Who Will Be The Jedi Art Master Of “ART WARS”? Innovative Event For Artists And Art Lovers September 29th. Sign Up Now! Art Lovers Can Join In The Fun!

ART WARS takes place on Saturday, September 29th  at Sugar Plum & Grumbling Growler.  The venue is a beautiful, high-energy event space boasting an International Art Gallery and offering Craft Beer and Wine. The only of its kind in the Palm Beach County/Lake Worth, Florida area, the dynamic space allows for a variety of unique events for up to 150 people.  ART WARS is an innovative event that fuses art and altruism into one fun evening!  Guests will enjoy food, drink, and live music all while supporting charity and the local economy.  ART WARS is a live, interactive painting competition where six established South Florida artists battle for the ultimate title of “Jedi Art Master.”  Each artist will have three hours to complete a painting of a subject chosen at the beginning of the program, using the materials of their own choice.  The audience casts their vote for their favorite. The winner, dubbed the “Jedi Art Master,” will receive space in Sugar Plum & Grumbling Growler to display selected pieces of artwork.  Kudos to Emmanuel Gonzalez for organizing this event!  The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.



Sugar  Plum  &  Grumbling  Growler




P R E S E N T S:



Saturday, September 29th

6 PM

Sugar Plum & Grumbling Growler

709 – 711 Lucerne Avenue      Lake Worth, Florida 33460


Will you be the the next Jedi Art Master?

Once the votes have been tallied and the “Jedi Art Master” has been named, the completed works of art will be displayed for a silent auction. 

Guests and patrons will have the opportunity to view each painting and bid for a chance to take home their favorite with a percentage of the sale of each painting going to charity. 

Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Lake Worth, offering space for collaboration, meetings, workshops, and private parties.  It attracts large crowds at several weekly events that take place there.

Each artist will have 3 hours to complete a painting of a subject chosen at the beginning of the program, using the materials of their own choice.

This is a chance to not only support local artists, but a good cause.

Each artist will also be displaying previously completed works of art, both original and prints, for sale.

Prizes for runners-up will be determined.



Tickets are currently available for $10 on Eventbrite.   Walk-ins are welcome!!



Any questions should be directed to Emmanuel Gonzales at emmanuelart@gmail.com







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The State Of Art After “Season”

The Rickie Report has been writing articles about artists, art shows, art exhibits and contests for seven days a week, usually twice a day since September.  Art lovers and Art Patrons, can be reassured that art events continue to happen in Southeast Florida after “season” ends! Classes and exhibits are bountiful. Now is a good moment for Artists to consider the “business” of art.  We may not publish an article every day through the summer, but there are still events on our interactive Calendar of Events that you won’t want to miss.  




“Season” is over….

Artists keep on creating.  

Galleries still exhibit.

Arts organizations continue to program.  

Museums remain open.

There is less traffic.

Classes To Learn Art Techniques are being taught .

 It is easier to get a reservation for dinner.

Art and Handmade Fine Crafts Are Still Available!

And the Calls For Entries To Artists for next “season” are just beginning!

A Word To Art Lovers and Art Patrons:

Stop by galleries and art exhibits in “off season”.  

They’ll be less crowded with visitors – and you will have a chance to linger!  

This is a terrific time to hone your art skills, learn a new technique or make a creative play date with friends!



A Few Words To Artists:



NOW is a good time for artists who have been scurrying to meet too many overlapping deadlines for the past six months to organize themselves!  


Business Cards



  1. Are your business cards up to date?  
  2. Is it time to revisit the wording, font size or photos on them?
  3. Do you have enough cards to get you through the next 12 months?  NO ONE wants to run out in the middle of their busy time…Do it now!
  4. Personally, I like being able to make a note on someone’s business card, so shiny paper or too many words/photos prevent that from happening….





The hardest part of coming back home to your studio after an exhibit or show is putting everything away and staying organized for the next one.  


  1. Check your files to make sure they are up to date
  2. Mark off pieces you have sold from your inventory ( this makes paying taxes easier for next year, too)
  3. Are you missing pieces?  Now is a good time to play detective and found out where the missing pieces are.  
  4. Most exhibits have rules about artwork that is left after pick up dates.  Check on their status before your hard work is sold without you getting a commission.
  5. Bringing artwork of any kind to exhibits, shows, and galleries produces wear and tear.
  6. Check your frames for nicks and marks that need to be fixed.
  7. Check your mats and glass to be sure everything is in its proper position and in good condition.
  8. Check your hanging devices.  Avoid being removed from a show because your wire is too loose or unsteady.
  9. Update your inventory lists.



Take a moment for a mental inventory.  

  1. Are you happy with what you are creating?
  2. Is it time to try a new technique that you just haven’t had time for?
  3. Now is a perfect time to take a short-term class or workshop!
  4. Schedule some networking time with other artists.
  5. Talk about how this “season” has been for you.  Sharing insights can be helpful, if you don’t get into a round of grousing.  If something didn’t “work”, now you have time to reflect on what you can control – how you react and plan differently.
  6. Outline your business goals – yes! if you are selling your artwork, you are in business!



Buy a 2017 Calendar

( You already have a 2016 Calendar, Right?)


  1. Start by marking the dates of all exhibit and show deadlines you are applying to in RED.
  2. NOW: Mark the dates of those acceptance announcements and drop offs in BLUE.
  3. The Rickie Report is interested in sharing your good news!  As soon as you get the acceptance notice, send us an email about the event!  
  4. We are currently booking dates through December, 2017, so don’t hesitate to contact us!
  5. You may not have all of the details, but we can save you a spot in the publication queue.
  6. To get your article published, let us know 3-6 weeks before the Exhibition or Opening Reception.  
  7. Last minute openings are possible, but please do not plan on that, especially during “season”.  
  8. Giving us  6 weeks advance notice in “season” gives you more opportunities to choose a timely date for your publication.
  9. An article includes:  Who (you/art organization), What (Type of Event), When ( Exact dates of exhibit and specific dates and time of Receptions, including Hours of Operation), Where (Exact street address, contact name and phone number to ask more questions), Why ( if this is a fundraiser or for a charity, we will happily highlight the organization and include their website and social media addresses. Also: 6 jpegs, artist statement, brief bio, website address, social media addresses and anything else you want our readers to know about your artwork and creative process.
  10. It is FREE to subscribe to The Rickie Report.  We will bill you for articles.  There is no word maximum. Call for current rates.
  11. Invest in your art business and take a monthly ad. With 3 rotations of jpegs ( change them out at no charge monthly), you bring more readers (art lovers and art patrons, gallerists, museum personnel, show directors world wide) to your website.  Your ad is seen with every article we publish. Call for current rates.


Not Sure Where To Go From Here?


  1. Rickie Leiter and Ilene Adams lead “Art Marketing Seminars” throughout Palm Beach County and are willing to travel north or south.
  2. Our seminars are 2 sessions, one week apart
  3. Our “graduates” have a high rate of new acceptances to exhibits, shows and awards, plus SALES.
  4. We are happy to book these seminars with an arts organization or gallery.
  5. Rickie Leiter is available to consult on an hourly basis. Refine your particular marketing tools, including pricing and networking on an individual basis.



Happy creating, viewing, buying and sharing!

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The Rickie Report

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Play a Part in Conservation at the ENDANGERED Exhibition in Miami Dec 4-6, 2014

The “ENDANGERED” Exhibition raises awareness of endangered species and the environment while contributing to the welfare of orangutans and chimpanzees.  It features work by leading contemporary artists and photographers and a new piece by Bubbles, the chimpanzee once owned by Michael Jackson. Florida-based artists include Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks Sr, Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong. The exhibit runs from Thursday, December 4th to Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014, 2-9pm at Miami Club Rum Distillery, 2320 N Miami Ave, Miami 33127.  The Rickie Report shares the exciting details and some artistry of the local artists who will be participating.




Center for Great Apes logo








DECEMBER 4th, 5th, 6th  2014



  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings:  Feature cocktail receptions in the presence of the artists from 7-9pm.


  • Hat Night: Thursday evening features Hats designed by Judi Bradford and Milda Bublys plus purses by Agata Ren.



  • Performance Art: Friday evening will feature the extraordinary creation of a living artwork in a collaboration featuring Beju, Sherryl Muriente and Linda Nerhboss. They will develop a plea to help orangutans in the wild on the body of human canvas, Beju. They will be accompanied by the tribal drumming of Robbie Powell.



  • Fashion Show: Saturday evening will feature a fashion show of dresses, jewelry and wearable art by Irina Grammatina, Rickson Sharkey, Jean Parsons and more. Music by DJ Blondie. Mari Monge, Spanish TV announcer and spokesperson for the Miami Heat will MC the proceedings



  • Everyone will have the opportunity to be featured in an exciting new photomosaic being undertaken in collaboration with Belgian artist Joël Moens de Hase. Come have your photo taken and wear something orange (for orangutans) on your face or hair. 5,000 head and shoulders photos will be merged into a dramatic photomosaic portrait of an orangutan. Enjoy a cocktail and tour Miami’s only (legal) rum distillery while you view amazing art and help a wonderful sanctuary.




The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.

Miami Club Rum Distillery and Gallery

2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida






"Giraffe" by Anthony Burks,Sr.

“Giraffe” by Anthony Burks,Sr.


ENDANGERED: Art4Apes was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. All entry fees, donations and a portion of all art sales go to the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit, top-rated sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.




"Osprey Sunset" by Sandy Scott

“Osprey Sunset” by Sandy Scott


The ENDANGERED exhibition, in its third year during Art Basel week in Miami focuses on interpretations of “ENDANGERED” in fine art, photography, wearable art and jewelry. It features leading contemporary artists from around the world including the winners of the ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest 2014. Also featured are Florida-based artists Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks Sr, Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong.


Dolphin" by Norman Gitzin

“Vanishing Dolphin” by Norman Gitzin


The ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest is an online, juried art contest that challenges artists to interpret the word “endangered” as it applies to animals, plants or the environment either through a celebration of beauty or illustration of the threats faced. “The creativity and talent of the participating artists is simply outstanding,” stated Dr. Lindsey Matheson, the founder and director of ENDANGERED: Art4Apes, “We had more than 300 entries from all over the world this year. It is inspiring that so many care about issues facing the environment and convey such strong messages through their art.”




"Mandril Mouth"

“Mandrill Mouth” by Sarah Smith



The 2014 judges included Thomas Collins, Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami; Joel Sartore, the acclaimed National Geographic photographer, author, speaker and teacher; and Carolyn Benesh, Coeditor and Publisher of Ornament magazine. Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, judged the Young Artist entries.


"Eggless" by Rickson Sharkey

“Eggless” by Rickson Sharkey


As a part of the program, winners of the annual competition, along with selected entries and art by ape residents from the Center for Great Apes, will be displayed during Art Basel Miami week at Miami Club Rum distillery and gallery, located at 2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida. The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.


"Lion" by Robert Hooke

“Lion” by Robert Hooke


ENDANGERED: Art4Apes is very grateful to our generous sponsors for their help and support. Sponsors of “ENDANGERED: ART for Apes” include Miami Club Rum, Miami’s only distillery producing award winning rum, Juried Art Services and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Private Banking and Investment Group.



For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit http://www.Art4Apes.com

About the Center for Great Apes


The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work. For more information please visit http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.


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Hotworks’ Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Announces Budding Artists Competition

Hotworks’ Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Announces its Budding Artists Competition.  All work is original and personally handmade by the artists participating in the show. It has been voted in the top 100 art fairs in the country. The Budding Artist competition is provided with prime space within the show to display all of the youth art entries.As part of our commitment to include art education in the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ and the community, a youth art competition for grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 is integrated into the event.  Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, young artists are invited to apply with their original and personally handmade art. This competition gives budding, young artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition. The Rickie Report urges adults reading this article to SHARE it with youths in their family, neighborhood, schools and houses of worship.  This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage our future artists!  The information and application are here.  Cash prizes.


Presents 6th Annual


Boca Raton Fine Art Show™


January 24 & 25, 2015



The Boca Raton Fine Art Show is free admission and free parking.


Downtown Boca Raton


Call for Budding Artists


Ages 9-19 or Grades 6-12



Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2014


Hotworks Budding Artists, 2014

Hotworks Budding Artists, 2014




The 6th Bi-Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ on January 24 & 25, 2015 focuses on visual arts, diversity and community enrichment. The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ is a feast for the eyes and is juried by art professionals, with a combined total of more than 120 years’ art experience and education. All work is original and personally handmade by the artist participating in the show. It has been voted in the top 100 art fairs in the country. Included and showcased for sale is art in all discipline including paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography, and more. The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ is sponsored by Hot Works, LLC, a professionally produced fine art fair by a show director with a national standing and reputation.


Best of Show, Mixed Media Savion Cohen

Hotworks 2014 Budding Artists Best of Show, Mixed Media Savion Cohen



The Budding Artist competition is provided with prime space within the show to display all of the youth art entries. There is $250 in cash awards provided to four winners, along with a beautiful, colorful two-foot-long ribbon. Criteria for judging the youth art is on technique/execution and originality, which is similar to the criteria for the judging of the professional artist awards. As art programs are being dramatically cut and eliminated in schools nationwide, the need for such initiatives is made even more relevant.



Patty Narozny, Hotworks and Show Promoter presents Budding Artist Awards, 2014

Patty Narozny, Hotworks and Show Promoter presents Budding Artist Awards, 2014


On Sunday, January 25, 2015  at 3pm under the “Budding Artist Tent”, the Budding Artist awards will be announced and presented. Photographs of the winners and other youth art participants will be taken.



Hotworks Budding Artist Bonus Award Juan Andres Contine, Painting

Hotworks 2014 Budding Artist Bonus Award Juan Andres Contine, Painting




Budding Artist winners of 2014 were:


One $100 Best Budding Artist:

Savion Cohen, Mixed Media, Age 14, Dreyfoos School of the Arts


 Three $50 Budding Artist Awards of Excellence:

Jessica Pan, Painting, Age 15, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Taylor Medeiras, Panting, Age 16, Park Vista High School

Kirsten Kelly, Painting, Age 15, Dreyfoos School of the Arts


One $25 Bonus Budding Artist Award to:

 Juan Andrés Contin, Painting, Age 5, St. Jude Catholic School


Hotworks Budding Artists Award of Excellence, Kirsten Kelly, Painting

Hotworks 2014 Budding Artists Award of Excellence, Kirsten Kelly, Painting



The deadline for youth art entries is December 1, 2014. Now is the time to start thinking about and creating the art work you want to enter for the show!


Hotworks Budding Artist 2014, Award of Excellence, Taylor Medeiras, Painting

Hotworks Budding Artist 2014, Award of Excellence, Taylor Medeiras, Painting



A Budding Artist art application is available at www.hotworks.org. Please mail applications to PO Box 1425, Sarasota, FL 34230. The application fee is $3 per entry; with up to two entries per student accepted.




Hotworks 2014 Budding Artist , Jessica Pan, Award of Excellence, Painting

Hotworks 2014 Budding Artist , Jessica Pan, Award of Excellence, Painting





Budding Artist Application:



HotworksBocaf-Budding Artists Art Competition Application




See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! See You There!



For more information please visit   www.HotWorks.org  or  Email: Info@HotWorks.org and Contact Patty Narozny, Executive Director   941-755-3088



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CALL TO ART CONTEST: Be seen. Make a statement. Make a Difference.

The Rickie Report is sharing a Call to Artists with a theme, being sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.  As the ADL turns 100, the FL Chapter is reaching out to the entire community to create art based on its mission statement.  In recent years, the ADL has sponsored Art Contests with a focus on Anti-Bullying as well as other discrimination issues.  We hope you will read this article to learn more about ADL’s mission and let us know when your piece is chosen to be shown at a special exhibit at the Armory Art Center!





ArtWorks is the first Florida annual art exhibition, fundraiser and silent auction highlighting the mission and impact of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  Presented by ADL Florida’s Wolff Leadership, ArtWorks is an art exhibition, fundraiser and silent auction that will highlight the impact of ADL as seen through the eyes of today’s leading and emerging artists.


Each piece of art work – painting, photography, mixed media or sculpture – focuses on one or more aspects of ADL’s mission. Each artist will be chosen to create a piece of art that shares their perspective on the mission of ADL. All artwork will be included in a silent auction where guests can bid on the work.

 The respectable panel of judges includes:

Arthur H. Jaffe, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus,
Jaffe Center for Book Arts;  Talya Lerman
Director of Education,Armory Arts Center;  Ellen E. Roberts, Ph.D., Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art
Norton Museum of Art.
To learn more about the event and register go to the web site: www.adl.org/FloridaArtWorksADL

About the Anti-Defamation League:

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 27 Regional and Satellite Offices in the United States and an office in Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public. The League:

  • scrutinizes and exposes extremists and hate groups
  • monitors hate on the Internet
  • provides expertise on domestic and international terrorism
  • probes the roots of hatred
  • develops and delivers educational programs
  • fosters interfaith/intergroup relations
  • mobilizes communities to stand up against bigotry
  • defends the security of Israel and Jews worldwide
  • maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date Web site

Anti-Semitism, Racism And Bigotry

  • In the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism, challenges American and world leaders and the United Nations to take action against anti-Jewish bigotry and violence, and exposes and condemns attacks on Jews
  • Through a comprehensive Web site and publications, provides the knowledge and tools to counteract anti-Semitism, hatred and intolerance
  • America’s prime resource for information on and responses to bigotry
  • Collects and carefully evaluates a vast amount of information on anti-Semites, racists and extremists and provides a yearly analysis of anti-Jewish activities in an annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents
  • Through the polling of American and other nations’ attitudes toward Jews, remains in the forefront of gauging anti-Semitism at home and abroad


  • Monitors, analyzes and exposes an entire range of extremists from the obscure to the more prominent.  Issues Extremism in America: A Guide, an encyclopedia of American extremists that is continually updated
  • Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network is a comprehensive, frequently updated informational resource for law enforcement personnel engaged in combating hate groups, hate crimes and hate symbols

Identifying And Combating Hate

Leading the efforts to deter and counter hate-motivated crimes, the League drafted model hate crimes legislation in 1981, covering all hate crimes.  Forty-five states have since enacted laws based on or similar to the model, which was unanimously deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.

For more than 13 years, ADL led a broad coalition of groups working in Washington, DC, to enact the federal Matthew Shepard James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA), which was signed into law in October 2009.

  • As part of a joint effort, formed Partners Against Hate to provide outreach, education and training in techniques to prevent juvenile hate-related behavior
  • Maintains an extensive online visual database of extremist symbols, logos and tattoos


  • Works to further the mission of combating hate through education.  Its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute programs provide anti-bias education and training with curriculums and materials available for pre-K through university students, community groups, corporations, civic associations, religious organizations and law enforcement agencies
  • Supports Holocaust awareness and education through its Braun Holocaust Institute and the Hidden Child Foundation/ADL®

Religious Freedom

  • Regards the separation of church and state as essential to preserving religious freedom in our increasingly pluralistic society.  Engaged in action to safeguard religious liberty throughout society, including in the workplace and classroom

Interfaith Affairs

  • Builds and maintains relationships and dialogue with international, national and local religious leaders of all faiths. Monitors and attempts to resolve interfaith issues, and helps educate non-Jewish religious leaders about Jewish history, theology and philosophy
  • Through the Bearing Witness™ program, a partnership with The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Archdiocese of Washington, provides Catholic school educators with the training and resources necessary to teach their students about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust


  • Supports the Jewish state by advocating for Israel, and explaining political and security issues and the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian/Israel-Arab conflict with U.S. policymakers, the media and the public through programs, publications and contact with officials
  • Jerusalem Office hosts fact-finding missions to Israel and provides expertise on anti-bias training for Israeli educational, military and law enforcement institutions

International Affairs

  • Monitors and combats global anti-Semitism and extremism and promotes the security and well-being of Jewish communities around the world.  Provides expertise to governments and non-government institutions worldwide
  • A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias training programs exist in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Italy and the Netherlands, reaching educators, and law enforcement professionals.  Youth in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Austria and the United Kingdom have participated in peer-training programs
  • Maintains an office in Israel



Please feel free to pass along this information to other artist you know wold be interested in participate. For more information please call:   Patricia Gottenger 561-512-0073

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420