Palm Beach Watercolor Society Announces Workshops, Paint-Ins And Meeting- Public Is Welcome

Looking for a place to paint with other watermedia artists? The Palm Beach Watercolor Society offers many opportunities: “Paint-Ins” on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month ( February 9th and 23rd) with a live model at the Boca Raton Community Center.  The Monthly Meeting is on February 11th with a demo by Lian Quan ZhenMarilyn Johansen offers a One-Day Workshop on February 23rdNon-members are welcome!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to make your reservations! This is a terrific artist networking organization for artists to meet, learn new techniques and enjoy creating together.






With Live Model

February 9th and 23rd


Non-Members Welcome!




 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd. Boca Raton, FL.

Call for reservations: Dona Nenner  (561) 362 – 5506






February 11th  6:30 pm


Meet Other Artists, Enjoy Refreshments, Watch a Demonstration!


Demo Artist: Lian Quan Zhen


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Landscape by Lian Quan Zhen



Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd.    Boca Raton, Fl




Marilyn Johansen

“Texture, Design and Realism”

1 Day Workshop

Tuesday, February 23, 2016





“Landing” by Marilyn Johansen



About this workshop:


You will explore some loose, fun ways to work with watercolor pigments.  We’ll have an interactive lecture about design.  If you have taken this class last year, you will find different techniques to incorporate an abstract design into our loose watercolor play.  Then we will interject realism! This is FUN and a great way to learn.



Workshop to be held at The Boynton Womans Club
1010 Federal Hwy.   Boynton Beach, Florida
9 am – 3:45 pm

Please contact Adrienne Walker
6442 Emerald Breeze Way  Boynton Beach, FL 33437
To use a credit card please call




Marilyn Phillips Johansen




Marilyn is a popular instructor at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale. As an award-winning artist, she  reflects the skills necessary to challenge her students toward higher accomplishments, new techniques and continuing interest.  She tells The Rickie Report, ” More importantly, as a former school teacher, I will be able to present these skills and challenges in an environment that will create interest and effort through my ability to teach by creating the best possible learning environment.  I paint in all mediums while concentrating on watercolor and mixed media. I do art demonstrations, teach workshops, judge art exhibitions and coordinate art exhibitions”.



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“Pause To Refresh” by Marilyn Johansen




Marilyn is a Signature Member of Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Miami Watercolor Society and Palm Beach Watercolor Society. She has memberships with several local, state and national watercolor organizations and competes in local, state, national and international art shows. Marilyn recently served as President for Gold Coast Watercolor and Florida Watercolor Societies.





You can view Marilyn’s art:

Facebook: The Art of Marilyn Johansen

For more information:  Marilyn Johansen (954) 943-5492



Upcoming Workshops 2016

• Carol Z. Brody…. 1 Day-Thursday  March 17, 2016
• Jorge Leon……… 2 Day-Thursday  March 31st –  Friday  April 1, 2016


For more information please contact:

Adrienne Walker

or Lynn Holland

or visit




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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


South Florida Basket And Fiber Guild Welcomes You To Meet Emily Dvorin, Innovative Fiber Artist

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild invites the public to their January 6, 2016 meeting that will feature award-winning contemporary fiber artist, Emily Dvorin, known for her innovative, “transordinary” vessels that turn recognizable household objects and urban materials into visual comments on daily life. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries across the country, receiving many awards and honors. Emily is the current president of the National Basketry Organization.  Guild meetings are held at Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.   A Meet and Greet begins at 9:00am, followed by a short business meeting. Emily’s presentation “Transordinary Vessels will start at 10:00.  The Rickie Report shares the details and promises you an extraordinary experience with this group of talented artists!




South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild


Features Contemporary Fiber Artist, Emily Dvorin



Monthly General Meeting


 January 6, 2016       9 am

Emily Will Give A Demo






Emily Will Teach a 2 Day Workshop,

 “Approaching Basketry”

January 7 & 8, 2016



All Events Take Place at



Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue     West Palm Beach, Florida 33401







Emily Dvorin, Contemporary Fiber Artist





Creations by Emily Dvorin (Photo Courtesy of her website)




Emily tells The Rickie Report, “I call myself a sculptural basketmaker. I am known for my innovative, “transordinary” vessels. Challenging the original definition of basketry, I explore contemporary interpretations of this traditional craft, utilizing non-traditional materials. I transform the ordinary through the processes of manipulation, construction, alteration, repetition of singular elements, coiling, weaving and assembling to create dense arrangements of common, urban objects. I sculpt with fiber and interact with material, pattern, color, design, shape and texture.”



Growing up in New Jersey in the 50s,, Emily Dvorin was told that her creativity and artistic approach were “cute”. A sea kelp basket workshop in the early 80s changed her life forever: she realized that basketry and three-dimensional work were what she truly loved. Largely self-taught, Emily began offering workshops the 90s and in the early 2000s brought basketry classes to elementary and high school classrooms. In 2008, after owning and operating a contemporary craft store for 35 years, and enabling other artists to gain wider audience and appreciation for their work, Emily retired to live her life’s dream of being a full-time artist. She now has a studio in Sausalito, California. She continues to teach classes for both adults and children, and she speaks, consults and exhibits all around the country. This year she became president of the National Basketry Organization.
Emily’s presentation for the guild, TRANSORDINARY VESSELS, will highlight her work as a sculptural basketmaker using materials from the hardware store, cable ties and other found objects to create whimsical and imaginative art pieces




Emily will also be giving a 2 day workshop, APPROACHING BASKETRY, on Thursday and Friday, Jan 7 – 8, 2016. Through a hands-on approach to many basketry techniques we will explore process, structure, design and surface texture while experimenting with a variety of materials. Beginners and experienced artists alike will enjoy this unique look into contemporary basketry.




Members will receive registration preference, however, a limited number of seats may be available for the public beginning Dec. 16th. For workshop information contact Erica Howat at


About South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild:

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild was formed in January 2013 by a dozen enthusiastic fiber artists and enthusiasts from Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Our purpose is to inspire interest and creativity in basketry and the fiber arts among both emerging and seasoned artists through networking, educational programs and exhibition opportunities.  Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Anyone with an interest in basketry and the fiber arts is welcome to join us.  Meeting details including topics/speakers and the membership form are available on our website.




For more information about the South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild please visit:





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Palm Beach Watermedia Society Announces Paint-Ins, Meeting And Workshop

The Palm Beach Watermedia Society announces four events in January and welcomes everyone to participate. The “Paint-Ins” are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month and include a live model. The January 14th General Meeting includes a demo. Non-members are welcome at minimal charge of $2. A two-day workshop with Susan Hanssen, a well known and award winning artist, begins on January 7th. The focus will be painting on gold gesso. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to get involved with this talented group of artists. Emerging artists and established artists are encouraged to network with this wonderful group! All events take place at the Boca Raton Community Center unless otherwise noted.








Palm Beach Watermedia Society

Invites You:

Susan Hanssen Two Day Workshop

Painting on Gold Gesso

January 7 & 8, 2016

9 am – 4pm

 Sue Hanssen workshop is $200.00 for two days

Registration Required



Include Live Model



January 12 and 26, 2016

9:30 am – 12:15 PM


The Paint-Ins are $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non- members





General Meeting:


Demo by Kitty Schachter


January 14, 2016

6:30 PM – 8:45 PM







Boca Raton Community Center


150 Crawford Blvd.     Boca Raton, Florida 33432

Phone: (561) 393-7700






Susan Hanssen

Painting On Gold Gesso Workshop





“Grace and Two Napoleons” by Susan Hanssen





Susan Hanssen is offering a 2 day workshop to explore the many interesting and fun techniques of painting on gold gesso. Susan will demonstrate each day, showing different methods of applying paint and creating any number of textures. She will also discuss design elements that can aid in this project and all of your painting experiences. At the end of each day there will be constructive critique. This is a useful and informative discussion to help everyone. Of course, individual attention is always available during the day.





“Waiting Patiently” by Susan Hanssen





Susan Hanssen is an award winning painter and is well known in south Florida for her unique and exciting work. Susan is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and of the Florida Watercolor Society. She has taught numerous workshops across Florida and recently in New Mexico with her sister, Nancy Frost Begin. Susan continues to teach in her studio and is represented at the Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL.




Paint-In Information:

Silver Room of the Boca Community Center

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month

For more details please contact Dona 561.362.5506





Please Visit:

PBWS website



PBWS Facebook Page

For general information please contact:

Lynn Holland, President




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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420