What’s In A Name? Ask The Winner Of Alan Halpern’s Contest Who Named His Newest Painting, Plus Holiday Savings On Collectibles And Original Art

When Alan Halpern paints, the last thing he is thinking about is a title.  That is why he turned to The Rickie Report readers and offered “naming rights” for his latest painting.  A product of Columbia Motion Pictures, the Pratt Institute, and Dell Publishing, Alan’s experience has depth.  As we unveil the winner and the name chosen, Alan notes that he is offering 10% discount on all collectibles (pillows, jigsaw puzzles, blankets, t-shirts) and 15% discount on original art for the holidays including his famous iconic celebrities.  The Rickie Report shares all of the details here.












“Blue Eyed Soldier” original painting by Alan Halpern








Alan calls the winner, Barbara Lyons, from Port St. Lucie, FL.





Barbara chose a Museum reproduction Canvas framed print of the original painting, which she titled “Blue Eyed Solder” 






Alan Halpern was born in the Bronx, NY and grew up in LIC. He tells The Rickie Report, “My interest in art germinated when I landed a job at Columbia Motion Pictures working in the print/mailroom. There I spent hours visiting the art department making friends and watching the artists create movie posters and 3D displays. I was then accepted by Pratt Institute, a prestigious Art School. Four years later, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Upon graduation, my first professional  job was a graphic designer at Dell Publishing designing sales and promotional materials for future books to be published. I went on to establish my own marketing/sales promotional design firm in Manhattan until retiring to Southern Florida”.




Alan Halpern with one of his artworks at an Exhibition





Alan goes on to say, “I became a member of the Boca Museum of Art and attended theMuseum’s art school. With my background in graphic design, I create portraits of people and animals. With my unique style and use of color, I qualified for Signature Membership in the Boca Artists Guild, a select group of juried artists”.  Alan has been one of the leaders of the Guild and continues to take classes to hone his artistry.  Renown artist and teacher, Miles Laventhall tells The Rickie Report, ” I’ve been working together with Alan Halpern in Masters’ Studio since 2016.  As a seasoned artist he brings a history of culture and experience rarely seen.  Never without a smile and kind word, Al comes to work with an unfettered confidence  and approaches his canvases as a time to celebrate his heroes in history and contemporary life. The subjects he chooses and personal aesthetic are as colorful as he is.  The paintings he creates are visual reminders of life, full of potential and goodwill.  Al, we are blessed and inspired by you, and look forward to many more years of creativity together”.






15%   Discount  On   All  Original   Art




“Bruno Mars” by Alan Halpern



Alan’s new website just launched, sharing his signature style and use of bold colors with viewers.  His unique and artistic presentation of different subjects brings smiles to our faces. While he sometimes winks at historic figures, Alan’s paintings bring new life to these icons. Norma, a classmate of Alan’s tells The Rickie Report, “Each stroke is a measured ode to his skill with color and palette ultimately composing a symphony on canvas! Alan creates art that makes him feel good which through his vision he is able to achieve harmony beauty and splendor”.  We could not agree more!






“Elton John” by Alan Halpern





As you browse Alan’s website,  you can purchase Original paintings.  If you are looking for the perfect gift for yourself or someone else, peruse Collectibles which include Museum quality canvas prints, Metal prints,  T-Shirts, Throw Pillows, Blankets and Puzzles!  Bring a Celebrity home for dinner from his “Famous People” category. As he states, “It’s not what you look at that matters… It’s what you see” and you can choose from some colorful contemporary portraits.  Alan’s animals can truly be loved unconditionally!  For all ages and stages of life, Alan’s artistry gives the viewer such joy!




10 %   Discount  On   All  Collectibles



Alan’s images are available as prints, pillow, jigsaw puzzles and T-shirts!  Perfect for Gift-giving!



From Betsy Ross to Blondie and Bruno Mars, Alan digs into the personality and reveals the inner essence of people.  Visual Artist, Ana Tamayo tells us, “Alan Halpern is a painter with a very positive view of life and a caring personality. Alan’s connection with people is reflected in his expressive portraits of celebrities where the composition and use of color flow naturally and seemingly, without any effort on the canvas. His sense of design and his experience as a graphic designer are unquestionable.  His works of art are a cheerful reminder to smile!”



“Zebra” by Alan Halpern



Alan’s artworks have been exhibited in a number of juried art shows, including: Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Artists Guild Gallery, Living Room Gallery at FAU University, ArtServe Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL., Sugar Sands Park & Community Center, Boca Raton Museum Art School, and Polo Club Boca Raton Arts & Craft Show.







For more information please contact Alan Halpern :

Email:  alan@halpsArt.com

Call:  561-443-7581

Visit:   halpsArt.com






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New Studio For The Visual Arts Invites Art Lovers And Artists To Multiple Events, Including “99 Bottles Of Beer” Exhibit, Lunch & Lectures, Art Workshops, And More Beginning January 16

The New Studio for the Visual Arts announces classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions happening now through the end of March.  Get your calendars out for these workshops, lectures, exhibits, and one day events: Spencer Meagher, Dr. Joan Lipton, Sue Archer, Kathryn Adele Schumaker, Janet Rogers, Paul Jackson, Elio Camacho, and “99 Bottles of Beer” – There really is something for everyone!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.








Now through the end of March ,2020



Visit www.thenewstudiova.net for specific scheduling of classes


Call now

To Register, RSVP or for additional information

 (561) 295-5712





January 16-17  Expressive Brushstrokes in Acrylic Painting with Spencer Meagher

9:30 – 4:30 pm   $300

“Hidden Treasure” by Spencer Meaghan


Discover how much fun acrylic painting can be! 

In this workshop, Spencer will show you many of the fun techniques that will breathe new life into your acrylic paintings. Spend these two days exploring the unique attributes of acrylic:  Vibrant colors  –  Rich textures  –  Expressive brushwork.  You will love this workshop as you experience the vibrancy of this medium.   Throughout the workshop, Spencer will discuss composition and design and the role they play in a successful painting.

This class is appropriate for all skill levels. Set aside 2 days for just you and your art!




Lunch & Learn with JOAN LIPTON





Sunday, January 26 – Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

Noon – 2 pm  $50 includes light lunch






Sunday, February 16 – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Noon – 2 pm      $50 includes light lunch







January 27 – 31    An Advanced Beginner to Advanced Watercolor Workshop


9 am – 4 pm     $495


Sue Archer

Emphasis will be placed on color theory and design while incorporating texture into your own work if  you so desire. Sue will be introducing you to several alternative surfaces if you want to experiment with them.  Those students who do not want to work on textures or alternative surfaces, but wish to receive help with just color and design on their own paintings (on traditional papers), are also welcome in this workshop.

Finished paintings are not our objective; the planning and designing of your paintings is.  Your days will be filled with daily demos, lectures, color or design projects and on-going critiques;  A personal, one on one consultation time will be available.

***2 Years Experience with the Watercolor Medium Is Recommended***






February 8  The Art Of Nature: A Collage Workshop

Collage by Kathryn Adele Schumaker



Kathryn Adele Schumacher received her BA degree from Rollins College (Florida) with majors in Fine Art & Art History. Kathryn is committed to pursuing her life-long joy and passion by being a full-time artist working primarily in Mixed media collage and Monotype printmaking.



“99   BOTTLES   OF   BEER” Art Exhibition




Opening Reception and Awards

Sponsored by Crosby Kitchen & Bar




Crosby Kitchen & Bar

Sunday, February 9, 2019

2 – 5  pm

1406 South Cypress Drive Jupiter, FL 33469


February 11 – February 29, 2020

The New Studio for the Visual Arts

1615  S. Cypress Drive in Jupiter







Portrait by Janet Rogers


9 am – 4 pm    $300​

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this workshop.  Janet will demonstrate various “fun” exercises geared to interpret flowers in a loose and expressive manner.  Discovering the unique “nature” of individual flowers and “finding” new colors will be highlighted.  We will also explore how to interpret the landscape from photos in an impressionistic style.  Demonstrations and individual help will weave throughout the workshop, with an emphasis on letting the medium of watercolor lead the students to new adventures in watercolor.  (PLEIN AIR – in studio!)  Some goals include “keeping the whites”, avoiding “mud”, intuitive color and composition.  Besides working with students individually and class demos, Janet and attendees  will enjoy “Show and Tell” – and opportunity to see class work together and enjoy!




9 am – 4 pm  $375


This dynamic workshop is designed to enable participants to quickly gain confidence in approaching the portrait and figure in a more spontaneous, intuitive and expressive way.  Demonstrations, class instruction, individual assistance, “show and tell”, and a series of “fun” exercises, (which will include drawing, color and paint application) will weave into class painting time.  Special emphasis will be on achieving a fresh look of translucent flesh tones in the portrait with unique color changes, which will add to the excitement of capturing the essence of the subject.  Many “features” will be covered, including an approach to children’s portraits.  No fear in this workshop – drawing help is available – no matter what level. Students will have an opportunity to work from their photographs or Janet’s and also the opportunity to paint in a gestural and intuitive manner from the live model for ½ of the last day.  Our goals will be to “see” in new ways — bringing “life” and interpretation to the portrait and figure, and to discover intuitive color and design.  





February 24 -26

Paul’s focus for this workshop will be to guide you through a painting from beginning to end, as you paint together a stunning image of dramatic light and luminosity. You may choose to follow along and work on the same image, or find another subject entirely. Paul will happily work with you through whatever subject you choose.  Paint with Paul and he’ll help you reach the next level of artistic confidence and ability as he guides you through a painting, illustrating the principles of design, color, value, composition and the mechanics of watercolor.  Through informal lectures, discussions, demonstrations and critiques you refine your personal painting style. Come prepared to be entertained, make new artist friends and find logical and creative answers to your watercolor problems.

Paul will demonstrate the versatility of watercolor paint. You will learn… 

  • How to work in thin layers of washes to build up luminous colors.

  • How to plan the entire picture area

  • The importance of thinking through the composition, good division of shapes, value planning, 

  • What to communicate about your subject

  • How to correct mistakes.



“Perfect Curves” by Paul Jackson


Paul will lead you step-by-step with demonstrations of the painting process.   If watercolor is your passion, then this highly energized painting workshop is for you! Paul’s stress-free, positive approach toward the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up and have fun again. Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop where you will elevate your understanding of watercolor.

Beginners are always welcome!





The Art of Marketing Your Art With ILENE GRUBER ADAMS


March 12, 2020   1 – 4 pm

Learn valuable tips and knowledge on how to improve your marketing skills by treating your art as a business.   All attendees are required to bring one piece of art that is representative of their work.

In this workshop you will learn how:
• to present your art
• apply for exhibitions and to galleries • write an artist statement
• create an online presence


Ilene Gruber Adams with an Installation Art Piece



Ilene Adams, owner of The Marketing Works of Palm Beach, is a graphic designer, marketing guru and artist combining her business acumen with her artistic skills to create branding and marketing that best represents you or your business.  After owning a nationally acclaimed multimillion dollar broadcast marketing company in the Northeast for over 20 years, Ilene moved to Florida and shifted her interest to small businesses and the arts.  In addition to her business clients, Ilene has worked in the non-profit art world bringing her marketing talents and creativity to an art center in West Palm Beach, several art organizations and working to advance art and artists in the community, and offer her expertise through seminars on marketing your art.  Ilene curates shows including exhibits for ArtSynergy’s Art Palm Beach and Art Forms at Art Boca. She has also been a judge several times for Artigras, an international outdoor art show and is currently working on several community art projects to bring art to the public She has served as a board member at several organizations, among them, ArtSynergy, Artists of Palm Beach County, Wellington Art Society and was a long-time advisor for the Cultural Affairs Committee for the city of West Palm Beach. In her spare time, she creates her own art!  Find out more at www.IleneAdamsInc and www.IleneAdamsFineArt.









Painting by Elio Camacho



March 24, 2020    Building a Strong Painting Foundation Workshop  – 1 Day Workshop 

9 am – 4 pm     $105

March 25, 26 & 27   Principles of Painting & Expressive Color Still Life Workshop (three day)

9 – 4  pm    $375

Nationally known Bay Area teacher, artist, and colorist Elio Camacho will help you build a strong foundation for your painting in these 1‐day and 3 day workshops! The workshop is structured for beginners through advanced students and includes demos, hands‐on participation, and instruction in your choice of oil or acrylic still‐life painting at the easel.

To register go to www.thenewstudiova.net 



The New Studio for the Visual Arts mission:

Nurture a vibrant arts community

Foster artistic excellence

Lower the barriers to participation in the arts

Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 




No membership fee!
No registration fee!
Prorating available!

Sign up today.

Call 561-295-5712







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Special Reception & Exhibit At Center For Creative Education Features National Association of Women Artists Florida Chapter’s “The Influence Of Frida Kahlo On Contemporary Art”

The National Association of Women Artists, Florida Chapter invites the public to “The Influence of Frida Kahlo on Contemporary Art”.  The exhibition includes artworks of NAWAFL artists, as they used elements of Kahlo’s work to inspire their own. The Opening Reception takes place on Friday, April 12 in the Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at the Center for Creative Education. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.








425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33407
T: (561) 805-9927       cceflorida.org


P R E S E N T S:



National Association of Women Artists

 Florida Chapter

“The Influence of Frida Kahlo

On Contemporary Art”  




Special Public Reception

Friday, April 12, 2019

6:00 to 8:00 pm

$10 Entry for Charity



Artwork by Eileen Shaloum



The Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at Center for Creative Education

425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

(561) 805-9927

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Director of In-House Operations


Exhibition is free to the public during regular gallery hours:  Monday – Friday 10am to 4pm

Exhibit runs April 8 through May 30, 2019




Artwork by Roberta Millman


The National Association of Women Artists, Florida Chapter exhibits within the Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at the Center For Creative Education.  “The Influence of Frida Kahlo on Contemporary Art” inspired NAWAFL artists to use the elements of Frida Kahlo’s work to inspire their own, contemporary artworks.  Our Exhibition Inspiration:  “I paint my own reality.  The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” Frida Kahlo



Frida Kahlo’s artistic depiction of her reality was forged through her pain.   She had been crippled by polio at a very early age which severely stunted her right leg.  Later, while studying Medicine (at 18 years old), she was involved in and survived a horrific accident that resulted in smashing her legs (her right one had to be amputated), as well as breaking her back and receiving multiple internal injuries.  Yet she persevered and found her new direction, in life, through her art.  She lived her life unapologetic.  She never pretended to be something other than who she was.  She embraced her Mexican Heritage, she spoke her mind when it came to politics or matters of the heart.  And she painted through her pain.   It is her warrior spirit that resonates with so many women and artists today.



Featured Artists:

Amalia Brujis

Sara Davidson-Zigdon

Muffy Clark Gill

Janet Gold

Cassandra Gordon-Harris

Helene Kleiner

Diane Lublinski

Bobbi Mastrangelo

Jane McIntyre

Roberta Millman-Ide

Anabel Peicher

Patti Robbins

Debbie Rubin

Karen H. Salup

Beth Scher

Eileen Shaloum

Jill Sneidman

Pat Zalisko



Artwork by Karen H Salup





NAWA Florida Chapter: NAWA fosters public awareness of, and interest in, works of art with emphasis on fine art created by women and encourages the art work of new emerging artists.  Learn More Here: http://www.nawafl.org/about.php


NAWA: Founded in 1889 in New York City, the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA) is the first professional women’s fine arts group, in the United States.    In 1995, the first NAWA Chapter was founded in Florida. The Florida Chapter extends the mission of our National Organization by providing highly visible Florida venues designing art education opportunities for its members and promoting art education to Florida communities; as well as encouraging the next generation of women artists to strive for even more visibility of women artists in the Art World. We invite you to learn more about our chapter by visiting our website at www.nawafl.org






The Gallery at Center for Creative Education
425 24th Street    West Palm Beach, FL 33406

For more information about this event, classes, workshops or upcoming exhibits:

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery and Marketing Manager


State Issued Photo ID Required for Visit
T: (561) 805-9927 ext. 106   F: (561) 805-9929
W: cceflorida.org 

Empowering Students to Grow Academically, Creatively and Socially Through Arts-Based Education





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Jennifer Love Gironda Exhibits her “January Series, 2015”

When Jennifer Love Gironda is not teaching or with the Art Hive crew covering events, she is  making art…ALWAYS making art. Jennifer made a commitment to making art every day in January 2012 and hasn’t missed a day since, creating well over 1100 works!  Jennifer believes that Maya Angelou said it best, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” The Rickie Report shares some of Jennifer’s artwork and urges you to stop by Art-Sea Living in Delray, the Brewhouse Gallery (for the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Exhibit) or Gallery 2014 in Hollywood, FL.  to see her artistry.   We believe Maya and Jennifer!  Here are a few pieces from her “Miss Matchy Matchy” series.







With all of her exuberance, Jennifer tells us, “The pieces below are from my January 2015 series, ‘Miss Matchy Matchy’. I love jewelry (seriously…I even started a blog just for jewelry!) and for this series I found inspiration in, what else? My jewelry! Each piece was in some way inspired by a piece that I own, which I explain on my art blog and also provide links to the jewelry on my jewelry blog”.

“I created a main ‘character’ for the series, a fun, fashion-loving gal named Miss Matchy Matchy and her cat, Trinket. Later in the series I introduced her friend Jewel, along with her cat Gem. And the ‘final’ piece in the series is the ‘fairy glam-mother’, Iris Apfel!   ‘Final’…not sure this series is over…”


"January 24, 2015" by Jennifer Love Gironda

“January 24, 2015” by Jennifer Love Gironda



Jennifer tells The Rickie Report, “Life is tough and full of negative truths. In my own life I have known poverty, instability and loss of loved ones. For me, making art fills up those dark places with light and love. My goal is to put some whimsy and light out into the world, a little of my heART.  I am inspired by the female face, by fashion, by flowing hair. I love color, and texture. My favorite artists include artists from history, such as Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, and René Gruau. I am also influenced by artists working today in a variety of genres, from the street art of Kazilla, the altered books of Teesha Moore, the mixed media works of Sunny Carvalho, the textiles of Susan Sorrell and also fashion illustrations.


"January 29, 2015" by Jennifer Love Gironda

“January 29, 2015” by Jennifer Love Gironda


“The faces I create are an ongoing narrative of the happenings of a contemporary, quirky woman who is not afraid to be happy, sad, serious or downright silly. I depict her in a variety of moods, with stretched out limbs so that she can handle her daily adventures with grace. I always opt for an exaggerated eye to maximize her expression, which is often a state of wonder at the world around her”.


"January 26, 2015" by Jennifer Love Gironda

“January 26, 2015” by Jennifer Love Gironda



“I explore this character through diverse styles and a variety of media within monthly themes, creating a new piece each day. I often include hints of my own daily happenings, such as places I am visiting or people that I am around. While my work is spontaneous, the way in which I work…daily art within monthly themes,  it is very structured and organized, which gives me a sense of calm”.




"January 30, 2015" by Jennifer Love Gironda

“January 30, 2015” by Jennifer Love Gironda



“I also have a side passion I call ‘Angel Dropping’. I leave small angel paintings for people to find, often in places where I feel folks could really use an angel, like in the recovery or loss section of the book store. The thought of people finding these angels, or looking at my art and it making them smile feels my heart with joy and love…I put that back into making more work”.



"January 31,2015" by Jennifer Love Gironda

“January 31,2015” by Jennifer Love Gironda


Jennifer grew up in North Carolina and moved to this area six years ago with her husband, a professor at Nova Southeastern. In her formal training from the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. , she received a BFA and MAEd from ECU, focusing on not only Art Education but also Textile studio. She has training in drawing, painting, ceramics, metals, and of course fibers.  Screen Printing, dye-work and hand embellishment/beadwork are her favorite textiles techniques but she always go back to my first loves, drawing and painting.  Jennifer  teaches high school art and is a Board member of the Palm Beach Art Educator’s Association. She also contributes to Art Hive Magazine, where she write an article called, ‘Artin’ with the Muse’ .



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