Jan Stein Bringing Pets And Art Together, Celebrates Special Paintings, Posh Pet Hotel and Whimsical Pet Sculptures

“Cat’s Meow and ARF Art” is being introduced by West Palm Beach-based (Baby Boomer/CreativeAging) Artistic Consulting Professional Jan Stein. She remains true to her several passions: 100% Visual Art; loving pets, and involving multi-generational professionals.  The Pet Posh Hotel ( PPH), Paint-On-Picture (P-O-P) and “Cat’s Meow and ARF Art” come together as we celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month (October) and National Cat Day (October 29th).  Within this article, The Rickie Report shares unique art-related and special pet-related gift ideas.



J A N      S T E I N

E*maginate, L.L.C.



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Since 1993, October 1-31 has been proclaimed as “National Arts & Humanities Month”.  As productive Baby Boomers, this generation is being increasingly recognized as America’s Creative-Aging (60+yrs.) entrepreneurs. Jan Stein tells The Rickie Report, “Maybe for the first time, to satisfy “freedom of expression,” and/or for financial need-based pre-retirement income, millions of fellow Boomers continue to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their personal lives and business endeavors”.




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“Handsome Jake” P-O-P Giclee



Jan consulted with a highly imaginative CreativeAging Palm Beach-based Visual Artist and Gallery Owner, Sheila Payne, and an open-minded Pet Industry local businessman, Lincoln Baker to bring the public The “Cat’s Meow and ARF Art”. 




“Wiley” P-O-P Anniversary Gift for Kacey and Alec




Jan tells us, “POSH PET HOTELIER (PPH) Lincoln Baker, his wife Stacey and Artist/Gallerist Shelia Payne for “going to the dogs, and for being the cat’s meow,” in a “paws-a-tively” entrepreneurial style. When the Bakers and Payne embraced the suggestion to integrate Visual Arts (making and appreciating) into their business models, we combined our goals with unique Visual Arts products for a timely collaboration that launched a seasonal sales offering that celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month, and National Cat Day, upcoming October 29th”.


 Who let the dogs in?



 “The Dog Walker” at PPH reception area


“A smARTistic Poodle, whose business it is to walk small fiberglass pooches, depicts Sheila’s hyper stylistic pet-specific style. Payne’s whimsical art prompts miles of smiles from PPH’s pet-loving-artsy-appreciating human clients and staff. Payne’s sculpture is a key artistic that augments PPH’s service-based business. The sculpture enhances the reception decor, which also includes a hand-crafted feline tower, designed by Stacey Baker’s dad, which is for sale”.

Posh Pet Hotel:

6710 South Dixie Highway,    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 561.225.1559   Fax: 561.828.3750
Email: info@poshpethotel.com




Sheila Payne Gallery

261 South Ocean Blvd.    Manalapan, FL 33462






Bring Some

P – O  – P

Into Your Life!



As a loving Maltese-mom and PPH client, Jan collaborates with PPH to bring Stein’s one-of-a-kind giclee (digital photo, transfer on canvas) artist-quality print product that is known as “Paint-on-Picture/P-O-P.” Jan takes clients’ digital images and transforms a plain printed picture into a canvas print that POPS with paint. PPH is currently displaying a framed P-O-P sample that represents the meticulous work of a Graphic Art-Print Master, a Fine Art painter and framing professionals.  





Close-up of P-O-P Giclee



Jan Stein offers personalized service to make sure that your photos receive the proper care necessary to make them family heirlooms.  Jan shares, “I feel strongly about artistic integrity and quality materials. My artist team makes your plain picture POP!… this is the difference…it is not plain, not banal, not boring”.




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Family Photos P-O-P!



How Does It Work?



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1. Clients send me their high resolution digital files  emaginate@gmail.com their (any subject…wedding, kids, pets; nature/travel; memorial, etc). If you have a hard copy, traditional photo,  it will be scanned scanned and digitized

2. Our print master reviews your file(s) in order to qualify clarity, contrast and color saturation.

 3. Once qualified as a clear image, if there are color corrections needed, backgrounds modified, stuff removed, or if hairs flying that you want removed, etc., our print master and I will consult with you before moving forward. 

 4. Our print master uses professional EPSON equipment with liquid ink to print your image on a poly-cotton quality art canvas.
 5. After it has dried, your giclee is sent to one of our professional artists.

6. This is where the magic happens….the canvas is stretched by hand, over wooden stretcher bars that are built by hand…using art brushes and acrylic paints, our Visual Art professional hand paints accents on the canvas surface.  This artist will add accents/highlights, but does not alter faces, or the main picture. Additions of embellishments and texture remain true to YOUR picture.

 7. 16″ x 20″ (horizontal/or vertical) is $600.00 plus tax plus Fed Ex cardboard art container and shipping/insurance. (Cost to ship is based on zip codes within Florida are approximately $40-60).

 8. Turn around time (considering printing, mailing, painting, clear coat drying, framing, shipping is 2-3 weeks, during holiday season).  Larger dimensions are available and options such as having the artist paint accents or only having clear coat are possible and will priced accordingly.

9. We use Golden brand Acrylic paints, which don’t fade, crack, peal or yellow and a Protective Clear Coat, which is applied by hand.  This helps with UV exposure, but we suggest you do not keep any artwork in sun light.  Gloss or semi-gloss are options.  Frame: Basic white or black wood with a decorative thin silver outline. 

10. Your artwork is installation ready: easy to hang, with “d” rings and coated wire. You’ll need a 15 lb hook.


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“Gigi” P-O-P Giclee




For more information please visit:


or contact Jan Stein   E*maginate, L.L.C.

Creativity Consulting/Cultural MEDIA Advocacy & Founder (501 C 3) Creative Legacy Archives

Tel 813 928 5223



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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Thoughts on Being An Emerging Creative Aging Artist

The Rickie Report shares some thoughts about creativity written by guest writer, Jan Stein.  She is the founder of a public educational charity, Creative Legacy Archives, Inc. and DiDiT Media.  Ms. Stein also offers services through E*maginate, L.L.C.   Read more about her goals and reflections.

When The Rickie Report met Jan Stein, she told us that she is “creating a cultural and new media content legacy  reflective of our universal, visually rich humanity using the Internet.”  


Jan brings much experience to her continuing journey with art and creativity.  A former educator and gallery owner, she was a public employee for Art in Public Spaces in Hillsborough, FL.  She still serves on the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum Council Board, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Public Art Committee, Florida Center for Creative Aging, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging and Tampa Board of  the University of South Florida. She most recently worked with artist, Lois Brezinski, at her gallery in West Palm Beach.

The Rickie Report notes that recent studies show people are not ready to retire and give themselves up to total recreation.  Indeed, more people are connecting to what their passions are, which may not necessarily have been what they worked at previously for pay.  There are many examples of men and women who continue to inspire us to open ourselves to new experiences which include getting in touch with our creative selves. 

Jan Stein explains, “E*maginate, LLC  is a media project which includes coordinating, planning and management with local and regional, private and corporate, municipal art committees and community art projects events.  It is involved in commissions, installations and all aspects of marketing involving the print and visual media”.


She tells The Rickie Report, “Integral to my emergence as ‘an artist’ is a commitment to creative aging and life-long learning. After many years of advocating for creative persons, processes and tangible achievement(s) by ALL and at ANY age(s), my personal art world is defined by this approach. Likewise, e*maginate, L.L.C.’s motivation is about creative and personal productivity.  The company promotes the idea of creative accomplishment by diverse humanity. DiDIT Media’s digital videos and still images will showcase creative persons who speak extemporaneously about their unique process and tangible creative legacy”.

 “The DiDiT® concept was influenced two Academy Award® and Emmy Award®  writers and media producers, my family members, the late Stanley Shapiro and Neal Shapiro.  As a teacher and parent who values education, the visual arts and quality media content, e*maginate is my way to aspire to that higher level of my family members’ achievements”.
Stein goes on to explain, “The Creative Legacy Archives’ (CLA) mission is to bring the video portrait, oral history through T.V. and the internet. DiDiT® Media’s goal is to inspire future generations of creative, expressive and productive Humanity”.


“When I was young I loved coloring, ballet and tap, reading, listening to music and singing. In fifth grade, I played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz –wearing the the red slippers.  Somewhere “over the rainbow”, I lost my arts focus, preferring “Where the Boys Are/were”. Fast forward to age 30 and my moving to Florida with a husband and a baby.  I had a chance encounter with an NEA awardwinning painter, a LIFE Magazine Photographer-of-the-Year,  a husband/wife Architect-professional team, and a published author. Those creative professionals revved up my arts passion”!


“In fact, those artsy professionals influenced me to make a life-long commitment to embrace all arts, accomplishment and “Creative Humanity”. Absorbing enthusiasm, but not heeding advice, I was compelled to own and curate my own fine arts gallery. Later, I became the manager of a Florida Public Art Program. For 15 years I  completed public art projects, for which I procured hundreds of works of art by diverse artists in all media and arranged for these to be installed at various county-owned interior and exterior public places. With my concentration on the art-making of others, I never contemplated nor did I engage in personal art making-  especially at my increasingly older age”.

“I remember when a younger woman called me for help, as she described USF’s Creative Aging program. Without missing a beat, I volunteered and was initiated into the USF, Tampa Campus’ Creative Aging culture.  I talked with key advocats, educators and researchers, like  Gene Cohen, M.D. of The National Institutes on Aging; USF Professor Dr. Larry Polika, and most importantly, Creative Aging’s Chief Advocate, Dr. Gay Hanna.  Gay is now the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Hanna is a most positive Creative Aging leader. Her  knowledge, experience and special personality, along with her astute intellect and compassion are highly respected. The Center for Creative Aging and Dr. Hanna receive support from the National Endowment for the Arts”.  For more information see: www.creativeaging.org


“A few years passed and upon turning ‘fifty something’, I traveled to Havana, Cuba. Prior to this first Catholic Charities mission, I purchased an inexpensive digital camera. Cuba’s time capsule 1957-milieu, iconic cultural style and historic places became perfect subjects for me. I observed immense human resilience and demonstration of local creativity, despite Cuba’s super-stunted social structure. Cuba’s arte and musica abounded!  Creativity in Cuba became surreal for me when reposing at Hemingway’s desk, I imagined the author’s life long body of creative work”.


“After my return from Cuba, I reviewed my pictures and I felt artistically capable. In homage to my artists’ acquaintances and their influences, it was my time for art making. Yes, I am “the old dog, who learned new creative tricks.” Shooting “Lucky” digital compositions was gratifying, and soon I realized it was my AGE which empowered me to create my first full body of resolved images”.


“With new found confidence about being expressive, it was much fun when I exhibited ‘Silhouettes’ (pictures from my Cuba trip) at a highly respected library’s art gallery.  How sweet, when more than 150 people attended my reception! Surprisingly, more than one person asked,’ Jan, what took you so long’?  At that moment, I owned my response, “I am an emerging Creative Aging Visual Artist“.  Yes, my visual art ID was reminiscent of that phone call from USF so many years ago”!


“Now at 62, my life is defined by associating with creative aging and accomplished people, representing all generations and creative disciplines. My artist’s statement on my website begins with Creative Aging as a primary theme. Integral to my creativity is my being a lover of life and love, as well as being a lover of art and culture. I love that Creative Aging is consistent with my personal life-long learning lifestyle.  When other Creative Aging friends call me “muse,” this motivates me to write a colorful children’s book or to start a new media production company, called DiDiT® Media”.


“I also founded a new media educational charitable organization, The Creative Legacy Archives.  I am passionate about Creatively Aging, and being artistically expressive. It is in thought and deed that I fully embrace the pro-active mission of the National Center for Creative AgingIn advocating for other peoples’ creativity and tangible achievements, Creative Aging is now a powerful status”.

Note: e *maginate, L.L.C is Jan Stein’s (Creative Aging consulting and media production) start-up business.  Jan also works as the Artistic and Marketing Consultant, and is a board member of Peter Alan Portraits & Art (PAPA). The co-owners, Peter A. Hoffman and Christina Coenan are 67, and 63-years old respectively. Feel free to contact Jan at emaginate@gmail.com or call  813 928 5223 to learn more about the Center for Creative Aging and Peter Alan Portraits & Art’s oil paint embellished giclees.  


Jan’s Note Quote, with the help of George Bernard Shaw: Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last, you create what you will… “At any ole age”, adds Creative Aging Advocate Jan Stein.  Visit  www.janstein.com  for more links and information about her misssion, philosophy, and activities.

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420