Purchase Your Fabulous Flamingos With Blooms To Benefit Fort Pierce Art Club And Garden Club. Bidding Is Open On-Line With Finale On Saturday, March 20

On Saturday, March 20, 2021 the Garden Club of Fort Pierce will host the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Fabulous Flamingos with Blooms. Beautifully embellished yard ornament flamingos by professional and student artists from Somerset Preparatory College Academy and St. Lucie West Centennial High School will be auctioned at the event. Proceeds will fund the Club’s youth and Student Fine Art Scholarships. Information and applications for the Fine Art Scholarships will be posted on the Club’s website at the end of April. See photos of the Fabulous Flamingos online or visit the originals in downtown Fort Pierce‘s store windows and businesses. The auction bidding is now open online and closes at 4 PM on Saturday, March 20.  The Rickie Report shares the links and information to see the Fabulous Flamingo auction and more club information. Don’t miss our sneak peeks of some flamingos!



Fabulous   Flamingos   with   Blooms  



Saturday, March 20, 2021





911 Parkway Drive   Fort Pierce, FL











Starting bids on all flamingos are $15.00

Photos of the Flamingos, more Details, and Bid:







“Over The Top” by Allison Divan




The Garden Club of Fort Pierce, 911 Parkway Drive, will host “Flamingos with Blooms” on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from Noon to 4 PM. The flamingos donated by Carl and Kathryn Hensley were enhanced by artists from the Fort Pierce Art Club and along the Treasure Coast.



“Fla-Bling-O Family” by Barbara Tarantino




The event will include the auction of the artistic flamingos, the sale of plants, raffle prizes and floral decor. Many of the flamingos will be for inside as well as outside. The proceeds from the sale of the plants, raffles, and floral designs will support the 70 year old Garden Club. The proceeds from the Flamingos will go to the Fort Pierce Art Club Scholarship fund which will be given out in April to local students, both in junior high to adult. Bidding for the flamingos is now online and will be available during the event starting now. Go to www.fortpierceartclub.orgto see photos of the flamingos, get more details, and bid.





“The Ballerina” by Maggie Cook



For information and to learn more, please contact Blanca Rancourt, the Garden Club of Fort Pierce at (772) 461-9725 or Jeanne Johansen, the Fort Pierce Art Club (772-579-1529). Please follow both organizations on Facebook. Both Fort Pierce clubs are 501(c)3 organizations with decades of community services.



Hibiscus Flamingo” by Bailie Cantin



Finished flamingos may be seen online at www.fortpierceartclub.org and in the following store windows and businesses downtown Fort Pierce: CenterState Bank, Chaney’s Floral Shop, Old Florida Coffee Co, SLC Chamber of Commerce Seven Gables House, the Carlton Center, 2nd Street Art Gallery, Rooster in the Garden Restaurant, and Wallflower Frame Gallery.




For questions about any of these events, calls to artists, upcoming workshops, or how to become a member of this vibrant arts organization:

Call:  772-579-1529 (Jeanne Johansen)

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

Visit: www.fortpierceartclub.org




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How Chaos Theory and Fractals Influence Deborah Bigeleisen’s Artistic Vision

When you see her art, you are transformed.  Deborah Bigeleisen’s florals intensely magnify everything.  You are only looking at portion of a petal on a large canvas.  And yet you understand innately that you are seeing only a smaller part of the larger whole.  While maintaining a studio in West Palm Beach, Bigeleisen’s art career is taking her to all parts of the globe. The Rickie Report knows you will appreciate how her philosophy informs her artistry when you see it!


Conception 4 Units

Conception 4 Units


The Englishman Fine Art Gallery will be showing her work at the upcoming Naples Art, Antique and Jewelry Show February 7 – 11 and at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 15 – 19. In addition, Deborah’s work will be on exhibit with CK Contemporary of San Francisco for the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair February 15-17th  and she will have a Solo show at The Englishman Fine Art Gallery in Naples, FL on March 14th.  http://www.theenglishmanusa.com/new/default.asp  and http://ckcontemporary.com/ 



CK Contemporary is the living master artists gallery expansion of the Christopher Clark Fine Art Gallery of 19th and 20th century master works. Using light as her muse, Deborah works with oils and glazing mediums applying more than twenty translucent layers to mold her forms and give them a new life-force!




She tells us, “As an artist who has always used natural forms as my subject and began my career by painting Rembrandt-like portraits of white roses, my interest in Chaos Theory and fascination with one of its components – fractals – has permanently transformed my artistic vision. To paraphrase William Blake, I see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of my hand, and eternity in an hour.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHer subject is no longer simply a flower.  Bigeleisen has discovered an inexhaustible richness of the structure that goes beyond what is recognizable to the naked eye. “By peeling away the layers and magnifying the image to its core, I’ve gained a deeper insight into the universal properties of all natural phenomena because I’ve uncovered a dynamic system whose pattern repeats in other phenomena.”

“This is where my work takes the literal definition of a fractal – the self-similarity of an object of nature that is repeated thousands of times at different magnifications (picture a head of broccoli) – and broadens the scope beyond a single object. It is not my objective to convey every orifice and streak of my subject’s surface, but rather to capture its character and essence with the ultimate objective to immortalize the transitory nature of life.”  

Deborah goes on to explain, “Magnifying the fractals beyond the core of a flower to the pure abstraction of the form, my work assumes a new choreography, energy and spirit having been totally freed from the constraints inherent in creating any depiction of representational work through the forms may suggest a natural likeness, reflective of their supple, sensuous and erotic origins. My canvases now explode with a new life-force as I focus on the movement and distribution of space across the surface, while continuing to use color and contrast to draw the viewer in and then back out.”  




Deborah works exclusively from her own images and has taken photographs at botanical gardens all over North America (Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier,CA; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA; and her favorite – Butchart Gardenson Vancouver Island, Victoria, BC).  She also studied with “The Father of Digital Art” and good friend, Laurence Gartel.  Her work has been included in numerous juried events at museums and exhibitions around the U.S., beginning here, in Palm Beach County.



Tipping Point

Tipping Point


Deborah shares her philosphy, “Echoing the personal philosophy of Rembrandt who ‘loved what he painted and only painted what he loved’ I continue to be captivated by natural forms. A portrait painter has a duty to reveal the character of his subject – his mood, inner drama, and mystery – not merely copy a likeness. Applying similar principles to my painting practice, I use light as my muse and work with oils and glazing mediums applying upwards of twenty translucent layers over a comprehensively developed under-painting to mold the forms and to capture the depth of my subject’s anatomy, its dynamism, its turbulence, and its unpredictability”

“Since color has a significant impact on one’s perception, I use a carefully controlled palette to engage the viewer to question his own bond between human activity and the patterns and cycles of nature.”


Untitled No.27 Diptych

Untitled No.27 Diptych

Current Gallery Locations:  New York City, NY- Spanierman Gallery  http://www.spanierman.com/Bigeleisen,-Deborah/album   San Francisco- CK Contemporary  http://ckcontemporary.com/   London, England / Naples, FL; The Englishman   http://www.theenglishmanusa.com/new/living_artists.asp   Aspen, CO – Royal Aspen Art Gallery ; Beaver Creek, CO – Horton Fine Art ; Cashiers, NC – John Collette Fine Art; Southampton, NY – Chrysalis Gallery.  In addition, Deborah’s paintings reside in private as well public art collections around the world.  


To reach Deborah Bigeleisen call 561.689.7748     mobile: 561.351.8755 or deborah@deborahbigeleisen.com   www.deborahbigeleisen.com   http://facebook.com/deborahbigeleisen   http://twitter.com/debbigeleisen


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