Celebrating The Art Of Debra Terrio With Her First SOLO Exhibit Is Inspiring To All Of Us Who Wonder ‘What Will I Do With My Life After …?’ Stop By Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 To Salute The Joy Of Creating Art

At the age of 72, most people would be planning a birthday party for themselves, but Debra Terrio has a bigger celebration in mind which serves to inspire all of us who have wondered “what will I do with my life after…?”  Her Open House on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2024 kick off her very first SOLO Exhibit!  Staged in The Terrio Group offices located in Port St. Lucie, this Open House will give you a flavor of who Debra is and why she continues to be so excited by life!  You will be awed by her expansive themes and styles.  Debra also offers classes. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(952) 261-9209        terrioartdesign.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Terrio Group   Suite #101

   542 NW University Avenue   Port St.  Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many people celebrate their birthday by throwing a party.  At age 72,  Debra Terrio decided to have a different kind of celebration this year to celebrate her art!  Planning an exhibit like this takes time and forethought, so she began in the fall of 2023.  At that time, her son, Mike Terrio of The Terrio Group, offered his office space for the Open House.  Moving forward, Debra is excited to share her versatile art works on  Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3 at The Terrio Group office, 542 NW University Avenue, Suite 101, Port St. Lucie, from 10AM-4PM.

 

 

 

 

 

“Bird and Floral” by Debra Terrio

 

 

Debra was a nurse practitioner, but her creative spirit drew her to attend art school in 1995.  As a child she loved to draw on the blackboard, which was mounted on the kitchen wall after its life in the country schoolhouse.  Her older sister, Annette, encouraged her to draw, so she began drawing fanciful women in ballroom gowns.  Creating dragon sculptures in the snow drifts on the farm of her childhood was also a favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

“Ocean Wave” by Debra Terrio

 

 

 

 

 

She tells The Rickie Report, “After moving to Florida 10 years ago, my art has taken on new energy and dimension. The people, and the rich environment, including the scenery while I hike and kayak help to inspire me to fashion works of art.” She chuckles as she describes her home as an art studio with a bed and a kitchen.  Debra teaches art as well.  In the past, she has taught at Indian River State College Fielden Institute, St. Andrew Episcopal High School, St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, Riverland Center for the Arts, and Boys and Girls Club.  At present she instructs group and private lessons.  “I keep the classes small because I prefer to provide individual attention.

 

 

 

 

 

“Floral” by Debra Terrio

 

 

 

 

Her artwork has been displayed in numerous venues including the Elliot Museum in Stuart, the St. Lucie County Administration Building, Parkland Library, the Boca Raton Innovation Center, Artist’s Eye Gallery in Lake Worth, Vero Beach Art Museum and Bridge Road Fine Arts in Hobe Sound.  Giving back to the community is important to Debra.  She has donated artwork to such organizations as Boys and Girls Club, Learn to Read of St. Lucie County, Animal Humane Society, Save the Chimps, Inner Truth Project, RUFS Foundation, Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, Heathcote Botanical Gardens, and Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Landscape with Deer” by Debra Terrio

 

 

 

“So now it’s time to celebrate!  I hope to see many people of this great community at my open house.  There will be at least 60 works of art, some small and some large for them to view.  If people happen to fall in love with a particular piece, of course I’ll sell it to them.  I’m really looking forward to meeting many people from this great community of ours.”

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or classes:

Debra Terrio

Terrio Art Design

Port St. Lucie, Florida

terrioartdesign@gmail.com

terrioartdesign.com

952-261-9209

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

SHOW HOURS:

Friday, February 2, 2024

Saturday, February 3,2024

HOURS    BOTH DAYS:  9 AM   –   4 PM  

 

 

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

For more information: www.pslcrazyquilters.com

Or email quiltinginparadise@gmail.com

 

Mid-Florida Credit Union Event Center

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

 

 

KIANGA    ART    and   AFRASIA

 

 

 

 

 

Two   Big   Days   of   Fabric   Fun!

Booths  6  and  7

Stop  by  and  see  us!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Close-Up of Quilt by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki Offers a Wide Array of Merchandise

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt created by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Quilting Cruise to Hawaii led by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

 

 

 

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

kiangaart.com

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

www.facebook.com/KiangaArt/

Email:  Info@kiangaart.com

(561) 503-9504

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

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow and Scarf by Barbara Cheives

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Crane Wall Hanging by Barbara Cheives

 

 

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

 

 

Pillows by Barbara Cheives

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Handmade Notecards by Barbara Cheives

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Barbara I. Cheives

Converge & Associates Consulting

1709 Florida Avenue #201    West Palm Beach, FL  33401

www.convergeandassociates.com

Office – 561.689.2428      Cell – 561-351-6864

www.convergeandassociates.com

 

 

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

Buy A 2024 Calendar And Support Helping People Succeed’s Mission To Transform Lives By Realizing Potential, Creating Hope, And Building Futures Through Education, Counseling, Training, And Employment

It’s that time of year when Helping People Succeed distributes its popular 2024 Art for Living Calendar. Reflecting the beauty of Florida’s Treasure Coast, each month is represented by a talented local artist whose artwork can also be seen online. Sales of the calendar and artworks benefit the mission of this worthy not-for-profit organization.   The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek.

 

 

 

 

DONATE NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F E A T U R E D       A R T I S T S   :

 

Kirsty Smith Innis

Marian Vitale

Charlie White

Susan Clifford

Stacy Weller Ranieri

Pat Hoshino

Dan Mackin

Patrice Scott

Don MacIntosh

Sharon Ferina

Pamela Patterson

Sue Ann Mosley-Saleeby

Holly Cannon

Laura DeBerard

 

For more information:  

Glenna Parris  772.320.0778   or    gparris@hpsfl.org

 

2024  calendars  are  $25.00 

 

 

Helping People Succeed is  thankful for underwriters Leonardo and Company, Hoskins Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, EW Consultants, Sandhill Cove Retirement Living, Aycock Funeral Home, NisAir Conditioning & Heating, Water Pointe Realty, Oral-Facial Surgical Associates, Ross Mixing, Mary Kay Buckridge, Dale Forbes, All Creatures Animal Hospital and Stuart Business Systems.

 

 

Serving our community for over 59 years, Helping People Succeed helps develop healthy families in Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties by providing numerous parenting, mental health and behavioral support programs. Helping People Succeed also provides support services designed to enable adults with special needs to fully participate in volunteer and employment roles in our community.

For more information, visit our website at hpsfl.org or contact Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Tradition Village Center

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

772.236.3690

tradition@modernedgeframeworks.com

Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm

www.modernedgeframeworks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us during this special day of celebration.

 

Discover framing as it should be. 

 

10% Off your next frame project to every visitor

 

Artwork Raffle (free) 

 

Light refreshments

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:  pam@modernedgeframeworks.com

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Back-Story

 

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

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

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

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

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

~Duncan Hurd

 

 

 

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

772.236.3690

tradition@modernedgeframeworks.com

Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm

www.modernedgeframeworks.com

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL  34994

772.463.0125

 

 

 

 

Call    to    Artists!

 

 

2024   Storefront   Art   Showcase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The contest runs through Sunday, December 10th.

Winners will be announced on Friday, December 15th.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Portrait orientation is important!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Details can be found at the link below.

https://www.thegiltcomplex.com/2024-storefront-art-showcase

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

Details can be found at the link below.

https://www.thegiltcomplex.com/2024-storefront-art-showcase 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Facebook

Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex

 

 

 

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

2nd Annual “Gifts Of The HeART” Juried Art Show On Sunday, November 5th Benefits St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office And Temple Beth El Israel. Free Admission and Free Parking

Temple Beth El Israel in Port St. Lucie, FL. hosts a one-day juried art show on Sunday, November 5, 2023. “Gifts of the heART” will offer one-of-a kind artworks and hand made fine crafts for sale from 20+ artists. Partial proceeds will benefit local programs of the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office. Art lovers can purchase directly from each artist, choose-your-prize art raffle, enjoy home baked goods, lunch, and buy Enjoyment Books.  Admission and Parking are Free.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  A Child’s Cry For Help and MartinArts will share their programs during the show.  

 

 

 

 

 

Temple Beth EL Israel

551 Bethany Dr.   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

772.336.2424

 

 

10 am – 4 pm

Free admission and Parking

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase   directly   from   the   artist!  

 

 

 

 

 

“Walk to Freedom” by Carol Schiff

 

 

 

Choose-your-own-art prize drawing!

 

 

 

 

Hand painted Kate Spade Bag by Caryl Pomales

 

 

This  is  the  perfect  time  to  start  shopping!  

 

 

 

 

Handmade gifts that become heirloom treasures by Bunny Hart!

 

 

 

 

Make  this  a  win-win-win:

 

 

 

 

Wearable Art and Home Decor made from Vintage Japanese kimonos by Barbara Cheives

 

 

 

Support your local community…

the artists…

and take home a special gift!

 

 

 

 

Mah Jong Mezuzah by Lori Charnow

 

 

 

Participating Artists:

 

 

  • Carolyn Austin (One of a kind glass plates, Judaica, serving ware) 

  • Kevin Baker ( Metal prints and Framed photos of birds in flight) 

  • Lynn Bell ( Hand built ceramics, vases, plates, sculptures) 

  • Lori Charnow ( hand painted glassware, Judaica)

  • The Clay Chicks ( Ceramic fountains, garden art, planters, sculpture, wall art)

  • Barbara Cheives ( Wearable & decorative art made from Vintage Japanese kimono fabrics, cards, African textiles)

  • Simon Cherkasski (Paintings, Hand made sculptures with Copper accents, Judaica)

  •  Diane Craver (Mixed media paintings, abstracts, whimsical, spiritual)

  • Alene Egol (Museum quality jewelry, semi-precious stones, Murano glass, necklaces, bracelets, earrings)

  •  Susan Estrella (mixed media art and jewelry)

  • Marcia Greene (Stained glass sun catchers, panels, hangings)

  • Bunny Hart (Original fluid abstract designs on decorative and gift items)

  • Jillane Hevernon (Original oil paintings)  

  • Linda Higgins ( Colorful impressionist paintings, animals, decorative art)

  • Robin Marshall (Mixed media abstract, whimsical and surreal artworks)

  • Susan Oakes (Original watercolors and photography)

  • Caryl Pomales (Original fine art, One of a kind Hand painted Kate Spade bags)

  • Jerry Rogak (One of a kind pottery pieces)

  • Carol Schiff (Original oil paintings of still life, colorful scenery, nature)

  • Diane Stark-Kennedy (Stained glass panels, lamps, suncatchers, metal embossing)

  • Debra Terrio (Fine art painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, mixed media)

  • Jeff Ursillo (Hand made greeting & note cards)

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 tbeiartshow@gmail.com

772.336.2424

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Asia Westbrook’s Mosaics Heighten The Level Of This Art Form. Announcing The Opening Of Her Studio In Port St. Lucie And Working As City Of Stuart’s Sidewalk Mosaic Program Coordinator

Asia Westbrook takes mosaics up a notch, as she opens Fractured Brilliance Mosaics here on the Treasure Coast of FL.  Adding to her already long list of  private collectors and public art collections in North Carolina and Florida, Asia is eager to share her enthusiasm for this art form!  She teaches individuals, groups, offers in-studio classes and will travel to you as well! The Rickie Report shares some details, sneak peeks, and will update everyone as she takes over the reins of the Public Art Mosaic Program in Stuart, FL

 

717.682.9180    asiabooth360@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Artist Asia Westbrook

 

 

 

“Dragon Cup” 3D Mosaic by Asia Westbrook

 

 

 

 

Asia created her first mosaic in a studio art class in high school and was immediately hooked!  The project for the class involved cutting tile, but since it was hard to cut and there was a limited option of colors available Asia began to teach herself how to use stained glass. After her second glass mosaic, this art teacher gave Asia free rein to continue creating mosaics during class, and afterwards gave her the tools she would need to continue after the class ended. 

 

 

 

 

Ground Floor Farm Commission: Asia and her colleague Diane Concepcion standing in front of one of the mosaic panels they created for the Ground Floor Farm

 

 

It remained an enjoyable hobby for her until she met Mosaic Studio owner Diane Concepcion, who took her under her wing and allowed her to nurture her talent by not just creating art but teaching others as well. Asia found true passion in teaching how to create mosaics, because she believed it was a healthy outlet for everyday stress, and it was a new fun skill that could be learned with practice.

 

 

 

 

Asia with her first pet portrait of her own cat, Anna. This helped Asia get a lot of pet portrait commissions.

 

 

 

 

Asia worked with Diane in her studio for about five years, and then the two became business partners for about a year, during which time Asia found another use for her love of animals and began to create pet portrait mosaics. 

 

 

 

 

This is the first dog pet portrait that Asia created, depicting Lil Beans, the mascot of the Bunkhouse Coffee Bar in Downtown Jensen Beach.

 

 

 

Asia moved to North Carolina, where she taught mosaic classes and worked on commissions for about three years before moving back to South Florida.

Now she has a small studio in her home where she works with students who are interested in one-on-one classes and studio hours.

 

 

 

 

 This work in progress is of a video game character from The Legend of Zelda : Majora’s Mask. The mask itself is very intricate, which made it challenging and fun to work on.

 

 

Besides her home studio, she works on private commissions, travels to do classes in gated communities and other venues.

 

 

Pendant Finishing Demo: All of the students gathering around Asia to watch a demonstration on how to glaze a finished pendant.

 

 

Some of Asia’s Favorite Subjects:

Not a Transformer: Asia’s favorite type of art to create is video game art. This is a picture of Samus from the game series Metroid.
Smalti Peacock: This piece was made with a combination of Italian Smalti and stained glass. Smalti are glass blocks that provide a 3D effect to mosaic pieces.
Zelda Pendant: Asia likes to work with small pieces, and so creates a lot of pendants. This is Zelda, a character from the game series Legend of Zelda.

 

 

 

 

Watch for upcoming news about how to be part of  Stuart’s Sidewalk Mosaic Program!  

(Open to residents outside of Martin County)

 

 

717.682.9180    asiabooth360@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Riverland Arts & Culture Center Opens Call For Artists And Vendors For Fall Festival On Saturday, October 14, 2023

The Riverland Arts & Culture Center, a private amenity located in the residential GL Homes community of Riverland in Port St. Lucie, FL, opens a call for artists and vendors for its Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14 with an expected turnout of  700- 1000 Riverland residents to attend. Held outdoors on the events plaza at the Riverland Arts & Culture Center, artists and vendors will reach new home owners looking for up-to-the-minute decor and products.  The Rickie Report shares the details and encourages emerging as well as seasoned artists and vendors to apply. We want to emphasize that you will be reaching a new audience, as most of the residents are new to the Port St. Lucie area!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We expect 700-1000 Riverland residents to attend.

This is a FREE event.

 

APPLY HERE

 

 

Lifestyle Manager, Heather Storm tells The Rickie Report, “GL Homes in Riverland offers affordable 55+ living. Located in the heart of Port St. Lucie, just 40 minutes north of West Palm Beach lies over 4,000 acres of beautiful homes, sweeping landscapes, serene lakes, winding walking and golf cart paths and a 34,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse with full blown resort-style amenities- all from the $400s-$900s. We look forward to welcoming you to Riverland and introducing you to our community!”

 

 

 

DETAILS:

 

Load-In starts at 9:00am

Load-Out is at 5:30pm

Vendors must stay for the duration of the event.

The cost per 10 x 10 vendor space is $75 for the Fall Festival and payment must be made in advance.

There will be live entertainment and food and beverage – and activities throughout the day.

Complete this form to participate: https://form.jotform.com/232334237875157

 

 

 

For more information please contact:

Heather Storm, Lifestyle Manager

772-242-9473

Heather.Storm@glhomes.com

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/riverlandlifestyle/

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Monday through Friday   8 am to 5 pm 

772-807-4488       772-807-4471 (TDD)

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

 

 

 

 

OPENING    NIGHT    PARTY

Thursday, August 24, 2023

6:45 – 8 pm  

Free admission & parking

 

 

Eleanor Leinen

 

 

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

 

 

          From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection

         LIBRA          
  The Genie of A Dreamer’s Dreams 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

From Eleanor Leinen’s Genie Habitat Collection

RATTLE
A Baby Genie for New Parents        

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Eleanor’s artwork:

Email:  leinen314@gmail.com

Cell:  646.286.9323

 

 

 

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

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

 

Call For One-Day, Indoor Art Show In Port St. Lucie On Sunday November 5, 2023. Temple Beth El Israel Invites Artists And Artisans To Apply

Temple Beth El Israel in Port St. Lucie, FL. announces a Call to Artists and Artisans for a one-day juried art show on Sunday, November 5, 2023. “Gifts of the Heart” will offer indoor spaces only.  Partial proceeds will benefit local programs of the Port St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2023.  Spaces will fill up quickly, so The Rickie Report urges you to apply soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Email a Copy Of This Application and 3 JPGS of your work to:

 tbeiartshow@gmail.com

 

 

 

Payment: PAY ON THIS LINK

Eventbrite 

 

 

 

ANY QUESTIONS?

Email Rickie Leiter, Volunteer Coordinator,   tbeiartshow@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986