Pompano Beach Arts Showcases Rapturous Images Of The Natural World By Phoenix. “The Spirit Of This Place” Featuring Some Never- Before-Exhibited Images Opens Friday, April 12. Exhibit Continues Through May 25, 2024

Pompano Beach Arts showcases rapturous images of the natural world, including some never-before-exhibited images by award-winning conservation photographer, Phoenix.  “The Spirit of This Place” Opens on Friday, April 12, 2024 and is available through May 25, 2024. Immerse yourself as Phoenix takes you on a journey to Ireland, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Venice, Alaska, New Mexico and Florida Everglades with her Sacred Trees, Landscapes, Winged Life and National Parks Collections.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The Opening Reception is Free AND appreciates an RSVP. Did you know that Phoenix offers one-on-one photo and small group sessions?




















The  New  Pelican  Article






New   Solo  Exhibit   by   Phoenix




O p e n i n g     R ece p t i o n




Friday • April 12 • 6—8 PM


Exhibit runs April 12 through May 25, 2024



 For more information and to RSVP for the opening reception go to www.pompanobeacharts.org.




Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060


“Athena” by Phoenix





Pompano Beach Arts is honored to present “The Spirit of This Place,” a gorgeous photography exhibition that captures the soul of nature as seen through the eyes of internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer Phoenix. These 40 images reflect her devotion to protecting the natural environment, sense of oneness with the light and soul of the land and its inhabitants and a reverence for wild places.





“Venice Lagoon” by Phoenix




“We are delighted to bring this stunning collection of beautiful images to our gallery,” said Ty Tabing, Director, Cultural Affairs Department. “Phoenix’ work is known for capturing the intersection of art and healing, transporting viewers to a place of peace and meditation.”  Phoenix, who only goes by her first name, established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. A native Miamian and Broward County resident, Phoenix is known for her painterly approach in her photographs.






“Blue Night Over Ballybunion” by Phoenix




She tells The Rickie Report, “As an environmental photographer my goal is to capture the “it” moment, the “decisive moment” in nature, touching viewers deeply. Each photograph reflects the feelings I experience, arrested by the fragile beauty and wonder that is nature expressed by its light, colors, textures, structures and patterns. Ultimately, it is my intent to raise awareness of endangered and threatened habitats and species that we stand to lose in the natural world if we are not careful” .




“Flamingo 2” by Phoenix 




Her approach to photography and life is grounded in her philosophical belief that we are all one, and all interconnected. Her works have been honored in numerous juried exhibitions and showcased in 25 solo exhibitions, including Everglades National Park Gallery. Her photography has been featured in magazines and calendars worldwide and is found in more than 100 private collections internationally as well as corporate collections like the 22 pieces acquired by the Cleveland Clinic – Weston for the Women’s Center.






“Sweetpea” by Phoenix




“My love, my divine call to art, is to truthfully capture those moments when my soul is touched by the extraordinary wonder and beauty seen through my camera’s inner lens — from colorful bugs, smaller than a fingernail’s tip, to ever changing magnificent paintings presented every morning and night for humanity’s delight,” stated Phoenix.










“Early Morning Fog” by Phoenix 




Stay in Contact with Phoenix


Join Phoenix’s monthly eNewsletter for her latest adventures in Nature and the Art World:


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About Phoenix


For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture, she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer whose works are in more than 100 private and corporate collections worldwide. Phoenix is the recipient of two month-long Artist-In-Residence programs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Olive Stack Gallery in Ireland; the Virtual Artist-in- Residence for the Center for Great Apes Art4Apes Exhibition; the featured artist for the first Endangered Exhibit – United Kingdom; two public art grants, nine public art awards and many other prestigious awards, including the Julia Cameron International Photography Contest, winning Best Landscape and Seascape Series. She was appointed to the first Public Art and Placement Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale. Her works have graced national magazine covers and been featured in newspapers, magazines and blog posts – print and online internationally. She was invited to be the first photographer to “takeover” the Instagram page for the Friends of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Most recently, the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida acquired 22 large works by Phoenix for their permanent collection in the Women’s Center. Currently she is the serving her fourth term as president of the National League of American Pen Women . A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. www.PhotographsByPhoenix.com









About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department:

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues, including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.






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No More Starving Artists Foundation (NMSAF) Goes To South Beach’s MUSE Modern & Contemporary Art Fair With 34 Artists. Get Tickets For December 6th Artist Award And Fundraiser To Continue Support And Grants For Upcoming Artists

MUSE Modern & Contemporary Art Fair invited curators Anthony Burks & Trina Slade-Burks of ATB Fine Art Group Inc. (ATB) to produce an exhibition for the nonprofit  No More Starving Artists Foundation (NMSAF). NMSAF’s mission is to help artists be sustainable personally and professionally. NMSAF Goes to South Beach brings 34 artists from Florida to exhibit and sell their art during Miami Art Week. Join NMSAF on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 for the Artist Award Ceremony and fundraiser event to raise funds for artist grants and student scholarships. MUSE is the only fair dedicated to Black, Multi-Cultural, and women artists in Miami Beach during Miami Art Week & Art Basel weekend one of the top international art events in the world. The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks plus GRANT INFORMATION for all artists.









660 Washington Avenue      Miami Beach, FL 33139





Together MUSE and ATB aligned their missions to help in NMSAF’s vision in growing new prospects for these Florida artists of legacy building.



Artist Award Ceremony**

Wednesday, December 6th

6 – 10 pm




**Artist Award Ceremony and fundraiser event is a ticketed event.


This is an opportunity for YOU to support NMSA

Raise funds for artist grants and student scholarships





Visit https://www.nmsaf.org/  














Since 2018, the Palm Beach County nonprofit, NMSAF has helped artists throughout the South Florida area with grants, scholarships, awards, exhibition chances and business development opportunities.




The exhibition runs from November 30-December 10, 2023.





Bringing these artists to Miami Beach will contribute to the economic impact of the city as well as give the artists the opportunity to connect, communicate and sell to international art collectors from all over the world.





“From the Block to the Canvas” by David German (Palm Beach County)   Mixed Medium  47.5”x72”



“My profound connection to music and the pulse of hip hop culture infuses every brush stroke and line I create. This synergy has propelled me to explore the intricate relationship between music and visual art through my project, Concept Rhythm. In it, I apply the principles of design and the discerning eye of an art critic to music, revealing the profound synchrony between these two seemingly disparate worlds.”  David German


MUSE is the only fair dedicated to Black, Multi-Cultural, and Women artists in Miami Beach during Miami Art Week & Art Basel weekend one of the top international art events in the world.






“Watershed” by Jane Lawton Baldridge (Martin County)  Acrylic Painting  49” x 34”



“My paintings are stories about my life on the water. Perfect days spent scudding along on the wavelets that reflect diamonds or bashing headlong into waves trying to survive the storm. I am grateful to have an unusual history of waterborne adventures. I want to share my stories and experiences with the audience in hopes of heightening their awareness of its importance, beauty and fragility.”



Thirty-four artists from Duval, Brevard, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties are represented in the NMSAF Exhibit.


Baseball Raydio Dynamic  Sculpture Restomod by Raymond Fernandez (Dade County) 50” tall, 18” wide, 12”


“I see my work as away to unite the past with the present by melting vintage and modern with unmistakable artistic flair. My goal is to spark a sense of history in others, uniting us all through time with an unforgettable multi-sensory experience.” Raymond Fernandez



This MUSE exhibit features an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs and sculptures from Black, Hispanic, Caribbean, and African artists residing throughout the US and abroad.


“Beach Slayer” by Matthew Yeandle ( Palm Beach County) Photograph Printed on Metal Size: 36″x36″



“My creative foundation developed as a multimedia artist and my experience over the years in the fashion and beauty industry has manifested itself in my present works of photographic art. My goal is to create images that resonate with current modern sensibilities. I am inspired by putting a fresh face on even older iconic subjects. Beauty draws me with a single hair.”




Artist Award Ceremony**

Wednesday, December 6th

6 – 10 pm




**Artist Award Ceremony and fundraiser event is a ticketed event.



This is an opportunity for YOU to support NMSA

Raise funds for artist grants and student scholarships


Visit https://www.nmsaf.org/  









Artist Names & IG Handle

AlPi @Alpi_Fine_Arts

Ann Friedlander  @annfriedlander

Anthony Burks Sr @ampburks

Arielle Charis Yebba @iam_aricharis

Barry Seidman @barry_seidman

Batia Lowenberg @batialowenberg

Camilla Webster @camillawebster

Clifton Webb @clifton_gwebb

David German @Concept_Rhythm

Elie Lescot III @elielescotpaintings

Garry Mabour @garrymabour_art

Gary Kroman @Garykroman

Jahnoi Smith @jai.h.noir

Jane Lawton Baldridge @janelawtonbaldridge

JanJak II @JanJakartJanJakII

Jarett Walker @jwalkertheartist 

Kyle Lucks @kylelucksfineart

Linnea Botanicals @linneabotanicals 

Luis Valle @el_chan_guri

Lupe Lawrence @lawrencelupe

Lyndale Pettus @lyndalep.photography1

Matthew Yeandle @beautybymatt_

NOON @anouckjourdaa

Pia Dugger @piafauna 

Ramel Jasir  @rameljasir

RASIN @Joejunior.racine_rasin

Ray Fdez @ray_fernandez_art

Renata Rodrigues @renatarodriguesart

Scott Jeffries @scottart

Stacey Mandell @stacey.mandell.art 

Tracy Guiteau @GuiteauArt

Victor DiPilato  @DiPilato.art

Zbigniew Kijak @zbigniewzee











The Council’s Artist Innovation Fellowship Program celebrates the artistic process and supports professional artists in all artistic disciplines with funding to pursue new avenues of creativity, expand upon current work, and other endeavors to propel his/her career forward. The Artist Innovation Fellowship Program is expanding to include funding for ten $7,500 fellowships in 2024. Each fellow has one year to complete their activities. The program culminates with an exhibition and performance showcase at the Cultural Council’s headquarters in 2025.


The application deadline is December 22, 2023.









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About ATB and NMSAF:

Created in 1992, ATB  is an art-based consulting firm that creates, sells, promotes, and educates art of different disciplines nationally. This includes visual, graphic, publishing, performing and literary arts. They have created art events and exhibitions throughout South Florida and NYC since 2004. In partnership with NMSAF,  ATB has impacted thousands of creatives assisting the artists sustainability personally and professionally with funds and services. Though the company and the nonprofit are both based in Palm Beach County, the South Florida creatives from Brevard County all the way to Dade County have benefited from these two groups whose vision is to help artists build their legacies.






CONTACT: Trina Slade-Burks, Vice President  ATB Fine Art Group Inc


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ATB curators

NMSAF host

MUSE presenting sponsor

Cultural Council sponsor & partner

Discover the Palm Beaches partner




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Clifton G. Webb And Anthony Burks Sr. Are Featured Artists At Zero Empty Spaces At Legacy Place In Palm Beach Gardens. Special Reception On Saturday, November 18 In The Evening Is Free And Open To The Public. See More At Miami Art Week/Art Basel, November 30 – December, 10th

Inspired by African culture, artist Clifton G. Webb creates abstract sculpture and paintings with a visual message of positive change.  Clifton joins Anthony Burks Sr. as a Featured Artists at Zero Empty Spaces in Legacy Place, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  The public is welcome to a free Reception on Saturday, November 18 in the evening.  In addition, Clifton joins the No More Starving Artists Foundation for Miami Art Week/ Art Basel from November 30 – December 10, 2023 at the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel in Miami Beach.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




1300 Legacy Ave #140      Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410











Using a “visual alphabet” developed over the course of his career, formerly New Orleans-based (now living in Florida), artist Clifton Webb creates works imbued with reverence and dignity. Though the symbols he has developed may not be immediately familiar, they are unmistakably noble—and that is the intent. Webb set out to create works that would say to the world “This is me and all the people around me who don’t get to see themselves, who don’t get to see the royalty and sacredness of who the African American is.”




“Face to Face” by Clifton G Webb




Webb grew up in the Jim Crow south surrounded by a loving, nurturing, and caring community. However, he came to realize the people who made up that community were vastly under-represented in the artworks that were available to them. He asked himself, “What makes me unique? How do I make a mark that would suggest something about me, the African American? How do you know it when you see it in a gallery? What makes you say, ‘Oh, that’s African American’?”



“Siren Song” by Clifton G Webb




Clifton tells The Rickie Report, “My artistry bubbles up from a deep faith that my African American heritage is worthy of sharing and celebrating, and will inspire others who don’t see enough positive role models in the general population. As an arts educator and professional fine artist represented in museum collections and galleries around the country, my goal is to identify what is meaningful to me. I rephrase it using sculpture to translate it into a message of positivity more people can “hear” and see. I long to not only help break down negative barriers but exemplify positive images. I want my artwork to be a dialogue starter towards continuing to reframe stereotypes”.




“They Came Before Columbus” by Clifton G Webb




His images may include symbols that are unfamiliar to most viewers. This is in the hope that their piqued interest will lead them on a journey of increased knowledge and appreciation for the noble underpinnings of Webb’s culture.  He goes on to say, ” For me, the path to understanding the underlying sacredness of the African American civilization begins visually, as it has the most impact on a person’s brain. How does the coloration of the image, the subject, or the medium effect a response from the viewer. Should I choose colored pencil, create a bronze sculpture or a bas-relief in handmade paper? What are the consequences of individual choices made during an international pandemic? How can I make a difference in society?”




“Hip Hop” by Clifton G Webb




The most important question Webb continually ask himself is, “How do I translate my inner passion into a visual ‘call to action’?” My concern is not merely creating visually pleasing works of art for people to walk by or peruse in a gallery. My constant goal is to construct a visual perception that makes the viewer stop…look…ponder…read new information…integrate those insights into their lives—and change the world”.





A New Orleans cultural bearer who co-founded the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, Webb taught the talented in Visual Arts in the New Orleans public schools for three decades. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Dooky Chase restaurant.  He has exhibited at many galleries and museums including Stella Jones Gallery, The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, the African American Museum of Dallas, the Chattanooga Museum of Afro-American Culture and History, the Alternatives Museum, the Atlanta Arts Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Arthur Roger Gallery and Max Hutchinson Gallery in New York.  He is now a resident artist at Zero Empty Spaces in Palm Beach Gardens, FL Legacy Place.




About Zero Empty Spaces:

ZES creates affordable artist studios in vacant storefronts around the country where artists can create and collaborate at an affordable price and have the ability to be discovered and sell work at their studio.

Since 2021, every month ZES Palm Beach Gardens location curates featured artists of the month in their space.  This allows for the public to view and purchase art that the artists create in their studios.  Webb asked fellow studio mate and longtime ZES resident, Anthony Burks Sr. to join him as a featured artist. Burks, a Palm Beach County (PBC) native, is a conceptual fine and commercial artist who is one of the first in the Palm Beach Gardens location. He over the last 30 years is one of the local creatives, who  has largely contributed to the landscape of the arts in PBC. The artist/curator/art educator is one of several artists in the space who helped develop the “feature artists program”.









You can also see both of their works in the NMSAF Goes to South Beach Exhibition during Miami Basel Week from November 30-December 10. The exhibition sponsored by MUSE Modern &Contemporary Art Fair & curated by ATB Fine Art Group Inc. (ATB) , has 34 artists throughout the state of Florida including Palm Beach County, Dade County and even Jacksonville where they have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their art during Miami Art Week.


Kimpton Angler’s Hotel

660 Washington Avenue   Miami Beach, FL 33139




Bringing these artists to Miami Beach will give them the opportunity to connect, communicate and sell to international art collectors from all over the world. This show is at the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida 33139.This event is courtesy of the 501(c)3 No More Starving Artists Foundation (NMSAF) that’s mission is to help primarily Palm Beach County artists be sustainable personally and professionally by providing opportunities and services.






Clifton G. Webb  https://www.artistcliftonwebb.com/

Anthony Burks Sr. https://linktr.ee/ampburks

Zero Empty Spaces https://www.zeroemptyspaces.com/

ATB Fine Art Group Inc. https://www.atbfineartists.com/






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

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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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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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