Ed Muñoz’s Photography Of Antarctica And Other Iconic Images Is Featured With Zoom And In-Person Gallery Experiences Presented By New Studio For The Visual Arts And Artists of Palm Beach County

A collaboration between The New Studio for the Visual Arts and Artists of Palm Beach County gives us a front row seat to a hybrid (Zoom and In-Person) Gallery experience! Award winning photographer, Ed Muñoz shares his images of Antarctica as well as other iconic world destinations. Begin with a special live Zoom presentation on Monday, November 2. An In-Person Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 6.  The Exhibit continues through November 27. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Kudos to NSVA and APBC for working together to bring this  exhibit to us!







Photography by Ed Muñoz



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Photography by Ed  Muñoz




Ed Muñoz tells The Rickie Report, “It is a very special privilege for me to share my photography with all who attend. I have so enjoyed my travels and chronicling the wonders and beauty of our planet. I was especially moved by my visit to Antarctica. It is a place like no other on Earth.



“Passage” by Ed Muñoz

He goes on to say, “But even there, the effects of climate change are starting to cause serious challenges to the wildlife. I invite all to come and enjoy the images of the planet we all share. A place we must strive to keep healthy; because if we don’t it will not only be the wildlife that suffers… do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee”.













Monday, November 2

5:30 – 6:30  pm  

To   receive   the   Zoom   link:  



Email  “YES” in  the  subject  line  to:




Ed Muñoz will share the spectacular sights of our southernmost continent.  Without a doubt, this has been the most impactful of all of his numerous travel destinations.  He looks forward to sharing his images with you and talk about his experience while there. You will be able to ask questions to find out more about his adventure!




JOIN us In Person

Friday, November 6


6:30 pm











The sponsors of this hybrid exhibit tell The Rickie Report, “We recognize that this last offering may not be for everyone. There will be some still not comfortable with venturing out to such an event. We understand and respect that position. But for those who feel comfortable that following the Covid guidelines  will keep us safe, please either join us on Friday Nov. 6th, or anytime in the Month of November.


Photography by Ed Muñoz




For the reception, we will be limiting the number of people in the gallery to a maximum of 10 at any one time. For all other times during the month, just call ahead so we can be sure that someone will be present to facilitate your safe viewing of this exhibit.  Masks must be worn.





Photography by Ed Muñoz







For more information about the Artists of Palm Beach County:


Please visit:   artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org.


Artists of Palm Beach County is a non profit 501c organization dedicated to helping member artists achieve their artistic goals and utilize their talents to enrich the lives in our community. Registration #CH52359



For more information about New Studio For the Visual Arts:


Please visit:  thenewstudiova.net



The New Studio For The Visual Arts is a ​501(c)3 not-for-profit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by state and federal law. Our Federal Tax Identification Number is 83-1028635. The New Studio For The Visual Arts is registered with the State of Florida Department of Consumer Services.






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Art Exhibit Takes Viewers Beyond The Individual: “When We See Further” Offers Unique Perspective Of Four Artists

The Wasmer Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL) is offering viewers a unique experience.  Gallery Director, John Loscuito, has connected four disparate artists to pull together this deep-thinking exhibit, “When We See Further”.  Heather Couch, Marina Font, Renée Rey and Terre Rybovich offer four distinct ways of looking, feeling and thinking about the body. Each of their perspectives offers a unique tactile and psychological experience. The Rickie Report invites our readers to see the exhibit and urges you to listen to the Gallery Talk which are available online.  See beyond the individual and how those differences expand the definition of being human!










Gallery Talk interviews are also available on our website 
or the FGCU Arts YouTube channel



“Beyond the Individual”


Essay by John Loscuito, Gallery Director


The physical condition is a subject that artists have been reflecting on throughout history. While the human body is something that joins us, it is also something that divides us, or at the very least separates us. “When We See Further” is an exhibition about seeing beyond the individual and how those differences expand the definition of being human.


The artists in this exhibition, Heather Couch, Marina Font, Renée Rey and Terre Rybovich, offer four distinct ways of looking, feeling and thinking about the body. Each of their perspectives offers a unique tactile and psychological experience. They do this through their varied mediums that present the limits and potentials of the body’s physical and psychological state.  For these artists, depicting the body is just the beginning of a journey to something else. The works reveal many themes including impermanence, transformation, and resilience. Approaching their work for the first time is similar to encountering each other in life, it begins with a surface understanding of each piece that deepens through repeated encounters, and from the associations derived between the works.



John goes on to say”,The variety of approaches depicting the human body was the impetus for the exhibition, but through studio visits and group conversations, the artists revealed a different purpose. It became clear that a larger work was being created as each artist found connections and overlaps between the pieces they were creating for the exhibition. This was also during the first six months of the Covid-19 outbreak and the protests over racial inequities. It is impossible to separate the exhibition from the context in which it was created. The artists themselves see their work in new ways based on these events and through their collaboration. The human condition is clearly only limited by the context in which we choose to imagine it to exist. These artists provide ever-expanding hopes for that condition”.









Heather Couch uses clay, fibers and wood to create stand-alone objects and installations. Her ceramic forms range in size from a few inches to a few feet, but they all share evidence of her hands and fingers. Rather than smoothing the clay surface, Couch is purposely revealing her process and her body in the work. The bulbous forms of her sculptures are opened as though they once were occupied. They suggest the presence of a body while recording the body’s act of making. Couch also creates organic ladder structures with handles immersed in bundles of wool. They hang from the ceiling implying movement to another place. The combination of these elements creates a landscape of possibilities open to interpretation that we find repeated in the other artists as well.





Marina Font is explicit in her use of the human body in a different way. Photography is the basis of her work and an entry point for the viewer. The model she photographs can be seen as a representation of “any woman”. This model is used repeatedly throughout her work, but is always positioned in the same pose. Font then layers the photograph of the life-size nude with explosive patterns that recall star systems, energy and past generations.


These patterns are made using thread, fabric, and ceramics, creating a visceral juxtaposition against the photographic image. The abstract patterns exist in our physical space, more real and active than the photographic image itself, suggesting a static body that is in the process of exposing the emotional, spiritual and psychological being.






The large-scale paintings by Renée Rey are figurative and depict fantastical landscapes. Her paintings allude to an ethereal space of atmospheric beings that float and merge with each other and their surroundings. The physical laws break in a multitude of ways. The bodies themselves are fluid in gender, age and size. They intersect with each other, becoming one, as the sky and landscapes create symbolic forms celebrating this state of flux. Much like the abstract patterns in Font’s works, Rey’s bodies become the patterns, fragmenting into possibilities beyond the static form. Rey also describes her figures as self-portraits. They are interpretations of herself over the course of her life.






Self-portraiture is seen again in Terre Rybovich’s process. She begins with placing her body directly onto the drawings. It is a performative act that creates a literal imprint or tracing of her physical self within the work. This ghost of her body begins the drawing.


From there, Rybovich generates infinite possibilities for her drawings, from formal investigations to morphological evolutions with animals. Birds are a recent addition to her work. Their larger than life depictions are gridded over her body print, morphing and transforming it. The body’s scale and form change in relationship to both the birds as well as her other additions. Out of this process new structures are defined that map out the body’s relationship to itself, to nature, and mythic narratives.






Heather Couch is an emerging south Florida artist working primarily in installation with ceramic forms, fiber, and raw construction materials. Her work plays with fragility in a way that brings liveliness and nonchalance through materials that are both timeless and ephemeral. The seemingly irrational ways in which we move and make decisions are echoed in the process of this work. Nurturing, caretaking, risk, and transformation are themes that repeat themselves in her work, informed by emotional, spiritual, and ideological tension. The forms inform each other in a dialogue of growth and discovery, responding to experiences in the artist’s life and in empathy to stories that resonate with her own.


Raw materials actively respond to the maker, as the artist indulges in the character of the material. The repetition of finger marks in wet clay, the warmth of billowed wool, the grittiness and raw presence of concrete and wood… these serve as grounding consistencies that allow for continued exploration and the expression of intuitive gestures. In this process is found comfort, fear and metaphor in repetitively approaching a dynamic precariousness. There is an underlying strength that sits beneath any fragility.



Heather Couch is an Assistant Professor of Art at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She earned a BA in Sculpture at Union University in 2007, and an MFA in Ceramics at Arizona State University in 2015. She also studied ceramics and sculpture at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the Chautauqua Institute of Art in upstate New York, Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. She has been a resident artist at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona, and the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.









Marina Font was born in Argentina in 1970. She studied design at the Martin Malharro School of Visual Arts, Mar del Plata, Argentina. In 1998 she studied Photography at the Speos Ecole de la Photographie, Paris. She earned an MFA in Photography from Barry University, Miami in 2009. She has exhibited extensively at galleries, museums and cultural institutions in the US and abroad.


Her work is present in various public collections such as the MDC Museum of Art+Design, Miami, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Frost Art Museum at FIU, the LOWE Art Museum at The University of Miami, FoLA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Bunnen Collection in Atlanta, the Girls’ Club collection in Fort Lauderdale and various private collections throughout the world.


She is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, mixed media, installation and video. Her studio practice explores ideas about identity, gender, territory, language, memory and the forces of the unconscious. Her visceral and intuitive works, strongly influenced by psychoanalysis, often focuses on women and the domestic sphere.


Her first monograph “Anatomy is Destiny” in collaboration with Minor Matters Books + Dina Mitrani Gallery was selected for the Photo Book Spotlight by Aperture at aipad The Photography Show, NY, 2019. Marina is also part of the multidisciplinary collaborative RPM Projects, as well as the Instagram-based collaboration “Instacorrespondences”. She currently lives in Miami Beach and works at her studio at The Collective 62, located in Liberty City, Miami.







Renée Rey is an award-winning painter and mixed media artist working in Southwest Florida and New York City. In large and intimate-scaled artwork, Rey challenges traditional landscape and human figuration. In alternate universes and transformative self-portrait, she explores movement, metamorphosis and the sublime. Existential and societal narratives of age/gender/cultural identity, cross-cultural connections, environmental sustainability, inclusiveness and equality flow through her artwork. As she intuitively applies, wipes, scratches and manipulates traditional and non-traditional materials, Rey investigates intersections between abstraction and realism, two and three dimension, and intensity and delicacy of materiality by the artist’s hand.


Rey’s artwork has been selected for numerous national exhibitions by museum curators and gallery directors including the exhibition Gateway to Imagination, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM and Florida Contemporary Exhibition, Baker Museum, Artist-Naples, Naples, FL  Awards include Best of Show, Art Encounters National Competition by Alejo Benedetti, Curatorial Assistant, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK, Jade Dellinger, Director of Exhibits & Collections, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Myers, FL, and Mallory O’Connor, Professor of Art History Emerita (Santa Fe College, Gainesville,FL).


Rey was invited to the School of Visual Arts Summer Painting Residency, New York, NY in 2019 and Sun Peak Center for Art and Sustainability, Colorado Springs, CO in 2016. She has taught painting, drawing and creative thinking to adults and children for 8 years. The artist studied drawing, painting, 3D design, film, performance art, computer art and art history on the undergraduate and graduate levels in New York and Florida. Rey holds an MBA in Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, an AAS in Interior Design, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, an MA in Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY and a BA in Judaic Studies, University at Albany, Albany, NY.







A third-generation native of West Palm Beach, Terre is a daughter of Tommie Rybovich, the noted sports-fishing boat designer/builder. Like her father, Terre opts to work at the edge of what she knows, in a process of continual questioning.


Her drawing technique came to her years ago, while delirious with the flu. “Drawing backward” was the initial idea. In other words, creating an image by removing charcoal from paper, instead of making marks on a clean page. Since that day, Terre has been drawing backward. She staples a large piece of paper to a sheet of plywood, then scrubs the entire surface with a thick stick of charcoal. Next, she works spontaneously to imprint her hands, limbs and torso in the charcoal. Her aim is to start the drawing with random marks.



Ultimately it is those marks that determine the outcome of the drawing. Spending as much time looking as she does drawing, Terre relies on her intuition and her drawing skills to find the final image in the spontaneous marks. Working without preconceived results allows her to draw imagery she never could have imagined.  Since becoming a serious birder, Terre also makes drawings of birds based on photos she takes. Increasingly, birds also appear in her figurative works.



Terre has her Bachelors in Politics and Economics from New York University. She has a Masters in Rural Sociology from Wisconsin-Madison. Her first career was in grassroots activism and grant-making. That experience forged an enduring commitment to this world. It also instilled a courageous drive that Terre now channels into art-making.


Terre now lives in Homestead, Florida with her husband Jon Ward. Her drawings have been exhibited widely in South Florida; they are in a number of private collections. Terre’s drawings have been part of the Viewing Program of the Drawing Center in New York City since 2004.





For more information about this exhibit:

Wasmer Art Gallery is located on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965

Phone: (239) 590-7199

Website:  fgcu.edu







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Meet Crystal Alba: Vet Tech, Photographic Artist, Animal Advocate, Virtual Artist-In-Residence

While the ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest has reached its deadline, we continue to showcase those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. Crystal Alba is a multitasker par excellence!  The Virtual Artist in Residence for October, 2020 is a Vet tech, animal advocate and photographic artist based in Chattanooga, TN.  The Rickie Report shares her poignant photographs and her story. The Contest Results will be published soon, as the ENDANGERED ONLINE exhibition opens November 1st!  We’ll share the details!














October, 2020   Virtual   Artist   In   Residence






Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com




Crystal Alba tells The Rickie Report, “My mission is to see each animal as an individual and capture them in a way that makes people connect with them.”  As we looked at her photos, they seem like a family album: intimate, personal, and telling a story through the eyes of her subjects. We present a taste of Crystal’s work. To see more visit http://crystalalba.com






“Chimpanzee Portrait” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.



Crystal says, “Capturing the unique faces and personalities of these complex individuals has become very important to me. I like to photograph them as I would take human portraits. I think it helps people see how similar we are to our distant cousins. As an endangered species, chimpanzees need our help. Showing their “human” side is important to connect with people who might otherwise have no interest. I’ve met almost 100 chimpanzees and no two have been the same. They can be incredibly kind, curious, intelligent, friendly and generous. My portraits are an attempt to share that with the world.”





Photograph of the artist. © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.



Crystal’s goal is to show the world how she sees chimpanzees: as social, intelligent, emotional, and quirky individuals. “Even if one person feels compelled to help one chimpanzee because they saw something in a portrait that moved them, I feel that I have succeeded in my mission as a photographer.”





“Peacemaker and Instigator” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.





“Without connection, people aren’t moved to take action. Chimpanzees, who can live 50+ years in captivity, need more advocates speaking out for them, donating to them, and helping them however possible. This is why I began focusing on close-up intimate portraits of them.”






“Grooming” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.




“Grooming is important among chimpanzee social groups as it helps to build and strengthen bonds, diffuse tense situations, and it’s important for hygiene. Chimpanzee grooming sessions are often accompanied by noises like raspberries and lip smacking. If a chimpanzee has a new wound, no matter how minor, it is usually the focus of the grooming.”





“Rest” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.




“Chimpanzees nap a lot. One of my favorite things was quietly photographing them as they drifted off to sleep. I don’t think people really get to see sleeping chimpanzees when visiting zoos or watching them on TV. It’s a special moment, when their guard is totally down. Chimpanzees often sleep with their friends, sometimes with arms thrown over each other, or with this subject, in a quiet spot by herself.”


“Portrait of an Alpha Female” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.



“This is an older chimpanzee, the highest ranking female in her group. A force to be reckoned with, she is larger than many of the males. She uses many methods to sway others to take her side.”



“Mischievous” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.





“This young chimpanzee is the smallest female in her group. She uses her size to her advantage and gets the higher ranking chimpanzees to back her up. For a while, she was allowed to eat with the highest-ranking females in her group. She enjoys starting things with the other younger ones, sometimes running up and hitting or pestering them because she knows she’ll get away with it. She also forms close friendships. Once, when one of her closest friends refused to leave the outdoor area overnight, she stayed outside with her and kept her company until the next morning.”




“Food Peering” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.




“Food peering is one of my favorite chimpanzee behaviors. If a chimpanzee is eating something special or new or high value, others will gather round and put their faces right up in the face of the one who is eating. They are either inspecting the food or begging to share depending on the situation.”




See more of Crystal’s work at: http://crystalalba.com





Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com    

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com




Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes





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Stanford Slutsky Celebrates Childhood Memories With Hyper-Sized Sculptures. Reminisce With No Calories

The Rickie Report visits Stanford Slutsky‘s artwork and studio to see what this 79 year old artist is creating next!  His artwork has been seen world wide and is available in local galleries.  Our fascination is: What drives Stanford to create?  As a child, his imagination was captured by magical illusions. With the support of his wife Kathy, now he creates masterful illusions of 3D artworks that remind us of our childhoodIf you love candy on paper dots, sushi, chocolates, a Chicago Dog, and much more, then visit www.stanfordslutsky.com. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.






Accepting FaceTime Calls 


We’ll show you the piece of artwork you may want information on and tell you more about it ~



We can send you to one of the Art Galleries that represent our artwork ~




Boynton Beach, FL.



We specialize in three dimensional mixed media giant-sized hyper-realistic fine art replica sculptures of Good Humor Dessert Pops.






Art Critic, Candice Russell says, “Stanford Slutsky’s evolution as an artist has led him to a larger-than-life exploration of food, one of our most basic needs. However, not just any food has captured his fancy. Stanford harnesses the innocence of youth in the form of various sweets. People of a certain age have fond memories of the ice cream and other sweet things. Slutsky’s hyperrealism pop art food sculptures are larger than life. By enlarging the size of these snacks and desserts, the artist similarly enhances the viewer’s craving for them. If longing is a part of art, so be it”.



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Stanford Slutsky, 79, of Boynton Beach, has lived in Florida for 37 years.  He creates unmistakable lifelike sculptures of the sweet ice cream treats he remembers from his youth in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. He also creates art that looks like chocolates, hamburgers, bagels and pizza, among others. After one year of college, he spent his career in the wholesale grocery business, retiring to Florida in 1983. “I’m a self-taught artist, that I believe comes from a higher power,” said Slutsky, who sports a goatee and boasts a puckish sense of humor, saying he is “the best looking artist you know.”




3D Sesame bagel, lox, tomato and cream cheese with Kathy Slutsky



Stan tells The Rickie Report, “Creating food art was the natural growth of my background. Looking back at my life, driving a Good Humor ice cream truck for a summer job, being in the grocery business, my love of food, especially my love of sweet things inspired my choice of subjects. I think of my art before going to sleep and I wake up thinking of my art, and go into my studio to work on my art. “When I was a child,” Slutsky said, “there was something about the illusions magicians created that captured my imagination. I want that same vivid sense of illusions to be central in all my artwork.”







An array of 3 sizes of 3D Strawberry Eclair Pops created by Stanford Slutsky 




His current works of food are colorful, playful, mouth-watering and, as he joked, “calorie-free.” Slutsky has exhibited in numerous venues and participated in many national and international competitions including the online gallery in the United Kingdom, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art 54th annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition.








Kathy and Stanford Slutsky: May, 1962 at Kathy’s Senior Prom





Slutsky was nominated to the Florida Arts Hall of Fame in 1993. His “Assorted Box of Candy” won an award at The Armory of West Palm Beach and Art in Public Places at the Palm Beach International Airport, Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Coral Springs Art Museum, City of Boynton Beach to mention a few. He credits his enjoyment through his journey in life to his wife of 58 years, Kathy, and their three children: Roberta, Marlin, and Adele, and their spouses from Pittsburgh and Majorca Spain and 6 grandchildren.





Stan enjoys lime in his tequila!  Here’s a hyper-sized slice!




He said he loves to do all the grocery shopping and cook for his wife, family and friends while enjoying a drink of tequila before preparing dinner. “Cooking makes me relax,” Slutsky said. He also shares good times with his longtime friends from grade school. “In 1984, along with David Maxwell, we created and started an Arts District in downtown Hollywood, Florida, which enabled unknown but talented artists to display their works,” he said. “One Friday of each month, we held receptions that included music, and opened a theater. The public viewed and purchased the works of the many local artists and provided them the opportunity to create more pieces of art. I am proud of that accomplishment.” Slutsky credits his wife as the person he most admires. “She is honest, dependable, kind, compassionate and wonderful.




At a young age, Slutsky unearthed clay to made sculptures. In high school he won many awards for his jewelry design and creations.  He moved to Florida 34 years ago where he became a full time working and professional artist. These past years he has had numerous SOLO exhibits including the  Young at Art Museum in Davie, Fl, Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Fort Lauderdale Art Institute,  and Nathan D. Rosen Museum.



Stan the Good Humor man


After focusing on and perfecting his optical illusion Art and geometric techniques, Slutsky has now moved into his new territory. His memory of the summer of 1957 when he drove a Good Humor ice cream truck (and was called “Stan the Good Humor Man”) drives his intention to stimulate and provoke a positive emotional response to our love of food.





“Samurai Sushi” by Stanford Slutsky




A recent interviewer wrote, ” Walking into the home of Stanford Slutsky is like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, the giant-sized hyper-realistic art on the wall looks good enough to eat. What looks like luscious chocolates is actually made of Plaster of Paris, rigid foam, tacky glue, glitter, acrylic and much more.



Stanford Slutsky working in his studio on a Stack of Pancakes



By exaggerating the size of these snacks and desserts, the artist similarly enhances the viewer’s craving. Slutsky states, “After walking through the market, I see something sweet to create and proceed to recreate in my studio by eating, studying, feeling and smelling my new subject matter.” Slutsky then starts by taking photos, measuring, sculpting, sanding, and mixing paint colors for the mixed media construction of his artwork.





“Watermelon Slice, Orange Slice, Lime Slice” by Stanford Slutsky



This good feelings from childhood come racing back, as you see beyond life-size pizza slices, ice cream bars dripping as they “melt”, sushi, hamburgs, and so much more.  His enjoyment is not only derived from the creative process, but from seeing the smiles on the faces of art lovers who collect his work.



When you bring the art work of Stanford Slutsky to your home or office, you automatically invite joy and whimsy to your walls and space! His artwork is precise yet spontaneous. His perceptions of the world will bring a smile to your heart and engage all of your visitors. Stan’s pieces are original one of a kind food sculptures – larger than life –  with the emphasis on confectionary things and other edibles. Slutsky says, “I am chasing the sweet things in life.”




“Chocolate Sampler” by Stanford Slutsky



Slutsky has exhibited in numerous venues and participated in many national and international competitions including  the on line gallery in the UK, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art 54th annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, (out of more than 1100 submissions by nearly 400 artists, he was one of less than 100 artists chosen to represent the best in Florida. Slutsky, was nominated to the Florida Arts Hall of Fame in 1993. His “Assorted Box of Candy” won an award at The Armory of West Palm Beach, Art in Public Places at the Palm Beach International Airport, to mention a few.  Slutsky is currently represented in two galleries: Sundook Fine Art Galleries (Delray Beach, FL), and Gallery Art at the Promenade Shops (Aventura, FL)





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For more information about Stanford’s Artworks:


VISIT: www.stanfordslutsky.com 

EMAIL: mr-food@att.net

CALL: 561-789-4678







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Pompano Beach Arts Launches Virtual Workshops With Techniques Of Documenting Your Artwork & Collectibles

Pompano Beach Arts is launching its virtual workshops for both artists and collectors.  Join Sarah Michelle Rupert on Wednesday, October 28 for this FREE Zoom event.  Learn different techniques to document your artwork or collectibles on your smartphone, basic shots, and stop motion animation!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now! 













Creative    Documentation    Workshop

Techniques Of Documenting

Your    Artwork    &    Collectibles

Wednesday October 28

 6:00 – 8:00 PM







To   learn  more   and   register   visit:


When you register for this event, the Zoom link will be sent to you.




This short, informal workshop via Zoom is created with artists and collectors in mind who are looking for creative ways to document and share their work with minimal equipment.

Participants will learn different techniques and best practices to quickly capture quality photo and video of their artwork or collectibles on their smartphones.

After a review of standards of artwork documentation, the workshop will go over a basic shot list and jump into alternative documentation methods including stop motion animation, prop use and model interventions.

Participants will leave the workshop with fun photo and video documentation of their work for use in websites, social media and print.




Suggested Materials for Workshop:


• smart phone

• small 2D, small 3D and book or zine work • large desk, table or work area

• positionable lights or lamps

• Free App – ImgPlay, Apple or Google play

• Suggested: Tripod and Cell Phone attachment for tripod

• Suggested: large white paper, poster board, or portable light studio



Sarah Michelle Rupert is an artist, educator and cultural producer living and working in Miami, FL. Working with photography, video, collage, drawing and animation, her creative practice revolves around consumer and mass-communication culture and its beautiful, tragic and humorous interactions within contemporary life and the environment. As a cultural producer, she works collaboratively with artists and organizations to build innovative and fun projects across artistic disciplines. She is the Director of Collections at Girls’ Club Collection, a private collection and nonprofit alternative art space in Fort Lauderdale. She is a founding co-director of SPF: Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale and Tropic Bound Artist’s Book Fair, and works with artists and collectives to realize ambitious projects through program and grant development.


To learn about other  events and to register visit



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, Historic Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely House. 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.



For more information visit, www.pompanobeacharts.org or call 954-545-7800.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at  50 W Atlantic Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL  33060




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Genie Appel-Cohen’s Classes In Colored Pencil, Painting (All Mediums), And Colored Pencil & Mixed Media Begin October 27 With A New Session November 17

Are you feeling intimidated to take an art class?  Fret no longer! Genie Appel-Cohen is offering Colored Pencil Classes, Colored Pencil & Mixed Media Classes, and Painting Classes (all mediums) via Zoom with a size limit of 8 students per class. The three-week sessions begin October 27 and another session begins November 17. Due to the Pandemic, and at the urging of her students, Genie has created an unusually successful Zoom platform for artists in all 2 dimensional mediums. When we show you some of the artwork by her students, you will understand what makes Genie such a valued teacher. From the comfort of your home, set aside your inhibitions.  Join one of Genie’s classes!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of her students and her own artworks.







Genie  Appel-Cohen



Genie Appel-Cohen 

954 290-6430    www.artbyappel.com



Genie Appel-Cohen has shown her artworks several times at the Tate Gallery (London, England) and she is one of the few American artists listed in the Tate archives!  In addition, she was one of only thirty artists, nationwide, to be invited by the U.S. Department of the Interior, to paint en plein air in Montana’s National Parks.




“Climate” Oil Painting by Genie Appel-Cohen



Genie Appel-Cohen tells The Rickie Report, “There are many great artists, and many great teachers; but to be an art teacher, a good one, requires skills not taught in any school.  There is no one more vulnerable or brave than a new art student.  They come to me, full of hope and yearning, and I take that responsibility very seriously.  Each person is precious. I need to learn just who they are, how best to teach them, and to support them completely, (every step of the way); on this wonderful journey, we call art.  That for me, is a mission and the blessing of my life”.  When you view some of the artworks by her students, you will see how this nurturing focus brings out the best in them! Due to the Pandemic, and at the urging of her students, Genie has created an unusually successful Zoom platform for artists in all 2 dimensional mediums.  




Student artworks Left to Right: Marla Friedman, Fran Fran Starkman




Genie tells us, “Each painting is a story where the artist invites the viewer to become part of their inner world.  My work is an invitation to engage you in a conversation.  I use paint, or pencil to reveal hidden meaning; not just in my life, but in yours as well.  I usually work in a series so I can explore one idea, but in different ways.   My hope is that I can make a connection, and that you might say, “Oh yes, I see”, or,   “Yes, I felt that, too.” This might be one small part of our mutual humanity; but for me, it is everything”.

Student artworks Left to Right: Linda Solomon, Judith Rostenne






 Limited 8 students per class


Upcoming Sessions:

  October 27, 28, 29    

November 17, 18, 19



Tuesday Morning Colored Pencil Class, 10-12:30 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Colored Pencil & Mixed Media, 1-3:30 pm

Thursday Morning Painting (all mediums), 10-12:30 pm

Basic 3 week zoom class:$125.00

Basic 3 week zoom class with 1 Teacher/student ½ hour intensive zoom session: $160.00

Basic 3 week zoom class with 2 Teacher/student ½ hour intensive zoom sessions:$195.00


Registration requested (4) days before class begins.

Call to Register:     954 290-6430



“Blind Horse Rising” Acrylic by Genie Appel-Cohen


Genie’s work is in corporate collections including: The Prudential Insurance Company, Interior’s by Steven G., Agent’s Umbrella Group, Platinum Luxury Action, and The Hormel Meat Company. Her artwork was published in, “An Invitation to Prayer,” written by the late Rabbi Shoni Labowitz. In addition, she was featured on the cover of City Link Magazine, as ‘one of the most unforgettable artists of the year’.




Her series, “Elements” at The Coral Springs Museum of Art,” was proclaimed by art writer Candice Russell, as “profound renderings with deep psychological undercurrents.” Her expressionist work is rendered in oil, oil pastels, acrylics, and colored pencil. Her work encompasses both conventional and non-conventional subjects.



“The Ballet Dancer” Colored Pencil by Genie Appel-Cohen



Genie was the former owner of  “The Art Implosion Workshops,” where she taught over 60 students for over 7 years. More recently, she has been part of the faculties at The Boca Museum Art School and at Coral Springs Museum of Art. As an art educator activist and workshop leader, she taught groups of gifted teen artists and created ground-breaking workshops to fast-tract artists of all ages toward successful career and personal achievement paths.




Award-winning painter, Genie Appel-Cohen is a Signature Member of The National Acrylic Painter’s Association, a past president of 2+3 The Artist’s Organization, a former board member of the National Association of Women Artist, Florida; and a committee member for Women in the Visual Arts.

For more information about classes or Genie’s art please contact:

Genie Appel-Cohen

The Inside A r t I s t


954 290-6430








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Jan Bush Presents “Art About You” Virtual Class At Old School Square Promoting Feelings Of Wellness, Self Discovery And Creative Tools For Insight All While Having Fun!

Today is Mental Health Awareness Day and we interview Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC. A board certified and licensed Art Psychotherapist, Jan will offer “ART ABOUT YOU” via the Creative Arts School at Old School Square’s new virtual classes.  Improving one’s mental, emotional, and physical health translates to better overall health! Art therapy is designed to promote feelings of wellness, self-discovery, and creative tools for insight. Weekly classes promise to be fun, motivating and will help you reframe, recharge, and revitalize yourself.  Be assured that anyone can participate!  You do not need to have any art skills and you do not need to disclose any private information.  ART ABOUT YOU” contains a WOW factor of fun and is guaranteed to help you keep your stress levels low and your contentedness high.  Sign up for this virtual class! The Rickie Report shares the details.









Four Week Virtual Classes  Begin   

October 15, 2020

1 – 4 PM

 At Old School Square Creative Arts School











Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC


Email:  Arttherapysouthflorida@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/arttherapysouthflorida/















TRR:  The Creative Arts School at Old School Square is offering some unique classes, including your “ART ABOUT YOU”.  What should a student expect from this class?


This class will focus on Art Therapy-based directives and is not treatment oriented, as one might find in personal counseling sessions. Instead, this class is designed for wellness and self-enrichment with the leadership of a credentialed and licensed professional who  will teach nourishing self-care practices on topics related to self-compassion, self-awareness, self-care, and identification of feelings. If you are interested in any form of artmaking and desire to learn creative approaches with your feelings and communication styles and want to have fun, this class is for you. The art media used is based on a student’s free choice or suggestions that will be offered. I look forward to helping my students learn that in this class, art is something you do—not something you make.






TRR:  What is an Art Therapist?


Credentialed art therapists are healthcare professionals who provide services to people of all ages in a variety of care settings and through private practice. They work in hospitals, clinics, K-12 schools, educational institutions, nursing homes,  community programs, prisons, recreation facilities, mental health settings and nonprofit agencies. They often work with other medical professionals to create treatment plans to help people address health and well-being. 




TRR:  How did you begin your career as an art therapist?



began my interest in art and helping others in the late 1960’s.  I was in high school in my home town, Miami, where I volunteered at a childrens’ group home. I wanted to pursue professional study of Art Therapy in college, but learned there was no undergraduate major in the field. I majored in fine arts, education and psychology. And fortunately, I was able to participate in community work at a local private psychiatric inpatient facility where I mentored with a prominent art therapist clinician. Later, I pursued graduate studies at Hahnemann Medical College (aka Drexel University) in Philadelphia and became a registered certified clinician.  In 1976 after graduate school, I returned to Miami, and slowly developed an “in” to the Miami Dade County Public Schools.  My dream was to bring art therapy to the children in public schools. However, no one had heard of art therapy nor were there any job openings or an employee structure for the hiring of an art therapist.




I became successful in implementing a pilot program which was later accepted in the schools as a full-fledged mental health component for children identified as having behavioral difficulties. I am credited for contributing to the fields of psychology and education as the first therapist in the nation to have laid the foundation for a mental health program in public education, in the field  of clinical art therapy for Miami’s Dade County Public Schools.  My endeavor established a national model for art therapy in school settings and I subsequently authored the pioneering textbook, The Handbook of School Art  Therapy – Introducing Art Therapy into a Public-School System, (CC Thomas Publishers, 1997). Through my long-term and pioneering work, I received a National Distinguished Clinical Services Award from the American Art Therapy Association and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Miami Dade County Public Schools. 








I am a Registered-Board Certified Art Psychotherapist with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB).  My breadth of clinical practice has not only included educational settings but also medical, psychiatric and outpatient settings, correctional facilities and social service  agencies helping clients with a range of issues such as depression and anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, relationship  problems, career and educational concerns, LGBTQ issues and other life events. 



Internationally known, I have consulted, presented, and keynoted my work for higher  education, hospitals, educational settings, non-profit groups, agencies and professional  organizations. Additional professional work has included developing clinical curricula for higher education,  evaluating counseling programs, mentoring aspiring art therapists, writing books, clinical guides and articles and pursuing original research.   I have been featured in local, state and national print and broadcast media including television shows, radio programs, newspaper and magazine articles, podcasts and NBC’s nationwide network newsPresently, I serve as a consultant in private practice based in Palm Beach County Florida. I have been fortunate to have the superstar nod in the  field and have been a popular speaker presenting courses, invited keynotes, workshops and other learning opportunities for educational, medical and business settings across the USA.



TRR:  What is art therapy and how does it work?


Art therapy has been around since the 1940s. Two pioneers in the field, Margaret Naumburg and Edith Kramer used art therapy to help clients tap into their inner thoughts, feelings and experiences through creative expression. Therapists use patient art expressions to encourage them to talk about the images and to begin to look to themselves for meaning and insight. Combined with talk therapy, it can help people deal with emotions, increase self-awareness and self-worth and decrease stress and anxiety. 

The basis of art therapy is a means of helping mental and emotional health. It comes from the unique effect of the creative process. While traditional psychotherapy involves a dialogue between a clinician and a patient in need of help, art therapy adds a facilitating tool for expression and analysis of personal issues. Through the creation of art, patients are able to tap into deeper feelings, perhaps things that are difficult to express in words. Every single person is unique, and therefore problems with mental health are similarly personal, but art is known to grant access to different parts of the mind, making it easier to explore a huge variety of issues, ranging from childhood trauma or repressed memories to identity confusion, career struggles or relationship issues.





TRR:  What are the benefits of art therapy?


 Art therapy has proven itself to be a valuable tool for facilitating self-exploration and is widely seen as a viable, unique and revelatory therapeutic approach. When words are not enough, we turn to the arts to help repair and to tell our stories. And in doing so, we find pathways to wellness, recovery and transformation.Some of the benefits are:

• art making is healing and life enhancing
• we can more easily express uncomfortable emotions, and work through conflicts, by using images in addition to words
• by making art we enhance communication
• art therapy gives us new perspectives on our problems and at the same time provides an avenue to try out new solutions
• through a variety of simple materials, everyone can find comfort and strength
• the art product gives us a clear look at the issues which are sometimes complex or vague, making them easier to understand
• art gives us a tangible record of change – documenting our story and progress as it unfolds 



TRR:   How is art used in therapy?



An art therapist uses a variety of art media such as sculpture, drawing and painting in combination with psychological counseling to treat mental and emotional trauma.  The art is used as a helping tool to broaden awareness and discovery. It is the patient’s personal stories associated with the art and the art therapist’s guidance that provides eventual healing.The relationship between a therapist, an individual, and the art process and art products is essential to art therapy and includes purposeful dialogue and specific therapeutic interventions in response to both process and product.



TRR:   Is art therapy beneficial to a specific gender or age group?


No.  Art Therapy is applicable to all people of all ages and with many different life issues who have a desire for personal growth and/or who have difficulties in negotiating their tasks of daily living.






TRR:  What areas are treated by art therapists?


Therapists may specialize in various symptomatology although art therapy is applicable to a variety life issues. Signs and Symptoms Include:


Anxiety, Depression, Substance dependency, Stress, Post traumatic stress, Attention deficit, Hyperactivity, Aging issues, Cancer, Compassion fatigue, Heart disease, Anorexia, Bulimia, Eating disorders, Cognitive impairments, Family relationships, Wellness, Relaxation, Delusions, Paranoia, Hallucinations, Inability to cope with daily problems, Trouble understanding or relating to situations/people, Substance abuse, Eating habits, Sex drive, Anger, hostility, violence, Suicidal thinking, Relationships, Distraction, Personal achievement,  Empowerment, Self management skills, Improve communication skills, Past traumas, Reduce stress, Improve problem solving skills, and Build self-esteem.






TRR:    How has art therapy changed over your career span?


New and evidence based discoveries in art therapy have created outstanding opportunities for art therapists to practice in new environments and treat patients with diverse conditions. Research has been trending in favor of art therapy in allied health and integrative–mind-bodymedicine arenas. The field has also widely embraced discoveries about art and the brain, information that supports the application of specific art-based approaches in the amelioration of stress, integration of trauma memories, treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, reduction in pain and fatigue perception, and improvement in quality of life, especially for those challenged by disability or illness. Art therapy is clearly demonstrating that it successfully addresses many somatically-based conditions including trauma reactions, post traumatic stress and depression as well as many neurological and cognitive disorders. More importantly, art therapy is proving itself to be an effective intervention in improving overall quality of life and in perceptions of wellness.



As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site


TRR:   What are the educational  requirements of an art therapist?


People who wish to enter the field must possess 18 semester hours of art studio courses and 12 semester hours of psychology courses. A bachelor’s degree, often in psychology, art or education is required. They then apply to a master’s degree program in art therapy. According to the American Art Therapy Association, prospective art therapy graduate students must submit a portfolio of their artwork in order to be admitted to an art therapy masters degree program.  Art therapy degree programs typically last about two years. Students enrolled in a graduate program for art therapy take classes related to psychotherapy, psychology, human development, ethics, patient assessment and other subjects related to the art therapy field. Graduates of a program typically earn a master’s degree in art therapy. They may also earn a master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in art therapy. Some art therapists return to school to earn a Ph.D. in art therapy or related fields.


TRR:  What are the Certification Requirements?  


Art therapists are required to be certified by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). After earning a master’s degree and fulfilling post-graduate art therapy experience requirements, new therapists are eligible to earn a certified credential to become a registered art therapist (ATR). Registered art therapists must successfully pass a written exam administered by the ATCB to become board certified (ATR – BC), which is a more advanced credential (www.atcb.org).TheArt Therapy Credentials Board, in alignment with the American Art Therapy Association, manages the credentialing and testing processes of art therapists to ensure the professional and high-caliber practice of the profession. Their mission is to “protect the public by promoting the competent and ethical practice of art therapy through the credentialing of art therapy professionals.” (ATCB, 2017).




Depending on the state of practice, art therapists may need to attain additional licensure in art therapy or a related mental health field. There are only a handful of states requiring licensure at this time, although most states are politically active in pursuing the regulation of the field through licensure. (https://arttherapy.org/credentials-and-licensure/) The American Art Therapy Association supports federal and state policies, legislation, regulations, judicial actions, and initiatives that encourage, promote, and support efforts to gain a professional art therapy license and licensure of art therapists. Until each state has art therapy licensing, individuals hired as art therapists should have a masters degree in the field, their Art Therapist Registered credential (ATR) and their Board Certification (BC) credential,  since this is the terminal registration for the field.





TRR:  Are art therapist easily accessible to the general community?



There are only 7500+ art therapists in the USA. Being a small field, there may not be great accessibility to a local art therapist. Hospitals and related care facilities must budget for positions. Often budgets fall short of providing a host of services, especially in the mental health area. Many art therapists have had to create their own positions, much like I did. Some are hired as related service providers and are able to provide art therapy services together with the requirements of their position.





TRR: If someone was looking for an art therapist in this area where would you suggest they go?


There are several ways of finding an art therapist:

1.  The American Art Therapy Association maintains an art therapist locator:https://arttherapy.org/art-therapist-locator/

2. The Florida Art Therapy Association 


3. Contact Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC



4. An internet and social media search for art therapy or art therapists in your area.





For more information about this class offering or to contact Jan:

Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC


Email:  Arttherapysouthflorida@gmail.com

Web Site: http://www.arttherapysouthflorida.com

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/arttherapysouthflorida/







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Creative Arts School at Old School Square Announces Registration For New Virtual Classes Fall 2020/Winter 2021

The Creative Arts School at Old School Square announces New Virtual Classes for Fall 2020/Winter 2021. NEW SKILLSNEW HOBBIESNEW YOU! And all from the convenience of home! Choose from classes in culinary arts, music performance, fine art, photography and digital imagingRegistration is open for online classes at Creative Arts School, from October 2020 through March 2021. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks! 










51 N. Swinton Avenue     Delray Beach, FL 33444





 New skills~

New hobbies~

New you~

And all from the convenience of home!



Check Out This Video:







The Creative Arts School is located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre building. The School offers beginner through master level classes, for all ages, during fall/winter and spring/summer sessions. From classes for art and photography to genres that have never before been offered, we are exploring new territories to bring you classes that are accessible with the click of a button. Using the power of Zoom, you will enter a virtual classroom that is both collaborative and interactive! At the Creative Arts School, we are excited about the far-reaching potential of this tool because it enables teachers AND students to remotely participate in real-time lessons.


Art classes include drawing, painting, watercolor, pastel, collage and mixed media. All patrons have access to Open Studio sessions throughout the year.


Photography classes include introduction to digital camera use, fine art photography (beginning/intermediate/advanced/master) and digital imaging.


Newly announced classes in Music Performance and Culinary Arts are designed to uplift your senses while sharpening your skills! Classes include musical instrument performance and culinary exploration in varieties of cuisine.



Check Out Some Of The  26 New Classes:










Watercolor 102, taught by fine artist Janet Onofrey, helping students to learn the techniques that bring watercolor paintings to life. Students will learn skills such as gradient washes, sponging, masking, dry brushing, wet-on-wet, and more ways to enjoy this nontoxic medium.








NoodleArt 101, taught by restaurateur Walter Harris and sharpening students’ cooking skills. In newly introduced curricula for Culinary Arts, NoodleArt 101 will teach students to merge American ingredients with traditionally inspired Asian cuisine and flavor profiles.









Ukelele Magic II, taught by South Florida-based guitarist, singer, songwriter, and session musician Sean Radford. Ukelele Magic II takes students on a musical journey, while learning popular songs from yesterday and today through ukulele instruction. This class teaches fun techniques such as fingerpicking, chord progressions, and challenges through accompaniment patterns.








Intermediate Guitar, also taught by Sean Radford, takes students with fundamental guitar-playing experience to a more advanced level. Through Radford’s masterful instruction, students will learn to strum, read notation for chords and notes, sharpen ear training, improvising, build a repertoire of songs, and more!






Art About You, taught by Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC. Conducted by a licensed and certified Art Psychotherapist, this class utilizes art therapy-based directives to help students discover emotions and gain insights about oneself.









Creating A Fold Book, taught by award-winning painter and illustrator Carla Golembe, teaches students to create three-dimensional “fold book” works of art using illustration, fine art, and language. Students will explore creative storytelling through imagery and, if they wish, words.







Travel Sketchbook, taught by fine artist Jen Fisher, helps students to create artistic memories as they travel to their favorite destinations through their photo albums.










Collage and Mixed Media, taught by fine artist Sharon Koskoff, which explores the fascinating world of collage and mixed media using found materials, recyclables, personal photographs, collectibles, and other unusual art mediums.



AND    MORE………..


Other long-standing classes covering fine arts, digital imaging, and photography also return! Each class is taught using the power of Zoom and gives students access to a virtual classroom that is both collaborative and interactive.

All of the fun-filled, joy-inspiring, and diverse classes can be found here: www.oldschoolsquare.org/classes/online-learning





Old School Square Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit cultural arts organization, located in the heart of charming downtown Delray Beach, FL. A historical landmark that has served the community for over 30 years, Old School Square’s mission is to enrich the lives of all people as the community’s cultural center and destination for the arts. Old School Square provides a total arts experience through visual and performing arts, education, and entertainment.

For more information on Old School Square visit www.oldschoolsquare.org.







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Wellington Art Society October Events Include Virtual Meeting Demonstration With Suzanne Redmond And Member’s Art Gallery

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) will feature a demonstration by member and past president, Suzanne Redmond on October 14. The meeting demonstration will take place through the WAS Zoom virtual link which is distributed by email to all members. A meet and greet will be followed by the member spotlight and brief meeting. The event will conclude with Suzanne’s demonstration. The public is invited. The Rickie Report shares these details, some sneak peeks of Suzanne’s artwork, and a link to the impressive Member’s Art Gallery.  RSVP to get the Zoom link!






Public Is Invited To

Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  October 14, 2020

 7 PM






All events open to members and non-members

Please RSVP to presidentofwas@gmail.com for the Zoom Link to attend





“Untitled” by Suzanne Redmond



Suzanne Redmond is a local art professional in the Wellington area. She has a business background in accounting. After years working in financial and contract management, she switched gears to pursue her artistic side. As Suzanne became more connected within the local arts community, she found herself organizing art shows and helping artists with their business and writing tasks. Suzanne’s own artworks have been featured in regional exhibits and in the prestigious Art in Public Places exhibit at Palm Beach International Airport.



Suzanne Redmond podcasting The Left Brain Artist



It wasn’t long until Suzanne then started her very own podcast, The Left Brain Artist, where she interviews a new artist every week. Interview topics include art and artistic techniques in addition to exploring how each artist creates and maintains a successful business. With over one million downloads in just a few short years, Suzanne’s podcast has become a local sensation and international platform for artists interested in creative and business development. For more information about Suzanne and her podcast, please visit www.suzanneredmond.com.





WAS Virtual Gallery


In addition to the virtual meeting demonstration, WAS is participating in a virtual gallery through October 16. This is an open themed exhibit featuring artworks including sculptures, fine art photography, paintings, and more. Viewers can see the artwork in a 3D virtual gallery and everything is for sale. For more information and to view the virtual gallery, please visit the Wellington Art Society Home page www.wellingtonartsociety.org or https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2095366/was-member-showcase.




The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org





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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Deadline Is October 7. Join Us To Celebrate Douglas Aja Artist-In-Residence’s Sculptures

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 7th. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up can apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Douglas Aja, our Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply! 







ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest




Contest deadline OCTOBER 7th


Entry details and Virtual Artist in Residence information below  










Applying Patina © 2020 Douglas Aja.All Rights Reserved.

Douglas Aja:

Sculptor of African Wildlife, Photographer, Adventurer and Animal Philanthropist


Check out this video of Doug’s inspiring work: 


To see more visit:




Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife in bronze since the late 1990s.  Though he sculpts a variety of species, he specializes in the African elephant.  Many elephants are known individuals from Amboseli National Park in Kenya.





“Playful”  © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

“Playful” depicts an orphaned elephant chasing a soccer ball. Calves are orphaned for many reasons, mostly because of poaching to feed the illegal ivory trade. The fortunate ones are brought to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where they are cared for and eventually reintroduced into the wild, a process that takes many years.






“Dionysus” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Named by elephant researcher Cynthia Moss, Dionysus was one of the largest and most dominant bulls in the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya. This sculpture represents him in his prime at approximately 50 years of age. Dionysus has been featured in many documentaries, including the “Echo of the Elephants” films.





“Echo & Calf “© 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This sculpture is of an old matriarch known as Echo along with her one year old calf, Emily Kate. Echo is probably the world’s best known wild elephant, having been featured in the four BBC “Echo of the Elephants” films as well as “An Eye for An Elephant”.




Exploring Africa:


Traveling to Africa for the first time in 1978, Doug took part in a wilderness education program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). There he studied wilderness and mountaineering skills, outdoor leadership, minimum impact camping and Kenya’s culture. He continues to visit East Africa regularly to take photos, gather reference material and to further his knowledge and understanding of his subjects. He often backpacks on Mount Kenya, through Maasailand and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.





Kenya © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.




“Prized Possession” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The spotted hyena is the most successful large carnivore in Africa. They are highly adaptable and opportunistic, capable of hunting a wide variety of prey animals and will scavenge when the opportunity arises. They hunt alone, in small groups or in large packs.



“Approaching Storm” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

I was in the Maasai Mara near the end of a long drought when we were hit with high winds and heavy thunderstorms. While driving back to camp we stopped to watch a pride of lions. What caught my attention most was the males’ manes blowing in the wind. Approaching Storm depicts a young male lion gazing out onto the savanna as the strong wind and rain blow in his face.





“Brown-hooded Kingfisher” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher inhabits wooded and savanna country in southeastern and central Africa. It has a varied diet which includes insects, small mammals, birds and reptiles. It only rarely eats fish. It searches for its prey from a perch, rapidly flies down to grab it with its bill then returns to its perch to eat it.






Creative Philanthropy:


Doug has been a longtime supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), ElephantVoices and The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. He had dedicated his time and creativity to support species in need and donates art and/or a portion of his sales to a number of charities.  




“Threatened” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This female cheetah is intently looking at something in the distance that could pose a threat to her cub, possibly a lion or hyena which would kill the cub if given the chance. Cheetahs are now on the endangered species list, numbering around 10,000 in the wild.






“Watchful” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Cheetahs are constantly scanning the savanna on the lookout for prey. More importantly if it’s a female with cubs, she would also be on alert for other predators. My goal in sculpting “Watchful” was to capture this intense and focused gaze.



To see more of Doug’s work visit:




The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest



Enter Now! 

Deadline Extended  to 7th October






Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com



This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats.  The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

  • Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

Categories for Entry:



Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art)

Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001).  We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest. 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.  Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD.  There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories.  Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition. 



Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues.  It seems clear that resurgence of the virus could possibly force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers.  Such a last minute cancellation would mean that artists would spend money sending work in to an exhibition that might not happen and that would likely have far less visitors.   Having taken everything into account we have determined, sadly, that we must cancel the live exhibition this year. 

We have developed an exciting virtual exhibition to run from November 1 to December 31, 2020.  Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning.  We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real-life show.   Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days. 

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece. 

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Please note:  Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place.  Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes by June 30th

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com




Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message. 

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

  • Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
  • You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
  • We will design an e-flyer for you to send out to clients and contacts
  • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website
    • You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment. 
    • We will include your full bio and artist statement
    • We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
    • We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
    • We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
    • We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. 

Artists can only be featured once a year. 



Enter Now!  Deadline Extended to 7th October






Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.



Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com




Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes




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