ARTNADO Calls For Student Art Contest Entries

ARTNADO 2015 announces a Student Art Contest, with 2 submission categories: 6 -8th grades and 9-12th grades.  ARTNADO, a fine art and fine craft show, will be held November 14 -15th at the Expo Center of the South Florida Fairgrounds.  All entries will be displayed and eligible for  prizes.  This is a Free Call For Student Art. Please share this with relatives, students and art educators.  Each entrant plus parents or guardians will be given Free Admission to ARTNADO.  There are a number of Drop-Off spots in Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report gives you the details and the application form here.




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Artistic Synergy, as part of its innovative art fair, ARTNADO, is hosting a Student Art Contest.  The event takes place at the South Florida Fairgrounds on November 14 & 15.  The Student Art Contest has two categories:  6 – 8th grades and  9 – 12th grades.


  • Any medium may be used
  • 2D art work can be no larger than 16″ x 24″
  • 3D art work can be no larger than 16″ x 24″
  • There is no theme
  • All 2D art must be ready to hang (in a frame and wired to be hung. No saw tooth hangers.)
  • Attach the application form to the back of all 2D, or accompanying 3D submissions
  • All entrants are required, unless other arrangements have been made prior, to pick-up their work at ARTNADO by the closing of the show at 5:00 PM November 15, 2015


The goal of ARTNADO is to encourage students to open their minds and be as creative as they wish.


The deadline for submission is October 1, 2015.

All submissions must include the appropriate parental or guardian signature.


There will two separate judgings:

The first will award First, Second and Honorable Mention in each of the categories

The second, by a different set of judges, will award Grand Prize.

The Grand Prize winner will be gifted free exhibition space in the next ARTNADO as well as an art-related gift.



Entries may be submitted at the following locations on the dates and times indicated:

  • The Brewhouse Gallery
    720 Park Ave.
    Lake Park FL 33403
    Sundays from 12 noon to closing



  • Lake Worth Art League
    604 Lucerne Ave.
    Lake Worth, FL 33460
    Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays 12-4 PM



  • Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery
    15 South J Street
    Lake Worth FL 33460
    Time to be announced



  • Delray Beach Center for the Arts
    51 North Swinton Ave.
    Delray Beach FL 33444
    4 to 7 pm on
    September 8, 15, 22, 29


Submission Category:

_______________(Middle School grades 6-8)
_______________(High School grades 9-12)

Title of Work (required)_________________________________________________
Artist Statement (10 – 120 words about your theme and how it relates to your work)
Student’s Full Name:________________________________________





Parent/Guardian Name(s)____________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Phone:___________________




Ownership of the submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this program constitutes entrant’s irrevocable permission and consent that Artistic Synergy may display, copy, reproduce, enhance, print, sub-license, publish, distribute and create derivative work for Creative Synergy purposes. All entrants are required, unless other arrangements have been made prior, to pick-up their work at ARTNADO by the closing of the show at 5:00 PM November 15, 2015 (all entrants and their chaperone will be admitted free to the show), after which their work will become the sole property of Artistic Synergy.



WAIVER OF LIABILITY: Submission of this application constitutes an agreement to comply with all the conditions set forth here and as stated on Artistic Synergy Inc.’s website. Furthermore, I discharge Artistic Synergy, Artnado, their judges, the venue chosen and anyone transporting this work from all responsibility for any damage or loss of any kind.

SIGNATURE: ————————————————
Signature of Student Signature of parent/legal guardian (required if entrant under 18 years)




For more information please contact:

phone 561-557-8741



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Hot Works™ 7th Annual Boca Raton Art Show Calls For Applications In All Categories

Professional artist applications are now being accepted for HotWorks™ 7th Annual Boca Raton Art Show.  The Rickie Report shares the details and application information. Deadline for applications is September 13th and all categories are open!   Art Patrons and Art Lovers, mark your calendars for January 23rd and 24th for this great show! presents:

The One & Only Original
7th Annual
Boca Raton Art Show


In Downtown Boca Raton, FL
Federal Highway/US-1 at Palmetto Park Road
In Sanborn Square Park


January 23 & 24, 2016






Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft Show

All Categories Are Open!






What you need to know:

§ Average sales per artist was $5,237, based on Sunshine Artist review in April 2015 publication;

§ Boca Raton, FL is one of Florida’s most affluent and sophisticated art-buying and art-loving audiences;

§ Hot Works™ Executive Director Patty Narozny boasts a tremendously loyal artist following because:

o She works hard to keep out the buy/sell – and does the research to keep it out;
o She knows how to work the media, and brings in the patrons with money to purchase high-end art;
o Patty’s unique brand of marketing via Hot Works™ has consistent, proven success;
o Patty respects and always does her best to do what’s right for the artists and for the art fair industry;
o Patty has over 30 years’ experience as a successful event and media producer and the know-how to connect artists with art-buying audiences;
o Each artist’s booth sign states emphatically, “All work in this booth is personally handmade by…”

§ No stages or pulsating music! Music is low key so you don’t have to shout to sell your high-end art.

§ Deadline to Apply: September 13, 2015

• Upon Acceptance, artist booth prices are as follows:
• 10’ x 10’, $400
• Booth and a half (10’ x 15’), $550
• Double booth (10’ x 20’), $675
• Corner, +$75
• Electric, +$75 (must request in advance)

§ Limited to 175 artists (or less)

§ Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., our 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on visual arts, diversity and community enrichment.

§ Budding Artist Competition for grades 6-12 or ages 9-19

If your first priority is sales, then  shows are for you. We do have cash awards, but we spend proportionately much more money to get the people to the show than we do to award money.




Any Questions?

Please contact Executive Director Patty Narozny or 248-684-2613/941-755-3088



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Third Thursday Celebration At Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Focus Is “Art Of Association”

This year’s “Art of Association” at the Lighthouse ArtCenter displays more than 250 original works of art by 125 artists. For its 3rd Thursday Celebration on July 16th, you can Meet the Associations Representatives.  Each Art Association will share a short presentation enhanced with PowerPoint illustrations about their group, their member artists, their philanthropic missions and other interesting information.  The Rickie Report believes this is one of the finest chances to network with other artists and art organizations!  We urge artists not to work in a vacuum and this is a professional opportunity!  We share the details here.






Lighthouse ArtCenter

5th Annual

“Art Of Association” Exhibition

Meet the Artist Associations

Thursday, July 16th

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Exhibition Continues Through August 13th

Gallery Square North

373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta,FL

(561) 746-3101


The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum is located at 373 Tequesta Drive in Tequesta. See the Art of Association exhibition through August 13, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for nonmembers and is free to members and active military. It is free to all on Saturdays.



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On 3rd Thursday for July 16: Meet the Associations Representatives from the Art Associations will share short presentations enhanced with PowerPoint illustrations about their groups, their member artists, their philanthropic missions and other interesting information. The event, on July 16 from 5:30 to 7:30, is free to Lighthouse ArtCenter members and exhibiting artists and $10 for nonmembers and also features passed hors d’oeuvres and a donation wine bar.





This year’s Art of Association displays more than 250 original works of art by 125 artists. Participating art groups include Artists in Florida, Art Associates of Martin County, Artists Association of Jupiter, Artists of Palm Beach County, Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, Lake Worth Art League, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild, North County Art Association, Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association, Plein Air Palm Beach, South Florida Basket & Fiber Guild, Wellington Art Society and Women in the Visual Arts.




Opening and awards reception was held June 18,
 during ArtCenter’s 3rd Thursday event. Artists from thirteen Palm Beach and Martin counties art associations, along with art lovers, gathered together on Thursday, June 18, to share in the excitement of the Art of Association exhibition awards presentation.



“This exhibition offers art collectors and art lovers an opportunity to see the best our area has to offer from the talented artists in guilds and associations,” said Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director. “At the 3rd Thursday evening event in July, artists will give insights about their inspirations and techniques, accompanied by a visual presentation. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and get in-depth knowledge about their art.”



"Downtown Stuart" by Chris Kling

“Downtown Stuart” by Chris Kling, Best of Show Award

The following awards were presented: Best of Show, Chris Kling (Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild) “Stuart Downtown; Oil and Acrylic category, First Place, Leslie Pfeiffer (Wellington Art Society) “ Green Cay”; Second Place, Patricia Maguire (Plein Air Palm Beach) “Delphiniums”; Third Place, Sheri Gansz (North County Artist Association) “Headed for the Beach”; Fourth Place, Sarah Davis (Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association) “Kristen”; Watercolor/Pastel/Mixed media/Encaustic category, First Place, Michael LasCasas (Artists in Florida) “Boxcar & Graffiti”; Second Place, Jane McIntyre (Women In The Visual Arts) “Lightness and Being”; Third Place, Lorrie B. Turner (Plein Air Palm Beach “Shadows”; 3-D Sculpture/Ceramics/Weaving/Fiber/Glass and Jewelry category, First Place, Jean Williard (Artists Association of Jupiter) “Dressage”, bronze sculpture; Second Place, Phyllis Annunziato (Women In The Visual Arts) “Textured Sterling Silver Necklace”; Photography/Digital Art, First Place, Joanne Urban (Artists in Florida) “Florida Wetlands II”; and Second Place, Sandy Friedkin (Artists in Florida) ”Protecting the Nest.”



Lighthouse Artenter Art of Association 2015 Award Winners

Lighthouse Artenter Art of Association 2015 Award Winners


HONORABLE MENTIONS were awarded to: Art Assoc. of Martin County, Sally B. Pearson, “Rest Stop”; Artist Assoc. of Jupiter, Carolyn Austin, “Ebbing Tide”; Artists of Palm Beach County, John Vincent Palozzi, “At the Museum”; Artists in Florida Artist, Jane Saull, “Bubble Dreams”; Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, Lynn Brouillette, “Peaches”; Lake Worth Art League, Lee Krull, “Rooted in Old Florida”; Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild, Jack Rosenberg, “Three Martinis”; North County Art Association, Julie Beaumont, “Rhino with Butterflies”; Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association, Kris Davis, “Reach”; Plein Air Palm Beach, Dale Stryker, “Shade Trees All Around”; South Florida Basket & Fiber Guild, Bonnie Bruner, “Untitled #2”; Wellington Art Society, Barbara Bailey, “Nightingale’s Nest”; and Women in the Visual, Dodi Sikevitz, “Bride with Pears II.”


Chris Kling Receives Best Of Show Award from Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter Director

Chris Kling Receives Best Of Show Award from Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter Director



The exhibition was judged by Cynthia E. Palmieri, the recently retired Executive Director of the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach, Fla.  She has an extensive background in exhibitions. Schooled as a sculptor and drawing major at the prestigious Pratt Institute, Palmieri has juried many shows. The Art of Association exhibition was curated by Barbra Broidy.





The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. The School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For information, call (561) 746-3101 or visit



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Call for Watermedia Entries from Gold Coast Watercolor Society

All watercolorists are eligible to enter their paintings for the Gold Coast Watercolor Society’s upcoming exhibit, “Apparently Watercolor”.  The juried exhibit will take place February 23rd through March 13th.  A wide variety of watermedia is encouraged, as the entries will be juried by Jeannie McGuire, AWS.  Her painting, “Kenneth” was chosen as the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection.  The exhibit will take place at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale.  The Rickie Report shares the details and application as well as some views of previous exhibitors.  Deadline for this exhibit is February 14th!  The public is welcome to the Reception and Awards Ceremony on February 26th.




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Gold Coast Watercolor Society




“Apparently Watercolor”

Public Reception & Awards:

Thursday, February 26th 

6pm –8:00 pm


Exhibit: February 23rd – March 13th, 2015


Judged by: Jeannie McGuire, aws

Art Serve

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd    Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33304


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A Pittsburgh-based artist, Jeannie strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression.  Stories and feelings are communicated in such works as “Kenneth,” the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection.  McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity.





Important Dates:

  • February 14th – Friday- Entry deadline (postmarked)
  • February 21st – Saturday – Delivery of Artwork 10am to Noon
  • February 26th – Thursday- Reception & Awards 6pm –8:00 pm
  • March 14th – Saturday Pick up, 10 am-11am




Lillian Feldman- Best in Show: $ 500

First Place: $400

Second Place: $300

Third Place: $200

Merit: Merchandise Award

Honorable Mention: Merchandise Award

Judge’s Recognition: Merchandise Award

Jean Moore Award: $50 (emerging artist)

Member’s Choice -Award will be given at the opening reception.


Eligibility: Please read entry form in its entirety


  • All Florida artist and GCWS Members may enter.


  • Watermedia may include any combination of watercolor, tempera, gouache, opaque watercolor, acrylic, casein, ink, charcoal, gesso, watercolor crayons, pencils and pens including metallic.


  • One must exclude water-soluble oils as well as any other similar substance. Acceptable surfaces for watercolor are substrates created for watermedia. For example: paper, clay coated surfaces (Clayboard, Aquaboard, Ampersand), synthetic surfaces, (Yupo, Tiger Rag), illustration board and flat watercolor canvas.



  • Watercolor Collage is acceptable, but newspaper, magazine or non-watercolor material cutouts will not be accepted.



  • Works must be original i.e., not done under class instruction, critiqued and changed, not a copy of another artist’s work.



  • Work must be done by a single artist not a collaborative work.



  • Work must have been completed within the last three years; any submitted work must not have been previously displayed in a GCWS judged show.



Entry and fees:

Artists may enter one or two paintings. A non-refundable fee of $25 for GCWS members, $30 for non-members, must accompany the entry form. No changes can be made after entry is received. No refunds will be made.


Sizing and framing requirements:

All types off frames and mats are acceptable except those that are ornate or heavy. Saw tooth hangers are not permitted. Maximum size frame is less than 48”in any direction. Work must be sturdily framed under Plexiglas, wired and ready for hanging. Please cross brace large pieces. (work will be rejected) if it does not comply and fees will NOT be refunded.)


Conditions and liabilities:

The submission of entries to this competition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the terms and conditions as set forth in this prospectus.

Entry Tag 1
Attach to back of entry, upper right.




Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale


Entry Tag 1
Attach to back of entry, upper right.




Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale


Entry Tag 2
Attach to back of entry, upper right.




Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale


Entry Tag 2
Attach to back of entry, upper right.




Value: $____________
___ For Sale ____ Not For Sale


Entry form

Please print entry and send with payment. $30 for Non-Members or $25 for Members, payable to GCWS (Gold coast watercolor society). Entries must be postmarked by February 14th , 2015.

Gold Coast Watercolor Society
1101 S.W.74th terrace
Plantation, FL 33317

Name: _______________________________________
Address: ____________________________________
City: ________________________________________
State: ___________ Zip Code: _______________
Phone: _______________________________________
Email: ________________________________________

Title 1:_______________________________________
Values: $____________for sale___ not for sale___

Title 2:_______________________________________
Values: $____________ for sale___ not for sale___

Waiver of liability: The undersigned herby agrees to release and forever discharge the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Inc, its Directors, members and agents, and the management and staff of ArtServe, from any responsibility for damage or loss of any kind on all works submitted for sale or exhibition. The gold coast watercolor society reserves the right to photograph works for publicity and promotion.

Signature: ________________________________________Date:_________


About the Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS):


 The Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. We are proud to be the largest watercolor group in Florida with over 200 members. The Society was incorporated in February,1976 and its founder and first President was Jerry McClish, a noted watercolorist.

GCWS offers:
Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch
Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists
An annual membership show
Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses
Paint-ins with live models
Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists
Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues
Plein air painting opportunities

Please Join Us!
Meetings are held October through May on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304


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Florida Watercolor Society Hosts 43rd Annual State Convention In Deerfield Beach

Attending the convention of an organization guarantees interacting with like-interested people, hearing high-level speakers and experiencing unusual workshops. The Florida Watercolor Society Announces it 43rd Annual State Convention.  The events begin on September 15th with Pre-Convention workshops.  There will be a trade show, Gala Dinner, demonstrations and meetings.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  We hope you will take advantage of seeing the exceptional exhibit at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture and all of the activities of this exciting convention taking place!  Meet the Exhibition juror Frank Webb.  With over 1,100 members, FWS is one of the largest state-based watercolor societies in the United States.  Membership is open to all artists residing in the State of Florida.







You are invited to Participate


Florida Watercolor Society’s

43rd Annual State Convention 2014



* All events take place at the Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Doubletree Hilton Hotel  100 Fairway Dr., Deerfield Beach




Pre-Convention Workshops


September  15- 18


Convention, Exhibition Reception, Gala Dinner and Trade Show


September 19 – 21



The Florida Watercolor Society’s 43rd Annual State Convention will kick off with an  Opening Night Reception/Art Exhibit from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19th at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444.   The fee to attend  the exhibit as well as the four-day convention is $20.



Top Winner

Top Winner



Attendees at this year’s Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) Conference will be able to experience not only the art and philosophy of the Society’s Exhibition Juror, Frank Webb, but gather the knowledge of his life experiences.  Frank Webb is a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society and a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.  He teaches and judges art exhibitions for these organizations and other State and Regional Societies.



 Webb will kick off the convention on Thursday night, September 18th with a dramatic demonstration featuring his unique painting style. Prior to that, he will teach a workshop and host a review of the exhibition during the convention. In words and pictures, he will reveal the unique philosophy and technical process behind his work.




Top Winner

Top Winner


The 43rd Annual FWS Exhibition will be held September 4 – November 15, 2014 at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell  Museum of Art and American Culture. It is located at 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444. The display will feature 100 of the best paintings by Florida’s top watercolor artists.




  • Demonstrations by 22 different artists, featuring both new techniques and genres
  • Critiques from award-winning artists
  • An extensive tradeshow with vendors from across the United States offering products at exclusive prices 
  • Demonstrating artists will include Myrna Wacknov, Anne Abgott, Kathleen Mailing, Robin Lee Makowski, Carol Frye, Dottie Hutton, Jane Collin, Cole Wolford, Susan Hanssen, Judy Nunno, Libit Jones, Joseph Melancon,  Atlee Harmon,  Lynn Kroll, Pat Weaver, Janet King and Carol Brody.
  • Critiques of the 2014 Exhibition  from juror Frank Webb.  
  • Myrna Wacknov and  Sue Archer will critique submitted paintings plus a panel of experts. 
  • There are also ‘One on One Critiques’ available with Miles Batt and Myrna Wacknov for artists who are trying to take their art to the next level.




Top Winner

Top Winner



Exhibition awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on September 20th.  The cost to attend the dinner is $55. Registration for all other convention events is only $20, plus small additional attendance fees for critiques and the Juror’s Exhibition review.




Prior to the Convention, internationally known artists Frank Webb and Myrna Wacknov will hold workshops from September 15 through 18, also at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel.   The fee is $395 for members and $450 for non-members for the Workshops. Registration can also be made through the FWS website.  For more on Myrna Wacknov, visit her website at



Judy Nunno, One of the Workshop Leaders

Judy Nunno, One of the Workshop Leaders


“Capturing Crystal”


"Lemon Cello" by Judy Nunno

“Lemon Cello” by Judy Nunno


Judy Nunno is an award-winning watercolor artist who specializes in painting crystal and glass.  She is a Signature Member of FWS and  a member of several art guilds. Her paintings have been featured in “Watercolor Artist” magazine and she has won Honorable Mention twice in the Watercolor Media Showcase Competitions.


"Afternoon Snack" by Judy Nunno

“Afternoon Snack” by Judy Nunno



Judy will be demonstrating her process for setting up and painting an exciting crystal still life and will share her secrets for capturing the sparkle of crystal and refracted light. Judy will be demonstrating at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19th at the Double Tree/Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Hotel. For more Information visit or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-943-5492.




Susan Hanssen NWS


“Wild to Wonderful”

Saturday, September 20  9:15 am



Award-winning artist Susan Hanssen will be making a digital presentation, “Wild to Wonderful” at 9:15 a.m., Sat., Sept.20th at Florida Watercolor Society’s four-day state convention to be held at the Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Doubletree. For more information, visit or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-646-8698 to RSVP.


"Waiting Patiently" by Susan Hanssen

“Waiting Patiently” by Susan Hanssen



After a long career as an art director in New York and Dallas, Susan and her husband moved to Florida in 1999 and there she began to paint. She works primarily in watercolor and gouache. Her paintings are generally figurative, although recently she has been exploring non-objective painting. Her “Sheep Series” continues to be a favorite, combining allegory and whimsy in a variety of executions. The collection, “On the Subject of Sheep” was exhibited at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in March of 2008. The show ran three months and included 17 paintings. A painting from the series, “She’s Come Undone”  was part of the National Watercolor Traveling Exhibition  in 2009. 




"The Scribble" by Susan Hanssen

“The Scribble” by Susan Hanssen



Susan is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society. Her painting “Foiled Again” won the Gold Award at the Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition in 2010 and appears in “Splash 13.” In 2013 she won the Gold Award again with her painting “Waiting Patiently.” Both pieces were featured among the Best Paintings of the Year in “Watercolor” Magazine.


After twelve years of teaching at the Boca Raton Museum School, Susan decided to retire this year and is focusing on workshops and teaching privately in her studio. Her work can be seen at the Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.  For more information about her artistry please visit



Details about conference registration can be found at the FWS website.  Visit  for more information or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-943-5492.



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Art of Association Breaks All Records in the Spirit of Cooperation

 Collaboration and cooperation are key to the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s latest exhibition, Art of Association showing now through August 14. Featuring juried works from 13 art associations throughout Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast,  Art of Association celebrates its fourth year.  The common goal of each organization sharing the experience of the visual arts promises visitors an exciting artistic experience that will have something for everyone. Additionally, visitors can purchase most of the art on display.  The Rickie Report shares the details for the upcoming Third Thursday Reception and Program on July 17th.





Lighthouse ArtCenter




The Art Of Association




Gallery Square North

373 Tequesta Drive       Tequesta



The public is welcome to the  Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 3rd Thursday event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on July 17th.  Admission is free to members and $5. for non-members.  Refreshments are served.


Art of Association Award Winners, 2014

Art of Association Award Winners, 2014


Participating art groups include Art Associates of Martin County, Artist Association of Jupiter, Artists of Palm Beach County, Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches, Hobe Sound Fine Art League, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild, North County Art Association, Plein Air Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association, Palm City Art Associates, Port St. Lucie Art League, South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild and Wellington Art Society.



Best of Show

Best of Show:  “Gemma” by Kris Davis                                                                                     (Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association)

Art of Association heralds 276 original works of art from 146 exhibiting artists.   Alphabetical list of winners: Cindy Bartosek, Norman Berman,  Jane Blatt,  Nancy Brown David Craft,  Eileen Curtis, Kris Davis,  Sarah Davis, Durga Garcia, Patricia Hoshino, Diane Hutchinson, Carol Kepp, Chris Kling,  Rick Lewis, Floyd Markowitz,  Debbie Lee Mostel, Pamela Acheson Myers, Deborah Neuhaus, John Vincent Palozzi, Sally B. Pearson, Bobbin Salisbury, Lorrie B. Turner, Carolyn Walsh, Tanya Witzel,  Betty Usdan Zwickler.



Cindy Bartosek "Dawn Seat" (South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild)

Cindy Bartosek “Dawn Seat” (South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild)




“This is an exhibition in which art lovers and collectors can see, as well as purchase, the best work by members of art associations in our region. There are outstanding pieces of art ranging from representational and abstract paintings to photography to ceramic sculptures to fiber art,” said Executive Director Katie Deits. “The openings, lectures and exhibition this summer also offer the participating artists an opportunity to network, share ideas and expand their horizons.”



First Place Painting: Rick Lewis "Egrets and Sabals" (North

First Place Painting: Rick Lewis “Egrets and Sabals”                                                                  (North County Art Association)


 Meet the Judge:

Ms. Jenifer Mangione Vogt      



Jenifer Mangione Vogt is the founder and creative director of JMV Media Group, an integrated marketing firm with specialization in: art, healthcare, financial services, nonprofits and Italian culture. She has 20+ years of experience in corporate and nonprofit marketing for Fortune 500 companies, including Mastercard International and The Bank of New York, as well as healthcare organizations, including Westchester Medical Center and sports, entertainment and art organizations, including the PGA TOUR and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’s developed annual marketing plans and managed budgets in excess of $1 million and managed relationships with leading public relations and creative firms.



First Place Photography: Nancy Brown, "Floating Market Bankok" (Wellington Art Society)

First Place Photography: Nancy Brown, “Floating Market Bankok”                           (Wellington Art Society)




Jenifer received her bachelor’s from Purchase College in Humanities with an art history concentration. In 2005, she began writing about art on a freelance basis for art and culture publications in New York and South Florida. Her writing work and press placements have appeared in many publications, including Entrepreneur, CFO Magazine, The Palm Beach Post, Risk Waters, JetSet Magazine, ArtLog, ArtPulse, ArtDistricts, ArtInfo, The Art Newspaper, ArtDaily, Bloomberg, Daily News, Palm Beach Arts Paper, Palm Beach Art + Culture, Ambassador (NIAF), Knight Arts Blog, Tutto NIAF Blog, The Italian Tribune, The Journal News and The Scarsdale Inquirer. Her photographs have been featured in Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, Catholic New York, Hospital Magazine, The Journal News, The Daily News and Palm Beach Art + Culture.



"Jonah" by

“Jonah 2” by Cory Daust                                                                                                                                     (Port St. Lucie Art League)



Prior to graduation from college, Jenifer completed internships in the Estates & Appraisals Department at Christie’s, the Education Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Public Relations Department at the Neuberger Museum of Art, as an editorial assistant at Art in America and on the restoration of a room at the 1890 House in Cortland, NY.  Jenifer is a thyroid cancer survivor and an advocate for awareness of, and more comprehensive education about, this form of cancer, the fastest growing cancer among people under 40 in the US.




Lighthouse ArtCenter:

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is a member-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) community arts organization, providing excellence in art exhibitions, instruction, education and outreach for all ages. Programs are funded in part by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.




For information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of U.S. Highway 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 Monday through Friday. Free admission on Saturday. As part of the national Blue Star Museum initiative, free admission to active military and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.   Closed Sunday.




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Emmanuel Gonzalez Shares “Keys to the Cities” and Exhibits at OSGS

Emmanuel Gonzalez has been very busy painting and the community is richer for his efforts.  We met Emmanuel as an emerging artist only two years ago and are spellbound by his achievements thus far.  In this article, The Rickie Report looks at his winning entry for “Keys to the Cities” and his exhibit at OSGS | Gallery Studio in Northwood.  Expect to see more from this young, talented creative!





Emmanuel Gonzalez



Emmanuel presents his "Keys to the Cities"

Emmanuel Gonzalez presents his “Keys to the Cities” to Kathi Kretzer



Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, announced the KEYS TO THE CITIES  artists, including Emmanuel Gonzalez.  After six long months of colorful creativity, a unique collaboration of sight and sound was unveiled in November, 2013.  


18 Pianos, 18 Pianists, 17 Artists, 1,584 Keys





Emmanuel Gonzalez and his Piano


Kathi Kretzer shared, “The judges and board members could not have been any more pleased with the fabulous results of choosing Emmanuel Gonzales to paint one of our pianos for the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s Keys to the Cities event.  During the event,  his piano was chosen to be on display at the Palm Beach Cultural Council location in Lake Worth where it was performed on by many talented pianists including Dr. Roberta Rust, Chair of the Piano Department at Lynn Conservatory of Music and Dr. Robin Arrigo.” As many as twenty used baby grand and upright pianos were donated by the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation. 



Impromptu Concert with Emmanuel's Piano

An Impromptu Concert with Emmanuel’s Piano


The event featured formal and impromptu concerts by professionals and passersby in an open festival of music.  After their public debut, the pianos were donated to local children’s charities and community organizations, enriching lives for years to come.  One of the pianists added, ” Emmanuel’s piano showed great creativity as well as good use of textures and colors and was a favorite of many who saw all 18 painted pianos.  His work is extraordinary.”




Close up of Emmanuel's Piano

Close up of Emmanuel’s Piano



Emmanuel explains, “I wanted to create a piano that had a traditional yet organic feel to it. I first sanded the entire piano to remove the high gloss finish that the piano had. Using brown paper and old music sheets, I covered the entire piano and distressed it giving it an old, weathered antique feel.  Using  gold leaf accents to create contrast and depth I coated the legs, seat and underside of the piano.  700 5×5 inch sheets of gold leaf was used for this process !  The subject matter I used was a traditional 1950’s microphone surrounded by roses to convey a jazz lounge nightclub vibe.  I drew accent lines over the paintings to give movement and life to the image. Once everything was completed I coated the piano with four coats of polyurethane varnish to protect it and give it a slick finish.”




Another view

Another view of the Piano, Showing Emmanuel’s Details




Emmanuel Gonzalez’ interest in art is life long.  He began entering State-wide art competitions in the 1990’s and has shown in galleries nation-wide.  Most recently, Emmanuel’s work was included in the Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy exhibit at Continuum. 
Emmanuel at Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio

Emmanuel at Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio


Emmanuel shares, ” I explore the past and present through realism and portraiture. My body of work includes a growing retrospective of American icons, where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork. Individually, my subjects attempt to characterize the social climate at a given moment in history. They are influential, recognizable images; relevant within specific ethnic and social groups. Some subjects are foreign to others outside of a particular group or generation. Just as one group identifies emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently.”



"Sitting Bull" by Emmanuel Gonzalez

“Sitting Bull” by Emmanuel Gonzalez


He goes on, “The “recognition factor” of my subjects reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of a specific group while simultaneously establishing an  “otherness” with viewers outside of a given group. I use pencil, pastels, oil, acrylic, and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large-scale pieces with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed pencil work.”



Emmanuel Gonzalez' artwork at Continuum

Emmanuel Gonzalez’ artwork at Continuum, part of Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy



This native Floridian, multi-media artist is full of energy.  From 2001 -2009, he had nine SOLO exhibits in addition to taking part in other gallery shows and competitions: DCOTA -Design Center of the Americas: “Palm Beach Collector” (Dania Beach, Florida), Catalyst Gallery (Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida),  Voight Galleries International (Palm Beach, Florida), Autumns Skye Gallery (West Palm Beach, Florida), 2013 “Endangered species” exhibit- Wynnwood Art District- Art Basel, to name a few.  



"Nevermore" by Emmanuel Gonzalez

“Nevermore” by Emmanuel Gonzalez


Emmanuel’s work can be found in private as well as corporate collections: The Chesterfield Hotel (Palm Beach Florida), Friars Club (New York, New York), Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Palm Beach Collector, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and Helen Rosberg (Wrigley Heir).  He is also available for commissions: 27 x 4 foot mural, West Palm Beach Fire Department, Station 1,  Designed website for author Helen Rosburg,, Illustrated “This Is The Book of Arabesque” for author Helen Rosburg, Cover art for Gary Davis film “The Nubian Vampire” and Poster and brochure for Gary Davis film “She is a spy too?”



Sneak Peak of Emmanuel's upcoming Show at

Sneak Peak of Emmanuel’s upcoming Show at Autumns Sky Gallery in May


Emmanuel is currently showing his artwork at OSGS (Ortiz Smykla|Gallery-Studio at 500 Northwood Road in West Palm Beach, FL).   For more information please contact: Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla  at OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio  p: 561-833-2223  e:





To contact Emmanuel please visit:  or  or email him at:


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Come to the “Mini Show”, You’ll Be Amazed!

The Rickie Report initially sent out a Call to Artists for the “Mini Show” and heard from Gallery owner, Marilee Lee, that many of you responded!  We hope you will stop by and see how a small piece of art can make a big impression! The Artist Framing Gallery in Jensen Beach has matted and framed each entry, making them unique and well-valued.  Details about the reception and show are in this article.




9th Annual Magnificent Mini Show! 

Show date: November 1st  –  30th


Reception:  Saturday, November 9th   1-4  pm




What is a “mini”?

  •  A Mini is a piece of art created in any medium on paper, canvas etc.
  • It  is small enough to fit in a 4 x 9 envelope
  • Measure the Height and width- add the 2 numbers- it should add up to 8  inches or less.
  • SMALLER  IS BETTER  can be as small as 1 x 1


Mini Show invitation
The 9th annual Magnificent Mini Show will run from November  4th – 30th.  A public reception will beheld on on Saturday Nov 9th from 1 – 4pm.   This year there are a record 55 artists participating and 150 tiny masterpieces all framed up ready to show!
"Eagle Yoga Pose"

“Eagle Yoga Pose” From Mini Show, 2010

Artists from all over have brought in or sent in the mail their unframed art to the Artist FRAMING Gallery, where each piece has been framed using double or triple mats, notched corners, raised mat, spliced mat, museum glass, or what ever it takes, without regard to cost.
Mini Show, 2012

Mini Show, 2012

Marilee tells us, “In some cases the finished art is priced less than what the framing would have normally cost.   We have artist from all levels of learning represented— artists who have never been in a show before and  high-end, well-known artists who have shown in Museum shows and Galleries.    The Artist FRAMING Gallery has a chance to show off creative framing styles and the Art lovers get an adorable art piece at a  very good price!   If the art is not sold, the Artist gets to take home their framed work.”



Marilee is excited to share, “This year we will be giving out ribbons.  The Jensen Beach Art League will be judging the art.  The JBAL is a group of artist that show and sell thier work the 3rd Sunday every month Nov-April at the Indian River Park in Jensen Beach.  This is going to be the best ever Mini Show of all!”
"Mermaid and Son"

“Mermaid and Son”

The show is in a Gallery in a very unusual home in Jensen Beach.  To find out more about it go to  or call   772-225-2500  or visit: .

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