Kari Chapin Offers Personalized Approach to Marketing and a FREE Giveaway

Kari Chapin is a small business “how to” guru.  Her newest book offers crafters and artisans and  small businesses owners marketing basics.  She includes advertising and publicity, social media, selling online, in brick-and-mortar stores, and at fairs. She gives the one-woman business everything needed to become successful. The Rickie Report interviewed Kari, who lives in Portland,OR  for this article.  In addition to sharing her business suggestions, we are offering a FREE COPY of her book to our readers!  Kari will be offering a FREE webinar on July 5 & 6.  More details are in this article.




Kari Chapin’s


How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally and Online!  



THE HANDMADE MARKETPLACE is aimed specifically at crafters, but the advice is universal.  This is an exceedingly practical guide on how to start a small business. (For example, the chapter entitled Establishing Basic Business Practices covers sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations; getting a tax ID number; basic bookkeeping; collecting money; pricing work; hiring professionals such as lawyers, accountants and publicists.)  You may work at home alone but you’ll feel like the CEO of a Fortune 500 firm!






In 2010, Kari Chapin worked as a manager and buyer for an upscale store in the Berkshires (MA).  She was looking for high-end textiles with a partiality toward recycled fabrics.  By contacting sellers through Etsy, she was able to find the pieces she needed.  However,  she found it difficult to get them to stock their work in her store.




She tells The Rickie Report, “I saw that they didn’t have the business skills necessary to market themselves to the fullest of their potential.”    Kari is an activist!  She began working with those sellers and creators forming a business plan to help them sell their goods both wholesale and retails.  She helped them market themselves!




When the store she was working at closed, Kari decided to draw on her own dream of being a writer.  The result is her helpful and insightful book.  Kari speaks to the psyche of the crafter and the artist.  Owning a creative business is different than other retail businesses.  “Crafters and artists are selling something very personal, almost a part of themselves.  Their mittens or paintings are not just another commodity”, she explains.




Photo courtesy of KariChapin.com


This is Kari’s second book, an updated version of the first.  This is a DIY crash course in entrepreneurship.  She has broken the book’s lessons/activities into three parts: “Getting to know yourself and your business; Spreading the word and images; and Getting down to selling.” There are tips from business cards, pricing, photographing your work to blogging and being your own boss.  This is an easy-to-read helpful and insightful book.




Kari Chapin

Kari Chapin


Kari believes that certain areas of the United States are more conducive to successful creativity.  “Anecdotally, I see that highly creative people across generational lines are successful when they live in an environment that promotes and supports handmade products.”  The Rickie Report believes that Southeast Florida is one of those areas.  Which is why we will be offering a FREE copy of Kari’s book to our readers!



To Enter the Drawing for a FREE Copy  of Kari’s Book:

  • Send your best business suggestion and 1 jpg of your work to: rickie@therickiereport.com
  • Put “FREE book drawing” in Subject line
  • All suggestions will be entered into the drawing
  • The drawing will take place August 14th at 5pm
  • One winner will be picked from the drawing and notified by email
  • All entries will be considered for inclusion in a future article in The Rickie Report, giving proper identification to each suggestion.
  • Please include your email address, phone number and website


The next  CreativeLive Broadcast will take place July 5 & 6th. For more information go to:  http://karichapin.com/creativelive/     

Or  visit karichapin.com .  

You may also contact us at:karichapincommunity@gmail.com 


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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



South Florida’s Only Indie Wedding Show and Marketplace Presented by Art Hive Magazine

Art Hive Magazine is presenting South Florida’s only “Indie” Wedding Show and Marketplace next month.  The Rickie Report urges you to mark Sunday, January 26th on your calendars now!  This is your chance to truly create the wedding of your dreams.  Art Hive Indie Bride will feature a mix of traditional and non-traditional vendors to provide you with an outside-of-the-box approach to planning your big day. More details are in this article.









Sunday, January 26, 2014


 12 – 5 pm


 Grand Ballroom


Palm Beach Gardens Marriott 


4000 RCA Boulevard 



Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410




What makes it “indie”? It’s simply short for independent, unique couples who have a more hands on approach to designing the wedding of their dreams. It’s time to commit creatively!  Art Hive Indie Bride is the perfect one stop shop to meet and experience the works of unique vendors, artists and crafters that can help make your wedding dreams a reality!





Art Hive Indie Bride is proudly sponsored by Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches which aims to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the character of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. 


On Sunday, January 26th, from noon to 5:00, join us at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott to see your ideas come to life with creative elements that can help add just a touch of personalization or help design a completely non-traditional affair. Unlike traditional wedding trade shows and expos, Art Hive Indie Bride will also have artists and crafters selling their creations for purchase at the show!
Art Hive Indie Bride proudly supports equality in love for all, eco-friendly services and products, small businesses, artists, crafters, musicians, designers and the like.







Check out our carefully curated mix 40 unique vendors that will be offering wedding related services and or selling their wares for your shopping pleasure. New vendors added weekly. Don’t forget all the complimentary food tastings! Yummmm…




A DJ pumping beats, dance demos, fashion shows and more!


100 SWAG bags filled with awesome goodies for the first 100 couples!



Each pre-registered guest will be entered to win one of dozens of awesome giveaways from makeup sessions to jewelry! Names will be randomly pulled and announced on stage for giveaways throughout the show.





Free for guests ages 21+. IDs will be checked at the door before entry.
Art Hive Indie Bride is presented by Art Hive Magazine, the arts and entertainment magazine of the Palm Beaches.   Art Hive Indie Bride is a gay-friendly event that encourages ALL couples to join in on the wedding fun!  Art Hive Indie Bride will feature a mix of traditional and non-traditional vendors to provide you with an outside-of-the-box approach to planning your big day.


This is a FREE event for brides, grooms, and the family and friends of the love birds.


  • Don’t forget to pre-register!
  • Pre-registered guests will be entered to win awesome giveaways.
  • To Pre-Register and for more info, go to www.arthiveindiebride.com


For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420




OSGS Announces New Artists plus Irene Jalowayski Presentation

How exciting that Ortiz-Smykla Gallery | Studio (OSGS) is adding new artists to their ongoing exhibit!  The Rickie Report knows you will enjoy glass artist Irene Jalowayski’s presentation – and free giveaway for those who attend! (Bring your own chair – BYOC)


Saturday, June 15, 2013

You’re invited


(Bring Your Own Chair)

Lecture Series

5 pm – 7 pm

Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio

Meet Glass Artist, Irene Jalowayski


 Free Drawing for attendees:

  • Large Silver Swirl Pendant with Fused Glass ( $135. value)
  • Square Bowl with Flowers ($125. value)

Irene will be bringing an extended line of work for the lecture to discuss both her background and the process it takes to create such unique glass art.  For that evening, the pieces Irene brings with her will be provided at a special discount for attendees.


500 Northwood  Village  West Palm Beach, FL

Corner of Spruce and Northwood Road



Welcome to OSGS Gallery’s second in a series of lectures titled BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).  OSGS [Ortiz-Smykla | Gallery-Studio] is featuring one of it’s own incredible artists each month by which she/he will share a short biography, how they got started, how they decided on their medium(s), techniques used, and how their work has evolved and where they see it going.  Bring a comfortable chair, relax, and learn from the best.  We know it will be time well spent, entertaining, and inspiring.


Three Faces, Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

Three Faces, Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

The current Exhibit at OSGS includes works by Claudia Bloch, Sheree Blum, Ren Dittfield, Ursula Fernandez, Gail Erickson, Sherry DuBois, Kerby Glenn, Jeff Green, Irene Jalowayski, Lew Mayer, Ian Levinson, Helen Kagan, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Juan Plaza, Ann Lawtey, Tim Rivers, Julie Roberts, Molly Potter, John Rachell, and Steve Wallace.

Irene Jalowayski


Irene Jalowayski is a retired speech pathologist who is a Florida native and grew up in Miami. She spent most of my adult life in California and returned to FL 8 years ago.  Always an art lover and collector, she began taking fused art glass classes seven years ago.


Red Glass Vase by Irene Jalowayski

Red Glass Vase by Irene Jalowayski

She tells us, “I studied with Sidney Escowitz and took classes at McMow Art Glass Center and at Art Glass Environments. I now have my own studio and my hobby has become my passion. Working with glass has allowed me to express my creativity and love for color, shape and form. I get lost in my work and experience a thrill every time I open the kiln.”



Her fused art glass pieces are full of color with lots of dichroic glass mixed with beautiful bright backgrounds. Some are sculptural and some functional objects for the home including large and small bowls, dishes, platters,salt and pepper shakers, olive oil bottles, sushi dishes and serving utensils.

Accent Piece by Irene Jalowayski

Accent Piece by Irene Jalowayski


Irene was selected as of of only 11 “Emerging Artists” at ArtiGras, 2012.  Her Judaic pieces include Shabbat sets, candlesticks, menorahs and mezuzahs. Items for the home include bowls, dishes, platters and many other fun pieces to showcase in your home. She also makes small accent tables with vintage or antique bases and art glass tops.

Accent Table with Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

Accent Table with Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski


  • Annual Art Glass competition – McMow Art Glass Gallery and Studio Lake Worth FL-. 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Contempo: Pushing the Limit on Art- Lighthouse Art Center, Jupiter, FL – 2011
  • Artistic Visions II- the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL- May 2012
  • Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Gallery, Lake Worth, FL – Permanant exhibiting artist- 2012
  • Florida Craftsmen Members Exhibition-Lighthouse Arts Center, Tequesta,FL – August thru October 2012
  • Member: Florida Craftsmen
  • Member: Artists of Palm Beach County

Ren Dittfield

Ren Dittfield has been practicing the art of photography for over 20 years, using his camera as a tool in capturing a unique and enriched vision.  Not only does Ren skillfully produce fine art images, he also performs carefully crafted portrait sessions as well as fashion and commercial editorials. 

Ren Dittfield, Photography

Ren Dittfield, Photography

Ren’s photographs translate a visual language that captivate the viewer while maintaining his distinctive perception of quality.  Ren’s philosophy on digital media is authentic, allowing his expertise to transform an image to the highest standards of integrity.  Through his work with film, Ren urges the viewer to see the entirety of each composition, delivering the purest form of photography.  His collections reflect not only his versatility and commitment to creativity, but also his effortless conception of timeless beauty.


Helen Kagan

Helen Kagan, PhD, a refugee from Russia, is a healer and an artist.  Her “Healing Arts” blends her own life experience into a visual form emphasizing the healing power of art.  Helen grew up in what was then the USSR, a communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 a quest for free-dom led her to the US where she brought a Jewish heritage, a PhD in Science, Master’s in Psychology, and an unending thirst to explore life’s meaning.  Living in VT, WI, MN, NJ, NY and now in FL, she’s spent much of her life in the USA as a holistic therapist and a social worker. Following her quest Helen studied many healing modalities, and equipped with another Master’s in Clinical Social Work she’s been ‘walking the walk’ integrating a mind-body-spirit philosophy into her personal and professional life (see www.NYhealing.com)



Helen Kagan

Oil Painting by Helen Kagan

Primarily self-taught Helen’s been painting for as long as she remembers herself, since 2005 does it professionally. Helen works mainly with oil, and paints with pure boldness and emotion, always looking for ways to communicate on levels often not yet understood. While reflecting her own colorful and deep perception of life, a desire to bridge the Realities and heal the Past, she belives her artwork can enhance healing process to those in need.


Helen believes in the mind-body-spirit connection. These beliefs encompass her dream of developing a Healing Arts Center to reach people from different cultures, races and ethnic backgrounds.  A dream that she’s following all these years  by providing therapeutic healing services and bringing her Healing Arts to those in need.  Helen continues to follow her heart’s dream by sharing her art and personal Journey of hope through her collection of “Healing Arts”.


Carla Golembe

Carla Golembe is an award winning artist, illustrator, author and teacher.  Her work is shown at galleries throughout the United States. Collections include Hyatt Corp, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), Boston Public Library and others.  She has received artist residencies from the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic and Kalani Honua in Hawaii.  As an artist in residence in these places she presented her work to the community by giving talks, demonstrations and exhibitions.

Carla’s children’s books include A Story of Surfing, The Story of Hula, M is for Maryland, Washington DC ABC’s, Annabelle’s Big Move and Dog Magic, all of which she wrote and illustrated. She has also illustrated Why the Sky is Far Away, The Creation, People of Corn, How Night Came from the Sea and The Woman in the Moon, Sun and Honeybees.  Carla wrote and illustrated the Zippy and Zoe series, published in Taiwan.

"Evening Doves"

“Evening Doves” by Carla Golembe

Carla has taught fine art and illustration courses at Maryland College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Lighthouse Center for the Arts.  She worked with elementary school children teaching them to write and illustrate picture books and fold books through the Center for Creative Education and the Milagro Center. She presently teaches painting, and drawing at Delray Beach Center for the Arts and the Art School of the Boca Museum of Art . 


She has done presentations and workshops for children, teens and adults in schools, libraries, museums and other community based venues for almost  20 years.  Carla was an artist for five Animals on Parade Public Art Projects including Washington DC’s Party Animals and Pandamania, Ocean City Maryland’s OC Beach Birds, Prince George’s County, Maryland’s Birds-I-View and Palm Beach County’s Wild Things.


Luke Gardner

A Junior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts who is coming into our exhibit as our only current student artist.  

Luke Gardner

Luke Gardner

Luke has already gained exposure and recognition for his work regionally and nationally.  Luke has been awarded by the Regional Scholastics Art and Writing competition and has garnered top scores as judged by the College Board.  He will be exhibiting some of his pop culture, illustration and abstract work at OSGS.  Here’s a nice link to an extended look at some of Luke’s work:


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OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio
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25 Years on Las Olas: Congratulations Howard Alan Events on Your Silver Anniversary!

Let’s celebrate a Silver Anniversary together on Las Olas Boulevard!   Howard Alan Events announces its 25th Annual Las Olas Fair Part II, taking place March 2 and 3rd!   This event is free and open to the public and promises a special free “giveaway” piece of sculpture by world renown artist Ancizar Marin!  The Rickie Report hopes you’re setting your GPS for Ft. Lauderdale to see this show!

25th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II

March 2 & 3, 2013

Saturday and Sunday  10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue 

                                                                                                                                                           600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33301


A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Las Olas Association


The Las Olas Art Fair returns for part two of this wildly popular award-winning show, March 2 – 3, 2013.  Festival-goers return each year and look forward to seeing longtime favorites as well as new and emerging talent.  This two-day event, produced by Howard Alan Events, brings together 300 of today’s top local, regional and national artists showcasing their finest work.

Holehouse_Jim_Festival poster painting (Jan2013)

The new 25th anniversary collectors edition poster inspired by Jim Holehouse’s original painting depicting Las Olas Boulevard will be on display and available for purchase at the festival along with t-shirts and previous editions of festival posters.  As always, the booth will be located across from the Cheesecake Factory.

The artists, who will be present for the entire show, will line Las Olas Boulevard with their professional display booths, transforming the area into a first-class outdoor art gallery.  The 25th anniversary edition poster will be available for purchase during the fair.


"Stephanie on Las Olas" Free Giveaway by World Renown Sculptor Ancizar Marin

“Stephanie on Las Olas” Free Giveaway by World Renown Sculptor Ancizar Marin

In addition, festival patrons can register to win a commemorative sculpture created by award-winning artist Ancizar Marin.  “Stephanie on Las Olas” was created in honor  of the show’s silver anniversary and will be on display in booth #1 located at S.E. 6th Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, near the Cheesecake Factory, where the registration tables will also be located. No purchase is required to enter the giveaway.   

The Rickie Report spoke with artist, Ancizar Marin about his work.  “I was born in Colombia, South America and as a teenager I was not  the best student…I  had to do things my way and only my way, however when I was introduced into art by one of my uncles who is a painter things started to change. I was  caught by the passion of art and started studying at the Bellas Artes Institute of Art in Manizales, Colombia, in 1982. Suddenly my father started getting compliments for my good behavior and achievements!”

Ancizar Marin at his Booth

Ancizar Marin at his Booth


Ancizar went on to specialize in sculpting at the Luccio Petraglia School of Art in Bogota , Colombia in 1985 where well known artists like Liliany and Fernando Botero once attended classes. He studied sculpture in bronze and steel, working with other artists making pieces for the European market to keep the school running which at that time was having financial problems.



It was at the Petraglia school of art where the great idea of joining forces with the already famous Liliany started and they opened up a foundry in Bogota. Ancizar sees still see himself as a student, as he continues to study in Spain, Italy, Venezuela and the United States.  He says, “This mixture of cultures has helped me realize that there are multiple tastes when it comes to shapes and colors in art. That is why I need to improvise and work at the creation and development of different styles, designs and techniques such as Bronze and Chrome, Bronze and Glass plus my latest technique of Bronze and Resin. I will continue to experiment with multiple textures and techniques for as long as I can live”.


This multi-talented artist divides his time between Florida, he shares, ” where I inspire my self and I create the models in clay, New Jersey where I have a foundry and where all the dirty work is done and Colombia, South America where I’m still doing some private commissions and where most of my family reside.  As you see I cannot attend all the art shows I want.  My goal is to do about ten art shows a year”.

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Humbly, he says, “I am open to all comments and suggestions I hope I can meet you in person in a future show or exhibition, thank you for your time and patronage.  Most of my sculptures are inspired by the fascinating world of cirque du soleil.   I love their expressions, their movement and the positive energy I feel when I’m around them.”

Ancizar explains the rigorous steps it takes to create his art. “I begin my sculptures by making a model in clay, after that a mold is made, then the figure is poured in either bronze or fiberglass. After this comes the angle grinding, the chasing, the sanding and the finishes such as chrome plate, patinas and car paints”.
What has drawn him to this medium of artistic expression?  He  states, “Since my junior high school years sculptures have held an obsessive fascination for me, their diverse form, volume, contour and detail,  provide a rich and inexhaustible depth of subject. I have been privileged to work with master of art Fernando Botero and Liliany who I call the ‘godmother of my long and troubled career’, being an sculptor is not easy but in my opinion no other career will give me the joy, happines and peace I feel when Im sculpting or working on a model.”
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The Rickie Report asked how he chose bronze as his most popular medium.  ” I have an affinity to bronze as a medium, it allows me to express my ideas, my feelings, my desires, my thoughts and the challenge of being different.  I love to try new techniques and finishes such as the chrome plate on bronze which has helped me win multiple awards and has set me apart from other sculptors. My intention is to capture the human eye, and start a dialogue of love and feeling for art. My dreams are clear, I love to see my sculptures bring the same joy and happines they bring me to many homes and places of work where people will enjoy them and love them as much as I love them.”
What advice would he give to a new sculptor starting his or her career?  “Go with your instinct, enjoy it, have fun, love it, treat sculpting as a sport, in my case there is no soccer, no football, no basketball. Years will go by and you will notice the fun never ends”.  The Rickie Report hopes you will slow down and visit Ancizar Marin’s booth at this Las Olas show.  Not only will you meet an inspiring artist, but you can take home a little piece of his heaven and make it yours.  For more information about Ancizar Marin:  954 628 2827  or  artsandbronze@yahoo.com
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Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.  For additional information on the 23rd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420