Martin Artisans Guild April/May Exhibition Opens Thursday, April 1st With Original Artworks From Over Fifteen Artists

The Martin Artisans Guild announces its April 1 – May 22, 2021 Exhibit in a new and temporary location, still within Harbour Bay Plaza in Stuart, FL.  The Free, Opening Reception on Thursday, April 1 will be catered by Cafe Boonma and live music will feature Paul Hamaty. All original artwork will be for sale and will feature over 15 artists using varied media. This exhibit space is the temporary replacement of the original Palm Room across the courtyard, which the Guild has occupied with consecutive exhibits since November of 2019. The Guild is actively looking for a new gallery space to occupy so they may continue to bring quality art exhibits to the Stuart and Martin County communities.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!








Opening Reception:

Thursday, April 1

5:30 – 7:30 pm

New Temporary Location next to Cafe Boonma!

Harbour Bay Plaza       3722 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL  34996




“Morning School” by Craig Dietrich 



Refreshments by Cafe Boonma

Music by Paul Hamaty



“Energy” by Lynn Morgan



Normal Gallery Hours:

12 – 6 pm   Tuesdays through Saturdays until May 22





Painting by Torenzo Gann





For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild


The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.


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Artists Of Palm Beach County 8th Annual Members Exhibit At Artworks Gallery Of Northwood Features 20 Artists. “Starting Again” Public Reception is March 5, 2021 Or Visit Via Zoom

Artworks Gallery of Northwood will host “Starting Again”, the Artists of Palm Beach County‘s 8th Annual Members Exhibit.  The exhibit begins on March 1 and will run through April 30, 2021.  The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Friday, March 5.  The gallery will follow CDC guidelines (face masks and 10 people at a time in the gallery). APBC will also host a virtual opening on Zoom.  All of the 2D and 3D artworks will be for sale. The title of this exhibit is apropos, as we explain in this article. Enjoy the abstract impressionism of Featured artist Lee Passerella.  The Rickie Report shares the details of attending in-person, via Zoom, and a sneak peek! We want to say, “Artists of Palm Beach County, welcome back”! New members are always welcome!








” Starting  Again”


FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021  

5 – 8 pm



To attend in-person:

Call 561-833-9165 to reserve a time


To attend via Zoom:

Email YES to and put Starting Again in the subject



All artworks are for sale

Exhibit runs March 1 until April 30, 2021



Artworks Gallery of Northwood

(561) 833-9165

555 25th Street   West Palm Beach,  FL 33407

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm

After Hour Appointments Available



“Cliffside” by Featured Artist, Lee Passerella




Last March, 2020, the Artists of Palm Beach County hoped to begin their season with one exhibit after another in the ArtWorks Gallery. The membership exhibit opened on March 6, 2020 to an extremely receptive, huge crowd. Less than two weeks later the Covid-19 shutdown began and ended exhibitions for the rest of the year.



As a result, the organization is delighted to have another opportunity with the  “STARTING AGAIN” juried exhibition. A call went out to the membership for submissions of original work of any subject in all media, 2D or 3D. ArtWorks Gallery is a fabulous place to show off this talented group of artists.



Last year the Judge for Awards, famed Palm Beach artist Sandra Thompson, did such an excellent job, that the group is thrilled that she has agreed to be Judge again. Sandra currently has a SOLO exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, which runs through March 12, 2021. 




For more information about the Artists of Palm Beach County:


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Artists of Palm Beach County is a non-profit 501c organization dedicated to helping member artists achieve their artistic goals and utilize their talents to enrich the lives in our community. Registration #CH52359



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Lynn Morgan Achieves The Non-Objective Objective In Her Newest Artworks Exhibited At The Palm Room December 2 – 31

Lynn Morgan‘s newest artworks will be seen at the Martin Artisans Guild Exhibit beginning on Wednesday, December 2.  Meet Lynn at the Opening Reception being held at the Palm Room in Stuart, FL.  Lynn is inspired by the sights and sounds of her travels to various parts of the world.  Trying new elements in her artwork is part of Lynn’s journey.  Her newest works include the addition of cold wax to the oil paint, and using a palette knife more than a brush.  For those unfamiliar with the difference between abstract and non-objective painting, this is the time to speak with Lynn and learn more!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.












Opening Reception:



Wednesday, December 2



5:30 – 7:30 pm



The Palm Room

 3778 SE Ocean Blvd    Stuart, FL  




Enjoy Refreshments and Meet the artist  



NORMAL  GALLERY  HOURS:   Wednesday  – Saturday  12 – 6 pm


Exhibit available December 2 – 31, 2020



You can also see Lynn’s work in the Palm Room for the month of March, including the Martin County Open Studio Tour March 6-7, 2021




“Beyond The Gate” by Lynn Morgan




Lynn Morgan tells The Rickie Report, “I have painted in acrylics, watercolors and then pastels, and have made a large investment in materials in each of those media.  I vowed that I would not start investing in the materials required for another medium.  I still love pastels, but when I paint with pastels, my work always seems to end up looking like “something”.  I have always loved abstract art, and it has been my goal to paint more abstractly.  My pastel work has moved toward more abstraction over the years, but I never really felt like I got there completely.  I finally decided to give in and try oil painting.  With the addition of cold wax to the oil paint, and using a palette knife more than a brush, I have finally achieved the non-objective objective”!





She explains, “Many people are not familiar with the difference between abstract and non-objective painting.  Unless the work is photo-realistic, all paintings are abstracted to some degree.  You can still have a subject in an abstract painting.  However, non-objective paintings do not have a readily-recognizable subject.  But I think for most artists, non-objective work is harder than subjective work.  All of the principles of a good painting are still important, and the painting won’t work without them:  Value, shape, line, color, composition, mark-making, focus/edges, etc.  Sometimes these elements are difficult to evaluate when the painting process is completely intuitive.  But to me, it’s more fun that way”!




“Spring” by Lynn Morgan




For Lynn Morgan, creating art is an integral part of her philosophy of being consciously aware of the world around her. Lynn has been creating art all of her life. Until her retirement from the corporate world, art was one of her hobbies, but it was the only hobby that she never tired of. She knew that when she retired, she would reinvent herself as an artist, and that’s what she did! By attending classes and workshops, she learned techniques that have evolved over the years from realistic renderings to a much more abstract style.   “Before I begin a painting, I already have an idea in my head about my intention”, Lynn explains.  “That idea may be inspired by one of my travel adventures or just an initial idea.  Since color is my primary passion, I will select a color palette based on the intention and  what colors I am in love with that day.  For my abstract oil paintings, I begin with a very loose wash of acrylic paint to cover the canvas”.




For her oil paintings, the process is the completely intuitive application of paint with a brush or more often, paint mixed with cold wax applied with a palette knife, or line work using oil sticks.  For pastels, the emotion of the painting begins with the application of soft pastel colors.  “When I think the painting is complete, I leave it on the easel until the next day, when I will undoubtedly see adjustments or additions that need to be made.  I will study the piece and ask myself a series of questions about design and composition.  Does the work convey the intention I had in mind ?  Does it convey the emotion I felt when I imagined the idea?  Are there any areas that need “something”?  Depending upon my response to these questions, I will then make further adjustments or declare it complete and sign it.  My goal is that my work expresses my quest to consciously understand my spiritual self to participate in creating a personal and collective reality for the world around me”.





“Energy” by Lynn Morgan




Travel is one of Lynn’s passions, starting with her travels to Hawaii, where she attended the University of Hawaii for one semester. Since then she has returned to Hawaii with her daughter and also visited Tahiti, France, England, Switzerland, and several other European countries. In recent years, she bicycled in Slovenia, Austria and Italy, she hiked throughout Patagonia, including a visit to Cape Horn. She has also sailed the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia on a 41-foot sailboat. Many paintings have been inspired by these adventures.


Lynn was born in a Detroit suburb, but has spent most of her life living in Florida. She doesn’t paint a lot of Florida scenes because she says, “I see Florida scenery all the time. What inspires me is scenery that I only get to see when I travel.”  Lynn’s early art experiences were orchestrated by her mother, a former student at the Parsons School in New York. As a pre-teen, she was allowed to ride the city bus to downtown Detroit (imagine that!) by herself. She would browse the stationary departments at the big department stores to find drawing paper. As a teen, she began to paint with acrylics.





“Written on the Wind” by Lynn Morgan




Life took the marriage and career path, and those demands became primary. Lynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management. She ultimately became a single mother, so the ability to support her daughter became the driving force in her life, although painting remained a hobby. She tried flying a plane, playing guitar and piano, playing golf, SCUBA diving and sailing, but she always came back to painting.  In later years, Lynn began painting with watercolors and took classes with Garri Katz, Barbara Nechis and Robbie Laird. She also took art classes at Palm Beach State College where one of her instructors introduced her to pastels. She was hooked on the look of the pastel sticks, the feel of the medium in her hand with no brush as a go-between, and the brilliant color that clings to the tooth of the paper.


When Lynn first began painting with pastels, she tried portraiture. Although her portraits were well-received, she was drawn to non-objective art, and portraiture is about as far from non-objective art as you can get. She began a period of figurative paintings, studying with Margaret Dyer, and her style evolved into a looser, more abstract one. As her travels increased, Lynn began painting landscapes. She has studied with Miroslav Antic, Terri Ford, Casey Klahn, Aline Ordman, Jen Evenhus and Tony Allain. Her style continues to move toward more abstraction in both landscape and figurative works. Lynn has now added an exciting new collection of abstract oil and cold wax paintings to her portfolio.






“Cliffhanger” by Lynn Morgan




Lynn is now a full-time artist. She is a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A), the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Florida Artists Group (FLAG), Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA) and the Martin Artisans Guild. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America. She exhibits both locally and nationally and has won awards at several exhibits. Lynn is currently represented by GalleryVibe in Naples, FL, and she teaches pastel classes and workshops at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL.


For more information about this exhibit, classes or other artwork, please contact Lynn:


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Vicki Siegel’s Classes And Workshops Will Energize Your Creative Work! Take Your Painting And Photography To New Levels

Vicki Siegel’s upcoming workshops and classes will energize your creative work! Learn something new, while taking your painting and photography to new levels!  Vicki is an award-winning, full-time working artist and is a certified Golden Artist Educator.  The Rickie Report shares the details of Vicki’s classes and workshops, which take place in Palm Beach County and are open to the public.  Have you considered giving a workshop or class as a holiday gift? 





V I C K I      S I E G E L







Vicki Siegel’s cutting edge imagery: Look, learn and participate at workshops, classes and shows.


“See” by Vicki Siegel



Developing a Body of Work 

1-day workshop Tuesday, Dec. 17      

9:30-4:30 pm

Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach


“Developing” by Vicki Siegel



Geared toward intermediate to advanced students who have gained skill in any medium, this workshop aims to refine the concepts and ideas driving your work. Through group discussion and individual instructor feedback, all will gain ideas to develop a cohesive body of work. Vicki will guide you with exercises to help focus your work and establish a direction. In the afternoon, you will begin creating studies for new body of work in the medium of your choice. The instructor will supply acrylic, oil and collage materials for explorations, see the supply list and bring a bag lunch. Bring your own support and materials for your chosen medium in the afternoon. Tuition $165    To register: 561 832-1776




The Wild Side of Mixed Media Painting 

2-day workshop

Thursday and Friday, January 23 and 24, 2020

9:30-4:30 pm

Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach


“The Wild Side” by Vicki Siegel



Expand your painting know how through experimental processes such as pouring, layering, printing, direct photo transfer and collage. Learn to make effective use of space, color, and pattern in your work. Inspiring instructor demos and ample student painting time will leave you with new ideas, finished pieces and works in progress. Vicki, a Golden Artist Educator will supply specialty paint products. See the supply list when you register.  Tuition $315 To register: 561 832-1776



Painting on Photographs SOLD OUT!

2 Day Workshop, Feb. 14 and 15

Old School Square Creative Arts School, Delray Beach, FL





“Know” by Vicki Siegel




Painting Today: Wednesdays, 1-4pm

Starts January 8, 2020

Boca Raton Museum Art School


Explore contemporary painting techniques, composition and color through individual assistance and instructor demonstrations. From traditional brushwork to cutting edge mixed media techniques such as pours and skins, you will develop your own style. Acrylics are preferred but oils are welcome.  

Course#3.40 Wednesdays, 1-4PM To register: (561) 392-2503



Exploring Acrylics: Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm:

Starts January 8, 2020

Boca Raton Museum Art School


Learn foundation painting skills in a creative atmosphere. Learn how to get started, set up a palette and mix color, brushwork, wet on-wet, wet-on-dry, glazing, layering, texture, and how to use gels and mediums. The class will work from both a set up and instructor photographs until you develop your own ideas as your painting skills improve. 

Course #3.38 Wednesdays, 6:30-9PM To register or for information:(561) 392-2503



Exploring Painting, Thursdays. 1:00-4:00

Starts January 9, 2020

Old School Square, School of Creative Arts, Delray Beach 


This class is for intermediate to advanced students, oil and acrylic preferred. Learn new techniques in a nurturing environment. To register: 561 403-2954








“Thrive” by Vicki Siegel







You can also see Vicki’s work at Paul Fisher at the BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL, 301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480 and at the Sweet Art Gallery in Naples, FL. 

Studio Visits are by appointment only. Email






Vicki Siegel in her studio



Vicki Siegel is a full time working artist who exhibits extensively. Her work can be found in private collections.  She has a BFA from the University of Illinois and studied MFA coursework at Tyler School of Art, Rome. Siegel is a Golden Artist Educator.  Vicki Siegel’s work combines painting and photography together.  She creates images that unite her fascination with the world around her with the physicality of paint. The photographers gaze allows her to observe and archive reality, while the paint flows from her subconscious to her brush in marks that are uniquely her own. Siegel says, “In my work I ask the viewer to engage by comparing what is photographic and what is paint, but also what is personal and what is universal”. 



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“Visual Narrative” Exhibition Features Artist Edrian Thomidis’ Sculptures At Hatch 1121 Gallery

Edrian Thomidis‘ sculptural ceramics are realistic figures with expressive qualities, each having their own unique narrative.  Her storytelling is enhanced with large and small hand-built vessels, using various materials and techniques.  “Visual Narrative” opens with a Free Public Reception on Friday, November 30. A portion of sales will benefit the Kids For Cancer Foundation. Edrian will give an Artist Talk on Saturday, December 8.  There will be a Free, Closing Reception on Sunday, December 16.  This exhibit at Hatch 1121 Gallery in Lake Worth is available November 30 – December 16.  It runs concurrent with “FOCUS”, a full week of multi-disciplinary art throughout the City of Lake Worth.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




E  D  R  I  A  N        T  H  O  M I  D  I  S


” A   V I S U A L    N A R R A T I V E “







[image] “Journey” Sculpture by Edrian Thomidis






1121 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL  33460













Friday, November 30    6-8pm


Saturday,  December 8    4-6pm


Sunday,  December 16    3-5pm




Friday – Saturday  1-6pm

Or by appointment call (561) 331-0606

Hatch 1121

1121 Lucerne Ave.  Lake Worth, FL 33460




About Edrian’s Sculptures:


Edrian loves making art that evokes thought and emotion. Exposure to different mediums through her life experience is clear in her work. The story telling qualities and character development of children’s books is evident in all of her figurative ceramic sculptures. The textures and finishes are very painterly, while shapes, patterns, or typeface treatments are evocative of her graphic design background.



[image] “Deceit” Ceramic Sculpture by Edrian Thomidis





Edrian Thomidis’ newest figurative ceramic sculptures are motivated by her interaction with life and the fluidity of its transitions. Human experiences and moments inspire the characters and the symbols that have meaning behind her figurative sculptures. Edrian’s work is inspired by situations in life that most people can relate to. The interpretation is left to the audience and is characterized by the familiar metaphors found in each piece.  They are each unique in their theme while capturing the overall concept of moving through life.



The individual subject matter in each piece invites us to think about life as a journey, adventure or a crossing. To pause and reflect about moments of faith, desire, loss or any other moment where emotions are involved.




[image] “Subconscious” Figurative Ceramic Sculpture by Edrian Thomidis



*Art for a Cause: Opening Benefiting The Kids Cancer Foundation



Edrian Thomidis is a strong supporter of the Kids Cancer Foundation and has chosen to donate 10% of all proceeds from the opening reception to the Foundation.

Kids Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, founded in 2001 whose mission is to provide hope and support to local children and families battling childhood cancer and/or blood disorders. We accomplish this by providing compassionate, easily accessible, supportive care services.




For more information about this exhibit or other artwork:

Edrian Thomidis, Artist

Call: (561) 331-0606




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Art On Park Gallery Opens Call For Photographers, Highlights Artistry Of Mary Jane Zapp, Announces Classes And Free Workshops

APBC Art on Park Gallery Presents a Call for ” PHOTOGRAPHY 2018 Exhibit”, celebrating artists who are photographers and residents of Palm Beach County.  The artistry of Mary Jane Zapp is being highlighted now through October 10th, with a Free Opening Reception on Friday, September 14th. In addition, there are free classes, workshops and other events happening at this busy Lake Park gallery!  The Rickie Report shares the details here. This Call for artists is open to non-members.




Art on Park Gallery

For Artists by artists of all disciplines, media and price points

Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403



Photography by Edward H. Munoz


APBC Art on Park Gallery Presents

“PHOTOGRAPHY 2018” Exhibit



5 – 8 PM  

Exhibit is available from October 8 – November 2, 2018








Celebrating Artists in Palm Beach County





Submissions should be a photograph of any subject in black & white or color printed on any surface. No explicitly political or sexual images will be accepted.
NO computer generated or altered work allowed (cropping is allowed).

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 09/26/2018
Notification to artists on or before Saturday, 09/29/2018
Hand delivery of artwork: Friday and Saturday, 10/05 or 10/06/2018 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, 10/19/2018 from 5 – 8 pm
Art Pickup: Friday and Saturday, 11/02 or 11/03/2018, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Open to all artists who live in Palm Beach County.
Work previously displayed at APBC Art on Park Gallery is not allowed.
Please do not submit work that will not be ready to hang by the drop off date.
Submissions and payments to be sent in electronically via APBC Members non-refundable entry fee: $15 for up to three pieces (.jpg up to 3 MB each) Non Members non-refundable entry fee: $35 for up to three pieces (.jpg up to 3 MB each)

IMPORTANT: Members will receive 75% of the gross sale.
Non Members will receive 65% of the gross sale. Please price your work accordingly.
Juried by the Art on Park Gallery Management Committee
To access the submission form go to:

Please read these entire instructions before you proceed:
If you want to join APBC please follow the “Become a Member” link BEFORE you enter the exhibit.
Or you can renew your membership if it has lapsed. After you pay the membership fee ($50 for one year), please make sure you complete the registration process by following the provided links and email instructions to fill in your user name/password and contact details.
Go to the “APBC Exhibitions” tab on the left side column of the Home page. Go to the PHOTOGRAPHY 2018 event and click on the provided link.
After you enter/edit the information fields, go to the bottom of the page to: “Exhibition Name” “Select an Exhibition Name.” Select PHOTOGRAPHY 2018, then click the last link: “proceed to Submit . . . “
You should have your images ready to upload (JPEG format only, no larger than 3 MB each). After you have chosen ALL your images click the UPLOAD button. You will then be asked to fill in the name, medium, size and price of each image. When this is complete you have reached the final step. Click the button. You should receive an email telling you of the successful submission.
Please call or email John Palozzi at the Gallery if you need help or have questions: 561-345-2842,

01) Work previously displayed in Art on Park Gallery is not allowed.
02) Original ideas only.
03) Only original works will be accepted. No giclees of original work unless the original is a digital image.
04) Maximum Size: 60″ wide x 60″ high.
05) No late entries accepted.
06) Entry fees are not refundable.
07) The decision of the jurors is final.
08) Images of works must be submitted to be juried in an electronic JPG format, no larger than 3MB each, via the link on the website. File names should contain the name of the work. Make sure the file names match the names listed on the entry form.
09) Any required entry fees must be paid before submissions will be accepted.
10) Unframed pieces in any medium must be finished on all sides – no staples showing.
11) No damaged frames or mats; mats must be clean.
12) All installation methods, such as wire attached to frames, must be secure. All 2D pieces MUST be wired on the back.
13) All entries must be labeled on the back of the work, base of sculpture, or somehow attached to artwork with artist name and title of work. 14) Members will receive 75% of the gross sale. Non-Members will receive 65% of the gross sale. Please price your work accordingly.
15) APBC, Inc. carries liability insurance for the Art on Park Gallery which does not extend to your artwork. APBC, Inc. will do its best to safeguard against theft, loss, breakage, or other damage, but will not be financially responsible for reimbursement of lost or damaged work.16) No explicitly political or sexual images will be accepted.


Classes, Free Events, Poetry, Collage, Drawing…So Much More!






For more information:
APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403










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Kling Gallery Wine & Decor Features Mimi McCallum’s Newest Works In “New Directions”, Opening August 24th

The Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor located in Stuart, FL announces the month of August’s Featured Guest Artist, Mimi McCallum. Mimi will show her new abstract work (cold wax and oil) in this exhibit, “New Directions”. This medium gives a beautiful translucent look, interesting textures, and beautiful color blends.  It can be carved into and scraped away to reveal  mystery. The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception on Friday, August 24th.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, the wonderful wine boutique and meet the artists!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  In addition to wall art, browse the hand made furniture, home accessories, and the wine bar!




723 Colorado Plaza  Stuart, FL 34994

Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred






Original Paintings

Napa- Style Tasting Room

Custom Furniture 

Home Decor





Opening Reception:

Friday, August 24th

5 – 7 PM  

Exhibit runs through September








“Self Portrait” by Mimi McCallum



After years of creating visually recognizable imagery Mimi McCallum has taken a new direction!  Her new path is taking her into the world of abstract.  The pieces are painted with cold wax medium and oil paint.  Oil pastels, graphite oil sticks and other medium find their way into the mix.  Mimi’s brushes have been laid aside, as the paint is applied to canvas or cradled board with an assortment of tools: squeezes, spatulas, knives, rollers, printing implements, anything is in the game!


“Get Crackin” by Mimi McCallum



This luscious medium can be layered and layered, carved into and scraped away creating interesting textures and fascinating color blends.  The paintings have a history that is revealed and interwoven into the final image. Her one requirement is that the painting will stand compositionally from any direction, so it may be hung and viewed in personal preference.   Mimi’s paintings are intuitive and spontaneous with no initial plan.  Her “New Directions” take her on the creative journey, and she invites us along with her!



  “In The Park” by Mimi McCallum




Mimi received her Master of Art Education from Florida International University in Miami, her BA from Montana State in Bozeman MT.  She completed the Florida art certification from FSU in Tampa. Mimi attended Anchorage West High, where her father was an FBI agent.  She is married with two children and two grandchildren.


“Untitled” by Mimi McCallum



Mimi puts her talent to work in her studio in Jensen Beach, FL, and exhibits throughout Florida and the Bahamas.  She tells The Rickie Report, “Through my art I aspire to capture moments in time that relate to memories that touch our hearts. I aspire to create images of objects, places and figures with pleasing shapes and energetic color.”  Mimi’s new work was recently exhibited at Art Synergy 2018.









Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor

723 Colorado Plaza   Stuart, FL34994


Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred






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Don’t Miss Martin Artisans Guild Artists Showcased At Martin County Courthouse Cultural Center Starting June 8th To July 27

The Martin County Courthouse Cultural Center features the artwork of members of the Martin Artisans Guild.  Guests will see a wide variety of media, including Ceramics, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor, Glass, Fiber, and Jewelry.  Everyone is invited to the free, Opening Reception on Friday, June 8th.  The exhibit is available through July 27th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

Martin County Courthouse Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL




P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:

Opening Reception:

Friday June 8, 2018 

5:30- 7:00 PM

Exhibit is available  June 8- July 27, 2018

For more information:

To learn more about the Martin Artisans Guild and the Martin County Open Studio Tour visit:

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Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor Celebrates Guest Artist Manon Sander At June 7th Public Reception

The Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor located in Stuart, FL announces the month of June’s Featured Guest Artist, Manon Sander.  Amazing light practically pulses from the brushstrokes of her paintings!  Manon’s artwork is collected throughout the US, she teaches at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, plus her artwork is found in galleries both locally and nationally.  The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception on Thursday, June 7th.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and the wonderful boutique wine from Kling Gallery and meet the artists!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  It’s not too early to shop for Father’s Day, Graduation, Weddings, and all occasions!




723 Colorado Plaza  Stuart, FL 34994

Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred






Original Paintings

Napa- Style Tasting Room

Custom Furniture 

Home Decor





Opening Reception:

Thursday, June 7

5 – 7 PM

Manon Sander 




Manon Sander tells The Rickie Report, ”I paint things in my neighborhood, things of my daily life which seem ordinary, but for me it’s less about what I’m actually painting and more about my fascination with the effect of light of objects. Painting in oil, oftentimes from life I put my impressions down in thick juicy brushstrokes, aiming to capture the essence and the light on my subject matter and the feelings it evokes in me. “



“Favorite Toy” by Manon Sander



A native of Germany, she painted murals professionally in Chicago for a decade and a half and studied oil painting under the tutelage of well known Californian painters. During that time she developed a unique, glowing style, avidly collected throughout the United States.  “Painting is my way to bring attention to the beauty found everywhere in our immediate surroundings, seen by those who are willing to slow down and look”.


“Secret Garden” by Manon Sander



Manon says, “I find inspiration for my next painting not necessarily in an object considered beautiful in the conventional sense since my desire to paint is mostly ignited by watching the light hitting an object a certain way. Illuminating something in all its brilliance while creating wonderful colors and designs in the shadows, light has the power to elevate an object from the mundane to the exquisite. How light influences color has been a source of endless fascination for me. Expressing my joie de vivre through loose brushstrokes in combination with a well thought-through design and a vibrant color choice translates into a painting that resonates not only with me as artist but also with the viewer, offering him a view of things that might otherwise have gone unnoticed”.

“Cheerio” by Manon Sander



And here’s a little bit of recent Manon Trivia:

– Her work has been juried into national shows by American Impressionist Society and National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society

-She continues to participate in Plein Air Events, the most recent one being the Winter Park Paint Out: Since it was the Paint Out’s 10th anniversary participation was by invitation only and she was honored to have been selected as one of the 25 hand picked artists.

– She continues to travel with her paint brushes to places like Italy, the Bahamas, Bermuda, NYC, Vermont, Savannah, and all over Florida

– Her work is being represented by galleries in St. Augustine, FL, and Fishers Island, NY, as well as the Village Art Studio in Tequesta

– She recently won awards in a juried National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Exhibition, Plein Fun Fest in Delray Beach, and first place at Sundowner Quick Draw in Ft. Myers Beach.

– She is increasingly sought after for commissions

– She has an upcoming solo show at Pander Gallery in Fishers Island, NY, this summer

– She will participate in a two-women show at Palm Beach Gardens Community Center later this year with Julia Rose

– Her work can be seen at the Village Art Studios at 377 Tequesta Dr. in Tequesta

– She teaches classes and workshops through the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta during season.

“Herd of Bicycles” by Manon Sander

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Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor

723 Colorado Plaza

Stuart, FL34994


Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred


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Backyard For The Arts Announces Grand Opening For Private Working Art Studio, Gallery, Creative Space On March 31

Backyard for the Arts, a private working art studio, gallery, and creative space announces its Free, Grand Opening on Saturday, March 31st with live music, art, vendors and more!  Edrian Thomidis and Monika Stefaniak are excited to share their space with everyone who wants to be creative.  The Rickie Report shares the details of upcoming classes and workshops (next one begins March 30), including ceramics, raku, wheel throwing, networking, open studio time, jewelry making, acrylic painting, and yoga! Hear about upcoming classes with Barbara A. Powell, Mary ChristouEdrian Thomidis, and Craig McInnis.  Don’t miss Free Yoga on the Deck! Enjoy the wonderful venue.




Backyard for The Arts


Saturday, March 31st

 5 – 8 PM

Live Music !

Prizes !

Local Vendors !

Art !

Meet the Instructors !

11547 56th PL North     West Palm Beach, FL 33411




Backyard for The Arts
11547 56th PL North     West Palm Beach, FL 33411




What’s It All About?





We offer party craft classes and artist workshops for small groups. Our classes are painting, jewelry, glass, ceramic and more. If you would like to get access to these exclusive and unique offerings in the local West Palm Beach area, select the event you are interested in, and book your space directly on our website.  Sign up to our mailing list to receive updates on future classes and workshops.



Our gallery openings feature upcoming and established local artists. Each opening is by invitation only. To be included in our special parties please sign up for our newsletter.


Give your event an artful twist and top it off with the outdoor rustic charm of our beautiful deck and gardens for a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your guests. Backyard for the Arts serves as a tranquil oasis just outside of West Palm Beach, and it provides an unforgettable setting for many beautiful gatherings.

Backyard  or the Arts is the perfect spot to host a beautiful, fairytale intimate wedding. We also provide the ideal space for business luncheons, corporate retreats, and high energy cocktail parties.  Our meeting and event spaces can accommodate groups of 12 to 50 guests and offer the perfect setting for those special occasions that deserve a uniquely beautiful location, for such events as:

  • Weddings
  • Corporate events and retreats
  • Family reunions – or other festive celebrations!




Our deck space and studio are also available for private group classes and parties. looking for a unique birthday party option? Send us a message and we can begin the planning process.

We meet for yoga on Sunday mornings on our large outdoor deck. If you would like to participate in this free but limited seating yoga meet up, please find the event and book your space directly on our website.

We are in the process of growing our following. Please share our page with your friends and like us on Facebook  


Make Your Own Ceramic Flower Beginner Ceramic Class

2 Day Workshop:

 March 30 & March 31





Give your wall decor a make-over with your very own hand made ceramic flowers. Arrange the flowers in a loose manner and add great texture to any wall. Use a large flower as a central piece and then cluster smaller blooms of various sizes around it.  You do not need any artistic experience. Our instructor will walk you through every step of the creation process.

***This is a two day workshop. Your ticket will say only one day, but you will automatically be added to the roster for the second day.

DAY 1 – (March 30th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)  Use pin rollers and clay and other tools to make 3 flowers of various sizes from 4″ to 12″ in diameter. (1.5 hrs)

DAY 2 – (March 31st 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) After flowers are Bisque underglazes are applied and a final transparent shiny glaze is added. Flowers are ready for pick up a week later after they have been fired a second time. (Workshop duration time 1.5 hr)

 $60. includes all materials and instruction for one large flower and two smaller ones, 2 kiln firings

Make Your Own Wire Jewelry Bracelet Class

Join this Wire Jewelry Class for Beginners and enjoy a relaxing pastime while mastering a skill that will give you the ability to create unique, wearable art.

Learn some of the fundamental skills of wire working as you create your one of a kind dangle bracelet! You will learn to use simple wire loops and make your own headpins and spiraled hook. Choose from a wide selection of metal charms, and many colors of glass and semi-precious stone beads.  You do not need any artistic experience. Our instructor will walk you through every step of the creation process.

$40    Price does not includes all materials. A $5.00 material fee is due to instructor on the day of the class.


Acrylic Painting Class with Craig McInnis


Explore this diverse and challenging medium with an artist who has dedicated many hours to learning its ins and outs. Join this exciting acrylic painting class with Craig McInnis. Craig is a freelance artist/designer whose portfolio reflects a diverse set of knowledge displayed on many local murals and commissioned works. The class will include in depth instruction surrounding blending techniques, color theory, light and shadow, and paint/tool management, just to name a few.

Craig is a professional freelance artist with a career that balances fine and commercial art. He is multifaceted from years of taking on challenging and diverse projects of all sizes. With an emphasis on mixed media overall, but a preference for Acrylics, Craig is currently creating new work and teaching in South Florida.

2 hour class. $40 per class/session. Does not include materials.


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For more information:


Phone: (561) 342-1012

Address: 11547 56th PL N, West Palm Beach FL 33411








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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986