African Diaspora Exhibit, Book-Signing of The Mighty Nine, Lecture and Art Reception!

The Rickie Report reminds you that the Collaborative Exhibit, “African Diaspora Exhibition” is upon us! This is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.  There are a number of lectures and opportunities to take part in this exhibition. Don’t miss the Book-Signing on September 28th! More details are in this article.

 

Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition

The exhibition that unifies people

through their artistic spirit

collaboration: (n) the act of working jointly.

 

COLLABORATION-African-Diaspora

 A.T.B. and The Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL

 

A.T.B. in partnership with The Armory Art Center ( at 1700 Parker Avenue, WPB, FL) is hosting a Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition showcasing 25 visual & 9 literary artists of African Diaspora. The African Diaspora concept is based on the historical background of the artists not necessarily the subject matter of the work.

 

Show runs

September 20-November 9, 2013

 

Opening: Friday, September 20, 2013

6pm-9pm

 

Artists Panel: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12pm-4pm (Ticket sales for lunch prior to speaking engagement)

 

The-Mighty-9-front

Book signing of the Mighty 9

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013  12 -3 pm

 

Converge & Associates Consulting Hosts National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. West Palm Beach

    Chapter Evening of Art Wine & Cheese Friday, October 4, 2013

5:30pm-8:30pm

 

Collaboration started as a showcase of artists, presented in homes, businesses and other alternative spaces allowing artwork to be viewed by clients in a realistic or unusual environment. It allows the artists to intermingle with buyers one on one and develop a personal relationship with the public at large.

 

 

The concept of visual artists of diverse spirits working together to spread art appreciation in the community was the brain child of husband and wife artist team Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade-Burks of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. along with jewelry artist and educator Lea Jefferson and fiber artist and consultant Barbara Cheives. It is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.

 

     

Artists :

Addonis Parker, Al Burts, Anthony Burks Sr., Barbara Cheives, Carl Craig, David German, Donald McKnight, Franklin Sinanan, Herschel Yelder, Howard T. Cash, James Rush, JaFleu, Kianga Jinaki, Lee Glaze, Lupe Lawrence, Michael Hall, Mikhaile Solomon, Nzingah Oniwosan, Robert McKnight, Rodney Jackson, Shawn Henderson, Simone De Bernard, T Elliot Mansa, Tonya Akins, Trina Slade-Burks a.k.a. Diz-E Image

 

Mighty 9 Writers:

The book is a collaborative of 9 African American female literary artists contributing to the Collaboration: African Diaspora Art Exhibition. The book illustrates the journeys of these 9 women to their life’s successes.  Their writing are in different formats. (Poetry, prose, short stories & Affirmations)
 
The book signing will be hosted by the Black Village Voice & publisher/author Trina Slade-Burks
 Sept 28th 12pm-3pm 
 
 
1700 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-7042
Authors :  Angelina Stewart, Ansonia Hixon, Damaa Bell, Jasira Monique, L. Medford, Kimberly Nyesha Smith, Melissa McKnight, Trina Slade-Burks, Yulette Newman
Kim

Kimberly Nyesha Smith

 

 

Angelina

Angelina Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trina Slade-Burks

Trina Slade-Burks

 

 

Sponsors & Partners include:

Armory Art Center, ArtAfrica, Black Art America, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, Creme de la Creme, Divinity Dance, Durga Garcia Photography, Irie Island Cuisine & Phat Bistro, Law Office of Bryan Boysaw & Associates, P.A., Miss Jessie’s,  Singer Raquel Williams, Smooth Bounce Entertainment

 

 

"Addonis"

 Addonis Parker

 

 

 Al Burts:  

"Alvin"

 

 

Shawn D. Henderson, M.S, M.F.A:

 

View from Side

 

Simone de Bernard Mas: 

 

 

Jewelry Piece by Simone

For more information call:  Trina Slade-Burks  561-714-6674  or info@atbfineartists.com

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition

The Rickie Report is pleased to announce a Collaborative Exhibit, “African Diaspora Exhibition”!   The concept of visual artists of diverse spirits working together to spread art appreciation in the community is the brain child of husband and wife artist-team Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade-Burks of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. along with jewelry artist/educator Lea Jefferson and fiber artist/consultant Barbara Cheives. It is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.  There are a number of lectures and opportunities to take part in this exhibition.  More details are in this article.

 

Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition

The exhibition that unifies people

through their artistic spirit

collaboration: (n) the act of working jointly.

 

COLLABORATION-African-Diaspora

 

 

A.T.B. in partnership with The Armory Art Center ( at 1700 Parker Avenue, WPB, FL) is hosting a Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition showcasing 25 visual & 9 literary artists of African Diaspora. The African Diaspora concept is based on the historical background of the artists not necessarily the subject matter of the work.

 

Show runs from September 20-November 9, 2013

 

Opening: Friday, September 20, 2013

6pm-9pm

 

Artists Panel: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12pm-4pm (Ticket sales for lunch prior to speaking engagement)

 

The-Mighty-9-front

Book signing of the Mighty 9

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013  12 -3 pm

 

Converge & Associates Consulting Hosts National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. West Palm Beach 

    Chapter Evening of Art Wine & Cheese Friday, October 4, 2013

5:30pm-8:30pm

 

 

 

Collaboration started as a showcase of artists, presented in homes, businesses and other alternative spaces allowing artwork to be viewed by clients in a realistic or unusual environment. It allows the artists to intermingle with buyers one on one and develop a personal relationship with the public at large.

 

 

The concept of visual artists of diverse spirits working together to spread art appreciation in the community was the brain child of husband and wife artist team Anthony Burks Sr. and Trina Slade-Burks of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. along with jewelry artist and educator Lea Jefferson and fiber artist and consultant Barbara Cheives. It is an opportunity for art collectors and professionals to experience great art in inhabitable space and feel at home doing so.

 

     

Artists :

Addonis Parker, Al Burts, Anthony Burks Sr., Barbara Cheives, Carl Craig, David German, Donald McKnight, Franklin Sinanan, Herschel Yelder, Howard T. Cash, James Rush, JaFleu, Kianga Jinaki, Lee Glaze, Lupe Lawrence, Michael Hall, Mikhaile Solomon, Nzingah Oniwosan, Robert McKnight, Rodney Jackson, Shawn Henderson, Simone De Bernard, T Elliot Mansa, Tonya Akins, Trina Slade-Burks a.k.a. Diz-E Image

 

Mighty 9 Writers:

Angelina Stewart, Ansonia Hixon, Damaa Bell, Jasira Monique, L. Medford, Kimberly Nyesha Smith, Melissa McKnight, Trina Slade-Burks, Yulette Newman

Sponsors & Partners include:

Armory Art Center, ArtAfrica, Black Art America, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, Creme de la Creme, Divinity Dance, Durga Garcia Photography, Irie Island Cuisine & Phat Bistro, Law Office of Bryan Boysaw & Associates, P.A., Miss Jessie’s,  Singer Raquel Williams, Smooth Bounce Entertainment

 

 

Addonis Parker:  Artist Statement

Art to me is a form of extreme communion with God. Respectfully and with pride, I am a student of creativity and expression.  My life is simply an open book to the inner world of our urban fabrics but the key to the underworld of self-truth, through the eyes of Addonis.  I am a master of expressing the depths of emotion and the plight of a people, shunned, feared and disdained. I am a captain of the community of man through a visual port of my surroundings.

 

 

Addonis

Addonis Parker

 

 

Being self-taught –I will violate the art code to convey any message necessary to meet such an objective to save lives or strengthen a community. I am a witness to the hardship as well as the high levels of success of the men and women who dared to chase this venture alone; even before me, if none should come after.  My work is the eternal flame of voices which society chooses to ignore. I use symbolic rendering and spiritual undertones to convey my message as I have received it. Color, composition and structure are important instruments to strike emotional cords to one’s visual journey with the face of my spirit. With the presence of nature and elements of historical events; I feel that I must be a gatekeeper of my current time and experience.

 

"Addonis"

“Addonis”

 

I am an advocate for the freedom of expression. I find it necessary to include small forms of nature in my work. Nature holds the key to serenity and extreme craftsmanship from a higher source— God.  Another fact, being self-taught eliminates the fear of freestanding risk taking in my opinion. My work, to me is in fact intense, prophetic, thought provoking, spiritual, emotional, and maybe controversial. I have accepted this crown of distinction and all the disciplines it may provide.  I choose not to classify my work nor will I receive a commercial stamp to categorize my ability and thought process.

 

 

 

I am an American artist who just paints. I paint for the love of creation and the respect and honor of my past forerunners who had neither the opportunities nor the civil rights to become what I am today. It is my eternal pleasure to carry a brush and use it limitlessly. I will continue to be me in my work and in my community as well. Art to me is therapeutic but the essential foundation of every community around the world. The absence of the opportunity of art —–is the absence of civilization.

 

 

 

Al Burts:  “Even a Single Line May Convey an Emotion”

 

Al Burts is a skillful artist who uses the thin lines of a ballpoint pen, sometimes mixed with oil paint, to create bold works of art that display African American values in a dignified and powerful style. He works on a variety of surfaces including un-stretched canvas, paper and wood to displace his realistic and symbolic images inspired by the African roots of America.

 

Alvin Burts

Al Burts

Al Burts grew up in Alexandria, VA and received his formal training from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He is an alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and a retiree of The National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

 

"Alvin"

“Alvin”

Burts is a two time Semi-finalist winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series and will be exhibiting for the second time in Art Basel Miami Beach this December 2012. Burts has exhibited in the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago, IL), International Visions Gallery (Washington, DC), T. Miller Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Evolve the Gallery (Sacramento, CA), and Gallery Guichard (Chicago, IL).

 

Shawn D. Henderson, M.S, M.F.A:

Shawn was born in Los Angeles, California, and has been involved in the arts for as long as she can remember. The third child of six, her father, John Thomas Riddle, Jr., was a renowned painter, sculptor and art educator.

View from Side

View from Side

 

Shawn, herself a sculptor and painter whose work has been exhibited both locally and throughout the state of Florida, began teaching drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture at Bak Middle School of the Arts in Palm Beach County 14 years ago. Seeing a need, she recently began counseling children at Bak Middle School as well.  Shawn has earned a Master of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University in 2000, and a Master of  Science in Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in 2012.

 

Shawn Riddle Henderson

Shawn Riddle Henderson

 

Shawn has served on the Education board of the Norton Museum of Art, the Armory Arts Center board, and the African American Artist Showcase board. She has also served as the Arts chairperson and Arts Scholarship chairperson for the West Palm Beach Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. She currently serves on the Executive Director Advisory Committee for the Riviera Beach CRA Marina District.

 

Details of Back

Details of Back

 

Shawn believes that a child who is immersed in arts education from an early age excels academically, closing the achievement gap. Research has also shown that the arts help to transform communities by lowering crime rates, bolstering patronage of local businesses, and create a sense of community cohesion.

 

 

Simone de Bernard Mas: Artist Statement

 

 

Simone

Simone de Bernard Mas

As a metalsmith I’m constantly re-arranging molecules. The techniques that I’ve learnt are ancient so I’m constantly engaged in creating contemporary interpretations with metal. The objects that I create seek to capture the myriad textures and patterns that exist in our environment. In every physical moment our senses are made aware of the stimuli in nature that abounds, from animal to plant life, the sea to the sky, vast open spaces and even the landscapes of our own bodies. Unlike other art forms that hang on walls or sit on pedestals my work is meant to be worn, and experienced by the wearer.

 

Jewelry Piece by Simone

Bronze Cuff by Simone

Historically cultures have been defined by adornment of the body; although in current times jewelry has become more about fashion it still represents a sense of identity. My designs exhibit a very strong connection to the feminine and all it encompasses. Being female I strongly identify with nature and its need to constantly renew. I enjoy evoking an excited response from someone over a million year old fossil or texture from the core of a cactus plant. I’m always seeking to reflect nature at its best, something that will intrigue the wearer as much as I am intrigued with the process.

 

 

For more information call:  Trina Slade-Burks  561-714-6674  or info@atbfineartists.com

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Shopping at Whole Foods Is an Artful Experience in Wellington!

Who would not enjoy multi-tasking when it comes to grocery shopping and looking at artwork?  Whole Foods in Wellington makes it a habit to support community-based artists.  They’ve partnered with Wellington Art Society by offering exhibit space and a catered reception for a member of WAS.  The next one is February 15th!  The Rickie Report knows you won’t want to miss Marie Letine’s artwork, so get your grocery list ready and we’ll see you at Whole Foods in Wellington! As you will read in this article, Marie is a multi-tasker, too! Her life philosophy keeps her focused end energized.

 

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Artists Reception Honoring Marie Lentine

Friday, February 15th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market cafe

  2635 SR7     Wellington, FL

Exhibit Runs Through February 28

 

 

Congratulations to Wellington Art Society member Marie Lentine who currently has a solo show of her artwork at Whole Foods Market!  The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Lauren Belinsky of Whole Foods to bring this show to the communityWhole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. Please RSVP to Suzanne Redmond at sredmond75@comcast.net

 

A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven

 

Marie’s artwork will be displayed in the Cafe, which is on the left side of the market. Marie paints in acrylic and watercolors and has a dozen paintings in this show.  In addition, artists often bring limited editions and prints to sell the evening of their reception.  Marie’s artwork will be on display until February 28th.  Mark your calendars now for Friday, February 15 from 6:30 – 8:00. Whole Foods will provide a reception and yummy snacks and drinks. There is a $5. fee to attend, which is used for WAS Scholarships for local art students pursuing a higher degree in art.

 

Marie Lentine is an artist, yoga instructor and Holistic Health Educator.  She began painting in 1981 and is primarily self-taught.  Understanding that learning through others is an integral part of being an artist, Marie is a member of Pen Women of America, Palm Beach Watercolor Society, the Boca Museum, Armory Art Center and Wellington Art Society.  She tells us, ” I have acquired knowledge and techniques along the way from very gifted artists regarding surface design and watercolor.  My style is light, colorful, playful and sometimes considered provoking.”

 
     

Tools

Tools of My Trade

                                          

As Marie worked and traveled with Club Med teaching English, the sunrises each morning, the colors of nature and the tranquility of the tropical landscape left a lasting impression on her soul.   She shares, “Wherever I went, in whatever country, with whatever language or people, sunrises, sunsets, the realness, aliveness and joy of nature were a constant…a message to me about Life…and Spirit!”

 

Marie’s passion and distinctive character are one with her art.  She tells The Rickie Report, ” Through my artwork, I am able to see and understand all sides of my personality…watercolor reflects the more serious and adult side, while batik lets the child come out and play…I think that the medium of acrylic on canvas is a happy blend of the two and also the philosopher in me shows up!”
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Out of The Quagmire Into Clarity

“What I have found, is that I paint because I have to…before realizing this about myself, I was not really content from the inside out, and as soon as I gave myself permission to just do what came through from inspiration to canvas, my whole world changed, I became ME.”

 

For Marie, art is not only what goes onto a canvas, it also includes language. Her  “The Life is not all Black and White” series holds much meaning for me.  While painting the first in this series, a poem emerged which expresses further the thought.  She tells us, “…Goes like this…”Life is not all black and white, tho some folks think it so, to live in the have tos, can nots and shoulds, instead of the SUPPOSE!…. and goes on….”

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Bold and Beautiful

Marie explains more about her involved lifestyle. “Coming from a very creative family, I am fortunate to have some innate talent, which I first discovered and used during the many years that I was a Hair Stylist and co-owner of a Beauty School in Boston.  For the past 30 years while living in Florida, I have worked with interior designers and clients creating hand painted fabrics, murals and custom commissioned paintings.  For several years my artwork took a back seat while I was directing Art Galleries, Antique Shops and teaching Yoga in Palm Beach.”    

Marie’s painting arm was shattered and reconstructed after an accident in 2001.  How did she cope with this?  She tells The Rickie Report, “painting and making jewelry again emerged as a healing method to regain my mobility and motor skills.  With Yoga, I was able to rehab not only my body but my entire being…and use that life lesson as a transformative experience……” We can see how her inner strength and strong sense of creative purpose motivated her.  

She has been practicing yoga for 45 years and teaching since 1975.  Marie enjoys working with those that have special needs, rehabbing  either physically or emotionally or dealing with cronic illnesses.  Marie is devoting more time to painting and sharing Yoga as a way of life! She teaches seniors in different communities and also at “gentle Yoga class” at Moksha Yoga Studio in Wellington.  

“I am available for commissioned paintings and murals as well as private yoga classes. ….Living Yoga and Art are who I am…  My intention is to continue sharing this with others…”

 

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Gathering Hope Along the River of Life

Although I use different techniques, there is continuity in my work that comes from deep within that wants to express the beauty of life and seems to reflect life’s little lessons that are not always apparent.   Flowers are not just flowers, trees are not just trees, black and white is not just that…they are friends, family….memories…lessons and philosophies…!

 

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Opening To The Fruits of Life

 

WAS and Whole Foods will have a new artist SOLO exhibit every three months. Artists must apply for this show, must be Wellington Art Society members, and submit at least 12 paintings for display. The minimum size is 16″ x 20″.   Since some of the spaces are large, 2 – 3 paintings may fit near each other. For more information about joining WAS or their events, http://wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com/  or go to: www.wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291