Al Rojas’ Artistic Path Generates Abstract Imagery With Figurative Human Images

Alvaro (Al) Rojas, born in Colombia S.A., moved with his family at the age of ten to Astoria, Queens N.Y.  He attended Jacksonville University and Florida International University (FIU), including art classes. At FIU, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Engineering, a class on art critique set Al on a 40 year path to develop his art and techniques. Groups of geometric and figurative forms on abstract backgrounds or cityscapes are the main theme of Al’s works. His goal is for viewers to see an interesting color combination, a new line or form and to have their imaginations stimulated. The Rickie Report is pleased to share an interview with this innovative creator and some of his award-winning images.

 

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Art for Al has been a way to take time out of the corporate world and has been a source of reflection and tranquility. His art provides a different perspective for his daily activities were he can explore his inner thoughts and organize his life’s direction.

 

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“Absinthe Drinker” by Al Rojas

 

TRR: How did you begin creating your artwork?

 AR:

I’ve been drawing from childhood, imitating an uncle who liked drawing, but it wasn’t until college where I attended a couple of art classes and began to seriously paint. One class in particular was about art critique and it set me off on an exploratory path for the following 40 years that eventually lead to the works that I create today.

 

 

AlRojasYellow Panel

“Yellow Panel” by Al Rojas

 

 

TRR: What inspired you at that time?

AR:

 

I believe it was the teacher who challenged me to question what it was I was doing and search for my own art identity.

 

 

 

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“Intaglios” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

TRR: What inspires you now?

AR:

I was influenced by a number of 20th century movements, primarily cubism and sub-realism; these periods in art have shaped my imagery. Abstract expressionism and other later movements have influenced the process of my works, giving me the freedom to experiment with a limited number of materials to create compositions seen by my mind’s eye.

 

 

My main source of inspiration have been my life’s experiences, growing up Colombia and Queens N.Y., my schooling, and working and traveling throughout the Americas during my corporate career, come to be incorporated and manifested in my art. I still continue to search and understand what it is that I do and why I do it; this search is what inspires me the most.

 

 

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“Silent Morning” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

TRR: Tell us about your life story.

AR:

After a couple of art classes in college, I dedicated myself to getting an Engineering degree and later a Masters degree. For the past 40 years my engineering and business career was my primary driver and focus… creating 2D works was a secondary activity that helped me escape the pressure of work, especially in the last ten years.  One aspect of my working life that did help my artistic work was the large amount of traveling all over Latin America, US and Canada that I did. These experiences provided a great deal of visual stimulus and long periods of time to develop ideas that I used during the time I had for painting.

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“Losing My Religion” by Al Rojas 

 

 

 

 

TRR  Did you try other mediums?

AR:

I have concentrated on using acrylics, because they provide the results that work best with the process I have developed..they complement the process very well and with a few tools, some pencils, some use of ink and watercolors provide the best combination of mediums I can find. I originally tried oil painting, followed by ink and water colors. It was the watercolors and an exploration of the medium that led to acrylics.

 

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“Windows” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: What led you to your current style?

AR:

I am interested in creating images and form without any pre-conception of the outcome. The works are process-oriented and I let the intermediate results guide me to a finished work. I start by floating various liquid mediums, such as ink, acrylic ink, watercolors and acrylics in water on a vertical pane of glass, manipulating the effects and adding (drawing or painting) or removing (scratching / ripping) areas of the work in process. I primarily use an eye dropper to place the liquid mediums on the glass trying to be as controlled as possible to create areas that can be used to build space, images, buildings or figures. If the medium gets out of control, I scratch/etch it to make lines and forms, eventually developing a complete composition.

 

 

 The composition develops from floating the acrylic ink and letting time and gravity start the creative process. As the “puddles” dry, I can visualize what the next step is and take it step by step bringing out line, figure(s), background / foreground and space.  Once I finish the wet process, I cover the results with a clear acrylic medium. Once the acrylic medium dries, I cut it up into additional shapes, paint over it and lift it from the glass for further painting on the back side prior to mounting it on a Plexiglas panel or paper.

 

 

 

My works attempt to balance the abstract with the representational, colorful at times with geometric forms to assist in putting order to the composition. Due to what seems as a chaotic process, I tend to produce primarily abstract imagery, but as I control the process, I have been able to produce representational/figurative images, primarily human figures.

 

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“Galactic Cemetery” by Al Rojas

 

 

TRR: Have you seen your style change over the years? What has influenced any changes?

AR:

 

Yes, from very abstract works that looked like early satellite imagery with little to no composition, I have moved to a more controlled results that have better composition and balance. I strongly feel the need to control the results of a very chaotic process, in order to show that the finished work was done with a good deal of conscientious effort and not just a total random result…that the work has an intellect behind it and not just something that looks pretty.

 

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“Ace, King, Queen” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

 

TRR:  What advice do you give to an emerging artist?

AR:

 

Works of art are not a slam dunk, just because you have a good technique or ease of hand and skill. You have to work at it to try to understand what it is you are trying to achieve and why.

 

 

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“Shaman Pointing The Way” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

TRR: What is most challenging as an artist?

AR:

 

After completing a work that takes me to a new point/level, starting a new one is the most challenging. The “what now” or “what next” question can really be difficult to overcome and get going again.

 

 

AlRojasPixelating Sky

“Pixelating Sky” by Al Rojas

 

 

 

 

TRR: Where can people find your work?

AR:

I hope people will visit Art On Park Gallery, visit the website, my Facebook Page and contact me.

 

http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

Email Al Rojas: adrojas987@aol.com

 

Website link – http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/#!al-rojas/c20za

Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/alvaro.rojas.92123

 

General Overview of Exhibitions:

City of Palm Beach Gardens – GardensArt Exhibit – Spring 2006 Juried Art Exhibition
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Artist’ Guild – 2006 Winter Open Juried Art Exhibition
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Artist’ Guild – 2007 Summer Open Juried Art Exhibition
ArtAvox Spring, 2007, 2008, 2009
Boynton Beach Art in Public Places – Carolyn Sims Center, Summer 2008
Boca Raton Sugar Sand, Art in Public Places – Winter 2008, Juried Art Exhibition
Armory Art Center, Inc. Hispanic Heritage Exhibition February, 2009
City of Palm Beach Gardens – GardensArt Exhibit Spring 2010 Juried Art Exhibition
Lighthouse for the Arts – Multiple Sins Summer 2010 Juried Art Exhibition
Continuum West Palm Beach – 2016 and 2014, Juried Art Exhibition
Art on Park Gallery – numerous exhibits 2012 – 2016

 

 

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

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armory Art Center’s Artists-In-Residents Exhibition At Lake Worth Annex

On March 24th there will be an Exhibition of works by Armory Art Center Artists-in-Residence produced during their eight month tenure. This exhibition will have works in diverse mediums and will be held at the Armory Art Center Annex in Lake Worth, FL. The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details of the free, public Opening Reception and Exhibit plus a few sneak peeks.

 

 

 

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1121 Lucerne Avenue      Lake Worth, FL 33460

Annex Gallery Hours: Wed.- Sat.  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Artists-in-Residence Exhibition

Opening Reception:

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 PM

 

 

Exhibit Runs from March 25 – April 15, 2016

 

1121 Lucerne Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460

Annex Gallery Hours: Wed. -Sat.  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

About the artists:

 

 

Nolan Baumgartner received his BFA from the University of Utah in 2001 and his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Art Academy in 2004. A Utah native, he is a practicing studio potter and artist who shows in local and national exhibitions.

 

 

 

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Nolan Baumgartener, Pitcher, soda fired porcelain, 2015

 

 

 

 

Tristyn Bustamante has spent much of her life in Arizona sculpting with clay. She holds a BFA from Northern Arizona University and an MFA from Arizona State University. Bustamante has attended residencies and workshops in places such as at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.

 

 

 

 

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Tristyn Bustamante “Search System”, Ceramic/Mixed Media Sculpture, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel Gouveia has a background in painting, printmaking and new media. She was born and raised in Brazil and currently lives in Lake Worth, FL. She graduated as an Industrial Designer from the Arts Foundation Armando Alvares Penteado in Sao Paulo, and as an MFA in Visual Arts from FAU.

 

 

 

 

Armory2016AIRIsabel Gouveia, Small Portions, Multiple Exposures- Mutation II

Isabel Gouveia  “Small Portions, Multiple Exposures: Mutation II ” Monotype, etching, dry point, aquatint on paper, 15″ x 21″ 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Chad R. Steve was born and raised in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He received his BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2009 he moved to Hawaii and received his MFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. While living there, he worked at the University as an adjunct professor and a lab technician.

 

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Chad R. Steve Untitled, Terracotta, 2016

 

 

 

Izel Vargas is a South Florida based mixed media artist originally from Alamo, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Raised in the U.S./Mexico borderlands, Vargas cites his upbringing as playing a vital role in his approach to making art. As an educator, Vargas has taught art to all age groups and is an instructor at FAU in Boca Raton, FL.

 

 

 

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Izel Vargas “Set in Your Ways” Mixed Media

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

McMow Art Glass Announces NEW Classes From Beginner To Advanced

McMow Art Glass invites you to its new classes! From beginners to advanced glass professionals, there is something for everyone! If you have always been fascinated by glass, now is your chance to try different techniques! The Rickie Report shares the details and photos of classes beginning February ,2016 through March, 2016. We remind our readers – you can also find magnificent handmade glass decor, functional glass items and glass jewelry at McMow Art Glass’ showroom.

 

 

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701 North Dixie Highway Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011   F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

 

 

 

N  E  W        C  L  A  S  S  E  S !

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

 

 

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PATTERN BAR CASTING

Wednesday February 3rd & Wednesday February 10th 6-8pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

 

 

Learn how to construct and cast pattern bars in this two part class. Specific firing schedules and formulas will be discussed. Students will choose from a variety of Bullseye glass to use when creating a rectangular shaped cast piece. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge and cutting experience are required. All materials are included. If desired, Pieces may be slumped for an additional & discounted fee.

 

 

 

OPEN FACE KILN CASTING

Saturday February 6th & Saturday February 13th 9am-3pm

$350.00 *Experience Required*

Go to a new dimension with your fused art pieces in this two part class! Students will learn how to make a one-of-a kind, three-dimensional, cast glass piece by using clay and a plaster mixture in an open face kiln casting technique. It’s a class every fuser is sure to love. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

 

 

 

 

DICHROIC JEWELRY: EXPLORING DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Wednesday February 17th 5:30-8:30

$95.00 *Experience Required*

 

 

In this 3 hour course students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass. The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create two pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is required.

 

 

 

EXPERIMENTING WITH BULLSEYE GLASS:

THE ALCHEMY SERIES

Saturday February 20th 9am-12pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Bullseye Glass Company’s long history of artistic experimentation is just one of the many reasons we love their product. This is your opportunity to experiment with the latest edition to their line of reactive glass. Students will create their choice of a plate or sushi platter using silver foil and alchemy glass. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday February 20th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPRINTS IN GLASS

Wednesday February 24th 5:30-8:30pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Learn how to petrify live plant material into glass using the Fossil Vitra technique. Students will be provided with a variety of plant material, glass powders, and iridized glass to create their choice of a plate or sushi platter. All materials are included. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required.

 

 

GLASS PAINTING with PETER MCGRAIN

Friday February 26th, Saturday, February 27th, & Sunday, February 28th

9am-5pm

$800 *Beginner Level*

 

This 3-day workshop with world renowned glass artist, Peter McGrain, will include a fundamental overview of all the glass painting techniques with an emphasis on creative problem solving for a variety of aesthetic approaches. Techniques include tracing, matting, and the use of silver stains, enamels, and Vitri-Fusáille technique. Instruction includes several formula projects as well as an individual show piece by each student. This is a fantastic class for anyone who is interested in learning as much as they possibly can in a single workshop. No experience necessary. All materials include. PLEASE NOTE: a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Payment in full is required two weeks prior to workshop start date. No discounts, class credits, or special offers will be given or honored.

 

 

MARCH 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

MARCH 2016

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday March 2nd 6-8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

MOSAIC MIRRORS

Saturday March 5th 9am-3pm

$125.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn how to create a beautiful mosaic mirror in this one day class. Taylor will walk you through the process of mosaics from beginning to end while you work on your beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation! Class will end with a grouting demonstration to be completed at home. Pattern will be provided and all materials are Included.

 

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday March 9th 6-8pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE

Saturday March 12th 9am-12pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 12th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

FUSAICS: SCENES OF THE SEA

Wednesday March 16th, 23rd, & 30th 5:30-8:30pm

$185.00 *Beginner Level*

Create a unique “under the sea” scene using both fused glass AND mosaic techniques! The first class will be spent learning the basics of fusing and creating fused glass adornments to be incorporated into your mosaic piece on the second week. Overall dimensions will be 12” x 12”; Create your own pattern or choose from one of ours. All materials are included.

 

 

MORTON SYSTEM LAB

Saturday March 19th 12-3pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

Looking to brush up on your Morton system skills? Then don’t miss this opportunity! Bring in your own Morton System and Phil will teach you how to use it. Don’t have a Morton System? NO PROBLEM! Borrow one of ours for the lab and special order one of your own at a discounted price!

 

 

LEAD CAME

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

If you are an intermediate student looking to take your work larger OR create professional looking panels, then this class is for you! With more than 30 years of experience, Jurgen will walk you through this ancient process step-by-step. Glass and lead is supplied, but you will need to bring your stained glass tools. Leave the class knowing the techniques of Old World Masters and with your very own leaded panel. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques. Additional tools may need to be purchased.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

For more information: Contact McMow Art Glass

701 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011
F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

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

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

McMow Art Glass Announces Upcoming Classes

McMow Art Glass invites you to its new classes, beginning this week!  From beginners to advanced glass professionals, there is something for everyone!  If you have always been fascinated by glass, now is your chance to try different techniques!  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos of classes beginning January,2016 through March, 2016. We remind our readers – you can also find magnificent handmade glass decor, functional glass items and glass jewelry at McMow Art Glass’ showroom.

 

 

 

 

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701 North Dixie Highway    Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011    F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

 

N E W    C L A S S E S !

 

 

 

JANUARY 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

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INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday January 6th 6-8:30

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS

Saturday January 9th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

 

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE

Wednesday January 13th 5:30-8:30

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools the day of class!

 

FRAMING LAB

Saturday January 16th 9am-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Framing is one of the last steps in building a stained glass panel and one of the most important! Watch & learn the ins and outs of framing your stained glass projects. Lab participants will learn how to work with a variety of framing materials in this two and a half hour lab.

 

 

PANEL LAMPS

Saturday January 16th, 23rd, & 30th 12-3pm

$95.00 *Experience Required*

Lamps are one of the most sought after and treasured facets of the stained glass world. Create one of your own is this three-part class! Pattern, internal hardware, helpful stabilizing tools, and a copy of Wardell publications’ “Northern Shades” book will be included in the course cost! All other tools, glass, and materials will need to be provided or purchased by the student. A 15% discount will be offered on your choice of a lamp base the day of class. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday January 20th 6-8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

PATTERN ADAPTATION LAB

Saturday January 23rd 9-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn the art of designing your own pattern in this informative lab! The process for adapting a pattern from a photo or other reference will be discussed. The instructor will also review how to design to make cutting easier, when to use lead came vs. copper foil, and where hooks should go on your panels. Have a question about a pattern you want to work on? This is the time to ask a professional.

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday January 27th 6-8pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR KILN LAB

Saturday January 30th 9-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn all about your kiln in this informative lab! McMow Master, Phil, will explain the ins and outs of a kiln and how they work. All fusing levels welcome! Bring a paper and a pen to take notes. Phil will end the lab with a Question and Answer session.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

 

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PATTERN BAR CASTING

Wednesday February 3rd & Wednesday February 10th 6-8pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Learn how to construct and cast pattern bars in this two part class. Specific firing schedules and formulas will be discussed. Students will choose from a variety of Bullseye glass to use when creating a rectangular shaped cast piece. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge and cutting experience are required. All materials are included. If desired, Pieces may be slumped for an additional & discounted fee.

 

 

OPEN FACE KILN CASTING

Saturday February 6th & Saturday February 13th 9am-3pm

$350.00 *Experience Required*

Go to a new dimension with your fused art pieces in this two part class! Students will learn how to make a one-of-a kind, three-dimensional, cast glass piece by using clay and a plaster mixture in an open face kiln casting technique. It’s a class every fuser is sure to love. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

DICHROIC JEWELRY: EXPLORING DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Wednesday February 17th 5:30-8:30

$95.00 *Experience Required*

In this 3 hour course students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass. The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create two pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is required.

 

 

EXPERIMENTING WITH BULLSEYE GLASS:

THE ALCHEMY SERIES

Saturday February 20th 9am-12pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Bullseye Glass Company’s long history of artistic experimentation is just one of the many reasons we love their product. This is your opportunity to experiment with the latest edition to their line of reactive glass. Students will create their choice of a plate or sushi platter using silver foil and alchemy glass. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday February 20th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPRINTS IN GLASS

Wednesday February 24th 5:30-8:30pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Learn how to petrify live plant material into glass using the Fossil Vitra technique. Students will be provided with a variety of plant material, glass powders, and iridized glass to create their choice of a plate or sushi platter. All materials are included. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required.

 

 

 

GLASS PAINTING with PETER MCGRAIN

Friday February 26th, Saturday, February 27th, & Sunday, February  28th

9am-5pm

$800 *Beginner Level*

This 3-day workshop with world renowned glass artist, Peter McGrain, will include a fundamental overview of all the glass painting techniques with an emphasis on creative problem solving for a variety of aesthetic approaches. Techniques include tracing, matting, and the use of silver stains, enamels, and Vitri-Fusáille technique. Instruction includes several formula projects as well as an individual show piece by each student. This is a fantastic class for anyone who is interested in learning as much as they possibly can in a single workshop. No experience necessary. All materials include. PLEASE NOTE: a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Payment in full is required two weeks prior to workshop start date. No discounts, class credits, or special offers will be given or honored.

 

MARCH 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

McmowMARCH 2016

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday March 2nd 6-8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

MOSAIC MIRRORS

Saturday March 5th 9am-3pm

$125.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn how to create a beautiful mosaic mirror in this one day class. Taylor will walk you through the process of mosaics from beginning to end while you work on your beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation! Class will end with a grouting demonstration to be completed at home. Pattern will be provided and all materials are Included.

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday March 9th 6-8pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE

Saturday March 12th 9am-12pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 12th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

FUSAICS: SCENES OF THE SEA

Wednesday March 16th, 23rd, & 30th 5:30-8:30pm

$185.00 *Beginner Level*

Create a unique “under the sea” scene using both fused glass AND mosaic techniques! The first class will be spent learning the basics of fusing and creating fused glass adornments to be incorporated into your mosaic piece on the second week. Overall dimensions will be 12” x 12”; Create your own pattern or choose from one of ours. All materials are included.

 

MORTON SYSTEM LAB

Saturday March 19th 12-3pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

Looking to brush up on your Morton system skills? Then don’t miss this opportunity! Bring in your own Morton System and Phil will teach you how to use it. Don’t have a Morton System? NO PROBLEM! Borrow one of ours for the lab and special order one of your own at a discounted price!

 

LEAD CAME

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

If you are an intermediate student looking to take your work larger OR create professional looking panels, then this class is for you! With more than 30 years of experience, Jurgen will walk you through this ancient process step-by-step. Glass and lead is supplied, but you will need to bring your stained glass tools. Leave the class knowing the techniques of Old World Masters and with your very own leaded panel. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques. Additional tools may need to be purchased.

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

For more information: Contact McMow Art Glass

701 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011
F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

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

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

McMow Art Glass Announces 2016 Classes, Offers Special Discount During December Sale Event

McMow Art Glass is in the midst of their SALE WEEK and they are offering a discount on all classes listed in this article.  From beginners to advanced glass professionals, there is something for everyone!  What a perfect holiday gift!  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos.  Sign up now and get your discount!

 

 

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701 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011
F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

Here is the information for McMow Art Glass 

NEW CLASSES! 

Please note that all of our classes, including these, will be on sale (20% OFF)  12/8-12/12/15!

Other Discounts for supplies available until 12/12/15!

 

JANUARY 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

JAN2016

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday January 6th 6-8:30

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS

Saturday January 9th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE

Wednesday January 13th 5:30-8:30

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools the day of class!

 

FRAMING LAB

Saturday January 16th 9am-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Framing is one of the last steps in building a stained glass panel and one of the most important! Watch & learn the ins and outs of framing your stained glass projects. Lab participants will learn how to work with a variety of framing materials in this two and a half hour lab.

 

PANEL LAMPS

Saturday January 16th, 23rd, & 30th 12-3pm

$95.00 *Experience Required*

Lamps are one of the most sought after and treasured facets of the stained glass world. Create one of your own is this three-part class! Pattern, internal hardware, helpful stabilizing tools, and a copy of Wardell publications’ “Northern Shades” book will be included in the course cost! All other tools, glass, and materials will need to be provided or purchased by the student. A 15% discount will be offered on your choice of a lamp base the day of class. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday January 20th 6-8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

PATTERN ADAPTATION LAB

Saturday January 23rd 9-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn the art of designing your own pattern in this informative lab! The process for adapting a pattern from a photo or other reference will be discussed. The instructor will also review how to design to make cutting easier, when to use lead came vs. copper foil, and where hooks should go on your panels. Have a question about a pattern you want to work on? This is the time to ask a professional.

 

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday January 27th 6-8pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR KILN LAB

Saturday January 30th 9-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn all about your kiln in this informative lab! McMow Master, Phil, will explain the ins and outs of a kiln and how they work. All fusing levels welcome! Bring a paper and a pen to take notes. Phil will end the lab with a Question and Answer session.

FEBRUARY 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

 

 

FEBRUARY2016

 

 

PATTERN BAR CASTING

Wednesday February 3rd & Wednesday February 10th 6-8pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Learn how to construct and cast pattern bars in this two part class. Specific firing schedules and formulas will be discussed. Students will choose from a variety of Bullseye glass to use when creating a rectangular shaped cast piece. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge and cutting experience are required. All materials are included. If desired, Pieces may be slumped for an additional & discounted fee.

 

 

 

OPEN FACE KILN CASTING

Saturday February 6th & Saturday February 13th 9am-3pm

$350.00 *Experience Required*

Go to a new dimension with your fused art pieces in this two part class! Students will learn how to make a one-of-a kind, three-dimensional, cast glass piece by using clay and a plaster mixture in an open face kiln casting technique. It’s a class every fuser is sure to love. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

 

DICHROIC JEWELRY: EXPLORING DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Wednesday February 17th 5:30-8:30

$95.00 *Experience Required*

In this 3 hour course students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass. The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create two pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is required.

 

 

 

EXPERIMENTING WITH BULLSEYE GLASS:

THE ALCHEMY SERIES

Saturday February 20th 9am-12pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Bullseye Glass Company’s long history of artistic experimentation is just one of the many reasons we love their product. This is your opportunity to experiment with the latest edition to their line of reactive glass. Students will create their choice of a plate or sushi platter using silver foil and alchemy glass. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

                                                                             INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday February 20th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPRINTS IN GLASS

Wednesday February 24th 5:30-8:30pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Learn how to petrify live plant material into glass using the Fossil Vitra technique. Students will be provided with a variety of plant material, glass powders, and iridized glass to create their choice of a plate or sushi platter. All materials are included. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required.

 

 

 

GLASS PAINTING with PETER MCGRAIN

Friday February 26th, 27th, & 28th 9am-5pm

$800 *Beginner Level*

This 3-day workshop with world renowned glass artist, Peter McGrain, will include a fundamental overview of all the glass painting techniques with an emphasis on creative problem solving for a variety of aesthetic approaches. Techniques include tracing, matting, and the use of silver stains, enamels, and Vitri-Fusáille technique. Instruction includes several formula projects as well as an individual show piece by each student. This is a fantastic class for anyone who is interested in learning as much as they possibly can in a single workshop. No experience necessary. All materials include. PLEASE NOTE: a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Payment in full is required two weeks prior to workshop start date. No discounts, class credits, or special offers will be given or honored.

 

 

MARCH 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

 

Wednesday March 2nd 6-8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

MOSAIC MIRRORS

Saturday March 5th 9am-3pm

$125.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn how to create a beautiful mosaic mirror in this one day class. Taylor will walk you through the process of mosaics from beginning to end while you work on your beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation! Class will end with a grouting demonstration to be completed at home. Pattern will be provided and all materials are Included.

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday March 9th 6-8pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE

Saturday March 12th 9am-12pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 12th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

 

FUSAICS: SCENES OF THE SEA

Wednesday March 16th, 23rd, & 30th 5:30-8:30pm

$185.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Create a unique “under the sea” scene using both fused glass AND mosaic techniques! The first class will be spent learning the basics of fusing and creating fused glass adornments to be incorporated into your mosaic piece on the second week. Overall dimensions will be 12” x 12”; Create your own pattern or choose from one of ours. All materials are included.

 

 

MORTON SYSTEM LAB

Saturday March 19th 12-3pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

Looking to brush up on your Morton system skills? Then don’t miss this opportunity! Bring in your own Morton System and Phil will teach you how to use it. Don’t have a Morton System? NO PROBLEM! Borrow one of ours for the lab and special order one of your own at a discounted price!

 

 

LEAD CAME

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

If you are an intermediate student looking to take your work larger OR create professional looking panels, then this class is for you! With more than 30 years of experience, Jurgen will walk you through this ancient process step-by-step. Glass and lead is supplied, but you will need to bring your stained glass tools. Leave the class knowing the techniques of Old World Masters and with your very own leaded panel. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques. Additional tools may need to be purchased.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

 

For more information: Contact McMow Art Glass

701 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011
F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

 

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

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

“Impressions and Expressions” Exhibits Art by Nadine Meyers Saitlin and Rita F. Price

The City of Palm Beach Gardens visual arts series “GardensArt”, features “Impressions and Expressions” mixed media works by Nadine Meyers Saitlin and Rita F. Price from March 3 to April 3. The Opening reception is March 8th in the City Hall Lobby. The Rickie Report shares the information and hopes you will attend!

 

 

 

 

“IMPRESSIONS

AND

EXPRESSIONS”

A Collection of Prints, Drawings and Sculptures

By

Nadine Meyers Saitlin and Rita F. Price

 

 

Reception

March 8th   6 – 8 pm

 

City Hall

City of Palm Beach Gardens

10500 North Military Trail

 

 

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The City of Palm Beach Gardens visual arts series GardensArt, features Impressions and Expressions mixed media works by Nadine Meyers Saitlin and Rita F. Price from March 3 to April 3. The Opening reception is March 8, 6:00-8:00 pm. City Hall Lobby, 10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens and the public is welcome to attend.

 

 

Saitlin, "Portrait of Beautiful Drawing"

Saitlin, “Portrait of Beautiful Drawing”

 

 

Ms. Saitlin explores themes around “The Good Earth”. Her assemblage sculptures begin with a piece of wood, branch or twigs. These are wrapped and adorned with twine, raffia and leather and enhanced with beads and feathers.

 

 

 

Saitlin "From the Tool Box"

Saitlin, “From the Tool Box”

 

 

The sculptural pieces take on personalities that are captured in realistic detailed pencil drawings.

 

Saitlin, "Beautiful Sculpture"

Saitlin, “Beautiful Sculpture”

 

 

The enlarged drawings provoke visual exploration between object and drawing.

 

 

Price, "Coming and Going Series lll"

Price, “Coming and Going Series lll”

 

Ms. Price shares her love of image making through printmaking: etching and monotypes.

 

Price, "Earth if Bursting Forth with Life"

Price, “Earth if Bursting Forth with Life”

 

 

 

Her masterful use of these methodologies result in painterly and spontaneous artworks. Images evolve from an intense interest in nature, being drawn to organic shapes and their naturally strange formations.

 

Price, "Image"

Price, “Image”

 

Many of her prints were developed from sketches and photographs during travel, while other works are Rita’s narrative on tragic world events.

 

 

For more information about Rita F. Price’s art work, please contact price25@gmail.com  ritafprice.weebly.com

 

For more information about Nadine Meyers Saitlin’s art work, please contact saitlin@aol.com   www.saitlinportfolio.net

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

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291