Friends Of Loxahatchee Invite You To Plein Air Exhibit At Visitor Center And Call For Photo Contest

The Friends of Loxahatchee continue to show the many sides of this National Wildlife Refuge that is right in our own backyard.  The Plein Air Palm Beach Artists hosted a paint-out at Loxahatchee and are exhibiting 33 paintings until April 14th at the Visitor’s Center.  Beginning on May 1st, the Exhibit will focus on Photography at Loxahatchee. The Rickie Report shares the details of the Plein Air Exhibit, the Photography Contest and Exhibit at this National treasure, to which everyone is invited. 





Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall


National Wildlife Refuge

Invite You:


Plein Air Paintings:  

Now through April 14, 2016



Photography Exhibit: 

Opening Reception/Awards

Sunday, May 1, 2016

1 PM

Wine and cheese reception to follow


The Visitor Center

Open daily 9-4

The Loxahatchee NWR is at 10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach 33473

The main entrance and Visitor Center are located at:

10216 Lee Road      Boynton Beach, FL 33473



Main entrance: 2 miles south of Boynton Beach Blvd, West off US 441/SR7

Plein Air at Loxahatchee



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Organized by Ralph Papa, Donna Walsh and Plein Air Palm Beach Artists



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The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge preserves a portion of the once vast northern Everglades.





It provides habitat and protection for endangered wildlife such as the snail kite and the wood stork and the formerly endangered American alligator.


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It is 143,954 acres of northern Everglades and cypress swamp, protecting the integrity of the remaining Everglades ecosystem.







“There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them.” – Marjory Stoneman Douglas





Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 33rd Annual Photography Contest

Sponsored by The Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge


 Photo contest coordinator is Cathy Patterson, and photo judge panel from the Everglades Photo Society.

For additional information AND MODEL RELEASE FORM

please visit

Deadline: Entries will be accepted from Saturday, January 9, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016. Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Rules: Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.

  • ß  The contest is open to all photographers except members of the Everglades Photographic Society.
  • ß  All entries must be taken within boundaries of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (LNWR), StormwaterTreatment Area 1 (STA-1W and STA-1E), Wellington Environmental Park, Strazzulla Tract Wetlands, and Water Conservation Area 2(WCA 2A and WCA 2B).
  • ß  Each submission is limited to a total of no more than 5 images.  No more than 2 submissions per photographer.
  • ß  Submitted entries must be the original work of the photographer, and the photographer must own the copyright to the image. The photographer retains the copyright of the submitted images but must agree to allow the LNWR to use and publish the submitted entries without further compensation to the copyright holder.
  • ß  Photos that have won awards in previous LNWR photo contests may not be resubmitted. Photos that have been published or sold may not be submitted.
  • ß  Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release. More information about the model release and the release form can be obtained at the contest web site:
  • ß  Submissions must be digital, and they must be submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Photos that were taken with a film camera must be scanned in and submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Digital support is available if needed by contacting the EvergladesPhotographic Society at
  • ß  High-resolution JPEG images, measuring at least 2000 pixels on the longest side, may be copied on as many CDs, DVDs, or USB flash drives as needed. These will be the images used for final judging and publication/exhibition. If you prefer, you may simply submit the original JPEG image as taken by the camera.
  • ß  Each image must be labeled with your first and last name, image title, and category it is to enter. For example: FirstLast-Title-Category.jpg. If you know the common name of the species photographed, please include it in your title.
  • ß  Each CD, DVD, or USB flash drive must bear the photographer’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. Media used to submit entries will not be returned.All photographs, except those submitted as Artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable: adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. High Dynamic Range imaging is acceptable in all categories. Stitching is acceptable in Landscapes. Unacceptable, except for Artistic: composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; digital effects that do not show the scene in its natural way.1 People may be included in photos in all categories except Avian, Fauna, and Flora.

Categories: Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. All decisions of the judges are final.
ß Avian – Birds in their natural habitat.

ß Fauna – Animals (other than Birds) in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates.

ß Flora – Plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen, and algae.

ß Landscapes – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features.

ß Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing (infrared, unlimited digital manipulation).

ß Youth – Any entry of up to 5 photographs by photographers under 18 years of age. Each photograph must fit into one of the categories above.

Entry Fee: A check or money order in the amount of $20 (US) must be included with your entry and made out to Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge. Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge members and Refuge Staff may enter the contest for $10 (US). Participants in the youth category may enter the contest for free.

Entry Form: Each submission MUST be accompanied by a completed entry form with ALL information clearly filled out.

Submission: Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center at:

Prizes: If there are less than ten entries in any category, the judges may choose not to award prizes in that category. One grand prize of $150 (US) will be awarded. Awards for each category:

ß 1st Place – $75 ß 2nd Place – $50 ß 3rd Place – $25

Winning images may be cropped to 8×10 or other sizes for exhibition at the Refuge Visitor Center and other venues.

1 As stated by the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest, with small modifications.

Loxahatchee Photo Contest
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, Florida 33473-4797

Entry Information:

Sponsored by The Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

Contest Entry Form




Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 33rd Annual Photography Contest


Title or Species Name






Categories: Artistic, Avian, Fauna, Flora, Landscape, Youth



I am a Friends Member, Refuge Volunteer, or Refuge Staff Member (Entry Fee $10)

I am entering in the Youth (Under 18) category (FREE)

None of the above (Entry Fee $20)


Entering the 2016 contest grants the Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the right to reproduce, modify, publish, and publicly display the submitted photographs in print or electronic form for educational and promotional purposes without compensation and without notice to the photographer. The submitted photographs will become the property of the Refuge. All other rights to these images will be retained by the photographer. Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release.



More information about the model release and the release form can be obtained at the contest web site:



Entries will be accepted at the Refuge Visitor Center on Lee Road between January 9, 2016 and April 17, 2016. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than April 16, 2016. Please note: The contest ends on a Sunday.

I understand and agree to the contest rules and conditions and certify that all photo entries were produced by me. Signature: Date:

For additional information please visit

For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete the following:

I have read the contest rules and his/her participation is with my permission.

Print Name  __________________

Signature _________________________

Date _______________



The Refuge is open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.

The Visitor Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.

Pedestrian …….. $1.00
Several kinds of entrance passes can be purchased for those who frequently visit National Wildlife Refuges and other federal recreational fee areas.
An annual pass to this Refuge can be purchased for $12.

No pets or camping are allowed on the Refuge.

Contact Information

Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge
P.O. Box 6777
Delray Beach, FL 33482-6777
Email Us –
Visitor Center, Gift Shop, General Information:
Tel: (561) 734-8303





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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Deb LaFogg Docherty Announces Book Signing Event and Shares Tips for Artists Applying to Juried Shows

Since The Rickie Report first wrote about Deb LaFogg Docherty in September, 2011, she has been busy painting, entering, and winning awards at juried shows around the country.  Deb is just back from being a featured artist at Art Basel’s “Endangered” Exhibit.  In addition, Deb illustrated a children’s book, “Rosie’s Song” and served as a judge for the Friends of Loxahatchee Art Show!  In this article you will find information about Deb’s book-signings, shows, demos and some important tips from an art show judge’s point of view.



Deb LaFogg Docherty





Deb LaFogg Docherty is an artist who believes in sharing her insights with others.  The Rickie Report stresses the importance of networking with other artists and Deb not only does that, she acts as a mentor as well.  


"Waiting for Mom"

“Waiting for Mom”


Recently she was chosen to judge the Loxahatchee Art Show and we asked her to share her thoughts.   “The Loxahatchee show was the first time I judged a show. It was more difficult then I thought it would be, since normally I’m one of the artists in the show”, she said.


"Under Mom's Watchful Eye"

“Under Mom’s Watchful Eye”


The Rickie Report asked what Deb observed as she examined each entry.    First, Deb referred to the rules of the application.  “This is what I was looking for:  Was it a place in the Loxahatchee Refuge and if not, could it be found there?  Next, what caught my eye?  What made the painting stand out from the rest?  Then I got down to the technique, lighting, composition and color, the same principles I base my work”.


"Palmettos in Warm Light"

“Palmettos in Warm Light”


She goes on to explain, “Most of all, I wanted the artists that were selected for prizes to know why they were chosen. So, at the Awards Ceremony I spoke about each winner’s painting.  It’s very difficult to judge a show. It is even harder when talented artists you know submit their work. No matter what you do, you feel like your going to offend someone.  I tried to remain neutral and stick to the criteria I had set for myself before I saw the entries”.




"Captured Gaze"

“Captured Gaze”

Deb’s Important Tips and Things to keep in mind when entering in a show:


  • What is the theme of the show?
  • Make sure it’s framed properly
  • Meet the entry deadline and rules to enter


“Giving these tips to artists that want to get into competitions and juried shows… that’s tough because no matter what you decide to enter you are not always going to get in. I can attest to that. Always enter your best work because it is a reflection on you. But more importantly never give up!  And yes, I would be willing to jury more shows” Deb reveals.



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“Rosie’s Song” is Now Available!



"Rosie's Song" Book Cover

“Rosie’s Song” Book Cover


“Rosie’s Song” is appropriate for children aged 3-8 years old. “When Rosie the sea star’s roving brothers get caught out in a storm, she fears they are lost forever. Filled with determination and worry, she sets out on her own adventure to find them and almost gets lost herself – before ending back right where she began, in the loving embrace of her family. Rosie’s Song tells a story of family love, wrapped up with a quiet message of ocean conservation and courage. Rosie’s Song is a beautifully illustrated, full-color children’s picture book”.  There are a total of 48 including cover and double truck in Pastels.  Deb LaFogg illustrated the book and Mary Kate Leming is the author.  A second book in the works.


Book events:

Family Fun Fest

Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Family Fun Fest  at Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.   Meet author Mary Kate Leming of Ocean Ridge and illustrator Deborah LaFogg Docherty of Boynton Beach. This is a free event.



Sandoway House


Parents and children are invited to a story reading and book signing at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21st  at  Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach.     The regular $4 museum admission will apply.   Meet the creators of Rosie’s Song following the 10:30 a.m. shark feeding.


You can also purchase Rosie’s Song

or contact Deb LaFogg Docherty or Mary Kate Leming.    Total cost with Tax: $20.00



Deb’s Upcoming Shows and Demos:



SOLO Show at the Tropical Audubon’s Doc Thompson House    January 6 – Feb 3, 2014   South Miami, FL

Demo:   Briney Breezes Art Society – Jan 7, 2014

Delray Art League Show   January 11-12, 2014  Veterans Park  Delray Beach, FL

Wellington Fine Art Festival – January 25-26,2014 Wellington, FL

 Pigeon Key Art Festival – February 8-9,2014  Marathon, FL

 Demo:  Wellington Art Society – Feb 12, 2014    Wellington Community Center

Artigras – February 15-17, 2014  Jupiter, FL

 Delray Art League Show  – February 22-23   Old School Square  Delray Beach, FL

Sarasota Wildlife Festival – March 1-2, 2014  Sarasota, FL

Delray Art League Show   March 8-9 , 2014    Veterans Park   Delray Beach, FL

Demo:  Palm City Art Society – March 12, 2014

Delray Art League Show  March 22-23, 2014   Old School Square   Delray Beach, FL

Delray Art League Show  March 29-30, 2014   Old School Square   Delray Beach, FL

Delray Art League Show  April 12-13, 2014   Veterans Park   Delray Beach, FL

Delray Affair – April 25-27,2014  Delray Beach, FL

Ding Darling SOLO  Show – January 2015 Naples FL


For more information please contact:


Deborah LaFogg Docherty, AFC, MC, PSA
Wildlife Artist
Please visit to see or purchase prints of her most recent works:


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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Dorothea Talik Shows During Art Basel at “Endangered” Exhibit

The Rickie Report saw Dorothea Talik’s artwork and recommended she apply for the “Endangered” Exhibit, taking place in Miami during the prestigious Art Basel exhibition.  A community based artist, Dorothea has a flair for interpreting seascapes, landscapes and Florida birds.  More details about the “Endangered” exhibit and Dorothea’s artistry are in this article.  Kudos to Dorothea!!

Dorothea Talik


Participates in



Miami Rum Club

December 5 – 7, 2013

2320 North Miami Avenue

(Wynwood Art District)   

Miami, FL


Dorothea Talik will be showing one of her oil paintings during Art Basel Week in Miami, in one of the many exhibitions that run alongside Art Basel, the grande dame of American art fairs.  The exhibition, “Endangered,”  has its focus on endangered species and the environment. This show runs from Dec. 5 to 7th in a special gallery space at Miami Club Rum, 2320 North Miami Avenue, in the Wynwood Art District. 


“Ruffled Feathers”


“Ruffled Feathers”  is an oil painting on canvas of the Snowy Egret, the beautiful and delicate wading bird.  She tells The Rickie Report,   “ I chose this exquisite bird for a couple of reasons.  It is a familiar sight in my Palm Beach Gardens community, a residential development with a preserve setting that is also an Audubon Signature Gold Medallion Sanctuary.  And, along with its cousin, the Great Egret, the Snowy was on the brink of extinction in the late 1880’s, slaughtered by the millions by plume hunters who sold the brilliant white feathers to decorate ladies’ hats.  If not for the  grassroots zeal of two Boston socialites intent on saving the birds (and kick-starting conservation laws and the National Audubon Society in the process), this stunning egret would be gone.”  



“A New Day”



 Dorothea goes on to explain, “I love photographing and painting birds. I’m very excited about being part of this show!   I have been painting for almost fifteen years and have transitioned from watercolors to oils.  I love oils for their vibrancy and fluidity and never tire of creating”.


"Riding the Waves"

“Riding the Waves”



Dorothea is a member of several Art Associations, including the Lighthouse ArtCenter and the North County Art Association.   She maintains a space at  The Village Art Studios in Tequesta at Gallery Square North,  377 Tequesta Drive.  That’s where you will find her most Thursday mornings and other days of the week from time to time.   She describes the studio as a “room of my own, a home away from home where I can fulfill my desire to create”.



"Children of the Masa"

“Children of the Masa Tribe”


Her passion for art began as a young girl on Long Island while watching the syndicated television program “Learn to Draw”, led by the self-taught artist, John Gnagy.  She sketched whenever she had the opportunity.  Like so many other women of her generation, the ensuing years were filled with raising a family, sustaining a career, and developing as a person.  After retirement from her professional life in the dental field, Dorothea decided to take formal art classes and studied with a watercolorist in Stony Brook, NY, who not only taught but also exhibited around the United States.


"Lady in Yellow"

“Lady in Yellow”


“As the years passed, I needed a change and was drawn to the vibrancy and fluidity of oils.  I prefer using a variety of my photos for reference in my compositions as well as what I see in my imagination.  I love the contrast of lights and darks. Currently a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, I continue to take classes and have my own studio space in Tequesta at the Village Art Studios in Gallery Square North.  The studio is a cooperative working studio and gallery situated next  door to the Lighthouse Art Center.   I continue to be passionate about my art, looking for new avenues to challenge my need to create…,” Dorothea shares.




Dorothea has been featured in a number of exhibits:  

  • Miami – “Endangered”- Miami Club Rum during Art Basel Week, Wynwood Art District, December 5-7th, 2013
  • Jupiter Town Hall center –North County Art Association Show, October- November 12, 2013
  • Jonathan Dickinson State Park –  “Underwater” show, current
  • Creative Dimensions II- WITVA ( Women in the Visual Arts) January 19th – March 6th. 2013 Delray Beach Fl
  • Loxahatchee Visions Third Annual Art Contest, Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach Fl. Nov. 12th 2012– Jan. 13, 2013
  • The Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta.  All shows  2005 to present
  • Artists of Palm Beach County. Jupiter Town Hall Center  2010, 2009 and 2008
  • Coral Springs juried show sponsored by the Boca Museum, Boca Raton spring 2009
  • Artist in Residence Village Art Studios, Gallery Square North, Tequesta



For more information or to contact Dorothea, please email: , visit The Village Art Studios website  or call 561- 351-1470


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