“Gema The Curious Butterfly” Brings Gabriela Esquivel’s Artwork And Heartfelt Message To Children. Book Signings And Activities On August 10 And October 2

Gabriela Esquivel‘s artwork and story, “Gema The Curious Butterfly” shares universal messages of friendship, freedom, and love.  The colors will make you smile!  Meet Gabriela at a book signing event on Saturday, August 10 at Tommy Bahama on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.  Kids can color a Gema masquerade mask to take home.  On October 2, stop by the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale for a special program.  Gabriela is available for a children’s show, workshops, and will perform at learning centers, museums, elementary schools, private children’s parties, book fairs, and art fairs.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





⭐ Top100 Children’s Book on Amazon! ⭐










Saturday, August  10

11 am

Tommy Bahama

1002 E Las Olas  Blvd   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301








Wednesday, October 2

Time to be announced: Please contact Gabriela

Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale

401 SW 2nd St.   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312  



Free Painting Activity with Gem’s Masquerade Mask 


Gabriela tells The Rickie Report, “Colorful forms, lines, women’s figures and textures are combined to create art pieces that express a constant search for freedom. The paintings, video animations and music transport the viewer/listener to spaces where the skies and times are endless. The artist invites him/her to “become one with nature, the Universe and the Light”.

She continues, ” I question the systems and traditional myths and am interested in finding the Divine without necessarily practicing the rituals stated by any specific doctrine. I defy the traditional roles of women in society, writing my own story — a new story — whereby the women in my paintings travel alone and unwrapped from traditional roles…”




Gabriela Esquivel

Gabriela is available for kid’s shows and workshops and can be hire to be performed at learning centers, museums, elementary schools, private kid’s parties, book fairs, etc. 




Gabriela Esquivel is a Costa Rican artist and author currently living in South Florida.  She has lived in Germany, Switzerland, United States and Puerto Rico. Her work has been featured in the 2015th Florence Biennale Catalogue (Italy), Go Riverwalk Magazine in Fort Lauderdale, Around Town News in Fort Lauderdale, Midtown Miami Magazine in South Florida, and in main journals in Puerto Rico.  Gabriela has participated in Art Fort Lauderdale Fair, exhibiting with ArtBox Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland)  and Contemporary Art Projects (Fort Lauderdale) during Art Basel Miami. She has also worked together with Business for the Arts of Broward and participated in their Art & Soul Annual exhibition at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Fort Lauderdale). Gabriela had a SOLO show “Soul and Mysticism” at Artserve (2018). She presented her SOLO show “Gardens of Freedom” at 33rd St. Wine Bar where she combined art+music, exhibiting paintings and performing songs of her authorship.




Gabriela Esquivel at the 2015 Florence, Italy Biennale


Gabriela is part of the “Open Canvas Project”, a murals project organized by ArtServe; she is also part of “Genii Loci”, a road-tattoo/street mural on Rosemary Avenue (W. Palm Beach). She was part of “La Campechada” event, organized by the Puerto Rican Art Museum; and “Casa de los Contrafuertes” Art Project in Puerto Rico. Interested in bringing together art and philanthropy,  she was one of the artists of the “Redesign Bash” organized by Salvation Army of Broward County (Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale).





She is a committee member of Salvation Army of Broward and of the Neighbors Volunteer Office from the City of Fort Lauderdale. She is the founder of “Butterflies for Puerto Rico”, an artistic-musical-social project that has partnered with international musicians and organizations to help Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Gabriela earned her BFA in Sculpture from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and her BA in Humanistic Studies with emphasis in Music from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. When she is not painting, Gabriela studies the piano and composes her own music. Gabriela’s award winning artwork is in several permanent private and corporate collections through the United States and the Caribbean.  



For more information or to contact Gabriela:

Facebook @gabrielaesquivele

Instagram @gabrielaesquivele


To reserve dates for the Gema’s Kids show and Workshop

  Call  (786) 582 9042



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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Armory Art Center Announces Special Spring Break Camp, “Spring Fling: Free To Be Me!”

The Armory Art Center will offer a special Spring Break art camp, ” Spring Fling: Free To Be Me!” from Monday, March 20th through Friday, March 24th.  The Deadline to Register is March 14th!  Students will explore their heritage and its folklore. They will create their favorite music, alter ego, self-portraits, and more. The classes are guided by experienced Armory instructors and volunteers to assist during class and lunchtime. Background checks are conducted for all faculty. Each day students should bring a packed lunch and two snacks. Dress to make a mess!   The Rickie Report shares the details.





1700 Parker Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776    armoryart.org


Spring Break Art Camp

A creative exploration in the wonders of you


Monday – Friday, March 20 – 24, 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuition: $50 day or $225 for all 5 days

Deadline to register is March 14, 2017

Students will explore their heritage and its folklore. They will create their favorite music, alter ego, self-portraits, and more. The classes are guided by experienced Armory instructors and volunteers to assist during class and lunchtime. Background checks are conducted for all faculty. Each day students should bring a packed lunch and two snacks. Dress to make a mess.


Kindergarten-2nd Grade: 
(Kindergartners must be currently enrolled)
3rd-5th Grade: 






The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

For more information visit:

www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33



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Coral Springs Welcomes Back Premier Arts Festival March 19 & 20

Join the excitement on March 19 – 20, 2016 to celebrate the 12th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts! The Walk, on University Drive in Coral Springs, will be transformed into an outdoor art and craft gallery with original artwork, handmade crafts, and affordable gift items by more than 200 artists from the United States. Enjoy eclectic art and craft displays, live music, literary workshops, children’s activities, a Green Market, and much more. The Event takes place on Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Partial proceeds from the festival will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the city’s other non-profit qualifying artistic endeavors within the community.  The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights 3 Featured Artists:  Robin Focht (Glass), Bill & Staci McLauchlan (Digital Art/Mixed Media) and Don Tran (Silk Embroidery Art).  







12th Annual

 Coral Springs Festival of the Arts 





March 19 – 20, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm







The Walk on University Drive in Coral Springs

Navigational address:

2874 North University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065



Support the Arts, Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Local Community



Free and open to the public




Free Trolley & Parking at the Center for the Arts

29th Street and Coral Springs Drive












Coral Springs’ Signature Celebration of the Arts returns to The Walk on March 19 – 20, 2016. This popular two-day juried event features eclectic exhibits of original fine art, handmade crafts, unique affordable gift items, theatrical performances, literary workshops, a children’s area, a Green Market and a full line-up of live music. Partial proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the city’s other non-profit qualifying artistic endeavors within the community. Admission is free and open to the public.  Festival patrons will have the opportunity to leisurely explore  and engage the artists and crafters to gain a better understanding of their work and techniques. All exhibitors will be on site for the duration of the art show and welcome the opportunity to meet potential investors and art enthusiasts.







Meet the Artists:





Don Tran – Silk Embroidery Art


 HAEDontran1Silk Embroidery by Don Tran



Don Tran is a native of Vietnam and has a MBA degree from Webster University (St. Louis, MO).  Hand-Sewn Silk Embroidery is a traditional within the Tran family that has been passed down for generations. Mr. Tran inherited these precious skills and raised his work to a high level of expertise to meet the taste and expectations of his clients. The artwork is stitched into black linen fabric (Nylon, Satin, Cotton, Silk) so that the vibrant colors of the silk threads stand out.  Mr. Tran starts with simple light chalk lines, then with his imagination, patience and skills creates true works of art. Vietnamese embroidery is a tradition folk art with time honored themes. Each village has common designs that reflect their culture and daily life. Each home and person has particular designs and motifs they use in their work. The skill and technique of the individual is what pushes it to the level of arts. Some of Mr. Tran’s signature pieces are created from masters’ traditional designs that are used in his native village. In addition, he also creates new designs reflecting his personal style. 




HAEDontran2Silk Embroidery by Don Tran 



Bill & Staci McLauchlan – Digital Art/Mixed Media







Artwork by Bill & Staci McLauchlan




Staci was raised in a house surrounded by fabric. Her mother was a home economics teacher who tried everything to get her interested in sewing. Of course, being the independent, freewheeling teenager she was, Staci would have none of it.  It wasn’t until later, Staci realized that in spite of her efforts to ignore the wisdom her Mom tried to impart, some of it actually took. She came to love fabric and the art of fabric composition!   Staci says, “I work exclusively with batiks. The richness and variation of the colors makes it possible to “paint” with fabric in a way that permits the whimsical as well as the formal. Whether its contemporary curve and line compositions, tropical island scenery, or abstract textile designs, I have a vision that fabric art should always be alive and always inspire the viewer to wonder: Is it really fabric?”




 Bill has been doing digital work practically since the personal computer was invented. He started with an Apple II computer in 1980. He has a strong eye for color, design and digital transformation. Together, Staci and Bill create contemporary works of art that have their roots in fabric composition but are digitally metamorphosed into designs that are abstract or grounded.




HAEmclauchlan2Artwork by Bill & Staci McLauchlan






Robin Focht – Glass





This all began while on vacation visiting friends in Ashville, NC. My very artistic friend, Margaret, got me started on Pinterest and Etsy. While perusing these sites I came across some beautiful glass flowers and thought to myself, “I would love to do that.” The next day Margaret and I searched through Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity for glass to make our first flowers. My life has not been the same since!! I can no longer look at a piece of glass without seeing it becoming a flower.





Glass Flowers by Robin Focht



Robin shares,”I know that some of you may look at my name and think, ‘this woman doesn’t use spellcheck’. Yes, I realize that Sweetpea, under normal circumstances, would be two words. I was very lucky to be married to a wonderful man, Gary, who never called me by my given name. I had more pet names than my dog Molly, a/k/a, Moo Moo, Molly Tamale, Mooshie Girl, well, you get the picture. Gary always would use ‘Sweetpea’ as one word. With his passing I have chosen to honor his memory in this small way”.




Original Fine Art – Functional Art – Handmade Crafts – Unique Gift Items
Live Music – Literary Workshops – Children’s Activities – Green Market




Additional Information At-A-Glance:




  • Juried first-class outdoor gallery showcasing local and national artists & crafters
  • Fine Art Show
  • Contemporary Craft Show
  • Hosted by the Coral Springs Festival Committee, Inc. & the City of Coral Springs
  • Produced by Howard Alan Events
  • Original Artwork
  • Handmade in America
  • 200 artists and crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists and crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media, folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass
  • Green Market featuring unique plants and gourmet dips
  • Theatrical performances
  • Literary workshops
  • Children’s activity area
  • Full line-up of live music




About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.  




For additional information on the 12th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events festivals visit www.artfestival.com or info@artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.




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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



49th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show Will Offer Delights For All Ages

The 49th annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show is a mouthful, but there really is a lot to see and do at this two-day indoor event!  On November 21st and 22nd, the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center will be transformed into the largest culturally stimulating event ALL AGES can enjoy. Over 80 dealers will offer gems, jewelry, loose beads, specimen collections, geodes,rocks, tools, fossils and more than we can list!  The Rickie Report highlights the Show here and reminds you that the Society holds monthly meetings.  We’re giving you a discount coupon plus some sneak peeks!















The Gem and Mineral Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences.

  • We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members.
  • Classes in lapidary
  • Classes in jewelry making for adults
  • Classes in jewelry making for children.


Our monthly meetings are held at the West Palm Beach Garden Club in Dreher Park on the 3rd Thursday of each month and feature guest speakers or demonstrations that are educational as well as entertaining. Visit our web site for more information, photos from past shows, membership forms and $1 discount coupons for the show. Membership applications are available at the show or on our web site: www.gemandmineralsociety.org.



Raffle item (Photo Courtesy of GMS)



Our show is run totally by our member volunteers, who are eager to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with everyone! Proceeds from the show provide the operating budget for the Society for the following year.





Fine Jewelry (Photo Courtesy of GMS)



Seeing actual fossils, touching gem stones and finding the rocks where they are found is an exciting experience!





Fossils (Photo Courtesy of GMS)



Sluicing at the Mine and Junior Rockhound Activities 


Photo Courtesy of GMS


Photo Courtesy of GMS



Jewelry makers will find loose beads, strands, pearls, gemstones, glass, wood, semi-precious stones and findings.




Photo Courtesy of GMS


For more information about this Show or the activities of the Gem and Mineral Society of The Palm Beaches, please visit: www.gemandmineralsociety.org




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Jupiter Harvest Fest Returns With Live Entertainment, Food, Free Kids Activities And Crafts

Jupiter’s Harvest Fest Returns for the Third Year on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk.  This is a FREE, Fun, Family event to help start off the “season” with some traditional Fall foods, live entertainment, free kids activities and handmade craft vendors.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the live music, vendors, donut eating contest, games, pumpkin patch and more!  Don’t miss the Opening Reception of the Jupiter Art Gallery on Friday, Oct. 2nd.  More details here.










1 – 6 pm

Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk

(U.S. 1   Jupiter, FL)





Jupiter’s Harvest Fest Returns for the Third Year on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk. Harvest Fest is held under the bridge at the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk. This is a free, fun, family event to help start off the “season” with some traditional fall foods, live entertainment, free kids activities and handmade craft vendors.


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Harvest Fest Donut-Eating Contest





  • Live music by the Warren Silver’s Band
  • Wild Roses Line Dancing Team to perform at 1:30  pm
  • Free kid’s activities
  • Games
  • Face painting
  • Live farm animal petting corral
  • Local vendors selling handmade crafted items
  • Donut-eating Contest for kids and adults at 3:15pm (sign up on site) (Donuts supplied by the Jupiter Donut Factory)
  • Dunk tank
  • Pumpkin patch  (sponsored by the Jupiter High School Criminal Justice Academy)
  • Great food and beer from local vendors.



Vendors and Kids Activities



Link to more info:



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Live Petting Zoo


Town of Jupiter Art Gallery Opening



Opening Reception:

Friday, October 2nd     6 – 7:30 pm

Exhibit runs through Nov. 20th

 200 Military Trail   Jupiter, FL

Free and Open to the Public

Children Are Welcome

Join us for the opening of the first Fall exhibition on October 2nd, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Exhibition runs from October 2 – November 20, 2015 at the Jupiter Community Center and will feature photography from the Lighthouse Camera Club and Paintings from the North County Art Association & jewelry by Linda Koehler. Opening is free and open to the public. Children are welcome. For more information call 561-741-2400.



Link to more information:

Jupiter Community Center Art Gallery



If you are interested in sponsoring an event,or want more information, 

please contact Jennifer Chaparro at 561-741-2365



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Hands’ Open House Features Eydi Lampasona Demo and a Full Day of Activities

Don’t miss Hand’s Annual Art Open House on January 25th!  This space with art materials is a perfect place to learn and network.  Tristina Dietz-Elmes brings an exciting treasure trove of using mixed media techniques.  David McEwen will teach  strategies using watercolor pencils – and anyone who knows David’s sense of humor, is in for a fun time!  Paul Seaman offers an interactive demo with palette knife, bringing paint and texture to your creations.  As Hand’s celebrates its 80th Anniversary, children are invited to paint on the “Autism Speaks” mural – plus they can enter their own canvas board painting to win fun prizes!  This is FREE!!

Guest Artist: Eydi Lampasona will demo and lecture on “THE GOLDEN “A TO Z” OF ACRYLICS at 10:00 am.  Register with Hand’s.   The Rickie Report shares the details, including how the day’s events will benefit “Autism Speaks” in this article.





"Hands Art Supplies" by Jessie O'Neil


Hand’s Office and Art Supply


Welcomes You to Their Open House!


JANUARY 25th 2014


10:30 AM – 3:30 PM


Hand’s Office & Art Supply

325 East Atlantic Avenue

(561) 276-4194






January 25, 2014


Guest Artist: Eydi Lampasona



Innovation and new technology are changing the options for ACRYLIC ART EXPLORATION!!!



This lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Gain information about mineral and modern pigments and how this relates to clean color mixing, glazing and the creation of fabulous new colors. Learn the unique properties of Fluids, Heavy Body and the Open acrylics. Discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a grip on the many gels and mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of color, used for sculptural effects and more. Check out the amazing new grounds to prepare truly contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing and mixed media. Discover how acrylics can simulate oil and watercolor, even gouache, yet are infinitely more versatile.


Each lecture includes an array of examples of these materials put to use. Attendees leave the lecture enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting!











  2014  Highlights:

Come watch, learn and laugh with:


DAVID McEWEN, will demonstrate his talent and techniques using watercolor pencils and water soluble graphite. davidmcewen-portraitart.com


PAUL SEAMAN, will be leading an interactive demonstration of palette knife painting using heavy bodied acrylic paints.    Paulseamanart.com


TRISTINA DIETZ-ELMES, will be demonstrating mixed-media techniques using R and F Oil Pigment Sticks, handmade papers, cold wax medium, gold leaf and more. Tricks for fun, fearless, and low/no solvent oil painting.    Multimediamavenart.com



Hand’s Art and Office Supply is having its annual Open House!   Hand’s is more than an art supply store, as they also have a wonderful selection of greeting cards, locally made gift items, office furniture, supplies and so much more!  The Rickie Report suggests you take a virtual tour on their website!


Hand’s has been providing a wide variety of quality and hard to find Art Supplies to South Florida and Nationally recognized artists for many decades. “We pride ourselves on being able to research and locate almost any kind of special request. Our knowledgeable staff is always available to help you navigate through our rich inventory of related products. We also offer numerous Art related classes, specialized training and technique seminars”. Please check the Events Calendar for more information on upcoming pre-scheduled classes and training. Discounts on volume orders are available. Local delivery can be scheduled Monday thru Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm .


Call 561.276.4194 for more information.  


For more information about Autism Speaks please visit:  www.autismspeaks.org



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You’re Invited to “Evening For Earth” by Resource Depot: Support Creative REUSE!

Artists need materials to create their work and The Rickie Report knows that for many, recycling has become the norm when it comes to frames, glass and some other materials.  We hope you’re aware of Resource Depot and will check out their terrific supplies and stock.

Read this article to find out more about their services and “Evening for the Earth”.  Resource Depot’s annual silent auction/cocktail event, will be held on Friday, April 19th at the Lake Pavilion and Terrace in downtown West Palm Beach. This event directly supports Resource Depot and our mission to divert reusable materials (hundreds of thousands of pounds each year!) from Palm Beach County’s landfills to benefit students and teachers through arts and environmental education.


Resource Depot’s

6th Annual Evening for the Earth


Friday, April 19th 2013

6:00 – 9:00 pm


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At Resource Depot, every day is Earth Day…but there is one day in particular where they invite you to celebrate our Earth, and the ways we can all help protect it. That day is “Evening for the Earth”, taking place this year on April 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Lake Pavilion in Downtown West Palm Beach.


Andrea Creating

Andrea Creating

You may have seen Resource Depot at events around Palm Beach County. They can be found at the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival, City Place’s Free Family Fun Fest, the South Florida Fair and at events at Downtown at the Gardens, to name a few. Or you may know them because you have a teacher friend who “shops” for classroom materials there, or have a child who did a creative project during one of their field trips.

Scouts Creating, 2012

Scouts Creating, 2012


You may not know, though, exactly what it is Resource Depot does.  Resource Depot is a nonprofit center for creative reuse.  Resource Depot is a place where businesses and individuals can donate high-quality, unwanted materials to be reused for creative play and learning by teachers, schools and other non-profits in the local community. A place where kids, and the teachers who teach them, can go to learn techniques for creative reuse that positively impact education as well as the environment. The items they collect would normally end up in the landfill—but through creative reuse are given a second…or even third life!

 One Pager Eco Art

For the past five years, always around Earth Day, Resource Depot has held its annual fundraising event, “Evening for the Earth”, where supporters of education, the arts and the environment gather to enjoy an evening of cocktails, entertainment, and silent auction.

Volunteer with Auction item

Volunteer with Auction item


“Last year, nearly 200 people…city commissioners, radio personalities, local cultural organizations and individuals who support us because they believe in what we do, all came out to support Resource Depot’s Evening for the Earth,” says Executive Director Jennifer O’Brien. “This just goes to show how pervasive the belief that environmental stewardship is every sector’s responsibility has become.”


Guerilla ART ArtiGras, 2013

Guerilla ART ArtiGras, 2013

This year, Resource Depot hopes to win over even more people to the idea that you can take one problem…namely, the pounds of landfill waste created in Palm Beach County alone – and work towards solving that problem in a way that helps alleviate another – the number of dollars that teachers pay out of pocket each year for classroom supplies.”


Resource Depot’s 6th Annual Evening for the Earth is presented by Emerald Green Sponsor, The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, and sponsored by Florida Power & Light, Southern Waste Systems, Berkowitz & Huff, P.A., Ronnye Sands on behalf of Shaklee Corporation, and Paymaster, Inc.


The night features refreshments by Café Joshua, live entertainment, and of course, some amazing auction items…everything from a firefighter for a day to VIP event tickets, original artwork, and fun themed gift baskets. Ticket sales and more event information can be found at www.resourcedepot.net or by calling (561) 882-0090.  Or visit:  

Location: The Lake Pavilion & Terrace in Downtown West Palm Beach, site info at http://wpb.org/waterfront/lake.html

Tickets: $45.00 each or $75.00 per couple, available at http://theresourcedepot.wordpress.com/events/evening-for-the-earth/
Parking: West Palm Beach DDA parking locations can be found here http://www.westpalmbeachdda.com/parking-locations

Website: www.resourcedepot.net

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/152141154942429/

Organization Social Mediawww.facebook.com/TheResourceDepothttps://twitter.com/resourcedepot,http://pinterest.com/resourcedepot/


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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



From the Easel of Klaus Schuler to Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts Poster!

Poster art is alive and doing well!  In fact, Klaus Schuler, an artist who resides locally, has recently had a piece of his artwork chosen for the upcoming Howard Alan Show in Hobe Sound.  The Rickie Report delves into how artwork is picked for posters, how they are produced and an in-depth look at Klaus’ artistry.

12th Annual

Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts

Saturday February 2 – Sunday February 3

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


The festival starts at Bridge Road & alternate AIA, continuing South on AIA.   ADMISSION & PARKING Free and open to the public. Free shuttle service will be provided.

Hobe Sound’s signature art festival, a celebration of the arts, is produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, to Support the Arts, Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce & Local Economy. 


The artists are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity in order to ensure a wide array of quality artwork representing a variety of artistic media.  The artists will be present for the duration of the show and welcome the opportunity to meet art enthusiasts and discuss the work, techniques and inspiration. 

This year’s official festival poster will feature the work of local watercolor artist Klaus Schuler, a Signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society, The Florida Watercolor Society and the Palm Beach Watercolor Society.  

Official Poster 2013

Klaus worked for many years at the Boeing Company at Kennedy Space Center where he illustrated many projects for the Space Program until 1993 when he began to paint full-time inspired by the coastal beauty right in his backyard.  He enjoys exhibiting his work at fine art festivals throughout the country like the Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts, which allow him the opportunity to meet art enthusiasts and collectors investing in his work.


A dentist in North Palm Beach who decorated his whole office with Klaus’ paintings claims that they have a calming effect on patients. Klaus tells The Rickie Report, ” If you’ve been in the setting of one of my paintings, it will rekindle memories for you.  If you fish the flats, you will feel the experience, the painting will remind you of your time on the waters edge.”


Klaus spent many hours in his youth kayaking, boating and fishing in the Guntersville, Alabama area where his family owned a house on Whitaker Lake. This early union with lakes, rivers and fishing were to become the cornerstones of his art.  After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the University of Alabama, (Roll Tide), Klaus joined the Boeing Company at Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he illustrated many projects for the Space Program.


There, he discovered great fishing and painting subjects on the Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon. A move to Stuart, Florida opened up a new world of coastal beauty. The Indian River, Intercostals Waterway and the St. Lucie Inlet provided ideal subjects for his art inspired by the paintings of N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer and C.E. Monroe.  In 1993, Klaus left the industry to become a full-time fine artist, which makes the rest of us grateful! It wasn’t long before his subjects included scenes from the Bahamas and the Florida Keys.


Klaus says, “I like exhibiting my work at outdoor shows. Not only do you get about 30,000 people walking by your work, but you also get to meet the people buying your work and hear some of the stories they tell about their experiences at the places I’ve painted….I could write a book.” www.klausschuler.com

The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a children’s area with interactive art and craft activities as well as games that will engage the youngest of festival-goers. Nightingale Private Care returns as presenting sponsor of the festival.

Reef Club

Reef Club

The Rickie Report made inquiries regarding the Hobe Sound Festival of Arts poster and is pleased to share what we found:

                        Each year the Hobe Sound Chamber organizes a Festival of the Arts committee consisting of Chamber Business Members to help plan the event. The Co-Chairs of the committee and the Executive Director walk the show each year, viewing the work of each artist. They choose their favorite artist of that year who represents the local area and ask them to submit images for the following year. The co-chairs, executive director of the chamber along with Howard Alan choose the final image.  Hobe Sound is an unincorporated village located in Martin County.  


                     An official told us, “After  the image is chosen, with Howard’s help, we print it locally and sell at our Merchandise Tent as a fundraiser for the chamber.  Proceeds from the sales go back to the Chamber’s Operating Budget to help fund community programs such as beach and road clean ups, our annual Christmas Parade and newcomer tours of Hobe Sound call ‘Inside Hobe Sound.’ Also proceeds go to scholarships for Martin County High School Students. Students apply for the scholarships via their school guidance office.”



Loose Beer

Loose Beer


Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts At-A-Glance:

·          Juried outdoor art showcase

·          Original Art – Handmade in America

·          150 artists from 30 different states

·          Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000

·          Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants

·          All artists on site for duration of festival

·          Vast array of artistic media:  Paintings,  Life Size Sculptures,  Photography,  Ceramics,  Glass,  Wood,  Handmade  Jewelry,  Collage,  Mixed Media

·          Green Market featuring locally grown produce, exotic plants and orchids, honey, spreads, jams and oils.

·          Kids Zone offering interactive art and craft activities as well as games for children.

·          Official Festival Poster featuring painting by local artist Klaus Schuler.


About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.  For additional information on the 12th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.



Banyan Bikers

Banyan Bikers

Klaus looks forward to meeting show-goers! For more information  http://www.klausschuler.com/ (772) 283-5684  cell:  772-263-1145  or email: ksartist@gate.net


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