Deborah La Fogg Docherty Takes Pastels To The New Heights, Winning Two National Awards. Check Out Her Newest Classes For All Levels And Her Artworks

Deb La Fogg Docherty celebrates international recognition of her pastel art with 4th Place and Honorable Mention wins in the Pastel Journal’s 100 Pastels for 2022. Her love of the medium is apparent when you see her work. The inferences of a tree’s shadow, a dog’s eyes, or a cat’s hair distinguish her abilities. Not content to create art herself, Deb is a wonderful teacher, eager to share her methods with her students.  The Rickie Report shares an interview with Deb about “Patio Princess”, some sneak peeks, the class details and urges anyone who ever wanted to dip their toes into painting or pastels to take advantage of Deb’s class opportunities, as you read in the interview, teachers have influence of their students that follows them in their lives. 










Two of Deborah’s animal paintings recently won fourth place and honorable mention in the Pastel Journals Top 100 Pastels for 2022 international competition and have fetched substantial amounts in recent auctions. In 2021 her painting “Testing the Waters” was selected by the Timber Wolf Alliance for their Poster of the year.










“Patio Princess” by Deborah La Fogg Docherty. All rights reserved




Deborah LaFogg Docherty’s love for painting and nature began on a farm in Connecticut where she grew up. Besides the animals she encountered, her mother’s paintings inspired Deborah to continue in her footsteps. In grade school she had numerous watercolor one woman shows of the birds she had encountered on nature walks with her teacher Mrs. Harvey. Her formal training in illustration and commercial art began in college where she had a painting hanging in Yale University’s Art Gallery in her junior year and discovered the joy of pastels. After graduating with honors, she moved to South Florida where she landed a job with a large newspaper for 34 years, finding ways to use her art in and outside of work.  



During her art-related trips to Europe it was Degas’ pastel paintings that were as vibrant as the day he created them that fed her desire the most. In hopes of honing her skills and insight she took workshops and classes with Doug Dawson, Maggie Price, John Seery-Lester, Richard McKinley, Liz Haywood-Sullivan and Jan Martin McGuire. With the many things Deborah learned she loves to share her passion for pastels with beginners and intermediate students through workshops and classes.










TRR:  Tell us about your exciting award winning piece!  How you approach a blank surface before you begin and how does the subject effect your work?



A blank piece of paper is an exciting opportunity to me. I can sketch it or take photos and play with compositions in photoshop, but this was a something I had seen almost daily that made me smile. The subject is one of my two cats, Boop. She and her sister were rescues.  Boop is a sun worshiper/ snuggler and her eyes light up every time she gets to go out into the patio.  At a certain time of day, the light would hit  Boop just right and the scene would sparkle!  That’s when I knew I had to paint it! To me when the composition, contrast, textures and colors come to life that gives me inspiration.



TRR:  You can sign up for classes with Deborah (Starting the beginning of October) by contacting the Boynton Beach Arts and Cultural Center.  Sign up for “Expressive Pastel”:  561.742.6221  Located at 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd.  Boynton Beach, FL 33435.  Click Here to register

Deborah will also be teaching “Expressive Pastels For Landscapes” at the Armory Art Center on October 17/18 and November 28/29.  Contact Deborah for details




“Dreaming of Flight” by Deborah La Fogg Docherty. All rights reserved





TRR: What is your working method?


Once the drawing is done, I will often do an under painting of large areas to establish where lights, darks and colors go. On this painting I choose to do each section independent of each other, allowing me more control. The different texture was exciting to me. The paper I use is 400 UART, it allows me to use many layers of color. The pastels I use range from hard Rembrandts and Giraults to buttery colorful Jack Richeson, Terry Ludwigs and Unisons. The pastel pencils I use are Faber-Castel.





“Assateague Island” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty. All rights reserved



TRR:  What is your focus when it comes to color, values, mark-making and textures?



Color obviously plays a major role in this piece. I love color. I had been told by one of my professors that I was a “colorist”. To me color is life. It expresses mood and invokes emotion in the viewer, things I want to share.  When I approach a painting, I note the shape and texture of each object. Is it fur? Is it a smooth surface like the sky, water, or is it a tree with many layers of textures? Each gets a different approach. Example: fur. You wouldn’t like to pet a cat going against how its hair grows… it would appear course and unnatural. You’d want to paint it going in the direction of how it flows over muscle and bone so it appears more lifelike. You’d use thin short strokes.




“Pelican Dawn” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty.  All Rights Reserved




TRR:  Are there ever any surprises as you work on a painting?



Mostly I paint wildlife and landscapes but I’ve been painting pets for other people ever since I finished college and moved to Florida. I will only paint pets for myself if I feel that the particular animal has importance to me. About surprises…YES!  I had gotten halfway done with “Patio Princess” when I dropped it. I was devastated… But I really wanted to finish it. After studying it for a week I noticed the cushions on the coach had been too vibrant. The pastel dust from other colors had neutralized the color helping me to see. It took almost destroying the painting, to turn it into a blessing in disguise!



TRR:  Is there anything else you’d like to add?


I am currently featured in a curated exhibit, “Dog Days of Summer…and Other Pets, Too” by Martin Arts at the Courthouse Cultural Gallery in Stuart, FL. which is available through October. For more details visit:





Her paintings have won many other national and international awards and have been included in art museum shows in the US, the International Festival for Natural Ecology Convention at the Lanwan Art Museum in Qingdao China with the Artists for Conservation and has had paintings in New York City’s Salmagundi Club, Sotheby’s in Los Angles and the MEAM Museum in Barcelona Spain.  Membership affiliations include: Signature Member Pastel Society of America, Signature Member Artists for Conservation, the Salmagundi Art Club in NYC, Elected Member Audubon Artists, Society of Animal Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Oil Painters of America, and the International Guild of Realism.

For more information about Deborah’s paintings or classes:

Deborah LaFogg Docherty, AFC, IAPS/MC, PSA
Wildlife/Landscape Artist



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Susan S. Buzzi Examines Relationship Violence In Groundbreaking “This Is How I Feel” Exhibit At Sunrise Civic Center Theatre & Gallery As Part Of Individual Artist Grant through the Broward County Cultural Division

Susan S. Buzzi has received an Individual Artist Grant through the Broward County Cultural Division for her photo documentary , “This is How I Feel”.  A former law enforcement officer, certified coach practitioner and educator, Susan explores the necessary and difficult domestic violence and abuse issues in ALL relationships.  The exhibit opens on September 16 and runs thru October 22, 2022.  The Public is invited to the Opening Reception and short lecture on Sunday, September 18, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some of Susan’s insightful artwork and resources. PLEASE NOTE:  Images are suitable for the general public and are accompanied by informative texts.






Sunrise Civic Center Theatre & Gallery

10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.   Sunrise, FL  33351








Sunday, September 18, 2022    3 pm

Exhibit runs September 16 – October 22, 2022

For more information and hours:  954.747.4646  





“This is How I Feel” focuses on issues of sexual abuse and assault as well as domestic violence.  Along with the widespread impact of the Covid-19 crises, statistics have alarmingly increased and the dialogue has become critical. 





Susan Buzzi tells The Rickie Report, “My main objective with this photo documentary is of course, to bring awareness, given my careers in law enforcement, education, counseling and longtime advocacy; however, to deliver the message visually and promote it through the arts – this is the challenge and my distinct honor.  And, every so often, I have the extraordinary opportunity to bring the voices to the surface for everyone to hear.  I’ve provided the facts – the alarming statistics (which are underrepresented due to not originating as domestic-related calls and those that are simply not reported at all) – and I’ve also outlined the warning signs, scenarios, and life-saving contacts. Indeed, I am grateful to the Broward Cultural Division for their support of this project and to the Sunrise Civic Center Gallery for hosting the exhibition”. 







As an arts educator and coach practitioner working with victims of crime, Susan often uses expressive therapies to overcome adversity and to build confidence and trust.  “For this exhibit, I chose the traditional photography format at the onset of my shoots; developed the film by hand in the darkroom; and later often combined digital manipulation in order to distort identities and locations.  With these techniques, I am able to preserve the basic photographic process of capturing specific moments prior to the shutter trip and then create new layers to enhance and extend the imagery.”



“Trapped” by Susan S. Buzzi



The actual process of healing through art while addressing the metaphors for the unspeakable and raising awareness, has also become a valuable vehicle and extraordinary opportunity for recovery and social change.  This presentation is dedicated to ALL victims, survivors and their families.  Susan shares, ” Each of these individuals have overcome great suffering, pain, darkness, and disappointment….and now have transitioned to healthier and safer places.  I want to remind them that you are stronger than you know!  I am most grateful to the Broward Cultural Division for support of this important project and to the Sunrise City Center Gallery for welcoming this exhibit. By doing so, you contribute to the social consciousness of our communities.”




These are uncomfortable, yet necessary conversations taking place across the country.  We ALL must learn the warning signs to be observant and vigilant. 







Domestic Violence is commonly perpetrated by men against women; however, females have also been known to exhibit violent behavior against their male partners.  Approximately five percent of males are killed by their intimate partners.  Each year, approximately 500,000 women are physically assaulted or raped by an intimate partner compared to 100,000 men. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, statistics show 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and 1 in 4 men (28.5%) will experience rape, physical violence or stalking in their lifetime.




Rape is primarily perpetrated by men, while women engage in other forms of violence against men. 26% of gay men and 37.3% of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, in comparison to 29% of heterosexual men. When considering male same sex relationships, studies show approximately 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence.




“Second Thoughts” by Susan S. Buzzi



Domestic violence and abuse affects our children, teens, elders, both males and females, and our LGBTQIA+ communities.  When counseling victims of crime, assault, stalking and survivors of abuse, I incorporate expressive therapies which often include reflective writing and art programming.  These methods, when combined with traditional treatment, have become invaluable for rehabilitation; they provide a comfortable approach as they relieve anxiety, depression and stress; rebuilds confidence and self-image; calms fears; and encourages the expression of feelings.




Susan sees herself as a social barometer with the goal to achieve “a consciousness” for the viewer. She says, “I think of art as a powerful tool with the potential to heal, protect, inspire, motivate, reveal, and impassion us all. Opening the imagination and encouraging it to soar creates avenues for participation; and surely, strengthening participation leads to commitment in everything we do”.








LGBTQIA+ individuals are found to be far more vulnerable and at risk to domestic violence and abuse than those engaged in heterosexual relationships. Reasons often include lack of reporting incidents and skewed statistics; fear of retaliation from their partner; judgement; and embarrassment in the community. Most recent statistics show that 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime; as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women.  (Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2020)



“As an artist and educator, I feel it is my responsibility to create meaningful dialogue in what I do, and always to provide integrity and authenticity. The opportunity to strive to preserve our humanity, conquer adversity, and foster an appreciation and understanding for, and through the arts, is my privilege”.  Buzzi will also be presenting work to the Broward Commission in October and accepting a Proclamation for National Domestic Violence Month as a member of the Broward Commission on the Status of Women.


Additional services, including alternative medicine and holistic approaches/treatments, need to be made more available for everyone – without stigma or shame –  to ensure safe transitions and referrals for shelter and medical and legal services.  It must be a unified approach: combining education, wellness and healthcare, the law and social services, and most importantly, our communities that will begin the process of healing ….



In September of 2021, Congress passed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act which launched this past July in Broward County.  “988” is now available to those in crisis or experiencing emotional distress for intervention and assistance. 







For more information about this exhibit contact Sunrise Center Theatre Box Office   954.747.4646




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Set Your Cultural GPS For Wellington As Art Events Offer Multiple Opportunities To Meet The Artists And Enjoy A Pop-Up Event At The Mall

Set your cultural GPS for three events sponsored by the Wellington Art Society (WAS)!   Saturday, September 16 – 18 celebrate the “Fall for Art” Pop-Up Gallery at The District @ The Mall at Wellington Green with an Opening Reception (Saturday, September 18).  Enjoy free demos and meet the artists!  A new art exhibit “Effects”is open now through November 29, 2022 at the Wellington Community Center. The art exhibit “Elegant” is at Wellington City Hall open now through November 15, 2022.  A joint Public Reception will be held on Tuesday, October 4 will be held so art lovers can enjoy both!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!







S E P T E M B E R    16  –  18 ,  2022




Saturday, September 17th   5  –  8  pm



Hours:  Friday & Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday,  11 am–3 pm




Art lovers are invited to meet and mingle with the featured artists, enjoy artists demonstrations, and attend the Fall for Art Reception and Awards ceremony!  Proceeds will benefit the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship and Outreach Programs.



The District @ The Mall at Wellington Green is located inside The Mall at Wellington Green



10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 175,     Wellington, FL


For more information, visit, or contact Leslie Pfeiffer at (561) 632-3677 or










About The Mall at Wellington Green:

The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, FL is a 1.2 million square foot, two-level regional shopping destination, and it features over 160 stores. Retail and restaurant favorites include Macy’s, Dillard’s, Apple, Brighton, Chico’s, Forever 21, H&M, Helzberg Diamonds, Zales, Tommy Bahama, City Furniture, Lemongrass, Cask + Shaker, Ford’s Garage, The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, and more. For more information, visit




Wellington   Art   Society

Announces    New   Exhibition    “Effects”  







The public is invited to experience “Effects” at the Wellington Community Center located at 12150 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington. The exhibition will be open weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from August 16 to November 29, 2022. This exhibition is running concurrently with WAS’s “Elegant” exhibition at Wellington City Hall open now through November 15th. 




Opening   reception   celebrating   both   exhibitions



Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

5  –  7  pm.

Two venues – one great night!



Meet the artists and vote for your favorite artwork. There will be door prizes and refreshments to enjoy. Boutique items by WAS members will be available for purchase during the reception. 




All artwork in the exhibition is for sale and a portion of the proceeds goes toward WAS Scholarship and Outreach Programs. To arrange the purchase of artwork hanging in the exhibition, please email 

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





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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

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Wellington Art Society Kicks Off New Art Season With Its September 14th Meeting Featuring Heather Bergstrom And Tips To Turn Your Passion Into A Career

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) is thrilled to begin its 42nd year with their first event of the season on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The meeting takes place at the Wellington Community Center with a meet and greet followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. The event will conclude with a presentation by local artist Heather Bergstrom on “How to Turn Your Passion into A Side Hustle or Career”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Heather’s artwork.





Public Is Invited To



Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday, September 14 , 2022



5:30 pm


Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL









All events open to members and non-members


For more information contact: Laura Jaffe,


 COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 





Heather Bergstrom has spent a lifetime pursuing her passion and skill as an artist. Her favorite mediums are graphite, charcoal and acrylic paint. She loves to tell stories with her art, painting poignant scenes which translate into universal feelings of contentment, nostalgia, or joie de vivre. 





Heather Bergstrom with Macro Flowers




Heather is originally from New Haven, Connecticut where she worked in the public school system. Several years ago, she and her family moved to Florida where she got a job at a local private school. Throughout her career, she never lost her enthusiasm for art. When she wasn’t working, she was creating. In fact, during her lunchbreaks she was often found drawing in the teachers’ lounge. As more and more people started asking to buy her art, it dawned on her that this might be a nice way to make a little extra cash. In her free time, she began slowly building a portfolio of works, a website and a social media presence. 



“Life Lesson” by Heather Bergstrom



Then the global pandemic forced schools to shut down, leaving many people, including Heather, without a job. Though this was a difficult time, Heather saw it as an opportunity to grow her art side hustle into a full-time career: A dream that she previously thought would have to wait until retirement.





“Bonnie Bluebird” by Heather Bergstrom




Around this time, Heather met master artist, Laurie Snow Hein, through the Wellington Art Society. Laurie appreciated Heather’s passion and business sense and hired her practically on the spot as her assistant. Heather says, “meeting Laurie was providential. I have learned so much from her experience as a professional artist and have applied that knowledge to my own art business.” Now Heather enjoys sharing her art marketing expertise with other creatives.





“Joy Comes With The Morning” by Heather Bergstrom




Heather Bergstrom is an active Board member of the Wellington Art Society and serves on the Marketing Team. In 2020, she received the People’s Choice Award at the South Florida Fair and in 2021 she received the People’s Choice Award for the “Wonders of Art” Exhibition at Wellington Community Center. To learn more about her, please visit her website at and follow her on social media @HeatherBergstromArt.






The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd 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  






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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Only One Week Until ArtFest Fort Myers Deadline . Art Lovers Save February 4 & 5, 2023 For This Art Happening

Where can artists find over 80,000 people looking for artwork over two days?  ArtFest Fort Myers offers 200+ artists a great layout, experienced staff, and artist amenities like no other! February 4 & 5, 2023 offers art lovers a free, non-gated event in Southwest Florida.  The DEADLINE for artists to apply is September 9, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  We urge art lovers to mark their calendars for this spectacular art event on February 4 & 5, 2023. 








February   4   &   5,   2023



Edwards   Drive,   Downtown   Fort   Myers

Ft. Myers’ housing market has increased 191%


New home owners = new environments



More people are looking for artwork than ever!



200+   Artists



Deadline   to   apply:   September 9, 2022



Click  HERE  To Apply NOW:




For more information visit:





Artist perks include:


· Two-day, FREE to the public, community event, with 80,000 attendees

· Year-round professional staff, with 23+ years of consistent management

· New and cutting-edge art is equally at home with more traditional work

· Loyal base of dedicated art buyers/VIP members who are focused on YOUR work

· Attracting young professional families with free fun art related activities for kids of all ages

· Oversized booth spaces and convenient Friday set up with drive-up access

· Discounted hotel rates, indoor bathrooms and reserved artist parking







If you are new to the idea of selling at outdoor art festivals please contact us for any support you may need – we can help. Our staff is available to talk about any details you seek and to take a peek at your images in advance and provide feedback on “jury strength” at least in our opinion based on 20+ years of watching juries. We love talking with artists and are happy to share our insights to support artists’ success.




Fort Myers is the largest metro area in Southwest Florida; molded by corporate headquarters, booming residential & commercial markets and a Visitor & Convention Bureau dedicated to rebuilding our record-breaking tourism. Your target audience of upscale and savvy art patrons grows every day! Our dedicated community of art lovers and collectors wait all year to enjoy and purchase the incredible works of fabulous professional artists from across the country.









Artists are selected in a blind jury based upon quality of workmanship, originality and artistic conception. All work must be done solely by the exhibiting artists. ArtFest Fort Myers strives to create a well-balanced show that represents diverse styles and techniques in the following categories: Ceramics, Digital, Drawing/Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media 2-D, Mixed Media 3-D, Painting – oil/acrylic, Painting – watercolor, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wearable and Wood.




ArtFest Fort Myers is a true community event that entices people to buy art. The festival includes the largest high school art exhibit and competition in Southwest Florida; a high school sidewalk chalk competition; a children’s Art Yard with interactive art projects and a Youth Stage featuring regional performing arts organizations. Our upscale dining areas with shaded table seating provide ample food/beverage options.







Apply from now – September 9, 2022 at

• Visit our website at for more information




Annie Crouch, Community Engagement Manager,

ArtFest Fort Myers

1375 Jackson Street, Suite 401    Fort Myers, FL 33901





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Martin Artisans Guild’s Flurry Of Events Include Opening Reception September 7 At Palm Room And Unveiling Of “Chances For Art”, Opening Event At Elliott Museum September 22 And Meet The Artists On October 5

The Martin Artisans Guild has a packed schedule including the Opening Reception of “Fall Into Art” Exhibit on Wednesday, September 7 at the Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique in Stuart.  A Special Exhibit will be unveiled at the Elliott Museum on Thursday, September 22 and a Meet the Artists will take place at the Palm Room on Wednesday, October 5.  All events are open to the public.  Don’t miss “Chances for Art” raffle raises funds for artists needing Open Studio Tour scholarships which kicks off on September 7.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  





Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique



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)











Original Artwork by Charlie Coté








“Colored Palms” by Mark Stall






Barb Bucci

Charlie Coté

Glen Allen

Kim Beltrame

Mallo Bisset

Marian Vitale

Mark Stall

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Sue Klahne

Jane Lawton Baldridge












“Compression Gliding” by Michaelann Bellerjeau

Thursday, September 22, 2022

5:30  to  7:30 PM

Exhibit Runs Thru   Sunday, November 13



Elliott Museum

825 N.E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL


 772-225-1961 ●

Hours: Daily 10 am – 5 pm; Closed Major Holidays






Chances for Art will be unveiled Wednesday, September 7th at the opening for “Fall Into Art” at the Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique.



The “Chances for Art” raffle raises funds for artists needing Open Studio Tour scholarships.  




Raffle tickets for a $20 donation each, each ticket purchased can be designated for a specific donated item.  Tickets will be available on our website and in the Gallery between September 6 and October 28, 2022.


All donated works will be shown on our website and in the Gallery.


There will be a drawing for the winners of each donated work on October 28, and winners will be announced on our website.  







For more information about the Open Studio Tour, 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.


For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986


South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild Announces September 17, 2022 Newbie Workshop To Explore This Eclectic Medium

The South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG) has been in existence since 2006.  The members, with various backgrounds, promote polymer clay as an art form by sharing their individual knowledge and ideas of polymer clay with others.  You are invited to a free “Newbie Workshop” on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Members will share their expertise to educate those who might be interested in working with polymer clay but know little about it. The Rickie Report shares the details about the free workshop and shares some photos of previous projects by members.  SEATS are LIMITED To 6 PEOPLE!  RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!














Saturday, September 17, 2022




10 am – 3 pm




Popular Polymer Clay Projects by SEFPCG Members



Kings Point Art Room**

7000 W Atlantic Ave.    Delray Beach Florida

















 A Polymer Clay and Beginner Tool Kit will be provided for Newbie Workshop Project


Learn basic Polymer Clay skills including conditioning clay, skinner blends and & other techniques using polymer clay.



All materials will be provide by guild.

Bring a container to bring your project home.




Deadline to reserve your Newbie Worksheet seat is September 16, 2022




RSVP contact phone, text and email to:

Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343




Each month, SEPFCG offers a forum for guild members to share their experiences with each other on the last Sunday of each month year round in the Kings Point Golf and Country Club Delray Main Clubhouse Art Room.  AS this is a gated community an RSVP is recommended.  Some of our projects include jewelry, home decor items/photo frames, garden decor/windchimes, seasonal decor/figurines and more!  Two or three times a year, our guild engages professional polymer clay artists from all over the world to teach at each one of our Sunday workshops.  We’ve had the privilege of hosting polymer artists Anna Shaw, Christi Friesen and Suzanne Ivester.  Each came to our guild and taught at a thrilling, educational Sunday workshop.  Our Membership dues are $36 a year, and you may attend one workshop for free before joining. SEFPCG is focused on bringing the art of polymer clay to new people.








**Must have photo ID to enter gate to Kings Point

(At the gate, state that you are coming for the Polymer Clay Guild Meeting in the Art Room)










Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343





Kings Point, Delray Beach Club House Art Room 7000 West Atlantic Ave   Delray Beach, FL 33446    561-499-0464

Manned Main Entrance Gate 561-499-7751 Club House (website home page)

(Sorry, Kings Point does not allow children in the Club House.)

Driving Directions:

• From Rte 95:

  1. Take Rte 95 to the W ATLANTIC AVE EXIT (Rte 806) in Delray Beach.
  2. Go WEST 5 miles (toward the FL Turnpike).
  3. Continue WEST until you cross Jog/Power Line Rd.
  4. Go to next lights and turn LEFT into the main manned security gate of Kings Point, Delray Beach.
  5. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and that you are to park in the East EndCafé Parking Lot.
  6. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  7. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your auto license or an ID at the guard desk and to pick it up when you leave.
  8. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

• From FL Turnpike:

  1. Get off at the W ATLANTIC AVE (Rte 806) EXIT in Delray Beach and go EAST.
  2. Go about 2 miles EAST past Oriole Plaza on your left.
  3. Cross Cumberland Drive and turn right at the next lights into theKings Point Delray Beach AdultCondominium Main Security Gate on your RIGHT. (If you reach the Jog Rd lights you have gone too far by 1⁄2mile so make a U turn and go back to next lights and turn left into gate).
  4. Tell guard you are going to the Polymer Clay workshop in the Art Room and will park in the East End CaféParking Lot.
  5. Go straight and then right to the Club House and park free in the parking lot on the right and enter through thecourt yard.
  6. Because you are not a Kings Point member, you may be asked to leave your car license or an ID at the guard desk and pick it up when you leave.
  7. From the guard desk, turn right to the entrance to the Art Room, second room on your right.

Entry to Kings Point Community and Club House Directions: To gain entrance to the main club house;

To Enter at the back Club House Guard Desk. A member, who is a Kings Point Resident, will be available to bring non-residents into the Art Room.







Helene de Laurentis, SEFPCG President

(561) 221-4526. Call or Text




Rosemarie Friedman, SEFPCG V. P.

(516) 852-5520




Natalie Herbin, Membership Chairperson

(917) 922-1343







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St Lucie Cultural Alliance Announces New Galleries And Headquarters Sneak Peek On Oct 21 And Grand Opening Nov 18 Plus Call For Art Instructors

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is moving…to bring more to the arts & cultural community! With new space, comes requests for classes, so applications are now open for art instructors.  Enjoy a ‘sneak-peek’ tour of The Vault – St Lucie Cultural Alliance New Galleries & Headquarters at the Friday, October 21, 2022 Art Walk.  Save the date for the Grand Opening on Friday, November 18, 2022!  The Rickie Report shares the details and only a brief peek of “The Vault” – you HAVE to stop by to see it!




111 Orange Ave. in Downtown Fort Pierce, FL

Lower     Level

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Galleries




Eyes will widen, and senses will brilliantly ignite among art enthusiasts who visit…






SNEAK  PEEK:   T  H  E        V  A  U  L  T



Friday, October 21, 2022



5  – 8   PM    during Art Walk







Photo Courtesy of SLCA




GRAND      OPENING:    T  H  E        V  A  U  L  T  






 5  – 8  PM       during Art Walk



Photo Courtesy of SLCA




Call for Instructors  –  Applications Now Open


Artist Members of the Alliance are encouraged to apply to teach classes. Artists of varying mediums are welcomed to apply! For more information, visit, or email:




Alyona Ushe tells The Rickie Report, ” We invite everyone to stop by and enjoy a ‘sneak-peek’ tour of The Vault, St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new gallery and headquarters, and take in the vibrant changes taking place to broaden offerings to our dynamic arts and cultural community of St. Lucie County’.



The new space is an eclectic mix of urban-trend and classic modern. On tap are plans for artists to exhibit their works, a studio for a rotating resident artist, and classrooms.  The enhanced, natural lighting and open floor plan will allow for new gathering space, additional galleries and for the public to observe and interact with the working artist as s/he creates.



Galleries full of juried Cultural Alliance Art Guild members work, boutique with artisan wearable art and jewelry, and dynamic space for an array of creative classes of all genres and disciplines are all in store.  Its main gallery space – The Vault – will serve as its new, enlivened setting for an array of juried, curated exhibitions that will introduce its visitors to an abundance of talent in the county.




Members of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance will be awarded additional benefits including opportunities to teach classes, apply for a quarterly residency, screen films, present intimate concerts, and attend networking and professional development workshops. Residents and visitors will benefit from a richer offering of exhibitions, intimate performances, classes and workshops in this eclectic addition to Downtown Fort Pierce.



Would you like to be a part of making St. Lucie County a cultural gem of the Treasure Coast? Become a member and join our growing cultural community! Visit to learn more about the exciting benefits of membership and all of its cool, upcoming events!



About the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

The mission of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic well-being, of St. Lucie County.

SLCAlliance is sponsored in part by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the St. Lucie Office of Tourism.

SLCA is located at 111 Orange Avenue, 3rd Floor, Fort Pierce, Fla. 34950  

To learn more, visit, or call 772.462.2783



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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:












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,

Call 954-545-7800



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




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Endangered Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest Announces Free Entries For All Youth Artists. Deadline To Enter Is October 2, 2022

Endangered Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest is a global, juried, on-line contest that focuses on the artists’ interpretation of what “endangered” means. Cash prizes total over $7,000 and includes an Adult Category and Young Artist Category.  The deadline to enter is Sunday, October 2, 2022. Young Artists ENTER FREE thanks to the generosity of Shechter & Associates. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Young Artists entries past and present. Sales from this contest benefits the Center for Great Apes.





Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Shechter & Associates






All entries are sponsored so it is FREE to enter!




Sunday, 2nd October 2022 midnight PDT






Meet our generous sponsor Jennifer Shechter, CPA


Jennifer Shechter and husband, Mario, with Young Artist Scout Dingman and her work “Big Blue Needs You” which they purchased to support CGA.



Jennifer E. Shechter, CPA is a partner in the Miami-based Public Accounting firm Shechter & Associates LLP. Jennifer’s family has been serving South Florida for over five decades. Continuing in their family’s footsteps, Jennifer and her father, Philip, opened Shechter & Associates LLP in 2017. Jennifer is a great animal lover and supporter of the Center for Great Apes. Together with her husband, Mario, she founded White Fang Animal Sanctuary with the idea that every animal deserves to have a safe warm place to call home. Through rescue, fostering and adoption they care for those animals that have been abandoned, mistreated or neglected. We are proud to welcome Jennifer and Shechter Associates as sponsors of the Young Artists Contest. Contact Jennifer at




Young Artist contest ENTER HERE FREE!



Click to read YOUNG ARTIST Rules








Featured  Young  Artist  Reagan  Bowser



“Swimming the World”. Old map, colored pencils by Raegan Bowser, aged 13 ©2020 All Rights Reserved

Third Prize Young Artist Category 2020





“In Her Eyes (Calaya)”. Colored pencils by Raegan Bowser, aged 16 years ©2022 All Rights Reserved.      

Entry Young Artist Category 2022





Don’t forget the Adult Contest ENTER NOW!



Click to read ADULT contest Rules







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