2023 Is The Time To Take A Deep Dive Into The Arts With Featured Artist Eileen Shaloum At Plunge Resort Hotel Now Thru February 4 With Free Public Reception Wednesday, January 11

Start 2023 with a deep dive into the visual arts with Featured artist, Eileen Shaloum at Plunge Resort Hotel in Lauderdale By The Sea. The exhibit runs from January 7, – February 4, 2023 in the Plunge Hotel Lobby, which is open 24/7 for viewing. Enjoy a Meet The Artist Reception on Wednesday, January 11.  Please reserve your free space on Eventbrite, enjoy the show, free parking and a complimentary glass of wine. The Rickie Report shares a sneak peek and all of the details. As of publication time, if Eventbrite is full, walk-ins are welcome!











E I L E E N     S H A L O U M






6  –  7:30  PM




“Through The Looking Glass” by Eileen Shaloum



Plunge Beach Resort

4660 El Mar Drive     Lauderdale By The Sea, FL   33308





RSVP for this FREE Event





Eileen beckons viewers into these paintings where they can climb stairs and ladders to nowhere while winding their way through picture planes on shapes, textures and colors that guide their eyes through these spirited compositions.



“On Painted Stairs” by Eileen Shaloum 




Eileen Shaloum is a painter and mixed media artist who searches for and employs the whimsical in her subject matter. Her work evokes the joy and innocence one usually finds in children’s art. Being an art educator in the public schools on Long Island, New York, for over thirty years influenced much of her art making, an abstract process with a childlike sophistication. Her colors are often bold and her compositions alternate between ordered and loose, but always playful. She enjoys adding handmade and found papers, fabric, photographs, string and other found objects into her acrylic paint to give the surface a mysterious quality.






“Feeling The Blues” by Eileen Shaloum




Her present body of work has also been influenced by the writings of Italo Calvino in his book, “Invisible Cities.”The imaginary landscapes conjured by Calvino beckoned her to interpret them on canvas and paper which led to her unique, fantastical semi-landscape style which she calls “Dreamscapes.” 


Eileen has been a painter for more than forty years. Her work is in several private collections in the United States and England. She exhibits widely throughout the United States, mostly in New York and Florida. An active exhibiting member of several Florida art organizations, Eileen has been showing her art all over Florida for over sixteen years.






“Eudoxia” by Eileen Shaloum




After retiring in 2006 Eileen and her husband, Al, bought a home in Delray Beach where she splits her time between Florida and Long Beach, NY. Both places are stimulating artistically and offer many opportunities to show, exhibit, sell, and participate in arts organizations. Making and developing her art is her primary focus, which has become her full-time occupation. She received her B.A. in Art Education and her M.A. in Art History from Hofstra University, Long Island, New York. Being an art educator in the public schools of Long Island from 1971-2006 was a rewarding career that inspired her own art making.



During her career teaching art, she gave professional development workshops to other art teachers at NYSATA conferences and locally. She also gave workshops to other artists interested in learning new techniques in using mixed media with their painting. During that time, she continued to exhibit her own work and ran several art businesses from her home studio. Some of these businesses were: designing children’s clothing, creating one-of-a-kind art furniture, and for 12 years, Portrait Sign-In Books where she painted, on commission, portraits for parties, engagements, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, etc. 



Eileen has exhibited in galleries and museums, warehouses and libraries both in group and one person shows in New York and Florida during the past four decades. She has won many awards and is in several private collections all over the country.






“It Takes A Village” by Eileen Shaloum





For more information about Eileen’s artwork:


On the Web: www.eileenshaloum.com

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eileenshaloum/

On Facebook:Eileen Shaloum


Email:  eileenshaloum@gmail.com






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Vered Shamir Pasternak’s Moving Artworks Are Featured At Aqua Art Miami December 1 – 4, 2022 And Include A Call To Action

Vered Shamir Pasternak will have her artworks featured at Aqua, the premier location during Art Miami to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists. For a world always “on the go”, Vered shares one word with her images, “STOP”. She reminds us to look at all of the people in our communities and STOP being passive about their needs.  Her theme of homelessness touches us all and more poignantly, it often has little to do with having a roof over our heads.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  GO to AQUA MIAMI and explore what “home” means to you!





1530 Collins Avenue    Miami Beach, FL 33139



Artwork by Vered Shamir Pasternak




Born in Israel, Vered Shamir Pasternak is a Miami-based artist who expresses powerful themes of identity and belonging in her paintings. Raised in a rural area of Israel, Pasternak graduated from the Kalisher School of Art in Tel Aviv in 1989. The cultural pressure to conform to traditional female roles led her to abandon her artistic ambitions and work in the travel industry. In 2001, she immigrated to Miami to join the man who is now her husband. It took another decade for her to return to painting. She joined the class of Miami Beach painter Tony Coro and the rest is history.





Artwork by Vered Shamir Pasternak




Vered tells The Rickie Report, “Moving from your birth place to another country, even if it’s your own choice, is extremely difficult. I totally underestimated it. When you leave behind your family, your friends, your job, your culture, your language, your food, your music, well…your entire life, that’s a difficult transition!  You go through culture shock with mixed emotions. There are feelings of loneliness, sadness, and depression.  You begin to isolate yourself which makes life even worse.  Years can go by and that feeling of not truly belonging is still lingering inside!  No matter how hard you try, it is difficult to shake the HOME-LESS feeling!!!!”


Making a connection…



“I started to question what HOME meant to me. I wasn’t referring to the physical structure, but rather my memories, my family, my culture, my country.”  Making a connection…. Vered explains, “This feeling I carried inside is what brought about my awareness of the homeless people around me. I felt a connection. The definition of “home” had a whole new meaning for me. I could strongly relate homelessness to the feeling of not belonging.” At about the same time Vered started painting again, she became fascinated with two homeless men: Gunny, a Vietnam veteran who is homeless by choice and Robert, who lives on a street near Pasternak’s close-knit neighborhood. She spent years befriending the two men before she began photographing and painting them. In the process, Pasternak realized that, as an immigrant estranged from American culture and a woman without an established social role, she identified with Gunny and Robert. She, too, felt homeless.




She shares, “For the past 10 years, I have gone to their local spots to visit them on a weekly basis. I can’t really say who appreciates the visits more, Gunny and Robert or me. I don’t really know how to name this relationship that we created over the years. It’s difficult to say, but we truly have a strong bond and we rely on each other for different reasons.” These two men became the main subjects for her paintings. “For years, I painted them (almost) obsessively, not realizing was that I was actually addressing my own feelings. Painting is like therapy to me. Sitting down to paint them started to make me feel better. It made them feel a sense of self-worth as well. My relationship with Robert & Gunny opened my heart and began my crusade to bring about awareness regarding homelessness issues.”




At the core of her need to paint lies the desire to express her own emotions while giving a voice to the voiceless. Even now, there are moments when Vered feels that she is still searching for her home. While working directly with these homeless individuals she paints, she feels that she is healing her own wounds. Her haunting portraits of Gunny and Robert, in a range of media that includes watercolor and oil paint, charcoal, ink and watercolor pencils, capture both their isolation and humanity. “It is about caring for them, wanting to make them visible,” Pasternak says. “I want them to feel like they are human beings. That’s how I show them.”








Artwork by Vered Shamir Pasternak



Before the pandemic, Vered volunteered daily at a local shelter, working in the HeArt room helping the residents to “voice” their feelings through art. “What we do there is beyond words. We heal our childhood wounds together! It provides them with a feeling of belonging and hope.” 



Stopping and making a difference 



STOP HOMELESSNESS is a new series of homeless people from Vered’s neighborhood painted on real stop signs. These signs are like those found in the street environments the homeless occupy.



 STOP and think about this issue and what YOU can do about it (we share some suggestions at the end of this article).

STOP looking the other way when crossing by them.


 STOP being passive!





Artwork by Vered Shamir Pasternak




Stay tuned….. and how to help!




Vered is planning on a collaboration in 2023 with a local homeless shelter. In this project, she will work alongside the shelter residents to create a massive textile artwork.  The goals of this project are to raise awareness towards homelessness and to open our hearts to all immigrants and the difficulties they are experiencing while trying to build a new life in this beautiful country. Vered hopes to raise funds to subsidize documentation of the whole process. 



To bring this project to fruition, assistance sought in the following areas: a videographer, a photographer, a grant writer, a social media presence, gift cards for participants, compensation for the artist’s time, travels, and materials. 

If you would like to get involved and contribute to this worthy project, please Venmo: @vered-pasternak or contact her directly at veredpasternak@gmail.com




Vered Pasternak has had solo exhibits at the Brockway Memorial Library and the Miami Art League in Miami Shores. She has participated in numerous community group art shows, including at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, the Broward Main Library, Nova University, and the Wirtz Gallery. Her artwork has earned numerous awards. For more information:



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Be Joyful And Experience “A Safari For The Soul” At Wiener Museum Of Decorative Arts In Dania Beach Now Through End Of December

“Jabula” means “to be joyful” in Zulu. And joy is what the Wiener Museum of Decorative Art (WMODA) gives to every visitor!  The Ardmore Design team continues to reimagine motifs from their iconic ceramic art to transform our living spaces with the beauty of the natural world rooted in African style and culture.  Visionary, Arthur Wiener shares his passion for the creative arts by supporting local communities of artists and their environments.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of the newest WMODA Exhibit, “A Safari for the Soul” available now through December 31, 2022.













481 S. Federal Highway    Dania Beach, FL 3300

954-376-6690   http://wmoda.com



Gallery Hours:  Tuesday thru Saturday  10 am – 4 pm




A   Safari   for   the   Soul




Be inspired by the Ardmore works of art

and the words of wisdom

from Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, who

said  “I am the captain of my soul.”





Step into A Safari for the Soul to experience the wild and wonderful world of Ardmore Ceramic Art. Imagine yourself as an intrepid explorer traveling through the magnificent mountains and grassy savannas of South Africa to visit the Ardmore community of ceramic artists. Our destination is KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa which means “children of heaven” in the Zulu language. The Ardmore studio was founded in 1985 by Fée Halsted who began teaching local people how to create unique ceramic art. The fame of the developing studio spread internationally as collectors discovered the wit and whimsy of Ardmore ceramics which can be experienced in the WMODA Safari for the Soul gallery. Ardmore began experimenting with fabric design in 2010 and launched the Qalakabusha sofa, meaning “new beginnings”.










Each Ardmore piece is unique, a one-of-a-kind work of art which typically involves a thrower, a sculptor, and a painter. The studio is full of talented men and women who create dynamic and diverse imagery, ranging from lyrical foliate forms inspired by Africa’s flora and fauna to intricate patterns reminiscent of Zulu beadwork and basket weaving. Over the years, sons and daughters have joined their mothers, fathers, aunts, and uncles at Ardmore to create new family traditions in this remote region of South Africa. They collaborate in the spirit of Ubuntu, meaning “we are because of others”.



Wearable Art




Ardmore Sabie Kings Flame Scarf





The success of Ardmore’s fantastical furniture and fabrics heralded an exciting new design direction for the ceramic art studio. The new Ardmore Design Studio gained international recognition in 2013 following their collaboration with Hermès, the luxury French brand. Talented Ardmore artists, including Sidney Nyabeze and Abel Mohloakoana, worked under the guidance of Fèe’s eldest daughter, Catherine Berning, to create a stunning range of silk scarves. Ardmore’s latest sensational silk art collection featuring the Sabie Kings is now produced under their own brand.



Environment and Culture







The Ardmore Studio helps create awareness of the plight of endangered animals in Africa and the need to protect the environment. Their initiatives to address issues such as ivory poaching, illegal hunting and trafficking are represented in sensitive studies of rhinos, elephants, leopards, and pangolins. One of Ardmore’s most magnificent sculptures symbolizes sustainability and portrays Nelson Mandela on the summit. Abundance was produced for the 2011 Climate Change Conference in Durban and now has pride of place at WMODA thanks to Arthur Wiener. Arthur has been collecting Ardmore avidly for over ten years and he is glad that his purchases help support vulnerable communities in South Africa.  One of the most impressive masterworks is Somandla Ntshalintshali’s symbolic vessel, created with Fée’s creative guidance, which is currently on exhibition in South Africa. The crocodile at the base represents ancient spirits and evolves into a pangolin, symbolizing sanctuary. The secretary bird emerges victorious over perilous times holding in its talons snakes and a bat which represent the COVID-19 virus.




Pottery to Pillows to Poufs









Ardmore’s graphic designers have also translated the studio’s lush patterns of African fauna and flora into a vibrant range of furnishing fabrics and pillow designs in luxurious silk, velvet, and cotton, as well as outdoor fabrics for the Solaris collection. Interior designers can create their own safari adventures with curtains and furniture, or they can choose from the stunning love seats, benches, and poufs in the Sabie collection sold at the WMODA shop.


Entertaining with Ardmore








The Ardmore tabletop collection features tablecloths, runners, and napkins for formal dining as well as tea towels, melamine place mats, and coasters for casual entertaining. The latest Sabie collection of textiles was inspired by Fèe Halsted’s vacation in the Kruger National Park where the bush is lush, thick with foliage and abundant in wildlife. Fèe described her magical trip as a “never-ending tapestry of camouflaged beasts, where light, sound, movement and color shift and change”. Her fertile imagination resulted in three designs namely Sabie Forest, Camp Critters and King Cheetah which are available to order in several styles and colors through the WMODA museum shop. All sales benefit the educational programs at WMODA which is a 501c3 not-for-profit museum.




WMODA is a non-profit museum founded in 2014 by Arthur Wiener and his family to inspire appreciation and understanding of ceramics and glass as art forms. This remarkable legacy enables us to celebrate an important aspect of our cultural heritage in an exciting and enjoyable environment.




For more information about this exhibit and upcoming events at WMODA:


Louise Irvine louise@wmoda.com

Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts

481 S. Federal Highway   Dania Beach, FL 33004






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John Bowen’s Watercolors Are Featured In Palm Beach Gardens. Enjoy Free Demo On Sunday, April 24 At GreenMarket. Win A Giclee. Free Reception Follows At City Hall Lobby Gallery.

Watercolorist, John Bowen, is the Featured Artist of GardensArt, a City Of Palm Beach Gardens art in public places program.  “The Art Of Being There” offers a vast array of John’s award winning originals, notecards, canvas prints, and books for sale.  John will give a live painting demo at the Gardens GreenMarket on Sunday, April 24 in the morning.  A free raffle for a giclee print will be offered. The winner will be announced at the Art Reception following the Demo, which will be held in the City Hall Lobby.  Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to attend.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet John in person. 














 Exhibit At City Hall Lobby

10500 N. Military Trail  Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Exhibit runs March 14- May 12, 2022






“Antique Racer” by John Bowen



John Bowen was born in New York City and spent the next nineteen years there and in North Jersey. He stated painting with watercolors in his senior year of High School, before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1961. He was an illustrator in the Air Force for eight years, including a one-year tour in South Vietnam, graphically documenting Airlift Operations in 1968. He self-published an illustrated memoir in 2013. The book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days “, was awarded a silver medal by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association in 2014. In 1969, Bowen left the Service, moved to South Florida, and went to work in the Advertising Art Department of the Miami Herald.





“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” by John Bowen




John spent the next 40 years working in the newspaper advertising business before retiring. Throughout all those years, Bowen was creating paintings in watercolor for his own pleasure. Bowen now paints full time and is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor and Gold Coast Watercolor Societies and an Associate Member of the American Society of Marine Artists.  



Since 2011, John has been the Artist In Residence at Vizcaya House and Gardens in Miami, FL.  His artwork has been exbhited locally and nationally, garnering numerous awards for his paintings. John often posts his newest works of art on his Facebook page.  John will be exhibiting the First National Bank of South Florida in South Miami from May 2 – 31, 2022.  The bank is located at 5750 Sunset Drive  South Miami, FL.






“Carolina Wren” by John Bowen



John tells The Rickie Report, “Realistic expressionism is how I describe my work. Capturing a mode, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes, these are the inspirations that create my art.  I emphasize the play of light and shadow as seen in nature and describe textures of time in historic places. Each painting is carefully planned from exploration through execution. Plein air painting, sketching, photography, using whatever means possible to achieve my vision.  I combine both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb) archival paper.  I work patiently as I create the final piece which expresses the beauty that inspired me.”





“High and Dry” by John Bowen




Founded in 1989, GardensArt is a unique program that exhibits the work of locally and nationally recognized professional artists and photographers. It was established to increase the opportunities for cultural exchange between artists and the community.



“Three Sisters” by John Bowen




For more information about John Bowen’s Demo, free raffle drawing, or exhibit:

Call (561) 630-1116

Email astepper@pbgfl.com,

Visit www.pbgrec.com/gardensart





For more information about John Bowen’s artwork, exhibits and book, please visit:



Call (954) 257-1663

Email jbowenartist@aol.com







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Kianga Jianki’s Visual Storytelling Brings Fabric Art To Life. Meet This Vibrant Artist At The Broward Quilt Expo October 23- 24

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.  Kianga will be a vendor at the upcoming Broward Quilt Expo Marketplace on October  23 – 24.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Kianga’s creations! Kianga also offers classes and workshops in the area.







601 City Center Way   Pembroke Pines, FL 33025













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”.






Kianga shares, “I enjoy creating my own textiles by painting, stamping, dying or sun printing fabric. More than 50% of  the sewing, embellishing, and appliqué seen in my work is done by hand”.





“Because so much of my process is self-taught my work has a ‘folk art’ feel to it. I love adding texture and embellishments to create more dimension. Writing prayers and affirmations on cloth or paper, then binding them with thread or wire to a piece adds an element of spirit. My work draws on the folklore, music, poetry, history, spirituality and essence of African people”.





“A Moment in Jazz” by Kianga Jinaki




“Born and raised in Baltimore, MD,  I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s immersed in the cultural and civil rights movement of the time. My  years of  reading the works of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and other cultural icons, gave me an appreciation for my culture and desire to express it through my art”.




Mini Textile portrait by Kianga Jinaki



“Quilting is a medium with which I continue to grow and explore as I incorporate new methods of storytelling techniques.  I create art quilts, dolls, and mixed media works that tell the story of my heritage as an African-American. My work includes historic and cultural traditions from both America and Africa. Traditional and contemporary African textiles are used in my work. I see my work as contemporary folk art.




Kianga offers a wide variety of quilts, wearable art, and embellishments



My quilts can address many issues, from violence against Black people in this country, to reminiscing about the 70’s, or represent  Mami Wata an African Goddess, that appears in Dogon cosmology as the mother of creation”.



“Adowa Returns” by Kianga Jinaki



“As a child I created collages and my greatest influence was Romare Bearden. When I began to create dolls in the early 90’s I saw them as another form of collage/assemblage. A few years after I began to create dolls I was exposed to the work of quilter Faith Ringgold.  It was her work that enabled me to see quilting as a viable medium to tell the stories of my heart”. 



Cowry Shells for embellishment 



“I chose this medium because of my love for African textiles. Years prior to my art career I made my own clothing using Africa textiles. I love the versatility of these textiles, most of them made from cotton, which is easily manipulated, dyed, embellished, sewn, and painted upon. I’m very comfortable telling my stories through cloth”.




Recently, Kianga received The Curators Award for my work in the Exhibition Contemporary Fiber of Florida 2019 at FloridaCraft Art Gallery; Honorable Mention for her art quilt category Juried exhibition at the Broward Quilt Expo 2019 in Ft Lauderdale; An six month exhibition of her work in “Soul Utterings: Creative Works by Kianga Jinaki and John Mascoll”, at Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park.




Wearable art by Kianga



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






Email:  Info@kiangaart.com

(561) 503-9504

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

Sunday: Closed





For more information: 

Broward Quilt Expo

9421 Belaire Drive     Miramar, FL  33025

(954) 435-9729


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Armory Art Center Offers Trips To “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” In Miami ~ Don’t Miss This Phenomenal Experience

The Armory Art Center is offering a day trip by luxury coach to Miami for the “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” through their program,  Armory Art on The Go.  Reservations are required, with bus trips beginning on Wednesday, May 5 and continuing on select Wednesdays. This art opportunity is open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now before all of the seats are taken!  



Armory Art Center

811 Park Place       West Palm Beach,  FL

Visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832.1776



Join the Armory Art Center

On a luxury group day-trip to Miami

To experience the stunning world of Vincent Van Gogh



Beginning May 5th 

Seating limited      ~    Reserve yours today!  

 Call: 561.832.1776





Tickets:  $99 per person,  Limited to 25 seats on a first-come, first-served basis



For tickets, visit the Armory’s on-campus Registrar’s Desk, or call 561.832.1776



Visit armoryart.org/vangogh



*Day-trips will take place each Wednesday, as scheduled in advance, throughout the duration of the exhibition May 5th – July 11th



Luxury Coach  Departs   9:30 am  from the Armory Art Center

811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Arrival in West Palm Beach is approximately 4:30  pm



Van Gogh Carousel (Images provided by Ice Palace Studios)

The Armory Art Center invites the community to enjoy a luxury group day-trip to Miami’s iconic Ice Palace Studios to experience Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience beginning Wednesday, May 5th!*


‘Armory Art on the Go’ – with Van Gogh! will depart 9:30 a.m. from the Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, in West Palm Beach.Tickets are $99 per person and limited to 25 seats on a first-come, first-served basis. For tickets, visit the Armory’s on-campus Registrar’s Desk, or call 561.832.1776.


*Day-trips will take place each Wednesday, as scheduled in advance, throughout the duration of the exhibition May 5th – July 11th.



Van Gogh Carousel (Images provided by Ice Palace Studios)


This exciting, arts & cultural extravaganza begins with comfortable, fun, socially-distanced transportation, with tasty snacks provided amid luxurious coach seating and a restroom on-board. Attendees are scheduled to arrive at the Ice Palace Studios at 11:45 a.m. for the chance to easily peruse the exquisite exhibition and enjoy lunch in restaurants on the premises, or nearby (on your own).


At 2:30 p.m., it’s ‘all aboard’ for the return trip to West Palm Beach with estimated time of arrival approximately 4:30 p.m. Boarding to return to West Palm Beach is scheduled 2:30 p.m.


All participants must comply with health and safety procedures. For more information about Armory Art on the Go, visitarmoryart.org/vangogh. To learn more about Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience, visit vangoghmiami.com




About the Armory Art Center:

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber & textiles, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For information:

Visit www.armoryart.orgor call (561) 832.1776 

The Armory Art Center is located at

811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401




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Ray Gross Features Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelain, Life Size Harley Davidson Motorcycle At Scope Miami December 3-8, 2019

Among the International artists at Scope Art Miami, Lake Worth resident, Ray Gross, will be front and center with new fine art hyper-realistic porcelains!  You will be wowed by his newest life-size Harley Davidson motorcycle and his new Amazon boxes with motorcycle parts and art supplies!  Ray’s iconic tools, tool belts, paint tubes, and handbags will be available to brighten the walls of any home, office, or yacht.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks – like the motorcycle in progress, but to see it finished, come to Miami, at Booth C-13, right across from the VIP Lounge.  Scope Miami  is open to the public December 3- 8, 2019.





R A Y     G R O S S









S C O P E    M I A M I , 2019





Wednesday, December 4 thru Sunday, December 8

11 am – 8 pm daily

801 Ocean Drive     Miami Beach, FL 33139

(212) 268-1522






Click to hear Ray speak about his Harley Davidson motorcycle & watch him create one of the headlights:


Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain life-size Harley Davidson motorcycle in progress




Ray’s original Harley Davidson has been exhibited at the American Craft Museum in New York City, at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, FL, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, FL.




Ray Gross’ Amazon inspired hyper-realistic porcelain boxes.  Some have motorcycle tools and others have art supplies inside


A sampling of Ray Gross’ iconic hyper-realistic porcelain tools
Ray Gross’ hyper-realistic porcelain “Art Tools As Art”



For more information: 

Ray Gross MFA
RGFA Ray GrossFineArt
T  561-951-4749
Euro 0170-5091840





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“ENDANGERED” Features Fine Art & Photography Exhibit At Pinecrest Gardens Plus Speakers, Workshops And Young Artists Community Painting Project December 4-7

The 2019 “ENDANGERED” Fine Art & Photography Exhibition Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, December 4 with more programs through December 7. A new venue, Pinecrest Gardens, will host, showing 2D and 3D artworks by leading artists and photographers focusing on their interpretation of “ENDANGERED”.  The public is welcome to the Opening Reception, Artist Demonstrations, a Community Painting Project, Speakers, and mini-workshops. Highlighted guests includeRon Magill, Patti Ragan, Rickie Leiter, Dede Lyons, and Phoenix Marks.  Join in the celebration of wildlife by leading artists and photographers from all over the world!  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks.  See you there!











Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2019




Fabulous Art and Photography of nature and wildlife

December 4 – 7, 2019

2  –  9 pm daily



Enjoy Miami Club Rum Cocktails & CanAPES

6 pm each evening



The Historic Entrance

Pinecrest Gardens

11000 Red Rd       Pinecrest, Florida 33156



Join us for an amazing exhibition in

Pinecrest Gardens!

We’d love to meet you!






S P E C I A L     E V E N T S:





6.30 – 7.30  pm




Ron Magill & Phantom


Ron Magill speaks!

From Butterflies to Penguins – the Beauty of Extremes in Nature


Limited seating available



4 – 7 pm


Orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park. Borneo. Indonesia



Meet Patti Ragan

6 pm Cocktails & Update on CGA 





10 – 12.30  Young Artists Workshop

Young artists up to 19 years old are encouraged to take part in a community painting project.



1 -2 pm  Rickie Leiter shares her secrets!

Networking for Artists







2 – 2.30  Dede Lyons discusses 

Marketing Your Art: Creating your 30 second elevator pitch.  

Light refreshments




Photo by Phoenix 



5-6 pm  Intrepid nature photographer, Phoenix, presents:

How I Got That Shot!  

Limited seating available






Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes


Full Program of Events: https://www.art4apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com



All proceeds from the exhibition support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Please visit their website to learn more http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.



With grateful thanks to our generous sponsors!









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Wiener Museum Of Decorative Arts In Dania Beach Invites You To “Sparkle & Shine” Sunday, December 1. Visit This Treasure Trove Of Living Glass Masters, Ardmore Studio Ceramics, Wedgwood, And Royal Doulton.

There’s lots going on this season at Wiener Museum Of Decorative Arts, Florida’s Fired Arts museum in Dania Beach. The special exhibitions of glass artists Dale Chihuly, Paul Stankard, and other living masters is hot! WMODA is renowned for its amazing collection of British pottery and porcelain with illustrious names, such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. Another major draw is contemporary ceramic art by the Ardmore Studio in South Africa. Now WMODA has become a shopping experience with the expansion of its museum shop to include jewelry, glass and ceramic art made by talented artists in South Florida. On Sunday December 1st, WMODA hosts “Sparkle & Shine”, a Holiday shopping event in association with museumstoresunday.org.  The Rickie Report shares the details and gives you an overview of this treasure trove hot spot!  The Rickie Report is excited to share some general information about the Wiener Museum of Decorative Art and has already made arrangements for a personal visit.  We can’t wait!!!






481 S. Federal Highway    Dania Beach, FL 3300

Inside the Gallery of Amazing Things

954-376-6690    http://wmoda.com

Hours:  Monday – Friday  10 am – 5 pm








“S P A R K L E     &     S  H I N E”


11 AM – 4 PM



FREE admission with registration:







Dale Chihuly is arguably the most famous glass artist in the world. His name draws vast crowds to site- specific glass installations across the globe as well as to art galleries and museums internationally. The stunning “Art on Fire” exhibit at WMODA presents the creative exuberance of Chihuly’s glass art. A fabulous Macchia garden seems to burst into bloom along with impressive Ikebana flower arrangements. A monumental Persian wall is accompanied by Chihuly’s paintings for the original installation. Chihuly’s luminous Baskets and sensual Seaforms vie for attention with his flamboyant Venetians. A Chihuly Venetian was once described as a vase which has had an affair with a chandelier. Decide for yourself at WMODA!







Chihuly is the most innovative and influential glass artist of modern times, thanks to his teaching, teamwork, and artistic collaborations. Many of his friends, followers and mentors are represented at WMODA, including Toots Zynsky, William Morris, Lino Tagliapietra and Pino Signoretto. Visit the “Art on Fire” exhibit at WMODA and discover how these hot glass artists are all connected to Chihuly and how his favorite cities, Venice and Seattle, are fused together through a shared passion for glass.









It’s party time at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts as we celebrate the art of having fun at our exhibition “Carnival & Cabaret”. The Carnival & Cabaret exhibit explores the flamboyant festivals in Venice, Rio and New Orleans as seen by porcelain artists from Europe. The centerpiece of our new exhibit is Carnival in Venice, a monumental masterpiece full of masked revelers in porcelain by Lladró of Spain. Discover how Harlequin and Columbine and other characters from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte have influenced carnival fun, the art of clowning and masquerade balls through the ages. Masking was particularly popular during the roaring 1920s to disguise the flirtatious behavior of the flappers. Cabaret and variety shows in early 20th century Paris and Berlin also reveled in the theatrical excesses of carnival costumes.








“Fantastique” celebrates the enchanted world of ceramic art at WMODA. From myths and monsters to fairies and fables, you will be spellbound by the flights of fancy of European ceramic artists during the last two centuries. Fire-breathing dragons of the Dark Ages do battle with heroic knights or guard the treasures of the Eastern seas. Mermaids and other wonders of the deep beguile mariners while pixies, goblins and other denizens of Fairyland enchant children and adults alike. The mysteries of life and the age-old conflicts between good and evil, darkness and light, life and death are interpreted by sages, seers and truth-seekers in the universal myths of the world. On the dark side, there are macabre witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls, while good angels and cherubs bring blessings from heaven and cupid’s arrow initiates love and new life.









A giant smiling hippopotamus greets you as you enter the contemporary ceramics gallery at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts and visitors can’t stop smiling in return. The hippo was made by Ardmore Ceramic Arts, a thriving artist collective in the picturesque Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The studio was started over thirty years ago by Fée Halsted, a talented ceramic artist who teaches local men and women how to make and decorate pottery. There are now around 70 sculptors and painters in the Ardmore studio making whimsical and uplifting works of art. As well as hippos, the Ardmore exhibition includes many other African animals which burst out of luxuriant foliage to form vibrant vases, tureens and bowls. Ardmore ceramic art is one of the most popular features at the WMODA Museum and it’s worth a visit just to see this exhibit.









Elegant china enriches the tea-drinking experience as can be seen at the “Art of Tea” exhibition at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts. Discover how skilled potters have provided the most appropriate tea services to suit all tastes and budgets for the last three centuries. Whether you drink tea hot or cold, using loose leaves or teabags, in the morning, afternoon or evening, you’ll be charmed by the sophisticated, ingenious and even quirky designs by Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and other famous makers.




For more information about this exhibit and upcoming events at WMODA:


Louise Irvine louise@wmoda.com

Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts

481 S. Federal Highway   Dania Beach, FL 33004






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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Ursula Fernandez Is Featured Artist At Perrine Community House At Palmetto Bay. Meet The Artist At The Opening Reception November 16

Meet Featured Artist, Ursula Fernandez at the Perrine Community House at Palmetto Bay on Saturday, November 16. The public is welcome to this exhibit, “The Story of Many”, showing Ursula’s vast body of work. Her art reflects her tropical roots with an influence by the art form she herself studied for many years, ballet. While she is best known for her portrait paintings in oil, she also works with acrylic, charcoal and ink. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this gracious and talented artist!





U R S U L A       F E R N A N D E Z





Opening Reception

Saturday November 16

6:30- 8:30 PM

Palmetto Bay

900 Perrine Ave

Palmetto Bay, FL






Ursula Fernandez shares these words from her heart about this exhibit, “My tribute and sincere gratitude goes out to my family, mentor, friend artists, teachers, designers and buyers, all those that have revolved in my world of art, whom have been a source of energy for my creations. When at work, I dive into a world of my own, where I find peace, contentment and great satisfaction”.


She goes on to say, “My love working with oils has been because I can express an infinite variety of mixed emotions and beauty. Every time I have picked up a brush I have learned something new and have expanded my artistic horizons. The time has come to retire from my professional life as an artist, I will not put the brush down entirely, I will be always open to sit and give to art lovers, that which I have learned in my years practicing art. I will always be happy to hear from you, if you need help, maybe advise, and why not a special order or just to say hello, Let me share with you this one of my favorite quote from unknown source: ‘Art is a fascinating and amazing vehicle of self-expression. It is a rewarding journey of learning and discovery. Art is an adventure motivated by the heart, with an understanding of the process developed through practice’”.


Ursula Fernandez at her easel



Ursula was born in Havana, Cuba and began sketching at the age of 15.  Her neighbor, Felix de Cossio, a recognized portrait painter, was a major influence on Ursula.  As she observed him at work, he taught her valuable tips and techniques.  She tells The Rickie Report, “This planted a deep seated love for painting”.



Artist, Ursula Fernandez



For many years, Ursula dedicated her life to her career and family, raising four children.  She never forgot her passion for painting.  In 1979, she picked up a brush and followed her heart. By 1981, she completed her first portrait!  Coming from a family of artists, she was eager to strike out on her own.



“Two Ballet Dancers” by Ursula Fernandez


Years later, while living in Florida, never leaving her art, she enrolled in a course taught by her long time childhood neighbor, Felix de Cossio!  He had made a successful career painting portraits of famous socialites in New York City.  Spending more time with her mentor, Ursula acquired the techniques and qualities that would serve her well throughout her own career as an artist.



“The Street Vendor” by Ursula E. Fernandez

Ursula tells us, “The subject caught my attention, a street vendor in one of the Caribbean Islands, I kept the photo to create my painting.  I was drawn to her facial expression, I knew then it would be a challenge to capture her spirit, her pleasant smile regardless that she is selling bananas under the hot sun.  Her eyes are covered by the shade of her straw hat, her rouged hands holding the wooden box.  I created a background showing the hustle and bustle of the market place.  The Street Vendor became the recipient of an Honorable Mention Award.



One can see that Ursula’s ballet and dance teaching experience enhances her appreciation for and discernment for typical details when she paints these particular subjects.  The majority of her work is inspired by her tropical roots.  Her paintings are rich in texture and color.  Her own warmth comes through each piece.


“The Nap” by Ursula Fernandez



While she still favors painting with oil, Ursula takes life by the hand and is eager to try new techniques and mediums.  She has great success with her portraitures and many of her florals are dedicated to endangered plants.  She is an award-winning artist and many of her pieces can be found in private collections. 



Ursula has also painted murals at several local sites. She tells us, “I love painting and teaching art, which has been my life long passion. Born from a family of artists and with the inspiration of my neighbor, whom I watched while at work, I was able to pursue this dream at a much later stage in my life. Please come in and read all about it, browse my portfolio, and if you like what you see, drop me an email, I will surely appreciate it!”


“Roses in a Wooden Vase” by Ursula Fernandez

Ursula offers painting classes and is available for portraits.  When one is commissioned, she likes to meet the person and also works from 3-4 photos.  She is a Signature Member of the Wellington Art Society and is happy to be painting in her own studio.  




To see Ursula’s website and complete portfolio, please visit:


0r call  561-301-6848.







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