Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces 3 Day Workshop With Donne Bitner. Learn How To Use Acrylic Paint Like Watercolor February 20-22, 2024. Non Members Are Welcome To Register

Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) Presents Donne Bitner‘s “Acrylic Exploration – Using Acrylic Like Watercolor” with a 3 day workshop February 20-22, 2024. This is Open to Non-Members so you can get a taste of what GCWS offers.  The workshop takes place at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.  GCWS offers monthly meetings, October through May on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  In addition, check out their Flea Market sale of New and used art supplies!  Proceeds support their Young at Art Museum Summer Workshops.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.









3 Day Workshop With Donne Bitner:


Learn  How  To  Use  Acrylic  Paint  Like  Watercolor  



February 20-22, 2024  






Open  To  Non-Members





1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.     Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304













Cancellation Policy

  • $50 cancellation fee

  • Cancel within 1 month no refund at all or: we will apply full monies to next available workshop in current year if one available.

  •  If there is a waitlist for a workshop and it can be filled, we will refund monies less $25.00 administration fee.

  • Owner of Seat in class can sell or transfer to another student




The Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) in Broward County is dedicated to advancing the art of watercolor media.



GCWS   offers:

Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch
Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists
An annual membership show
Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses
Paint-ins with live models
Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists
Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues
Plein air painting opportunities



Please   Join   Us!

Meetings are held October through May on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 pm


1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.     Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304




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Kianga Jinaki and Barbara Cheives Are Featured At “Quilting In Paradise” Vendor Boutique February 2 And 3rd At MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center Port St Lucie FL

The Port St. Lucie Crazy Quilters’ “Quilting in Paradise” will feature vendors, workshops, networking with other fabric lovers, judged quilts, a silent auction, and a quilt appraiser!  Two days of fabric fun on Friday, February 2 through Saturday, February 3, 2024 take place at the MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie, FL.  This biennial show features two fabric artists, Kianga Jinaki and Barbara Cheives, who will WOW YOU with their creations and a vast variety of fabrics, embellishments, and kits to purchase.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!




Friday, February 2, 2024

Saturday, February 3,2024

HOURS    BOTH DAYS:  9 AM   –   4 PM  



Admission is $10 a day  or $15 for both days 

For more information:

Or email


Mid-Florida Credit Union Event Center

9221 SE Event Center Place     Port St. Lucie, FL 34952









Two   Big   Days   of   Fabric   Fun!

Booths  6  and  7

Stop  by  and  see  us!




Kianga Jinaki is a fiber artist who creates quilts, dolls and mixed-media works that honor Black life and culture. Her works have been been exhibited both nationally and internationally since 1991. Ms Jinaki is a 2022 recipient of the Artist Innovation Fellowship presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Florida. A teaching artist, Kianga has worked with The Norton Museum, Spady  museum, the African American Resource Library & Cultural Center, and  the Palm Beach & Broward County Library Systems providing artistic/cultural programs for the communities they serve. 




Close-Up of Quilt by Kianga Jinaki






Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kianga holds a B. S. Degree in Community Mental Health from Morgan State University. A licensed massage therapist for 22 years and a yoga teacher for 11 years. She is the mother of 4 adult children, and has  been a resident of  South Florida for more than 30 years. One of her greatest joys as an artist is working with community members to tap into their own creative rhythm. 







Kianga Jinaki Offers a Wide Array of Merchandise





Kianga Jinaki is a visual storyteller. Her multi-dimensional work reflects her life and African cultural traditions learned through travel and personal study. She creates her own textiles using African cloth by painting, stamping, dying, or sun printing. Over 50% of her work is done by hand.  







Quilt created by Kianga Jinaki



Kianga Jinaki’s multi-dimensional fabric art reflects her life and African cultural traditions she learned through travel and personal study. She tells The Rickie Report, “Textiles come with their own stories. I am adding my own voice. I speak with cloth”.





Quilting Cruise to Hawaii led by Kianga Jinaki






For more information about Kianga’s  fabric creations, classes, or workshops:


(561) 503-9504

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm      Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm     Sunday: Closed






Pillow and Scarf by Barbara Cheives




Barbara Cheives is the President and CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting.  Converge specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion consulting, employee relations, community engagement and cultural competency training.  Barbara’s consulting expertise includes government entities; law enforcement and public safety; not for profit organizations; media; education; and corporations.




Crane Wall Hanging by Barbara Cheives



Barbara served as the first Executive Director of Toward A More Perfect Union in Palm Beach County, Florida – a non-profit initiative addressing the critical impact of race and ethnicity in a diverse community. She has planned and executed county wide community engagement and community dialogue projects with difficult to reach communities for the YWCA, Children’s Home Society and Community Partners of South Florida and statewide for the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.



Pillows by Barbara Cheives



She serves on the board of The Lord’s Place (Palm Beach County’s premier agency serving the homeless) St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach; Sustainable Connexions in the United States and Ghana; and the Task Force for Police Accountability for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is Past President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter, and an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County, from the Class of 2002.





Handmade Notecards by Barbara Cheives

Barbara tells The Rickie Report, “Afrasia is a unique marriage of cultures preserving vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi blended with modern African fabric, trims, beads, and “found” items. Over the years I’ve developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan.  I also have a natural affinity for the African culture. By day, as a consultant I work to bridge the gap between cultures.  I continue that work through my art.  As a Fiber Artist, my one of a kind wearable and decorative art represents a harmonious blend of cultures and “Multi-Cultural Recycling.”





For more information about Barbara’s consulting, workshops, and art:



Barbara I. Cheives

Converge & Associates Consulting

1709 Florida Avenue #201    West Palm Beach, FL  33401

Office – 561.689.2428      Cell – 561-351-6864



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Derek Gores Returns To Gallery 14 In Vero Beach With “More Than Meets The Eye” February 1-23. Special Opening Reception On Thursday, February 1st Is Followed By Second Reception On Friday, February 2nd During First Friday Gallery Stroll And February 16th Ekphrastic Poetry Event

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues its 16th season with an exhibit by Derek Gores which includes THREE receptions!  In his newest body of work for Gallery 14, Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism with an array of text based pieces!  The Special Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1st is sponsored by Anthony Romero of Dale Sorensen Real Estate and The Luxe Team.   A Second Reception takes place as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll on Friday, February 2nd. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy ‘Derek Gores Ekphrastic Poetry Event and Reception’ on Friday, February 16th in conjunction with the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!






1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

Phone: 772 562-5525.  Visit:




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

Also open by appointment           Closed Sunday and Monday  





Returns  To   Gallery 14

 “More    Than    Meets    the   Eye”

Feb 1 – 23, 2024






Artist, Derek Gores





Special     Artist     Reception

Sponsored by Anthony Romero of Dale Sorensen Real Estate and The Luxe Team.



Thursday, February 1, 2024

5 – 8   pm



Gores’ detailed collages capture an escapist tranquility.



In his newest body of work for Gallery 14



Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism with an array of text based pieces!








“Zippy Good Fun” by Derek Gores

Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Stroll



Friday,  February 2,  2024

  5 – 8 pm  






This new work will feature icons that complement the figurative pieces.  




Gores explores, gathers elements and inspirations, and combines them to form a sort of zen narrative.



  The story is on the canvas for us to piece together.







“Air Supply” by Derek Gores






‘Derek Gores Ekphrastic Poetry Event and Reception’

Friday,  February 16,  2024



Individual poets will interpret Derek’s art work and will read their poems aloud as they stand side by side with the collages. 


  5:30  – 7:30 pm  



Poetry from Writers of the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation



Exhibit runs February 1 – 23, 2024




“Fierce Music Pink” by Derek Gores




Born in New York and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, the internationally acclaimed collage artist whose clients and collectors include Prada, The Kentucky Derby, National Football League, New England Journal of Medicine, Vienna Austria Tourism Board, Disney, Hotel Bel-Air Beverly Hills, Playboy, Lucasfilm and others.  Gores has extensive experience in partnerships with blue chip brands, properties, and events full of immersive art and experiences.





Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Jessica Leto

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Evan Schwarze

Carol Staub  

Melanie Denison

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    




About Gallery 14:

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



Phone:772 562-5525.  Visit us at





For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email:



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Jupiter Island Arts Council And The Bailey Gallery Present “Robert Farber – A Taste Of 50 Years” With An Opening Reception Friday, January 26 And A Meet The Artist Lecture On February 16, 2024

The Jupiter Island Arts Council and The Bailey Gallery present “Robert Farber – A Taste of 50 Years” highlighting this globally recognized photographer. He was a favorite photographer of Jacquline Kennedy Onassis. Enjoy a sampling of his unique diversity of subjects which offer a visual feast of his signature impressionistic style.  An Opening Reception will be on Friday, January 26 and a Meet The Artist Lecture on Friday, February 16.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Please note that Farber’s amazing photographs will be available for purchase!  This show runs through the end of February, 2024.








5 – 7  PM



5 – 7  PM

A special opportunity to meet the charming and talented Robert Farber as he talks about his award-winning career with the likes of Canon, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Bloomingdales, L’Oreal, ABC, Toyota, and Paramount Pictures, and working with supermodels, including Christine Brinkley and Iman.




“Redhead On The Beach” photograph by Robert Farber



Learn about his fine art photography, which is on view in art galleries and museums worldwide, his numerous published books, and his comprehensive educational mentorship and coaching program for photographers looking for professional expert guidance in business and creativity.

Farber’s amazing photographs will be available for purchase.

Show runs through February

“Empire Diner” photograph by Robert Farber
Robert Farber’s fine art photographs have been published in virtually every form. Farber has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and has given legendary lectures at the Smithsonian Institute and the George Eastman House, as well as universities and professional groups in the United States, Japan, Australia, and Europe.
“Running Horses” photograph by Robert Farber
“TASTE OF 50 YEARS” features a yummy sampling of his unique subject diversity, with his nudes, seascapes, cityscapes, video art, and intensely interesting Deterioration Series, all offering a visual feast of his signature impressionistic style.
“Deterioration” photograph by Robert Farber
In addition to his fine art photography, Robert Farber’s work encompasses major campaigns for fashion, beauty, and advertising, as well as directing for TV and film.
“Pretty In Pink” Photograph by Robert Farber
A favorite photographer of Jacquline Kennedy Onassis, his global recognition has been established through his books, fine art exhibitions, lectures, and interviews, as he has captured the existence of composition in every genre.


For more information

Ins. @thebaileygallery

April Terborg, Executive Director            772.403.3153

Bailey Gallery       11870 SE. Dixie Hwy    Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Jupiter Island Arts Council Inc.

Cornelia T. and Glenn W. Bailey Art Gallery

Jupiter Island Arts Council and The Bailey are 501(c)(3), providing free educational and cultural programming opportunities for the advancement of the arts of Martin County through donations, grants, and art sales.


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Zero Empty Spaces Features Lupe Lawrence And Sue Slick Carlson In New Exhibit “For The Love Of Boys And Dogs” Free Public Reception Is Saturday, January 20

Meet Featured artists Lupe Lawrence and Sue Slick Carlson on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Zero Empty Spaces, a collective of 22 artists at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens, FLThe space is open to the public every day from 12 – 5. Celebrate with wine, refreshments  and ART ! This exhibit, “For The Love of Boys and Dogs” is available NOW through February 6, 2024. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!



Zero Empty Spaces

11300 Legacy Ave. Suite 140

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410









Art Show Reception

Saturday, January 20, 2024

4 – 7  PM



Hors d’Oeuvres, Refreshments –

and Beautiful Art for Sale 

Exhibit is available  Now through February 6, 2024







“Hold My Hand” by Lupe Lawrence


Lupe Lawrence was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Palm Beach County when she was 5 years old.  Upon seeing a painting, ” Haywain” by John Constable in her aunts home, Lupe cried!  She was transformed by this artwork and decided then that she would be an artist, evoking the same emotions she felt at such a young age. She says, “I told my mother that I wanted to go to art school. Because we had just come from Cuba, we did not have the money to go, and she persuaded me to forget about my desire”. 



“Paradise Beach” by Lupe Lawrence


When Lupe entered high school, she took her first art class and felt as if she had come home. “I told my teacher that I wanted to pursue an art career and she told me that I did not have what it took to go to college. Deflated, I was persuaded not to follow my inspiration to become an artist. It would take a crisis in 1995 for me to remember my desire for art, and I began taking classes at Convenient School of the Arts headed by Robert Watler. Through his instruction and my perseverance, I began exhibiting professionally in 2002. I have since shown in England, South and North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Jersey and throughout Florida”.









The Dog House includes lovable pups created by Sue Slick Carlson



For long-time Palm Beach County artist, Sue Carlson, the “dog house’ is her favorite place to be. It’s the name of her new art studio, where she captures the spirit and personality of man’s best friend on wood, cut to life size and painted front and back with acrylic.  Carlson has been making dog art for decades. Shortly after graduating from art school, she started Petraits, Ink. She created commissioned pen-and-ink dog portraits, several of which were featured in national publications and exhibited at the Palm Beach James Hunt Barker Gallery.



In 2008 her dog art business evolved into Art Van Go, Inc. Carlson, a former art teacher at several area private schools, taught fine art to children ages 4-18. She hosted after school programs, summer camps and parties at her studios in West Palm Beach and later Lake Park.  She tells The Rickie Report, “When the pandemic prevented group activities, I closed my studio and enjoyed being a student myself,” said Carlson, who took art classes online through the nationally-recognized Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Md. “I started experimenting with new painting techniques and materials.”




Dog portraits (Petraits) by Sue Slick Carlson



New artistic approaches – plus Carlson’s new orange-and-white English cocker spaniel named Pinkerton-inspired her latest line of pet art. In addition to wood cut-outs, Carlson creates expressive abstracts on canvas and offers art lessons to all ages.  Carlson’s Dog House Studio is part of the Zero Empty Spaces initiative that turns vacant spaces into affordable art studios. The enclave at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens houses more than 20 artists. Meet Carlson and the other artists at an open studio event every 2nd Saturday of the month.


For more information about Lupe Lawrence’s artwork:



For more information about Sue Slick Carlson’s artwork:




About Zero Empty Spaces

Zero Empty Spaces is a rapidly growing affordable artist studio/vacancy management company that creates affordable artist studios in vacant spaces around the country where artists can create and collaborate at an affordable price. The concept expands the appreciation of all genres of art and helps to create a thriving cultural community in the cities surrounding each location. Current Florida locations include Hallandale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Myers, and St. Petersburg, with out-of-state locations in Natick Massachusetts and Richmond Virginia.

For more information visit









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New Studio For Visual Arts Opens 3rd Annual Master Artists Showcase On Saturday, January 13. Participating Artist, Edward H. Muñoz Is Offering 50% Of His Sales To Benefit The Parkinson’s Foundation.

The New Studio for the Visual Arts (NSVA) is thrilled to announce its “3rd Annual Master Artists Showcase” at their Jupiter, FL gallery. The public is invited to the free Opening Reception on Saturday, January 13, 2024. The Master Artist Showcase is a collaboration of local master artists plus NSVA’s accomplished instructors. Meet the artists, tour the studio, visit the gallery spaces, including PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDWARD MUÑOZ. Edward is adding a fundraiser to benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation, offering 50% of his sales to this important cause. Get to know the wonderful instructors at NSVA and check out the newest classes and workshops!  The exhibition is free and open to the public during NSVA’s regular operating hours.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




This exhibit will run until the end of February, 2024.




A portion of the proceeds from


will benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation.





Edward’s Gallery space is in partnership with the Parkinson’s Foundation.  It will feature 24 pieces from his PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDWARD MUÑOZ collection.  His photography includes ICONIC IMAGES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.



“Chicago Basics” by  Edward H. Muñoz





Some of his images will make the viewer wonder, “How close WAS he to get this shot?”




“Bison Afternoon at Yellowstone” by  Edward H. Muñoz



Edward tells The Rickie Report, “As a Parkinson’s patient I understand the need for more research on this disease  and so I am offering to contribute half of my photography proceeds to the Parkinson’s Foundation of Florida.  I am also offering the Foundation the use of this event as a vehicle to solicit direct donations.





For more information about Edward’s photography and this exhibit:

Follow us on Instagram :@eds_blue_dot

Visit our Website



The New Studio for the Visual Arts of Jupiter, Inc was founded in 2018 as a 501(c)3 non-profit to offer a welcoming setting and supportive culture via an inclusive, multigenerational level approach to art education serving children, teens and adults at all ability levels.

The goal is to help nurture a vibrant arts community, foster artistic excellence, lower barriers to arts participation and bring people together for a shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas. The organization’s values are dedicated to the practice of looking at, thinking about, and making art help people solve problems and enjoy life.

For more information please contact Peggy Kirkwood. Phone: 561-295-5712 Email:



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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987


Deborah Perlman Is Featured For SOLO Exhibit At Pompano Beach Cultural Center January 12 – March 22, 2024 Experience The Free Opening Reception And Free Workshops

South Florida artist Deborah Perlman has exhibited her work throughout Florida and the U.S., winning several awards and appearing in art publications as a featured artist.  The Pompano Beach Cultural Center kicks off Deborah’s SOLO exhibition, “Somewhere In Between” on Friday, January 12, 2024.  You can participate in free workshops throughout the time of the exhibit, January 12 – March 22, 2024.  Her art depicts an ‘almost-but-not-quite-real’ world somewhere between authentic and imagined as she celebrates ambiguity, sliding in and out of reality. Her pieces compel us to challenge previous ideas and established thoughts.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 






Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W Atlantic Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33060

954-545-7800 •










FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2024  




  Pompano Beach Arts

Check  Out  The  Workshops:



“Somewhere Between” Pompano Beach Cultural Ctr.




Exhibit runs January 12 – March 22, 2024


“Nature – Tecture” by Deborah Perlman



A graduate of Boston University (BFA, sculpture) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, sculpture), Deborah Perlman. She opted for a career in communications, enabling her to travel and use her art training in new ways and has now transitioned to create her artworks which are featured in private collections.  Influenced by her training, Perlman creates abstract wall-mounted sculpture. Her ‘almost-but-not-quite-real’ spaces land somewhere between authentic and imaged, inviting the viewer into the scene to discover where they find themselves.





“Denied” by Deborah Perlman



At her latest and longest gig, she was corporate director of communications of an international hotel company. She tells The Rickie Report, ” I ENJOYED every minute of my business career – and YES, I took my art education and talent with me. Besides using the art school principles of creativity, commitment, hard work, and continuity in my jobs, I actually created presentations, websites, brochures, fact sheets — you name it.  On my time off, I was drawing, making collage, and taking photos.  And, by traveling the world for the hotel company, I was enriched artistically beyond measure”.






“Secret Woods” by Deborah Perlman




Perlman’s influences include African sculpture; the Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction, and Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Lipschitz) art movements; the work of Louise Nevelson; the ‘illogical perspective’ of Giorgio de Chirico and M.C. Escher; Joseph Cornell’s shadow boxes; and Frank Stella’s metal reliefs, among others.










Deborah tells us, ” Every day, before I start in the studio, I stop and silently express my gratitude for this gift and the privilege to share my work with you. I find excitement and mystery in three-dimensional forms and spaces. Creating wall-mounted sculpture draws me in, challenging me to go beyond what I know and uncover what I don’t. It’s thrilling yet at times unsettling, continually bringing me to new awareness and understanding. Simply put, the work frees my spirit”.






“Somewhere Between” by Deborah Perlman


Her goal is to create spaces that challenge the senses, evoke emotion, and ask you to consider:

  • What is it?

  • Where is it?

  • What do you see and feel?

  • Do you find yourself in it, or not?


Inspiration has come from many of her personal experiences throughout the years. Recently, global issues such as climate change, prejudice and divisiveness are finding their way into her work.  She is currently working with paper, photographs, wire mesh, flat aluminum wire, wood, plastic, and adhesives, and continually looking for new materials to integrate into each piece. She explains,” Building three-dimensional forms, I adhere each element to the base, then juxtapose them to highlight their points of contact and the shadows they cast. I invite you to glimpse into my interpreted world and find your place within it.   





Debut of “Screen Shot” Series

The Frank Gallery

601 City Center Way  Pembroke Pines, FL

February 8 – May 18, 2024





Deborah W. Perlman

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Martin Arts 33rd All Florida Exhibit Features 46 Artists From Tallahassee To Miami At Court House Cultural Center In Stuart. Opening Reception Is Friday, January 12. Juror’s Talk With Gregory Jones On Saturday, January 13, 2024

Martin Arts continues its 33-year legacy “All Florida” exhibition showcasing art by all Florida artists from Tallahassee to Miami.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, January 12, 2024. A Juror’s Talk led by Gregory Jones takes place Saturday, January 13.  This exhibit runs from January 9 – February 29.  Exhibited works span the mediums of watercolor, ceramics, acrylic, oil, photography, clay, encaustic, wood, metal, glass, and mixed media from 46 artists from Tallahassee to Miami. The Rickie Report shares the details here. Make your reservation now for the Juror’s Talk!

*Registration required for Juror’s Talk. Additional details can be found on

Exhibit Dates | January 9 – February 29, 2024




Featured   Artists:



Glen Allen, Robert Bernstein, Enid Blechman, Barbara Bose, Jerilyn Brown, Holly Cannon, Linda Chipperfield, Becky Coleman, Maggie Dillon, Gabriele DiTota, Kimberly Engel, Brendan Fisk, Todd  K Fox, Barbara Fugazzotto, Susan Giblin, Ryan Michael Gleason, Rene Guerin, Erika Heffernan, Latonya Hicks, Judy Horowitz, Heather Ivins, Denise Jackson, Carson Kapp, Martin Karadzhov, Chloe Kelley, Claudia Jane Klein, Michael Knapp, Tina Kraft, Joe Krawczyk, Anita Lamb, Alice Laputka, Julia Longwell, Robin Marshall, Erin McCullough, Gary Menzel, Dawn Inglis Montgomery, Lynn Morgan, Katya Neptune, Daniel Newcomb, Janis Clary Oehlschlager, Raymond Olivero, Kathy Omeara, Caryl Pomales, Molly Potter, Thomas Prestopnik, Galal Ramadan, Patricia Reagan, D. S. Reif, JL Schwartz, Norman Silva, Harriet Silverstein, Richard P Stevens, David Valiente, Jim Wang, Elaine Weber, Terry White, Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill, Harris Wiltsher



Juror: Gregory Jones

Artist Statement:

To reach inside and free the creative child within each of us is basically what my art is about. I might begin with a used air conditioner filter as in “Dust to Dust” or a bright red cloth tie as in “Man Under Paints With Red Tie”, but from that point I seldom know what direction the work will take. I simply “follow paths through the woods” as I did as a child growing up near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I played in the mud a lot, then grew up and played in the muddy paint a lot. When I played I learned that some good things sometimes happened. Then I learned that I could get the good things that happened to grow like a plant until the whole canvas would sometimes be a good thing.


It is probably from dust that we come and to dust that we go, but in between there is growth. When all is said and done, how much we have grown determines the richness of the soil we leave on which others will trod. From the muddy mess I often make in art and life is born the lesson of humility and discovery.


The idealism of my youth and the realism of adult life run head-on in my work to form an expression that merges seriousness with playfulness and superficiality with depth. Somewhere inside that depth is an innocent child, a very good person who can touch nature, and when I visit with him (or her) I learn to love, to fly, to live. To this day it is that sincere, sensitive child seeing and feeling nature that my art echoes and that moves my spirit to create my mixed media “layered” paintings. I only wish there were more days when he could come out to play.




For more information about this exhibit, upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994




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Fort Lauderdale Branch National League Of American Pen Women Opens Applications For Women Artists To An All Media & Fine Arts Juried Exhibit At Herb Skolnick Community Center In Pompano Beach

The Fort Lauderdale Branch of National League of American Pen Women shares a Call for Women Artists for a juried exhibition of all media. The Exhibit takes place at the Herb Skolnick Community Center in Pompano Beach, FL with an Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 9, 2024. The Rickie Report shares the details and invites women artists to apply! We urge art patrons to visit the exhibit, which runs February 5 through March 12, 2024.  Apply NOW until February 1st! Open to Non-Members!












Herb Skolnick Community Center

800 SW 36 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33069



Monetary Awards and Ribbons will be Awarded



Juror: Jessica Ransom, Director of Art Services Cultural Council of Palm Beach County








Public Is Invited To View The Exhibition:

February 5 through March 12, 2024






$25 Members/Patrons; $30 Non-Members

(2 pieces)



No changes can be made after entry is received.

No refunds will be made.

The sale of artwork is between the artist and the buyer ONLY.

Conditions and Liabilities: The submission of entries to this competition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the terms and conditions as set forth in this prospectus. Pen Women reserves the right to use photographs for publicity and promotion.



AWARDS  Presentation  and  LUNCHEON:

About National League of American Pen Women:

Since its founding in 1897 by Marian Longfellow O’Donoghue, Henry Longfellow’s niece, the League seeks to create progression and advancement in visual arts, literary work, and musical composition. As the oldest and largest women’s arts organization, members share their creativity in a number of ways, including workshops, exhibitions, discussion groups, performances, demonstrations and lectures, fostering networking and friendships among members, while maintaining a high, broad standard of work, effort and strength that comes from the union.

Many of our artists teach in the South Florida area; many are award-winning artists. All are passionate about encouraging talented young women to pursue their college arts education degrees and raise funds each year to award three $1,500 Achievement Awards to Broward College Women.




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Wellington Art Society Starts 2024 With Featured Speaker, Kim DiGiacomo “Instagram for Artists” January 10, 2024. Enjoy A Free Double Header Art Reception On Tuesday, January 16

The Wellington Art Society features Kim DiGiacomo as she speaks about “Instagram for Artists” on Wednesday, January 10, 2024  at the Wellington Community Center. The event includes a meet and greet, member spotlight, brief meeting and Kim’s presentation. Armed with a BFA in Computer Animation and a lifetime of lessons learned as a color blind artist, Kim has a LOT to share!  Enjoy a DOUBLE HEADER Reception on Tuesday, January 16,2024 with two new municipal art exhibitions, “Joyful” (now until February 20, 2024, at the Wellington Village Hall) and “Thankful” (now until March 12, 2024, at the Wellington Community Center). The venues are walkable to each other! The Rickie Report shares all of the details and a sneak peek. The public is welcome to all WAS events!





Public Is Invited To



Wellington Art Society Meeting



Wednesday, January 10, 2024


5:30 pm





Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL


For more WAS information contact: Heather Bergstrom,








“Instagram for Artists”




Kim DiGiacomo




Step out of your comfort zone, embrace the process, and dive into the mess! As students become confident in their own creative choices and ideas, they gain skills and become changemakers in life.” ~  Kim DiGiacomo





Untitled painting by Kim DiGiacomo 




Armed with a BFA in Computer Animation and a lifetime of lessons learned as a color blind artist, Kim DiGiacomo is a rare gem in the art world. In love with art since childhood, she has been teaching for almost 25 years, and currently has her own mobile art studio business Facing and overcoming challenges as an artist with colorblindness has given her a unique perspective on life. Her motivation to bring the two together in her students propels them towards having confidence in using their own unique voice and expression in art and when making choices in life.




In our rapidly changing social media universe, Kim has learned how to navigate some of the more important apps to her advantage as an artist. She has graciously offered to join us and share some of her experiences and give us some tips on how to make the best use of Instagram, one of the more popular tools available for marketing, sales, and showcasing your work as an artist. She will also talk about how you can use your own unique voice to make your mark as an artist on social media.




Wellington Art Society Announces

TWO New Exhibitions:



“Joyful” and “Thankful”






Free Public Reception:


 Tuesday, January 16,2024  

5 – 7 pm

Refreshments and Door Prizes

Both exhibits are free and open to the public:

Weekdays  8  am to 5  pm




(now until February 20, 2024)

  Wellington Village Hall

2300 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL





 (now until March 12, 2024)

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL



Enjoy the original artwork of 27 artists with over 100 works of art. Two venues – one great night! Meet the artists and vote for your favorite artwork. There will be door prizes and refreshments to enjoy.



Most of the 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, or for more information please email



Featured Artists are:


Hartley Barnes

Emily Bergstrom

Betty Brodie

Lisa Campbell

Kimberly Clark

Ayesha DeLorenzo 

Kim DiGiacomo

Nancy Fried

Cynthia George

Jan Gmitter

Jay Harmon

Lou Ann La Bohn

Maureen May

Dinah Mirson

Susan Mosely 

Charles Moses

Susan Oakes

Lucille Pallante

Leslie Pfeiffer

Monica Postell

Marion Roberts

Lois Spatz

Karen Stern

Carl Stoveland

Cindy Taylor

Elaine Weber



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

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