Mandel JCC Art Gallery Features Joan Brams, “A Retrospective”

The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches welcomes the New Year with a brand new art exhibit. Beginning Tuesday, January 17, patrons will have the opportunity to view the stunning work of artist and Florida native Joan Brams.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on January 17th and the exhibit continues through February 10th.  These are free and open to the public.  The Rickie Report shares the details and gives you a sneak peek.  






 5221 Hood Road    Palm Beach Gardens







Opening Reception:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Free and Open to the Public


Exhibition continues through February 10th






For over 50 years, Joan Brams has been producing art for the Palm Beaches. On a nothing day, when Joan was twenty- five-years-old, she woke up, poured herself a cup of coffee, and decided that this would be the day she started painting. She enrolled herself in the Norton School of Art and began taking lessons with a local artist. Immediately, she felt that she had been creating art her entire life and within a short period of time, people were actually purchasing her works. Brams joined two other artists and they opened a gallery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach for a short time.




Artwork by Joan Brams





Soon, other galleries in the area began to take notice of her, and she began putting on one woman shows around the county and eventually, the Findlay Gallery in New York. After moving to Dallas for a few years, she studied sculpting. There, she learned how to cast Styrofoam sculptures into bronze and aluminum. Additionally, she attended welding school and loved doing it as an art form. After several shows in Dallas, she returned to the Palm Beaches to learn about ceramics.

Now, as she resides in the Palm Beaches creating her own genre of art, she has delved into creating work in various media forms. She considers her opus to be in multi-layered works in the areas of painting, ceramics, bronze, aluminum and even one-of-a-kind necklaces. Lately, Brams has been working on Chinese rice paper. Her work is on display in many private as well as public collections. Five of her sculptures are also a permanent fixture at the Palm Beach International Airport.



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Fuel Your Artistic Flames With Vicki Siegel’s 2 Day Workshops With Fun, New Techniques And Knowledge

Artist Vicki Siegel will fuel your artistic flames with 2 day workshops. Sign up for her 2 day workshops AND see her new paintings at one of her upcoming shows.   Be energized and learn new techniques!   Vicki is a Golden Artist Educator, (GAEP). Her in depth knowledge of acrylic paint will inspire you.  The Rickie Report shares the details about these Two Day Workshops at Two Different Locations and SOLO Exhibition .





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These fast paced workshops will get you creating and understanding how to work with acrylic paint. You will create new works and get a chance to try new materials and use ones you know in new ways. Vicki Siegel’s nurturing teaching style and in depth demonstrations will take you through these fast paced and fun workshops. Vicki is a Golden Artist Educator, (GAEP). Her in depth knowledge of acrylic paint will inspire you.



“Uncharted”Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel


Working in Layers Workshop

You will learn exciting new approaches to using acrylic products for layering and creating rich and complex surfaces. Artists working in all media and any abstract or representational style will benefit from this innovative way of thinking about materials. Gels, pastes, acrylic skins, masking, stencils, image transfers, transparent and translucency will be explained. You will also learn to incorporate personal imagery. Whether a beginner or an accomplished artist, you will benefit from the information packed demonstrations. There will be a lunch hour talk and slide show on Friday; bring a bag lunch. See the registrar for a supply list. Vicki will be bringing great tools and specialty paints for you to try.



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“What’s Up?” by Vicki Siegel

Powerful Acrylic Paint Layers: Old School Square Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
 Friday/Saturday January 13 -14, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
  Cost: $315, Old School Square; 561-243-7922, ext. 317 ext. 478


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“Behind the Smile”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel




Working With Photographic Images Workshops

If you are a painter who wants to include photographic images into your work, or a photographer who wants to try painting, this workshop will inspire you. You will learn how to collage images, layer acrylic paints, glaze, enhance and texture your photographic images. Creating image transfers will be explained in detail. Whether a beginner or an accomplished artist, you will be inspired by the information packed demonstrations. Contact the registrar for the supply list. There will be a lunch hour lecture and slide show for people who want to bring a brown bag lunch on Friday.


Surfaces, Layers and Photographic Imagery: Old School Square Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
Friday/Saturday March 10-11, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm 
Cost: $315, Old School Square; 561-243-7922, ext. 317 (Ann) or ext. 478 (Sharon)


Painted Surfaces, Revealing Layers and Photographic Imagery
Friday/Saturday April 21- 22, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach
Cost: $315 Call to register: 561 832-1776 or



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“See it Coming”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel




Weekly Art Instruction with Vicki Siegel

Vicki is an inspiring painting instructor!  Join one of her three weekly classes:

Armory Art Center:
Exploring Acrylics Tuesdays 1:30-4:30 To register; 561 832-1776 or


Delray Center for the Arts:

FUNdamentals of Painting 9-12pm Thursday
To register:


Exploring Painting All media 1-4 pm Thursday
To register:





“Love Conquers”, Acrylic and image transfer by Vicki Siegel



Upcoming Show:


“Now and Then”
SOLO Exhibit of Paintings by Vicki Siegel

Meet and Greet:

Friday March 17, 2017


Exhibit runs March 6th– April 20th, 2017

Palm Beach Gardens City Hall,

10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL



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“Alternate Reality” by Vicki Siegel

VICKI SIEGEL is a contemporary artist whose mixed media paintings, photography and sculpture explore the connection between memory and reality. Her work combines painting and photography together. She was an art director and creative director in advertising in Milan, Italy, Chicago, and South Florida. Vicki is a full time working artist who exhibits extensively. Her works can be found in many private collections. Vicki Siegel has studied towards a M.F.A. at Tyler School of Art, Rome and holds a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois. She is a passionate instructor of painting. Vicki Siegel is a Golden Artist Educator (GAEP), a member of the National Association of Women Artists, and a signature member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild among other organizations. Her studio is in Delray Beach, Florida.



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Extraordinary Two- Day “Stately Sale” Accessory Event At Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens

The Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens is excited to bring back this extraordinary Two-Day Accessory Event! On Monday, December 12th  & Tuesday, December 13th, highlights of the “Stately Sale” will include Whitespace: Mordes Collection and Bonnie’s Loft. In addition, for everyone who loves estate sales, antiquing, shopping, and finding hidden treasures, this is a way to bring all of that to one central location. The “Stately Sale” features generous donations from the homes of people in our community. This could be anything from china, crystal, antiques, artwork and more!   Just in time – a perfect opportunity to do your holiday shopping.  The Rickie Report shares the details here!




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5221 Hood Road,  Palm Beach Gardens, FL






Monday, December 12 & Tuesday, December 13

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mandel JCC

5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

For more information:   561-712-5216 or






Whitespace: The Mordes Collection: Whitespace is a private contemporary art museum and gallery exhibition space located in West Palm Beach. The mission of Whitespace is to expand and introduce their viewers to current trends in contemporary art that use various mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. They will be giving the JCC a special insight into their world of art and jewelry. Their exhibit will showcase international jewelry artists who create unique pieces using repurposed and recycled materials to sculpt body jewelry.




Bonnie’s Loft: In business for over 15 years, Bonnie’s Loft specializes in all types of fine leather accessories, exotic skins and high-end designer bags. Whether you are looking for an everyday, evening or an exotic bag, they have something for everyone. With over 300 handbags in a variety of colors and at various price points, this is a perfect way to treat yourself or do your holiday shopping!




For more information about this event please contact 561-712-5216 or

The Mandel JCC is located at 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens.

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Artists Judith And Jack Rosenberg Combine Art And Philanthropy With Public Reception And Exhibit

Artists Judith and Jack Rosenberg are bringing together two of their passions: philanthropy and art. On Monday, December 5th they will present a collection of their images – painting and photography. A Public, free  dessert and wine reception will be held at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens. All proceeds will benefit the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service, a non-denominational charity, of which they have been leaders for decades. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!











Public dessert & wine reception

Monday, December 5th

7 – 9 pm

No RSVP necessary, no entry fee, free parking, open to the public

Mandel JCC

5221 Hood Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL



Exhibition Runs from Dec.5 through Dec.30

For more information please contact Carolyn Yasuna   561-762-9707

Jewish Family & Children’s Service for this event:





“Quartet” by Judith Rosenberg



Judith shares, “Painting and the creation of art are a great source of physical and intellectual pleasure.  Since retiring from Judith Jack, Inc., the jewelry design firm my husband, Jack and I founded, I’ve had the luxury of time to devote to a life-long love, the creation of art. Portraying women in all their diversity and drama is one of my inspirations. A merger of my original acrylic paintings and my latest interest – photography, is my newest body of work. My published writings on the subjects of historical fashion and jewelry, and the research necessary to be factual, have inspired me to portray women – bold, daring, playful or conservative – who so creatively present themselves to the world. Literature fashion, museums, architecture and nature have been influences as well”.



“Manhattan Style” by Judith Rosenberg



Judith’s  recent interest has led her to incorporate photography into her paintings. “I’ve recently designed a series of “Women of the Flowers.” A sequence of steps is performed to achieve what I hope are distinctive results: I paint in acrylics, photograph the image then using the computer, alter colors, change backgrounds -just keep designing . I work on these paintings until my head and my heart say, “Enough!” They are then printed on an aluminum sheet. This media method offers drama, elegance and quality that sets them apart from any other process – complete, unique and without the need for framing, ready to adorn your home!  There are endless uses for the various mediums and tools that are available for artistic expression. I hope that the observer truly enjoys the marrying of media and the many aspects of beauty I have chosen in creating my art”.




“Three martinis” by Jack Rosenberg





After graduating from Brooklyn College, Jack worked as a microbiologist and then as a medical supply salesman to doctors and hospitals. He tells us, “My growing interest in antique jewelry led me to become, along with my wife, Judith, co-founder and CEO of Judith Jack, Inc., a jewelry design firm with international sales. Together with the design staff, I took pleasure in putting my own ideas into play. After selling the business and retiring, my artistic side flowered. Charcoals, drawing, painting and sculpting became part of my ever-expressing means of creativity. My awareness of shapes, colors, textures and forms in their splendor impelled me to continue to investigate a variety of methods and materials”.




“Enchanting” by Jack Rosenberg





You can hear the excitement in Jack’s voice as he shares, “Then I discovered photography! I’d found my true love! Looking through a lens helps me see and appreciate the world around me in a new and exciting manner and shuts out everything except what I see in the lens. It’s the perfect medium for me. It permits me to fully and continuously express my artistic vision and share my passion with others.  My fundamental belief is that everything in our physical surroundings can become the subject of a meaningful photograph. I try to capture and express the essence of what I see through my lens. I relish humanizing inanimate objects and creating scenes from unexpected sources.  Every photograph tells a unique story – real or imagined – and, hopefully evokes thought and pleasure in the viewer’s mind.  The photographs here reflect my ongoing labor and explorations, allowing me to share my artistic sensibilities and pleasure with a wider audience. I truly hope they are enjoyed”!





For more information about Judith’s and Jack’s artwork:

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Save The Date! Shop ‘Til You Drop Event Benefits Natural Science Education Program Through Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park

Shop ‘Til You Drop is THE Shopping Event of the Season! The Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park will host its 5th Annual Shop ‘Til You Drop event on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at The Country Club at Mirasol. Attendees will shop top fashion, accessories and home décor while sipping on complimentary mimosas and enjoying a beautiful buffet lunch.  The Rickie Report shares the details. Support this FUNdraiser which underwrites the Natural Science Education Programs, providing free, hands-on field experiences to over 5000 Palm Beach County Students annually!






S H O P   ‘Til

You   D R O P



December 10, 2016

10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Call to Make Your Reservation:


Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park

561-776-7449 Ext 111





MacArthur Educators And Students –  This Is Why We Fundraise!


“We are looking forward to another great event” says event chairs Michael and Margot Brozost. “We have invited back many of the amazing vendors from last year and have found several new ones to create an exciting event at which our guests can find the perfect gift for everyone on their shopping list,” they add.







“Last year’s event was a huge success, raising funds to benefit the Natural Science Education Program, which provides free, hands-on field experiences to over 5000 Palm Beach County Students annually. We are grateful for the support we receive not only from our sponsors, but our friends and the community,” says Executive Director of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Cheryl Houghtelin.




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Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park in a non-profit corporation with a mission of generating supplemental resources to preserve restore and interpret the natural and cultural assets of the Park for present and future generations.



Patty Lipscomb Jewelry



John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon. The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats including seven species of plants and twenty-two species of animals on the endangered or threatened list. MacArthur Beach is truly an “Island in Time.”



Gretchen Scott



About MacArthur Beach State Park:


Exploring almost two miles of pristine beach and swimming, snorkeling and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic are only the beginning of the fun you can have at the Park.  Other amenities include the Nature & Welcome Center, Beach Outfitters Gift Shop, Kayak Rentals, a children’s playground, nature trails, and picnicking facilities.You might want to take advantage of the many Special Events offered in the Park throughout the year: children’s programs, guided adventures, recreational skills lessons, MacArthur Under Moonlight concerts, Summer Camps, and Blue Grass concerts.  







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Tibetan And Hand-Crafted Jewelry Plus Exquisite Orchids At Special Mandel JCC Event

The Mandel JCC of Palm Beach Gardens is hosting a one-of-a-kind, two day Jewelry and Orchid sale on Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27th. The JCC will be featuring pieces from Sophia Stern Designs, Gaia’s Treasures, Custom Creations and an amazing orchid collection from Millers Way Orchids! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the JCC.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.  This is Open to the Public and Free to attend.



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5221 Hood Road    Palm Beach Gardens, FL


Tibetan  And Hand- Crafted Jewelry


Exquisite Orchids




Wednesday, October 26

Thursday, October 27

11:00 am – 5:00 pm




Sophia Stern Designs

Gaia’s Treasures

Custom Creations

Millers Way Orchids  

Free and Open To The Public


5221 Hood Road,   Palm Beach Gardens, FL





One of a Kind Necklace




Sophia Stern Designs


While growing up in New York City, Sophia Stern had a fascination with trying on her mother’s jewelry. By the age of 14, she realized that she had the opportunity to create her own as a hobby, but that wasn’t enough. One day, while she was in the family jewelry business in New York City, her fascination for small shiny objects took over and she fell in love with gem stones. She realized that the opportunities to create something fascinating and unique were endless and knew that this was her calling. From there on out, her entire life has been about creating. For twenty- two years, she has been honing her craft and in 2011, Sophia Stern Designs was born. Her jewelry focuses on handcrafted necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings that combine semi- precious stones with metals such as solid brass, gold filled, copper, pewter and silver to create one of kind pieces.


Long, Chamsa Necklace

Gaia’s Treasures & Custom Creations

Gaia’s Treasures and Custom Creations will be presenting bold and exquisite beaded Tibetan jewelry. Each piece is a work of art that incorporates silver, turquoise, coral and other semi-precious gemstones into unique designs. Elaine Durow and Cass Stryker, bring their jewelry from the Himalaya region of Tibet hand crafted by many artisans who left Tibet due to political and religious reasons. Their “French Bakelite” look made from amber copal, other saps and resin, results in stunning and unusual pieces and shapes.



One of a Kind necklace

Miller’s Way Orchids





Photo Courtesy of Millers Way Orchids



In addition to Gaia’s Treasures, Custom Creations and Sophia Stern Designs, the JCC will also have a beautiful collection of rare orchids. Millers Way Orchids has a complete selection of unusual and colorful varieties to complement your lifestyle and décor. For any orchid lover out there, they will know that this flower is almost unreal in its perfection. There are about 208 species of orchids that are native to the United States and there is no other flower that looks quite like this. In addition, these flowers tend to bloom for a great deal longer than most flowers lasting from two to three months.


For more information about this event, classes, workshops

Please visit

or contact Gwilda at; 561-712-5216.

The Mandel JCC is located at 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens.


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