Flying? The Art Exhibit at the Airport Will Surprise You!

Images of air travel can bring anxiety and stress.  When you walk through Palm Beach International Airport, the art images from Palm Beach County artists will surely ease those feelings.  The public is invited to a Reception to Meet the Artists on January 15th.  The Rickie Report urges you to take a few minutes to look at the artwork that helps make PBIA different than any other airport in the world!


“Art at the Airport” Exhibition at

Palm Beach International Airport


The public is invited


Artist Reception 


January 15, 2014


5:30 – 7:00 p.m.





 The public is invited to a Reception on Wednesday, January 15th to meet the artists.  Twenty works selected by the County’s Public Art Committee are currently on exhibition in the Airport’s Concession Level 2.  The Reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  


"Woman's World" by  Kucera

“Woman’s World” by Erik Kucera


Artists interested in receiving “Calls to Artists” for upcoming airport exhibitions and other Art in Public Places projects can submit their contact information through the Artists’ Registry page of Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places website  or contact Elayna Toby Singer (561) 233-0235


by Therien

“Summer Escape” by Joan Therien


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Palm Beach State College Showcases Art as a Career/ Student Art Show

The art scene at Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens Campus, is a hub of emerging artistry.  The Rickie Report listened to a panel of artists speak about their own journeys and offer insights to students who are pursuing a career in the arts.  This article shares some of their observations and highlights the 27th Annual Student Art Exhibit which will be shown through May 3rd.




View art, Buy art

From the “next” Warhol, Dali, de Kooning…

Annual Palm Beach State College

Juried Student Exhibition

April 9 – May 3.


Looking for that unique, one-of-a-kind painting, photograph or drawing from an up-and-coming artist? The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus at Palm Beach State College will hold its annual juried student art show beginning April 9.  The 27th Annual Student Art Exhibition is a showcase of artwork created by Palm Beach State College art students. The exhibition is free and open to the public.



Alysha Wilcox "Grey Scale Tiger"

Alysha Wilcox “Grey Scale Tiger”

The variety of work reflects the many art disciplines offered at the College: ceramics, digital and traditional photography, drawing, life drawing, applied and digital design, and painting. There will be 190 pieces in the exhibition and much of the art will be available for purchase, with prices ranging from $50-$850.


Jose Casado " Sprouts"

Jose Casado ” Sprouts”

One of the featured student artist is Alysha Wilcox, a 21-year-old sophomore from West Palm Beach. “My style is constantly evolving. I work with ideas, and as I’m working I usually generate at least ten more,” she says. “My artwork usually reflects life and the beauty found in it. Although ceramics has been my main medium up until this point, I am interested in many media. My goal, as an artist, is to make art that people from all walks of life can appreciate.”


Rolando Chang Barrero is this year’s curator of the show. Barrero has over 30 years experience in the visual arts as a working artist, with a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. Barrero resides in West Palm Beach and has an art studio and an emerging artists exhibition space, ActivistArtistA Gallery at the Boynton Beach Art District.


LinhPham "Lolita Cinderella"

LinhPham “Lolita Cinderella”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus is located in the first floor of the BB building, 3160 PGA Blvd. For more information call the gallery at 561-207-5015 or visit the website at:

Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, it offers more than 100 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade.

 2013 Career Art Panel 9

The Rickie Report recently attended a panel discussion, ” Living a Creative Life” at the Palm Beach State College – Gardens Campus.  Artist and Professor in the Visual Arts Department, Jacques de Beaufort moderated a panel of five community based artists: April Davis, Amy Gross, Chris Riccardo, David Alan Sincavage and Jackie  Tufford.

Jacques de Beaufort initiated the discussion by pointing out  that “To be an artist is to be different in terms of a career. No artist will ever follow the same path.  It isn’t a typical 9 to 5 job.  It is more a way of life, an identity.  Everyone has a different yardstick to measure their success.”


April Davis started as a biology major who took some art classes.  In her junior year, she became an art major.  She spoke about the roller coaster lifestyle and its volatility.  “It’s hard to be productive when you don’t have a deadline”, she explained.   She gives herself goals to keep her on track and painting.  While she now has her own gallery in Jupiter, she is still active in the Art Festival scene, marketing her work at art fairs almost every weekend from December through May.  She pointed out, “While you need to be true to yourself, you need to be practical.  It is important to focus on the business aspect of being an artist and you must remain disciplined to produce your art work.”


Amy Gross acknowledged that, “the world will go on if you make art or if you don’t.”  Her parents were artists and she felt that was her identity as she grew up.  Originally working in textile design, she began creating jewelry to calm her creative needs and eventually moved to canvas. Amy ‘s acceptance at the South Florida Cultural Consortium gave her a boost and the encouragement she needed to move into 3D art.  She is a great proponent of using the internet to show, share and sell your artwork. 


Chris Riccardo started as a Graphic Design major and moved to Sculpture at Boston University.  After graduating, he moved to West Palm Beach, FL to work in a foundry, where he could focus on his own art as well as learn new techniques.  He later opened his own foundry and was very busy producing other people’s art. Needing time to focus on his own creativity, he teaches at the Armory Art Center, running their foundry and also teaches sculpting.  More recently, Chris moved to one-of-a-kind clay sculpture, learning firing techniques since he is no longer casting.  He told us, “Your work develops because of the struggle.  You need to see yourself as a business, to make a living.  Success can be measured with small indicators, not necessarily monetary.  Having respect from your peers and having clients wanting commissions can be very satisfying.”


David Alan Sincavage shared that as a young child he had no plans to be an artist.  He was always looking for a way to escape his abusive family.  He told us, “Drawing became a habit and a hobby.  I would barter my drawings for lunch in high school.”  David was quick to point out that , “a life in the arts is not just about the visual arts.  It includes the literary and musical arts as well.”  To remain motivated when his creativity is lagging, David found that volunteering at a homeless shelter was helpful.  “Creativity”, he explained,” is a self-centered process.  To be involved in a self-less activity can help you experience another part of life.”  He advised that the listeners could “go into an art career to make money. Art is a language.  Be passionate about it. It is an expression of our humanity.  Never give up!”


Jackie Tufford described herself as a multi-media artist who is involved in performance art, sculpture and video.  Her current focus is on sculpture, fashion and gender.  She experiments with material, space and the body.  Having started as a psychology/anthropology major in college, she was interested in understanding human behavior.  She teaches at Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth Campus) and FAU.  She related,” I see my work as autobiographical narratives, as I am trying to understand myself and the world around me.  Being an artist gives you so much freedom!  You can express everything and your choices of mediums is so open-ended”.  Tufford went on to say, “Life is not a set path. Changing your mind is normal. If you love to create – GO DO IT!  Listen to yourself.  This is an endless journey.  Your art will change as you age and will change yourself.”


The audience asked questions, which included, “How do you know what art show to enter,  How do you deal with rejection, How do you decide whether to create art for yourself or art that is commercial, and Are there disadvantages to putting your work on the internet.”   The Rickie Report believes this is a terrific way to begin the dialogue of art as a business with these students.  We look forward to future panels where some of these issues will be discussed.  And we’d love to part of the dialogue!


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Florida looks glorious through the eyes of area artists, according to Ralph Papa

Florida through the eyes of artists is astoundingly beautiful. More than 75 artists in the Landscapes 2012 exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum have captured the vivid colors and diverse scenery of the paradise that many of them call home. The Rickie Report likes that some of the pieces are three dimensional.  Much of the art in Landscapes 2012 brings you into the scene.  This show runs through January 5th, so bring your out-of-town guests with you and enjoy more of Florida than your own back yard!


Landscape 2012 Exhibition

Through January 5, 2013


Ralph Papa will be speaking about the art of landscape painting

December 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum

Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Lighthouse ArtCenter executive director Katie Deits, congratulates assistant curator Barbra Broidy on the excellent quality of the Landscape 2012 exhibition and introduces the exhibition’s judge artist and instructor Ralph Papa.  (Photo by Bruce Bain)


Nearly 200 people attended the opening on November 15, at which awards were presented by the juror Ralph Papa. Mr. Papa is an accomplished artist and a workshop instructor at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, as well as president of the Boca Raton Museum’s Artist Guild.


“There were so many great works in this exhibition,” said Mr. Papa, “It was really difficult to choose the award winners. I only wish there were more awards to give, as so many artists deserved them.”


Best of Show award winner Quince Quaintance (right) is congratulated by artist and instructor Ralph Papa.  (Photo by Katie Deits)


Katie Deits, executive director of the ArtCenter, also congratulated Barbra Broidy, assistant curator, on the entire look of the exhibition.  “Everyone has commented on the extraordinary quality of the artwork and how terrific the entire show appears,” Ms. Deits said. “The jurying and curation of the show is critical, and the jurying committee and Barbra truly excelled. Displaying 136 works of art, some of which measure more than 10-feet wide, and having a cohesive look is a challenge. We were also pleased that several pieces of art sold on opening night.”

First Place Award Winner in Photograph for “Sunset at Refuge House ” is Melinda Moore. (Photo by Katie Deits)


“Landscapes 2012 is a great opportunity for people to enjoy the beauty that Florida offers and, as much of the art is also for sale, perhaps purchase a piece or two to adorn the walls of their home or office.,” Ms. Deits said. “This also helps to support artists who are working in our area”.


First Place Award Winner in Sculpture for “Double Eye Inlet” is Michael Harris. (Photo by Katie Deits)

The list of award winners are as follows: Quince Quaintance (Best of Show)(Oil on Canvas), Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose (First Place)(Painting, Oil on Canvas), Michael Harris (First Place)(Sculpture), Melinda Moore (First Place)(Photography), Malcolm MacKenzie (Second Place)(Photography), April Davis (Second Place), (Acrylic Painting), Lynn Morgan (Second Place)(Pastel) and Tracey Erickson (Third Place, Painting).  Honorable mentions were awarded to: Bruce Bain, Michael Brown, Rick Lewis, Frances Lynn, Deborah Neuhaus, Jane McIntyre  and Joanne Slattery.

John Ambrose joins his wife Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose, as she proudly displays her First Place Award in Painting for “House of Refuge, Sea View”. (Photo by Katie Deits)


Award were presented to artists exhibiting in Landscapes 2012 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum: (from left) Joanne Slattery (Honorable Mention)(Pastel), Lynn Morgan ( Second Place)Pastel), Michael Harris (Sculpture, First Place), Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose (Painting, First Place), Quince Quaintance (Best of Show), Rick Lewis (Honorable Mention)(Oil on Canvas), Deborah Neuhaus (Honorable Mention) (Oil on Canvas), Bruce Bain (Honorable Mention)(Photography), Melinda Moore (Photography, First Place), Tracey Erickson (Third Place)(Painting), Frances Lynn (Honorable Mention) (Oil on Canvas) and Mike Brown (Honorable Mention)(Photography).  (Photo by Katie Deits)


The Lighthouse ArtCenter is a member-supported not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community arts organization, providing excellence in art exhibitions, instruction, education and outreach for all ages. Programs are funded in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.


For more information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is located in Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of US Hwy 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with admission free for members and $5 for non-members ages 12 and up. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free admission. 3rd Thursday is sponsored by Meyer Law Firm.


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