Original Fine Art, Decorative & Functional Art, Clothing, Purses, And More At PGA Verano Festival Of Arts Saturday February 8. Free Admission To This Indoor Show

Club Talavera at PGA Verano announces its annual Festival of Arts on Saturday, February 8. This indoor show has free admission and free parking.  Shopping for yourself or your Valentine has never been easier!  Meet the nationally acclaimed and local artists selling decorative and functional art, fused glass, one of a kind art T-shirts, upcycled art, hand made contemporary jewelry, one of a kind purses, unique home gifts, pine needle baskets, wood creations, and more!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Musical accompaniment and partial proceeds benefit the Ft. Pierce Jazz Society Scholarship Fund. Visitors are encouraged to check out the model homes and amenities that PGA/Verano offers.











11 am – 3 pm

Free Admission      Free Parking



10291 SW Visconti Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
















Maria Azcuna                        Original Oil And Acrylic Paintings

Sandi Beller                            Contemporary Jewelry

Pat Benedetto                        Author,  “The Shadow of His Smile”

Susan Bilheimer                    Original Art T-Shirts, Wearable Art

Pamela Carman                     One of A Kind Polymer Clay Pieces

Gerrie Catalano                     Artistic Gourds

Michelle Connell                   Home Decorative  & Functional Pieces

Nina D’Agostino                    Decorative Household Items

Margo Diesso                          Handmade Fabric Wallets/ Clutches

Suzanne Edwards                  One Of A Kind Decorative Crafts

Susan Estrella                         Unique Home Gifts and Jewelry

Paige Falank                            Coffee Chocolate

Tammy Frand                          Original Tile art 

Aimee Beth Grace                  Photography & Canvas Prints & Notecards

Jillane Hevernon                    Original Artwork

Mary Hine                                 Pine Needle Baskets

Susan Hutchinson                 Fairy Hair 

Irene Jalowayski                    Fused Glass, One of A Kind Glass Jewelry

Maureen Joyce                       Watercolor Paintings & Cards

Lisa Kelley                                Original Artwork 

Susan Klahne & DebbieDunbar        Go with the Flow, Fluid Art Originals

Sophie Ledeme & Corina Pelloni      Original Artwork & Pottery

Rickie Leiter                            One of a Kind Necklaces & Earrings

Judy Miller                               Hand made Cross Body, Travel, Jewelry, Make Up Bags

Theresa Nelson                       Handmade Wood Cutting Boards

Sarita & Marissa Neun         Polymer Clay Decor, Jewelry

Ann Nyhuis                               Preserves, Jams, Jellies

Misty Pandolfo                        LuLaRoe Clothing

Barbara Powell                        Handcrafted Pottery

Dom Sciancalepore                Hand made Pens & Bottle Stoppers

Roberta Segal                           Handmade Jewelry

Dave Vernon                            Wood creations and Decor

Elaine Weber                           One of A Kind Statement Purses

Barbara Wells                          Unique Handmade jewelry

Shelley Witucki                       Eclectic art


For more information about this event:







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Give The Gift Of Art From Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery And School of Art! Register Now For New Classes And Workshops

What a great gift idea! Give the gift of creativity with a gift certificate to a Select Friday, workshop or class session at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art. Something that is unique, fun and will be so appreciated. Everyone knows someone that would love to discover, or perhaps rediscover, the joy of making art.  The ArtCenter has something for everyone; every experience level from beginning to professional, youth and adults classes, one-night Select Fridays, one- to three-day workshops or full eight-week sessions or Summer ArtCamp to choose from. Learn to paint and draw, dabble in ceramics, jewelry and glass or create mixed media masterpieces! There is also Open Studio time that students can use to extend time in the studio to work on their projects.  The Select Fridays are perfect for everyone who would like to create a piece of art, no experience necessary! The wide variety of mediums offers something for everyone.  The Rickie Report shares a quick overview of Select Fridays coming up in January and running through April, 2020.









Select Fridays 



17- Brighter is Better – Candy Land – Nicole Newsted; Studio A, 6 – 9 pm $60 

17- Glass Fusion- Carolyn Austin – Master Studio, 6 – 8 pm $60 

17- Raku Fire Friday- Barbara Powell – Ceramics Studio, 6 – 9 pm $50 (bring your own small bisque fired piece or purchase one for $5 – $10)

17- Oil Painting with Palette Knife- Tina Kraft – Studio B, 6 – 9 pm $50

24- Acrylic Pouring- Jim Rigg – Studio TBD, 6 – 8 pm $50


7- Wine & Paint- Randall Scott – Studio A, 6 – 9 pm $40

7- Glass Fusion- Carolyn Austin – Master Studio, 6 – 8 pm $60

7- Toast to Ghost- Chad Steve – Ceramics Studio, 6 – 8 pm $50

7- Couples Ring Making- Maria Tritico – Studio 385, 6 – 9 pm $50

21- Brighter is Better – Candy Land- Nicole Newsted – Studio A, 6 – 9 pm $60

21- Alcohol Inks- Jim Rigg – Studio B, 6 – 8 pm $50

28- Shibori- Jenni Licata – Studio B, 6 – 9 pm $50


6- Raku Fire Friday- Barbara Powell – Ceramics Studio, 6 – 9 pm $50

6- Make Your Own Casserole Dish- Chad Steve – Ceramics Studio, 6 – 8 pm $50

6- Shibori- Jenni Licata – Studio A, 6 – 9 pm $50

20- Glass Fusion- Carolyn Austin – Master Studio, 6 – 8 pm

20- Stacking Rings- Lisa Johnson – Studio 385, 6 – 8 pm $50


17- Wine & Paint- Randall Scott – Studio A, 6 – 9 pm $40

17-Cuff Bracelets- Lisa Johnson – Studio 385, 6 – 8 pm $50

17- Wine & Wheel- Chad Steve – Ceramics Studio, 6 – 8 pm $50

17- Raku Fire Fridays- Barbara Powell – Ceramics Studio, 6 – 9 pm $50

24- Glass Fusion- Carolyn Austin – Master Studio 6 – 8 pm $60






If you are interested in more in-depth study, try our one- to three-day workshops taught by local and visiting artists from around the country and Italy, who are top in their chosen media. This is a unique opportunity to study with professional artists in Tequesta just for the workshops.

Go to LighthouseArts.org or call the School of Art (561-748-8737) for all of the details or to sign up.


Here’s an overview of the upcoming workshops (Title, Instructor, Location, Time. Price discount for ArtCenter members):


18- Anything Goes- Vince Lardieri – Studio A, 12 – 4 pm 

18 & 19- Digital & Analog Photo Collage 2-Day- Claudio Napolitano – Studio D, 9:30 am – 3 pm

24 & 25- The Right Start 2-Day- Laurie Snow Hein – Studio A, 9 am – 4 pm

24 & 25 & 26- Painting on Silk 3-Day- Jamie Kirkell – Studio B, 9 am – 4 pm

25- Masking and Under-glazing- Nate Ditzler – Ceramics Studio, 9 am – 4 pm

25- Graphic Inlay for Jewelry- Laura Konecne – Studio 385, 9 am – 4 pm

25- Glass Fusion- Carolyn Austin – Master Studio, 10 am -1 pm


1 & 2- Abstract Painting 2-Day- David Kessler – Studio A, 9 am – 4 pm

1 & 2- Palette Knife and Bold Brush Impressionistic Oil Painting – Michelle Byrne – Studio B, 9 am – 4 pm

1 &2- Extreme Cold Connections Tap and Die Hard Jewelry – Wayne Warner – Studio 385, 10 am – 4 pm

5 & 6 & 7- Capturing the Soul of the Sitter- Serge Strosberg – Studio A, 10 am – 4 pm

8 & 9- Painting Cityscapes 2-Day- David – Studio A, 9:30am – 3:30 pm

15- Glass Fusion- Austin – Master Studio, 10 am – 1 pm

15 & 16- Pins and Brooches 2-Day- Toelke – Studio 385, 10 am – 4 pm

21- Oil and Cold Wax Mediums 2-Day- McCallum – Studio A, 9 am – 4 pm

22 & 23- Cone 6 Soda Firing 2-Day- Schiemann – Ceramics Studio, 9 am – 4 pm

22- Glass Mask-Making- Rousso – Master Studio, 10 am – 1 pm

28 & 29- The Artist’s Eye 2-Day- Snow Hein – Studio A, 9 am-4pm


3 & 4 & 5- Capturing Character Painting People and Pets 3-Day- Saunders- Studio A, 9a-4pm

7- Plein Air Festival Kids’ Paint Out- Nancy Martinez – Pavilion at Constitution Park, 10a- 12pm

7- Plein Air Festival Teen Master Class- Ralph Papa – Studio A, 10a-4pm

14- Glass Fusion- Austin – Master Studio, 10a-1pm

16- Painting Nocturnes Plein Air- Carl Bretzke – Offsite TBD, 6:30-10:00pm

17 & 18- Don’t Skip the Basics- Lon Brauer – Studio A, 9a-4pm

21- Jewelry/Stone Inlay- Lucio Chiurulla – Studio 385, 9a-4pm

21- Sea & Sand Fused Glass- Chelsea Rousso – Master Studio, 10a-1pm

21 & 22- Painting the Landscape 2-Day- Eli Cedrone – Studio A, 9a-4pm

23-27- Stone Carving Week 1- Lucio Chuirulla – Outside School, 9a-4pm

30-3- Stone Carving Week 2- Lucio Chuirulla – Outside School, 9a-4pm


4 & 5- Painting Plein Air – Chris Kling – Offsite TBD, 9a-4pm

21 & 22- Pastel & Oil Painting- Aline Ordman – Studio A, 9a-4pm


Class Sessions

There is a full selection of classes offered in two sessions: Winter Session from January 6 – February 29 and Spring Session from March 2 – April 25. Adult classes are also offered in the summer along with our incredible Summer Art Enrichment ArtCamp for kids ages 6 – 12.  


The classes are taught in Tequesta at the School of Art (395 Seabrook Road), in the Master Studio at the ArtCenter Gallery (373 Tequesta Drive in Gallery Square North) and Jewelry and Textile classes taught at the new Studio 385 (385 Tequesta Drive in Gallery Square North). Go to LighthouseArts.org or call the School of Art (561-748-8737) for all of the details or to sign up.



About Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants, the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500+ summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and Gift Shop, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida  33469 (561) 746-3201. Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store, 395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, Florida 33469 (561)748-8737.  Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Studio 385 Jewelry and Textile Studio, 385 Tequesta Drive. Open for classes and workshops at various times.





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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Celebrate “Dads And Grads” At Artisans On The Ave On Friday, June 15 With Free Opening Reception

Artisans On The Ave Gallery is celebrating Dads and Grads with over 40 talented artists’ creations.  Stop by on Friday, June 15th for the Free, Opening Reception and meet the artists!  The artists will take you, Dad, grads, and everyone on a visual vacation as you enjoy the works of their art in their three wonderful showrooms. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460




Opening Reception:

Friday, June 15, 2018

6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is a free event, refreshments will be served

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 6pm


Robert ben Kline – Clay Sculpture – Look for the irony and humor in his work

Howard Fleischer – Handcrafted wood

Leonard G. – Wood turner 

Bernard F. – Bronze

A “father” is more than the biological paternal source of our being. He is a person who cares and provides for us. He is a person who helps to set the standards, the family values and the example. So, add to this group, step fathers and other men who willingly and eagerly accept and cherish the role.  Whether biological, adopted or informally, if they are the father figure to you, give him some recognition today and don’t hesitate to call him “Dad”.





A day to honor Dad? A time to spend with Dad?  Check out our selection of exquisite art handcrafted ART by local artists. Visit this opening night for an evening of fun, bring your Dad!! Meet the artists!!!



Buy a graduation gift that really says “conGRADulations”!  A handcrafted piece art can be functional as well as decorative!  Artisans On The Ave has so many to choose from!


For more information about this event or becoming part of the Artisans On The Ave community please contact:

Artisans On The Ave
Betty Wilson 

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460







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Backyard For The Arts Announces Grand Opening For Private Working Art Studio, Gallery, Creative Space On March 31

Backyard for the Arts, a private working art studio, gallery, and creative space announces its Free, Grand Opening on Saturday, March 31st with live music, art, vendors and more!  Edrian Thomidis and Monika Stefaniak are excited to share their space with everyone who wants to be creative.  The Rickie Report shares the details of upcoming classes and workshops (next one begins March 30), including ceramics, raku, wheel throwing, networking, open studio time, jewelry making, acrylic painting, and yoga! Hear about upcoming classes with Barbara A. Powell, Mary ChristouEdrian Thomidis, and Craig McInnis.  Don’t miss Free Yoga on the Deck! Enjoy the wonderful venue.




Backyard for The Arts


Saturday, March 31st

 5 – 8 PM

Live Music !

Prizes !

Local Vendors !

Art !

Meet the Instructors !

11547 56th PL North     West Palm Beach, FL 33411




Backyard for The Arts
11547 56th PL North     West Palm Beach, FL 33411




What’s It All About?





We offer party craft classes and artist workshops for small groups. Our classes are painting, jewelry, glass, ceramic and more. If you would like to get access to these exclusive and unique offerings in the local West Palm Beach area, select the event you are interested in, and book your space directly on our website.  Sign up to our mailing list to receive updates on future classes and workshops.



Our gallery openings feature upcoming and established local artists. Each opening is by invitation only. To be included in our special parties please sign up for our newsletter.


Give your event an artful twist and top it off with the outdoor rustic charm of our beautiful deck and gardens for a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your guests. Backyard for the Arts serves as a tranquil oasis just outside of West Palm Beach, and it provides an unforgettable setting for many beautiful gatherings.

Backyard  or the Arts is the perfect spot to host a beautiful, fairytale intimate wedding. We also provide the ideal space for business luncheons, corporate retreats, and high energy cocktail parties.  Our meeting and event spaces can accommodate groups of 12 to 50 guests and offer the perfect setting for those special occasions that deserve a uniquely beautiful location, for such events as:

  • Weddings
  • Corporate events and retreats
  • Family reunions – or other festive celebrations!




Our deck space and studio are also available for private group classes and parties. looking for a unique birthday party option? Send us a message and we can begin the planning process.

We meet for yoga on Sunday mornings on our large outdoor deck. If you would like to participate in this free but limited seating yoga meet up, please find the event and book your space directly on our website.

We are in the process of growing our following. Please share our page with your friends and like us on Facebook  


Make Your Own Ceramic Flower Beginner Ceramic Class

2 Day Workshop:

 March 30 & March 31





Give your wall decor a make-over with your very own hand made ceramic flowers. Arrange the flowers in a loose manner and add great texture to any wall. Use a large flower as a central piece and then cluster smaller blooms of various sizes around it.  You do not need any artistic experience. Our instructor will walk you through every step of the creation process.

***This is a two day workshop. Your ticket will say only one day, but you will automatically be added to the roster for the second day.

DAY 1 – (March 30th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)  Use pin rollers and clay and other tools to make 3 flowers of various sizes from 4″ to 12″ in diameter. (1.5 hrs)

DAY 2 – (March 31st 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) After flowers are Bisque underglazes are applied and a final transparent shiny glaze is added. Flowers are ready for pick up a week later after they have been fired a second time. (Workshop duration time 1.5 hr)

 $60. includes all materials and instruction for one large flower and two smaller ones, 2 kiln firings

Make Your Own Wire Jewelry Bracelet Class

Join this Wire Jewelry Class for Beginners and enjoy a relaxing pastime while mastering a skill that will give you the ability to create unique, wearable art.

Learn some of the fundamental skills of wire working as you create your one of a kind dangle bracelet! You will learn to use simple wire loops and make your own headpins and spiraled hook. Choose from a wide selection of metal charms, and many colors of glass and semi-precious stone beads.  You do not need any artistic experience. Our instructor will walk you through every step of the creation process.

$40    Price does not includes all materials. A $5.00 material fee is due to instructor on the day of the class.


Acrylic Painting Class with Craig McInnis


Explore this diverse and challenging medium with an artist who has dedicated many hours to learning its ins and outs. Join this exciting acrylic painting class with Craig McInnis. Craig is a freelance artist/designer whose portfolio reflects a diverse set of knowledge displayed on many local murals and commissioned works. The class will include in depth instruction surrounding blending techniques, color theory, light and shadow, and paint/tool management, just to name a few.

Craig is a professional freelance artist with a career that balances fine and commercial art. He is multifaceted from years of taking on challenging and diverse projects of all sizes. With an emphasis on mixed media overall, but a preference for Acrylics, Craig is currently creating new work and teaching in South Florida.

2 hour class. $40 per class/session. Does not include materials.


Gift Cards




For more information:

Email: backyardforthearts@gmail.com

Phone: (561) 342-1012

Address: 11547 56th PL N, West Palm Beach FL 33411

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/backyardforthearts/







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Artisans On The Ave Invitational And Juried Exhibition “The Art of Expression”, Explores Freedom Of Expression Through 2D and 3D Art

Artisans On The Ave Gallery invites the public to a Free Invitational and Juried Exhibition, “ART of EXPRESSION” on Friday, July 21st.  The creative works of 2D and 3D art displayed focus on the “freedom of expression.”  The Rickie Report was hard pressed to choose the images to share – there are so many!  You will be touched, want to chuckle, and be amazed at the diverse artworks on display.   Here are the details and a few sneak peeks.





630 Lake Avenue    Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-582-3300       561-762-8162


Artisans  On  The  Ave



Invitational and Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception:

Friday, July 21, 2017

6:00 – 9: 00 PM

This is a free event, refreshments will be served


Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday 9 am – 7 pm



Featured Guest Artists:

A’rturo Avila-Garcia ◊ Alvaro Rojas ◊ Andrew Robins ◊ Andy Rogers ◊ Arthur Kravets Barbara Powell ◊ Barbara Tuck ◊ Bernard Franz ◊ Carl Schneider ◊ Dana Lois Axel ◊David Willson ◊ Debra Fritts ◊ Dorothy Garfinkel ◊Elaine Budnick ◊ Joanne Urban Karen Provence ◊Lisa Lewis ◊Louise Noakes ◊Noreen Rubin ◊Penny Czarnecki ◊Sharon R Dash ◊Susie Easley ◊ Ying Zhou





Featuring WONDERFUL local residing artists!





An invitational and juried exhibit displaying works of ART that illustrate
“freedom of expression.”








Ex*pres*sion : noun : the act of making your thoughts, feelings, etc., known by speech, writing, or some other method : the act of expressing something : a word or a phrase : the way someone’s face looks that shows emotions and feelings.


When you give a handmade piece of art to friends and loved ones created by local artists, you are also giving a gift to the artist. Infuse your community by supporting local artists!



Artisans on the Ave boasts 3 showrooms within our gallery with an amazing selection of exquisite art created by our more then 40 featured artists.
Visit this opening night for an evening of fun.




Meet the artists!!! Celebrate our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!







For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call: 561.762.8162

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460







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Free Admission And Parking For Wellington Art Fest On The Green Offering Fine Art, Fine Crafts And Activities

The 11th Annual Art Fest on the Green Fine Art and Fine Craft Show produced by the Wellington Art Society brings new artists, both nationally acclaimed and local. Everyone is invited to stop by on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th. The show’s profits  go to the Wellington Art Society’s Scholarship Fund and other Community Programs. Art Fest on the Green features artists, live music, demonstrations, Children’s Art Activity Tent, food trucks and activities for all ages in a beautiful setting on the green of the Amphitheater. The Rickie Report shares the details.











11th Annual Art Fest on the Green in Wellington


Saturday, January 28  9am-5pm

Sunday,  January 29 10am – 4pm

Wellington Amphitheater

12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL







This juried fine art and fine craft show will feature artists from around the country showing their original artwork across many mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, leather, glass, mixed media, and photography. Many artists will be working on site. The juried fine artists participating in the festival were chosen for their creativity, mastery of the technique, and degree of excellence. Also, this year several artists will be presenting their latest art works exclusively at the Show, offering originals and limited editions for sale.



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Painting by Len Jagoda


Len Jagoda, elected member of the American Artists Professional League and Juried member of the American Academy of Equine Artists, will unveil his recently completed commissioned painting of “American Pharaoh “’ www.backstretchstudio.com




WASArt Fest Powell- OZ

Raku Vessel by Barbara Powell





WASArt Fest La Fogg2

Painting by Deborah LaFogg



Deborah La Fogg, award winning nature/animal artist recently won Best in Show at the National Park Art Exhibition and awards at the 16th annual Pastel 100 Competition. The artist will present her most recent work ” Three Amigos”. www.lafogg.com


WASArt Fest Cahue Cherry amber necklace

Cherry Amber Pendant by Cahue


Illustrator, educator, and award winning artist and top Art Show favorite, Laurie Snow Hein will feature her most recent oil paintings of the Southern Landscape-alive with sparkling light and vibrant color. Laurie’s work is published and licensed worldwide. www.lauriesnowhein.com



WASArt Fest Sorge- Loopy sculpture

Loopy Sculpture by Sorge



Children will have a great time creating their own work of art to take home at the Children’s Art Activity Tent. Live acoustic music featuring everyone’s favorite tunes will be performed by Bobby G. and his musician friends during the Show. Food trucks will be on site offering a variety of delicious food.


WASArt Fest Doyal Many waters

“Many Waters” 3D artwork by Lynn Doyle




For more information about WAS please visit: www.wellingtonartsociety.org



The Wellington Art Society, a 501 c3 charitable organization, has over 100 members- artists and art enthusiasts. WAS provides a platform for artists of all mediums to share their work, learn more about their craft, and serve the community through their art. Proceeds from Art Fest help fund the Wellington Art Society’s scholarship awards program and other art outreach programs.





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Clay Artist, Barbara Powell, Is Featured Speaker At Wellington Art Society

The Wellington Art Society will feature accomplished clay artist, Barbara Powell on March 9th at Bootz Cultural Arts Center. The meet and greet begins at 6:30, followed by a fun and informative member spotlight, a brief meeting and Barbara’s demonstration, including wheel throwing. Barbara’s decorative and functional pieces are lighter weight than you expect!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos of Barbara’s artistry.  We urge art lovers and artists to attend!












Wednesday, March 9, 2016

6:30 pm

Bootz Cultural Arts Center

420 State Road 7 Suite 120     Royal Palm Beach,FL 





 Barbara Powell




Barbara Powell has an impressive educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Smith College and a Masters Degree of Arts in Policy from the University of Rhode Island. She spent many years in a demanding professional career but balanced this with her creative side, working in clay. She developed her skills , specifically in wheel throwing through classes at Broward and Palm Beach Community Colleges and the Armory Art Center. She is currently a member of the Wellington Art Society, the Ceramic League of Palm Beaches and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.



WASBarbaraPowell Raku #2

Raku Vessel by Barbara Powell






Once Barbara retired, she and her husband Jerry, began creating a wide range of ceramic art using alternative firing processes. Her vessels have a strong physical presence and distinctive profiles that are truly elegant. While in the unglazed phase, her work may appear constrained but through the process of metallic glazes, colors and the final firing process call “Raku’, the vessels are transformed, adding layered dimensions of light and movement, creating a beautiful finished piece.




WASBarbaraPowell Saggar #1a

Saggar Plate by Barbara Powell




Barbara tells The Rickie Report,“I work to first produce subliminal, physical features that evoke a desire to hold the piece, simply because it feels good. Creating an appealing work of art that functions through both the physical and visual realm is the highest achievement I can strive for”.



WASBarbaraPowell Raku #6

Raku Bowl by Barbara Powell



The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization celebrating its 35th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information visit our website





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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Glass, Art, Entertainment, Fine Crafts All Await At Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts On Saturday, January 23rd!

Where will you be on Saturday, January 23, 2016? Don’t miss a mega-event in conjunction with ArtSynergy 2016 at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts! Visitors will enjoy wine/beer/soda, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Watch glass blowing and browse professional and emerging artists & galleries in one location! World renown glass artist, Laura Donefer will demo!  Kudos to McMow Art Glass, Habatat Galleries and Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts for bringing the arts community together for this event!  Individual artists, galleries and arts organizations will have items for sale the entire time.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of Laura Donefer’s amazing glass work and all of the details!



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You Are Invited!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2 -9 pm





Meet the Artists:

Taylor Materio ◊ Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art  ◊  Sami Makela Fine Art  ◊ Bruce Webber Gallery  ◊  Artisans On The Ave  ◊  Abby Funk  ◊  Mitchel Gold  ◊  Barbara Powell  ◊  Armory Art Center Annex ◊  Maria Paz ◊  Cindy Snowhite  ◊  Madeline Hinken  ◊  Gail Erickson  ◊  Christine Ellinghaisen  ◊  Bonnie Bruner  ◊  Lisa Lewis  ◊  Adriana Ficarelli  ◊  Michael Raimen ◊  Miriam Mikhail ◊  



Laura Donefer Glass-blowing Demo

4 – 6pm



ArtSynergy2016 Awards Ceremony

8 pm



1105 2nd Avenue South

Lake Worth, Florida 33460

561.508.7315 | aholmes@benzaitencenter.org




Award Recipients:


* Lee Ann Lester-Cultural ArtPalmBeach
* Doreen Grasso-Board Development
* Rickie Leiter-Media Partner
* Continuum/ ATB- Art Synergy Partner
* Benzaiten- Art Synergy Partner
* Debby Coles-Dobay- Juror
* Richard Beau-Lieu- Juror
* Jane Harris- Juror
* Center for Creative Education- Exhibition Partnership
* Nickie Hennevelt- Volunteer Development and Coordination


BenzaitenLaura Donefer Creating

Laura Donefer Creating



The hot new place to be this season is located in an Historic FEC Train Depot building in the heart of the City of Lake Worth, Florida. The 14,000 square foot Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is attracting hundreds of interested people to its brand new hot shop. With three glory holes and two furnaces they have been scheduling back-to-back classes ever since they reopened in October.




Laura Donefer’s “Phoenix”



Throughout the summer, Founder, JB Berkow along with Anita Holmes, Executive Director and Rick Eggert, Creative Director have worked hard to design an impressive line up of programming for the upcoming season.  They have four outstanding, world renowned Visiting Glass Artists coming to the center in 2016. These events will be three-day affairs. Thursday nights will be a private sit-down-dinner party where the artist will talk about their processes and inspirations. Friday nights will be a gallery opening centering around the visiting artist’s works and featuring two dimensional works by local artists.




“Grande Basket” by Laura Donefer



Finally, Saturday will be an afternoon demonstration by the visiting artist. Never before has there been this type of opportunity for Palm Beach County residents to meet and greet four of the top glass artists in the world and have the rare chance to learn about their processes, inspirations and actually see them creating. Visit the Center’s website to view the details and to register and pay for the Thursday and Friday night events.





The first of these events will coincide with the Lake Worth Art Synergy Event, which the Benzaiten Center is hosting for the second year in a row. Last year they had 32 local artists and organizations taking part in a mini-art-fair within the empty 5,000 square foot space of the building that will eventually house their fine art metal foundry. This year the highlight and kick-off to the event will be world-renowned glass artist, Laura Donefer, conducting a glass-blowing demo from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, January 23. After that, will be an Art Synergy Awards Ceremony. Festivities will continue until 8pm with live music, light nibbles, wine and beer and is open to the public free of charge.


benzaitenLaura Donefer

Glass artist, Laura Donefer



They also have a stimulating series of lectures every first Tuesday of the month from 6pm – 8pm. Every second Wednesday of the month they hold a Hump of the Hump Happy Hour from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the evening featuring a glass blowing demo, wine, beer, and live entertainment. There are several fundraisers planned for the 2016 season including their signature event, ‘Glasstronomique,’ a ‘Casablanca Casino Night,’ and a cocktail party in the home of a major glass collector. They will also hold a community ‘Summer Solstice’ party in June. Again, check  website for dates, times and registration details.




For more information about

Art Synergy 2016 please visit:



Art Synergy PBC
Email: artsynergypbc@gmail.com
Web: www.artsynergypbc.com

For more information about McMow Art Glass:


For more information about Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts:



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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Unconventional Ceramic Art By Abbey Funk And Barbara Powell Featured At Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Abbey Funk and Barbara Powell play with “Smoke and Fire” on a regular basis. They create works reminiscent of ancient earth, and perhaps extra-planetary civilizations. Enjoy the raku, saggar and wood fired ceramic art that amazes and delights.   Abbey and Barbara will show their newest works from Friday, January 8 – January 20th.  The Opening Reception takes place January 8th 6-10 PM. at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth, FL.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and hear them discuss their work and techniques. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details of this Free event, Open to the Public!



Abbey Funk & Barbara Powell





Friday, January 8th

6 – 10 pm

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

15 South J Street    Lake Worth, FL 33460


Free Event, Open to the public



Sunday thru Tuesday, 10AM-5PM.

Wednesday thru Saturday, 10AM-10PM.

Gallery openings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between.









Abbey Funk and Barbara Powell have come together for Smoke & Fire, an unconventional ceramic art exhibition opening on January 8th at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery.




“Inspired By Soldner” by Abbey Funk



To create this collection of ceramic art, Abbey and Barbara merged into a dynamic duo, bringing distinctly different skill sets to the table.



Raku Fired Vessel by Barbara Powell



Working together from start to finish, Abbey and Barbara created a comprehensive and explosive collection of 3 dimensional fine art. Abbey  has turned the use of the potter’s wheel into the art of making extraordinary wheel sculptures that defy height and balance. Emerging from them are unworldly critters that can withstand the shock of the Raku flame.



“Untitled #3” by Abbey Funk



Every sculpture and vessel in the exhibition was finished with an atmospheric or alternative firing process. In this way, smoke and fire are truly the inspiration for this show.




Sagger Fired Vessel by Barbara Powell




Raise a glass to our clay-making ancestors who invented these techniques ages ago, and join the artists of Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery for the Opening Reception on January 8th, 2016.



“Study In Atmospheric Firing” by Abbey Funk





Raku, saggar, and wood fired pottery will be featured from January 8th – 20th at 15 South J Street.



Raku Firing


Along with her latest creations, Barbara will be bringing many of the tools used to make them. Her works are beautifully decorative and affordable. Her knowledge of Raku and Saggar firing is extensive. This is your opportunity to acquire an appreciation for these ancient firing techniques, and to sign up for workshops to “Do It Yourself.”



Wood Firing


Abbey Funk tells The Rickie Report, “I am a Conceptual artist. I create with purpose and for a reason. Through my chosen mediums of Clay and Metal, I express emotions and ideas. I create tangible stories that are always ready to be shared, infinitely patient in their completion. I create environments. I show Truth. I intend for the viewer to Question. As an artist, I seek constant growth and expansion. I push myself. I love the unknown. Experimentation is my answer for everything. There is beauty in creative failure and ‘mistakes’. Success is never giving up”.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”- Rumi


Abbey Funk was born in Wellesley, MA in 1979. She completed a BFA in Studio Art at Florida Atlantic University in 2005, and moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduation. She worked in Manhattan as a Graphic Artist until 2010, and then returned to South Florida to focus on creating Fine Art. Working predominantly in clay, she also creates sculptures made of metal, gemstones, and found objects.


She became Adjunct Faculty at Palm Beach State College in 2011 and quickly turned into a sought-after pottery teacher in local ceramics studios. In 2012, she opened A. Funk Studio in Delray Beach, FL as a founding member of the art colony Artists Alley. Funk began working in metal in 2014. Her artwork is well-known throughout South Florida, and she has shown in venues in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood, FL.



Both artists create at the Flamingo Clay Studio. The Studio is located at 216 South F Street with studio opportunities and workspace for 3-D Artists. For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or visit:

flamingo clay studio


The best way to contact Abbey or Barbara is through email:

Abbey’s website: AbbeyFunk.com

Abbey’s Facebook link: www.facebook.com/afunkstudio

Abbey’s email: afunkstudio@gmail.com

Barbara’s email: powe8698@bellsouth.net



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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420