Don’t Miss A Minute Of ArtSynergy Events In Conjunction With ArtPalmBeach2016

The Palm Beaches will be vibrating with art when ArtPalmBeach returns on January 20, 2016 to celebrate its 19th year at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The fair will feature 85 international exhibitors, installation projects, art video labs, and SCULPT Palm Beach featuring a major large scale public art sculpture on the Palm Beach County Convention Center entrance plaza.  Art Synergy in collaboration with ArtPalmBeach will produce more than 65 exhibitions, January 15 – 30th throughout the nine Palm Beach County Art Districts during Art Palm Beach week. The nine art districts are: Antique Row, Artists Alley Delray, Boynton Beach Art District, Lake Park and North Palm Beach Art District, Lake Worth Arts, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, and Worth Avenue.  The Rickie Report shares Highlights






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Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery: ArtSynergy presents ‘Mixing It Up’ at Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery All Media Group Exhibition. Reception on Friday, January 22nd (6pm to 8:30pm) – $10 Entry Donation. Sponsored by Civil Society Brewing and the West Palm Beach CRA. In conjunction with ArtSynergy, ArtPalmBeach and the Northwood ArtX ArtWalks. Featured Artists Include: Julie Silk Beaumont, Steve Brouse, Anthony Burks Sr., Robert Catapano, M.C. Desorcy, Ren Dittfield, David Hayes, Greg Matthews, Craig McInnis, Henriett Michel, John Rachell, Barry Seidman…
Exhibition runs from January 5th to January 30th and is Free during regular Gallery Hours – Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm.



Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery will be presenting “Wet Foot / Dry Foot : 4 Cubans Conditions and Contributions.” Opening Reception January 15, 2016 | 6-9 PM. Continues through ArtWeek2016 in collaboration with Art Synergy and ArtPalmBeach.




The Urban Arts Lofts presents “Art Junction” on Saturday, January 23rd. The artists at the Urban Arts Lofts (UAL) invite you to an evening of sculpture, metalworking, photography, ceramics & custom built wood workings. The Lofts will feature several nationally known artists.For more information log onto: Studios open at noon. Special reception from 6-9 pm.Free Event!




ActivistArtistA Gallery presents “Snapshots! The Artist Gaze, opening reception January 28, 2016 6-10 PM.




Back Alley Art Festival The Lake Park Art District In conjunction with Art Palm Beach and ART Synergy we will be hosting The Back Alley Art Festival (Hopefully first annual)! Live painting and murals all night long.  Much more info coming so please stay tuned.  Food from Diner Dogs Inc. & Woodys Burgers Florida.




CONTINUUM is a pop-up art exhibition by Art Synergy in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown West Palm Beach that takes place during ArtPalmBeach Week. Jan. 21 to Jan. 30 at 522 Clematis Street.




The Armory Center will be featuring three exhibitions during Art Palm Beach Week “The Women of Vision”, Rising Waters: an exhibition of recent works by Mags Harries and River: an installation by Mags Harries and Lajos Heder. “The Women of Vision” will feature sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics and mixed media. Rising Waters is an exhibition by Boston based artist Mag Harries it is an ironic and poignant commentary on the dilemma of “Rising Waters”-our inability to grasp it on an individual level and our societal refusal to deal with the effects of global warming already so evident in South Florida. River, the installation by Boston based artists Mags Harries and Lajos Heder of water, light, and shadow creates an apparition of a river from one bucket of water. January 16- February 12, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts will be featuring a glass blowing demonstration with contemporary glass artist Laura Donefer. Donefer has been a driving force in the Canadian glass movement for 18 years, she has curated many exhibits to show Canadian work including a major one in Tucson, Arizona entitled “North of the Border”.  Partners in this venture are McMow Art Glass and Habatat Galleries.  Artists will be selling their hand made fine crafts from 2 – 9 pm.




Bold Beauty Project, ArtPalmBeach has partnered with the Bold Beauty Project and famed photographer Robert Zuckerman to bring the Bold Beauty Project photography exhibit to Art Palm Beach 2016. This innovative visual arts event showcases women who dare to expose their disabilities. The models boldly face the photographer’s lens, and through the process, they uncover their beauty, sensuality and strength to break the molds of conventional beauty.




FOTOfusion at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre is the International Festival of Photography and Digital Imaging. In its 21st year it will feature Portfolio Reviews by 100 Experts, Mini FOTOshoots, seminars & panel discussions, hands-on computer labs, multimedia presentations, photography & digital art exhibitions, book signings & gallery walks and fuse and schmooze parties. Jan.19- Jan. 23.




Whitespace Collection: Collectors Breakfast featuring artist Rita Montlack and her exhibition “XXL Photographs; A Historical Survey of Contemporary Photography”. This private collection art exhibition space will be open to the public for the annual Art Palm Beach Collectors Breakfast and viewing of this private collection and featured exhibition January 24, Breakfast- 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, collection will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Whitespace will also have a booth at ArtPalmbeach in the Convention Center.




Norton Museum of Art will be exhibiting Vincent van Gogh’s “The Poplars at Saint-Rémy , the piece was painted in the same community, and in the same year, as The Starry Night, during a period when van Gogh was hospitalized. Additionally, the Norton will be exhibiting the “Portrait of Mademoiselle Hortense Valpinçon”, which has been rarely – if ever – been exhibited in the southeast United States.




Society of the Four Arts Exhibition on Screen: “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” Hailed as the most successful exhibition in Tate Modern’s history, you can now catch “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” at the Four Arts”, featuring exclusive new footage from The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale brings insight and emotion to the words of Henri Matisse himself, while actor Rupert Young (Merlin) narrates. Saturday, January 23, 2016 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Society of the Four Arts.




Boca Raton Museum of Art presents Dames: Portraits by Norman Sunshine. During a period of convalescence when he could not paint as he once was able to do, Sunshine delved into the digital world of art making and searched for subjects of style and substance. In doing so he was taken with notable women; their poise, their composure, and their self-assurance. Among those who have posed for him are art patron Agnes Gund, philanthropist Nancy Kissinger, and Anne Sutherland Fuchs, former publisher of Vogue, Woman’s Day, and Elle.




The Lighthouse ArtCenter: “The Manoogian Collection: Two Centuries of American Art”. Considered to be one of the most significant private collections of American art compiled during the 20th century. This landmark exhibition includes 19th and 20th-century American paintings. Dr. Anne Palumbo lecture, “The Statue of Liberty as an American Icon” Thursday, January 21, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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Jerry O’Brien Features Wood Turned Functional And Decorative Artistry

Jerry O’Brien has returned to his love of woodturning, which began as a young child. He will be exhibiting and selling the wonders he creates with varying woods on Saturday, November 7th at the North Palm Beach Annual Arts & Crafts Fall Festival. Jerry’s wife, Lois, will also be exhibiting her intuitive paintings. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  



Annual North Palm Beach

Arts & Crafts Fall Festival




Saturday, November 7th



NPB Community Center

1200 Prosperity Farms Road

Lois and Jerry O’Brien

“Art from the Heart”:

Expressions on

 Turned Wood

& Canvas






Woodturned objects by Jerry O’Brien





Jerry O’Brien’s journey in wood working started at at his dad’s side in the garage at the ripe old age of 6 or 7.  He tells us, “I was Just barley tall enough to see over the table of our Craftsman Jigsaw. That was my introduction to wood working and as the years went by my love for wood grew and matured.   While in junior high school shop class we were introduced to the wood lathe and the wonderful things it could produce. At 13 years old I tuned my first bowl, and then a lamp, and then a “billy” club (why I don’t know)and then other items that mom just couldn’t part with. That intro to wood turning stayed with me but alas life took me forward and I relegated those experiences to the fond memories of junior high until my wife, Lois, and I spent time in the mountains of Georgia.





Jerry O’Brien




Jerry explains, ” My wife of 32 years, Lois and I have been blessed and have a second home in the mountains of Georgia where we spend time each year away from the hustle and bustle of West Palm Beach where I have been all my life. (Forest Hill ’68) While there, we enjoy attending arts and craft festivals in the summer. While attending a festival in Blairsville Ga. There were two booths displaying the artistry of several woodturners, their work was excellent and a wonder to touch ,hold, and admire…….the memories of junior high came flooding back. On our way back to Florida, I told Lois that I’d like to try my hand at woodturning again”.






Inside View of Woodturned Bowl by Jerry O’Brien

“I contacted the Palm Beach County Woodturners, became a member and was reintroduced to the wonders or the wood lathe all over again. Over the last 8 years I have had the pleasure of being instructed by some wonderful people, some very well know and truly masters of the craft, learning many different styles and skills along the way.  I’ve attended many woodturning seminars in various states. In my short career as a wood turner I’ve turned a variety of items including bowls, platters and hollow forms, pens, scoops, tops, bottle stoppers and objects d’art,” Jerry shares.






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Segmented Woodturned Vase by Jerry O’Brien

The segmented pieces are made from a combination of cherry,oak,maple and walnut.



“Segmenting is was a new skill set I learned. Using this technique in partnership with different woods allows the craftsman unlimited variety and patterns. These pieces are constructed by gluing individual pieces of wood together into a general shape and mounting them on the lathe where they are turned to the final shape. Challenging and beautiful, segmented bowls and other vessels are a true delight. As in all turned wood vessels each is one of a kind and supplies the owner with a unique sense of pride”, Jerry explains.







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Woodturned Vase by Jerry O’Brien




 “I enjoy turning the tropical woods available in Florida and the hardwoods I have access to in Georgia while there. Some of my Florida favorites are Mahogany, Norfolk Island Pine, Citrus of all varieties and a host of others. From my Georgia haunts come Spalted (weathered outside) Maple, River Cherry, Red Oak, Poplar, Hickory, Pecan and Walnut. My all time favorite is Ambrosia Maple”.



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Spalted Norfolk Island Pine Vase by Jerry O’Brien




“The pieces I produce on the lathe vary from bowls of all kinds both useful as well as artistic, hollow forms both large and small, vases,small items such as honey dippers and coffee scoops, writing pens and salt boxes. My newest skill set lies in using small pieces of wood cut at precise angles to make objects that are composed of many individual segments of wood. This give me the ability to produce wonderful patterns by using different species of wood to contrast and enhance each other in the designs”.


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Woodturned Vessel by Jerry O’Brien





Lois is a widely shown abstract, intuitive painter artist.  She was most recently chosen for an award at the Artists of Palm Beach County’s Abstract Exhibition. he and Jerry will be displaying their respective works at the North Palm Beach Arts and Crafts Show and would love to meet folks as they enjoy the show.




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Intuitive Artist, Lois O’Brien




Jerry says, “Be advised that if you get me started about turning I’m quite a talker! When you come by our booth please feel free to pick up, handle and enjoy any of my works as I have simply taken something God has made and reshaped it into something meant to be handled and loved”.



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Jean “Notewell” Williams Features Her Embellished “Jean Handbags” and “A Little More Cream And Sugar”

Jean “Notewell” Williams’ latest book “A Little More Cream and Sugar” featuring Naliyah, Nana’s Little Angel speaks to the camaraderie of coffee drinkers, faith walkers and creative dreamers. Williams is the maestro behind It’zzz Our Time, LLC. The company carries the couture-inspired “Exclusively by Jeannie” ©Handbag Line. Jean is available to speak at book groups or organizations.  Jean will be at the North Palm Beach 30th Annual Arts & Crafts Fall Festival on Saturday, November 7th from 9 am – 4 pm.  The Rickie Report shares the details and knows you will appreciate Jean’s artistry, which includes hand embellished writing pens.  These are great for gift-giving ( to someone else or yourself)!







At The

30th Annual Arts & Crafts

Fall Festival

Saturday, November 7th

9 am – 4 pm

North Palm Beach Community Center

1200 Prosperity Farms Rd.      N.Palm Beach, FL






The Village of North Palm Beach 30th Annual Arts & Crafts Fall Festival will be on Saturday November 7th.  Designer, Jean “Notewell” Gibson Williams will be at the North Palm Beach Recreational Center (inside).  The event takes place from 9 am to 4 pm.




“Jean” Handbag by Jean “Notewell” Williams



Jean is an inspiring entrepreneur, whose public platform is “Walking out your Dream” ©. Williams’ latest book, ” A Little More Cream and Sugar” featuring Naliyah, Nana’s Little Angel speaks to the camaraderie of coffee drinkers, faith walkers and creative dreamers. The book trailer may be viewed on YOU Tube and has been featured on National cable television sites such as Bravo TV, Entertainment, MSNBC and DISH in Chicago, IL reaching over three million viewers!




“A Little More Cream and Sugar Featuring Naliyah Nana’s Little Angel

by Jean “Notewell” Williams




Jean will be autographing her latest book “A Little More Cream and Sugar “featuring; Naliyah Nana’s Angel.  Naliyah has gotten her little wings and the message of hope, courage and inspiration are continuing to touch everyone’s hearts, as they read “A Little More Cream and Sugar”.Follow the story of how the warmth and fragrance of coffee, a drink most of us take for granted, brings a family together through many generations. At the heart of this book is Naliyah, a youngster battling a childhood syndrome. While coffee exudes energy and zest, Naliyah’s personality brought those same qualities to everyone who met her.






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Go to and type in “A Little More Cream and Sugar”



Jean’s book is a family affair, reaching beyond this inspiring child. Jean tells The Rickie Report, “All the art work in the book is by me except for a few crafts and designed apparel by Liyah. There is a painting by her father. My other granddaughter Destiny, who is 14 years old, has an acrylic painting and an illustration in the book. My eldest did the layout and text formatting”.






For more information about Jean’s purses, photography or book please call 561-723-9328 or email

She is available to attend a meeting of your organization for a Book Signing!



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