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



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 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 , email, 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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Roberta London’s SOLO Exhibit at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

Roberta London has moved from an emerging artist to having a SOLO exhibit at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Pavilion Building.  The show is up until May 1st, so The Rickie Report suggests you take the time to see it now!

Roberta London

SOLO Exhibit

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

2410 S.E. Westmorland Boulevard

Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Wednesdays through Sundays

10 am – 4 pm


Exhibit Continues Through May 1st

Roberta London’s SOLO exhibit includes 18 floral photographs printed on canvas.  Why would a Botanical Garden show photographs of flowers and plants?  Because when you see London’s art work, you feel as though you can reach out and touch a real, living piece of nature!


Lily By Moonlight

Lily By Moonlight


Getting started in photography…and the journey

Roberta tells The Rickie Report, “Practical matters led me to photography.  I was active in my community in a movement to improve the schools, and used still photography and 16mm film (hmmm, that really was quite a long time ago!) to document and advocate for exemplary programs, teachers, classroom approaches.”


She goes on to explain her surprise, “Responses to those early works were eye-openers for me. People were so moved by the images and the messages.  I was hooked!  Over the next 15 years I produced films, video and television  programs, all the while concentrating on ways to compose scenes, and mix sound and picture to tell stories that would pack an emotional punch.”


She moved moved from New York to Florida in 2006  and ” was dazzled by the landscape and the light, and the flowers that grew everywhere.  It was time to pick up the camera again, this time to focus not on issues but instead on the beauty in my new environment.”

Magnolia Pod

Magnolia Pod


Planning out the work…or not…when the creative juices flow…what I hope my work will give to others

London explains, “Most often I work out in the field.  Generally I set off with a particular destination in mind, although I can get pulled in another direction if, on the way, some irresistible scene or tree or flower presents itself.  Then the agenda is scrapped and I tackle the unknown & the unexpected: wind, ever-changing light, backgrounds that look good from the road but not so great up close, insects moving around in the middle of my close-up shot.   And then there are those magical times when it all comes together – light, color, background, luscious blooms, and I look through the lens and my reaction is visceral. Those are the moments when I think ‘something’s happening here,’ and I want that to happen for people when they see my work.”


Roberta London on a Photo Shoot

Roberta London on a Photo Shoot


Roberta is not formally trained in photography and has learned primarily by “doing” and by studying the works (and words of wisdom) of photographers whose art she admires: Clyde Butcher, Joseph Holmes, Brooks Jensen, Michael Reichmann, Jonathan Silverman, to name just a few.  She says, “The learning process never ends.  And it never should.”

“The guiding principle as I work is my belief that a photograph — a fine art photograph — should set a mood, impart a sense of place, and above all stir one’s emotions.  My approach is not to document the perfect orchid or tulip or lily.  Instead it is to create an image that is rich with atmosphere and emotion.”






The Rickie Report hopes you will go to see Roberta London’s SOLO Exhibition at The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Pavillion Building, 2410 S.E. Westmorland Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952. The Gardens hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10AM-4PM.  For more information about the Botanical Gardens call: 772-337-1959 or

For more information about Roberta and her work please visit:    phone: 772-287-9690    or


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Han Can Paint the Picture for You!

 Have you ever taken a photograph and wished that it could be a painting on your wall? Do you have an idea for a piece of artwork but cannot paint it yourself?  When The Rickie Report met Han and saw his portfolio, we felt a special kinship with him.  He can take what others want to express and transform it into a piece of art for your walls!


Han tells us, “I am a fine artist and mainly paint realism.  My favorite mediums are oil and watercolor.”  In looking at his website, one can see that he appreciates nature, enjoys landscapes and develops a still life that seems real.  When you see his paintings in person, you notice the smallest details, like the lady bugs on the leaves!


 “I get easily inspired by beauty of the nature and I love to paint what I see,” he says.

Han’s painting career began at an early age and he has not stopped since! He has an  inventory of over 170 paintings in various sizes.


Beach Scene

Han also understands the benefit of being involved with other artists in the local art community.  He is a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County as well as the Poets of the Palm Beaches.  




While many artists prefer to paint for their own muse, Han welcomes the opportunity to paint for others.  If you have a family photo, he can paint it in either oil or watercolor.  

Here is an example of a still life in which Han brought together many elements which his client wanted: the tarnished silver pitcher, white roses, pears and the family heirloom pearls. His technique gives it texture and the old world feel his client hoped for. Han developed this still life by using multiple photos and merging them into one.


Melissa’s Still Life

Han is also available for painting lessons, understanding that he is helping to nurture the clients’ abilities and not instill his style upon them.  Han’s artwork ranges from $20. to $1,000.  


Young Child

Han’s art is often seen at local galleries and competitions. To see his original oils or watercolors, you can make an appointment by calling: 561-741-34170 or visit his website:   or  You can purchase Art By Han products on


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