Enjoy A Blend Of Visual And Musical Arts On February 6 As Whitespace Presents “Abstract Interpretation”

Elayne Mordes brings internationally renown artist, Roseanne Williams and pianist Jed Maness together on Saturday, February 6 at Whitespace The Mordes Collection.  Roseanne’s work has been described by one critic as “wondrously suspended between figurative and abstract”.  Abstract Interpretation allows Jed to share the joy of music that dwells within him.  This event is Free to attend.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.






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Debbie Kashdan’s Lapidary And Silver Metal Creations Showcase A Lifetime Of Creativity Bringing Her Medical Background To Wearable Art. Announcing Valentine’s Day Special Plus Cabochon Clasps For Jewelry Makers

When you see Debbie Kashdan‘s one-of-a-kind silversmith or lapidary wearable-art pieces, you instinctively know that years of creative commitment are shining through!  Her fingers went from childhood designs to caring for people as a surgical Physician’s Assistant both in the US and abroad. Her jewelry seen at EarthlyTreasuresbyDK are a composite of her medical and lapidary training!  The Rickie Report shares an inspiring conversation with Debbie and some sneak peeks of her jewelry pieces.  Debbie is offering a Special for Valentine’s Day which is around the corner!  Debbie also sells cabochons and unique box clasps with stones for jewelry artists.  Custom orders are welcome!












One-of-A-Kind Necklaces by Debbie Kashdan using Lapidary and Silversmith techniques



TRR: Please tell us the intriguing story of childhood creativity. 



I have always liked to work with my hands to make things. I can recall as a small child, collecting acorns in the fall and making dolls with acorns and toothpicks. I learned from friends and relatives to knit and crochet and sew, and instead of playing with my dolls, I knit sweaters for them. I have always enjoyed being a doer rather than an observer. I began studying the flute in elementary school and, later on, I took up the cello also. Even now, though I greatly admire and enjoy musical performances, l prefer playing music to listening to it, (though generally frustrated by my inability to emulate the musicians I so admire.) And when the case cover of my cello became tattered, I became probably the only cellist in Florida with a cello case matching my kitchen upholstery!


One-of-A-Kind Handmade necklaces by Debbie Kashdan



TRR:  How did your medical career dovetail with this creative ingenuity?


I followed in the footsteps of my father, a physician, into the medical field and for more than 30 years worked as a physician assistant. My first position after PA School was as a surgical PA. I found that I enjoyed both the technical and intellectual skills of surgery. I subsequently got more into the internal medicine side of things, but, throughout various positions, my physician-employer almost always delegated any technical or surgical or wound care procedures to me. 



In 1994 I spent a year in Kenya as medical director at a rural outpatient clinic, with few facilities and myriad challenges. This experience, among  many other things, stretched my ability to find creative solutions to problems with only limited available resources.  





One-of-A-Kind Earrings by Debbie Kashdan

TRR:  How did you shift your interests once you retired?



After returning to the US in 1995, I resumed working as a PA in Florida, retiring in 2012. Needing to find creative outlets and keep my hands busy, I joined a local orchestra and I also took an introductory course in beading. The beading, again utilized some of the technical skills I learned in surgery.  Then I decided to try silversmithing and enrolled in the Boca Raton Museum Art School. Encouraged by my first teacher, the unforgettable Don Dietz, I learned not only the basic skills of a silversmith, but also learned to cut stone cabochons.  At this point I was hooked.  Since that time I have been working in my home studio and have taken additional instruction at the Armory Art School, William Holland School of Lapidary Science and Jewelry Arts in Georgia, and of course, online.  


One-of-A-Kind handmade Bracelets by Debbie Kashdan




TRR:  How do you envision ordinary objects into wearable art pieces which may come from family heirlooms?



 I am always working on improving my skills to come up with creative solutions.  Several years ago, looking for a cost effective source of metals, and  also to repurpose outdated materials, I created many pieces of jewelry using metal up-cycled from vintage silver plated brass or copper trays. Presently, I am working mostly with sterling silver and semiprecious stone cabochons which I cut and polish in my shop. I am trying to incorporated some precious stones and a little gold into my work now, which has necessitated my learning to fabricate the delicate settings which such work entails.  As everything, it is a work in progress! 



Although I enjoy the technical challenges in crafting jewelry, I am also fascinated by the multitudes of ways jewelry making has increased my appreciation of the beauty of the  metals and stones I have learned about and worked with. My joy is enhanced by providing people with wearable art which they feel adds a measure of beauty to their lives. Best of all is when I work collaboratively with customers to create unique one-of-a-kind pieces.  Creating wearable art has been a labor of love.




One-of-A-Kind Cabochon Clasps and Polished Cabochons



TRR:  How do you collaborate with other jewelers



My children joke that I have come a long way from stringing soybeans to creating unique wearable art!  In addition to fabrication of metal jewelry, I cut and polish designer cabochons for use by other jewelry artists in their work, and also make unique 3-strand  box clasps utilizing some of the stone cabochons.  



TRR:  How do you network with other creatives?  Do you offer classes?


I am a member of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, and have taught some introductory silver-smithing courses both at their shop in Lake Worth, and also at Betty Wilson’s Craft Gallery.  Pre-Covid, I offered one-on-one teaching in my studio.  I currently belong to several FB Jewelry and Lapidary Groups, including  Aspiring Metalsmiths, Sisterhood of Metalsmiths. 

One-of-A-Kind Rings by Debbie Kashdan



TRR:   Where can we find your one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art?  


The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach has some of my pieces. Contact Betty Wilson for gallery information: 561.762.8162.  I also sell out of my studio and take payment by credit card or PayPal.  I am more than happy to take commissions and welcome custom orders.


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Samuel Spear Jr.’s Photography Is Featured At Arts Warehouse On First Friday Art Walk, February 5

Samuel Spear, Jr. shares his photography as a Featured Artist at the Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach, FL. His exhibit, “Reflections” is available NOW and will be a focal stop on Friday, February 5 as part of the First Friday Art Walk.  Samuel’s love and range of travel gives him a different perspective than a typical tourist. Over time, his traveling and many photographs from each trip evolved into street photography.  What captures his eye is a fascinating insight into every-day life not only abroad, but locally.  The Gallery is FREE and open to the public with timed tickets for the Opening Night to maintain Covid-19 procedures.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of the exhibit which is available through February 27, 2021.





F E A T U R E S:  



S A M U E L     S P E A R,   J R.



FRIDAY,    FEBRUARY 5TH       6 – 9 PM






313  NE 3rd Street    Delray Beach, FL 33444



561.330.9614              artswarehouse.org




Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr. 



Samuel Spear, Jr. is a former New York based computer consultant who first picked up a camera in the early 1970s.  He tells The Rickie Report, ” For many years, as soon as I saved enough, I bought a plane ticket going somewhere,” he said, describing his first love — travel.  I have always been a traveller and the photos were incidental.  I had a position that allowed me access to air travel and I took advantage of  the opportunity.  Unfortunately I have lost photos of my early trips around the country, mostly islands of the Caribbean, and South America including Bahia and Surinam.


Over time, the traveling and the many photographs from each trip evolved into street photography. Now, retired and living in Delray Beach, Samuel embraces life as an amateur street photographer. “I generally remain out of the picture, however there is at least one image of me everywhere…documenting that I was actually there. I really like shooting people in their natural pursuits”.  



Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.



“Street photography is not always pretty, not fine art, but real and generally with a story”, Samuel relates.  “This project was begun during my travels several years ago with additions as I encountered them. All the images are as photographed, with minor post-production adjustments, however with no added or deleted elements. If one looks closely, frequently my reflection can be observed in the photo as I could not move out of the scene”. 



Samuel’s photos take us beyond boundaries, and at times take us to a mirror-like  reflection, showing that which surrounds us and yet incorporates us.  “When one looks through glass, depending on lighting conditions, one is able to see a combination of the infinite and reflection”, he explains.





Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.



Is it distortion that calls us near or the sense of disorientation that makes us look again?   Samuel’s combinations  give us the sense of not being able to place images or objects in front or behind. Move closer, because with the multiple layers of light(s) and space(s) one is motivated to  discover images, on a variety of levels and depths, encouraging revelations and reflections!



When asked about advice he gives to beginning photographers he says, ” There are all types of photography – sports, street, documentary, portrait, wedding, etc.  Choose your equipment to match. He reminds us that learning photography is a process and he has found YouTube to be a great teacher!



Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.



Samuel is actively involved in the Delray Beach’s arts community.  He remarks, “I am a consumer of all things Art (music, painting, performance, native and craft, graffiti, dance, everything”.  On a recent Europe trip I photographed a series on the graffiti which I thought was unique. My wife Kenya and I  love to attend exhibitions and performances  – not to just give support, but to consume for our enrichment.  I believe in the requirement of Art for a rich life, and fully appreciate and support the special talents of  artists”.



Samuel Spear Jr. has had exhibits at The Arts Garage in Delray Beach, The Spady Cultural Museum, and other exhibition spaces throughout South Florida.  He published a photo-travel table book,  “So Much to See, So Little Time” and his work recently appeared in Black + White Photography Magazine.  Because of COVID-19, his trips to far-flung destinations are currently limited. On the top of his list are trips to Fez, Morocco to attend the World Sacred Music Festival, and to a Zen Retreat in Oita, Japan to get an authentic experience in their culture.  “I have been very blessed to be able to even consider and live my life following the motto – So Much to See, So Little Time”.  As enthusiastic as he is looking forward to traveling again…So are we – to peek into his photos!


Get your Free, Timed Tickets!




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Paul Murray Celebrates Arctic And African Adventures As Artist In Residence For ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibit 2021. Applications Now Open

The International ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2021 is now open for entriesFocusing our attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats, ENDANGERED encourages artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. 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 2021. The Rickie Report introduces Paul Murray and more details of how to apply for the 2021 Exhibit!









December, 2020


Paul M. Murray

Visual traveler and photographic artist based in Rhode Island.

Paul discusses the inspiration for his photographic journeys below.






“Morning Trek to Water” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


A daily dawn trek to the watering hole is the reality of life for these zebras.

“Staying instinctive, remaining vigilant and working the opportunity are critical. When in doubt, I do something different or unexpected.”




Exploring Antarctica 2011. © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


“To the extent that my images enrich the experience and vision of others, I feel that I have achieved a way of communicating that is unique to me as a photographer.”





Exploring the Arctic


As global warming increases, the Arctic and its inhabitants are in danger. The melting of sea ice shrinks the area in which polar bears and walruses can hunt and take shelter. Even to the extent the refreezing occurs, the ice is less stable and still covers a smaller area.



“A Family Float” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

In the Arctic, ice floats offers walruses a safer alternative to land for rest and access to food.

“Often the story telling aspects of the photographic art form capture my attention and motivate a series of related images.”



“My World” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

The sea ice in the Arctic is shrinking as global warming increases. That creates a serious problem for polar bears.





“A Whale for a Snack” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.



In the far Norwegian Arctic, food is scarcer than it has been ever. Polar bears try to get every bit of food from whatever they catch or encounter.





“I’m Still Hungry” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


For this high-end predator, food is a continual challenge. A polar bear consumes about 43 seals a year, but the polar bear can only hunt for a part of that year. Not only is weather and cold an issue, but the Polar winter brings total darkness.





“Forced to Land” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


When forced to land, polar bears face a much tougher challenge in getting food. Seals are not there. In their quest for food, the bears sometimes end up in villages. That is not a winning strategy for the bear.




Photographic Journeys in Namibia



In southwest Africa, Namibia is a challenging land where adaptation is necessary for survival, the country’s summer sun is strong, and water is scarce. Enormous sand dunes rise from clay-caked, dry river pans. Despite the dryness and heat, trees and grasses find enough water and nutrients to grow. For the wild animals like giraffes and zebras, the watering holes are essential to daily life, and the trips to them are slow, dusty, and dangerous.





“Watering with a Flair’ Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


For most life, water is essential. Often giraffes acquire it with a flair at a watering hole at dawn.



“Color, light, and gesture are important elements in my work.”



My use of these varies intrinsically across landscapes, nature, people, and culture. My choices of timing, perspective, and composition are intended to draw the viewer into the setting and moment. Often, I try to pattern my pursuit of opportunities to the natural tempo of what I see.

Although my perspective is predominantly reality-based, I acknowledge not only the subjective nature of what I portray in my images, but an interest in pursuing at times more abstract images.





“Enormity” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


As these Namibia dunes rise sharply from the dry riverbed to great heights, the setting sun creates intriguing light gradients and sharp shadows across their wind-swept surface and breaks.




“Power” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


Traveling in herds, elephants are a dominant and powerful presence wherever they are.


“Alert” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.



One of the smallest members of the antelope family, dik-diks, live predominately on plants. Given their small stature, their alertness and speed are important advantages in their survival.



Why Paul Entered the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest:

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“In creating art, I try to remain open to possibilities, trust my instincts, and discard labels that are divisive. I use technology to increase my creative options and productivity, but not to replace my vision and responsibility. While not intending to create a style, others tell me they perceive one although descriptions of that style often vary. I feel this indicates my art has been well-considered and engages viewers in unique ways”.





© 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.



“As an artist, I hope my images engage the viewer’s attention and interest, and perhaps enrich their experience and vision. To the extent this happens, I feel my art communicates in a way that is unique to me”.




To see more of Paul’s work: https://www.harmonicthreads.com

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021


 CLOSING  DATE:  September 23, 2021

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php? content=event_info&event_id=1767



Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com






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




Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes




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Martin Artisans Guild Announces Their Monthly Exhibition And Reception On February 3rd At The Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza

The Martin Artisans Guild announces their February Exhibition and Reception at the Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza.  The Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 and includes refreshments and a chance to meet the artists.  The Featured Artists include: Cheryl Coté, Carol Kepp, Maria Grace Miele, Martha Quigley, and Laura Kay Whiticar.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks, and an introduction to the artists. Masks will be available and Phase 2 distancing guidelines will be followed. All artwork is for sale.  









Opening Reception:



Wednesday, February 3




5:30 – 7:30 pm



The Palm Room

 3778 SE Ocean Blvd    Stuart, FL  

Offering individual hors d’ oeuvre servings and Cash bar



Our exhibit area is 3300 square feet for safe distance art viewing



GALLERY HOURS:   Wednesday  – Saturday  12 – 6 pm

Exhibit runs February 3rd thru 27th






M  E  E  T         T  H  E         A  R  T  I  S  T  S:






Original artwork by Cheryl Coté



Cheryl Coté is a prolific contemporary artist who lost her right eye to cancer when she was 6 months old. In 2010 Cheryl lost a portion of her vision in her right eye from retinal edema. She is currently under the care of a retinal oncologist. She has recently found a way to return to her passion, art! Each creation is an original and she hopes they encourage others struggling to overcome challenges.







“Why Can’t We Get Along Like The Fish” Necklace by Laura Kay Whiticar





Laura Kay Whiticar’s artistic journey began about ten years ago on a cruise ship. After a career in mathematics she began traveling and collecting beads, pearls, gemstones, coins, crystals, beach coral, shells and sea glass during her travels. She loves to incorporate these personal found treasures into her work which uses fine silver, sterling silver and 14K jewelers gold. She loves taking workshops and is continually expanding her repertoire.







Original art by Martha Quigley



Martha Quigley finds inspiration in the colors of the ocean and all things nautical. She also enjoys capturing the personality by detailing the eyes and expression of animals she paints. She loves working in oils with their unmatched luminosity as well as exploring color, light and shadow within the context of repetitive or iconic shapes. 






“Palm Effects” by Maria G. Miele



Maria G. Miele’s work captures and interprets natural environments in an expression of color and minimal composition and a variety of subject matter. Inspiration is in the form of life, pop culture, people, bold composition and interpretive abstracts and whatever moves her in the moment to create a piece of art.







Original artwork by Carol Kepp



Carol Kepp’s passion is painting the blue green water of our ocean. I love the changing colors as the day goes on. Painting with oil has been my media for many years. It gives me rich colors for shadows and soft colors for sun light. Blue skies, blue green water with white fluffy clouds gives a sense of peace. The movement of the water rushing to shore can give a feeling of calm or give energy. The splash on the rocks with sun light thru it give a beautiful sparkle.







For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild


The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.


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ArtisGras Fine Arts Festival Moves Back To Palm Beach Gardens With 280+ Juried Artists, Activities For Kids, Demonstrations, Live Music, Youth Art Competition. Volunteers Wanted.

The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by the Hanley Foundation is excited to announce after 20 years, the premier outdoor fine arts festival will be returning to Palm Beach Gardens. The 36th edition of ArtiGras will be held February 13-14, 2021, at the Gardens North County District Park on 117th Court North. Ranked as one of the Top-10 art festivals in the nation ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival will feature over 280 juried artists, children’s activities, live music, and a youth art competition among other demonstrations. Sign up to volunteer! (Free admission, t-shirt, food and beverage, special parking). The Rickie Report shares the details!

The Gardens North County District Park

5101 117th Ct N.    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418


Purchase Tickets at www.artigras.org




“ArtiGras’ spent many years in Palm Beach Gardens both at the Gardens Mall location and off of RCA Blvd. We are thrilled to be back and couldn’t have asked for a better location in the Gardens North County District Park,” said Noel Martinez, CEO and President of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. “ArtiGras is an economic driver in the North County area with an impact of more than $2.8 million. With all the current construction on Central Boulevard, the timing was right for the return of the festival to Gardens.”





Palm Beach County has begun road construction at and past the intersection of Central Boulevard and University Boulevard in Jupiter at the exact location of where ArtiGras has been staged for two decades. This presented ArtiGras organizers with a challenge, and it was decided that a change of venue was needed. After a thorough search, an alternate location in the City of Palm Beach Gardens at the Gardens North County District Park was found.





“Art has long been a big part of our City’s identity. That dedication has been showcased in many ways over the years, so this is a great fit,” said Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Carl Woods. “We couldn’t be more excited to be the host city for ArtiGras and we look forward to not only welcoming our residents and visitors, but also providing a platform for artists who need our support.”




Volunteer    Opportunities

For 2021 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival



Registration Online at www.artigras.org






The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by Hanley Foundation is looking for volunteers to help make this Palm Beach North festival a most memorable one for both patrons and artists. Volunteer applications are being accepted online at www.artigras.org.


“This year we are looking for volunteers to make this 36th edition of ArtiGras safe and enjoyable for all those who attend,” said Noel Martinez, President and CEO of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce which produces the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival. “Volunteers are the backbone of ArtiGras, and with our new location in Palm Beach Gardens, we are looking to our volunteers to help us make this transition to a new venue seamless.”





Youth Art Zone



It takes more than 600 volunteers to help produce and organize ArtiGras. Volunteers can choose one of two shifts per day in the following areas: ArtiKids Zone, Parking/Transportation, Artist Relations, Site Operations, Volunteer Committee, Youth Art Competition Committee, Information Booths and Merchandising.

Safety is a priority this year, volunteers will have masks available if they need, and hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the festival. Volunteers will receive a: free T-shirt, free admission before or after their shift the day of volunteering, special parking and free food/ beverages in the volunteer area. Students will also receive community service credit for the hours they volunteer.




Youth Art Competitions



For more information, visit the ArtiGras web site at www.artigras.org, e-mail information requests to info@artigras.org, or call the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.




About Hanley Foundation:



Hanley Foundation combats substance use disorders within our communities by raising awareness and providing education through quality substance use prevention programming in schools and communities in Palm Beach and 21 other counties within Florida. Hanley Foundation is dedicated to working alongside community partners to promote healthy lifestyles and to positively influence attitudes, norms, and values by empowering individuals and families while helping supply need-based treatment scholarships to individuals with demonstrated needs in Palm Beach County.

About Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce:



The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Southeast Florida. Serving businesses in the ten (10) municipalities that make up Palm Beach North, the Chamber fosters a partnership of private, public, educational and civic organizations working together to ensure Palm Beach North is Florida’s “Prosperity Coast”. The Chamber’s four strategic imperatives are: A Prosperous Economy, High Quality of Life for all residents, a Smart and Connected Region, and Regional Leadership. For more information visit: www.pbnchamber.com



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See The Port St. Lucie Arts League In Action At Winter Art & Craft Expo January 23-24. PSAL Helps Creativity Flourish With Monthly Meetings, Plein Air Events, Annual Member Exhibit And More

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) brings one thing to mind – PASSION for the visual arts!  Despite Covid19, this arts organization is flourishing!  Whether members paint for pleasure or for commerce, they continue to form partnerships that engage and encourage creativity.  Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 you can meet over 25 members at the Port St. Lucie Winter Art & Craft Expo.  From refined chalk painters, veterans honing their art skills, to residents of assisted living who keep their creative juices flowing, you will meet 2D and 3D artists to refresh your spirits!  This Rickie Report article highlights Winter Art Expo in partnership with Latitude-88 Monthly meetings ( in person or via Zoom), Plein Air Painting, 14th Annual Member Exhibition at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center Gallery (Opening Reception Thursday, February 4 and runs through March 23), and more opportunities to get involved.  If you’re looking for some passion, connect with PSLAL!







3rd Annual  Port  St.  Lucie  Art  &  Craft  Expo

Saturday, January 23 10 am – 5 pm

 Sunday, January 24  10 am – 4 pm


At   recently renamed the MIDFLORIDA Credit

Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths

 Live Music & Food



Face coverings are encouraged but not required at this outside event. Complimentary face masks available at the event. Please observe social distancing between guests and exhibitors and utilize the hand sanitizer stations around the event. Have fun!






Meet    Chalk    Artist    Shane    Mesmer




Chalk art by Shane Mesmer & guest David Lepore


PSLAL enjoyed providing several art experiences for visitors at the recent Expo! Everyone enjoyed watching our artists painting and creating live throughout the weekend! People were amazed by Shane Mesmer’s chalk art image, stopping in awe of her breathtaking work!


It is always exciting to hear, “I just moved to PSL and am so happy to discover the Port St. Lucie Arts League! I am an artist and happy to know that there is a connection of artists here for me.”  An older gentleman, who worked creating stained glass, was inspired to start working again after setting aside his passion to create for many years.  A 15 year old girl was so excited to observe all the artists painting, especially, the Donna Dewberry technique used by Madelaine Cooper. She is going to check out online classes to learn this style.


It is a great JOY to see people of all ages begin to feel their creative ideas bubble to the surface! The League is proud to be an integral part of the Expo and to be working together in partnership with Lattitude-88, Inc. supporting the arts & artists in our community.


Stop by the League’s non-profit booth to learn more about us and to see our artists creating live, including Chalk artists Shane Mesmer and special guest. The PSLAL Plein Air painters will also be found painting around on the grounds of Expo & MIDFLORIDA Event Center.


PSLAL is the benefiting organization at all PSL Expos and we are grateful to Latitude-88, Inc. for the ongoing support and generosity to support the League’s mission. Our connection and work together at the Expos has provided relationships and awareness to local artists and the arts in PSL.  PSLAL has enjoyed working in partnership with Mike Strickland, owner of Latitude-88, Inc., and all behind the scenes at the Port St. Lucie Art & Craft Expos to bring arts & culture to PSL. A Celebration of Life, Arts & Crafts and the Human Spirit… The PSLAL artists can always be found creating live at the Expo! 

NEXT  Expo:   May 1-2, 2021


14th    Annual     PSLAL     Members    Exhibit








6:30  –  8:30 PM


Opening Reception will be held outdoors on the terrace weather permitting or in case of rain in the main atrium outside the Gallery.  Covid-19 safety practices will be followed.  Masks are required indoors.  


Exhibit runs February 4 through March 25, 2021

Regular Gallery Hours:   8:30 am – 5 pm




9211 SE Event Center Place  Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

772.807.4488   www.midfloridaeventcenter.com




The PSLAL celebrates its 14th Annual Member Exhibit at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center Gallery. It will be the largest exhibit in League history and will showcase over 100 works of art by 41 League members, including fine art professional as well as those who create purely for pleasure.  The exhibit includes naïve, assemblage, abstract, classical, representational, glass, sculpture, impasto, graphic, and photography artworks. The viewer can explore diverse subjects capturing a sense of place or specific location, the essence of a person, or a moment in time.  League artists express their passion and appreciation of the arts and support the League’s mission to advance, enhance, and sustain the community’s cultural viability.  Special kudos to Doris Jacoby for bringing this to fruition!





Participating     Artists:


Susan Adamo ◊  Mimi Albert ◊  Michael Alexander ◊  

Mary Ann Austin ◊  Nancy Bacheller ◊  Elaine Bankston ◊  

Patty Clayton ◊  Judy Coffman ◊  Madelaine Cooper ◊  

Fiori Ferraris   ◊  Joanne Lucia Florez ◊  Donna Franklin ◊  

Caroline Frederiksen ◊  Eric Frederiksen ◊  Nora Griffin ◊  

Marilyn Hamblet ◊  Evelyn Hartsell ◊  Carol Heslop ◊

 Jillane Heveron ◊  I. Joseph ◊  Doris Jacoby ◊  Bonnie Larson ◊

Joan Laugois ◊  Sandy Lillis  ◊ Barbara Z. Lyons  ◊

 Phred Madsen-Vallee ◊  Patricia McLaughlin ◊  Marilyn Mead ◊

Nancy Mich ◊  Laura R. O’Kelly ◊  Cecilia Peterson ◊  Linda Relis

Alyssa Rose ◊ Sharon Roselli ◊  Mayda Saborit ◊  

Christine Schroth ◊  Frances Sine ◊  Mark Stall ◊  Debra Terrio

Tamara Thoma ◊  Barbara  Warren ◊






Nourish   Your   Soul   And   Paint   Plein   Air  


No matter if you’re a beginner or advanced it’s a great way to get out of the studio and be right there in nature. Linda calls it “Soul Food” and she invites you all to come out and PLAY! It’s a great way to not only meet members, but to get some new work ready for all the upcoming PSLAL events.



Fridays  from  9 am – Noon

A new location is chosen every 2 weeks 

All levels welcome


Contact: Linda Relis    772.579.8342


 Join us!



             River is inspired by Mary Anne Austin’s Plein Air work!

Informal discussion about ART, sharing ideas and artwork or just come to listen and be together. Bring a chair!  Enjoy nature and connect with other artists!


Passers-by are always inspired! At theLeague’s recent event, Art Show in the Gardens, a little boy named River, joined Mary Anne Austin, to draw a picture.


Visit: https://www.pslartsleague.org/pslal-plein-air-painters



Monthly       Meetings:



 Marcy Purdy gives a demonstration to create a fish print



Our Next Meeting:   Friday, February 19, 2021


Join us via Zoom or in person for our monthly meetings!  Enjoy the camaraderie, networking with other like-minded creatives, and a demonstration!  Learn about a new technique, color, painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and so much more!

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm



Port St. Lucie Community Center    2195 SE Airoso Blvd.  Port St. Lucie, FL


Meetings are held in the banquet room and can accommodate 30 people.  Masks are required and Covid safe practices are followed.  RSVP is required to attend.   Zoom is provided as well.  RSVP: 772.323.1151

The mission of the Port St. Lucie Arts League is to advance, enhance and sustain our community’s cultural and artistic viability. Our membership works to develop cultural awareness and provide increased opportunities for community access to the arts.  Our league members are advocates for the arts and we promote quality, professionalism and diversity in our work. Our goals are to develop and sustain a membership of local artists, encourage networking, provide a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, and support, encourage and inspire one another’s artistic creativity.  The Port St. Lucie Art League works closely with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.


Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:




PSLAL Website: pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League






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Clyde Butcher’s “American Everglades” Exhibit Evokes The Beauty Surrounding Us. Arts Council Of Martin County Honors This Photographic Visionary Now Through March 13.

One of the country’s most honored photographers, Clyde Butcher, is being featured at the Court House Cultural Center NOW through March 13. His “America’s Everglades Exhibit”, presented by the Arts Council of Martin County, is a tribute to its 30 years of sharing art in the gallery and as a special tribute to Ansel Adams, who was featured in that first show.  The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span more than three decades of foraging into dense swampland.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.









5:30 – 7 PM




Virtual Meet & Greet with Clyde Butcher:


Thursday, February 11, 2021

2 PM

Zoom  Registration  required: www.MartinArts.org



Exhibit  runs  NOW  through  March 13, 2021

A donation of $5 is requested to support our exhibits and programs



Court   House   Cultural   Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.,   Stuart, FL

Gallery Hours:

 Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Covid-19 Safety guidelines are in place

A maximum of 20 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time. Visitors, staff, and vendors must wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Disposable face masks will be available. A 6-foot distance from others must be maintained.Hand sanitizer is available and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned by staff throughout the day.



Clyde Butcher at Fakahatchee



The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span over three decades of foraging into dense swampland. Delicate ecosystems, rare botanical specimens, and sweeping landscapes bring the wonder of this mysterious part of our country to light. The scale, extraordinary clarity and tonal range set his photographs apart as exceptional works of art, earning him recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.



Close up of Clyde Butcher’s camera and a sample of the Exhibition



This expansive wilderness collection represents the many years Butcher spent exploring the remote regions of the Everglades, experiencing its changes. Shaped and sustained by seasonally flowing shallow water, the area is home to dozens of threatened and endangered species, massive flocks of wading birds, recovering populations of alligators, crocodiles, and millions of insects.







Clyde says, “Out west they have their mountains. We have our clouds.”



On January 13, 1991 the Court House Cultural Center welcomed a collection of Ansel Adams photographs loaned by the Mitsubishi Estate Collection. To honor that landmark of 30 years ago, the Gallery Committee of the Court House Cultural Center invited revered Florida black and white landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher, to exhibit at the Center.


Maria Miele remembers dragging her father to see that exhibit 30 years ago and how impressed she was at the prospect of such a renowned photographer on display in this small town.  She tells The Rickie Report, “As an Arts Council Board and Gallery Committee member, I am so proud to have helped to bring this Clyde Butcher exhibition to Stuart. It is a feeling of pride and personally, as an artist/photographer myself and as an art educator having taught many of our youth about Clyde’s contributions to the arts, it is so satisfying and most exciting! Clyde, known sometimes as “The Ansel Adams of the South”, has personal connection with our beautiful and fragile Florida ecosystems and waterways. I would encourage everyone to see the exhibit and drag their family and friends. This will be one for the record books.”



A Legendary Photographer and National Treasure



“Blowing Rocks”  by Clyde Butcher


The scale and extraordinary clarity of his work sets it apart as exceptional. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School painters, Clyde composes his works at pristine and untarnished locations across the United States, creating arresting compositions that distinctly mark him as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.


Clyde has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, awarded as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community, and recognized as a conservationist for bringing issues to the forefront of public consciousness through his art. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.


Butcher’s journey began with a humble origin, born in Kansas City, MO. in 1942, the only child to a sheet-metal worker. As a child, he spent most of his Ume drawing boat designs and crafting ship prototypes from scrap metal. Butcher graduated with a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University. It was then that he discovered his inability to draw architectural designs. To rectify this he taught himself photography, enabling him to photograph (rather than draw) his architectural models for presentations. Unable to afford a store-bought camera, he made himself a crude, but dependable pinhole camera.





Niki Vogel and Clyde married in 1963. He saw an Ansel Adams Photography exhibit at Yosemite National Park, and was so impressed by Adams’ work that he began to photograph landscapes in black and white. Clyde left the architecture field in 1970 and began exhibiting his black and white photographs at art festivals.


In 1971 Clyde established his second business, Eye Encounter, Inc., and began selling his photographs as wall decor to department stores such as Montgomery Wards, J.C. Penny’s, and Sears. To enhance sales, he began to use color film, and also a 5ʺx7ʺ view camera. In addition to photographing landscapes in California, he also began to take pictures in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Ohio, and Hawaii. Eye Encounter became a multi-million-dollar business, employing more than 200 workers. Due to the stress of the business Clyde sold it in 1977. To regroup, he built a sailboat and trailered it across the country to Florida.



Clyde says, “I’d take a gator over a tick any day”



Clyde moved with his family to Ft. Lauderdale, FL and soon moved to Ft. Myers for a slower pace of life. Clyde began selling his color photographs of the American West at Florida art festivals. After briefly looking around Florida and not seeing anything to photograph, he began producing manipulated photographs with an outer-space theme.


In 1983 Clyde began photographing Florida beaches, still using color film. It wasn’t until a visit to Tom Gaskin’s Cypress Knee Museum in 1984, a roadside attraction in central Florida, that Clyde was introduced to a new side of Florida. He says, “After strolling on the boardwalk through a primeval cypress swamp, a whole new world was opened up for me”. Oscar Thompson, a Florida native, introduced Clyde to the “interior” of the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades by taking Clyde on his first walk in to the swamp. After his immersion into the beauty he found so mysterious and primeval, Clyde was then inspired to take black and white photographs of the swamp.





Clyde Butcher says,”I hope that through my images people can see themselves in this beautiful ecosystem and understand it is worth saving.”



In 1986, after his 17 year old son Ted was killed by a drunk driver, Clyde found solace in the wilderness of the Big Cypress National Preserve, where the mysterious, spiritual experience of being close to nature helped to restore his soul. Resolving to relinquish his use of color photography, he destroyed his color work and vowed to use only black and white film. He purchased an 8ʺx10ʺ view camera and enlarger.


Although Butcher will always be identified with the Everglades, he is deeply committed to recording precious landscapes throughout the world. The beauty and importance of Butcher’s photography quickly earned him widespread recognition resulting in museum exhibits in the United States, an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Prague celebrating the new millennium, and a request by the United Nations to photograph the mountains of Cuba to celebrate The Year of the Mountains.


Butcher has completed six Public broadcasting programs on the environment of Florida, three of them award-winning documentaries. Much of his work can be seen in his numerous books including; America the beautiful, a table top collection of his work from across the United States, Big Cypress Swamp – The Western Everglades, Second edition, which features images from the Big Cypress Swamp where he and Niki made a home for 16 years, and celebrating America’s National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, recreation Areas. Dedicated to the employees of the National Parks, this book showcases Clyde’s stunning black and white photographs of parks ranging from the mountains of Montana to the swamps in the Everglades.



Clyde Butcher Exhibit Sneak Peek



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The mission of the Arts Council is to inspire participation in and a passion for the arts in our community. It serves as the local arts agency in Martin County.

For more information, visit www.martinarts.org




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Whitespace Presents “Abstract Interpretation” Blending Visual And Musical Arts On February 6

Elayne Mordes brings internationally renown artist, Roseanne Williams and pianist Jed Maness together on Saturday, February 6 at Whitespace The Mordes Collection.  Roseanne’s work has been described by one critic as “wondrously suspended between figurative and abstract”.  Abstract Interpretation allows Jed to share the joy of music that dwells within him.  This event is Free to attend.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.







For more information please visit:


or email: whitespace@mordes.net





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City Of Fort Pierce Launches Photo Contest For 2020/2021 Annual Report Calendar. There Is No Fee Or Residency Requirement To Participate

The City of Fort Pierce is launching a Photo Contest for the 2020/2021 Annual Report Calendar.  Open to photographers of all levels of experience, the public is invited to make submissions from now through the deadline on February 7, 2021.  Distributed throughout the community, this is an opportunity for your photo(s) of the environment, local architecture, culture, community, or whatever makes you love Fort Pierce to be seen with photo credit!  The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t wait to see the results! There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit.








City of Fort Pierce

Photo Contest

For 2020-21 Annual Report Calendar




Calling all photographers with all levels of experience!

The City of Fort Pierce invites the public to submit photos for possible inclusion in the city’s 2020-21 Annual Report Calendar.




Deadline to submit photos is February 7, 2021




Photographers of all ages are invited to enter their best high-resolution images.



Submit Your Photos: https://woobox.com/fmtag6


Have you taken a beautiful picture of the city’s historic architecture, landscape, or perhaps people enjoying fun events? We encourage all amateur and professional photographers to enter our City of Fort Pierce Calendar Photo Contest, with a focus on all things Fort Pierce.



Many submitted photos will be featured in the 2020-21 City of Fort Pierce Annual Report and Calendar with a photo credit. The Annual Report Calendar is distributed to thousands of community members throughout the year, so the photos selected, as well as the photographers, receive a lot of exposure. Photos will also be used in various city publications and on social media.


The mission of the contest is to celebrate the City of Fort Pierce, therefore all photos entered must be taken in Fort Pierce. Photographs can be of the environment, local architecture, culture, community or whatever makes you love Fort Pierce. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit. Images selected by staff will be those that best represent our city. Since this is a calendar, photographs of all seasons are requested.



Photos can be submitted at https://woobox.com/fmtag6 until February 7, 2021.




About the Annual Report Calendar: In 2017 the City published its first Annual Report Calendar. This report highlights successes, initiatives and programs that have taken place over the past year to ensure the delivery of quality public service to our community. The report is also accompanied by a convenient calendar filled with local events and activities taking place in the Sunrise City.



For additional information call 772.467.3031



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