ARTNADO Brings Nationally Renown Fine Artists And Crafters To Premier Show

ARTNADO is coming to West Palm Beach!  Jack Busa is bringing a new-concept juried art show to our area. “Artnado” takes place at the South Florida Fairgrounds, featuring 2D and 3D creations on November 14th and 15th, 2015. This indoor show has a lot to offer to art patrons. Using high-technology, patrons will be able to see participating artists’ work in situ as well as in their exhibition areas. Artists will be demonstrating their techniques to further educate the art loving public. The Rickie Report applauds this trend, believing that better informed art lovers become more enthusiastic art patrons. The Student Art Contest participants will also be celebrated! We want to point out that there is no connection between the presenting organization, Artistic Synergy and Art Synergy (ARTWEEK at Art Palm Beach). Here are the details and some sneak peeks!










The Art Fair Everyone in Palm Beach is Talking About

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Adults – $7.00
Future artists/patrons 12 and under – free

South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center

9067 Southern Blvd.      W.Palm Beach, Florida





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Art by Anne Schroeder




Jack Busa, of Artistic Synergy sent out a Call to Artists for a unique juried exhibition taking place at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The number of nationally recognized artists who applied is exceptional. Artnado will feature 2D and 3D art, photography, jewelry or whatever combination the creative mind conjures. Jack explains, “‘Synergy’ is supplied with the incorporation and interaction of models, an embellishment room and ambient music”.






Fine Jewelry by Oscar Rivero


Jack tells The Rickie Report, ‘We created ARTNADO realizing that no one can know or predict the complete buying habits of the attendees. Our juried process took into consideration the artists’ work from talent, inspiration and creativity…we did not to classify something as “not art” because it does not fit what “we” expect… Artists need to promote themselves or they will have a limited career. Our goal is to show the artists’ creativity in the most favorable way…and demonstrate their work to appeal to all potential buyers.”



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Photography by Cynthia Walpole



A high-tech lounge area will be set up so art patrons can see works of art by exhibiting artists in a virtual home or office setting.





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Glass Art by Ed Martin

Utilizing Performing and Visual art will enhance the art patron experience.  Demonstrations of art techniques will deepen the understanding of art patrons.  Models will circulate throughout the exhibit, showing jewelry being offered by the exhibitors.




Sculpture by Gail Erickson





Jack Busa, also announced the gift of FREE display space for all area Art Associations and Art related Non-Profits. He tells The Rickie Report, “This will enable organizations to inform the public about what they do, in addition to offering membership opportunities and displaying examples of past and current events.



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Sculpture by Ben Foster






For more details, please visit:

Or Call:

561- 557-8741



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Armory Art Center Presents Image d’Or Prize-Winning Filmmaker & Lecture Plus Two Gallery Exhibits By Students

The Armory Art Center is bringing internationally acclaimed artist, Faten Safieddine to present her short film, “La Chrysalide”, and give a lecture.  She is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, having won the  Image d’Or Prize.  In addition, the public is invited to view the culmination of Armory Art Students’ work in printmaking, digital, and related arts plus drawing and painting workshops and classes.  Offering something for all ages, there are still spaces available at Summer Art Camp! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to see what a bounty of activities The Armory Art Center has to offer!  





Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue      W. Palm Beach, FL 33401




Tuesday, June 2nd

6:30 – 7:30 pm

 Armory Art Center Library







Photography by Faten Safieddine




Internationally renown artist Faten Safieddine will show her short film “La Chrysalide” and talk about her work. This lecture is free and open to the public. In a dreamlike style, this film shows the struggle of women to extricate themselves from the yoke of the cultural and social conditioning and achieve freedom and fullness.





Born in Lebanon, Ms. Safieddine lives and works in Marrakesh and Paris. She was educated at the Sorbonne and the Université d’Abidjan and has shown her work throughout the Middle East, France and Canada.


Her photographic work explores the themes of the shadows, reflections and transparencies and has been the subject of several international exhibitions.  In addition to working as a photographer and film maker, Ms Safieddine is a journalist, art critic and writer focusing on culture and history. In 1988 the Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned her to create a documentary on the restoration of the Minbar in the Grand Mosque of Koutoubia. The documentary received the Image d’Or prize in France.





For more information please visit:









Exhibits Continue Through July 2nd

Armory Art Center Student Exhibition

Armory Art Center Student Exhibition



The exhibition featuring work by Armory students in the Printmaking, Digital, and Related Arts departments in the
Armory Art Center – Greenfield Gallery




The exhibition featuring work by Armory students in the Drawing and Painting departments.

 Armory Art Center – East Gallery


For further information and reception times please contact:561-832-1776








Summer Art Camp

June 8th – August 14th
Ages 4½-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17




Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Our innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.



Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.

Learn more

Activities include:
A week filled with art education
Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
Field trips to local venues
Art show openings in July and August




Link to the Class Catalog




The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.



Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit or call 561-832-1776 x33.



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Rickie Shares Ideas for Presenting And Selling Wearable Art: Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry

As we gear up for art shows, art fairs, craft fairs and exhibits of all kinds, The Rickie Report shares some ideas for successful aspects of presenting wearable art: including clothing, accessories and jewelry.  


Wearable Art


Showing your wearable art creations should consist of more than placing them on a hanger, jewelry bust or a mannequin form.  While these are practical, the object of showing your merchandise is to sell it!  Be a creative merchandiser!


  • Static arrangements can be creative.  An oversized, endearing stuffed animal can be draped with scarves or show off numerous brooches.
  • Hang a (DRY) dye vat upside down and have your fabrics flowing from it’s handles.
  • Hang earrings from an upturned wire fruit ripener with “S” hooks or from their own wires.
  • Show off clip earrings on a magnetic board shaped like an ear.
  • A set of metal mesh bookends can show off earrings in a small space.
  • Selling hat pins?  Show them off not only on hats, but large oversized pin cushions.
  • Bring a live model to your event!   Walking through the show with a small hand-held computer printed sign will guide visitors to your booth to check out more of your creations!  Ask the show promoter for permission to have your model hand out your business cards with your booth number.
  • In your photo album: show your accessories and wearable art on real people!  It is easier for the potential customer to imagine a hand sewn jacket on themselves.  Vary your models’ sizes, shapes and height.
  • Bring a small weaving loom so people gain a better understanding of how intricate your creations are!
  • Always have a mirror on hand!
  • Arm cuffs fit nicely around swimming noodles.  Hang the noodles horizontally in your space.
  • Watching an artist creating anything is a sure draw for an audience.  Take advantage of these teachable moments.  A well educated consumer = a better art patron!




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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ by Hot Works™ Features Master Clay Artist, Gail Markiewicz

The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ by Hot Works™ is coming Jan. 25-26!   Show Coordinator, Patty Narozny delivers high quality fine art and crafts as well as a “Budding Artist” exhibit for children grades 6 – 12, which is a large part of Narozny’s integrated education efforts.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share more details in this article and introduce Featured Artist, Gail Markiewicz.



Hot Works™ Presents:


Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

January 25 & 26, 2014

Downtown Boca Raton, on Federal Hwy./US-1 at Palmetto Park Road

Why Buy Original Art?





The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ was voted #68 in the country in its third year, out of several thousand art shows nationwide. One does not need to be educated in art to buy art at the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™. The  jury members have already done the pre-qualifying of the artists, so you can be at ease knowing that any purchase made here will be quality work and that the artist in the booth stands behind it. 


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Extra Large Urn with Fluted Top by Gail Markiewicz



Whether it’s a large piece for your living or office space, or a small piece for the den or hallway, the only thing that matters is whether or not you like it and whether or not it fits your pocketbook.  Great art may be purchased at the show for as little as $20, with prices ranging from $20 to $2000 and up. There is something for everyone!




Medium Pocketbook by Gail Markiewicz

Medium Pocketbook by Gail Markiewicz

The 2014 Featured Artist is Gail Markiewicz, a Master Clay artist who originates from central Connecticut.   Gail tells The Rickie Report, ” My fourth grade teacher asked each of us what we wanted to be when we grew up and without hesitation I decided that I would become an artist. As the years passed my convictions only grew stronger.  It seemed it was not only a vocation, but some inner calling that I could not deviate from”.


Bikini Sculpture by Gail Markiewicz

Bikini Sculpture by Gail Markiewicz




After having tried sculptural forms of art, Gail began to create beautiful, nonfunctional vessels and she has continued this art form since 1985.   She explains, “Probably the biggest link from the beginning of my work until now has been my love for textures and pattern.  I have combined textured pieces of clay and juxtaposed them into interesting positions to form a patchwork design.  The shape of the vessels are very striking.  The colors highlight the surfaces creating a feeling of antiquity and futuristic dimension embodied in each vessel”.


Gail in Her Studio

Gail in Her Studio


Gail attended Southern Connecticut State University ( Master Of Arts), the Penland School of Crafts and the Massachusetts College of Art.  Her work is represented in galleries around the United States and abroad.  She enjoys showing her creative pieces at Fine Arts & Crafts Show and meeting people who appreciate fine crafts.


For more information contact Gail Markiewicz at  203-988-2020 or email



Visit for more information about the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ on January 25 & 26, 2014. Event hours are 10am-5pm daily. There is plenty of parking at various metered street spots, 1st United Bank, HSBC Bank, First United Methodist Church, or St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. More info at or call 941-755-3088.

For more information please Contact Patty Narozny,   Executive Director  Hot Works™, LLC   Phone: 248-684-2613 or 941-755-3088 or Email:  or visit Website:    “LIKE” us at



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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.


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


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.



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:



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

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