Don’t Miss A Minute Of ArtSynergy Events In Conjunction With ArtPalmBeach2016

The Palm Beaches will be vibrating with art when ArtPalmBeach returns on January 20, 2016 to celebrate its 19th year at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The fair will feature 85 international exhibitors, installation projects, art video labs, and SCULPT Palm Beach featuring a major large scale public art sculpture on the Palm Beach County Convention Center entrance plaza.  Art Synergy in collaboration with ArtPalmBeach will produce more than 65 exhibitions, January 15 – 30th throughout the nine Palm Beach County Art Districts during Art Palm Beach week. The nine art districts are: Antique Row, Artists Alley Delray, Boynton Beach Art District, Lake Park and North Palm Beach Art District, Lake Worth Arts, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, and Worth Avenue.  The Rickie Report shares Highlights






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Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery: ArtSynergy presents ‘Mixing It Up’ at Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery All Media Group Exhibition. Reception on Friday, January 22nd (6pm to 8:30pm) – $10 Entry Donation. Sponsored by Civil Society Brewing and the West Palm Beach CRA. In conjunction with ArtSynergy, ArtPalmBeach and the Northwood ArtX ArtWalks. Featured Artists Include: Julie Silk Beaumont, Steve Brouse, Anthony Burks Sr., Robert Catapano, M.C. Desorcy, Ren Dittfield, David Hayes, Greg Matthews, Craig McInnis, Henriett Michel, John Rachell, Barry Seidman…
Exhibition runs from January 5th to January 30th and is Free during regular Gallery Hours – Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm.



Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery will be presenting “Wet Foot / Dry Foot : 4 Cubans Conditions and Contributions.” Opening Reception January 15, 2016 | 6-9 PM. Continues through ArtWeek2016 in collaboration with Art Synergy and ArtPalmBeach.




The Urban Arts Lofts presents “Art Junction” on Saturday, January 23rd. The artists at the Urban Arts Lofts (UAL) invite you to an evening of sculpture, metalworking, photography, ceramics & custom built wood workings. The Lofts will feature several nationally known artists.For more information log onto: Studios open at noon. Special reception from 6-9 pm.Free Event!




ActivistArtistA Gallery presents “Snapshots! The Artist Gaze, opening reception January 28, 2016 6-10 PM.




Back Alley Art Festival The Lake Park Art District In conjunction with Art Palm Beach and ART Synergy we will be hosting The Back Alley Art Festival (Hopefully first annual)! Live painting and murals all night long.  Much more info coming so please stay tuned.  Food from Diner Dogs Inc. & Woodys Burgers Florida.




CONTINUUM is a pop-up art exhibition by Art Synergy in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown West Palm Beach that takes place during ArtPalmBeach Week. Jan. 21 to Jan. 30 at 522 Clematis Street.




The Armory Center will be featuring three exhibitions during Art Palm Beach Week “The Women of Vision”, Rising Waters: an exhibition of recent works by Mags Harries and River: an installation by Mags Harries and Lajos Heder. “The Women of Vision” will feature sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics and mixed media. Rising Waters is an exhibition by Boston based artist Mag Harries it is an ironic and poignant commentary on the dilemma of “Rising Waters”-our inability to grasp it on an individual level and our societal refusal to deal with the effects of global warming already so evident in South Florida. River, the installation by Boston based artists Mags Harries and Lajos Heder of water, light, and shadow creates an apparition of a river from one bucket of water. January 16- February 12, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts will be featuring a glass blowing demonstration with contemporary glass artist Laura Donefer. Donefer has been a driving force in the Canadian glass movement for 18 years, she has curated many exhibits to show Canadian work including a major one in Tucson, Arizona entitled “North of the Border”.  Partners in this venture are McMow Art Glass and Habatat Galleries.  Artists will be selling their hand made fine crafts from 2 – 9 pm.




Bold Beauty Project, ArtPalmBeach has partnered with the Bold Beauty Project and famed photographer Robert Zuckerman to bring the Bold Beauty Project photography exhibit to Art Palm Beach 2016. This innovative visual arts event showcases women who dare to expose their disabilities. The models boldly face the photographer’s lens, and through the process, they uncover their beauty, sensuality and strength to break the molds of conventional beauty.




FOTOfusion at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre is the International Festival of Photography and Digital Imaging. In its 21st year it will feature Portfolio Reviews by 100 Experts, Mini FOTOshoots, seminars & panel discussions, hands-on computer labs, multimedia presentations, photography & digital art exhibitions, book signings & gallery walks and fuse and schmooze parties. Jan.19- Jan. 23.




Whitespace Collection: Collectors Breakfast featuring artist Rita Montlack and her exhibition “XXL Photographs; A Historical Survey of Contemporary Photography”. This private collection art exhibition space will be open to the public for the annual Art Palm Beach Collectors Breakfast and viewing of this private collection and featured exhibition January 24, Breakfast- 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, collection will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Whitespace will also have a booth at ArtPalmbeach in the Convention Center.




Norton Museum of Art will be exhibiting Vincent van Gogh’s “The Poplars at Saint-Rémy , the piece was painted in the same community, and in the same year, as The Starry Night, during a period when van Gogh was hospitalized. Additionally, the Norton will be exhibiting the “Portrait of Mademoiselle Hortense Valpinçon”, which has been rarely – if ever – been exhibited in the southeast United States.




Society of the Four Arts Exhibition on Screen: “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” Hailed as the most successful exhibition in Tate Modern’s history, you can now catch “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” at the Four Arts”, featuring exclusive new footage from The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale brings insight and emotion to the words of Henri Matisse himself, while actor Rupert Young (Merlin) narrates. Saturday, January 23, 2016 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Society of the Four Arts.




Boca Raton Museum of Art presents Dames: Portraits by Norman Sunshine. During a period of convalescence when he could not paint as he once was able to do, Sunshine delved into the digital world of art making and searched for subjects of style and substance. In doing so he was taken with notable women; their poise, their composure, and their self-assurance. Among those who have posed for him are art patron Agnes Gund, philanthropist Nancy Kissinger, and Anne Sutherland Fuchs, former publisher of Vogue, Woman’s Day, and Elle.




The Lighthouse ArtCenter: “The Manoogian Collection: Two Centuries of American Art”. Considered to be one of the most significant private collections of American art compiled during the 20th century. This landmark exhibition includes 19th and 20th-century American paintings. Dr. Anne Palumbo lecture, “The Statue of Liberty as an American Icon” Thursday, January 21, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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Bruce Webber Gallery Collaborates with Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOFUSION

The Bruce Webber Gallery in Lake Worth has collaborated with the Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOFUSION to produce an inspiring exhibit of Fine Art photography by five South Florida artists.  The Rickie Report was able to preview the exhibit and meet with three of the principles who brought this event to fruition.  Don’t miss this exhibit, which runs through February 7th!


Bruce Webber Gallery

in collaboration with

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOFUSION

Presents Fine Art Photography by:

   Steve Spring                 Tom McCartney

            Durga Garcia                  Stephane Vercruysse

    Wayne Becker


Exhibit Runs Through February 7, 2013


 705 Lucerne Avenue     Lake Worth, FL      561-582-1045

Monday – Friday  9-5        Saturday  10-4



Bruce and Maryanne Webber have been involved with the art scene in Southern Florida for a long period of time.  Located on Lucerne Avenue in Lake Worth, they are extremely involved in their local community and supportive of many of the art events that happen there.

A little history will help set the stage because The Rickie Report wants to remind you that Lake Worth is celebrating its 100th Anniversary!  Originally begun in 1956 as Jennings Art Shop, Dick and Lucy Purnell purchased the business in 1960 and changed the name to The Art Shop. At that time the business operated out of one small storefront in part of its present location.



In 1970, Bruce Webber wandered into the cluttered little store and noticed the stack of boxes blocking the front door.  Offering to help out, Bruce started his apprenticeship the next day and a few years later purchased the business from the Purnells. The Purnells’ focus had been picture framing, art supplies, and a few prints. Bruce wanted to expand his business into a true fine art gallery and created the Bruce Webber Gallery.


In 1989 Bruce met Maryanne whose own gallery, on an adjacent street, specialized in handmade American Crafts by artists from around the USA. They married later that year and decided to combine their businesses. Maryanne relocated her shop next to the Bruce Webber Gallery and became Maryanne Webber Gallery. The Art Shop/ Bruce and Maryanne Webber Galleries continue to attract a variety of customers, new and old, to their unique stores.

Golden Chicken Burma

Most recently, the Bruce Webber Gallery collaborated with The Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOFUSION located in West Palm Beach, to bring five South Florida artists together.  The exhibit includes the work of Wayne Becker, Durga Garcia, Tom McCartney, Steve Spring and Stephane Vercruysse.


Each artist brings their own sense of creativity to their subject matter, be it landscape, seascape, portrait or mixed media of encaustic with photography and hand embellished paint.    Wayne Becker is a former professional illustrator and animator who worked with the Disney organization.  He currently is an important and valued volunteer and teacher at The Palm Beach Photographic Centre.


Durga Garcia’s work has been seen at many galleries and juried exhibits, including Lighthouse ArtCenter and Palm Beach International Airport Art in Public Spaces.  She curates and designs all of The Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s Museum as well as Gallery Exhibitions.

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Tom McCartney is a retired veterinarian and a longstanding artist.  He teaches locally and had the very good fortune to meet and study with Ansel Adams and Minor White.

Mayan Ruins

Steve Spring is a volunteer and Master Printer at The Palm Beach Photographic Centre. He is Lead Photographer at Durga Garcia studios, where the focus is fine art female forms and Florida land & waterscapes.



 Stephane Vercruysse is a member of The Palm Beach Photographic Centre.  He exhibits his photographic images and also uses them to create three dimensional encaustic works of art with hand painted embellishments.


The Bruce Webber and Maryanne Webber Galleries are located at 705 Lucerne Avenue in Lake Worth. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 – 5 and Saturdays from 10 – 4.  For more information call: 561-582-1045 or visit:

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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