Andrea Huffman In Palm Beach County: Exhibit At Daggerwing Nature NOW Through December 30, Holiday Boutique At Boca Art Museum December 14 & 15 Plus Sign Up For Her Workshop At Lighthouse Art Center January 22, 2022.

Fiber and mixed media artist, Andrea Huffman brings her artworks to Palm Beach County at three different venues. Don’t miss her exhibit at Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton (NOW through December 30, 2021). Check out her one-of-a-kind pillows, scarves, and journals for holiday gift giving at the Boca Museum Art School Faculty Holiday Market (December 14 & 15). Sign up and take a “Sun Print with Soy Wax Batik” Workshop on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.   The Rickie Report shares more details and some SNEAK PEEKS.

Andrea Huffman tells The Rickie Report, “I am intrigued with the small nuances in nature, the interdependence within every aspect of the natural world and its relationship to humanity.  Fiber offers tactile and dimensional qualities unlike other media, while essentially maintaining a two-dimensional surface”.





11435 Park Access Road    Boca Raton, FL 33498





Andrea’s work draws upon both fine art and craft traditions, as well as contemporary innovations. She says, “I create works of art on fabric to connect viewers to my personal experiences and observations of my environment”. 








Handmade Journals by Andrea Huffman




12- 5  pm

Tuesday, December 14 

Wednesday, December 15








One-of-a-kind pillows and handbags by Andrea Huffman



Andrea integrates various media, including drawing, painting, printmaking and digital imagery, with machine and hand stitching to embellish each image in a way that will emphasize and convey to the viewer, my initial fascination with my subjects.





Lighthouse ArtCenter    Gallery & 2D Studio

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, FL 33469       561-746-3101












Saturday, January 22, 2022

10 am – 4 pm

Level:  All Levels Welcome





Develop richly patterned fabrics, learn versions of traditional surface design techniques, see how textile pigments, modified soy wax “batik”, and a faux “sun-print” transforms plain fabric into original textiles that can be hung as works of art or used to create apparel, quilts, or home décor.

Apply soy wax as a resist with contemporary batik techniques (stamping, drawing, and painting), layer colors and designs with the fabric paints. Create a second piece by arranging interesting objects on fabric using fluid fabric paint. As the paint dries on the fabric, the objects will leave an impression. Completed pieces can also be further embellished with printing, stenciling, or fabric markers. Participants are encouraged to experiment and explore the versatility of both techniques.





About Andrea Huffman:


After attending the High School of Art and Design in New York City, Andrea Huffman moved to Florida, and received a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Florida International University.  She taught art for 31 years in Broward County Public Schools and retired from full time teaching in 2011 to pursue her own art practice.  Ms. Huffman has since exhibited locally and nationally in solo, juried, and group shows.  Receiving several awards for her work, including several Broward County Creative Investment Grants, Ms. Huffman was selected as one of only two Florida art educators for the first State Teachers Artist in Residence (STAR) program at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, awarded through the Florida Alliance for Arts Education in 2011.  She continues to share her passion for art through new teaching opportunities, including The Boca Museum Art School, Bailey Contemporary Art in Pompano (where she is a resident studio artist), as well as various other guilds and art centers throughout Florida.  Ms. Huffman is a member of the Surface Design Association and a co-founder of 6 Hands Collaborative, where she creates, exhibits, curates, and teaches art in collaboration with other artists.




For more information about these workshops, exhibits, classes and her artwork:





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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986




Mary Catello Offers 2 Day Workshop At Armory Art Center To Create Luminaries With Handmade Paper March 27-28

Mary Catello is a visionary artist, whose expertise has been instrumental in expanding the Armory Art Center’s Fiber Department.  Mary’s ability to show the versatility of paper as an artistic medium is well known, as her fiber artistry has been celebrated nationally and locally.  Sign up for her 2 Day “Luminaries With Handmade Paper” Workshop, March 27 – 28, 2020 and experience the excitement of papermaking!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks. Register early, as space is limited!






811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776




M A R Y       C A T E L L O









9:30-4:30  Both Days

Tuition $264

Lab fee $40

Please register early, limited space




Luminary With handmade Paper by Mary Catello



Luminaries with Handmade Paper

This two-day workshop will be an adventure into papermaking with an artistic goal. Each student will work with both cotton and abaca pulp and learn to form sheets of paper. Using reed and/or natural materials they will build a form to be covered with their newly designed paper to create a paper lantern.

This workshop offers the opportunity to experiment, learn and play.




While Mary Catello is predominantly a self-taught fiber artist, she has worked with and studied under some of the most successful artists in the field. Mary has received both local and national acclaim for mind-bending creations. Twice, she has had pieces selected to tour through the US with the National Basketry Association. Locally her paper jewelry, organic sculptures and installations have been juried into art venues from Miami Dade to Martin County. 



In addition to hours of studio work, Mary has been an instructor at the Armory Art Center for seven years.  As the Armory expands their scope of courses in the Fiber Department, Mary has been instrumental in organizing and promoting the study of paper as a diverse fiber with unlimited potential. Her workshops have included paper making, paper casting, paper jewelry and paper mache as a sculptural medium.



Luminary with handmade paper by Mary Catello




Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.


In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born!


Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is! Her work is unique and identifiable.


For more information, please contact Mary:








The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For more information, visit or call (561) 832-1776




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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986




Mixed Media Fiber Artist, Andrea Huffman, Offers Classes And Workshops At Bailey Contemporary Arts

South Florida fiber artist Andrea Huffman is teaching some new classes at the Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) in Pompano Beach, FL. An Artist in Residence at BaCA, Andrea offers a “Concept to Creation” multiple session workshop (begins April 16) and one-day workshops: Nature Print Notecards (May 4), Fabric covered mini journals (June 8), and Create your very own hand-painted canvas tote bag (June 29).  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Check out PENTA, an exhibit at BaCA, where Andrea’s artistry is featured through April 25.






Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1st Street      Pompano Beach, FL 33060.


 Tuesday through Friday: 10 am – 6 pm Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Sundays & Mondays: CLOSED

Offering contemporary art exhibits, workshops & classes!



Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents:  

Workshops  & Classes With Andrea Huffman






Fiber artist Andrea Huffman received a Master’s degree in Art Education from Florida International University and taught art in Florida Public Schools for over 30 years. She has exhibited her art throughout Florida and nationally, receiving numerous awards and recognitions, including several grants and a Residency at the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida. Although Andrea has retired from teaching in the public school system, she continues to share her passion for art, teaching classes and workshops in fiber art and mixed media at museums, guilds and community outreach venues.





Begins April 16, alternating Tuesdays  6  –  8 pm



• Creative but not sure where to start?
• Lost for new ideas or stuck in a rut?
• Not sure how to develop a meaningful series?
• Intimidated by the blank canvas (or page?)


Concept to Creation is a multiple session workshop to inspire artists to tap deeply into their creativity. Each week Creative exercises such as concept mapping, tapping into personal histories, or collage provide means to discover your unique artistic style, personal symbols, and imagery.

Students will work in a sketchbook along with other media of the student’s choosing. This class is geared toward artists of all levels, working in any medium.


Concept Art by Andrea Huffman


April 16: Abstraction from Realism; how far to alter reality.

April 30: Personal archaeology, digging for meaningful ideas.

May 14: Figure/ ground exploration: Altering positive/negative space for dynamic composition

May 28: Mind/ Concept mapping for developing a body of work.

Time allotment: 4 sessions/2 hours each | Age: teen through adults | |Class Fee: $30/student/session

Min. enrollment: 5 | Max. enrollment: 12



Concept Art by Andrea Huffman

One-Day Fun Saturday Workshops:



Nature Print Notecards        Saturday, May 4

10 AM to 1 PM


Nature print notecards by Andrea Huffman



 Nature print notecards- welcome summer with colorful printed notecards using locally sourced plants, stencils and found objects.

12 Person Maximum.  Cost $50 all supplies provided.







Fabric Covered Mini-Journal  

Saturday, June 8

11 AM to 3 PM




Fabric Covered Mini-Journal- begin your travels, real or imagined, with a journal filled with hand-painted pages and stamped fabric cover.   

Age: teen through adults | Min. enrollment: 5 | Max enrollment: 12 | Class Fee: $70



 It’s in the Bag   – Saturday, June 29



It’s in the Bag- Make a fashion statement at the beach, the farmer’s market or a picnic with your very own hand-painted canvas tote bag.





On view until April 25




For more information about these workshops, classes, exhibit or Andrea’s artwork:

on Facebook at Andrea Huffman Art Work

afhuffman on Instagram






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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986



“Stand Up SPEAK OUT” Art Exhibit Premieres At Armory Art Center At City Place

Fiber artist  Mary Catello, believes that art can be a visual voice for social and political issues. Her powerful installation art exhibit, “Stand Up SPEAK OUT” will premiere at the Armory Art Center At City Place in West Palm Beach, FL.  The Exhibit will be open Thursday through Sunday, July 19 – 22 and July 26 – 29th.Well known for her basketry, Mary has taken the issues of assault and abuse to a new creative level.  Her goal is to bring this exhibit on tour, offering an opportunity for conversations, seeking resources for help, and stemming the tide of these behaviors.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibit and a sneak peek. We hope that after you read this article and see the exhibit, you will contact Mary to invite her to bring her exhibit to a venue near you.









“Stand Up SPEAK OUT”

Mary Catello



Thursday,  July 19- Sunday, July 22nd


Thursday, July 26- Sunday, July 29th


Armory Art Center at City Place

700 Rosemary Avenue  Suite 136

West Palm Beach, FL 33401



Mary Catello With “Stand Up SPEAK OUT”



Mary Catello tells The Rickie Report, “Six months of research, interviews, and studio work are coming to the end.  Art can be a visual voice for social and political issues… From the minute I started this project, I knew I wanted it to be seen by thousands, millions, everyone. I want a face and a story to help bring awareness to sexual abuse. I want people to see how the majority of victims go through life never sharing their pain”.


“I’m asking all viewers that have experienced any assault or abuse to safely add a “post it” comment to the walls surrounding the girls. I anticipate an  overwhelming number of “post its” adding up as “Stand Up SPEAK OUT” tours the United States. I want the magnitude of “post its” to add to the power of the installation. I want the visual of these girls to promote open conversations about respect, protection, and changing our abusive society. I want males and females to know they can and should stand up and speak out”!   Mary will have printed literature and information for help-lines and resources.



For more information please visit: Facebook:  Mary Catello


Palm Beach Help Line:   561.833.7273

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network):  800.656.4673




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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

“Israel Visual” Exhibit Showcases 2D And 3D Art By Israeli Artists Living In South Florida

The Mandel JCC shares a special exhibit to celebrate “IsraelDays: A Festival of Arts & Culture”. The public is invited to the Free Opening reception on Tuesday, April 25th of  ” Israel Visual: Israeli Artists Living in South Florida”, curated by Rolando Chang Barrero and Ilene Adams. The Exhibit continues until May 5th.  The Festival celebrates Israel’s past, present and future through an artistic viewpoint including an international photography exhibit, engaging author discussions, film screenings and an inspiring art exhibit that features the work of local Israeli artists. The Fourth Annual Festival runs through Tuesday, May 16, with events featured at various locations throughout Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this art exhibit and some sneak peeks.






A Festival of Arts & Culture at the JCC




“Israel Visual: Israeli Artists Living in South Florida”

Art Exhibition

Curated by Rolando Chang Barrero and Ilene Adams

Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches
5221 Hood Road     Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

 Opening Reception:

Tuesday, April 25, at 6:00 pm

Free Tickets: Guest


Exhibit runs  April 24, through Friday, May 5, 2017



Art Synergy, ( in partnership with the Jewish Federation, has curated a special exhibition featuring Israeli artists living in south Florida. The exhibit “Israel Visual, showcases four talented and diverse artists, working in varied media, from fiber art to digitally enhanced paintings.  Ilene Gruber Adams and Rolando Chang Barrero were contacted to help put together the exhibit that that will be on display at the Bente & Daniel S. Lyons Art Gallery at the Mandel JCC – Palm Beach Gardens, beginning Monday, April 24, through Friday, May 5.



Guests will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in a culturally enriching exhibition featuring works created by four local Israeli artists. The opening reception is Tuesday, April 25, at 6:00 pm and is open to the public.  The artist all have a connection to Israel, and many are grown children of Holocaust survivors. The artists are Leora Stewart Klaymer, Judy “Yudit” Eisingber, Linda Behar in collaboration with Raheleh T. Filsoofi and the late Dina Knapp.





“Virgin Bride” by Leora Stewart Klaymer


Leora, born in Jerusalem, has taught in Philadelphia, New York and right here in South Florida.  She is a fiber artist and her work has been shown extensively world-wide.” My Fiber constructions are based on my observations of Nature and are a metaphor for the cycles of growth in life and in the natural world – landscapes, seascapes, cell structures, organic forms built with different fibers, along with beads, feathers, coral shards using a variety of textile techniques to create these three dimensional abstracted, structures” Leora explains.



“Popsicle Flowers” by Judy Eisinger


Judy Eisinger, a graphic designer and painter exhibiting colorful paintings created using both tradition painting methods and digital art. Born in Budapest, Hungary, and escaping that communist country in 1956, Judy moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she began painting at an early age and, at 13, took first place for the design of the City Holiday Card. Judy studied fine art at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cooper School of Art, which led to a four-year scholarship to Kent State University. After graduating with honors, Judy began her painting career by showing her colorful paintings at the Shaker Heights Artist’s Cooperative Gallery. Her work soon became sought after and now hangs in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.  She and her family moved to Israel where Judy designed greeting cards for LION Printing in Tel Aviv.  She has illustrated a children’s book, taught graphic design as an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Community College and is the owner and creative lead of Yudit Design (




“Peace Labyrinth” by Linda Behar and Raheleh T. Filsoofi


Linda Behar’s current work explores a new approach to feminist concepts that are being explored by many artists: the idea of separating personal identity from the body, and digitally objectifying the female figure. Her work combines laser cutting with traditional printmaking techniques, specifically woodblock printing. Her work here, “Peace Labyrinth”, endeavors to promote peace and tolerance through the discovery of what we hold in common. The artists, Linda Behar, who is of Jewish heritage and Raheleh T. Filsoofi, who is of Iranian heritage, intend to bring diverse communities together in conversation and to send a message of tolerance and acceptance throughout the world.




 Collage by Dina Knapp


Dina Knapp, is known for making wearable art an art form. Her history and memory series compress history and culture through a layering of objects and images incorporating nostalgic postcards, painting, crochet, vintage fabrics, found objects and tourist souvenirs.  Born in Cyprus and raised in Israel and New York City by Holocaust survivors, Dina died this past October, at 69, of cancer.




For more information about this exhibit please contact:

Rolando Change Barrero, The Box Gallery, 786-521-1199,

Ilene Adams, The Marketing Works: 561-346-0172,







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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Armory Art Salon Features Pip Brant And Duane Brant “Our Back Yard”

Featured Armory Art Salon Artists, Pip Brant and Duane Brant work independently and collaboratively on socially provocative installations and works in many media. Both grew up in the West and Mid-west and say that their experiences have profoundly influenced their work.  Armory ART SALONS offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. The discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. This is an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and sharing useful resources. The Rickie Report shares more details and some photos of Pip and Duane’s work. We applaud Art Salon facilitator, Elle Schorr, and urge you to attend this learning/networking opportunity.







Armory Art Center Presents


Pip Brant and Duane Brant:

“Our Back Yard”

Tuesday, November 3

6:30 -8:30 pm

$10. to Attend, Pay at the Door

Armory Art Center Library

1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401




The Armory Art Center hosts a variety of Art Salon groups. These groups hold meetings to discuss, display, and share the work of the participants and / or invited guests. All salons are $10 payable at the door and meet in the Armory Library. Enjoy stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries.  The Art Salon is curated by Elle Schorr.






Pip and Duane Brant work independently and collaboratively on socially provocative installations and works in many media. Both grew up in the West and Mid-west and say that experiences there have profoundly influenced their work.




Pip Brant  “Cavalry Stitch”



Pip Brant is primarily a fiber artist, and usually works on themes regarding social and environmental issues. Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Her Battlefield Re-enactment Series are embroideries that she says are a stage in a process of distancing the memories of battles fought in the 19th century, and now are full of suppositions and decomposed histories.  In her Hasenblut Series, (German for rabbit blood), Pip says she is “trying to honor the rabbit’s life with images made with its life-blood to create images of longing and perhaps a memorial to the animals that lent their life to mine.”




“The Flying Carpet” by Pip Brant and Duane Brant



Pip has a BFA from University of Montana and a MFA from University of Wyoming. Since 1999, she has been Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, Florida International University, Miami. She grew up and was educated in five different American Indian reservations, mostly Sioux, in the Dakotas and Montana, where her father worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She states “They have a disconnection unlike any other place in the United States. They are vestiges of American Manifest Destiny and other bad deals”. She says “My summers on a German Immigrant Family farm, in South East North Dakota, also did their best to seek out a recreation of the connections of life and death and absurdity… Growing up there did result in a close relationship with the cycles of life. These include raising my own food. Art production and farming have been strong links in my work.”




“Pink Lady” by Pip Brant and Duane Brant




Duane Brant has a BA degree in ceramics and metal smithing from the University of Montana and an MFA in printmaking, sculpture, and performance at the University of Wyoming. Duane has lived and worked in Ohio, Montana, Wyoming, and London, England, and since 1999 has been an adjunct teacher at Barry University and Florida International University, in addition to his studio time. He has exhibited nationally, and internationally. In 1993 his collaborative work was awarded a New Forms Regional Initiative program with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller and Andy Warhol Foundations He’s been awarded the Wyoming Visual Arts Fellowship, the Florida Follies purchase award by the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, and Fulbright fellowships to England and Japan, studying contemporary art, performance art and pedagogy. Since 2002, he has worked with bonsai trees, and designs and creates all the pots for the trees in his collection.






Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources. Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr.





All Salons meet in Library on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn left on Park Place. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.


For more information:

Please visit for more information about classes, workshops, lectures and exhibits.




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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Art And Kimono Exhibit Will Offer Lectures And Sales Of Wearable Art

The kimono is a simple garment with a complex history of weaving, dyeing, and embroidery techniques reflecting the cultural changes of Japan. Barbara Cheives of Afrasia Design Studio and Anthony and Trina Burks of ATB Fine Art are bringing  an Art and Kimono Exhibit and Sale to Palm Beach County.  This exhibit and shopping event includes vintage kimono, haori jackets, and obi along with décor items, and wearable art created from vintage Japanese textiles.  This is a unique opportunity to experience the fascinating story of kimono while learning to wear and decorate with the garments and the textiles.  World renown kimono researcher and merchant, Les Kozuki will be on hand!  The Rickie Report knows this will appeal to history buffs, Asian art lovers, textile junkies and fabric hounds.  Bring your Fabric Guild and Quilting Buddies! We share a few sneak peeks and suggest you mark your calendars now for Friday, May 15th through Sunday, May 17th!  Ronald Shaffer Interiors will host this event.




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Art & Kimono Exhibit & Sale

History of Kimono & Japanese Textiles Lectures

Hosted by

The Paint Store at Ronald Shaffer Interiors

1800 Upland Road   West Palm Beach, FL


Friday, May 15th

6:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Opening Night Celebration
Be among the first to experience a unique blend of
the Asian experience with the contemporary art


Saturday, May 16th

Interactive Lectures
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – “The Evolution of Kimono: Cracking the Kimono Code”
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – “Kimono Redux: Modern Adaptations”

The Exhibit is open 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

6:00 – 8:00 Jazz at the Gallery with the Unorthodox Duo – SAMM with Jamie Ousley



Sunday, May 17th

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Interactive Student Lecture
“What the Heck is Kimono? A Colorful Conversation about Vintage Japanese Garments as Art”

1:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Sunday Afternoon at the Exhibit


10% of all sales will be donated to the following local nonprofit organizations: Community Partners, U.B. Kinsey Education & Community Center, YWCA of Palm Beach County









Vintage Kimono has fascinated Leslie Kozuki for most of his adult life. This fascination has lead him to spend most of the last 30 years actively selling and researching Vintage Kimono, Obi, as well as other Asian textiles and Art.


Les Kuz

Les Kozuki, World Renown Kimono Expert



Born and raised in Hawaii, Les was immersed in multi-culturalism.  Being Japanese American, kimono were easily accessible. His research began with questioning his parents and older family members, then extended to books, and participation in cultural interest groups. Les considers himself a merchant/researcher and is perhaps the most widely travelled Kimono salesman in the USA. His trunk show and lecture circuit has ranged throughout the United States Mainland. For the past six years, his focus has been in Hawaii, including the islands of Kauai, Maui and Oahu. He is tracking the evolution of the Kimono and its fabric, right here in the United States. 



Barbara Cheives, of Afrasia Design Studio

Barbara Cheives, of Afrasia Design Studio


Barbara tells The Rickie Report, “Back in the 90’s I accompanied Les to several of his shows, most notably the Houston International Quilt Festival. Through Les’ tutelage I developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan. I also have a natural affinity for the African culture and discovered that many of the colors and textures of the African textiles formed a beautiful “marriage” with Japanese textiles. This union resulted in the birth of my artist’s moniker – “Afrasia”.


"Krazy Kimono" by Barbara Cheives

“Krazy Kimono” by Barbara Cheives

“Though the Japanese garments are vintage and no longer being worn, the beauty of the textiles are timeless. It seems natural to re-purpose these fabrics into wearable art – scarves and purses and decorative art – pillows, runners and wall hangings. Not wanting to lose an inch of the silks, I make use of the scraps to design small collages and greeting cards. Embellished with African & Asian inspired trims, beads, and “found” items my art is a form of ‘Multi-cultural Recycling’!”



"Sancha McBurnie" by Anthony Burks

“Sancha McBurnie” by Anthony Burks


Completing and complimenting the theme of multiculturalism, Anthony Burks will be exhibiting his mixed media paintings.  He is one of the most unique conceptual artists in America. His paintings mix colored pencils, watercolor, pen, and ink, and are characterized by his unusual choice of colors. Whether depicting birds, animals, or people, Anthony is able to convey the intertwining of their beauty and their strength. He chooses his subjects because of what they mean to him, and he tells their stories through his combination of realistic forms, bright colors, and abstract images.  A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Anthony has exhibited at galleries, museums, and events for over twenty years. His painting “Freedom 2001” can be found in the Cornell Museum Permanent Collection.  Anthony mentors fellow artists young and old, teaching them his techniques and encouraging them to pursue their own creative talents. He is also the co-founder of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers where he curates shows for other artists and promotes the local arts scene. He is presently working on a coffee table book of his paintings and drawings.


"Never Along" by Anthony Burks

“Never Along” by Anthony Burks



Anthony tells The Rickie Report,My works result from the blending of my mind and heart. It is a gift from God that I love and cherish immensely. Whether choosing a bird, animal or beautiful woman as my subject, I achieve diversity by incorporating into my art bright colors and abstract images. I want my audience to be as free in viewing my work as I am in creating it. Change is a challenge for many artists, but I have learned to embrace it. I am constantly inspired by the artists that I mentor and the shows that I curate. My artwork evolves as I create new collections that tell new stories. I am eager to tackle the next stage of my artistic journey.”


For more information about this event please contact Barbara Cheives at:





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Louise Noakes Offers “Tribute to The Queens”

It all started in 1950’s in Louise Noakes’ family living room where her father and uncle would dress up in their wives’ clothing to entertain the family. Fast forward to 2011, Louise attends a drag brunch at Perrys in D.C. where she discovers inspiration for a new photo-altering series.  She’s been photographing drag queens to capture the colorful experiences close to her childhood memories ever since. Not wanting to leave them as straight forward photographs, she experiments with each image. She describes the process as many hours of reducing the photograph into solid colors, layer-by-layer, and sometimes leaving only a fragment of the original image. The Rickie Report invites you to see her work on Friday March 21st.   “This is not going to be a boring wine and cheese opening at all,” Louise says. The event will feature meeting the queens, a game of matching the queen in and out of drag and lots of the bubbly and chocolate kisses.  Details are here.




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Born in Toronto, Canada Louise Noakes started taking photographs at the age of 19. She graduated from The Center for Creative Studies College of Art and Design in Detroit, Michigan with a major in photography and a minor in fiber arts. Working in many facets of photography has made for an interesting career for her. Starting while still in college, she worked in Medical photography in an urban Detroit hospital. In 1982 she moved to Washington DC to work as a photo journalist for States News Service.
"Bird on Head" by Louise Noakes

“Bird on Head” by Louise Noakes

Returning to fine art photography in 2002, she started shooting in digital and soon began experimenting, printing on different substrates and mixed media. She has won many awards for her experimental work and for 8 years her work was exhibited at Multiple Exposures, a photography gallery in the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia. In July of last year she left a position as Education Director at an Art Center in Northern Virginia to purchase one of the Artists Lofts in Lake Worth.
"Diva 4" by Louise Noakes

“Diva 4” by Louise Noakes

Louise was always interested in art, and as a child would take the extra paints from her paint-by-numbers sets and paint on cardboard. My dad was
a physicist and worked with some Japanese colleagues, who would bring the latest cameras into the states.  She says, “That’s how I got my first real camera. It turned out to be the best gift I ever received. It was a gift of looking at the world with more inquisitive and passionate insight. It changed my life. I started working in the darkroom immediately. Experimenting with
the image by solarizing, making photo silkscreens and printing on
substrates such as mirrors.”
"A Night In" by Louise Noakes

“A Night In” by Louise Noakes

Louise tells The Rickie Report , “Like a rebirth, after resisting digital photography, I finally bought a digital camera and computer. In the last few years, I have been working in digital photography and mixed media. Again I experiment  in every way I can think of and on every material, taking prints out of  the computer and combining them with traditional mediums and any new products, when they become available. Every subject matter moves me,
whether it be  a landscape, still life or portrait. I make art by documenting
my travels and everyday life. One of my greatest pleasures when sharing
my work, is making someone look a little closer, smile or relate to
something about their life and shares it back with me.”
"Lovely" by Louise Noakes

“Lovely” by Louise Noakes

This project has taken Louise to places such as D.C.’s Town Dance Boutique and Perrys Restaurant, Lips in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Olivia Jones in Hamburg, Germany, Lucky Cheng’s in NYC, and the divas in Lake Worth. This ongoing series is a tribute to all of the ladies who, time-after-time, give it their all.


"Sultry Queen" by Louise Noakes

“Sultry Queen” by Louise Noakes

On Friday March 21 from 8 p.m.-12 a.m., “This is not going to be a boring wine and cheese opening at all,” Louise says. The event will feature meeting the queens, a game of matching the queen in and out of drag and lots of the bubbly and chocolate kisses.

For more information please contact Louise at  or visit


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Fiber Artist, Leora Klaymer Stewart Offers Art Work and Workshops

 When writing about a fiber artist, the images usually conjured up include “wearable art” pieces, but Leora Stewart jumps beyond that seemingly ‘ordinary genre’ and brings a new way of thinking to fiber art.  The Rickie Report is eager to share her artwork because she has so much to offer in terms of teaching workshops, leading classes and providing amazing artwork for your home, office or yacht.


Leora Klaymer Stewart

Fiber Artist



Will Offer a Four Week (one day a week)

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Armory Art Center

Begins Tuesday, April  30th   10 am – 5 pm

Students will Learn basic Tapestry Weaving techniques and design and weave a finished piece. To register call 561-832-1776 and speak with the registrar.




“Netscape”: Collaged Box with Wrapped Elements

It is the threads of our lives that bring together friendships, circumstances and family into a meaningful pattern.  Leora Klaymen Stewart  is not only adept with these skills, but she literally uses fiber to create her art pieces.

In an interview by John Nelander, a Special to the Palm Beach Daily News on November 9, 2009, it becomes clear that Leora “wove a highly successful career using threads of rich experiences from her childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.”Her family’s life in the days of pre-Israel Palestine lent a certain understanding to how the underpinnings of any tapestry must begin with closely woven and strong threads. Emigrating to South Africa in 1947, her parents were in charge of an orphanage which housed 80 children.   While Leora’s family had their own apartment,  she tells Nelander ,

“In a way, I was part of the orphanage, although I attended a different school. I made friends and celebrated holidays with the kids. I ate meals with them. “My best friend was from the orphanage — her name was Storm.

“These were children between 8 and 18, kids who came from broken homes, divorces or other situations. On weekends their parents might pick them up, or an aunt. It wasn’t that they were children who were totally destitute, they were getting a good education.”

It had an emotional affect on both Leora and her parents — she being an only child, her parents as well after each suffered deep losses in the Holocaust. “Both of their families were wiped out — my father lost his entire family and my mother lost her family.

“They lived all this. Here they were, directors of this orphanage and then they find out that their families were all murdered. So the orphanage became kind of an extended family. It was a wonderful experience for me.”


“Intertwined Metafossil”: Woven linen with hand made paper and wrappings


In the 1050’s, Leora’s family moved to Detroit. Both parents loved teaching and nurturing young people, in a time when Detroit was ripe with change and promise.  Leora reminisces about being in class with Diana Ross at the arts school, Cass Commerce.  

According to,  “More than 50,000 students graduated from it, and hundreds of thousands of others walked its halls. Among the distinguished students who wandered the old Cass Tech’s halls: singer Diana Ross, comedians Lily Tomlin and David Alan Greer, auto executive John DeLorean, former Miss USAs Carol Gist and Kenya Moore, violinist Regina Carter, jazz musicians Donald Byrd and Earl Kluge, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Compuware CEO Peter Karmanos. Aviator Charles Lindbergh’s mother, Evangeline Lindbergh, taught chemistry at Cass from 1922 until 1942.”


  She shares, “On receiving my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1968, I was awarded a travel grant which I used to travel to East Africa and Israel which had an important influence on further developing my artwork in Fiber as I designed rugs that were woven in Ethiopia and I designed a rug that was woven in Israel.”  She tells us it was the perfect time to travel to these exotic places, many of which were populated with idealistic Peace Corps volunteers.”   After living in an artists’ village in Israel, she returned to the U.S. to teach. 

Leora tells The Rickie Report, “Upon returning to the USA I was awarded the first of two National Endowment for the Arts Grants which gave me the time to create work and set up a studio.  I began my teaching career at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, where I established an undergraduate and a graduate program in the Fiber Arts in 1970.”

“I moved to New York City in 1974 and set up a studio where I created large scale architectural commissioned works that were installed in a number of major institutions around the country. I also had a number of one and two person exhibitions in Art Galleries and had my work placed in numerous Corporate Collections,” she explains.


“Netscape Sea and Sky”: Woven linen with hand made paper and wrappings

She taught a course in the Fiber Arts for 20 years at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  In 2001, Leora had a 10 year retrospective exhibit at the 2/20 Gallery in New York and in 2006 she relocated to Florida.

Stewart is very quick to point out that she is not retired. And The Rickie Report can understand why.  To work on this article took a number of emails back and forth to find a good time for us to speak.  She is very busy!

One of Leora’s  strengths is networking (another component of fiber design: a fiber creation does not stand by one thread alone).  A colleague, photographer Ray Neubert, shares that ,”Leora is always interested in what other people are doing. So many artists view other people’s art through the lens of their own work. She very open-minded.” Leora’s fiber pieces have been displayed at the Palm Beach International Airport.


Since settling in Palm Beach, FL, Leora has been teaching a class in Fiber Arts at the Armory Art Center  located in West Palm Beach.  True to her nurturing and networking inner being, the students who have taken her course have now developed into a group which meets once a month.  They discuss and exchange ideas on different areas of the Fiber Arts and related Arts as well.  They view exhibitions, are involved in workshops, invite guest artists to present work, and further develop as individual artists.  If other fiber artists are interested, please contact  Leora at:


“Entanglements” – Natural hemp fiber, knotted and wrapped with crystal beads.  This piece was created as a site specific installation  at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, FL and was inspired by the intertwining of the banyan/ficus trees in the Gardens where it hung between these two majestic trees as part of EARTHDAY Celebrations, 2010.

In a recent Artist Statement, Leora tells us , “Since living in Florida my work has evolved and grown in a new direction being influenced by my surroundings, the sea and the sky and the lush vegetation. These works are based on my observations of nature and the pieces are horizontal emphasizing their relation to landscape.  I refer to them as “landscape structures”.  The pieces are created by using natural fiber threads with handmade papers and copper wire and are constructed using several textile techniques and I consider these pieces to be similar to forms and structures found in nature as one of constant growth and change.

“These abstract constructions are based on my observations of forms and structures found in nature.  Layers are the focus of my work in several ways: as components of physical structure, as elements of process, and as metaphor for constant change and growth.  The materials are natural fibers, hand-made papers, bamboo reeds, metal wires, glass beads and other found objects. I manipulate these materials using a variety of techniques to construct the pieces, which I refer to as ‘Landscape Structures.'”, she explains.


For more information please visit Leora’s website or send her an email

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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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420