Cynthia Zmetronak Delights At Artisans On The Ave, With Her Whimsical Canine And Feline Pottery. Free, Opening Reception January 19th

Cynthia Zmetronak is known for her whimsical canine and feline black and white pottery, as well as for more functional and traditional designs.  The public is invited to see her work and meet the artist at the Free, Opening Reception at Artisans On The Ave.  Enjoy the artwork and refreshments on Friday, January 19th!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.






Animal Loving Artist Delights With Her Fun-Loving Pottery





Free, Public Opening Reception:

Friday, January 19 


6  –  9   pm


Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162      561-582-3300

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



Come and meet Cynthia (sorry, her animals are staying at home) at an opening reception at Artisans on the Ave located at 630 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. The event is FREE and open to all. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 561-762-8162 or check the gallery out on Facebook.





In a house with – at a minimum – two dogs, three cats and any number of other rescue animals, you’ll find Cynthia hard at work creating whimsical, functional pottery in black and white. Proficient in working with clay as well as casting glass, she has been “playing with pottery” since childhood. Cynthia has taken her passion to new heights and has parlayed her expertise into teaching others.





A lifelong learner and creator, she constantly seeks to expand her technical and artistic skills. Recently, she participated in a creative artist community immersion program at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. “Making pottery, glass casting and teaching are passions”, says Cynthia. You can definitely see that passion, along with her sense of humor and clear love of all things furry, when you view her art. Mugs, dishes, clocks, you name it – her artwork is sure to make you smile – animal lover or not.




 “Making pottery, glass casting and teaching are my passions,” she says. A teacher as well as a potter, Cynthia believes it’s important for potters to start with a good foundation by learning basic building techniques. She loves to embellish her pieces by stamping, carving and altering the surfaces, and encourages students to start to channel their ideas once they have achieved that solid technique.




Cynthia began her love affair with fashioning the earth making mud pies in her backyard at age 4. Recognizing her interest and potential, her parents, also artistic, made sure she attended art school on the weekends. She first learned the wheel in 7th grade in New Jersey, and went on to earn multiple degrees and certifications in both art and teaching.


Passionate about clay, Cynthia is equally passionate about learning. She continues not only to give workshops, but to take them as well. Cynthia earned her BA in Education at Montclair University of Upper Montclair NJ; her MA Art Education and MA Education Technology at FAU. She ‘s attended the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, and Arrowmont School, and has studied with Cynthia Bringle, Gay Smith, Susan Feagan, Ronan Peterson, Jeff Oestrike, Sunshine Cobb, Tom Spleth, Deborah Horrell, Birdie Boone, and Matt Repsher.  In addition to being the owner of Westwind Pottery/Pottery-E, she has taught art in the Broward County Public Schools, Parkland, and ceramic sculpture at Penland. She is the past president of the Ceramic League of Palm Beach and the Broward College Potter’s Guild.






For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call: 561.762.8162
Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460






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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.





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.





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.






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.


Armory2016AIRChad Steve, Untitled, terracotta, 2016

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.





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 or call 561-832-1776 x33.





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Nicole Galluccio’s Pop:U:Lux SOLO Exhibit

Nicole Galluccio is an emerging artist from South Florida focused on creating acrylic and paper on canvas works. Her bright and energetic paintings are heavily influenced by pop culture, media tabloids, fashion, vintage patterns, comic art, and illustration. Her passion for art tends to navigate toward street art, graffiti artists, and 80’s pop artists.  The Rickie Report is pleased to announce her Pop:U:Lux SOLO Exhibit at South Shores in Lake Worth. There will also be a fundraising raffle to benefit Blooming With Autism.  Read more here.


 Nicole Galluccio


Pop:U:Lux Solo exhibition

South Shores

502 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth FL 33460

Opening Reception

Saturday June 7th 6-9 PM

Nicole’s work will be on exhibit now through June 23rd


Nicolepopulux promo



Nicole Galluccio has a BFA in Studio Art/Painting from Florida Atlantic University and has been painting for 19 years now. Her style is clearly unique and she feels grateful to have opportunities to share it within the local art community. Over the years, many people have relayed that her work makes them feel happy and has an energizing effect. She feels that may stem from her own enthusiasm shining through in her creative work.



The management at South Shores is launching a series of 6 week SOLO exhibitions by a number of local artists in the Lake Worth Community.   There will be a Fundraiser, as Nicole will be raffling an original 20″ x 20″ piece of art with 100% of the proceeds to benefit a local charity, Blooming With Autism. They assist families by providing grants to families whose children need therapies not covered by insurance, such as art and music therapy. You can learn more at
"Joy" by Nicole G

“Joy” by Nicole Galluccio

Nicole shares, “I find inspiration for my floral pieces from nature as well as vintage fabrics.  I spin them into a heavily exaggerated illustrative pop version. Often my work evolves through the process and takes on a slightly different direction than initially planned. I can be influenced by a new vibrant fabric I have found, where I can employ certain color combinations that intrigue me. Color theory was always my favorite class, I actually enjoyed mixing every shade of grey known to mankind and it is the one class I can say that has truly lent to my constantly evolving color palette”.
"Sentient Creature" by Nicole Galluccio

“Sentient Creature” by Nicole Galluccio

She explains, “After graduating in 1998, I needed to find better ways to hone my personal style plus create depth and contrast to my more flat illustrative works. In school, I had dabbled in using different media including paper and textural pieces. I utilized the definitive contrast of a black and white background against the vibrant colors. I have always been fascinated with the outrageous headlines in tabloid magazines.  I felt what better use of the exploitation of celebrity and America’s obsession with it!  In turn, I contrast it against something so beautiful in nature vs. something so, well garish and absurd, in our culture. Something beautiful, vibrant and inviting vs. something dark, which we are drawn to as a culture as the background. Along the way, I started filtering in some headlines and wording that struck me in positive ways as well”.
"Now" by Nicole Galluccio

“Now” by Nicole Galluccio

Nicole tells The Rickie Report, “My process is constantly in transition.   I create to evoke emotion (hopefully positive), sometimes a laugh  and sometimes deeper thought provocation. I maintain my creativity level by exposing myself to art as much as possible, networking with other artists, and exploring our local art scene and the world around me. We have so many interesting artists in our local art scene and everybody has a story….that keeps me engaged…like minded people give me inspiration”.  

For more information about Nicole’s art work please visit:  or  or or  561.901.9072.




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Patricia Maguire, the Artist Behind The Scene of 2014’s “Savor the Avenue”

Patricia Maguire’s painting was chosen by the Delray Downtown Development Authority as the official poster for 2014 “Savor The Avenue” celebration on March 27th.  The goal of Savor the Avenue is to showcase Downtown Delray Beach’s diverse collection of restaurants in a fun and unique way – one of the nation’s longest dining tables on one street!  All proceeds from the sale of Patricia’s poster and the original painting will go toward building the Delray Beach Pavilion.  The Rickie Report is pleased to introduce you to Patricia’s colorful and insightful work!  



Meeting Patricia Maguire


"Delray Image" by Patricia Maguire

“Delray Image” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia Maguire has been painting in Palm Beach county for 30 years.  “Delray Image” captures the essence of Delray Beach’s “Savor The Avenue” celebrations with vibrant colors.  All proceeds from the sale of her posters and the original painting will go toward the building of the Delray Beach Pavilion which is part of the beach beautification effort.  For more information about Savor the Avenue please contact The Downtown Development Authority at 561-243-1077.




“Grace” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She tells The Rickie Report, ” I consider myself fortunate to have learned about art from some very good teachers, beginning with the classical masters at museums and galleries in Buenos Aires as a child. Later, while living in Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, I was exposed to modern and vibrant art everywhere I turned”. 


"Amor Loco" by Patricia Maguire

“Amor Loco” by Patricia Maguire



We can see that Patricia has the ability to capture not only the natural beauty of a scene, but also its emotion. Her formal art education began at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art and continued with some Master level classes at Syracuse University. She also holds an MBA from FAU.


Patricia Maguire

Patricia Maguire, plein air painting at Jupiter Lighthouse

“South Florida has been my home now for over 30 years. I am the recipient of numerous awards for my oil, acrylic and enamel paintings and my work has been exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Cornell Museum in Delray Beach  and other art venues throughout South Florida. My paintings hang in galleries in Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale , New York, Cleveland, as well as in private and corporate collections in Brazil, Venezuela, Canada and throughout the USA”, she tells us.


"Evening Stroll" by Patricia Maguire

“Evening Stroll” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia’s paintings reflect her passion to capture light and shadows.  She teaches at the Delray Beach Center For The Arts and is a Signature Member of the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Delray Art League, the Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA), The American Society of Impressionist Painters. Patricia is also the founder of the Florida ‘Scape Artists.  Beyond the beauty of South Florida, she sketches and takes photographs for later reference wherever she travels. 


"View From Chair 17" by Patricia Maguire

“View From Chair 17” by Patricia Maguire


Patricia’s recent exhibition highlights include: Art Expo New York 2013, Red Dot Miami 2012 and The Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists’ Guild Biennial Show 2011.  When not on location, she paints out of her studio in Delray Beach.


"A Bridge in Florence"

“A Bridge in Florence” by Patricia Maguire


Patricia Maguire’s artwork has been included in numerous Publications, including:  Explore Palm Beach (Issue 1, 2013, Cover Photo),  Travel Host Magazine ( Spring 2013, page 32, Full page article),  Our Art, 2013 – Boca Raton Museum of Art (ISBN 978-1-4675-5749-8  page 50),  The Artist Showcase (Winter 2012, page 98, Full page article),  The Artist Showcase ( Fall 2012, pages 64-65 ),  Florida ‘Scape Artists  – A Collection Of  Plein Air Paintings (2011),  Art & Culture Magazine (Spring 2011 “Boca Bacchanal Art Competition Winner”, page 73),  Atlantic Ave Magazine (June 2011 “First Avenue Studio – Work In Progress”  page 90), and  A World Of Artists – Michael Joseph Publishing – 2010, page 99.


"Morning Breeze" by Patricia Maguire

“Morning Breeze” by Patricia Maguire



For more information about Patricia Maguire’s paintings or classes  please call 561-716-5686.  Please visit     or   or



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