Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Monthly Meetings and 3 Special Workshops

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) is a wonderful resource for artists, both new and experienced. It is the largest watercolor group in Florida with over 200 members and was founded by Jerry McClish, a noted watercolorist. GCWS meets October through May on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale. The Rickie Report announces 3 workshops:  “Design and Personal Style” with Alex Powers, January 19-23, 2015.  Powers was most recently featured in January 2014 International Artist magazine. “Figurative Design Watercolor Workshop” with renown watercolorist, Jeannie McGuire February 16-20, 2015.  “Color and How to Use it Effectively” with Nancy Frost Begin, NWS and Susan Frost Hanssen, NWS, March 16-19, 2015. This workshop is being led by the sister-duo and National Watercolor Signature Artists. All events are open to members and non-members.  The workshop is a great gift idea, for the artist in your life or yourself!


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Please Join Us!

Meetings are held October through May on the

Third Tuesday of each month

at 7:00 p.m. at ArtServe

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.   Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304







The Gold Coast Watercolor Society (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. We are proud to be the largest watercolor group in Florida with over 200 members. Incorporated in February, 1976,  its founder and first President was Jerry McClish, a noted watercolorist.

GCWS offers:


· Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch

· Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists

· An annual membership show

· Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses

· Paint-ins with live models

· Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists

· Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues

· Plein air painting opportunities






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"Pink Lady" by

“Pink Lady” by Alex Powers


Alex Powers

January 19-23, 2015

GCWS Member Rate: $410    Non-member Rate: $445

Design and Personal Style

This workshop is more about personal painting style and design than it is about technique and subject matter. The workshop will include demonstration, PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations and private consultations of work from home. You will receive individual critiques along with being involved in group critiques. This class is appropriate for advanced-beginners to advanced artists. There is no wrong style of painting; this class will focus on finding the correct style for you. You will work hard but have fun doing it.



Workshop at Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Lecture at Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Alex Powers, author of “Painting People in Watercolor”, “A Design Approach” and many articles. He was most recently featured in January 2014 International Artist magazine. He exhibits in numerous galleries. Among his many national juried exhibition awards is the Gold Medal in the 1997 American Watercolor Society Exhibition.




"Kenneth 600" by Jeannue McGuire

“Kenneth 600” by Jeannie McGuire


Jeannie McGuire

February 16-20, 2015

GCWS Member Rate: $410    Non-member Rate: $445


Figurative Design Watercolor Workshop

In this workshop, Jeannie will share many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged to be inspired by the instructor’s style rather than copy it; to find your own unique signature/style or improve upon your drawing and painting skills; discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond illustration and create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, cropping impact, pigment maintenance, using a higher ration of pigment to water, intentional and spontaneous marks and the freedom to change one’s mind. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.  Jeannie is the winner of the 2011 Gold Medal of Honor from the American Watercolor Society.





Susan Hanssen

“Sheep Series” by Susan Frost Hanssen

"What Lies Beneath the Frost" by

“What Lies Beneath the Frost” by Nancy Frost Begin



Nancy Frost Begin, NWS and Susan Frost Hanssen, NWS

March 16-19, 2015

GCWS Member Rate: $395     Non-member Rate: $430

This four-day workshop offers you the opportunity to work with not one but two National Watercolor Signature Artists. These exceptional artists will work with you in the field of color and how to use it effectively. Once a color concept is in place you find an imaginative and unique painting, which is only a collage away. Nancy and Susan working hand in hand will share with you avenues in which to take your art to a new level. You will reap the benefits of two sisters who have encouraged and supported each other on their artistic journey. This workshop is for Intermediate to Advanced students to grow in a direction that suits them individually.



Demonstration at Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Demonstration at Gold Coast Watercolor Society



For more information about the Gold Coast Watercolor Society please contact President, Tammy Seymour at  or visit:




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How Print Masters Florida Can Take Your Art Career to the Next Level

How many artists have wondered about selling photographic reproductions of their original artwork?  Art lovers and artists in-the-know are familiar with the professional ethic of Chris Guglielmo – we all call him “Gug” (pronounced “goog”).  In addition to his own gallery of award-winning underwater photography, he is offering expert photographic reproduction capability to other artists.  The Rickie Report shares some of the images from his artist-customers.  We urge you to give Gug a call!

Taking Your Art Career to the Next Level

“Selling art can be a challenging but rewarding career.  At Print Masters Florida we are here to help you take your art career to the next level.  We are experts in photographic reproductions and offer a service and level of expertise that no one else can provide”, says Chris Gug.
He explains, “We will take your original works and photograph them, making them into a digitized file that can be used to create reproductions.  We use the highest quality full frame professional camera to photograph your artwork.  We have a large studio in Fort Lauderdale where you can see our proven results”. 
Close-up of Original

Close-up of Original

Gug Underwater’s Print Masters Florida also offer printing services.  They use a professional Epson printer with archival inks, papers and glosses.  “Our printer is a large format printer and can reproduce your images up to 60 inches wide with unlimited length”, Gallery Manager, Suzanne Bushnell explains.  
Close up of Original Work

Close up of Original Work

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Their prices are reasonable and the turnaround time is usually within 5 days.  The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday  11:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Saturday  11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Closed Sunday and Monday.  More than just a showroom, the Gug Underwater Gallery is a custom design center.  Please call to schedule a time when you can come in & sit down with a sales rep to discuss the sizes and finishing options.


The Gug Underwater Gallery is located at  1519 E. Commercial Blvd.  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

To set up a photo shoot of your work or get pricing for printing please call Suzanne at 954-579-8096.  



Suzanne Bushnell
Gallery Manager
  1519 E. Commercial Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 – USA
Gallery: 954-579-8096

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Broward Art Guild Offers National Call for Artists With Cash Prizes!

The Broward Art Guild  is sending out a Call to Artists for the ” Art Florida 2014 Competition & Exhibition”.  This prestigious exhibit offers over  $3,000 in Cash Prizes.  ArtFlorida is a celebration of excellence in art, and is a juried exhibition open to all artists in the United States. The deadline is February 1st. The Rickie Report is sharing the details in this article.











Deadline – Digital Entry February 1, 2014


Art Florida 2014 Competition & Exhibition

ArtFlorida is a celebration of excellence in art, and is a juried exhibition recognizing some of the top artists in Florida.


With a top award of $1,500 for “Best in Show”, $200 prizes for the five best of category winners, and $100 prizes for five Judge’s Recognition awards, Art Florida is one of South Florida’s Premier Art Events!


Award Categories:


Painting, Drawing, and Print Making    

No giclees or reproductions allowed.


Sculpture and 3-D Work

Traditional sculpture and any works unable to be hung on the wall within the 2-D requirements.



Including digital photography, in a traditional photographic manner.

Any digital manipulation outside of the realm of traditional retouching will be considered computer and electronic Art.


Mixed Media and Collage

Including but not limited to collage.

No electronic works. (These fall into Computer and Electronic Art Category)


Computer and Electronic Art

Includes computer-created works, video works and digital photographs manipulated beyond traditional photography.



Entry Fees – For up to two entries, the fee is $50; $20 for each additional entry. There is no limit to the number of entries per artist. All artists NOT accepted into Art Florida 2014 will automatically be juried for the Salon des Refusés (fee included with Art Florida 2014 entry). Payment is by check or money order made out to “Broward Art Guild” or pay by credit card by visiting our web site at


Eligibility – Open to all artists in the United States of America. All media is eligible as listed. No craft items will be accepted. All works of art must be original and created within the past two years. No work will be accepted that has been previously exhibited in an Art Florida Exhibit. Works should not be created under instruction, or as a project of a workshop.


Artists not selected for Art Florida 2014 are automatically juried for selection in the traditionally festive “Salon des Refusés” Exhibit, which will be hosted at the Broward Art Guild Gallery, located at 3280 NE 32nd Street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308 from March 19th through 28th, 2014.


The Salon’s reception will be held on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash awards for this exhibit will be selected by People’s Choice at the reception and announced around 8:00pm.


It is the intention of the Broward Art Guild that all participating artists be represented by at least one of their works displaying in either Art Florida 2014 or the Salon des Refusés, however, due to space limitations final selections will be determined by the applicable jurying process.   



Art Florida 2014 will be exhibited at the JM Family Enterprises Gallery at ArtServe, located at 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304 from April 7 through April 25th, 2014. The Gala Awards Reception will be held on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


*Charge payments need to be done either online at: or by visiting our office at 3280 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 Office Hours: Wed., Fri., and Sat. Noon-9pm, Thu. Noon-6pm.


For more information please call 954-537-3370  or visit
The Broward Art Guild is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation


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Linda Golden Offers VIP Tour of Fort Lauderdale Artists Studios and Museum of Art

Linda Golden is a woman of many talents.  The Rickie Report wrote previously about the felting class she offered through the Armory Art Center.  Linda’s passion for all things art is conveyed in her small group VIP Art Tours.  The first one of the season will take place on January 9th and focus on Fort Lauderdale.  RSVP’s are due right after Christmas, so read this article for all of the details.  We hope you will sign up  – you’ll have a great day!



Linda Golden Art Tours

A Private View of

Fort Lauderdale Studios

Thursday, January 9, 2014

10:00 am


Cost $50. per person



Linda Golden will be leading a small VIP Group Tour to visit several Fort Lauderdale artists’ studios, enjoy lunch, and experience a VIP docent-led tour of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.  This tour is self-driven, no motor coach will be provided. Everyone is ENCOURAGED  to car pool as parking in both locations is not overgenerous.  The cost of the tour is $50.00 . This includes entrance fees, lunch, and a generous donation to the museum on behalf of our group. It does not include parking or any other expenses you may occur.


The Tour begins promptly at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 9th at the first artist’s studio.   Attendees will meet a number of prominent artists, including Madeline Denaro, Mary Lou Siefker, Francie Bishop Good and the Girls’ Club Collection located in the Third Avenue Art District.    


At noon, attendees will drive to the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale and enjoy a lovely lunch at the Books and Books Cafe.  At 1:30, Jorge Santis, Curator of the William Glackens exhibit, will lead the group.  Mr. Santis is a recipient of the Best Curators Award and has been featured in a number of publications.  

"Lost and Found" by Madeline Denaro

“Lost and Found” by Madeline Denaro

Madeline Denaro tells us why she creates art, “To allow something that I do not control to have an action, to allow oneself to bring this action into a materiality; this is why I make art. My work is very much about process. I find the image secondary to the art making. Although abstract in nature, there is an underlying visual order that gradually seems to emerge. Working intuitively, I enter a realm of the unknown where there is more of a following than any real choice. I seem to be forever altering and adjusting the framework of some invisible reality”.
"The Potter" by

“The Potter” by Mary Lou Siefker

The Tour will  Explore the significant collection of  American painter, William Glackens, artists of the Northern European CoBrA Movement and contemporary art by Cuban artists.   Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale has 83,000 square-feet containing 29,000 square-feet of art exhibition space, and is also home to the 11,000 square foot AutoNation Academy of Art + Design.  There will be one docent for every 10 participants, so questions may be asked and information heard easily.


William Glackens (1870 – 1938) was an American realist painter and one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art. He is also known for helping Albert C. Barnes to acquire the European paintings that form the nucleus of the famed Barnes Foundation. The museum has the largest collection of Glackens’ work anywhere in the world.  Attendees will be seeing a small selection of this work in anticipation of a much larger show which will be opening in February.
Emin-Tracey "I Think Its in My Head"

Emin-Tracey “I Think Its in My Head” at The Girls Club

Girls’ Club has engaged Miami artist team  TMSisters – sisters Monica and Natasha Lopez de Victoria – to collaborate with the collection of contemporary art by women amassed by Fort Lauderdale collectors Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. and curate the 2013/2014 exhibition.  The mission of Girls’ Club is to educate the public and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators and practicing artists on the contributions of women to the field of contemporary art. Girls’ Club produces exhibitions, educational programming, publications and events that change lives, nurture local artists, and inspire cultural growth in Broward County.


Everyone who participates will receive parking directions, information on the artists whose studio’s we will be visiting, information on the museum shows we will be seeing, luncheon choices,  etc. etc. This is a rather large body of information so it will be sent only  to those who will be attending and whose check has been received. This information will be emailed to you shortly before the tour date.
Please send your check to:   Linda Golden      2307 Tuscany Way     Boynton Beach, FL 33435  
For additional information please call  248.705.5390 or email


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Premiere of John Bowen’s Illustrations and Book

John Bowen, a nationally known watercolorist who resides in South Florida, has compiled his drawings and experiences as an illustrator for the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam.  The Rickie Report is proud to announce the availability of John’s book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”.  Information about a special discount is in this article.  


John Bowen


“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”


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John Bowen’s book shares his experiences, some poignant as well as personal views and his illustrations during his deployment to Vietnam.   Since leaving the service,  John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel.  He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009 and has been working on this book for over 15 years, on and off.   It is finally ready to be published!  The Rickie Report is pleased to highlight John’s accomplishment, especially as we observe Memorial Day.


John commanded the Base Graphics Shop on a Sac Base in Texas.  Two years later, he received his orders to run a Headquarters Graphics Shop for the 834th Air Division, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam.   
He tells us, ‘I spent many hours in the field and back at my duty section painting and drawing, documenting airlift operations for the Air Force.  This book is my story as an Air force Illustrator in Vietnam documenting the Airlift Delivery of troops and supplies for the allies during 1968. The book is enhanced with 43 drawings to put the reader there.”
Supplying The Troops
Many of John’s drawings are displayed at the U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado.  John is a Signature Member of the Goldcoast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. His works have been showcased in national publications and displayed in public venues, museums and galleries.

In The Field
John will have a book signing and presentation at  The Well Read Bookstore, located at 1338 S.E. 17th Street, in Ft. Lauderdale.  In addition,  limited editions of his artwork will be available.  Please call  954 467-8878 for date and time.  

A special  “Pre-Print Sale” of John’s book is available for $22.99 plus $3.00 shipping.   Send your check to:  John Bowen, 450 N.W. 87th Road, #201, Plantation, Florida 33324.

John is available to speak to local organizations about his book and his experiences. Call  954 370-2061  or email   or visit


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