St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Offers Public Art Workshop With Debby Coles-Dobay On August 3. Free To Members And Open To The Public

Preparing an application for a public art project can be a daunting task. The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance offers a Public Art Workshop with Debby Coles-Dobay on Tuesday, August 3. Learn about the basics of Public Art Programs including tips, best practices, and resources. Reservations are required. This seminar is free to St. Lucie Cultural Alliance members and is open to non-members for a small fee. The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Register soon as space is limited!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T U E S D A Y,    A U G U S T  3,  2 0 2 1  

10 – 11 AM

 

 

 

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd   Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Phone: 772-337-1959     www.pslbg.org

 

 

This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions and explore best practices to assist you in reviewing and developing a quality response to a Call for Artists (Request for Qualifications or Request for Proposals).

 

This 1-hour session will take place at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, on Tuesday, August 3, 10 – 11 AM, and cover the following:

 

 

  • Basics of Public Art Programs

  • How to prepare a Call-to-artist RFQ

  • What are RFQ and RFP?

  • Tips to become a public artist

  • Public art best practices and resources

 

Intro to Public Art is FREE for Cultural Alliance Members and City of Port St. Lucie residents click here to register: https://bit.ly/3kDbf2c

 

 

 

 and ONLY $25 for all other artists:  https://bit.ly/3xfYwpz

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is on a mission!The organization is determined to empower its artists to achieve their highest potential.And nothing is going to stop them.  On August 3, the Cultural Alliance will present another powerful professional development workshop:Introduction to Public Art. Presented in partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie Public Arts, the workshop will address critical components of successfully responding to a call to artists.

 

 

Pattie Tobin  Long Range Planning Administrator for Port St. Lucie

 

 

“I would encourage all local artists to take advantage of this workshop,” said Pattie Tobin, Long Range Planning Administrator for Port St. Lucie, and who manages Public Art for the city. “It will help them prepare for any call to artists that local governments, like Port St. Lucie, will send out to solicit public art.The responses to our call to artists in the past have included some great entries and some not-so-great entries.It’s important to have a thorough and responsive application to get your art selected.”

 

 

Debby Coles-Dobay

 

The workshop is sponsored in part by the City of Port St. Lucie to educate and encourage local artists to apply and be selected. “One of the main priorities for St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to empower our members with useful tools to be successful,” said Alyona Ushe, Cultural Alliance’s Executive Director.“For Intro To Public Art,” we engaged one of the region’s top public art professional, Debby Coles-Dobay.”

 

 

 

As founder of Art Moves You, Debby Coles-Dobay applies her professional skills to create and cultivate public art projects, exhibits, and programs in the Arts & Culture sector. Debby served 13 years as a public art professional for the City of Boynton Beach. During that time, she realized over 80 public art projects, created and implemented the biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibit. Before public art, Debby’s career included marketing and advertising for international corporations, as well as her own company. To learn more about Debby and her company visit Art Moves You.

 

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

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eduardo Gomez Rojas’ Sculpture “The 38th Parallel” Will Be Installed And Dedicated To Korean War Veterans On June 12. Public Is Invited To Ceremony.

An Art in Public Places sculpture by Eduardo Gomez Rojas will grace Veterans Memorial Park in Port St. Lucie to commemorate the heroism of US troops during the Korean War.  Titled, “The 38th Parallel”, the Korean War Veterans Association Treasure Coast Chapter 106 will dedicate this moving memorial on Saturday, June 12, 2021. The Public is invited to the free ceremony.  We are grateful to the anonymous art patron who donated this sculpture. The Rickie Report shares an interview with Eduardo as well as the details of the June 12 event.

 

 

SATURDAY,  JUNE 12, 2021

 

 

10  AM

 

 

Veterans     Memorial     Park

 

 

2100  SE  Veterans Memorial Parkway

        Port St. Lucie, FL  34952

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What inspired you to create this memorial sculpture?

 

EG:

In 2006, while I lived in Little Rock, AR I became interested in the Korean war. Arkansas happens to be the birthplace of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, who commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre in World War II. He administered postwar Japan during the Allied occupation that followed, and led United Nations forces during the first nine months of the Korean War. I became interested in him and decided to make a memorial sculpture about the Korean War. I spent many hours doing research and preparing a maquette for this sculpture.

 

 

TRR: How do the figures in this sculpture represent more than the battle in Korea.

 

EG:

First, I asked a couple of friends, who were war veterans as well as a Korean friend who had a young son, to pose for the sculpture. I used my camera to create various compositions until I found a pose that captured the art concept I wanted to convey. I wanted to memorialize the fact that the Korean war was the first time that black and white soldiers fought side by side. In the sculpture the black soldier watches the white soldier’s back. The white soldier holds a Korean child in his arms. His face shows the urgency of the moment. The child represents the Korean Republic being saved by the American soldiers. Notice that the soldiers are wearing their “winter” uniforms. Our troops suffered tremendously from the coldest weather the region had seen in over forty years.  In contrast, and to dramatize the fragility of the child and the situation, the Korean child is almost naked as he is rescued and brought to safety. For me, this is a powerful statement about how mutual sacrifice helps us learn to live together!

Our individual bodies carry the imprints of our lives and our souls. In my sculptures, form is a vehicle for expressing individual character rather than idealized perfection. Human relationships also inspire me. For this reason, I like making sculptures with multiple figures. I also find inspiration in physical movement. Its grace and its plasticity; even what it may say about our brokenness.

 

 

The human figure in all its aspects and conditions is my main source of inspiration. In it, I see the incredible beauty and perfection of creation as well as the raw reflection of our human condition. Individual uniqueness inspires me. Life affects all humans in a singular way. Therefore, our bodies are a journal of our life and an X-Ray of our soul. I find a raw beauty in this uniqueness and my work attempts to chronicle my own personal perception of this uniqueness. The result can be beautiful but can also be intense and even disturbing.

 

 

On July 26, 1948 U.S. President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, desegregating the armed forces. Truman declared, !there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.” The president acted upon the wishes of many people, black and white, who believed that if African-Americans and other people of color served their country with honor, they should not be subjected to racial discrimination or violence. The struggle for military integration in Korea mirrored similar struggles on the home front.

 

 

Original Photograph Courtesy of Eduardo Gomez

 

 

TRR:  What are some other significant meanings that most viewers may not know?

EG:

 

I am originally from Colombia, South America. During my research, I discovered that Colombia was one of only 14 allied nations to send troops to Korea to fight against communism alongside the United States. I am proud of that! The 38th parallel is the popular name given to latitude 38° N that in East Asia roughly demarcates North Korea and South Korea. The line was chosen by U.S. military planners at the Potsdam Conference (July 1945) near the end of World War II as an army boundary, north of which the U.S.S.R. was to accept the surrender of the Japanese forces in Korea and south of which the Americans were to accept the Japanese surrender. The line, intended as a temporary division of the country remains steadfast today.

 

 

 

 

Original Photograph Courtesy of Eduardo Gomez

 

 

 

TRR:  Please tell us about your process

EG:

My work always starts in clay because it allows me to quickly develop an idea into a visual concept. I then may finish the work in clay or evolve to casting the work in bronze or other media. This may take months or even years. As you can see from some of the photos, I sculpt from the inside out. I believe that true proportions as well as movement, gesture and clothing folds require that you build on what we call the “surface anatomy” of the subject. I prefer working from life whenever possible because the interaction with the model adds “soul” to the work. I work on many projects at once because they are at different stages of development. I like making portraits, full figure sculptures and reliefs. I don’t follow any particular formula and I don’t sculpt for a particular audience. I do try to be honest and express my true feelings. I leave the psychoanalysis to the psychiatrists. I accept private and public commissions, small to monumental.

 

 

 

Eduardo Gomez Rojas is a local figurative sculptor and teacher. His work”s singular quality is its force and passion. His studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida. He does public and private commissions from small to monumental. His work is collected internationally. Eduardo Gomez: Silent Messages a book about his work was published in 2009. The book is currently available on Amazon. His main subjects are people and animals. He particularly enjoys sculptural portraiture and memorial sculpture. He is currently a faculty member at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida and has also taught locally at the Elliott Museum and privately in his own studio. Eduardo moved to Florida from Arkansas in 2007. This sculpture will be Eduardo’s third public sculpture in the Treasure Coast area. The other two, inaugurated on 2017 and 2018 respectively, are located on either side of the American flag at the entrance of the Distinguished Service Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this sculpture, commissions, classes, workshops and other works of art contact:
Eduardo Gomez

 

Figurative Sculptor

Small to Monumental

Public and Private Commissions

Studio: 953 NE Industrial Blvd    Jensen Beach, Florida, 34957

 

email:eduardogomezsculpture@gmail.com

www.eduardogomez.com

www.eduardogomezgallery.com

 501-765-2609

 

 

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

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

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

and 

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

 Saturday, May 22     and     Sunday, May 23 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK    HERE    TO     REGISTER    FOR:

 

GUIDED MEDITATION

YOGA

DRUM CIRCLE

BELLY DANCING

SINGING CRYSTAL BOWLS

 

 

KIDS ACTIVITIES

 

 

ECO – FUN ACTIVITIES

YOUNG YOGIS

FACE PAINTING

ANIMAL SIGN LANGUAGE

LEAF RUBBING

ANIMAL MOVEMENTS & DANCE

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

 

TREASURE COAST COMMUNITY SINGERS

WINGS TO FLY DANCE COMPANY

PRESTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE STUDIO

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

 

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Spring Edition Of St. Lucie Art & Crafts Expo May 1-2 Offers Free Art Workshops, Fabulous Mother’s Day Shopping, And Chance To Meet The Artists As They Work

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) will greet the public at the St. Lucie Spring Edition Art & Craft Expo on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie.  Meet these 2D and 3D artists who call this area “home”, while they sell their  works around the US and the globe!  A special shout out to Latitude 88 show producer, Mike Strickland for championing the PSLAL and our cultural arts scene, as PSLAL gives back to the community!  You can participate in special FREE mini-workshopsPaint & Sip (adults 21 and older), a Vision Board, Abstract Collage ( all ages), and the Community Canvas Paint (all ages) during the Art Expo! This is the perfect time to shop for Mother’s Day and other upcoming celebrations!  The Rickie Report shares all of this information plus details about monthly meetings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At  MIDFLORIDA Credit  Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths         Live Music & Food

 

 

 

Join the Port St. Lucie Art League and feel the ENERGY!  By working together, League artists are empowering themselves to reach beyond to discover hidden talents!  Getting together at shows, zoom and League meetings, PSLAL’s busy calendar has connected its members – as one told The Rickie Report, “We are on FIRE and shining on! Our success is due to being innovative which has ignited a powerful energy within our organization. We are always trying new things which are inspiring and we thrive from all of our experiences. We are learning together and helping one another” PSLAL is grateful for the support of Mike Strickland, producer of Latitude 88 shows.   

 

 

 

ARTIST      SCHEDULE :

 

 

 

 

 

FREE      MINI-WORKSHOPS!

 

 

PAINT    &    SIP !

 

Join us this weekend for a fun time with local artist, Kevin Bryk, who will take you step by step through a featured painting!

Take home your very own masterpiece!  

Saturday, May 1st    1 – 2 pm  

Sunday, May 2nd    1 – 2 pm

 

RSVP: pslacontact@gmail.com

Visitors may also sign up at the Port St. Lucie Arts league non-profit booth located at the main entrance to the Expo.  

There will limited space for drop-ins.

Includes: 1 complimentary glass of wine.  Expo also offers a Full Bar.

 

 

 

Come, Sip & Paint with PSLAL!

 

 

Community  Canvas  Paint

 The  Midnight  Sun: 

Sunday morning, May 2    between 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.

 

 

 

 

Shapes & Color ~ Enjoy painting a part of the canvas using geometric shape and contrasting colors. The completed canvas panels will be joined together to create a mural installation. 

 

 

 Marcelo and Isabel Painting ( Close Up)

 

 

Abstract    Collage    or    Vision    Board:  

Saturday,  May 1     10 am – 12:30 pm

 

 

ABSTRACT  COLLLAGE:

 

Explore Forms & Colors through Collage using warm & cool colored decorative papers and geometric shapes.

 

VISION BOARD:     REFLECTION   *    FOCUS   *   LIVE   IT!

 

 

Quit looking in the rearview mirror!    Shine On! 
What inspires or motivates you?    Why do you do what you do every day?
Is it with purpose?     Are you living your PASSION?
 
Set an Intention: Choose images, words and positive affirmations to turn your dreams into Reality!
 You can Make it Happen!
All materials will be prepackaged. (NO sharing of materials).
Feel free to bring along your own treasures to embellish your creation.
 

For all art activities Covid Precautions will be followed, surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between art classes and painting.

 

 

 

Create a Vision Board with Marie

 

 

 

 

PSLAL     GIVING    BACK    TO   THE    

COMMUNITY :

PARTNERING    WITH    OUR    SCHOOLS

FREE   TO   BE!!!

FREE   TO   EXPRESS   YOURSELF!

In 2019, just before Covid hit us, the League connected with Windmill Point Elementary School to provide an art scholarship for young aspiring artist(s) to take an art class with formal instruction and to support their after-school art program. This after-school program was initially developed since the arts budgets were cut some years back, to support students who were interested to learn more about the arts and to express their creativity. At that time, PSLAL had also partnered with AC Moore to help support League art projects at the Expo as well as help Windmill Point with art supplies until AC Moore closed. 

 

 

Over one year later, PSLAL has reconnected with Windmill Point Elementary School in Port St. Lucie!  As the needs changed, the League is looking forward to creating an artist-in-residence program to facilitate a school-wide art project to kick off the school year in the fall. One of the League’s primary goals as the  benefiting organization of the PSL Arts & Crafts Expo was to give back to the community, especially to the children. PSLAL looks forward to giving a donation to Windmill Point Elementary School to provide an enriching art experience for all students in the next school year. 

 

 

Monthly       Meetings:

 

 

 

 

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

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website:pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 https://www.pslartsleague.org/

 https://www.artandcraftexpo.com/

 

 

Mike Strickland         ​Latitude-88, Inc.​

Tel: 866-611-0442

​Professional ​Event Production ​C​ompanies

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

and 

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

 Saturday, May 22     and     Sunday, May 23 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest

 

 

C   A   L  L           F   O   R:

 

~  VISUAL  ARTISTS ~

~ PERFORMING  ARTISTS ~

~ YOGA  INSTRUCTORS ~

~ MINDFULNESS   PRACTITIONERS ~

~ VENDORS ~

&

!!!  VOLUNTEERS !!!

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Deena Rahill and and Lisa Jill Allison

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

Heila, Belly Dancer

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available~

 To inquire, contact info@artstlucie.org.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

 

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3rd Annual Port St. Lucie Spring Art & Craft Expo Opens Call To Artists, Crafters, Vendors. No Fee To Apply

The Port St. Lucie Spring Art & Craft Expo has opened a Call for Artists, Crafters, and Vendors for the Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 event at the MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center ( formerly the Port St. Lucie Civic Center).  The two-day event offers free parking and admission for a family friendly crowd.  The Rickie Report shares the information in this article.  Don’t wait to apply!  Spaces are filling up for fine art, handcrafts, and jewelry! Remember, this is just before Mother’s Day! There is NO application fee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a beautiful and high visibility setting just off U.S. HWY 1. The event is situated on white asphalt with easy load in and load out for most of the venue, and plenty of free public & exhibitor parking in the parking garage and on street parking just steps away! It also features a generally well-off financially demographic of people just before Mother’s Day weekend!

 

 

 This is a daytime event. Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Set up will begin Friday 11 am to 6 pm and again Saturday morning 7 am to 10 am. There will be over-night hired, insured, armed security Friday and Saturday nights. 

A Celebration of Life,

Arts & Crafts

and

the Human Spirit

Florida Art & Craft Festivals

 

 

 

 

APPLY  NOW:

www.artandcraftexpo.com

Call for more details:

 

772.492.6105

​Professional ​Event Production ​Companies​

 

 

 

 

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Purchase Your Fabulous Flamingos With Blooms To Benefit Fort Pierce Art Club And Garden Club. Bidding Is Open On-Line With Finale On Saturday, March 20

On Saturday, March 20, 2021 the Garden Club of Fort Pierce will host the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Fabulous Flamingos with Blooms. Beautifully embellished yard ornament flamingos by professional and student artists from Somerset Preparatory College Academy and St. Lucie West Centennial High School will be auctioned at the event. Proceeds will fund the Club’s youth and Student Fine Art Scholarships. Information and applications for the Fine Art Scholarships will be posted on the Club’s website at the end of April. See photos of the Fabulous Flamingos online or visit the originals in downtown Fort Pierce‘s store windows and businesses. The auction bidding is now open online and closes at 4 PM on Saturday, March 20.  The Rickie Report shares the links and information to see the Fabulous Flamingo auction and more club information. Don’t miss our sneak peeks of some flamingos!

 

 

Fabulous   Flamingos   with   Blooms  

 

 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

 

NOON – 4 PM

 

 

911 Parkway Drive   Fort Pierce, FL

 

 

 

PLACE    YOUR    BIDS    NOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting bids on all flamingos are $15.00

Photos of the Flamingos, more Details, and Bid:

 

 

www.fortpierceartclub.org

 

 

 

“Over The Top” by Allison Divan

 

 

 

The Garden Club of Fort Pierce, 911 Parkway Drive, will host “Flamingos with Blooms” on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from Noon to 4 PM. The flamingos donated by Carl and Kathryn Hensley were enhanced by artists from the Fort Pierce Art Club and along the Treasure Coast.

 

 

“Fla-Bling-O Family” by Barbara Tarantino

 

 

 

The event will include the auction of the artistic flamingos, the sale of plants, raffle prizes and floral decor. Many of the flamingos will be for inside as well as outside. The proceeds from the sale of the plants, raffles, and floral designs will support the 70 year old Garden Club. The proceeds from the Flamingos will go to the Fort Pierce Art Club Scholarship fund which will be given out in April to local students, both in junior high to adult. Bidding for the flamingos is now online and will be available during the event starting now. Go to www.fortpierceartclub.orgto see photos of the flamingos, get more details, and bid.

 

 

 

 

“The Ballerina” by Maggie Cook

 

 

For information and to learn more, please contact Blanca Rancourt, the Garden Club of Fort Pierce at (772) 461-9725 or Jeanne Johansen, the Fort Pierce Art Club (772-579-1529). Please follow both organizations on Facebook. Both Fort Pierce clubs are 501(c)3 organizations with decades of community services.

 

 

Hibiscus Flamingo” by Bailie Cantin

 

 

Finished flamingos may be seen online at www.fortpierceartclub.org and in the following store windows and businesses downtown Fort Pierce: CenterState Bank, Chaney’s Floral Shop, Old Florida Coffee Co, SLC Chamber of Commerce Seven Gables House, the Carlton Center, 2nd Street Art Gallery, Rooster in the Garden Restaurant, and Wallflower Frame Gallery.

 

 

 

For questions about any of these events, calls to artists, upcoming workshops, or how to become a member of this vibrant arts organization:

Call:  772-579-1529 (Jeanne Johansen)

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

Visit: www.fortpierceartclub.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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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Opens New Gallery Space, Announces Calls For Artists, Art Walk, And Special MLK Exhibition

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Gallery located in downtown Fort Pierce, which will display and showcase masterpieces from its members. The Cultural Alliance launched a new initiative called Arts Made in St. Lucie, opened a special MLK Exhibition, started to participate in Downtown Fort Pierce ART WALK, and has announced numerous Call to Artists opportunities. The organization provides new opportunities to showcase and sell artwork by regional artists as part of membership benefits. The Rickie Report shares all of the details and some sneak peeks. You don’t have to live in St. Lucie to be part of this growing arts movement!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

~  E  X  H  I  B  I  T  I  O  N  S  ~    

 

 

~  C  O  M  M  U  N  I C  A  T  I  O  N  S  ~

 

 

~ O  N  L  I  N  E      S  T  O  R  E  ~

 

 

 

~  M  E  M  B  E  R  S     P  R  O  F  I  L  E  S  ~

 

 

 

~   S  P  E  C  I  A  L    E  V  E  N  T  S  ~

 

 

 

 

 

Alliance Gallery

111 Orange Avenue     Fort Pierce, FL  34950

 

 

Executive Director, Alyona Ushe tells The Rickie Report, “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”.

 

 

Be part of our family! Exhibit in our new gallery at the One Eleven Building in Downtown Fort Pierce. We’re accepting applications for Alliance Art Guild members. The gallery is just one of the many Alliance initiatives to promote and establish the arts as a significant contributor in St. Lucie County, and we want to proudly showcase St. Lucie County’s extraordinary talent in our gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Roger E. Poitras Administration Annex Building – The submission deadline is 2/19. Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Women Empowerment Exhibition – The deadline 2/19. Learn more and apply HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Art Walk – The deadline is by the second Friday of the month. Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Made in St. Lucie – Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming exhibition opportunities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Alliance share exciting and useful arts and culture information and promote the arts and artists in its weekly newsletter. SUBSCRIBE

  • Stay connected with the Alliance on social media. All the icons are on the top left-hand corner of the website and linked to our social profiles.

  • Also stay in the know with what’s happening in the arts in St. Lucie. Bookmark the Alliance online event calendar

 

 

 

BE    PART    OF    THIS    SPECIAL    EVENT:

 

  • Treasure Coast Arts and Mindfulness Fair – Our first annual art fair is in May, and we are looking for community members interested in volunteering for this event. Please send an email to director@artstlucie.org.

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Annual  Port  St.  Lucie  Art  &  Craft  Expo

Saturday, January 23 10 am – 5 pm

 Sunday, January 24  10 am – 4 pm

 

At   recently renamed the MIDFLORIDA Credit

Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths

 Live Music & Food

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Meet    Chalk    Artist    Shane    Mesmer

 

 

 

Chalk art by Shane Mesmer & guest David Lepore

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

NEXT  Expo:   May 1-2, 2021

 

14th    Annual     PSLAL     Members    Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

FREE    OPENING   RECEPTION:

 THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 4  

6:30  –  8:30 PM

 

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

 

Exhibit runs February 4 through March 25, 2021

Regular Gallery Hours:   8:30 am – 5 pm

 

 

MIDFLORIDA  EVENT  CENTER

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

772.807.4488   www.midfloridaeventcenter.com

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Participating     Artists:

 

Susan Adamo ◊  Mimi Albert ◊  Michael Alexander ◊  

Mary Ann Austin ◊  Nancy Bacheller ◊  Elaine Bankston ◊  

Patty Clayton ◊  Judy Coffman ◊  Madelaine Cooper ◊  

Fiori Ferraris   ◊  Joanne Lucia Florez ◊  Donna Franklin ◊  

Caroline Frederiksen ◊  Eric Frederiksen ◊  Nora Griffin ◊  

Marilyn Hamblet ◊  Evelyn Hartsell ◊  Carol Heslop ◊

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

Joan Laugois ◊  Sandy Lillis  ◊ Barbara Z. Lyons  ◊

 Phred Madsen-Vallee ◊  Patricia McLaughlin ◊  Marilyn Mead ◊

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

Alyssa Rose ◊ Sharon Roselli ◊  Mayda Saborit ◊  

Christine Schroth ◊  Frances Sine ◊  Mark Stall ◊  Debra Terrio

Tamara Thoma ◊  Barbara  Warren ◊

 

 

 

 

 

Nourish   Your   Soul   And   Paint   Plein   Air  

 

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

 

 

Fridays  from  9 am – Noon

A new location is chosen every 2 weeks 

All levels welcome

 

Contact: Linda Relis    772.579.8342

 

 Join us!

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Monthly       Meetings:

 

 

 Marcy Purdy gives a demonstration to create a fish print

 

 

Our Next Meeting:   Friday, February 19, 2021

 

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

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website: pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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City Of Fort Pierce Launches Photo Contest For 2020/2021 Annual Report Calendar. There Is No Fee Or Residency Requirement To Participate

The City of Fort Pierce is launching a Photo Contest for the 2020/2021 Annual Report Calendar.  Open to photographers of all levels of experience, the public is invited to make submissions from now through the deadline on February 7, 2021.  Distributed throughout the community, this is an opportunity for your photo(s) of the environment, local architecture, culture, community, or whatever makes you love Fort Pierce to be seen with photo credit!  The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t wait to see the results! There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Fort Pierce

Photo Contest

For 2020-21 Annual Report Calendar

 

 

 

Calling all photographers with all levels of experience!

The City of Fort Pierce invites the public to submit photos for possible inclusion in the city’s 2020-21 Annual Report Calendar.

 

 

 

Deadline to submit photos is February 7, 2021

 

 

 

Photographers of all ages are invited to enter their best high-resolution images.

 

 

Submit Your Photos: https://woobox.com/fmtag6

 

Have you taken a beautiful picture of the city’s historic architecture, landscape, or perhaps people enjoying fun events? We encourage all amateur and professional photographers to enter our City of Fort Pierce Calendar Photo Contest, with a focus on all things Fort Pierce.

 

 

Many submitted photos will be featured in the 2020-21 City of Fort Pierce Annual Report and Calendar with a photo credit. The Annual Report Calendar is distributed to thousands of community members throughout the year, so the photos selected, as well as the photographers, receive a lot of exposure. Photos will also be used in various city publications and on social media.

 

The mission of the contest is to celebrate the City of Fort Pierce, therefore all photos entered must be taken in Fort Pierce. Photographs can be of the environment, local architecture, culture, community or whatever makes you love Fort Pierce. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit. Images selected by staff will be those that best represent our city. Since this is a calendar, photographs of all seasons are requested.

 

 

Photos can be submitted at https://woobox.com/fmtag6 until February 7, 2021.

 

 

 

About the Annual Report Calendar: In 2017 the City published its first Annual Report Calendar. This report highlights successes, initiatives and programs that have taken place over the past year to ensure the delivery of quality public service to our community. The report is also accompanied by a convenient calendar filled with local events and activities taking place in the Sunrise City.

 

 

For additional information call 772.467.3031

 

 

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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