8th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, “Loxahatchee Visions” Is Open To The Public, Including Other Family Activities

The 8th Annual Juried Art Contest – “Loxahatchee Visions” is available for everyone to enjoy!  Sixteen local artists created 25 Everglades-themed works of art that are now on display and available for sale at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The exhibit will remain on display in the Visitor Center theater until mid-January. Judge Deborah LaFogg-Docherty had difficulty choosing and you will see why!  In addition, there are family activities planned during the holiday break at the Refuge, including Binocular Bootcamp, and the Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 30th (one of the oldest in North America).  This is the perfect time to bring others to experience the real Florida!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Citizen scientists, citizen artists…all good for our world.

 

 

 

“Lily Pads” by Martin Fitzgerald

 

 

Friends of the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

 

ANNOUNCE:

8th Annual Juried Art Show

“Loxahatchee Visions”

 

 

The Public Is Invited To:

 

View  The  Exhibit

At Visitors Center Auditorium

 

 

The Visitor Center is open 9 AM – 4 PM daily

10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach, FL 33473

Main entrance is 2 miles south of Boynton Beach Boulevard, west off US 441/SR7

For information about the Refuge, visit www.loxahatcheefriends.com or call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303. The Refuge is located at 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, off U.S. 441 between Atlantic Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard. Entry fee $5/vehicle.

 

 

 

8th Annual Juried Art Contest – Loxahatchee Visions

 

 

Sixteen local artists created 25 Everglades-themed works of art that are now on display and available for sale at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The exhibit will remain on display in the Visitor Center theater until mid-January. Judge Deborah LaFogg-Docherty went through the difficult process of selecting the winners:

 

 

1st Place – Tykie Ganz  “Foxy Lady”

2nd Place – Lorrie B. Turner – “Loxahatchee” – Plein Air painting

3rd Place – Holly Rutchey – “Hidden Glades” – tricolored heron

Honorable Mention – Lene Hougaard – “Cypress Trees”

Honorable Mention – Joanne Baker MacLeod – “Loxahatchee Forest” – Raccoons

Honorable Mention – Patricia Maguire – “Morning on the Marsh Trail” – Plein Air painting

 

1st Place – Tykie Ganz  “Foxy Lady” (Photo courtesy of Ruth Weiss)

 

 

Patricia Maguire – “Morning on the Marsh Trail” – Plein Air painting

 

1st Place (Youth) – Nicholas Vogel – “Clouds Are Flying”

2nd Place (Youth) – Madison Andrews – “In Our Midst” – Bobcat 

3rd Place (Youth) – Matthew Vogel – “I See You” – Raccoon

 

Holly Rutchey, “A Hawk’s View”

 

 

CraigWatts  “Mallard Melody”

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Saturday, December 30th

 

9 am – Noon

 

 

 

Registration is requested but not required.

For more information or to register, please contact
Veronica Kelly at 561/735-6020 or by email at Veronica_Kelly@fws.gov.

 

 

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is excited to announce our first ever Christmas Bird Count for Kids which will be held on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. The Christmas Bird Count, which began over 100 years ago, is one of the oldest wildlife surveys in not only North America, but the world. Kids and families around Palm Beach County will have a chance to become citizen scientists by taking part in this old tradition with a new twist, the Christmas Bird Count for Kids.

 

A binocular boot camp will kick-off the event in the visitor center auditorium, after which kids will divide into teams and head out into the field with volunteer experts to count and record the species of birds they locate. You may bring your own binoculars or borrow some from the refuge. Teams will meet back at the visitor center after the count for snacks and to tally their results.

This event is designed as a way for families to have fun outdoors and learn more about local birds. Kids of all birding abilities are encouraged to participate. Participants should come dressed for spending time outdoors. Children must be accompanied by their parents.

 

Help Us Grow!

Tell your friends about this hidden treasure! How many of them know we have a piece of the Everglades right here in Palm Beach County? Bring them out, and encourage them to join the Friends. Better yet, give them a gift membership!

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Elinor Williams
Friends of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
www.loxahatcheefriends.com
www.facebook.com/loxahatcheefriends

“There are no other Everglades in the world.” ~Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Celebrate with us, The Friends of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 1982-2017

 

 

 

 

The refuge is located off U.S. 441/SR 7, two miles south of SR 804 (Boynton Beach Blvd.) and three miles north of SR 806 (Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue). The refuge is currently open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. Refuge hours change seasonally and are posted at each entrance. The Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week. An entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle or $1.00 per pedestrian or bicyclist is charged. A variety of annual passes, including a $12.00 refuge specific annual pass, are available.

Please visit the refuge website at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/arm_loxahatchee/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ARMLoxahatcheeNWR.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and
enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Workshop, Open To Public

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society presents a 4 Day Workshop, March 14 -17, 2016 with Kathleen Maling, NWS, AWS. A long time resident of Florida, Kathleen enjoys painting the unique flora and fauna of her environment in watercolor. An award-winning artist, she has appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 11, Florida Wildlife Magazine, & International Artist Magazine.The Rickie Report shares the details. There is member/non-member pricing, so this is a great opportunity to network with other artists!

 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Workshop

 

March 14-17, 2016

Kathleen Maling NWS, AWS

GCWS Members $395/Non-members $430

 

ArtServe

1350 Sunrise Blvd.    Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

Kathleen Maling AWS, NWS, FWS is a long time resident of Florida and enjoys painting the unique flora and fauna of her environment in watercolor. Kathleen has received many awards for her paintings and she exhibits in several shows throughout the year. She has appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 11, Florida Wildlife Magazine, & International Artist Magazine.

 

 

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“Jean Marie” by Kathleen Maling ( Courtesy of her website)

 

Experience the fun of working in a series as you play with this wonderful medium called watercolor. Working from action photos you will be using your imagination to produce several miniseries. There is something about the way that the paint flows onto wet paper that is addicting when painting in watercolor.

 

For more information about Kathleen Maling:  www.kathleenmaling.com

 

Registration Form

 

Please print!

Name______________________________
Address_____________________________
City________________________________
State________________ Zip ___________
Telephone__________________________
E-mail______________________________
FEES
[ ] Kathleen Mailing $___________

 

 

RESERVATION POLICY:

ALL workshop spaces are reserved on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis. If you cancel, there is a $75 cancellation fee per workshop reserved. If there are 30 days or less until the workshop, the entire fee is non-refundable unless your space is filled.

SIGNATURE:__________________________

I understand and agree to the above policy.

 

 

Please mail check and this form to:
Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Inc.
Workshop Chair, Teresa Kirk
16935 NW 20th St
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

 

 

 

For more information about the Gold Coast Watercolor Society please visit:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

 

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Artists Of Palm Beach County Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Audubon Society Of Everglades With Wildlife Exhibit

Tonight is the Opening Reception of “Audubon of The Everglades: 50 Year Anniversary Exhibit” at Art on Park Gallery in Lake Park, FL.  This exhibit is presented by Artists of Palm Beach County. Artworks will reflect the Audubon’s mission to educate and inspire people to conserve wildlife, especially birds and the environment that supports them. There are cash prizes and awards. Internationally acclaimed fine art photographer, Melinda Moore will judge for prizes.  An After-Party will be held at the Brewhouse Gallery. APBC is donating a portion of all sales to this deserving organization.  This event is Free to and Open to the Public!

 

 

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Artists of Palm Beach County

Art on Park Gallery

Presents:

 

 

“Audubon of The Everglades:

50 Year Anniversary Exhibit”

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 20, 2015

5 – 8 pm

 

Exhibit Runs November 16 – December 30, 2015

 

 

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Art on Park Gallery

Monday – Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL 33403

561-345-2842

 

 

After Party at The Brewhouse Gallery starting at 8 pm
720 Park Ave, Lake Park

(on the next block east of Art on Park Gallery)

 

 

The Audubon Society of the Everglades will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016. To honor and acknowledge the importance of this historic moment, APBC Art on Park Gallery Presents “Audubon of The Everglades: 50 Year Anniversary Exhibit”. To kick off this special event APBC is showcasing the talent of artists from Palm Beach County, FL. Works will reflect the Audubon’s mission to educate and inspire people to conserve wildlife, especially birds and the environment that supports them.

 

 

 

Awards will be given by internationally acclaimed Fine Art photographer, Melinda Moore during the Opening Reception. A portion of all sales will be donated to The Audubon Society of the Everglades.

 

 

For more information about Melinda Moore’s Fine Art Photography:

www.photoartbymelinda.com

 

 

 

 

For more information:
APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403
561-345-2842
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

 

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Deb LaFogg Docherty Brings Us Moments in Nature

The Rickie Report is happy to highlight Deb LaFogg‘s newest CLASSES at the Delray Center for the Arts, DEMOS in different communities, WORKSHOPS, a SOLO Exhibit and a number of upcoming other ART SHOWS.  Deb’s ability to transform a moment in nature’s vastness and make it palpable is her gift to us.  Deb’s work has been published in newspapers and magazines including Wildlife Art Magazine, Wildscape Magazine (United Kingdom), Southwest and Wildlife Art magazine online. We share the details and urge anyone who ever wanted to dip their toes into painting or pastels to take advantage of these opportunities. 

 

 

 

Painting 

With

Deb LaFogg Docherty

 

"Captured Gaze" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Captured Gaze” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

 

Deb LaFogg Docherty’s art combines her great two loves: her love of nature and her love of painting. Her paintings strive to give people a glimpse of how animals live in the wild, raise their young, court and survive. She paints a picture of a secret world that many never get a chance to see. Deb’s quest to paint wildlife has taken her across the United States from the Everglades National Park in Florida to Denali National Park in Alaska. It has become an adventure she loves to share.

 

 

"Wood Storks" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Wood Storks” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Her formal training began in college with a dual major in illustration and commercial art. She has continued to advance her work through master artist workshops. It is from them that she began to not only focus on the wildlife, but on the landscape in which they live. The use of light, color, composition, texture, and atmosphere help bring the viewer into the secret world of nature. She is always learning new ways to communicate this through her work. Deb’s paintings come to life in pastels, acrylics and oils.

 

"Waiting for Mom" by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

“Waiting for Mom” by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

 

Deb received the Masters Circle award from the International Association of Pastel Societies, and countless other awards throughout her career. Her work has been featured in museums, national and international art shows and International magazines. Her work can be found in private collections and she has illustrated a children’s book with part of the proceeds going to save habitat critical habitat in the Florida Keys.

 

Her Membership Affiliations include:

 

  • Associate member of the Society of Animal Artists
  • Signature member of the Pastel Society of America
  • Signature member of the Artists for Conservation
  • Member of Excellence with the Southeastern Pastel Society
  • Member of the Oil Painters of America
  • Member of the International Guild of Realism
  • Pastel Society of North Florida
  • Degas Pastel Society
  • Women Artists of the West
  • Audubon Artists

 

 She has also illustrated a children’s book called ‘Woodrat Jill’ with part of the proceeds going to preserve habitat for the endangered Key Largo Woodrat and is available on Amazon.com. Its a story about an Key Largo Woodrat named Jill who bred in captivity and is set free to make a life on her own.

 

Demos

  •  Delray Center of the Arts Jan 14th from 7-8pm.
  • Wellington Art Society February 11th.

 

Classes

Delray Center of the Arts January 28th and continue on to February 4th, 18th and 25th  7 – 9:30pm.

Workshops:

Please see her website for more information.

Current SOLO Show:

J.D. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge  (Captiva, FL)

18 paintings now on display till the last week in February.

 

Upcoming SOLO Show in November:

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
Everglades National Park Gallery      Homestead, Florida

 

Upcoming Exhibits and Shows:

  • Wellington Artfest – January 31 and February 1   (Wellington, FL)
  • Artfest – (Fort Myers) February show starts evening of the 6th, all day 7 and 8
  • Artigras – (Jupiter, FL)  February 14-16
  • Featured Artist at the 2015 Sarasota Rotary Art Festival February 28-March 1st (Sarasota, FL)

 

Please see her website for more information: www.lafogg.com

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Art Auction Promises Terrific Opportunities to Support Jonathan Dickinson State Park and Artists

The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park presents an exhibit of nature-themed art that includes forty-four artists and almost 90 pieces of work. The Kimbell Center Gallery will host an Opening Reception Friday July 11th.   In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an art auction.  You can leave your bid and be assured that you’ll be able to keep track of the auction on line.  The exhibition is open to the public with admission to the park. There will also be a People’s Choice award given at the Closing Reception on August 15th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and knows you will not want to miss this!

 

 

 

The Friends of  Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Announces

 

Art Auction through August 15

In Person at the Gallery or On-Line

 

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, July 11  at 6:30PM

Closing Reception: Friday August 15th  6:30 pm

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Kimbell Center Gallery

16450 SE Federal Highway               Hobe Sound, FL 33455

 

 

 

"Belted King Fisher" Sculpture by  David Cericola

 

 

 

The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park presents an exhibition of nature-themed art. This is sure to be a great exhibition with submission made from artists throughout the state .  Forty-four artists were selected to display their art with close to 90 pieces in the show with various media represented, including standard and creative photography, paintings, drawings, multi-media, and sculpture. The work will represent nature from parks, all created with each individual artists own interpretation.

 

"Perspective" by Ilene Adams

 

Work will be exhibited at the Kimbell Center Gallery with an Opening Reception Friday July 11 at 6:30PM.  The exhibition will be up through August 15th and is open to the public with admission to the park. There will be a People’s Choice award that will be presented at the Closing Reception on August 15th at 6:30 pm.

 

"Cry of the Wild" by Wendy Somero Bello

 

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an auction from June 21 – August 15th. Visitors can bid on items at the center, any day between 9:00 and 5:00, or there will be bidding online at www.friendsofjdsp.com. with a catalog of all available artwork. Proceeds from the show will benefit the artists and the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, which supports programs at the park.

 

"Egret Wings Spread" by Mary Taylor

 

 

The Friends of JDSP is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization advocating for the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of the park. Its mission is to assist park management in meeting the natural and cultural resource management objectives established for the park.

"The Wave" by Gabriel Kraus

 

The park is located at 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455. For details, visit www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson , email friendsjdsp@gmail.com, or call the Kimbell Center 561-745-5551.

 

 

"Calla Lily" by Wendy Klein

“Calla Lily” by Wendy Klein

 

"The Oracle" by Steve daPonte

“The Oracle” by Steve daPonte

 

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Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach County!

Plein Air Artists can be spotted in Southeast Florida, with their paints and easels, transforming the ordinary into a special moment captured in time. As with the spectacle of the swallows of Capistrano, this may be a rare sight in the wild. However, the people of Palm Beach will soon have an opportunity to see plein air artists all together and with a magnificent display of their paintings. The Rickie Report shares the details about the  Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach Saturday May 10th at 2-4 PM. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet and Greet

 

The Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach

County

Saturday, May 10th

2:00 – 4:00 pm

 

601 Lake Avenue         Lake Worth, FL  33460

561.471.2901

www.palmbeachculture.com

 

This exhibit continues through June 7th, 2014

 

 

Meet and Greet the Artists of Plein Air Palm Beach Saturday, May 10th at 2-4 PM  Plein Air Artists can be spotted occasionally in and around Southeast Florida, with their paints and easels, transforming the ordinary into a special moment captured in time. As with the spectacle of the swallows of Capistrano, this may be a rare sight in the wild!

 

A rare opportunity to Meet and Greet the Artists will be held on Saturday May 10th at 2-4 PM at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach on 601 Lake Ave in Lake Worth in the main exhibit hall where Art Outside the Walls: en Plein Air is on exhibit. While the exhibit runs from April 11th -June 7th, 2014 and can be seen during regular hours of the Cultural Council; Tuesday  -Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, several of the artists participating in this exhibit will be at the Meet and Greet.

 

 

 

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At the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:”Art Outside the Walls: En Plein Air Exhibit”

 

 

Plein Air painting has become a ‘big deal’ in the art world over the last few years. En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and to the Impressionists. Since the advent of social media in the last decade, there has been a resurgence of plein air painting groups.

 

 

South Florida, through the Palm Beach Plein Air Artists Society has been active and involved in this delightful approach to painting, a legacy of the Impressionists.

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach Website and Artists

 

This exhibit showcases the artwork of the group co-founded by Donna Walsh & Ralph Papa, Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB). The exhibit is a joint project with the Cultural Council and Plein Air Palm Beach exhibiting the work of local area and visiting artists of all the beautiful and favored places to paint in Palm Beach County. Plein Air Palm Beach Artists painted out in the ten, different locations over the course of 10 weeks, a different location every week between December and February.

 

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Opening Night: Donna Walsh and her busband John Warren with Debbie Calabria, Membership and Special Events Manager at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

 

 

 

Sometimes the weather did not cooperate, but that did not stop the hard core artists. If you attend this Meet and Greet you will get to hear all the behind the scene stories of the artwork on exhibit and there are many great stories. During the course of this project over 80 different artists participated and well over 200 paintings were produced.

 

Meet Ups were scheduled throughout

Meet Ups were scheduled throughout Palm Beach County

 

 

Plein Air Palm Beach began as two separate meetup groups for plein air painting. One of our contributing artists, Mary Mirarito, described her joy in finding fellow plein air painters by saying, “When I moved here and found the meetup site for Plein Air Palm Beach, I felt like I joined an art dating site and found the love of my life.”  In the spring of 2013, Ralph and Donna decided to merge the groups. Later, with help of key participants, the meetup group was formalized to become Palm Beach Plein Air.

 

 

 

On April 22, 2014 at a meeting at Delray Center for the Arts, they signed the incorporation papers to file Plein Air Palm Beach, Inc. as a not for profit corporation of Florida.

Signing the Documents of Incorporation

Signing the Documents of Incorporation

 

 

Plein Air Palm Beach is for art lovers and artists at all levels who love plein air painting in and around Palm Beach County and the surrounding South Florida vicinity. The group was organized to bring artists together to paint the land, sea and cityscapes in beautiful south Florida. Plein Air Palm Beach welcomes resident artists and visiting artists at all levels to come out with us to paint and document today’s landscapes that contribute to tomorrow’s history.

 

Plein Air Painters at the Morikami Museum

Plein Air Painters at the Morikami Museum

 

To find out more about us, see their website at http://www.pleinairpalmbeach.com/ or checkout their meetup site, http://www.meetup.com/palmbeachartists/, where the paintouts are scheduled. If you have never painted outside, it can be a bit intimidating, but it is an enormous amount of fun when you go with a compatible group. As Donna Walsh put it, “Once people paint with us, they can’t wait to come back. We plan going to many places in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties and have a lot of fun.”

 

 

Plein Air Painting in Loxahatchee

Plein Air Painting in Loxahatchee

 

Palm Beach Plein Air Artist’s mission is to foster the education, participation, appreciation and exhibition opportunities for plein air painters in Palm Beach County. They welcome support and sponsorship from the cultural community to enhance their mission.

 

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561-537-0291

Sheryl Hughes is Featured at 34th Annual Festival of Arts in Deerfield Beach

Sheryl Hughes has been taking photographs for many years and uses those pictures as inspiration for her art work.  You will find her at the 24th Annual Festival of the Arts in Deerfield Beach January 25 & 26th.  Sheryl’s colorful acrylic painting was chosen as the 2014 Festival Poster art! The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article.

 

 

 

The Art of

 

Sheryl Hughes

 

 

 

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Sheryl Hughes’  favorite hobbies are scuba diving and photography. She especially enjoys taking pictures of Florida’s wildlife.  When you look at her paintings, what truly amazes are the small details…the eyelashes of the elephant,  the whisped veining of the egret feathers, the brightness of the birds and the eyes of the jungle cats.

 

Sheryl Hughes is a native Californian who has in recent years relocated to Florida. She has always had a creative side. After her daughters were grown she began concentrating on painting as an outlet for her creativity.   When Sheryl began painting, she focused on oceans and lighthouses. They were peaceful places where she enjoyed spending time and taking pictures. Then in taking more and more pictures at zoos, wetlands, rice fields, and even backyards she was drawn to birds and wildlife.

 

"Owl"

“Owl”

 

 

The birds in Florida are a wonderful treat to watch and take pictures of. Sheryl can spend hours walking through wetlands, refuges and all the areas we have here that give her a world of opportunities for amazing paintings. Sheryl started traveling to different areas to seek her inspiration. She has travel up and down both the east and west coasts of the US seeking more ideas.

 

 

Turtles and sea life are other wildlife themes close to her heart. As a scuba diver for the last 10 years, Sheryl has traveled around Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico taking underwater photos. The underwater world is so amazing to Sheryl, she loves to share what she experiences with everyone through her art. Her sea turtle paintings are some of her more requested paintings. 

 

 

She has donated paintings to the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary to help in their fundraising efforts. Several of her painting are on display at the hospital as well. Her paintings can be found in private collections, businesses and schools. She has even been asked to put her art on mailboxes and on dive mask straps. She also created a mural of an underwater scene at a school in California. 

 

 

 

"Snowy Egret"

“Standing Egret”

 

Sheryl’s paintings have taken awards in numerous juried shows and exhibits. Locally, she placed 1st place at Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center. December 2013.  “Standing Egret” was also part of the Fall National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) International Exhibition in 2013

 

 

"Bird and Beaks"

“Bird and Beaks”

 

 

“Birds and Beaks”  was an award winner at the Texas Wildlife Juried Art Show 2011 and has been seen at The Craft Gallery “The Art of Florida” juried exhibition.   Sheryl’s paintings are more than color.  It is the details…especially the eyes.  Sheryl’s ability to capture the essence of the bird or animal is through her canny talent in the eyes.  Sheryl found herself focusing on the eyes,  and says, “I  believe the eyes are the soul of the animal”.

 

 

As such the eyes became the focal point of her paintings. She also loves the colors you find in nature. Her painting “Birds and Beaks” came about because of both these loves. It combines the wonderful colors and eyes of all the birds. Another one of her paintings, “Red-Crested Turaco” was chosen as the cover of the European Studbook For Red-Crested Turaco, for Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, in Cotswold England. This in turn brought it to the attention of people in Angola, Southern Africa. It was used in the campaign to make the Red-Crested Turaco their national bird. 

 

"Elephant Eye"

“Elephant Eye”

 

Sheryl’s “Elephant Eye” was part of the Art Basel “ENDANGERED” Exhibit 2013 and took an award at Texas Wildlife and Animal Juried Art Show the same year.  The Rickie Report is particularly thrilled about Sheryl’s involvement in the “Endangered” Exhibit, because she saw the Call to Artists in The Rickie Report!

 

Sheryl at work

Sheryl at work

 

 

If you miss Sheryl at the Deerfield Beach Show, here is a list of her upcoming shows through July, 2014.    Sheryl enjoys doing art shows around Florida. It gives people a chance to see her art and watch her create some of her pieces. She loves to talk about what she does and the wildlife and marine life that are close to heart. 

 

 

January 25-26, 2014 Deerfield Beach Art Festival Deerfield Beach
January 25–February 28, 2014 Flamingo Fest Juried Exhibit Flamingo Gardens
February 2014 Great Spaces Interior Design Pompano Beach
February 8-9, 2014 11th Annual Locals Art Sow Marathon Keys
February 15-17, 2014 St. Stephens Art Show Coconut Grove
March 1-2, 2014 Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival Sarasota
March 22-23, 2014 26th Annual Festival of the Arts Downtown Naples
April 19-20, 2014 Spring Show Cape Canaveral
May 21 – July 21, 2014 Glass Gallery Pembroke Pines

 

"Leopard"

“Leopard”

 

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