me, shape is the core of beauty. It tells you something, not only about the painting but of the mood and mindset of the artist. Enjoy color and shape as when you try an exceptional wine. Let it consume you and explore the details. Feel it with your heart. It is where you find the true message and beauty of things


I just finished writing about my life. The title in Swedish “Mona Tumba min sanning” has been well received in Sweden and I have been invited to many TV channels. It is about my life with the famous ice hockey player Sven Tumba. My art is found in many homes both in Sweden and the USA, and I have won several awards.  For more information:  Mona@tumba.comWebsite:




Gudrun   Andersson







My paintings are about nature and things around us, but also people. I want to describe the beauty of nature and life, giving the viewer a feeling of peace, harmony, and happiness. When moving to Florida in 2000, I joined Boca Museum of Art – Artists Guild. My media have been charcoal, pen & ink, and oil, but lately I have enjoyed using acrylics and oil pastels. I love drawing, especially the black and the white tones that come from charcoals, as well as all the colors of oil pastel to describe the Everglades. My paintings have been shown in local Galleries where I have received many Awards and Sales. They can be found in many homes around United States and Sweden.  For more information: and




Ann    Högsten    Anderson



I am from Sweden to Florida via Italy and the Virgin Islands. I have been passionate about creating as long as I can remember and have used many different media during the years. The Gnomes that I create are a reflection of how I have grown to admire and, a desire to preserve genuine craftsmanship and the use of raw materials. I have shown the Gnomes at several exhibits and they can be ordered on line at I followed my love of all things beautiful to Rome, Italy, where I attained a degree in fashion and textile design from Accademia di Costume e di Moda. For more information:




Kiki    Garber





I feel like I was born a portrait painter! I studied art in Sweden and I consider my greatest achievement to be my creation of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, portrayed in New York City a few months prior to her passing. Inspired by Mrs. J.B.K.O. personal choice….we titled my painting… ” Jackonda “. Upon submitting the image to The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, I had great satisfaction in receiving acknowledgement of their pleasure with ” Jackonda “.

My ” repertoire ” contains several other remarkable women as well, but my only muse is Jacqueline. She was the reason to engage my interests in American History, which I manifest in my portraits. Besides that, I won second prize for “The picture of a day ” by Wall Street Journal. Several famous people have bought my paintings. Ronnie Wood, Leonard Cohen, Fats Domino are some of them. Oil on canvas is my preference, but I also enjoy charcoal and watercolors. For more information:



Marga   Meijer





Born and raised in Sweden lived in Paris for several years of my adult life moved to 
USA with my French family….worked as a certified interior designer for many years.
  So design ,color , beautiful things have always been in my surroundings.
  I now create unique “One of a kind” jewelry like we all are…..  For more information









As individuals, we are members of SWEA Art, an interest group within SWEA (Swedish Women Educational Association) and its worldwide non-profit organization.  Nine of us formed the Swedish Women Art Group only for this event, to showcase our art in a public venue.  This show is independent of SWEA and SWEA Art. 


Disclaimer “SWEA Art is a privately organized network between individual Sweor and SWEA International bears no responsibility in connection with its activities. For more information please contact:  SWEA Art.




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Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Presents “Plunge Into The Arts” Photographic Exhibit By Acclaimed Conservation Photographer Phoenix. Free Opening Reception October 20

Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea proudly showcases “Plunge into the Arts with Phoenix”, a stunning exhibit that captures the soul of nature as seen through the eyes of acclaimed conservation photographer, Phoenix. Her new Solo exhibit will be on display from October 17 through November 20, 2021.  The public is invited to a free Reception on Wednesday, October 20.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.











Free    Meet    The    Artist    Reception

Wednesday,   October   20,   2021

6:00   –   7:30 pm






Exhibit runs October 17 to November 20, 2021



Plunge   Beach   Resort

4660 El Mar Dr.     Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308

For more information call (754) 312 5775





Fine Art Conservation Photographer, Phoenix


From the majesty and frailty of the Florida Everglades to the haunting beauty of Ireland, each fine art photograph by Phoenix inspires love and respect for our essential environment.  Her Solo Exhibition of 18 photographs will be displayed in the gallery inside Plunge Beach Resort’s lobby in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.



“Loxahatchee Sunset” by Phoenix 


“With this exhibition we are inviting viewers to connect with the beauty and power captured in each of Phoenix’s art works,” said Joe Imbrogno, Director of Guest Excellence at the Plunge Beach Resort.  The exhibit includes several of Phoenix’s works taken during her Artist-In-Residence in Great Smoky Mountains Nation Park. They are being shown for the first time, since earlier exhibits they were juried into were cancelled due to COVID-19″.



“Dawn’s Early Light” by Phoenix 


Phoenix, who only goes by her first name, established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. Although, she taught film-making and photography early in her career she left them for some twenty years. Returning to photography in the digital age, she developed an exceptional talent and passion to help protect nature and wildlife. Today she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer.  Most recently a national hospital has acquired 22 large photographs measuring 24 x 36 inches each from Phoenix’s sacred trees, landscapes and winged life collections for their permanent collection.



“Red Leaf Tree Rich Mountain Road” by Phoenix 



“Phoenix is a legendary nature photographer and I have always been impressed with the quality of her work. Whether presenting a macro or wildlife photograph, or a long exposure shot of the Milky Way, Phoenix consistently delivers images that transmit beyond their compositions. I only have admiration for her, her work and her wisdom,” said Sophie Bonet, Lead Curator at ArtServe, one of the Plunge Beach Resort’s art partners.



“Before The Storm” by Phoenix



“Being a nature photographer is a mystical experience,” Phoenix tells The Rickie Report. “Like a meditation of light – color, texture, structure, pattern, and composition– it awakens an inner peace and knowingness.  With each image, it’s always my intent to raise awareness of endangered and threatened species and habitats that we stand to lose in the natural world if we are not careful. It is my desire that viewers are inspired to love, cherish and protect the fragile beauty and wonder that is nature as they reconnect with that inner peace reflected in each of my images.




“Blazing Sunset” by Phoenix


She continues, “For me, preserving nature and wilderness areas is not a luxury, but a necessity for the human spirit. In protecting the world’s nature and wildlife, the environment, we are really protecting the family of humanity. The importance of nature is more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food. It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul.”










About Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea:

Tucked along South Florida’s fabled A1A in Lauderdale by the Sea, Plunge Beach Resort is a laid-back, low-key retreat for beach lovers and bohemians in search of an edgy, off-the-radar getaway. In addition to its 163 rooms and one- and two- bedroom suites, it has three onsite dining options, two pools, a fitness center, plenty of modern-day amenities and a roster of unique hotel programming. The resort’s central location puts travelers in the perfect spot to enjoy all of South Florida has to offer. Plunge Beach Resort is located at 4660 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308. For more information please visit



About Phoenix, Photographer:

For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture, she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer. Phoenix is the recipient of two month-long Artist-In-Residence programs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Olive Stack Gallery in Ireland; the Virtual Artist-in-Residence for the Center for Great Apes Art4Apes Exhibition; the featured artist for the first Endangered Exhibit – United Kingdom; two public art grants, nine public art awards and many other prestigious awards. She was recently appointed to the first Public Art and Placement Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale. Her works have graced national magazine covers and been featured in newspapers, magazines and blog posts – print and online internationally. She was invited to be the first photographer to “takeover” the Instagram page for the Friends of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. She is the immediate past president of the National League of American Pen Women which she served six years. A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Reflecting the beauty within your heart
Fine Art Photography, Portraits, Greeting Cards & More







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Get Tickets For Broward Quilt Expo’s Quilt Exhibition, Miniature Quilt Auction, Quilt Sales, Awards Ceremony And Vendors Boutique October 22 – 24, 2021

The Broward Quilt Expo (BQE) will feature one hundred-ninety one quilts on exhibitAwards Gala (Friday, October 22)Workshops (October 23-24Quilt Sales (daily),Vendor Boutique (October 23-24),  Demos (daily) and Miniature Quilt Auction (Sunday, October 24). The event is October 22, 23, 24, 2021 at the Charles Dodge Center in Pembroke Pines The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  Kudos to the seven Quilt Guilds for combining their efforts to bring this to our area!  Don’t miss this Quilt Show and Marketplace!  See what this $3.7 billion industry is all about!  







601 City Center Way    Pembroke Pines, FL 33025




October 23-24, 2021     Show opens at 10am


Tickets available online or at the door $10 daily admission


Demonstration starting at 11 am on the hour


191     Quilts     on    display


Live Longarm Demo All day – Ask the longarmer any questions you have as they Quilt all day at the show.


For out-of-town attendees, there is a discounted hotel rate $139 at the Hampton Inn.









Admission ticket is required for all workshops






Quilt Awards Ceremony and Lecture by

Maribeth Schmit

”Entering  Your  Quilt  – What  a  Judge  Sees”

Friday October 22

7 – 9  pm

Tickets $15


Judging a quilt





M I N I A T U R E      QUILT     A U C T I O N





Photo Courtesy of





Our miniature quilt auction is a fun event to raise funds for Broward Quilt Expo and the seven guilds who organize it.

It’s your chance to purchase a gorgeous piece of handmade art for your wall. 








C A L L I N G     A L L    F A B R I C    H O U N D S!





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Broward Quilt Expo, Inc. is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to promote and perpetuate the art of quilting. We are an organizational body governed by volunteers from the member guilds, currently East Sunrise Quilt Guild, Inc., Southern Stars Quilt Guild, Coral Springs Quilters, Inc., West Broward Quilters Guild, Inc., South Florida Modern Quilt Guild, OceanWaves Quilt Guild and Quilting in the Pines Guild, Inc. All of our funding comes from public support, including membership fees, gifts and grants, and receipts from events we organize.



For more information: 

Broward Quilt Expo

9421 Belaire Drive     Miramar, FL  33025

(954) 435-9729

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Business For The Arts Of Broward (BFA) Announces Open Call To Artists For Art & Stroll Event Wednesday, November 17. Deadline To Apply Is Sept. 17. No Fee. Open To Artists Beyond Broward County

Business for the Arts of Broward (BFA) is seeking entries from established and emerging artists for its 3rd Annual ART + STROLL event. Presented by BBX Capital, the event takes place on Wednesday, November 17 in downtown Fort Lauderdale in the lobbies of buildings 401, 301 and 201 E. Las Olas Blvd. This Call includes a chance to have your artwork chosen for the event poster and a prize of $1,000.  Art Patrons who participate include key business community members.  The call is open to non-Broward County residents. Deadline to apply: Friday, September 17.  The Rickie Report shares the details here with sneak peeks from previous events.








Business   for   the   Arts   of   Broward









Open Call to Artists




 3rd   Annual   Art   +   Stroll   Event

Wednesday, November 17



5   to   8   pm







Downtown Fort Lauderdale


In the lobbies of buildings 401, 301 and 201 E. Las Olas Blvd.






“My Fair Lady” by Diane Lubinski





BFA will accept 2D work, no larger than 30” wide by 60” high, and 3D art such as sculpture, ceramics, fashion, or any other free-standing artwork. Accepted artists are responsible for providing pedestal to display and will have to set up/deliver their art themselves.



There is no fee to enter. Works selected are based on originality, creativity, craftsmanship and artistic distinction. All work(s) must be submitted as a 300 dpi jpeg(s) via online submission at



“19003” by Christian Feneck




Artists may submit up to two different works for consideration that they have personally created. Each digital jpeg file of the submitted work must be included in the ART + STROLL artist’s online entry form. Artwork in jpeg format should be saved with the artist’s name and title. 



The deadline to submit is Friday, September 17 by midnight via online form submission. Accepted artists will be notified in early October and will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the event.



Accepted works may be used for marketing purposes and one artwork will be chosen from the entries for the ART + STROLL poster to be sold at the event. The chosen artist will receive a $1,000 cash prize for the use of their artwork in the poster.






“Teatime” by Susan Hanssen

Artists will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their work to event attendees from the business community and several key sponsors. Artists will be responsible for delivery of work to buyer, if sold.



BFA will keep 25% commission of any sold artwork.



For additional information, visit or and click on “call to artists.”

All artists must fill in the entry form to be considered.




About Business for the Arts of Broward:

Business for the Arts of Broward is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) engaging businesses and business leaders to advocate and educate about the importance of the County’s art and cultural community as well as to recognize the connection between cultural vitality, creative success, and economic development. To learn more visit or




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Dmitri Ivnitski Brings Science And Art Together In Daring New Artworks At Hallandale Cultural Community Center

Dmitri Ivnitski‘s daring new works of art will be exhibited at the Hallandale Cultural Community Center from September 1 through October 29, 2021.  Moving away from traditional realism and  using oils, Dmitri explores a melding of abstract art and realism through acrylic pour with a twist!  The public is invited to a Reception on Tuesday, September 7.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Mark your calendars and don’t miss this fascinating exhibit!








410 SE 3rd Street    Hallandale Beach, FL  33009





Meet     The     Artist     Reception:



Tuesday,   September   7



5:30   –   7:30 pm




“Humankind” by Dmitri Ivnitski



Dmitri Ivnitski is an artist and scientist living in Florida.  His paintings have characteristically included realistic, impressionistic, and contemporary styles. However, over the last few years, his style has changed dramatically!  He tells The Rickie Report, ” For many years I used oil on canvas.  I was interested to use acrylic pouring technique (APT) for my artworks. APP is a technique used to create paintings with natural flowing patterns. I experimented with the pouring of acrylic paints onto canvas and manipulating it with a variety of mediums and methods”.





“Goldfish” by Dmitri Ivnitski





He tells us, “I found that acrylics can be combined with all sorts of painting mediums to give them properties similar to oils and watercolors. This process is fully intuitive, unique and never the same twice!  Sometimes I almost immediately see something unusual and interesting in the color, line and texture; sometimes I watch the image on the canvas for days. Finally, I was able to understand what the canvas is showing me and I highlight what appears by adding realistic “subject”. It allows me to create beautiful abstracts that are truly unique. The visual experience of mixture both warm and cold colors together look similar to playing musical notes in cords and rhythms.






“Windy Day” by Dmitri Ivnitski



And now, the acrylic pouring painting has become an addiction for me – once I start, I just can’t stop… Benefits of this technique are great flexibility, thin transparent washes like watercolors and thick impasto swathes creating texture and movement”.  As a result, for the first time  Dmitri will present 25 abstracts based on APT in this exhibit at the Hallandale Cultural Community Center.   What I love most is observing how people react to my art. 



“Past Memory” by Dmitri Ivnitski 



“Science and painting have always been a central part of my identity as a human being. My passion for painting had started many years ago. However, through the years, life happened, and art sat on the side. My long-term career was devoted to the science. I worked as a professor in a variety of academic institutions. I am the author of 110 scientific articles, 5 chapters in books and several patents. I came back to painting ten years ago after retiring from my professional career. I am inspired by Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse and many other great artists. Colors play a major role in my life. The subject matter is nature, whether it is a traditional landscape, people, a bird, or a flower. In my paintings I have used different styles (realistic, impressionistic, and contemporary). My traditional materials have been oil and acrylic on canvas. I try to paint with a level of instinct, rather than only making calculated decisions”. 






“Explosion of a Star” by Dmitri Ivnitski




“The style of my work has been changed over the years. It has become less realistic and I draw more abstracts. Last couple years I was inspired by acrylic pouring paintings (accidental painting). What I love about acrylic pouring are the surprises that pop-up when the paintings are ready, animals, people, aliens, ocean, flame I have seen; so many beautiful things in my paintings come forward. Currently acrylic pouring painting has become an addiction for me – once I start, I just can’t stop…”






“Wonderland” by Dmitri Ivnitski



Dmitri’s award winning art has been seen at March, 2017 1st Place in Art Competition, sponsored by Hallandale Cultural Community Center; May 2017 SOLO Exhibition, sponsored by Hallandale Cultural Community Center, Hallandale Beach, FL; November 2017 1st Place and prize in Art competition, Sunny Isles BCH, FL. April 29th 2018 Annual Russian Festival at Heritage Park City Sunny Isles BCH, FL. July 2018 – Certificate of achievement from Light Space Time Art Gallery; Finalist Certificate from CFA Artist of 2018 Year Award. January 2019 Sixth Annual CONTINUUM WPB Arts exhibition, West Palm Beach, FL. and September 2021 SOLO Art Show, sponsored by Hallandale Cultural Community Center, Hallandale Beach, FL.



For more information about this exhibit or Dmitri Ivnitski’s artwork please visit:





Fine Art America,

Abstract Expressionism,

Art District,

Expressionistic Abstract Painting,


Grow Your Audience,

Mutual Promotions and Networking, 

Oil Painting Club, Oil Painting Club – City of Sunny Isles Beach (





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New Clay Pottery And Sculpture Classes For Adults With Walter O’Neill Begin Wednesday, August 25

Walter O’Neill is teaching Clay: Pottery and Sculpting classes for adults at Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL. Beginners and intermediate students are welcome. Register now for classes which start on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Experimenting with clay is a wonderful way to re-energize your creativity!  Walter’s primary studio activity is now ceramics.  He has participated in exhibits locally as well as been invited to art residencies to work in ceramics. The Rickie Report shares the details of the upcoming classes and some sneak peeks of Walter’s and his student’s creations.



!!!!!   N  E  W   !!!!!


Clay Pottery and Sculpture Classes For Adults


With Walter O’Neill


Northeast High School   Oakland Park, FL


Begins Wednesday, August 25



Creations by Walter O’Neill’s Students





August  25    to    December  8, 2021

Wednesdays,   6  to 9 pm


8 sessions: $97 

(YES –  the most affordable clay class around!)




Northeast High School

700 Northeast 56th Street   Oakland Park , FL 33334

Visit the website or call the office: 754.322.1650





Creations by Walter O’Neill’s Students


Clay:  Pottery and Sculpting Class

Have fun learning the basic techniques of making pottery or sculpture using clay. Projects include learning slab, coil, and other hand-building techniques and complete using a variety of finishing techniques. Small, relaxed, friendly class. 

Intermediate students are also welcome to get advice while working on personal projects~

Note: Class uses only low-fire clay purchased in class. This is hand-building class only. Please bring basic pottery tool kit to first class, this can be purchased a local art stores or on line.

For more information about these classes:

Visit the website or call the office: 754.322.1650


For more information about Walter O’Neill:




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Yochi Yakir-Avin Is Featured In Art Exhibit And Interactive Art Installation In Fort Lauderdale. Public Invited To Visit Now Through May 29

Gallery Six at the Broward County Library presents “A Personal Note”, featuring Artwork and Installation by Yochi Yakir-Avin, an American Israeli visual artist, based in South Florida. Her recent oil paintings reflect her love for figurative work. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each work, she aims to offer hope and a subtle message of optimism. The public is invited to take part in an interactive 3D installation that connects to Yakir-Avin’s Memory Project. This exhibition is made possible through a CIP Grant 2021.  Since no opening reception is taking place, Yochi will be happy to make an appointment to come to the gallery and meet personally with visitors. The Rickie Report shares the details and sneak peeks.











By Yochi Yakir-Avin: L to R  “Gabby in Red” 2020, “Multitude Thoughts” 2021,  “William” 2021



Now  through  May  29, 2021



To Meet Yochi Yakir-Avin at this exhibit, please email: 




Mon, Wed    11 am – 7 pm

Sat, Tues, Thur  10 am – 6 pm

Friday, Sunday   CLOSED



100 South Andrews Avenue     Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301


Face coverings must be worn and guests must follow social distancing protocol



“A Personal Note”


In the public display Yakir-Avin exhibits a selection of recent oil on canvas artwork, mainly portraits of ordinary people, with a variety of various social backgrounds. The artists intent is to collect the feeling of the present moment by touching on human experience. Her paintings reflect her love for figurative work. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each work, she aims to offer hope and a subtle message of optimism.


A three-dimensional interactive installation is part of the exhibition and is a new addition to Yakir-Avin Memory Project. The public is invited to take an interactive part. The installation consists of cube boxes that the audience is able to move, in order to create four different images. The Images are from the artist’s childhood album and are recreated on top of the boxes. Yakir-Avin offers her personal experience to share with a diverse audience and to demonstrate our cultural differences and similarities.


“A Personal Note” is curated by Marielle Plaisir, an internationally successfully French-Caribbean multimedia artist. Plaisir has exhibited in Museums in Europe and USA, as well as biennials including in Sao Paulo, Dakar, Benin, Florence and Dublin.



Born in Poland and based in South Florida since 2014, Yochi Yakir-Avin is an award-winning figurative artist. Simultaneously American and Israeli, Yakir-Avin studied fine arts in Israel and Italy and has exhibited internationally in Italy, France, Israel and the USA. With a focus on representation, the majority of Yakir-Avin’s works are portraits and still life painted in oil on canvas. She also creates mixed media artwork, as well as intricate transfer pieces on paper and wood and installations.



Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners




To make an appointment to meet the artist at the exhibit or for more information about her artwork:

Yochi Yakir-Avin, Visual Artist

Tel. +1-786-586-0732




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Coral Springs Museum Of Art Features Solo Retrospective Of Cheryl Maeder’s Artwork January 19 – March 6

The Coral Springs Museum of Art presents “Super Natural”, a Solo Retrospective Exhibition of Cheryl Maeder’s Work. The exhibition is available January 19 through March 6, 2021.  The public is invited to a Complimentary Ticketed Reception on Thursday, January 21. Maeder’s photography became the inspiration for the Dove Campaign on ‘Real Women, Real Beauty’, which transformed the way women are viewed in the global media. “Super Natural” fuses the natural world with her inner world, creating visuals that are somewhere between reality and the sublime.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!





Coral Springs Museum of Art

2855A Coral Springs Drive    Coral Springs, FL 33065

Open:  Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm





Coral Springs Museum of Art






Opening Reception/Meet the Artist

Thursday, January 21



5:30 – 8  pm

Opening Reception is complimentary*

Exhibit runs January 19 through March 6, 2021





Click For Complimentary Tickets 




Cheryl Maeder is intuitively linked to everything in the world around her and us. Now is our chance to see a variety of her works which focus on relatedness. She speaks for Mother Nature, as a guide to all of us.  The core of Cheryl Maeder’s work is about “connection”; the connection to the self, each other and to all life forms on this planet.  It is Maeder’s philosophy, that we humans are not only of this world, we are also connected to the broader universe.  It is this concept that permeates throughout her limited edition photographs and video installations…




“World Upside Down” by Cheryl Maeder




Born in New Jersey, Cheryl Maeder moved to Zurich, Switzerland in her early 20’s, where she studied photography at the Zurich University of the Arts.  Eight years later, she returned to US and opened her photography studio in San Francisco, where she photographed international advertising and fashion campaigns.  She transitioned from photographing fashion models to photographing real women, to celebrate the beauty of women in all shapes and sizes. In 2005, Maeder relocated her studio to the Miami area and deeply immersed herself into fine art photography and filmmaking.




“Super Natural Rose” by Cheryl Maeder




Cheryl Maeder tells The Rickie Report, ” I am a Fine Art Photographer and Video Installation artist. The core of my work is about “connection”; the innate connection to the self, each other and to all other life forms on this planet.  I have made a career out of creating work that is the opposite of any trends. Celebrating the beauty of women in all shapes and sizes, my photography work became the inspiration for the global Dove Campaign on ‘Real Women, Real Beauty’, which transformed the way women are viewed in the global media today”.




“Submerge Judith I” by Cheryl Maeder




“Submerge Judith II” by Cheryl Maeder



Maeder goes to to explain, “When the trend in still photography was hyper-definition, I photographed intentionally out of focus and abstract. Through my experimentation with new technologies, and shifting between the mediums, I am creating new opportunities for large scale public art installations.  I began “Super Natural” in March during the Covid19 pandemic. Fusing the natural world with my inner world, I create visuals that are somewhere between reality and the sublime. I create both the photographs and film for this series entirely on location working with the elements of wind and the natural light. The fog of color is created in each setting on location. As the color lifts and fades away, I am reminded of the impermanence of life”. 




“The Voyage – Wonderland” by Cheryl Maeder




Maeder’s artworks are in prominent public spaces and permanent museum collections: Frost Museum(Miami) and the Coral Springs Museum of Art. She participated in a group exhibit at the Louvre Museum (Paris), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Rome), Miami New Media Film Festival, Public Art Platform, Art & Technology, “Curated Thesis on Water, Climate Change & Communities” Traveling Group Exhibition (Bogota, Caracas, Valencia, Miami, Santo Domingo, San Nicolas & Rome).  Her works can be found at the Montefiore Medical Center, Permanent Collection, New Rochelle, NY Campus, state-of-the-art new Emergency Department & Radiology Clinic.  She had a Solo Exhibition at Miami International Airport and her artworks have been auctioned by Sothebys NY. She worked with PBS’ Filmmaker Project as a featured Filmmaker, film “PLAY” televised nationally on PBS, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.  “Submerge” a Public Art Video Installation, was seen at the Canvas Outdoor Museum (City of West Palm Beach, FL) and she has exhibited at major art fairs worldwide including Art Miami, Scope NY, Art Toronto, Art London and Art Shanghai. Her photographs are 30 x 45 inches and 40 x 60 inches, limited editions of 10. Video Installations are also limited editions of 10.




Link to view The Voyage Video Installation:






For Inquiries on Cheryl Maeder’s work:



Call  415-845-6832






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Deb Yager’s Artworks Are Featured In Fort Lauderdale Venue And Online With Real Women Real Songs/Season 3

Galleryone in The Hilton in Fort Lauderdale is featuring the artworks of Deb Yager through the end of March, 2021.  The venue is open and free to the public.  While some call Deb’s artworks “whimsical and happy”, she embodies the Blind Contour style and adds vibrant colors and textures to make them pop.  From interiors to landscapes, figures, to mythical beings, her artworks makes us smile.  Deb will participate in Real Women Real Songs/ Season 3.  This annual commitment with 21 professional singer/songwriters includes only 7 visual artists. Deb’s artwork can also be found at Wild About Music Gallery in Austin, Texas. The Rickie Report shares the details about this exhibit and where to find Deb’s artwork online.



DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel






~   Art  has  always  made  my  heart  sing  ~



2670 East Sunrise Boulevard   Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304-3206



“Ladies on the Beach” by Deb Yager



Deb Yager tells The Rickie Report, “My ‘signature style’ started out exclusively as Blind Contour Drawings of musicians back when I was making my living as a singer/songwriter in Austin Texas. It’s a technique where the artist draws the subject without looking at the paper while looking only at the subject. Hence: “blind”!  My artworks are seemingly abstracts and yet, each subject has its individualistic look or “stamp” containing the “essence” of each subject. Whether it be it a guitar, a musician, local homes and most recently sea life and Mermaids. I’m going with the flow where my art takes me”.



Her artworks are being featured at the Galleryone in The Hilton in Fort Lauderdale through the end of March, 2021.  In addition, she was invited to participate as a visual artist for Real Women Real Songs/ Season 3. This annual commitment with 21 professional singer songwriters and only 7 visual artists. Each artist & songwriter produces a piece every week based on a prompt. You can find it on You Tube, Facebook and Instagram (check Deb’s FaceBook ).




“Beaumont La Grange” Deb Yager





As a full time artist, Deb’s current body of work has been described as “whimsical” and “happy”. She says, “My style still embodies the Blind Contour style but I have added vibrant colors and textures to my pieces. Mostly I draw what I see. Whether it’s an interior design shot, an exterior of a home (from living in New Orleans and places I’ve been), the architecture & culture, along with the funky side of Florida and it’s beach scenes and of course I still draw musicians. And I have most recently added a series of Still Life’s, Octopi and Mermaids”.



Deb Yager leads more than one artistic and creative life! “At 37 Deb taught herself to play guitar. Then she sold all her material possessions & moved to Austin Texas, the LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL of the WORLD. When she got to Austin she sold her Mercedes Benz. Then she bought a blue Gibson Gospel guitar she nicknamed Baby Blue. She figures it was a fair trade. A former jet settin’ ad executive traded in the champagne & caviar for something more substantial, the call of her heart,” states David Gold of Texas Music Magazine.  She still plays gigs with her singer/ songwriter husband, Bo Reynolds. You can check out my music out at 




“Palm Beach Pink” by Deb Yager



Deb explains, “I bought a beautiful blue Gospel Gibson guitar in 1997 on a whim because I loved the color. Then I gave up my career in advertising and taught myself to play. I sold all my material possessions and moved to The Live Music Capital of the World with literally 3 chords and the truth as they say. That was the start of eight years as a performing singer songwriter and was the start of my life as a professional artist”. 



“Being an artist I was so inspired by the rich and uniquely vibrant music scene in Austin. I started drawing what I saw; singer songwriters. People were encouraging me to take my art to galleries and “so I just got brave”, put together a portfolio, and the first gallery I went to accepted my art on the spot! My art can still be seen at that same gallery to this day at Wild About Music in Austin, Texas. I’ve been doing my art professionally ever since”, Deb tells us. 




“Flowing Mermaid” by Deb Yager



Deb shares, “I took another leap of faith in 2013 with my singer/songwriter husband, sold all our material possessions (for the second time in my life), bought a motorhome and lived on the road playing music from town to town starting in Walla Walla, Washington and straight down the coast and over to south Florida. We rented a “Surf Shack” on the beach intending to stay for a month and now we are going on eight years. Just going with the flow. It’s crazy how the Universe conspires for us all to have our dreams”. 




See Deb’s early work from Austin: 

See her full catalogue of work :

Follow her on FB at

and @artistdebyager on Instagram.

Contact her: 512-771-0118




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

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










National League of American Pen Women

Fort Lauderdale Branch





Acrylic Pour Painting




“Pour  Your  Heart  Out”    Acrylic  Workshop



With Award-Winning Artist/Instructors


Lois   Perdue   &   Tammy   Seymour


Friday, March 27, 2020

10 am – 2 pm

Members $45.     Non- Members $55.



1350 E Sunrise Blvd.      Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33304





To Register:

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

Email: to reserve your spot





Acrylic Pour Painting




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


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


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


Supply List:

Bring 3-4 stretched canvas to pour on.

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

Bring a table cover

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

We Supply the rest!

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




Lois Perdue Abstract Artist:

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



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


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


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

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




Tammy Seymour,  Watermedia Artist  Wet and Wild:

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



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



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






About the National League of American Pen Women:

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

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

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

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