Free Opening Reception For “Artists Mind” On February 22 At Art On Park Gallery. Call To Artists For Upcoming”The Natural World” Exhibit Includes All Media, 2D And 3D Art. Opening Reception Is March 22

The Artists of Palm Beach County and the Art on Park Gallery invite the public to the free, Opening Reception of “The Artist’s Mind” on Friday, February 22.  Rickie Leiter was honored to be the juror for prizes!  In addition, APBC and Art On Park Gallery are calling for an all media art exhibit, “The Natural World”.  Entries are due March 6, with a Free, Public Opening Reception on Friday, March 22.  This is open to members and non-members, with cash prizes. Show us what exemplifies your interpretation of the Natural World!  The Rickie Report shares the details here.







Art on Park Gallery

For Artists by artists of all disciplines, media and price points

Open:   Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403      561-345-2842



APBC Art on Park Gallery

  “The Artist’s Mind”

Opening Reception:




February 22     5 – 8 pm

Exhibit Available:

Now through March 18, 2019 










“THE NATURAL WORLD” is a call to artists both APBC members and non-members alike for an exhibit of original work of any subject, 2D and 3D welcomed in all media including ceramic, drawing, fiber/textile, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal, oil, pastel, acrylic, photography, printmaking, watercolor, and wood.


People find sustenance and solace, challenge and mystery in the natural world. From representations of animal and plant life to landscapes and earthworks, art has been a means by which humans express their awe of, communion with, dependence on, and isolation from nature. Please submit work which reflects or represents your relationship with or feelings about wildlife, plants, natural environments, or landscapes.



Maximum Size: 36″ wide x 60″ high. 

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 3/6/19.

Notification to artists on or before Saturday, 3/9/19.

Hand delivery of artwork: Friday & Saturday, 3/15 & 3/16/19 from NOON to 5 PM. Opening reception: Friday, 3/22/19, 5 – 8 PM.

Art Pickup: Friday & Saturday 4/12 & 4/13/19, NOON to 5 PM.

SUBMISSION FEES: $15 for APBC Members, $35 for Non-members. Membership is $50/year
If you wish to join APBC or renew your membership if it has lapsed, please go to and click on “Become a Member” BEFORE you enter the exhibit.


Applications and fee payments are to be sent to or dropped off at the gallery. Please use the form below. Once you have completed your application, email up to 3 jpg images of your work no larger than 3 MB each to

Images should include your last name and image title. In the subject of your email put “The Natural World.” Your email should include your name and phone number plus the title, medium, size (h x w), and price for each submitted work as on the application entry form below.

IMPORTANT: Members will receive 75% of the gross sale.
Non-Members will receive 65% of the gross sale.
Please price your work accordingly. Juried by the Art on Park Gallery Management Committee.

IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE WITH THIS PROCESS or have any questions, please call the Gallery for help, 561-345-2842


1) No late entries accepted.
2) Original ideas only – no copying of works.
3) Please do not submit work that is not ready to hang.
4) Entry fees are not refundable.
5) The decision of the jurors is final.
6) Make sure the emailed jpg images match the names listed on the entry form.
7) We recommend paper media be covered with Plexiglas.
8) Unframed oils and acrylics must be finished on all sides – no staples showing.
9) No damaged frames or mats; mats must be clean.
10) All installation methods, such as wire attached to frames, must be secure. All 2D pieces MUST be wired on the back.
11) All entries must be labeled on the back of the work, base of sculpture, or somehow attached to artwork with artist name, title of work, medium, size, and price.
12) APBC, Inc. carries liability insurance for the Art on Park Gallery which does not extend to your artwork. APBC, Inc. will do its best to safeguard against theft, loss, breakage, or other damage, but will not be financially responsible for reimbursement of lost or damaged work.

Please mail with submission fee to: Gallery Co-Managers

Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue
Lake Park, FL 33403


Drop off during gallery hours (Mon. – Sat. noon to 5 pm)




Artist Phone____________________




Entry #1 title____________________________ Size h______w_______ Price________

Entry #2 title____________________________ Size h______w_______ Price________

Entry #3 title_____________________________ Size h______w________ Price__________




All exhibitors must sign the following Waiver

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: The undersigned hereby agrees to release and discharge APBC, its directors and members from any responsibility for damage or loss of any kind, on all works submitted for the “The Natural World” Exhibition.


ARTIST’S  SIGNATURE__________________________________________Date______________





For more information about this exhibit, classes, Art Salons, studio space or other events:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403




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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986




Artist, Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster Is Featured At Weisman Community Center In Delray Beach. Meet The Artist February 23 And View “50 Years Of Making Art”

Artist Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster is featured at the Shirley and Barton Weisman Community Center in Delray Beach, in a retrospective exhibit, “50 Years of Making Art”.  The exhibit is a radical exploration of the mediums, techniques, and narratives of the artist.  Shooster will be presenting an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 23. The free event is open to the public and the exhibit will be on view through March 3.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  




Shirley & Barton Weisman

Delray Community Center

7091 W. Atlantic Avenue          Delray Beach, FL 33446




Fine  Artist,   Stephen  ‘Shoosty’  Shooster



“50   Years   of   Making   Art”

Meet the Artist Reception/Artist Talk:

Saturday, February 23

4-6 pm

Exhibit runs Now through March 3, 2019


Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Closed Weekends and Holidays with exception of Artist Reception

For more information:  561.558.2149


Sculpture, “Warrior Looking Left” by Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster




A prolific artist in multiple mediums, Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster is eager for viewers to understand the background of each of his art pieces.  From sculpture, to painting, to digital art, the story brings even more life to these artworks!


Shooster tells The Rickie Report, “Creating harmony out of chaos is a driving factor in my artwork. I thrive on movement, activity and especially music. Painting allows me to share the beauty I see in nature combined with my mind’s eye. The simple act of painting slows my mind to let it rest. In this way, chaos and calm become interdependent and bring balance to my life and my work”.


“My media changes according to the pace at which I wish to work. I keep many projects in motion at the same time. I stagger the works according to completion times ranging from hours and days to months and years. It takes long periods of time to get the big projects completed. Big projects need time to dry between coats, and patience to resolve composition, form, and colors. It helps to have small wins along the way to keep your mind sharp and cheerful”.



He explains, “I’m constantly evolving, experimenting with the latest technology while on a daily basis experiencing the hand tools and materials used by the Masters. It is critical to understand the nature of different forms of paint, brushes and skills when approaching technology. Every medium, as well as what I listen to and what is happening in my life, affects what ends up on the canvas, especially the dog hair if I’m not careful”. 

Most of Shooster’s work starts with an intimate drawing. He uses standardized on 14” x 20”, Fabriano, Acquarello, cold pressed, 100% cotton, grana fina, 140 lbs. watercolor paper. “It may sound quirky, but I always cut the last inch of the watercolor paper off, so I end up using 14” x 19” sheets, a size that feels right to me. I start by drawing whatever I see. Musicians are my favorite models. I look at my subjects very carefully while drawing. I pay extra attention to the lighting, especially the nuances that happen to occur. There is always something that I didn’t expect. I believe you can’t really see what you’re looking at until you try to draw it. It takes patience, but if you take the time, you will be rewarded. Whatever you are looking at, in time, will unpeel itself and reveal its essence”.



“After the initial drawing, I intentionally practice letting go to see where my mind can take it. My inspiration might be anything. I continuously study all kinds of art and visit museums the world over.  As a seasoned artist, I can also lean upon an extensive personal library of completed works and concepts for ideas. For instance, I recently did a drawing of trees with Spanish Moss hanging over them in North Florida. The following day I went to a music concert, brought the same drawing pad and did a drawing of the musicians on top of that landscape, then I integrated the two. The result is a dreamscape, called Gypsy Tears”. (



This exhibition features Shooster’s original artwork as a detailed overview of the artist’s portfolio from the last few decades. Shooster’s bold use of color, brazen brush strokes and surreal sculptural composition explore the artist’s inspirations ranging from his Jewish heritage and studies, to the impact of music and his unique personal perspective.




Shooster says, “Art is fundamentally about exploration. Through my life’s work, I bring the realm of possibilities to the forefront of my mind. This exercise loosens my thinking, like yoga for the body, so that when I approach a problem, I keep the solutions broad. It makes a big difference to approach challenges in your life with an open mind. By imbuing my lifelong love for learning into each creation, I create my work to inspire. If I had to describe my work in one word I would use the verb, ‘curative,’ meaning, ‘to make better,’ as in, let’s make the world better”.



While Shooster’s influence hones in on cultural history and primitive aesthetic, his evolving practice is anything but stagnant. Utilizing today’s advancement in technology as a medium in and of itself, the artist showcases with a mix of handcrafted skills and digital innovation.  



Stephen Shooster, known as ‘Shoosty’ was born in 1958 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Architecture, in 1986 at the University of Florida.  Shooster has enjoyed a successful corporate career by day and a prolific painting career by night.  He is also the author of ‘The Horse Adjutant’, a story about a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, and is featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Art.




You can see more of his work at​



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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Jason Newsted Brings His Art And Music To Benefit Lighthouse ArtCenter School Of Art. Reception And Concerts Open To Public

Known as the bassist for the heavy metal band, Metallica, Jason Newsted is bringing his talent as an artist and musician to the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.  When Jason learned that the ArtCenter needed to purchase the School of Art building after 21 years of leasing, he wanted to be involved to make it happen.  As artists and art lovers, Jason and his wife Nicole, sprang into action to support the “Raising The Roof” capital campaign.  Jason will be painting one of his iconic murals on the School of Art building. Nicole and Jason will present a week-long exhibition of their work at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, and Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band will offer two benefit concerts at the Gallery.  The Rickie Report shares the dates, details, and some sneak peeks.  Let’s all raise the roof!  Tickets are $10. and limited so make your reservations!






Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101

Gallery Hours:    M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

Jason and Nicole Newsted










Monday, March 4

5:30 – 8:30 pm

Catering and beverages for the reception provided by Eric Pettersen of Evo Italian Restaurant and Tequesta Brewing Company

Tickets are $10.00



The Lighthouse ArtCenter and Chophouse Records

Present Two concerts by:

Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band

Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2019

 6 – 10 pm

At the ArtCenter Gallery

Concert tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds will benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s campaign to purchase the school



Call  to reserve tickets:  (561) 746-3101



“This is such a fantastic opportunity for the ArtCenter,” said executive director Nancy Politsch. “We are so grateful that Jason and Nicole have embraced the ArtCenter and the Tequesta art community, and are giving so generously of their time and talents to make our School of Art building purchase a reality. We invite the public to stop by the school in March to see Jason’s fabulous mural. ”




Jason Newsted’s “ROCKSTAR”, 2006. Acrylic & ink on canvas. 




In 2004, Newsted suffered a shoulder injury after trying to catch a falling bass amp head during a recording session. After surgery he turned to painting during his lengthy recovery period as a way to get “what was inside, out.” Painting continued to be a passion after his recovery and he had his first art gallery show opening on May 5, 2010 in San Francisco, California.




After a lifetime of playing loud and earth shaking music, Jason has shifted to the other end of the spectrum, rediscovering himself and playing acoustic guitar with the Chophouse Band. The band’s repertoire includes folk cover songs from legendary acts of the likes of Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Jason Isbell.



Artist, Nicole Newsted



Nicole Newsted has been pursuing an artistic life since growing up in a family of artists in upstate New York. Currently her practice includes painting, collage and wearable art. Nicole went on to study painting on scholarship to Arizona State University and her paintings are in collections across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.




“My work is an ongoing survey of the objects around me, both past and present. I am drawn to the cute, kitschy and the saccharine,” states Nicole. “The paintings depict maximalism in a minimalist setting. My work is pure escapism in thought and time. They’re meditations on objects made of plastic and polyester, and the artificial flavorings that in youth, incited feelings of pure joy.”



“Nicole and I love our neighborhood, we love being a part of a community like the one we have here in paradise,” said Jason. “Cherishing and preserving the local music and arts of past, present & future generations is vital for all of us…everywhere!



ART is the center of the eARTh.

SOS!! Let’s get together and Save Our School!!

Join us!! SOS!!…please donate



Opening Night Reception for The Art of RAWK Jason Newsted and brighter is better Nicole Newsted

Monday, March 4, 2019  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: $10 per person, to benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter School building

Meet artists Jason Newsted and Nicole Newsted at the opening reception for the exhibition of The Art of RAWK and brighter is better. Catering and beverages will be provided by award-winning Chef Eric Pettersen of Evo Italian Restaurant, Tequesta Brewing Company and Cheney Brothers, Inc. 

The Art of RAWK Jason Newsted and brighter is better Nicole Newsted Exhibition and Sale

Open Monday through Saturday, March 4th – 9th, 2019 

Hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: Lighthouse ArtCenter members are free and non-members are $10 per person, to benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s campaign to purchase the school. 

Call (561) 746-3101 or go online at to purchase tickets.

Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band Benefit Concerts

Friday, March 8, 2019   Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:30

Saturday, March 9, 2019   Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:30

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: $10.Call (561) 746-3101 or go online at to purchase tickets.






For further information about these events, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm






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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986





Arts At St. Andrew’s Features Exhibit By Visionary Fine Artist, Jill Karlin. “House Portraits” Benefits The Way Café Sunday, February 24

Visionary fine artist, Jill Karlin, will show her latest paintings at Arts St. Andrew’s. The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Sunday, February 24. All sales from the exhibit, “House Portraits” will benefit The Way Café, which provides hot meals for the hungry.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Jill has created a special painting of St. Andrew’s as well as notecards.  We hope you will support this important mission.  This event takes place at the conclusion of the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, a great opportunity to sit down, refresh yourself, and help the needy.



ARTS At St. Andrew’s



By Jill Karlin

Sunday, February 24     4-6  pm

$15 Admission

Support The Way Café feeding the hungry 

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 

100 North Palmway           Lake Worth, Florida 33460-3515




Commissioned Paintings of Your Beloved Home to Feed the Homeless

Jill Karlin tells The Rickie Report, ” The first ‘House Portrait’ I painted was of a family home ‘The Captain Fisher House’, on North Water Street in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard.  I had many happy memories in the sea-captain’s House, which my great Uncle Marty had purchased over 100 years ago for $5,000 and turned into a boarding house.  When he met and married Polly they made it their home and an Inn for ‘the summer people’, who came to visit Martha’s Vineyard”. 


“Captain Fisher House” by Jill Karlin


Jill’s paintings take on deeper meanings, as her story unfolds.  She and her younger sister had a bedroom on the third floor during off-season and during summers they lovingly shared the basement with Uncle Marty, Aunt Polly and the dogs.  “My parents were always the guests of honor, inhabiting the master bedroom suite with the great views of Edgartown Harbor.  (Even though our third floor tiny room with low peaked ceilings had even better views.)  I needed to memorialize these happy memories.”


“911 North Ocean Palm Beach” by Jill Karlin


   Jill  captured these fond memories while she was a student at Rhode Island School of Design, when she summered on the Vineyard, as she taught  art at Nathan Mayhew Seminars, and on her own.  A neighbor on North Water Street, wanted one for herself.  Jill’s career of painting buildings centered in a painting , with a painted border patchwork quilt of the stories about the people and the building began!  

“Flagler House” by Jill Karlin


Jill reminisces, ” I had borrowed the idea from my Mom, who is an artist and needle crafter.  She created a crewel work piano bench in which she depicted all of my family’s professions and hobbies.  Our home was represented in the center of the artwork.  And then, Jill asks a central question, “What about this who do not have a home?”





The statistics concerning homelessness in the United States are staggering.  More shocking are the number of children who are homeless.  Jill reflects, “All of this is deeply ironic, because I was married to the father of Environmental Architecture, Lee Porter Butler, and together we created ‘EKOTECTURE’, a system to provide all people on earth, safe, affordable sustainable housing.”



This exhibition celebrates the structures we build and the way that each one is used.  The community’s goal is not only to feed the homeless but to listen to their stories with compassion. Together we must strive to create a situation where all are cared for.


“Seagull Cottage” by Jill Karlin


For more information about this exhibit or Jill’s artwork:

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Meet The Artists In Lake Worth At Artist’s Eye Gallery. Free Reception For A “Spectacle Of Art” Exhibit And Featured Artist Diane DeHon On March 1 – Exhibits Available Through March 31

Where can you see a “Spectacle Of Art” Show highlighting award winning artists, a photography and painting exhibit of a 4th generation Floridian, and meet the artists at a free event?  The Artist’s Eye Gallery & Boutique, the home of the Lake Worth Art Leagueinvites the public to their 6th exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, March 1. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The exhibits are available through March 31. Shop the Boutique!






604 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460



Gallery Hours:   Tuesday thru Sunday    Noon – 4 pm

Meet the Artists Reception 1st Friday of each month  6-8 pm

Bringing art to the community from the community, since 1941




Meet The Artists

  Opening Reception:

  Friday, March 1

  6 – 8 pm  

Enjoy the City of Lake Worth Block Party!

This Exhibit runs February 26  through March 31, 2019

ART LOVERS! Save the dates!

You are invited to our “Spectacle Of Art” show!

It’s the 6th of 8 judged art exhibitions in our Eye-Catching Season of Art, and our second season show that is open to all artists!

This show also features a Special Exhibition by artist and photographer, Diane DeHon

Our featured artist is a fourth generation Floridian that loves the beaches, rivers and the Everglades. Mesmerized by the animals, flora, water and their interaction with each other, the colors, the peacefulness and the geometrical shapes that can be seen in the plants, Diane is driven to capture that uniqueness and wonder as both a photographer and a painter.

“Meet the Artists” Opening Reception is on Friday, March 1, from 6 to 8 pm

during the City of Lake Worth Block Party. 

Just steps off Lake Avenue, at L Street and Lucerne Avenue, our Exhibits and Receptions are open to the public. Receptions offer an opportunity to MEET THE ARTISTS, enjoy light refreshment, and shop in our Boutique for unique items created by our artists!
This show begins February 26, 2019 and may be seen through March 31 from Noon to 4 pm.



For more information  about this exhibit, future exhibits, classes, workshops, or membership:






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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher


17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Carl Schneider Collaborates With Mother Nature As He Creates One-Of-A-Kind Wood Turned Pieces At Artisans On The Ave

Carl Schneider turns discarded and reclaimed pieces of wood into awe inspiring functional and decorative artworks.  Artisans On The Ave features Carl’s wood artistry at a free reception on Wednesday, February 27Carl will be speaking about his works as you peruse his varied designs. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.









Free, Public Opening Reception:

Wednesday, February 27 


6  –  9   pm


Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162      561-582-3300

Gallery Hours:
Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 7pm


Wood artistry by Carl Schneider




What is wood turning? How is it different from wood cutter? How one can find a piece of wood that will be transformed into a future beautiful vase or a mirror frame? Artisans On The Ave’s  wood turner artist, Carl Schneider, will answer all these questions and share some other secrets of his work. 


Wood Turned Vase by Carl Schneider





Carl loves collaborating with Mother Nature to create useful and beautiful objects from wood. He relates, “These objects combine the art of nature and the nature of the artist.” After trees are cut down for other reasons, artists like Carl extend the trees’ lives by creating objects that people will use, enjoy, and last an eternity.



Wood turned vessel by Carl Schneider





Carl Schneider is a retired electronic engineer. In 1997 after taking a wood-turning class, he became so passionate about wood turning that he joined two chapters of the American Association of Wood Turners! He perfected his skills by attending hands-on workshops with many professional world class wood-turners. He creates many types of pieces, enhancing the natural character of wood and embellishing them with texturing, carving and coloring. Carl demonstrates and teaches wood-turning at the Palm Beach County Wood Turners workshop and his own studio. Carl sells many of his turnings and wins awards at art exhibits. Carl has been a member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art Guild and participates at local galleries.



Wood Turned piece by Carl Schneider



For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call: 561.762.8162
Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460






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Artist Pamela Acheson Myers Offers Tell-All Glimpse Of Life Behind The Canvas On February 22 At Via Art Project Gallery In Palm Beach

Get ready to hear artist, Pamela Acheson Myers, as she give us an entertaining peek into what life is like behind the canvas!  Come have a glass of wine and join her on Friday, February 22 at the Via Art Project Gallery in Palm Beach.  You’ll learn how she morphed from a successful publishing executive in New York City to life as an abstract artist!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Pamela’s award winning artworks.










208 Sunset Avenue & 114 N. County Road

     Palm Beach, FL 33480



P R E S E N T S:



Artist Pamela Acheson Myers


A Tell-All Glimpse of Life Behind the Canvas

Friday,  February 22, 2019

5:30 – 6:30 pm


Free Admission


Artist, Pamela Acheson Myers




Hear how award winning artist,  Pamela Acheson Myers morphed from a successful career as a publishing executive in New York City to life as an abstract artist.



  • why she used to draw birds

  • how she switched styles from realistic to abstract

  • why she titles every work and why she is passionate about titles

  • how she gets an idea

  • how she starts a painting

  • what the scariest part of painting is to her

  • how she knows when a painting is finished

  • how she finds painting and writing require opposite processes

  • how she finds ideas in the oddest places

  • why she loves starting with a blank canvas

  • how she knows when a painting is finished

  • and much more!


“Little One” by Pamela Acheson Myers




Pamela Acheson Myers currently exhibits her work at the Via Arts Projects Gallery at 208 Sunset Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida. She continues to exhibit in juried exhibits across the United States, including galleries in Chesea (NYC) and Santa Fe (NM), and for four years, the American Airline lounges at the Miami airport. Her artwork is in private collections in the US and France. She also has painted commissioned artwork. Pamela is a colorist and her art reflects her profound delight in color. She explains to The Rickie Report, “Intense color has thrilled me for as long as I can remember, whether it appears in a spectacular sunset, or a wildly wallpapered room, or a tropical bird’s brilliant rainbow of feathers. For me, my art is a celebration of the colors.”






“Sunrise Over St.Barts” by Pamela Acheson Myers






Myers’ artwork is primarily abstract, although she also paints abstract landscapes, and her works range in size from 8” x 8” to 72” x 84”. Her colors range from soft and graceful to loud and wild! Pamela graduated from Bennington College where she studied under Jules Olitski, Vincent Longo and David Smith. More recently she has studied with Harlan G. Hoffman and Miroslav Antic, both of West Palm Beach. Her photographs and articles have appeared in Caribbean Travel & Life, Florida Travel & Life, Bride’s Magazine, and Travel & Leisure; she was an executive at a major publishing house, has written and designed numerous ads and marketing tools, was a long-time contributor to Fodor’s Travel Guides, and is the author of six books, the most recent being “A Year in Palm Beach: Life in an Alternate Universe”, published in 2012, which she co-wrote with her late husband Richard B. Myers.



“Come On In” by Pamela Acheson Myers





Pamela Acheson Myers’ website is:


All Via Arts Project events and sales benefit and builds awareness of For the Love of Art Foundation (FLOA).





For more information:

Via Art Projects


208 Sunset Avenue & 114 N. County Road

     Palm Beach, FL 33480


Or email:





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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986


Armory Art Center Announces New Classes And Workshops For Session 4. For All Levels Of Experience And Ages

It’s time to register for Session 4 at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach!  Classes begin March 4, with offerings for all levels of experience and all ages.  The Rickie Report shares some of the highlights and urges you to take a look at the courses and workshops!




811 Park Place W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 832-1776 | |


Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

To See The Full Catalog:

Online registration: 24/7

Classes are subject to change.

Please check out online registration for the most up-to-date offerings







A D U L T      C L A S S E S:


Mondays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Class Starts on Mar 4, 2019
Instructor: Ronald Shaw















Tuesdays, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Class Starts on Mar 5, 2019
Instructor: Michael Las Casas












Thursdays, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Class Starts on Mar 7, 2019
Instructor: Allyson Daley











Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Class Starts on Mar 9, 2019
Instructor: Mary Catello











Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Class Starts on Apr 13, 2019
Instructor: Maria Tritico






Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Class Starts on Mar 5, 2019
Instructor: Sam Perry









Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Class Starts on Mar 27, 2019
Instructor: Saul Martinez






Mondays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Class Starts on Mar 4, 2019
Instructor: John Gatti




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Ages: 5 yrs. to 7 yrs.
Saturdays, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Class Starts on Mar 9, 2019
Instructor: Steve Brouse






Ages: 8 yrs. to 10 yrs.
Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Class Starts on Mar 9, 2019
Instructor: Vishan Seenath







Ages: 14 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Mondays, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Class Starts on Mar 4, 2019
Instructor: Jonathan Greene












For more information about classes, workshops, studio  time, or planning other events:

811 Park Place W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

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World Premiere Of New Musical, Miriam And The Women Of The Desert, By Sheila Firestone Takes Place February 24 In Delray Beach

A new musical, Miriam and the Women of the Desert, composed by Sheila Firestone will premiere on February 24 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, FL. This fascinating Biblical story of Miriam and the women who surrounded her is told in a staged concert with a cast of talented singers. The story’s relevance references today’s  women’s movement for equality.  Sheila is an accomplished composer whose works have been played world wide.  The premiere in Delray Beach will be followed by performances at the Empire Stage Theater in Ft. Lauderdale from March 28 – April 7.   Sheila incorporates music, original visual arts, and the performing arts in her staging.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





The cast of  Miriam and the Women of the Desert” by Sheila Firestone
Shown here: “Burning Bush”© ,original artwork by Bonita Tabakin




The fully staged production of Sheila Firestone’s new musical, with a cast of talented singers and original artwork by Bonita Tabakin:

“Miriam and the Women of the Desert”

Sunday,  February 24, 2019
4:00  – 5:15  pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
188 South Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444


Thursday, March 28 through April 7, 2019

Empire Stage Theater

  1140 N. Flagler Dr.  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 


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Sheila Firestone tells The Rickie Report, “Sitting on the hilltop near Carmiel, in a small community in northern Israel, I hear the chanting of Arab evening prayers around me.  While visiting my family and firstborn grandchild, I am inspired by the beauty of the hills, the calls to prayer, the light, and the voices singing in my head.  Yearly visits to the land of Israel bring new insights and visions. I did not know then that a musical work was growing and that it would take over twenty-two years to complete.”

“After the Storm”© by Bonita Tabakin

Music Director, David Presler, says, ” Florida audiences will be the first to see and enjoy Miriam and the Women of the Desert. It tells the story of the Hebrews’ exodus from Egypt through the eyes of Miriam the prophetess, sister of Moses and Aaron. The work takes audiences on a musical journey, exploring family relationships, aspects of love and generational heritage.  The production has a cast of seven professionally trained singers”. Costumes recreate Biblical garb, and the original art pieces of the scenic design, created by artist Bonita Tabakin, depict the mood of the desert. 



“The Birthing Tent”© By Bonita Tabakin

Miriam’s story of her journey through the desert, surrounded by other Biblical women – Zipporah, Yocheved and the midwives – is drawn from texts of the Torah and Midrash. “This musical is the realization of a vision started in Israel that spans many years of musical study and interest in religion, particularly regarding the role of Biblical women and their family relationships,” says Sheila Firestone.


Bonita Tabakin’s art is the backdrop during various scenes of this production.  She depicts woman’s struggles (stories) from The Bible and the 12 books of The Kabballah.  Her work draws  the audience into deeper connections with the singers.  Bonita’s passion has always been “G_d’s set design”. Bonita has been juried into 17 International Biennale art exhibits to represent the US with 59 other countries.  She has been awarded Best in Show by 3 international curators. Ms. Tabakin earned her MBA, MFA, and AA (design and biochemistry).


“The Red Sea Escape”© by Bonita Tabakin




Sheila Firestone is an accomplished composer who has studied musical composition since 1987.  As a Delian Society member, Sheila’s orchestral works have been performed in Seattle, WA, France, England and Japan. Her Trio and Dance composition was performed in Washington, DC.  Abraham Lincoln, a choral work, was published in Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln Commemorative Collage produced by the National League of American Pen Women. Ms. Firestone is the Music Chair of the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and was Branch President from 2014 to 2018.  She was recently juried into Adding our Voices: The Jewish Torah of Women in Song, and the Kol Isha Songbook. 


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Listen to South Florida Live talk show speaking about Miriam and the Women of the Desert:

For more information about Miriam and the Women of the Desert or to schedule an interview, please contact Sheila Firestone at  (561) 391-3610   

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Via Art Projects Invites Public To Free Reception February 12. Learn About For The Love Of Art Foundation, Meet Authors, Artists, And Browse This Emerging Artist Haven In Palm Beach

Via Art Projects in Palm Beach, FL invites the public to a special event on Tuesday, February 12, bringing awareness to For The Love of Art Foundation (FLOA).  Co-hosted by the Palm Beach Writers Group, you will meet Anita Gabler, Casey Tennyson, Charles Klotsche, David Mallegol, Ellen Liman, Erica Elliott, Erik Brown, James Gabler, Johanna Neuman, Katri Brasseaux, Layla Noor, Nancy Brinker, Pamela Acheson Myers, Philip Nicozisis, and Yury Slobodenuk. Admission is free.  Enjoy the refreshments as you browse this eclectic art space’s artworks and other creative objects.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.






208 Sunset Avenue & 114 N. County Road

     Palm Beach, FL 33480








Tuesday,  February 12

5 – 7 PM

Free admission and refreshments

Meet the authors, browse the original artwork, and explore this new art space which celebrates emerging artists!






For the Love of Art Foundation (FLOA) supports emerging artists of all ages and walks of life by providing gallery and studio space, canvas, creative guidance, art supplies, and more.  These artists are encouraged to continue their work in a welcoming environment through sponsorships by FLOA for those who merit it.

FLOA  (#83-1334813) is a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Entity recognized by the IRS for charitable giving purposes.








Meet Casey Tennyson, author and innovative charity guru. She will be signing her book, “The Secret of Southern Shells”. Wouldn’t it be clever to match charitable individuals with the arts and see what comes of it? Enter Casey Tennyson and voila! – CHART – Charity Art Magazine is born ( The publication’s mission is to be a voice for charities and the arts. After ten years of publishing, Casey recently launched an exclusive Palm Beach edition of CHART , featuring “charticles” about local residents, the charities they support and the arts.



For more information:

Via Art Projects


208 Sunset Avenue & 114 N. County Road

     Palm Beach, FL 33480


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