Leonardo Montoya Is Featured Artist In Residence For Month Of October. Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) Offers Numerous Demos, Workshops And Opportunities For Art Lovers & Artists Alike

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is delighted to relaunch its Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA). The month of October features Leonardo Montoya, an internationally recognized artist known for portraying the uniqueness of people so viewers can relate, accept, and embrace diversity.  Empowering the characters he paints, he highlights each person’s beauty and singularity, giving a voice to those daily life warriors that are often overlooked.  The AiR Program provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with our community. The Rickie Report shares the details of Leonardo’s events, some sneak peeks of his images, and information on becoming an AiR.












   P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:



 L E O N A R D O        M O N T O Y A





Bailey Contemporary Arts


41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060




Leo’s   Schedule   of   Events   for   October:








Friday, October 7, 2022

For Untapped:


6 – 10 PM retail window and exhibition upstairs event.




Thursday, October 13

A taste of Jazz:


7  – 9  PM  Live painting a Nina Simone artwork from scratch.



Wednesday, October 19

6  –  9 PM  Clay wheel throwing and I’m planning to invite some of my friends and collectors.




 Saturday, October 22

3  – 6 PM   Clay hand building PLUS how to apply gold leaf to your artworks demonstration.



Wednesday, October  26

12:15 – 1:15 PM    Lunch w/Art  Workshop about the basics of human figure and face measurements.




Leo is also planning to be on site most of the week-days working on some new art projects to have an open studio for visitors.




A distinguished panel of judges selected eight new artists to be part of our first “graduating class.” This dynamic and diverse group of artists will be in residence though June, and we will present each as an “Artist of the Month,” offering them the opportunity to showcase their work and create unique programs to attract art lovers to BaCA.  At the culmination of the residency, AiR artists will share their new artworks in an exciting group exhibition.



Leonardo Montoya



Leonardo Montoya is an internationally recognized artist known for portraying the uniqueness of people so viewers can relate, accept, and embrace diversity.  Empowering the characters he paints, he highlights each person’s beauty and singularity, giving a voice to those daily life warriors that are often overlooked. Born in Colombia, Montoya recently returned from the UAE where he enjoyed a residency in RAK, Emirates with the Al Qasimi Foundation. For his BaCA residency he looks to expand the size of his artworks and propel his career to a new level.



“Iris” by Leonardo Montoya


Leonardo offers numerous categories of paintings, including The Diva Collection, The Heroine Collection, Journeys to The Middle East, Life Bearers and Bear Artists.  His murals, classic art and portraiture will keep you delving into his artwork until you have lost track of time.




Leonardo Montoya working on “Audrey, The Hat”




He says, ” To find my identity is one of the struggles that I face in my journey throughout life. Things like education, family, money, politics, religion, and sex; all these topics have affected my life and artwork. It helps to define who we are, but, our nature is complex and should not be a label for the social need to blend in or to look for acceptance”.






“Palenqueras” by Leonardo Montoya



Simple things like shapes and colors have unconscious meanings in which I’m able to connect with my audience. Then, there are the characters that I chose to portray, always with a deep sense of admiration and respect for what they do or who they are.  Growing up I was always inspired by the human figure: superheroes, portraiture, nudes, and sculptures. From the classical Greek and Roman period to the masters of Renaissance, Neoclassic art, and finally Pop-art and comic books.





“Batwomen” by Leonardo Montoya


In a way, Leonardo is still representing the same old gods from Western culture that other artists portrayed before him. He explains, “The “new gods” we follow are in media, magazines, movies, music, and TV. I always admired beauty, but not only in the obvious stereotype. I could find beauty in the oddest of subjects. Color, lines, composition, and style are important things to consider when I chose an image or character to portray.”



“Girl from Bahrain” by Leonardo Montoya 



Leonardo’s gift to the viewer is a deeper message, “As year past by, I had learned to love myself. I have found my inner voice. I can see now that the best way to live my life is to accept that what makes us equal is that we are all different”.


The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is delighted to relaunch its Artists in Residence (AiR) program at the historic Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA).  The AiR Program provides artists with studio space to create new work, collaborate with fellow resident artists, and engage with our community.




Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is operated by the City of Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department (PBCAD) which annually seeks participants for its Artists in Residence Program (AiR). As part of this program, eight studios at BaCA are available to individual artists for a nine-month period from October – June. The 2023 -2024 residency will be available for application in April 2023. Through this residency, PBCAD strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their talents and enhance their experience through artistic development and experimentation. The residency’s structure is therefore left relatively open to cater to individuality, spontaneity and collaboration. BaCA should be considered a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated. A dynamic environment will be created through the AiR Program – one that appeals to onlookers and attracts locals and visitors alike to watch the creative process unfold and see the latest output.







For more information:


Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 • ccpompano.org





Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

41 NE 1 Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-786-7879 • baileyarts.org



Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 • pompanobeacharts.org






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Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents Solo Exhibition Of Harriet Silverstein’s Abstract And Figurative Artworks. Public Reception On September 2, 2022

Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) presents a Solo Exhibition featuring the artworks of Harriet Silverstein.  Her paintings fall at the juncture of abstract and figurative, featuring colorful landscapes as well as compelling depictions of stately animals such as lions and gorillas.  The Opening Reception takes place on Friday, September 2,  in conjunction with Old Town Untapped.  This exhibit runs through November 22, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks.






41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060




Bailey   Contemporary   Arts   Presents




Solo   Exhibition   by   Harriet   Silverstein




“Impossible Option” by Harriet Silverstein

Friday, September 2, 2022

 6 – 10 pm




 Exhibition runs through November 22, 2022





The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am – 6 pm | Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Sundays & Mondays: CLOSED



“Red Garden”  by Harriet Silverstein




“The works in this exhibition are bold and evocative images,” said Ty Tabing, Cultural Affairs Director. “The viewer is initially enticed by Silverstein’s use of strong textures and stunning colors, and then is captivated by the intricacy of her technique.”



Silverstein believes that it is not necessary to go too far to find the universal in everyday things.  She reveals liminal interpretations of her sunlit surroundings.





“Sea Painting 1”  by Harriet Silverstein





Harriet Silverstein tells The Rickie Report, “I am inspired by natural color and light, in the ways they define organic form, texture and color. The illuminating light of South Florida, with its brilliant brightness and deep dark lushness in its shadows, is especially inspiring to me,” said Silverstein. “My goal is to create feelings of energy, spontaneity, and the joyful process of creation for the viewer. Integrating traditional and non-traditional approaches engages the viewer in visual, sensory, corporeal, and cerebral levels of cognition.” 





“Monarch” by Harriet Silverstein 




Born in New York City, and raised in Syosset, New York, Harriet loved art from an early age. Her paintings, drawings and prints have been shown throughout the United States and Europe. She studied fine art and art history at Brown University, the State University New York at Albany, l’Academie des Arts Decoratif in Strasbourg, France and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Harriet has taught fine art, art history and architectural history at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, Queensborough Community College in Bayside, NY, Broward County Public Schools in Florida and the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida.   Her artworks recently have been shown at Gallery 1 in Fort Lauderdale and she continues to be a featured artist at Posh Gallery in Delray Beach, FL.  Private studio appointments are available.


For more information about Harriet’s artwork or to schedule a studio appointment:




Email: artist@harrietsilverstein.com

Website: www.harrietsilverstein.com







About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

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


For more information visit, www.pompanobeacharts.org

Call 954-545-7800



Bailey Contemporary Arts is located at 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060





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Public Invited To Unveiling Of Newly Commissioned Artwork By Carol Kepp At Bridge Road Fine Arts In Hobe Sound Friday, August 19

The public is invited to the unveiling of a commissioned artwork, “Country Road” by Carol Kepp at Bridge Road Fine Arts in Hobe Sound on Friday, August 19, 2022.  In addition, Carol’s  “Cannon In the Woods” which represented the State of Florida and hung in the US Capital Rotunda during the 1976 Bicentennial celebration will be on view.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks not only of these two works but some other surprises from Carol’s artistic legacy.








FRIDAY     AUGUST 19, 2022



4  –  7  PM


Bridge Road Fine Arts

8887 Bridge Road   Hobe Sound, FL 33455



Carol Kepp


Gallerist and fine artist Ed Douglas is eager to celebrate all of the artists at Bridge Road Fine Arts.  On Friday, August 19, the spotlight will be on Carol Kepp, whose commissioned artwork “Country Home” will have a featured presence in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tolve.  This will be the final time this painting will be seen in a public setting!



Carol tells The Rickie Report, “Mr. Tolve remembered me from when we both worked at Northrop Grumman.  He was looking for an artist to commission a painting for their home, saw my FaceBook post about my classes and contacted me after all of these years! They wanted a country scene because their home is colonial. Carol created three sketches and the couple ended up choosing elements from each sketch to make into one bucolic scene.


“Country Road” by Carol Kepp





Carol’s love for art began in her early childhood, as she painted a mural with a neighbor who taught Carol the basics and continually encouraged Carol to pursue the arts. Through her teens, she would paint Christmas designs for her neighbors on their front doors or inside on mirrors over a fireplace.  Carol learned to play piano and gave her first concert when she was 16.  At that time, her teacher told Carol “You’ll have to choose between music or art because they both require a lot of time.”  Carol chose art and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and later worked in advertising for multiple companies.




Carol shares, ” In 1969 I moved to Melbourne, FL and worked for Harris in their art department. I prepared art for slide presentations. Back then everything was done by hand from layouts to paste-ups, to typing galleys. After she moved to Port St. Lucie, I started teaching oil painting to adults from Vero Beach to Hobe Sound through Martin County High School’s adult education. I love helping my students create wonderful paintings and some have won awards. They are so pleased when that happens – and I just love seeing their smiles.”  Carol reminisced about how Ted Goerschner, a renowned artist, moved into her neighborhood. Carol took a workshop with him and through the years, he taught her how to see color in new ways, bringing her artistry to a new level. He was such an inspiration and so giving of his talent.  He was truly a mentor, which she tries to be with her own students.





Carol Kepp’s Bicentennial painting, “Cannon in the Woods” which hung in the US Capital Rotunda.




In 1976 Carol entered a competition at the Elliott Museum where the winning piece would be sent to Washington,D.C. to be included in the Bicentennial celebration.  Carol’s painting was selected to represent the State of Florida and hung in the US Capital Rotunda during the 1976 Bicentennial celebration.




Carol teaches at the Artists Nook in Stuart, FL and at the Hobe Sound Fine Art League. She has been an early and active member of the Martin Artisan Guild and participated in the annual Open Studio Tour.  Carol received the Martin Arts Council Leadership Award, having on the ArtFest and Gallery committees. She was honored to be part of a 6 artist group exhibit by the Martin Arts Council. Carol volunteers to paint for Helping People Succeed  as well.








The most poignant work Carol has created can be seen in numerous publicity articles from TC Palm, when she graciously donated her time and artistry to enhance the setting of St. Martin de Porress Catholic Church in Jensen Beach, FL.  In 2006, she began painting 8 muralist oil in honor of her husband and two sons. Each panel was 10′ x 9.5 ‘ and took her about two years to paint.  She continued painting 5 more murals and completed the project in 2011.  She, with the inclusion of her students, painted a 22′ x 12’ mural in acrylic for the back wall of the church hall.








For more information about this exhibit or upcoming events:

Bridge Road Fine Arts, LLC
8887 SE Bridge Rd      Hobe Sound, 33455
Website: Bridge Road Fine Arts Gallery.com
Ph# 772-618-2333




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Wiener Museum Of Decorative Art (WMODA) Celebrates Earth Day 2022 With “The Outside Is In · Upcycled Glass Art & Design” By Jenna Efrein

WMODA (Wiener Museum Of Decorative Arttakes the message of Earth Day, 2022 to a heightened level on Saturday, April 23 with Jenna Efrein‘s exhibit, The Outside Is In · Upcycled Glass Art and Design”.  Efrein’s upcycled glass bottles draws attention to issues of sustainability while elevating the value of nature in our daily lives.  WMODA is truly a special place to see creativity and history in a one-of-a-kind setting.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this exhibit and some sneak peeks of Jenna’s glasswork creations. You will also be refreshed by Topo Chico’s range of flavored waters and inspired by Jenna’s activism in glass art.







481 S. Federal Highway    Dania Beach, FL 3300

954-376-6690    http://wmoda.com







SATURDAY,   APRIL 23,  2022

1  –  4  PM



Experience Jenna’s activism in glass art

Refreshments courtesy of Topo Chico





Gallery Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday   10 am – 4 pm



Glass artist and environmental activist Jenna Efrein



The theme of Earth Day 2022 is Invest in our Planet.A green future is a prosperous future and it needs everyone to create a partnership for the planet and restore nature. Since moving to Florida from New York, artist Jenna Efrein is particularly concerned about the fate of the Everglades ecosystem and advocates for its protection with her glass art installations. Her exhibition The Outside Is In · Upcycled Glass Art and Design by Jenna Efrein opens at WMODA on Saturday, April 23 to mark Earth Day 2022.




Using hundreds of upcycled glass bottles, Jenna Efrein creates art that draws attention to issues of sustainability and environmental pollution. She is elevating the value of nature in our daily lives and reflecting on the deteriorating ecosystem and loss of the local flora and fauna.  Jenna tells The Rickie Report, “I upcycle glass and plastic bottles and plastic bags into sculptures and installations. I blow, fuse, bend, cast, and flamework bottle glass, sometimes obfuscating its original form, sometimes not. The plastic remains as it is and will be for eons. I am the local recycling center for those in my community, giving purpose to their trash”.




Jenna Efrein recycles a glass bottle and creates a fish




Thematically, Jenna’s art spans from ecology to community and the space in-between. Her work brings socioecological concerns to the forefront of peoples’ minds. She shares, “I utilize the familiarity and luster of the material. The work expresses beauty and calamity. Collectively, it creates an environment to seduce, emphasize and create space for conversation. We make a difference, together”.





“Sea Turtle” by Jenna Efrein




Now or Neverglades!



Florida was originally an impenetrable wasteland of marshlands, swamps, and tangled mangrove forests but through dredging and draining, it has become one of the most popular states in the US to live, work, and play. This fragile ecosystem is under threat from the rapidly growing metropolitan centers. The Everglades are essential to the region’s tourism economy and quality of life. More than eight million people rely on drinking water so protecting the environment and the imperiled water supply is crucial for the future of Florida. “Restoration simply cannot wait. It’s Now or Neverglades!” claims Dawn Shirreffs, an Everglades Policy Advisor.




Florida’s marine environment is an ecological and aesthetic jewel with rolling seagrass meadows and vibrant coral reefs. The productivity and health of the reefs are important to our well-being, but global and local pollution is devastating this underwater paradise. Trash is suffocating our oceans, particularly the glut of single-use plastic bottles and bags which confuse sea life. For example, sea turtles eat plastic garbage which they mistake for jellyfish. New-born turtles are disoriented by streetlights, car headlights, and human light pollution that they follow rather than moonlight into the sea. Only 1 in 1000 baby sea turtles survive to mate 10 to 40 years after birth depending upon the species. Jenna’s installation features a stool inspired by a hawksbill turtle and lots of small turtles made of recycled glass.





“Monument to an Alligator” by Jenna Efrein



Swamp Flipped


Swamp Flipped takes a vision of the swamp and re-orients its position. By fusing and hot sculpting recycled bottle glass, Jenna creates a chandelier symbolic of luxury out of seemingly worthless materials. Her functional glass art is inspired by the terrain that the threatened endangered animals inhabit. The shimmering light reflects on water choked with blue-green algae formed of crushed bottle glass. Swimming through the installation are white alligators made from old vodka bottles. In Jenna’s Monument to the Alligator, she asks the question “What if we are the generation to kill the last dinosaur?” “What if the only way we could know about much of the natural world was to go into a museum due to extinction?”





“Marsh Rabbit” by Jenna Efrein




Oh, where art thou dear rabbit…



As well as environmental challenges such as sea-level rise and climate change, invasive species imperil native plants and animals. Burmese pythons are now the dominant predators of marsh rabbits and other small mammals in the Everglades National Park and they are upsetting the balance of a valuable ecosystem. The high reproductive rates of rabbits make them typically resistant to predators, but scientific surveys show that is not the case in Florida. Marsh rabbits used to be abundant in higher freshwater marshes, pinelands, and coastal prairies and could sometimes be seen swimming, having adapted to their wet world. Jenna has crafted marsh rabbits from old beer bottles and “trapped” them in the clear glass bellies of pythons.






Chandelier of Recycled Topo Chico bottles by Jenna Efrein




Topo Chico

Recently, Jenna has been recycling Topo Chico’s glass bottles and the company has been supporting her exhibitions with their sparkling mineral waters. Legend has it that an Aztec princess was refreshed after a long journey by drinking and bathing in the crystalline waters of the Cerro del Topo and the springs at Monterrey in Mexico have provided mineral-rich water since 1895.





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


Louise Irvine louise@wmoda.com

Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts

481 S. Federal Highway   Dania Beach, FL 33004






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Are You An Art, Wellness, Or Mindfulness Vendor? It’s Time To Apply To Apply To ZAM Fest

ZAM Fest is looking for art, wellness, or mindfulness vendors for this one-of-a-kind festival on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 in Port St. Lucie. Nowhere else in Florida will you find a festival that combines artists and wellness professionals in one unforgettable event! A plus, this year is increased visitors as national acts like Diamond Rio and Tone Loc perform in the evening. The Rickie Report shares the details. Last year most of the vendors sold out!





Saturday, April 23    &    Sunday, April 24, 2022







At   MIDFLORIDA   Event   Center

9221 SE Civic Center Place       Port St. Lucie, FL





Check out what our vendors were saying last year: https://youtu.be/K3SXy31apJM.  




Thanks to the partnership with the city of Pt. St. Lucie, vendors will enjoy the benefits of both quality and quantity at ZAM Fest in 2022!   




The day will be filled with people coming to enjoy our great events, performances and workshops which will bring a steady stream of traffic to our vendors.  The evening will bring a dramatic increase in traffic with those who will come later for the national acts, like Diamond Rio and Tone Loc, that the city of PSL has lined up.  Because we want our vendors to be staged for success for this event, vendors will be requested to keep their tents open until 8 pm when the concerts begin.  This will allow vendors to maximize the earning and exposure potential of ZAM Fest.

No breakdown or transport of materials will be permitted before 8 pm.



Learn more and apply: https://artstlucie.org/art-zen-fest


For more information about anything mentioned in this article, new initiatives you would like to propose, or to make a comment:



St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783







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Oldest Area Arts Organization Art Associates Of Martin County Announces 2022 Exhibit Opening Saturday, March 5 And Artist Talk On March 23 In Jensen Beach

Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC) invite the public to the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 5th to view the 2022 Annual Art Show Exhibition. Taking place at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach, FL, the event and exhibit are free to attend with free parking. You can Meet the Artists again on Wednesday, March 23 and enjoy dinner from local food trucks.  AAMC has promoted excellence in the arts for over 50+ years and is one of the oldest associations in the area. Their monthly meetings offer an opportunity for artists to network, learn from each other, and see demonstrations by well known local artists.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks from the previous exhibit.





Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC)





P R E S E N T S:




2022  Annual  Art Show



Opening Reception:



Saturday, March 5, 2022



5:30 – 7:30 pm



Free event and parking.  Refreshments will be served



Food   Truck    Invasion   &   Meet   The   Artists

Wednesday, March 23

 5    to    6 pm



Trinity United Methodist Church

 2221 NE Savannah Rd.  Jensen Beach, FL



Gallery hours:  10 am   to   3 pm   Monday  –  Thursday

10 am   to   Noon on  Friday



“Cat” by Sally Browning Pearson




AAMC’s mission is to encourage creativity in the arts for our members, local students and artists in our community by sharing and learning. AAMC has been promoting excellence in the arts for over 50+ years and is one of the largest associations in the area.



“Walking Through A Dream” by Dale Forbes




The Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC) is a non-profit welcoming group of artists sharing a strong common interest in the arts. Each month (October thru April, with a luncheon in May) members are treated to exciting meetings with demonstrations by well known local artists, opportunities to bring in art surrounding a common theme, and good conversation.  





“His Favorite Game” by Holly Cannon




AAMC meetings are held at St Mary’s in Stuart the 3rd Monday of October thru April from 1:00 to 3:00. Each meeting includes exciting, interactive demonstrations by very well known local artists. Members also bring in artwork with a common theme and vote on the Artist Of The Month! Each meeting always brings surprises.






“Parrot” by Carol Sokolowski





A Plein Air group often takes to the field for great adventures in painting. The AAMC also provides scholarships and art supplies to local schools as we endeavor to participate in the vibrant Treasure Coast art community.  AAMC provides for an Annual Art Show open to all members, with many awards provided.





“Wave Watching” by Lois Sommers






For more information about this event, monthly meetings, offering a demonstration, or becoming a member:


Website: https://www.artassociatesmartinco.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtAssociatesOfMartinCounty/

Or Call Dale Forbes: 978.872.7995





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Delray Art League Features Original Artists And Artisans On Saturday, February 19 & Sunday, February 20. Save The Dates For Upcoming “Delray Tribeca Festival” March 19 & 20. DAL Is Always Looking For More Artists To Participate

The Delray Art League (DAL) includes all mediums of art. Artscape In The City takes place the third weekend of each month (February 19 & 20 this month).  The Big Apple Bazaar has morphed into one of the largest art venues around! Not a member?  You are invited to take part! Free admission, parking and NO TENT SET-UP for artistsChange of date for Delray TriBeca Festival celebrating Art, Music, Food & Shopping on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20The Rickie Report shares the details. If you’re looking for an artist networking organization, check out Delray Art League!






“ARTSCAPE     IN      THE      CITY”













  • Clay ( ceramics)

  • Crafts (Handmade items, quilts, etc. as applied)

  • Drawing

  • Fashion ( original art on fabric, leather, etc.)

  • Glass

  • Jewelry

  • Mixed Media

  • Multi Media ( video, MPEG3, MPEG4)

  • Photography ( digital print, canvas)

  • Sculpture (stone, wood, metal, etc.)

  • 2 Dimensional Art (acrylic, oil, watercolor, collage)




Coming in March :


Food, Art, Music… fun!







The Big Apple Shopping Bazaar has a “Little Soho” Art Colony with a New York City flair!

Now renting beautifully designed 10 x 10 units for both studio and gallery retail space.












Delray Art League Meetups

Join our Free Meetup group at MeetUp.com for more exciting events and meet fellow artists at any one of our events and Artist Coffee and Art Conversation meetups.


Meetup RSVP Artist Coffee and Art Conversation


The Delray Art League is a 501 (c)(3)  non-profit organization with over 50 years of community involvement in Palm Beach County. This year a new schedule of exciting art shows at the Big Apple will benefit and support our non-profit partners, Twin Palms for the Disabled, Palm Beach Habilitation Center and Fuller Center.







Spread the word! 

Come and enjoy the events and participate in the spirit of doing good in our community!


About Delray Art League:

The Delray Art League was established as a non-profit 501 3C in 1965.Over the past 12 years, the league has donated 10% of its profits — equaling over 150, 000 — to help fund art programs in Palm Beach County. These include organizations for children and adults with disabilities. This year, through the Lori Lee Doty Art Education Fund, the league will add art-related initiatives for survivors of breast cancer and their families.

General meetings are held on the second Monday of the month from October through April from 6:45 –  8:00 pm.  Please check for location .


For more information:

Ron Rizzi, President    DelrayArtLeague@att.net

Our Website:      https://delrayartleague.com/




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RCK Gallery Invites Public To Free Event Saturday, December 4 With “Stuart Then And Now”, Live Band, Photos With Santa And Fifty Artists

RCK Owner, Robert Clay Kanzler has lit the creative fire for his December show on Saturday, December 4 by inviting 50 plus artists to rise to the task of creating a beautiful exhibit centered around the inspiring theme of “Stuart Then and Now”. You cannot imagine the large body of work these painters, photographers, and sculptors are sharing- you have to come and experience it! RCK Gallery highlights a local non-profit each month, which is supported with 25% of all art sales. December’s charity is Big Brothers Big Sisters. Each month, a New Exhibit will open, so stay tuned! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Did we mention the 12 piece band, free champagne, and visit with Santa?





614 S Colorado Ave.    Stuart Fl 34994



Saturday, December 4, 2021  

5 – 8 PM

The event  is free and open to the public




 Open Every Friday  5 – 7 pm           Or By Appointment




Painting by Chris Kling



This exhibition features a myriad of local talented painters, photographers, sculptors displaying paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures to create an exciting mix of color, texture and mood with something for everyone. 




Painting by Manon Sander


Visitors will enjoy the music of a 12 piece band on the sidewalk for Opening Night, photos with Santa, and complimentary champagne.




Painting by Debra Mannhalter


This Show runs through the end of December.  RCK Gallery is open every Friday night “Friday Night Out” 5-7  serving complimentary champagne.  All Sales to benefit Martin County Boys and Girls Club gallery donates 25% plus picks up the bill for special fundraiser events to benefit the charity.  You can Breath Easy! RCK has installed a Hospital Grade Air Purification System with you in mind.



Artwork by Kyle Terborg



U P C O M I N G       S C H E D U L E:

January 7, 2022 – “Women Are From Venus”

February 4, 2022 – “Men Are From Mars”

March 4, 2022 – “God’s Light Into the Darkness”

April 15, 2022 – “Mary & Jesus”

April 22, 2022 – “Alice Murdoch”

May 6, 2022 – “Installation with Cheryl Maeder”

June 3, 2022 – “Bits and Pieces”


For information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits, or becoming involved with RCK Gallery please contact April Terborg, Director.  



614 S Colorado Ave.    Stuart Fl 34994



Email: aprilterborg@gmail.com


Big  Brothers  Big  Sisters



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West Palm Beach Juneteenth Celebration Opens Juried Call To Visual Artists For June 19 Community Wide Event

The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on Saturday, June 19, 2021.  Over 30 community partners formed to commemorate the date when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all remaining enslaved people on June 19, 1865, almost two years after President Lincoln signed the original document. The committee issued a call to visual artists who want to sell their original artwork or handmade creations.  The Rickie Report shares the details and application process in this article. Deadline for submission is June 12.















SATURDAY   JUNE 19, 2021



1   –   9   PM



Meyer Amphitheater

104 Datura Street   West Palm Beach, 33401







The festivities begin on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 from 1 – 9  pm. The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Committee is issuing a call to visual artists who want to sell their original artwork, or handmade creations.


The event is juried so not all applicants will be accepted. The non-refundable application fee is $25 per artist, paid in advance.


Event is rain or shine. No refunds unless event is cancelled due to Covid 19.



Guidelines for submission are as follows:


We require that all artwork be original and made by the artist, (no resale items).

Each artist must submit three JPEGS of their work and include an image of their booth set up.

Artists may share a booth, but each artist must submit required materials and fee.

Booth cost with tent provided is $250.

Artists may provide their own tent which drops booth cost to $200.

Full payment is due upon acceptance into the celebration. 

Artists provide their own booth set up either way.

Tents can only be weighted down for wind (no spikes).

Spaces are 10 x 10 ft. Set up time begins at 10:00 am.

Take down is after 9:00 pm.

Participants will have two drop off points for their material on the day of the event.

Deadline for submission is June 12.


For additional questions please call:

Mikki Royce at 561-829-3222

Payment is by PayPal: sales@pbcea.org



This celebration is presented by the Juneteenth Organizing Committee, a nonpartisan group of over 30 community organizations including Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Mothers Against Murderers Assoc., NOW PBC, Black Village Voice News, Corey Jones Fd., United Plus, Hospitality Helping Hands, People of Purpose, New Macedonia Church, United Way, and Division 20 of Kiwanis District Florida.







For further information contact progressivesrock@pobox.com.

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Old School Square Creative Arts School Is Offering Two Virtual Classes With Fran Mann Goodman- Blending Art History With Abstract Expressionism

Old School Square Creative Arts School is offering two virtual classes with innovative artist and teacher, Fran Mann Goodman.  Beginners Class (starts April 27) and Intermediate/Advanced Class (starts April 28) will blend art history with abstract impressionism. Over the four weeks, students will be exposed to famous as well as “forgotten” artists as they channel their own style into a painting.  The classes include critique and a generous serving of excitement and joy!  The Rickie Report shares the details for registration as well as some sneak peeks of former students’ artworks.  











Fran offers two levels of classes at

Old School Square Creative Arts School:




BEGINNERS  Classes Start April 27





The course is all about creating mood and emotion on the canvas through learning and experiencing experience in creative ways. Students have the freedom to let go and allow your inner artist to emerge, while exploring the lives and artistic styles of four famous abstract expressionists from the 40’s and 50s. They learn from their paintings, concepts of composition with an emphasis on color/value, balance, scale, and spatial relations. In demonstrations, they will be guided as to how to do color mixing and how to develop a layered and textured painting with acrylic paint and various mediums and applicators, which they can practice with at that same time.

Then each week, in their home, they “channel” the artists’ styles into their own painting.  After their painting is complete they send in a photo for a group critique the following week. If students need any guidance, they are free to contact Fran. During the course of the four weeks, they may be asked to watch certain movies and videos related to the artists.




Classes Start April 28






This is a unique class that gives students familiar with abstract expressionism an opportunity to convert impressionism into expressionism. Over the course of four weeks, they explore the lives and artistic styles of four artists from different periods of time. With the aid of material emailed to them, they examine these artists’ paintings for composition and design. In demonstrations, they learn how to use unique mediums and applicators to develop dimension and texture. Then they “channel” these artists’ styles into their own expressionist painting, doing one painting every week. After their painting is complete they send in a photo for a group critique the following week. In between time, if students need any guidance, they are free to contact Fran. During the course of the four weeks, they may be asked to watch certain movies and videos related to the artists.




Fran Mann Goodman with one of her award winning paintings


Fran Mann Goodman is an award winning painter of abstract expressionism. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, the National League of American Pen Women where she is the cochair of the art program for the Florida branch; the Arts Student League, ArtServe, Broward Art Guild and a Signature Artist of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Fran serves on the board of the Delray Art League the Arts Education Fund Chair.  Fran received her formal training at Chouinard Art Institute (now CAL ARTS) where she worked in the style of representational art. As a student in the ‘60s, Fran was chosen to exhibit her paintings heavily texturized with spackling wall paste in galleries and furniture showrooms in LA. She had also received representation at a gallery in NJ.





After college, due to a childhood trauma with her face, Fran applied her artistic skill to the makeup field where she built a thirty-year career inspiring women to see the “art” in their faces. Her unique aesthetic approach, coupled with her workshops, seminars, support groups, as well as widespread media exposure, earned her national and international recognition. She was featured on talk shows, women’s magazines and other print media including The New York Times. Fran did not paint during those years. Instead, she penned a memoir and two screenplays centered around her life story.


In 2013, Fran returned to painting after a bout with Lyme disease left her with arthritic fingers and the difficulty to continue writing. She began working in the style of Abstract Expressionism, preferring to create mood and emotion over defined images, infusing her paintings with pastes, sand, glosses, paper towels, and acrylic skins.  Since then, Fran’s paintings have been exhibited in over thirty galleries in New Jersey, the Chelsea district of Manhattan and Southern Florida, and are in private collection in the United States.


Fran enjoys painting and exhibiting but her passion is teaching. In 2013, she created, “NOT YOUR ORDINARY PAINTING CLASS,” which she has taught at a museum in New Jersey and in several locations in Florida. Fran is an invited lecturer and runs workshops and demonstrations in her craft across Florida. Both her paintings and her classes have been showcased in various Florida media.




Artwork by Student of Fran Mann Goodman


When asked why she teaches, Fran tells The Rickie Report, “Although I enjoy composing weekly curriculums and delivering the contents, it is not the reason I love to teach. I love to teach because of what my students give back to me…their faith and trust in me. Their approving nods while I’m in the process of explaining something, their warm smiles when they get it, their great eagerness to absorb what I suggest to them during their painting process, their pride and joy in their finished work. Although they will be painting on their own, I try to be there for them. In between classes, I make myself available for those who want additional guidance.


Some students start the first class skeptical about their ability and are nervous to put a single mark on a canvas so they work on the smallest size that is required, 16” x 20”. Then, in subsequent classes, I notice not only does their self-confidence and quality of their work grow, so does their desire to paint on larger canvases. By the end of the 4 weeks, often students are painting as big as 30” x 40”.




One of Fran Mann Goodman’s students at work


The students are usually adults who have never painted in abstract expressionism before. They don’t necessarily have any prior drawing or painting experience either. On the first day of class, I explain to them that they are not here to “make apples so real you can take bites out of them.” In fact, there is nothing they must or should do! There are no goals!, No mistakes! Students paint from their hearts, not from their heads. The paintings elicit feelings and emotions.


As far as the artists that we explore, I feel they are our teachers. We learn from their lives their struggles and successes and the lessons they have left behind. (I also share their “secrets,” things people might not know about them. Then no longer are they just a biography, but seemingly real people that “are right in the room” with us!)



Artwork by student of Fran Mann Goodman


To date, I have exposed students to over a hundred artists from Pollack to Rembrandt. For the beginners, at first I concentrate on the famous artists who started the expressionist movement from the 40’s and 50’s. Then as students take more and more classes we explore those who were considered “forgotten.”  For the intermediate/advanced class students study the impressionists in an attempt to channel their style into an expressionist painting of their own. Sometimes, in the process of exploring an artist’s life, students will be exposed to a movement or an institution they were involved with. For example, Kandinsky was a member of Der Blaue Reiter so we explored the movement as well.


The students and I form an amazing bond. Often former students will text me an image of a painting they have started on their own to ask for my opinion, or they will contact me to tell me about a gallery show or event I may be interested in. Some beginner students have been accepted into juried shows. I am planning a gallery exhibit for all level several students this fall.




Artwork by student of Fran Goodman



Here are some comments from Fran’s students:


  • “I am so happy to have met and attended Fran’s art classes. She has touched my soul with her gentle presence, her love of art, and intelligent observations. She has brought out a new and exciting awareness of color, lines, movement and values; unknown to me before.”


  • “Fran brings out the hidden artist in all of us with demonstrations by famous artists, color, theory, observations and discussion with music and laughter.”


  • “Thank you, Fran for stirring and waking up my sleeping artistic soul.”


  • “Thanks for blowing the lids off our minds by teaching your method! Think I was at a crossroads with painting the former way.


  • “I can’t begin to tell you how much of an impact you have made on my life I came to your class expecting nothing more than a pleasant version and an outlet for my grief with your help I have discovered something I love I have so much to learn but even though the process is sometimes painful for me I am glad to have your guidance to help me along in this journey you are a wonderful teacher and a special human being I am so glad I found you.”


More testimonies can be found on her website: www.franmanngoodman.com


For more information about these classes or to purchase her artwork:

Fran invites opportunities to do commissions, lectures, demos and private lessons.

If you are interested in taking one, you can register on her website at franmanngoodman.com.

Facebook page: Fran Mann Goodman’s Paintbox

Meetup.com: Not Your Ordinary Painting Class

Email: franspaintbox@yahoo.com



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