Women In The Visual Arts’ Winter Craft Fair Is On-Line Featuring Jewelry, Accessories, Home Decor, And More

Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) invites you to their “Winter Craft Fair”, perfect for the gift giving season, now through January 1, 2021!  Available on-line you can browse the fabulous items for sale including one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, home decor, accessories, and more.  The artists chosen may live locally, but sell their creations nationally and internationally.  This event will benefit their Art Scholarship Program.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  WITVA, promoting the Visual Arts and Women Artists in Florida, offers meaningful networking opportunities.



















The WITVA community continues to grow as its members have joined together forming a tighter network of shared interests and social bonds. New programs including The Art of Reading Book Club, Circle of Artists,  Virtual Visions show, Critique Circle of Artists, Scholarship Fundraiser and WITVA Circle Lecture all welcome new participants.



One-of-a-kind pottery by Abbey Funk  “Awake In A Dream”





The CIRCLE OF ARTISTS brings WITVA members together through a virtual Zoom platform. Our goal is to reach out and connect those members who are in like-minded artistic disciplines and encourage group members to share artwork and provide feedback and suggestions.  You are welcome to join your group and also to explore other groups. The WITVA Circle of Artists includes:

  • Abstract Art

  • Ceramics

  • Crafters

  • Graphic Art

  • Impressionist Art

  • Jewelry

  • Mixed Media/Collage

  • Photography

  • Realistic/Representational Art

  • Sculpture




One-of-a-kind Polymer Cane Necklace by Lori Axelrod



One-of-a-kind Mixed Media necklace by Marsha Levey-Blandy








We fundraise to grant art scholarships to college graduate students to further their studies  and we support high school art with an annual competitive exhibition with awards.  We hold educational forums relating to specific forms of art and present art exhibitions and competitions. We also serve as a networking forum for our members and guests. WITVA also donates group art to other non-profits.



One-of-a-kind Handmade Doll by Mary Triba


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9th Annual Hot Works Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Announces Professional Artists And Budding Artists Winners

The 9th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ was held January 27 & 28th in downtown Boca Raton. This Fine Art and Fine Craft fair, juried by art professionals, is voted one of the top art fairs in the U.S. All artwork was original and personally handmade by the 160 artists who participated in the show.  Sponsored by Hot Works, LLC. and The Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., it focuses on visual arts, diversity, fostering art education among young students, and community enrichment.  The Rickie Report shares the outstanding winners of both the Fine Art Show and the Budding Artist Competition for students in grades 6-12 or ages 9-19.  KUDOS to Patty Narozny’s team!  



See Art, Love Art, Buy Art!


9th annual
Hot Works Boca Raton Fine Art Show™
January 27 & 28, 2018
Downtown Boca Raton
Announcing Professional Artist Award Winners





Best of Show  Gail Markewicz, Clay


The 9th annual Hot Works Boca Raton Fine Art Show was held on January 27 & 28, 2018 in downtown Boca Raton, in Sanborn Square Park, on N.E. 1st Avenue and on East Boca Raton Road. Voted in the top 100 art shows in the nation for three years, this juried fine art and fine craft art show included 140 juried artists whose art work was original and personally handmade. To recognize great talent, there was $1,500 in Professional Artist Awards – criteria was based on originality, technique/execution, and booth appearance.



Best of Show, Kent Euler, Sculpture


Tema Kissin of Palm Coast, Florida was the Artist Judge. As a graduate from Philadelphia College of art, she continued on to University of New Mexico, where she worked at Tamarind, helping artists print their work. Receiving a teaching scholarship at Montclair State, NJ, she finished her Masters in Art and taught printmaking. Some of the corporate collections her work is in include Bank of America, NY, I.B.M, Fl, Campbells, NJ, Citibank, NY, Zales Corp, TX, Haagen Das, NY, Northern Trust, IL, to name a few. Exhibitions include: Newark Museum, NJ, Kathryn Markel Gallery, NY, Addison Ripley Gallery, D.C., as well as group shows in the metropolitan area.  


City of Boca Raton Council Member & CRA Chair Scott Singer joined Patty Narozny, Executive Producer for “Prize Patrol”, in which the awards were presented to the winners below. Photos are available upon request and are posted on the website, www.hotworks.org.

$500 Best of Show (2)

Kent Epler, Sculpture, New Albany, IN
Gail Markewicz, Clay, Woodbridge, CT

$100 Awards of Excellence

Orna & Ami Amrani, Mixed Media, Tamarac, FL
Marilyn Endres, Wood, Driftwood, TX
Dana & David Melnick, Jewelry, New York, NY
Nancy Ney, Photography, Miami, FL
Robbie Robinson, Fiber, Chicago, IL

Awards of Distinction

Alexis Barbeau, Jewelry, Boca Raton, FL
Heidi Hess, Fiber, Chicago, IL
Kue King, Sculpture, Woodbury, TN
Dewey James, Digital, Minneapolis, MN
Ed Loedding, Digital, Brandon, VT
Jo Nelson, Mixed Media, Hastings, NE
Reza Pishgahi, Sculpture, Bloomington, IN
Don Tran, Fiber, St. Louis, MO
Sip-Tshun Ng, Pompano Beach, FL
Jerry Yang, Fiber, Dublin, OH

Best Budding Artist 2018, Daniel Pan, Drawing

Announcing Budding Artist Award Winners

As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, a Budding Artist Competition is integrated into the show within a 10’x20’ area. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, students in grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 were encouraged to enter his/her original and personally handmade art that was publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend.

There was $250 in Budding Artist Awards as students are exposed to the rules and entrepreneurship opportunity of doing something they love for a living – creating their art. The program brings families to the art show and exposes them to great art. Students are encouraged to speak with the professional artists in the show and ask them what inspires him/her.

City of Boca Raton Council Members Andrea Levine O’Rourke and Robert Weinroth were part of the Budding Artists Awards Presentation held on Sunday, January 28 at 3pm. Special recognition was given to local art teachers including Hope Campbell and Shelley Weiss of North Broward Preparatory School, Jennifer Schultz of Grandview Preparatory School, and Heather Schumulian of Hebrew Academy School in Margate who entered their students into this art-education program.

Participating artist in the show, Mixed Media Artist Zaki of Antwerp, Belgium was the Budding Artist Judge. Similar to the judging of the professional artist awards, the budding artists were judged based on originality, technique, and execution. Zaki provided an explanation as to why each student won his/her prize which provided an educational learning experience about art.


2018 Budding Artist Award Winners:

One – $100 Best Budding Artist:
Daniel Pan, Drawing,  Westglades Middle School


Three – $50 Budding Artist Awards of Excellence:

Savannah Carpenter, Painting,  Boca Raton Middle School
Rebecca Fazio, Photography,  Grandview Preparatory School
Sophia Vigne, Painting,  Home-Schooled, Boca Raton


Budding Artists 2018




JANUARY 26, & 27, 2019







For more information please contact Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Boca Raton Fine Art Show
Hot Works, LLC Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows™
President, Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc.

Event Hot Line: 941-755-3088
Event Website: www.HotWorks.org
Event Email: Info@HotWorks.org
Email: Patty@HotWorks.org





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