Aya Fiber Studio In Stuart, FL Hosts A Weekend Of Fabulous Wearable Art, Jewelry, And Fiber Featuring Janeen Mason, Lindsay Hager, Susan Sadow, Suzanne Connors, Barbara Fugazzotto, Elissa Berger, Elizabeth Esther Kelly, Ginny Kingsley Kapner, Joanne Bianco, Danuta Rothschild, Cathy Daffinee Heeter, Diane McCarthy, And Elissa Berger Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2024

Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, FL. hosts a fabulous weekend of wearable art, jewelry, and fiber on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2024.  The Featured Artists all create “surface designs” which explores coloring, patterning, structuring of fiber and fabric, dyeing, painting, stitching, embellishing, quilting, knitting, felting, papermaking, and printing.  You will be WOWED by the creations of Janeen Mason, Lindsay Hager, Susan Sadow, Suzanne Connors, Barbara Fugazzotto, Danuta Rothschild, Ginny Kingsley Kapner, Joanne Bianco, Cathy Daffinee Heeter, Diane McCarthy, Elizabeth Esther Kelly, and Elissa Berger!  The Rickie report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

SOUTH   FLORIDA   SURFACE   DESIGN   ASSOCIATION

TRUNK    SHOW

 

Join  Us  For  A  Weekend  Of  Fabulous:

 

 

 Wearable Art,  Jewelry, And Fiber!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 2    &    Sunday, March 3, 2024

 

 

 

10 am – 5 pm  daily    

Aya   Fiber   Studio  

170 NE Dixie Highway      Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURFACE DESIGN DEFINED:

 

 

 

Surface design is any type of artwork (pattern, illustration, hand lettering, beading, dyeing, printing on fabric etc.) made by a artist/designer that is intended to be applied to a surface to enhance its visual appearance and/or functionality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surface Design encompasses the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This involves creative exploration of processes such as dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, and papermaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here For more information about  South Florida Surface Design Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS :

 

 

 

Lindsay Hager

Janeen Mason

Susan Sadow

Barbara Fugazzotto

Cathy Daffinee Heeter

Elizabeth Esther Kelly

Danuta Rothschild

Joanne Bianco

Diane McCarthy

Ginny Kingsley Kapner

Suzanne Connors

Elissa Berger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Aya Fiber Studio:

170 NE Dixie Hwy    Stuart, FL 34994

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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

Art Associates Of Martin County Announce 2024 Annual Art Show Exhibit In Jensen Beach And Invites The Public To The Free Opening Reception On Sunday, March 3. Exhibit Runs Through End Of March

Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC) invite the public to the Opening Reception on Sunday, March 3rd to view the 2024 Annual Art Show Exhibition. Taking place at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach, FL, the event and exhibit are free to attend with free parking. AAMC has promoted excellence in the arts for over 50+ years and is one of the oldest associations in the area. Their monthly meetings offer an opportunity for artists to network, learn from each other, and see demonstrations by well known local artists. This exhibit continues through March 31, 2023. AAMC is grateful to Steve Landerwersiek for sponsoring this exhibit.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks from the previous exhibit.

 

 

Art   Associates   of   Martin   County   (AAMC)

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

 

 

 

2024    Annual    Art   Show

 

 

Opening   Reception:

 

 

Sunday, March 3, 2024

 

 

5  – 7    pm

 

 

Trinity United Methodist Church

 2221  NE Savannah Rd.       Jensen Beach, FL

 

 

 

“Reflections” by Mary Bedell

 

 

 

 

Free   event   and   parking    –   Refreshments   to   be   served

 

 

 

 

“Golden Pelican” by Lisa Rapp

 

 

 

 

Gallery hours:  10:30   to   12:30 pm   Monday  –  Thursday

Call Trinity’s Office 772.334.3404 for details and other appointments

 

 

 

 

“Shrimpers at Rest” by Sylvia Wood

 

 

 

AAMC’s mission is to encourage creativity in the arts for our members, local students and artists in our community by sharing and learning. AAMC has been promoting excellence in the arts for over 50+ years and is one of the largest associations in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

      “After The Rain” by Julie Hegedus

 

“Sea of Grass” by Donna Kasprzak

 

 

The Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC) is a non-profit welcoming group of artists sharing a strong common interest in the arts. Each month (October thru April, with a luncheon in May) members are treated to exciting meetings with demonstrations by well known local artists, opportunities to bring in art surrounding a common theme, and good conversation.  

 

 

 

 

“American Indian Grandfather” by Debra Monet

 

 

 

 

 

 

AAMC meetings are held at St Mary’s in Stuart the 3rd Monday of October thru April from 1:00 to 3:00.

Each meeting includes exciting, interactive demonstrations by very well known local artists.

Members also bring in artwork with a common theme and vote on the Artist Of The Month!

Each meeting always brings surprises.

 

 

 

A Plein Air group often takes to the field for great adventures in painting. The AAMC also provides scholarships and art supplies to local schools as we endeavor to participate in the vibrant Treasure Coast art community.  AAMC provides for an Annual Art Show open to all members, with many awards provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AAMC is grateful to our long-time sponsor, Steve Landwersiek  of Investment Planning Group (Stuart, Fl)

740 SE Indian Street, Stuart, Fl 34997

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event, monthly meetings, offering a demonstration, or becoming a member:

 

Website: https://www.artassociatesmartinco.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtAssociatesOfMartinCounty/

Or Call Dale Forbes: 978.872.7995

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Free Admission To Artisans Of Martin County Open Studio Tour March 2 and 3, 2024. See Where The Artists Create. Free Event

The 8th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3, 2024 will feature over 35 artists in their studios and galleries!  Enjoy this Free event and watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN      COUNTY      OPEN      STUDIO      TOUR

 

 

Saturday,  March   2   &   Sunday,  March 3,   2024  

 

 

~FREE     To     ATTEND~

 

 

10 am – 5 pm    each   day

 

 

MARTIN     COUNTY,   FL

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MAP!

 

 

 

 

MCOST.org

 

 

 

Photography by Mark Stall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled painting by James J. DeMartis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Great Patience” by Patricia Pasbrig

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover a treasure of your own!

 

 

 

 

“Sea Dancer” by Chris Kling

 

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS

 

Alex Akerberg

LauraKay Whiticar-Darvill

Curt Whiticar

James J. DeMartis

Glen Allen

Suzan Allen

Barbara Bucci

Deborah Bottorff

Cynthia Cooper

Chris Kling

Ed Douglas

Patricia Reagan

Judi LeBlanc

Glenda Skarie

Raymond Reiland

Lanette Janelle-North

Dinija Berkien

Carolyn Walsh

Mallo Bisset

Dot Galfond

Tepa Charles

Abigale Stachowski

Patricia Pasbrig

Sue Klahne

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Maria Miele

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Martha Quigley

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Renee Keil

Eduardo Gomez

Kimberly Beltrame

Mark Stall

Mary Mirabito

Sally Browning Pearson

Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Open Studio Tour, events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renowned Marine Painter, Curt Whiticar Will Be Featured At The Elliot Museum With An Opening Reception On Monday, February 12, 2024. Memories Of Curt’s 106 Year Life Bring Local History Alive!

Curt Whiticar‘s Marine art will be featured at The Elliot Museum with an Opening Reception On Monday, February 12, 2024.  Curt lived a colorful life on and off the canvas, celebrating his 106th birthday just before his passing.  His story and his paintings bring us a rich history of Stuart, FL.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibit as well as his paintings. Curt’s paintings, book, and notecards will be part of the Elliot Museum offerings and Martin County Open Studio Tour which takes place on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2024. Mark your calendars!

 

 

 

 

825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

 

http://hsmc-fl.com

772.225.1961

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2024  

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

Curt Whiticar

 

 

 

THE  EARLY  YEARS

 

Born on February 13, 1911, in Fairton, New Jersey, Curt’s family spent the winters in Fairton while his dad worked on an oyster boat out from Bivalve about twelve miles southeast of the town.  During the summers, they moved to Fortescue, a remote fishing village on the Delaware Bay  where his dad had a charter fishing business.  They lived without running water or electricity on a little barge pulled up on the beach.

 

 

“Sailfishing off  Stuart” by Curt Whiticar

(Curt is in the boat in the background)

Curt was very active in the Stuart Sailfish Club (treasurer for many years) and designed the Sailfish pins and Sailfish Release pins for the club.  This picture was often used as publicity for the Sailfish club and the Whiticar Fleet.

 

 

 

Curt relays in his biography, ” Dad hated the job of oystering; it was cold and miserable on the freezing bay in the winter.  In 1917, a man in a charter fishing party told Dad about a place in Florida where he could catch about a thousand pounds of fish a day!  Of course, this was Stuart, and the man had been a guest at Bay Tree Lodge on Sewalls Point.  As a result, Dad decided to go south in October of that year.  On the way down, we were on a steamship and ran into a hurricane.  After arriving, Dad rented a small wooden cottage on Akron Avenue and acquired a 23 foot fishing boat with a one-cylinder engine and a top speed of seven miles an hour.  Dad was now a commercial fisherman in Stuart during the winter season and a charter fisherman in New Jersey in summer!

 

 

 

HE’S IN THE PAINTING BUSINESS !

 

 

“When I was about eleven or twelve years old, my father owned two charter boats which he used for sport fishing in New Jersey.  There were about 75 other charter boats at Fortescue.  The little village had no marine railway to haul boats from the water for repair and painting, so when the boats needed repainting, the owners would run them up on the beach at high tide, then repaint or repair when the tide was lower.  Most boat owners just painted over the names which were on the stern and bow of the boats. When the repainted hull was dry, they would repaint the letters.  They were not proficient at lettering and did not have proper brushes, so the result was usually pretty bad. I acquired a good red sable brush and repainted the lettering on Dad’s boats.  I did a pretty good job, especially by comparison, and soon all the boat captains paid me to reletter their boats.  Also, the hotel managers or owners hired me to paint their signs, and I put some scenes on them.  As a result, as a twelve year old boy, I was in business with painting”. 

 

 

Painting by Curt Whiticar

Foundering Norwester Rescue:  This painting shows boats in the wild seas that is a depiction of a rescue.  Curt and his mate, in his boat the Gulfstream, rescued 6 people, 3 others were rescued by 2 other boats and one man drowned.  He later salvaged the boat, rebuilt it and used it for many years.

 

 

 

“After I graduated from high school, I studied engineering at Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C.  I worked for Western Electric Company in New Jersey for a while, but the pay was poor, and I did not enjoy the work.  I joined my father and two brothers in the charter fishing business, and we became the “Whiticar Fleet.”  At one time, we had 7 boats chartering from our home on West Lake in Port Sewall.  For several years, we went back north to charter during the summer as there was very little summer tourist business here. In the winter of 1938-39, I met a young lady who had come to Florida as a governess for Mr. & Mrs. James Reardon.  On April 14, 1939, Elsa and I were married in my unfinished house on  Willoughby Creek and spent the first night of our honeymoon on North Lake in one of my Dad’s boats.  We were married for sixty-eight years”.

 

 

 

“In the winter of 1946, I was on the river with a charter fishing party.  We decided the inlet there was too rough and dangerous to navigate, so we headed south to try to go out into the ocean at West Palm Beach.  A 42 foot boat with ten people aboard tried to go out through the inlet and capsized.  I returned to the inlet, transferred my party to another boat, and went out into the churning waters.  My mate, Jim Foley, and I rescued six of the persons, my brother Jack rescued two persons with his boat, another boat captain, Earl Dare, rescued one person, and one man drowned.  The boat foundered and was eventually towed into Salerno Pocket.  It was put up for bid, and I was the high bidder at $3000.  I repaired the boat, rebuilt the engines, and made quite a few changes in order to get the boat documented for charter fishing.  The “Norwester” became one of the seven boats in our fleet”.

 

BUILDING A BUSINESS OF BUILDING BOATS

 

 

“In 1946, my brother wanted me to build a new boat for him.  Dad had a lot next to his house where  I could build the boat, but I needed a building.  Camp Murphy (now Jonathan Dickinson State Park) had been an Army camp during the war.  The US government auctioned off the buildings, and I bid $475 on the mess hall, $30 for an officers’ latrine, and $25 for another building.  The buildings had to be removed from the property within thirty days. We marked each piece and disassembled the entire building, reassembling it on our property.  It is still in use, having survived the big hurricane of 1949.  Without an organized crew of builders, I quit charter fishing entirely and concentrated on boat building. My brother-in-law, John Dragseth, joined me as vice-president, and since inception, we have built 63 boats at Whiticar Boat Works, Inc”.

 

 

 

Painting by Curt Whiticar

As his boats became well known for performing well in the rolling ocean waters , he decided to open a boat building and repair business. “Whiticar Boat Basin”, then “Whiticar Boat Works” was established in 1947. It has recently been sold.

 

The company built boats that became world famous among the power boating communities. His expertise in lettering the name of the boat in gold leaf on the stern was legendary.

 

 

Curt retired from the boatworks at the age of seventy-five in 1986 and the business stayed in the family.  Curt still had a workbench and locker there where he repaired  and worked and make picture frames.  “Since retiring, I have the time to do a lot more oil painting.  Of more than  950 paintings, all but 140 have been done since I retired.  I also make most of the frames for my pictures.  I like to purchase antique frames and refinish them; however, such frames are difficult to find, and the good ones are expensive.  I still find an occasional frame at the flea market when I go there on Sundays. Elsa and I have three children, and all live in the area.  We also have 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.   At the age of ninety-six, I enjoy playing golf three times a week as well as  oil painting”. 

 

 

THOUGHTS ON MY PAINTINGS

 

 

“None of my educational classes included art; however, through the years, I have sat in on a few local art classes.  Perhaps my foremost learning experience was my contact with Bean Backus, whom I knew quite well.  He was my mentor.  Before 1950, I had painted only about 25 – 30 works of art.  At that time, our home here in Port Sewall burned to the ground and destroyed all the paintings except about five or six.  After we rebuilt our present home on the same foundation, I did spend a little time painting; however, I was busy with designing and building boats until 1986.  Then, at the age of seventy-five, I retired and had the time to do more painting.  My favorite medium is oil, and I have always favored Florida landscape and seascape scenes.  However, I also paint quite a lot of local historical scenes as well as anything I feel that people would like hanging on their walls”.  

 

 

 

 

“The Billy Conpatchie’s Family 1910:  This shows a Seminole Indian Family in the village” by Curt Whiticar  

 

 

 

“Over the years, I have given many paintings to my family, a few to close friends, some to local charities for fund-raising, and some to the Historical Society and Stuart Heritage Museum.Some on loan to the Maritime and Yachting Museum and to the Chapman School.I have never made a serious effort to sell my paintings; however, I have sold some of them upon request.I have completed over 1800 paintings! In the early days, I liked to purchase antique frames and refinish them, if needed, for my paintings.However, by the time I retired from Whiticar Boat Works, Inc., antique frames were seldom available for purchase, so I make my own frames using various kinds of wood such as cypress, mahogany, ash, pecky cypress, wormy chestnut and other woods.I also make stretcher frames for the canvas for the paintings”.

 

 

 

 I moved to Stuart with my family in 1917 at the age of six. I was active in the community within several organizations, and especially in the Stuart Sailfish Club which was formed to attract tourists to Stuart.  As a conservation advocate, I promoted and designed the release pins as a means of protecting our sailfish from being caught and destroyed.  In addition, I rescued six people who were drowning in treacherous water off of the St. Lucie Inlet.  The fishing and boating industry drew my family here and I have seen many changes.  However, Martin County is still a wonderful place to be!!

 

 

 

 

ACL Railroad Station:  This is the old railroad station at Stuart in 1905 (originally Potsdam) by Curt Whiticar

Products shipped were mainly pineapples and fish. 

 

 

 

NATURE AND WILDLIFE

 

Curt’s love of nature is shown in his Florida inland scenes.  The beauty of the trees and rivers is reflected in a variety of colors and landscapes.  He also features a variety of animals, especially birds in his paintings.  Although he always lived near the ocean, he enjoyed traveling.  And, he read National Geographic Magazine and frequently used pictures from the magazine for ideas for his paintings.

 

 

 

Sunrise Sunset Painting by Curt Whiticar

 

 

 

WHITICAR WATERWAY TALES 

 

 

 At the age of 95, after being persuaded by local historian, Sandy Thurlow, Curt sat down to write out some of his experiences.  Seventy five handwritten pages later, he was finished with the future book “Whiticar Waterway Tales”.  He was convinced that no one except his three children and Sandy Thurlow would read it, and asked for 4 copies.  After about six months, the book had become a 100 page narrative book with illustrations and pictures.  Two thousand copies were printed, and about 200 copies are still available.  Contact Laura Kay to order a book.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT:

Email Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill fishlkd@hotmail.com

Or Call to make an appointment to visit the House With The Purple Shutters

772-834-6202

To See More of Curt Whiticar’s artwork:   www.curtwhiticar.com

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT 

THE STUDIO TOUR:

https://martinartisansguild.org/mcost-details

 

 

 

 

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

 

Martin Artisans Guild Open Studio Tour 2024 Kicks Off With Preview Exhibit At Elliott Museum On Thursday, February 15, 2024. Save The March 2 & 3 For The Open Studio Tour

The Martin Artisans Guild and The Elliott Museum invite you to the 8th annual Preview Exhibit for the Martin County Open Studio Tour on Thursday, February 15.  The Opening Reception, featuring the art of  37 artists will have live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The artists of the 2024 tour will be on hand to talk about their work and encourage you to visit their Open Studios from 10 am to 5 pm on March 2 and March 3!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This exhibit will be available from February 15 – end February 2024.

 

 

 

825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour   Preview   2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2024 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit.

 

 

Sculpture by Eduardo Gomez

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE STUDIO TOUR:

https://martinartisansguild.org/mcost-details

 

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Wearable Art by Glenda Skarie

 

 

 

As you walk through this wonderful museum’s galleries, enjoy the live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Meet the artists who will be participating in the upcoming Martin County Open Studio Tour, browse and buy original works of art including paintings, photography, sculpture, pastels, art-to-wear, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, unique glass works, and much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Storm on the Hammock” by Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

 

 

 

 

Once a year, the best artists in Martin County open their studios to the public and give you the opportunity to see the creative process in person!  We will provide a map to the artists’ studios, and you can visit as many of them as you would like. At the studios, you will be able to watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see their setup and materials. Some of the studios will be offering refreshments and special surprises. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!

 

 

 

Original Ceramics by Carolyn Walsh

 

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS

 

Alex Akerberg

LauraKay Whiticar-Darvill

Curt Whiticar

James J. DeMartis

Glen Allen

Suzan Allen

Barbara Bucci

Deborah Bottorff

Cynthia Cooper

Chris Kling

Ed Douglas

Patricia Reagan

Judi LeBlanc

Glenda Skarie

Raymond Reiland

Lanette Janelle-North

Dinija Berkien

Carolyn Walsh

Mallo Bisset

Dot Galfond

Tepa Charles

Abigale Stachowski

Patricia Pasbrig

Sue Klahne

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Maria Miele

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Martha Quigley

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Renee Keil

Eduardo Gomez

Kimberly Beltrame

Mark Stall

Mary Mirabito

Sally Browning Pearson

Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Open Studio Tour, events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArtsFest 2024 Returns To Downtown Stuart Saturday, February 10 And Sunday, February 11 With Art, Craft, Family Activities, CHOPPED, Live Theater, A Poetry Slam And More

ArtsFest 2024 returns on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Memorial Park in Downtown Stuart. This Martin Arts event features a variety of visual artists, musicians, singers, CHOPPED Competition, live theatrical presentations  and a poetry slam.  Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults; students 18 and under free.  Volunteers are needed, so sign up and enjoy special perks! The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

MartinArts.org or call 772-287-6676

ArtsFest is traveling back to its traditional location: 

Memorial Park and along East Ocean Boulevard  

HOURS:  10 am – 5 pm  Both Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named one of the area’s Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society!

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this ever-evolving event!

 

 

 

“We always aim to surprise and delight guests who attend Artsfest, and this year will be no different,” said Nancy Turrell, CEO of MartinArts Foundation. “ArtsFest is truly an extension of the expansive arts community we have on the Treasure Coast, and we love this opportunity to highlight their accomplishments.”

 

 

FIND    A    TURTLE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beloved pre-ArtsFest scavenger hunt for glass turtles, made by Dot Galfond and included as a part of the Office of Tourism’s “Arts & Culture Trail” may get you a free entry or a VIP package

 

 

ArtsFest’s favorite CHOPPED takes place during the day on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch talented students and professional artists create outstanding chalk art that is a part of a grant from the State of Florida, Division of Arts & Culture to bring new art educational experiences to middle school students, which expands MartinArts programming into this vital age range. Schools and community groups will compete for awards for works that will being created on Saturday morning and judged on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Sunday will feature “Art Speaks,” in which a dozen-plus in-person competitors will be vying for the best-spoken word poetry award. Judges will be selected from the audience. Spoken word poet Stella B will organize the day’s activities and liven up the day. Registration is filled, but a wait list is being maintained.

 

 

What is a poetry slam?

 

 

Think of a slam as a live poetry competition. Like an open mic, people perform their work to an audience. However, in a slam, there is a competitive element – invited judges (usually people who are not used to seeing a slam) score readers on how well a poem is written and delivered, with the top scorers going through to the next round.  In this slam, there will be three rounds: the first round is open to all poets (12-15). However, in the second round, 8 people get through (the top 8 scorers as determined by the judges), and 4 through to the third and final round. Each read a new poem each round to determine who will be Slam Champion!

 

 

 

 

Volunteers are the only way ArtsFest happens each and every year. The team planning the event is driven by volunteers. During the weekend, more than 100 people serve in roles that would have salaries of tens of thousands of dollars. Simply put, ArtsFest wouldn’t happen without volunteers. Find out what jobs and time slots are available at ArtsFestStuart.org and sign up today.

 

 

 

 

MartinArts is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. MartinArts provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public while striving to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.

 

For more information: 

772-287-6676   or visit   www.martinarts.org.

 

MartinArts is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners as well as corporate and private contributions.

 

 

 

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Martin Arts 33rd All Florida Exhibit Features 46 Artists From Tallahassee To Miami At Court House Cultural Center In Stuart. Opening Reception Is Friday, January 12. Juror’s Talk With Gregory Jones On Saturday, January 13, 2024

Martin Arts continues its 33-year legacy “All Florida” exhibition showcasing art by all Florida artists from Tallahassee to Miami.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, January 12, 2024. A Juror’s Talk led by Gregory Jones takes place Saturday, January 13.  This exhibit runs from January 9 – February 29.  Exhibited works span the mediums of watercolor, ceramics, acrylic, oil, photography, clay, encaustic, wood, metal, glass, and mixed media from 46 artists from Tallahassee to Miami. The Rickie Report shares the details here. Make your reservation now for the Juror’s Talk!

*Registration required for Juror’s Talk. Additional details can be found on MartinArts.org

Exhibit Dates | January 9 – February 29, 2024

 

 

 

Featured   Artists:

 

 

Glen Allen, Robert Bernstein, Enid Blechman, Barbara Bose, Jerilyn Brown, Holly Cannon, Linda Chipperfield, Becky Coleman, Maggie Dillon, Gabriele DiTota, Kimberly Engel, Brendan Fisk, Todd  K Fox, Barbara Fugazzotto, Susan Giblin, Ryan Michael Gleason, Rene Guerin, Erika Heffernan, Latonya Hicks, Judy Horowitz, Heather Ivins, Denise Jackson, Carson Kapp, Martin Karadzhov, Chloe Kelley, Claudia Jane Klein, Michael Knapp, Tina Kraft, Joe Krawczyk, Anita Lamb, Alice Laputka, Julia Longwell, Robin Marshall, Erin McCullough, Gary Menzel, Dawn Inglis Montgomery, Lynn Morgan, Katya Neptune, Daniel Newcomb, Janis Clary Oehlschlager, Raymond Olivero, Kathy Omeara, Caryl Pomales, Molly Potter, Thomas Prestopnik, Galal Ramadan, Patricia Reagan, D. S. Reif, JL Schwartz, Norman Silva, Harriet Silverstein, Richard P Stevens, David Valiente, Jim Wang, Elaine Weber, Terry White, Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill, Harris Wiltsher

 

 

Juror: Gregory Jones

Artist Statement:

To reach inside and free the creative child within each of us is basically what my art is about. I might begin with a used air conditioner filter as in “Dust to Dust” or a bright red cloth tie as in “Man Under Paints With Red Tie”, but from that point I seldom know what direction the work will take. I simply “follow paths through the woods” as I did as a child growing up near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I played in the mud a lot, then grew up and played in the muddy paint a lot. When I played I learned that some good things sometimes happened. Then I learned that I could get the good things that happened to grow like a plant until the whole canvas would sometimes be a good thing.

 

It is probably from dust that we come and to dust that we go, but in between there is growth. When all is said and done, how much we have grown determines the richness of the soil we leave on which others will trod. From the muddy mess I often make in art and life is born the lesson of humility and discovery.

 

The idealism of my youth and the realism of adult life run head-on in my work to form an expression that merges seriousness with playfulness and superficiality with depth. Somewhere inside that depth is an innocent child, a very good person who can touch nature, and when I visit with him (or her) I learn to love, to fly, to live. To this day it is that sincere, sensitive child seeing and feeling nature that my art echoes and that moves my spirit to create my mixed media “layered” paintings. I only wish there were more days when he could come out to play.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

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Martin Artisans Guild Opens “Kaleidoscope” Exhibit Wednesday, January 3, 2024 And Meet The Artists On Wednesday, February 7. Stop By The Final “Sip And Shop” For 2023 On Saturday, December 30.

Before the Martin Artisans Guild opens their upcoming show in January at The Palm Room Art Gallery and Artisans Boutique in Stuart, you still have time to enjoy and take 10% off purchases at the final 2023 Sip & Shop on Saturday, December 30. Enjoy the Opening Reception of “Kaleidoscope” on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, featuring live music, cash bar and the delectable appetizers for which the Guild has become known.  Get to know the people behind the art on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at a “Meet the Artists” event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique

 

 

 3746 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL

 Sewall’s Point in Harbour Bay Plaza (east end of the Plaza, near Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm

(excluding Christmas Day)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The    talented    artists    include:

Caryl Pomales

Deborah Bottorff

Denise Jackson

Dot Galfond

Eduardo Gomez

Glen Allen

Glenda Skarie

Jackie Sanchez

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Janis Clary

Kimberly D Beltrame

Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill

Lynda Reymore

Lynn Morgan

Margarita Nielsen Palacios

Maria Miele

Mary Mirabito

Mickey Rudolph

Patricia Pasbrig

Renee Keil

Suzan Allen

Wayne King

 

 

 

 

While you’re enjoying the fabulous show, be sure to check out the very special and one-of-a-kind items in the Artisans Boutique – you’ll find great gifts for the special person on your list!  

(Or yourself….)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, visit www.martinartisansguild.org.

 

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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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Artist Entries For 35th Annual Art Palm City Art Associates Show Are Open. Art Lovers Mark Your Calendars For This Event

The Palm City Art Associates (PCAA) invite the public to their 35th Annual Art Show & Sale at the Palm City Cummings Library.  Meet the artists at the Free, Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1, 2024.  The exhibit continues through  Friday, March 1, 2024, with free admission and parking.  PCAA has three venues to sell their artwork: Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Rehab Center on Martin Downs Blvd., Reuben’s Cafe, and Hammock Creek Golf Club.  If you’re looking for an artist networking group, we urge you to connect with PCAA!  They bring brightness, creativity, and artistry to Palm City and Martin County!  PCAA provides scholarships to deserving Martin County High School seniors who are pursuing an art education. The Rickie Report shares the details for how artists can enter and when art lovers can meet the artists and see the show! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter & Julie Cummings Library, Donahue Room

2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

 

 

To enter your art work:

palmcityartassociates.org

 

 

 

 

GUIDELINES

  • To participate, the artist must be a current, paid PCAA member.
  • You may enter up to two pieces of artwork as long as they are different mediums.*
  • Each artist agrees to docent for 2 hours during the show.
  • The show committee determines artwork’s suitability.
  • Artwork must be original (no Giclées) and not a copy of another artist’s work.
  • Artwork must be 3 years old or newer and not previously in any PCAA Show.
  • Paintings must be dry, framed and have a wire for hanging (no tooth brackets please).
  • Size of piece limited to a maximum width of 36” & maximum height of 52” including frame.
  • Unframed pieces must be on gallery wrapped canvas at least 1 3/8” or deeper with painted sides
  • Watercolors and photos shall be under Plexiglas vs. glass for safety reasons.
  • Sold Paintings to remain on exhibit until the end of the art show.
  • Complete and adhere the label below to the back of your piece for identification.
  • Include the sale price of the item or if Not For Sale, please mark as NFS.
  • By entering, you agree to PCAA’s use of your images for future advertising & promotion.

 

*Hanging second piece, only if room allows, and will be on a first come , first served basis.

 

Judging and Ribbons:

Ribbons will be awarded per the Judge’s discretion, in each of the following categories (as long as there are at least 5 entries per category): Oil – Acrylic – Watercolor – Photography – Mixed Media – Pencil, Pastel and Charcoal Grouping

 

 

To Enter:

1. Mail Art Show Entry Form and $25 for each entry (check payable to PCAA) to: Donna Jutila  5547 SW Coral Tree Lane   Palm City, FL 34990.

2. Please email a photo of your artwork to Ltiano@mac.com.

3. Attach Art Show Label to back of artwork.

Any Questions, please contact  860-303-5768.

 

For information on times, how to enter your art work or make a purchase go to: palmcityartassociates.org

 

 

 

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