Pompano Beach’s Old Town Untapped Summer Sizzle Kicks Off With Fin Exhibition Featuring Artists In Residence Plus Music By Girlfriend Material On Friday, June 2, 2023

The City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department’s Old Town Untapped Summer Sizzle Kicks Off with Fin Exhibition featuring Artists in Residence Final Exhibition Event and Music by Girlfriend Material on Friday, June 2, 2023.  Meet this semester’s AiRs include Leonardo Montoya, Gregory Dirr, Kim Ferguson, Gerard Pastor, Shanna L. Woods, Darcy Roberts and Manzi Liu.  The Rickie Report shares the details!  The Exhibit will be on view through June 30, 2023.











 P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:




Meet   The  AiR   Artists


Friday, June 2, 2023 

During Old Town Untapped

  5:30 pm




Visit www.pompanobeacharts.org for the latest updates!






This semester’s AiRs include Leonardo Montoya, Gregory Dirr, Kim Ferguson, Gerard Pastor, Shanna L. Woods, Darcy Roberts and Manzi Liu.




Pompano Beach Arts is thrilled to announce that we are launching Old Town Untapped Summer Sizzle. The June edition will feature Fin, the final group exhibition of our 2022-23 Artists in Residence (AiRs) program. This summer block party will showcase the residents’ artwork in the BaCA main gallery and will feature the band Girlfriend Material on the main outdoor stage. The fun kicks off on Friday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m.  Food trucks will be on site, but vendors will not be present. The exhibition will be on view until June 30, 2023. The rest of our Summer Sizzle lineup will be announced shortly.






“Old Town Untapped is back by popular demand,” said Ty Tabing, Director, Cultural Affairs Department. “When we announced we were taking the summer off, we were overwhelmed with requests to keep the party going! The Summer Sizzle version will have a smaller footprint, without the vendors, but will continue to feature the best live bands and art exhibitions. This summer, guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy the new South Kitchen and Bar and explore the new Old Town Backyard area behind BaCA.”






During the June event, guests will get to meet the outstanding artists who participated in the newly revamped AiRs program and view their latest works.  “Each of them brought something truly special to this initiative, sharing their unique talents and becoming part of the fabric of our arts community” continued Tabing.  “We are thrilled that they utilized this opportunity to advance their careers, and we look forward to the next phase of their success.”







As part of the residency, each artist was provided with a studio, allowing them to create in a dedicated space within an inspiring atmosphere. The participants advanced their public engagement skills through featured roles during Old Town Untapped events and by teaching arts workshops. The program also provided the artists with training in marketing, branding, and intellectual property rights; necessary skills to enhance their careers.




During June’s event, guests will be able to explore the beautiful creations of the AiRs while enjoying the high energy cover band, Girlfriend Material, who offers a wide range of genre-crossing music that will keep the party in high-gear!




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.





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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Hobe Sound Mural #26 “Sunrise Spoonbills” Will Be Dedicated On Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Public Is Invited To Unveiling And To Meet The Artists

Hobe Sound Murals celebrates the unveiling of #26, “Sunrise Spoonbills” and invites the public to join in the celebration on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.  Congratulations to artists Brenda Leigh and Nadia Utto for beautifying buildings throughout Florida and the latest one at 9045 Bridge Road!  Enjoy pink drinks, appetizers, and meet the artists! The Audubon of Martin County will share some interesting ornithological facts for us bird lovers! See if you can find the hidden phrase of ‘Hobe Sound Local’!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this dedication and includes a map of the other murals.






Landmark ARTS Inc

non profit public art



Hobe   Sound   Mural   #26

“Sunrise   Spoonbills”

9045 Bridge Road,  Hobe Sound, FL




 Mural Dedication:

 Wednesday, May 10th @ 5:30 PM 


Please join us for Pink Drinks & Appetizers:

The Artists – Brenda Leigh & Nadia Utto

The Audubon of Martin County – Executive Director Ray Klahne

Martin County Commissioner  – Harold Jenkins

Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency – Susan Kores and Jana Cox

Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce – CEO – Lainey Munich



Highlighting a nesting pair of roseate spoonbills, Hobe Sounds’ newest Mural “SUNRISE SPOONBILLS”, celebrates the splendor of these birds and our natural environment in a poetically elegant mural.




Mural #26 ” Sunrise Spoonbills” at 9045 Bridge Road  Hobe Sound, FL






This mural was painted by both the local artist, Nadia Utto of Urban Camouflage Arts Company, who spearheads the overall nonprofit Landmark Arts & its Hobe Sound Murals endeavor, along with Guest Artist, Brenda Leigh of Stuart, whose artistic specialty is exactly this kind of deft ability to transform spaces with sublime colors. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, she studied in California and spent many years in both the Virgin Islands and Hawaii honing her mural skills. Recently featured in the Stuart Magazine as an important local artist, having painted 22 public murals in that area. In addition, she is a mosaic public artist and a teaching artist, working to inspire others to find their own voice through their art. Brenda was also an artist on HSM#10 “A Taste of the Tropics” at Taste Restaurant.









As part of the vision for historic Hobe Sound, the Community Redevelopment Agency in Hobe Sound partnered with Urban Camouflage Arts Company to refresh existing murals and create new artwork in May of 2021. To date, the project provided the restoration of six murals located in the Hobe Sound CRA and the creation of this gorgeous addition on our beautiful new Bridge Road corridor.” Building owners, Pat & Mike Keeler restored the building and wanted a replacement of HSM#5 – “Home Sweet Home” – painted in 2009 by the project and the Hobe Sound Art League Guest Artists in a trompe l’oeil style which featured a fake window with lace curtains, painted shutters, window flower boxes and ornate ironwork. Although sad to see that one go, this is an example of how change can indeed be refreshing & positive.






The Hobe Sound Murals Project first began transforming the town with creative murals in 2009, with the mission of “Creating an outdoor gallery of beautiful walls, honoring our past history, present vitality and future promise”. It is part of the non-profit organization – Landmark Arts, Inc., with its overview mission of “Creating Community Culture”. Now, 14 years later, 26 unique murals have been completed along Bridge Road, Dixie & Federal Highways and Banner Lake Park with the support from building owners & tenants, general public and the efforts of over 50 regional artists & 100 community members.






For more information,  contact project coordinator Nadia Utto:  561-762-9202

nadiautto@comcast.net    www.landmarkarts.us

Contact the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce

772-546-4724 for more information on upcoming scheduled tours.





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Wellington Art Society Presents Art Scholarship Recipients At Wednesday, May 10 Meeting. Public Is Welcome To Network With The Artists And Learn More About WAS

The Wellington Art Society will present its Art Scholarships to Isabella Mayman, Stella Martinelli, and Jakira Julbe on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.  The public is invited to meet these rising star creatives as well as the members of  WAS.  The meeting and presentation will take place at the Wellington Community Center.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.







Public Is Invited To


Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  May 10, 2023


5:30 pm




Wellington  Community  Center




12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL









Open to members and non-members




For more information contact: Laura Jaffe, presidentofwas@gmail.com


 COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 




“Biodiversity” by Stella Martinelli




The students who will be receiving scholarships this year are Isabella Mayman of Fusion Academy, Stella Martinelli of G-Star School of the Arts, and Jakira Julbe of Royal Palm Beach High School. The scholarships will be presented by WAS Scholarship Chair, Barry Stefan. Each scholarship recipient will display their artwork and share their process, as well as their future plans.





“The Foreteller” by Jakira Julbe




The Wellington Art Society (WAS) has been supporting the advancement of the arts in the Palm Beach County community since 1981 with the intent to encourage young artists to pursue careers in the fine arts, provide programming that expands art in public places, and make art accessible within the community daily.






“Little Red” by Isabella Mayman




The WAS Scholarship Program was established in 2001 to provide scholarships to talented young artists for art related College and University expenses and tuition costs.  Over the past twenty-two years, WAS has awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to some of the brightest and most creative students within our community. Past recipients of the WAS Scholarship have gone on to become educators, illustrators, authors, curators, artistic directors, professional artists and art advocates.







To support the Scholarship Program, WAS relies solely upon money raised from donations, membership dues, monthly raffles, artist exhibitions, municipal art shows, and commissions. Help support the WAS Scholarship Program with a tax deductible donation on its website: www.WellingtonArtSociety.org.   






The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 41st year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org





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Palm Room Art Gallery In Stuart Opens “Tropical Temptations” Wednesday, May 3 And Offers Artists Talk Wednesday, June 7. Check Boutique For Special Gift Items

The Martin Artisans Guild invites you to “Tropical Temptations” an exhibit at The Palm Room Art Gallery and Artisans Boutique located in Stuart’s Harbour Bay Plaza. Enjoy the Opening Reception on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, featuring live music, cash bar and the delectable appetizers for which the Guild has become known.  Get to know the people behind the art on Wednesday, June 7, at a “Meet the Artists” event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.






Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique




“Tropical      Temptations”



Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm



 3746 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL

 Sewall’s Point in Harbour Bay Plaza (east end of the Plaza, near Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar)









While you’re enjoying the fabulous show, be sure to check out the very special and one-of-a-kind items in the Artisans Boutique – you’ll find great gifts for the special person on your list!  

(Or yourself….)






“What’s Back There?” by Lynn Morgan




Shop for the unique at Artisans Boutique for

 Mother’s & Father’s Day  gifts.



“Bird in a Hand” by Suzan Allen





The    talented    artists    include:



  • Billie Jo Thomson

  • Caryl Pomales

  • Dot Galfond

  • Glen Allen

  • James J. DeMartis

  • Jane Lawton Baldridge

  • Janis Clary “O”

  • Kimberly D Beltrame

  • Lynn Morgan

  • Mallo Bisset

  • Suzan Allen




Tropical painting by Mallo Bisset







For more information, visit www.martinartisansguild.org.



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Gallery 14 In Vero Beach Presents “Moments In Time: Observations In Oil” By Iris Beate. Opening Reception And Meet The Artist On Friday, May 5, 2023

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues to celebrate their 15th Anniversary season with “Moments in Time: Observations in Oil” by Iris Beate.  This show runs from May 2 – May 26, 2023. All are invited to enjoy a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, May 5, 2023 as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This is a gallery where you can expect the unexpected!






1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

Phone: 772 562-5525.  Visit:  www.gallery14verobeach.com







 “Moments  in  Time:  Observations  in  Oil”



“The Easter Bonnet” by Iris Beate





Meet     the     Artist     Reception



Friday,    May 5,  2023




5    –    8   pm



Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Strolls




“Little Women” by Iris Beate



This Exhibit runs from May 2-26, 2023



Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4

Also open by appointment

Closed Sunday and Monday  





“Walking Downtown” by Iris Beate




Iris Beate captures the lives of people, painting vignettes that reflect a moment in time. Her work reflects the essence of a particular place or environment where human interaction occurs, whether on the water, the beach, or in the city.  Her travels have allowed her to freeze instances from around the world.  Iris studied with a host of inspiring teachers, including those at the Art Students League in New York City.  Her Painting “In Search of Flamingos 2022” was chosen to be the commemorative poster for the Melbourne Art Festival in April of that Year.



“Freedom” by Iris Beate




Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Edgardo Abello

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

George Pillorgé

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Carol Staub

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    





About Gallery 14:

Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic Arts District of Vero Beach.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4.  Closed Sunday and Monday OR open by appointment.

Phone:772 562-5525.  Visit us at  www.facebook.com/gallery14verobeach

FaceBook:  https://www.fb.com/gallery14verobeach

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gallery14verobeach



For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email: dnschindel@gmail.com



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Temple Beth El Israel In Port St Lucie Opens Call To Artists And Artisans For Juried One-Day Art Show On Sunday, November 5, 2023

Temple Beth El Israel in Port St. Lucie, FL. announces a Call to Artists and Artisans for a one-day juried art show on Sunday, November 5, 2023. “Gifts of the Heart” will offer indoor spaces.  Partial proceeds will benefit local programs of the Port St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2023.  Spaces will fill up quickly, so The Rickie Report urges you to apply soon!







Email a Copy Of This Application and 3 JPGS of your work to:











Email Rickie Leiter, Volunteer Coordinator,   tbeiartshow@gmail.com




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Public Invited To Marvin S. Cone 37th Annual High School Juried Art Show Reception And Awards Ceremony On Thursday, May 4, 2023. Exhibit Available April 25-June 3, 2023.

The Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show honors its founder’s enthusiasm for young people and the arts.  Inspired by the creativity of art students in Martin County, he transformed an annual high school art exhibit into an event that brings the entire community together. The Arts Council of Martin County invites the public to the Court House Cultural Center Gallery on May 4 to meet the artists and view the exhibit.  The Exhibit opens April 25th – June 3rd.  A unique component of the High School Juried Art show is the awarding of Purchase Awards presented by the Superintendent, school principals, and local government entities and non-profits.  Purchase awards often represent the first sale of art that the emerging student artists can claim in what may inspire a future career choice.  The Rickie Report shares the details and look at last year’s top award winner.



Court House Cultural Center

80 E Ocean Blvd      Stuart, FL 34994

772-287-6676       martinarts.org

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm,   Saturdays  11 am – 2 pm



P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S :





Marvin S. Cone  37th  Annual  High  School

Juried  Art  Show




Awards   Reception   &   Meet   The   Artists

 Thursday, May  4, 2023

5:30 – 7  pm



A donation of $5 in support of our exhibitions and programs is appreciated.




Exhibit   Open   April 25 – June 3, 2023




Student artworks are exhibited in the professional gallery of the Court House Cultural Center and, just like the professional juried shows, artworks are selected by experienced judges for ribbons and cash awards in several mediums. Student artworks are selected by their teachers at South Fork, Martin County, and Jensen Beach High Schools, The Pine School and Clark Advanced Learning Center and then are displayed in our galleries for the community to enjoy.





Best of Show “Emergence” by Sophie Araque Liu MCHS




The impact of this show on the student’s future is immeasurable. For some it’s the first time their work has been framed and exhibited, and for others, it is the spark of their life’s work. Since its humble beginnings in 1987, we have impacted more than 1,500 students.




During the awards reception, Thursday, May 4, 5:30PM, notables from across the community present their “purchase awards” along with the presentation of the judges’ awards by category (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, among others). Judges include Renae Barton and William Chiodo. The evening celebration gathers the who’s who in arts education across the community and truly celebrates the accomplishments of our young visual artists. 




Sponsorships for the exhibition are available and are used to enhance artist awards and framing for the artwork. Your generosity ensures the legacy that the unique educational experience we offer to aspiring young artists continues and thrives.




The Arts Council is the designated local arts agency for Martin County and provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public. It strives to instill a passion for- and participation in – the arts.

For more information:

Call 772-287-6676


Visit MartinArts.org




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Art Associates Of Martin County Announce Special Art Exhibit On Saturday, April 22 Offering Original Art And Featuring A Caricature Artist

Art Associates of Martin County announce a Free Art Exhibit and Sale featuring members’ original artworks plus a special guest caricature artist on Saturday, April 22, 2023.  Courtyard 740, located near Casa Guiseppe’s Italian Grill in Stuart FL. is the perfect setting for this family friendly event.  The Rickie Report shares the details here and reminds artists that membership in this group is open!




Art   Associates   of   Martin   County   (AAMC)





P R E S E N T S:










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.

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.  




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.


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.






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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World Renowned Textile Artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren Creates Cover For Historic Holocaust Orphan Torah To Be Dedicated On Saturday, April 15 At Temple Beth El Israel In Port St. Lucie. Community Is Invited To Ceremonial March And Dedication Service

When Temple Beth El Israel (TBEI) welcomes MST860, a Holocaust orphan Torah scroll on Saturday, April 15, 2023, the surviving scroll will be covered with specially commissioned textile art work by world renowned artist, Jeanette Kuvin Oren. Oren is well known internationally for her Judaica fabric work and also designed the 2022 Hanukkah postage stamp for the U.S. Postal Service. The ceremonial march and dedication service will focus on the significance of this historic Torah, the Holocaust, and the troubling rise in antisemitism in America.  The event, held during Holocaust Remembrance Week, is open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and some images.




Artwork by Susan Estrella




Saturday, April 15, 2023




Ceremonial  March   10  am

Seacoast Bank parking lot, 1100 St. Lucie West Blvd 




Dedication  Service   10:30 am


Temple  Beth El Israel  551 SW Bethany Drive 





Beginning with a ceremonial walk down St. Lucie West Blvd and SW Bethany Drive in Port St. Lucie, community and leaders will help Temple Beth El Israel (TBEI) welcome a historic Torah, written in the 19th century and a survivor of the Holocaust. Rabbi Bruce Benson will lead the march, joined by local clergy members of all faiths and denominations as well as members of the community.  A program and memorial service will follow at TBEI focusing on the significance of this historic Torah, the Holocaust, and the troubling rise in antisemitism in America.  The event, held during Holocaust Remembrance Week, is open to the public. 





MST860 is opened to the passage of the Ten Commandments 



This Torah, a sacred scroll that includes the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, is one of some 1500 that were seized by the Nazis in Czechoslovakia even as they were destroying the synagogues that housed them and decimating the communities that prayed using them.  Chillingly, the Nazis planned to display these seized Torahs and other Jewish ritual objects in a “Museum of an Extinct Race.”  After the war, the Torahs sat, mostly forgotten, in a warehouse outside Prague.  They were acquired in 1964 by the Memorial Scrolls Trust (MST) with the intention of repairing them and placing them in synagogues around the world.






MST860 Holocaust Torah held by Rabbi Bruce Benson; Cover by Jeanette Kuvin Oren




As MST860 arrived with no cover, TBEI commissioned world renowned textile artist, Jeanette Kuvin Oren, to clothe the scroll with proper respect and dignity.  The Hebrew words, “Shamor” (Guard) and “Zachor” (Remember) signify the message inherent in this scroll’s legacy. Oren used various yellow fabrics to indicate the yellow star that Jews were required to wear during Nazi occupation, separating them from the rest of the community.  The barbed wire testifies to the death camps where they were murdered.  Oren is known for her Judaica artistry and was most recently chosen as the artist of the 2022 Hanukkah postage stamp for the U.S. Postal Service.



Hanukkah Stamp created by Jeanette Kuvin Oren for the U.S. Postal Service, 2022





The Torah coming to TBEI, officially designated “MST860,” is considered an orphan because no information exists about its original home synagogue — except that it was located in either Bohemia or Moravia, regions now part of the Czech Republic where there were large Jewish populations before World War II.  Most Jews in those areas were deported to and murdered in Nazi concentration camps. By “adopting” the Holocaust Torah, TBEI is accepting its responsibility “to preserve, protect and teach the message of tolerance that MST860 embodies.” The scroll will be housed in a special display case so it can be shared with all who enter the Temple; it will be taken out periodically to be read during special services and educational events.




For more information please visit Templebethelisrael.org

Or call:  772.336.2424



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Mallo Bisset’s 70th Birthday And Red Barn Furniture’s 35th Anniversary Celebrations Share Love Of Felines, Art And Giving Back To The Community On Sunday, April 23 In Downtown Stuart

Mallo Bisset celebrates her 70th birthday and the Red Barn Furniture’s 35th anniversary by sharing her love of animals with “Mallo’s Birthday Bash” on Sunday, April 23 at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery and Gazebo Park in downtown Stuart. All Sales will benefit Caring Fields Felines. While the event is free, if you donate $100 or more to the charity before April 15, you’ll be considered a VIP , enjoy a special reception and thank you gift.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!





SUNDAY, April 23, 2023

  Public Reception     4 – 7 pm



VIP Reception 3 – 4  pm   for donors of $100+ 




(Click Donate button and select Bisset Birthday Bash)




Courthouse Cultural Center and Gazebo Park

 80 SE Ocean Drive   Stuart, FL





Mallo Bisset,  Artist, Philanthropist, Feline Champion



Mallo tells The Rickie Report, “For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Caring Fields Felines. I’ve chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal”.





Mallo is also celebrating her store, Red Barn Furniture’s 35th Anniversary.  It is clear why she has been awarded the mARTies Award for leadership in 2018 and the Sage Award for Arts and Culture in Martin County for the Council on Aging.







Mallo’s friends and fellow artists have created over 60 cat forms which will be available in the Silent Auction and Raffle.  Felines forms in handmade jewelry and specialty boxes round out the gift possibilities for you or any cat lover you know!








Mallo Bisset might have taken the long road to living her dream, but once she sets her mind on something, there’s nothing stopping her!As a little girl living on the Åland Islands in the Finnish archipelago, she wasn’t too fond of school, and told everyone “I am going to be an artist when I grow up”.Life got in the way for a while, but after years of hard work and building a successful business, it wasn’t until 2007 with encouragement from her husband and daughter that Mallo finally took the time to do what she had always dreamed of doing.It started with a weekly drawing class at the local Adult Education program.After just two semesters her teacher, Helen Terry, told her she could make money drawing pet portraits.









Mallo’s earliest work combined her love of animals with her love for the arts.Having tried drawing, pastels, and watercolors, it was time for oils! She signed up for classes at a studio which was located across the street from her own business, so she could be close to work, yet make it easy to get to class every week.






This is where her love affair with oils and the palette knife began.Under the tutelage of Georgia Abood at Alizarin Crimson, she has been working on her craft and has made remarkable progress in such a short time.Having grown up on an island, and living in Florida for 30 years, with a second home in the Bahamas, it’s not a surprise that Mallo Bisset’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature. As it turns out, that little girl in Finland really did grow up to be an artist!









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