WITVA Auction, Open To The Public, Offering Blimp Ride, Golf Packages, Artwork. On-Line Bidding Opens Now~!

Join the Women in the Visual Arts 30th Annual Year of Giving Luncheon’s Silent Auction and help reach their goal of $7500. for High School and College Graduate art scholarships.  Beginning NOW until February 6 you can bid on-line for a Goodyear Blimp Ride for 2, multiple golf packages, and artwork!  Everyone is invited to make reservation for the Luncheon on February 9 to get the final tallies.The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t think of a better way to put the FUN into a FUNdraiser!   Kudos to WITVA’s leadership to  bringing this to the public!






30th  YEAR


Your support to this event will enable WITVA to continue our important work to foster local talent, allowing merit and need based students to pursue their education in the Fine Arts. 


Join us for the fun LIVE!

The celebration luncheon is on February 9th, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

For more information, email WITVALuncheon@gmail.com with your contact information.

WITVA Online Silent Auction:


Details you need to know:

 – The auction can be found here: https://www.32auctions.com/WITVA

 – This online auction will be open for bidding until February 6, 11:45 pm. 

– Then winning online bids will be transferred to the live silent auction at the luncheon on February 9th. 

– If you have the winning online bid, you will be asked to participate in person (if attending) or by proxy (via phone) in the live silent auction. 

 – If your bid is the highest, YOU WIN!

– Winning bidder information will be collected at the end of the live silent auction and instructions provided on how to claim the winning item. 

– Bid payment can be made by either credit card or check at the event or credit card upon notification. 

– If shipping is necessary, the winning bidder will be responsible for shipping costs.



Items up for auction include:



1 -Blimp Ride for 2





This is a ride for 2 persons from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Pompano Beach Base on Wingfoot One. 

Launched in 2014, Wingfoot One has adorned the skies between Orlando and Miami capturing the wonder of South Florida. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, and named aptly for the company’s trademark, this blimp ride for two will take you where few have gone before. Get a true bird’s eye view of the beautiful coastline while soaring at an approximate speed of 35mph and experiencing an adventure like you never thought possible.

Blimp riders must comply with Goodyear’s passenger guidelines and passenger waiver before riding on the blimp.




2 – Boca Raton Resort and Club Stay & Golf Package




Boca Raton Resort Golf Description:
This item is for a 3 day, 2 night stay in Cloister estate room including one round of golf for 4.
ARV: $2,500

Located next to the intracoastal waterway and just a few steps from the stunning south Florida coastline, the Boca Raton Resort and Club, is your luxurious home away from home. The two award winning golf courses offer a golfer’s perfect outing featuring signature water features and challenging turf.



3 – Broken Sound Country Club Golf Package, Boca Raton Florida



Broken Sound Golf Description:
This item is a 4 person golf package and 4 person lunch at the Broken Sound club.
ARV: $600

Tee off on one of South Florida’s premier golf courses with a twosome of golf and lunch at Broken Sound Country Club. This club has two signature golf courses that are GEO Certified (the international mark of sustainability assurance of the Golf Environment Organization) and Audubon Sanctuary Certified.




4 – Golf package for two at Bocaire Club, Boca Raton



Bocaire Golf Package:
This item is for a foursome golf package with carts.
ARV: $400

Recently redesigned by Kipp Schulties, the Bocaire Club (located in Boca Raton) course is known for including: beauty; variety in holes of the same par; thought provoking green complexes; limited forced carries for the developing players while creating a 7,000 yard all-you-can-handle championship golf experience from the back tees. 




5 – Oil painting by Tim Foreman


“Barefoot beach Fog” by Tim Foreman



This item is a framed 11×14 oil painting.

This is a gorgeous oil painting of a tropical seaside. Tim Foreman’s painting process begins with observing the beauty of nature. Painting in layers with both knife and brush, he creates his landscapes to portray the splendor and simplicity of the natural world around us.



6 – Private Wine Class for 20





This item is a private wine class for 20 hosted at Total Wine & More. 

Total Wine & More will host an event that is certain to impress you and your guests. Taste a variety of our premium, hand-selected wines and discover hidden treasures from the wine region of your choosing. Your guests will enjoy a tour of the land and learn about the famed appellations and grape varietals that make each region so unforgettable. One of our wine experts will be on hand to present and discuss each delicious wine during your two hour tasting, which can be arranged as a seated class-style or more casual walk-around event. Total Wine & More will provide all necessary stemware and educational handouts for tasting notes.







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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986


Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) Invites You To Annual Fundraising Event “ART OF THE SEA” For Art Scholarships

Come to a FUN fundraiser with WITVA (men are included) to raise monies for art scholarships, thank previous donors, honor hard working volunteers including Grace Fishenfeld, create an art project, dine in luxury and enjoy spectacular raffle prizes!  “Art Of The Sea” is apropos, as the Grand Prize is an AMA Waterways European Riverboat Cruise 8 days/7 nights for two!  WITVA not only helps artists network with each other, but nurtures the next generation.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to reserve your space now!










Painting on invitation by WITVA Top Graduate Scholarship Winner, Angela Yang



The Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA)

  Scholarship Committee

Invites You to

Annual Fundraising Event:




Friday, February 3, 2017

10:00 a.m. –  2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $125.00 per person

 Waterstone Resort & Marina

999 E. Camino Real     Boca Raton, FL 33432


Contact Myrna Rodkin, Event Coordinator

(561) 703-0554 or zoomf16mr@gmail.com for more information.



As a non-profit organization, our mission is to promote public interest in the visual arts and to provide financial support to art students attending our local Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University as well as art students attending Palm Beach County High Schools. The proceeds from this event will help us continue our mission. Last year there were 136 students accepted into the competition.



Grace Fishenfeld, Honoree; Susan and Bernie Applebaum


In keeping with our theme, we’ll spend the morning using creative ways to paint on canvas Beach Bags. An elegant gourmet lunch will follow.  You will also have the opportunity to participate in a Fabulous Chinese Auction (baskets filled with fantastic gifts), a Silent Auction (Works of art donated by member artists), and an AMAZING Grand Prize Drawing which includes an AMA Waterways European Riverboat Cruise 8 days/7 nights for two (valid for a Balcony Stateroom in March, April, November or December of 2017/2018. Dining is Gourmet, Staterooms are Deluxe and only has 150 passengers); Angela Yang’s full size painting of “Art of the Sea”; and a phenomenal Paper Sculpture; by International artist, Francine Levinson.



Graduates From Left to Right:Diana M. Garcia: FIU, Samannaz Rohanimanesh: FIU, Kristina Smatrakaleva:FAU, Angela Yang:FIU, Ashley Cassens: FAU



We know you will be inspired by our guest speaker, Angela Yang, who is also the artist of our beautiful “Art Of The Sea” painting and our top Scholarship winner of 2016. This year we are very proud to announce Velia Sweet as our Scholarship Fund Honoree. Please join us as we celebrate Velia, enjoy a creative day, and help raise funds for aspiring young artists.




Group Photo of High School Winners Participating in Afternoon Program.

The number of participants is so large that we need two ceremonies to honor them and give out their awards!






WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS, Inc. is a 501 ( c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  All Solicitations and donations are retained 100% by the organization. #SC -12388. A Copy Of The Official Registration And Financial Information May Be Obtained From The Division Of Consumer Services By Calling Toll-Free (800-435-7352) Within The State.  Registration Does Not Imply Endorsement, Approval, Or Recommendation By The State.


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17019 SW Sapri Way    Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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There Is MORE Than A 50/50 Chance You’ll LOVE The Armory Art Center’s FUNdraiser!

Everyone who attends the Armory Art Center’s Annual 50/50  Live Art Event and Auction has a fabulous time!  50 artists participate by creating their artwork as YOU watch! On Saturday, November 28, 2015, these artists will publicly show off their skills by creating a work of art in front of a live audience that will be auctioned off just minutes after being completed. This unique event will give artists the chance to exhibit their work in public at one of South Florida’s most venerated cultural centers. The Rickie Report reminds Art Lovers and Art Patrons to Buy Your Tickets NOW!   ARTISTS:  Deadline for application is November 13th!




1700 parker avenue w.p.b., fl 33401

(561) 832-1776




4th Annual 50/50 Live Art Event and Auction


 Buy Your Tickets Here



To See Video

Click Here To See Auction Action!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

6:30 – 9:00 pm

For more information






Why participate? Exposure…

  • The event will be well promoted and well attended by art enthusiasts and collectors.
  • You can display a binder that is up to 9”x12” to showcase more examples of your work to potential buyers.
  • Each year the 50/50 Live Art Event and Auction has brought in more than 200 spectators.
  • You will have the chance to interact with attendees and distribute postcards and business cards.
  • You have the added benefit of enhancing your resume when you are accepted into this juried opportunity.
  • Your work is auctioned by a local radio personality who will promote the event on air.
  • You will keep 50% from the sale of your work.
  • The event and sale of your painting can be added to your bio and resume.
  • This is a prestigious juried event and you will be selected based on talent.
  • There is a $20 application fee.
  • Artists will be provided a 16”x20” canvas.
  • Artists must provide their own art supplies and set up their work stations.
  • Artists can use acrylic or any other non-toxic materials (no oils) but the work MUST be dry before the end of the painting session (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) and must be ready to hang, even if it includes 3-D elements.
  • The starting bid of all work will be $50. The final bid price is split 50/50 between artist and the Armory.
  • You can also choose to become a sponsoring artist and donate full proceeds for greater publicity. Learn more by going to armoryart.org
  • The artist or a representative at the conclusion of the event must claim unsold artwork.
  • Artwork left at the Armory will become the property of the Armory.
  • Upon acceptance to the 4th Annual 50/50 Live Art Event and Auction, artists will receive further instructions regarding their participation.
  • Application can be found on armoryart.org/artist-opportunities
  • To apply, submit the completed application and 3 jpeg images of your work via email to suzanne.redmond@armoryart.org
  • If you are accepted by the jury, notification with details will be sent by email.
  • For more information, please call (561) 832-1776.
    Deadline for entry is November 13, 2015


Event Schedule:

5:30 – 6:30 pm Artists Set Up

6:30 pm Doors Open to the Public

6:30 – 8:30 pm Artists Create Their Work

8:15 – 8:30 pm Paintings Are Collected For the Auction

8:30 – 8:45 pm Live Auction Begins

9:30 – 10:00 pm Artists break-down




Virginia Sinicki, WRMF’s popular KVJ show radio host

Is returning as emcee.

Last year Virginia livened up the crowd and every painting sold!








Painters at Armory 50/50 Event





The Armory Art Center:


The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.



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The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



OSGS Gallery Offers Online Art Auction to Benefit Place of Hope

On Tuesday, February 4, OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio of West Palm Beach, FL, will launch an online charitable art auction to benefit Place of Hope.  Oil, pastel, plein air, giclee and acrylic paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, digital art, pigment-glass antique doily design dinner plates, mixed media on wood, silk screen prints, and mobiles were graciously donated by talented artists and the children at Place of Hope.  The Rickie Report urges you to go online and bid!  We share the details about the auction and an interview with SarahAnne Livoti from Place of HopeThe online auction opens on Tuesday, February 4 and closes on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 at 6 pm.





OSGS Gallery in Northwood

Runs Online Art Auction



Place of Hope

Virtual Auction Opens Tuesday February 4, 2014



OSGS Charity Flyer




 On Tuesday, February 4, OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio of West Palm Beach, Florida, will launch an online charitable art auction to benefit Place of Hope Oil, pastel, plein air, giclee and acrylic paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, digital art, pigment-glass antique doily design dinner plates, mixed media on wood, silk screen prints, and mobiles were graciously donated by talented artists and the children at Place of Hope.  The online auction opens on Tuesday, February 4 and closes on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 at 6 pm


Visit the online art auction now: biddingforgood.com/PlaceofHope for an early look at art for your home and/or workplace.



Dinner Set, handmade glass

Dinner Set, handmade glass




Place of Hope is a unique faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization providing family-style foster care; family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services; adoption and foster care recruitment and support; and hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region.




"Newport Coast"

“Newport Coast”



The Rickie Report spoke with Sarah Anne Livoti about Place of Hope.  It is hard to imagine this large and extensive organization grew out of the desire of Christ Fellowship Church to reach out and help just one child.  While their program is faith-based, one does not need to be a believer to get involved.  








We noticed that at “Seven Stars”, craft projects are a regular part of the routine.  Sarah was excited at the idea of local artists volunteering a few hours of their time to feature a craft or art project for a group of children.  She stressed that this does not have to be a long-term commitment  (though Place of Hope welcomes those as well).




"Name That Tune"

“Name That Tune”



Since the children at Place of Hope range in 5 to 18 years of age, their needs vary.  Experiencing art with a community-cased artist would give them a new, inspiring experience. In addition, volunteers can speak about how to open a bank account, how to register to vote or share a beneficial skill that will make a difference in the lives for their future.  Sharing information about your career can ignite a spark that will take a child further into a positive life situation.



"Shape Shifter" mobile

“Shape Shifter” mobile



When asked about direct donations, Sarah referred to the exciting online auction being spearheaded by Evelyn Ortiz Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla of OSGS Gallery.  Offers of art materials are always welcome and they are most welcome with someone to lead an activity. 



"Born to Die"

“Born to Die”



For more information about volunteering, please go to  their website and click on “contact us” or “take action”.  Everyone is welcome to attend a tour and learn more.  The Rickie Report knows that helping a child now will make our communities better places in the future.



"Night Moves"

“Night Moves”


Place of Hope is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.  All winning bids are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.   To learn more about Place of Hope visit http://www.PlaceofHope.com.


SarahAnne Livoti    Special Projects Manager  Place of Hope
: 561.775.7195 I f: 561.775.1758 I 8www.placeofhope.com
9078 Isaiah Lane I Palm Beach Gardens I FL I 33418

“Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless…” Isaiah 1:17



"Tropical Garden Scene"

“Tropical Garden Scene”


For more information about art and custom framing at OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio, visit their website at http://www.OSGSArt.com,http://www.facebook.com/OSGSArt.







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

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The Rickie Report

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Fine Art and Antique Caravan Coming: Open to the Public!

Who doesn’t love watching people bring their heirlooms and knick knacks to see what they are worth? There are television shows built around this!  The Rickie Report plans to be at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens on February 26th for their Fine Art and Antiques Caravan which will offer verbal appraisals from Bruce Kodner, of Bruce Kodner Galleries in Lake Worth, FL.  Read this article for more information and see what Mr. Kodner is interested in purchasing! This event is open to the public!


Temple Judea’s Art Committee


Fine Art and Antiques Caravan


Professional Appraisals and Offers

By Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc.


Tuesday   February 26, 2013

5:00 – 8:00 pm

( or until there is no one else in line for appraisals)

7:30 Live Auction

Decorative Mirrors and Lalique

4311  Hood Road   Palm Beach Gardens, FL

(Between Alternate A1A and Military Trail)

Bring your antiques, fine art, knick knacks, jewelry, and home furnishings to Temple Judea for a professional appraisal by Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc.  Mr. Kodner and members of his appraisal team will be giving verbal appraisals of up to 3 items per family.  The $5.00 fee per item will be donated to Temple Judea’s Art Committee to underwrite their annual programming.  


If you can lift it, you can bring it!  Mr. Kodner is available to make home visits for large items or numerous items.  The Rickie Report suggests you bring a good quality photo of an item to see if Mr. Kodner might be interested.  There is no charge for Mr. Kodner to come to your home.  There is only a charge if someone wants a type written appraisal. 



Interestingly Bruce Kodner married his wife Dana Charles whose late father, C.B. Charles, whose father was also an auctioneer both in Michigan and South Florida.Mr. Kodner is a third generation auctioneer whose auctioneering history dates back back to the 1920s with his grandfather, Jacob Kodner.  He began his career in Chicago under the tutelage of his late father, Albert Kodner.  His career and auction gallery business has blossomed and grown with his move to South Florida with his main gallery currently located in a 18,000 square foot building in the heart of Lake Worth.  He has been serving his loyal customer base in South Florida since 1982.


Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc. represents the fourth generation of expertise in purchase, sale and appraisal of fine home furnishings and art properties.   Mr. Kodner is donating his time as well as the Live Auction items, whose value is over $100. per item.  He will conduct a Live Auction at 7:30 pm and then continue to meet with attendees for verbal appraisals.



Mr. Kodner is also interested in purchasing select items and will donate 10% of the price to Temple Judea.   Such items include :

  • All Chinese and Japanese Works of Art
  • Sterling Silver Flatware and Tea Sets
  • Bronze and Marble Figurines
  • Lalique Crystal
  • Antique Paintings
  • Ivory
  • Coral
  • Jade
  • 20th Century Modern Furniture and Metal Objects
  • Jewelry
  • Diamonds
  • 10K, 14K, 18K, 22 K Gold Jewelry
  • Gold and Silver Coins
  • Paper Currency
  • Watches (Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe)
  • Tiffany
  • David Yurman
  • John Hardy
  • David Webb
  • Chimento
  • Harry Winston
  • Meissen Porcelain
  • Clocks

Each person will register and receive a numbered ticket.  The committee will begin handing out numbers at 4:00 pm.  As patrons wait in the social hall for their number to be called, there will be food and beverages available for purchase and plenty of seating.  Fresh turkey, roast beef and vegetarian wraps will come with fresh fruit salad.  Home made baked goods, soft drinks, water, coffee and tea will all be  on hand.  The Live Auction will take place at 7:30 in the social hall.  Mr. Kodner and his team will be on hand until there no longer people in line waiting for appraisals.



 The year 2009 marked another historic milestone for BKG as Bruce’s son, Jacob Kodner, joined the company as its 4th generation auctioneer following in the longtime family tradition. As well as being the company’s newest auctioneer, in 2010, Jacob Kodner became the company’s second graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America. He is an accredited jewelry professional and is a GIA certified Graduate Gemologist. Mr. Kodner welcomes anyone to also have him act as auctioneer at their next charity event.


For more information about Temple Judea please call 561-799-0283 or go to:  www.gotj.org   For more information about Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc. please visit: www.brucekodner.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