Cassandra Nordenbrock Is A Featured Artist At Zero Empty Spaces At Legacy Place. Free Public Reception Tonight

Cassandra Nordenbrock is a multi media artist who creates works in painting, digital art, mixed media, and photography.  Join her and the other artists at Zero Empty Spaces at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens for tonight’s Meet & Greet Reception. Cassandra’s work is appealing because it employs both contemporary graphic media as it achieves a unique and engaging mode of image-making.  The Rickie Report shares the Reception details and some sneak peeks of her photos and paintings.







Saturday,  February 20, 2021

6 – 9 PM

Studios are open  Noon – 9 pm

  Suite 140  

(Building marked Spa, behind the record sculpture)

11300 Legacy Avenue  Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410


Exhibit Continues through March 6, 2021







Cassandra tells The Rickie Report, “My current work is about using photography as a language of painting.  I use dynamic lighting to create portraits as original works of arts which have a depth of meaning.  These reductive artworks contain modern perspectives, utilizing a limited palette, and often reference the seashore.  I feel they take their cues from the modern romantic spirit of Georgia O’Keefe”.



“Pueblo Magico” by Cassandra Nordenbrock



Cassandra’s work is appealing because it employs both contemporary graphic media as it achieves a unique and engaging mode of image-making.  She comments, “I am concerned with the range of emotional response of the viewer and the effect this medium has on them”.




“On The Way To School” by Cassandra Nordenbrock


She is currently working a body of photographic art exploring the interplay of Moscow street life and Metro Subway Art.  Cassandra’s artworks have been exhibited in select shows in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, The Box Gallery, and the Francie Bishop Good Gallery.



“Old Florida” by Cassandra Nordenbrock



Cassandra received her art training at the Armory Art Center under the guidance of well known artist, Sam Perry. She continues to attend workshops through the Armory’s Artist in Residence program.




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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 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 



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.

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Sally Painter Invited To Exhibit At 2018 Oil Painters Of America Salon Show of Traditional Oils

Sally Painter is thrilled to share some great news with you this month! She’s been invited to exhibit her painting called Awakening in the 2018 Oil Painters of America Salon Show of Traditional Oil.  It will be on view from June 22 through September 1 at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, MI. If you’re anywhere nearby during July and August,  you’ll be able to see this impressive exhibition of traditional oil paintings by some of the most sought-after living oil painters in the country!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Sally’s artistry.




S  A  L  L  Y        P  A  I N  T  E  R


2018  Oil Painters Of America

Salon Show: Traditional  Oils

Crooked Tree Arts Center       Traverse City, Michigan

*Opening Reception:

Friday, June 22   5 – 7 PM

Exhibit runs June 22 through September 1

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday  9 am – 5 pm  Saturday 10 am – 4 pm   Sunday Noon – 4 pm


322 Sixth Street    Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 941-9488



*Description:  Crooked Tree Arts Center – Traverse City is proud to host the Oil Painters of America juried summer salon show. The OPA represents over 4,000 artists throughout North America, and is dedicated to promoting excellence in representational (non-abstract) art. The exhibition will include nearly 230 pieces by many of the top oil painters working today, and will be presented exclusively by CTAC-TC through September 1, 2018. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and mix and mingle with exhibiting artists from across the country. 



“Awakening” by Sally Painter, Oil Painting




Sally tells The Rickie Report, “Membership in the Oil Painters of America is a major milestone for me. To be recognized by my peers and asked to exhibit with this 3,400-member organization is a tremendous honor. The group’s mission is to promote and preserve the tradition of representational oil painting, and toward that end, the OPA sponsors a number of juried exhibitions like this one across the United States each year. Competition for a place in these shows is fierce, so I’m delighted to be included”.  She is grateful to artist, Brian Davis, for his guidance in the creation of this painting.





“Arizona Cactus Flower” by Sally Painter, (Also available as a giclee)


Growing up on a farm and co-owning a nursery for most of her life, Sally Painter has always been surrounded by the beauty of the natural world. So it’s really not surprising that she turned to nature for inspiration when she took up painting. The fascinating shapes, delicate textures, and vibrant colors of flowers and other plants and trees are her favorite subjects.


Yet, Sally says, she strives to paint something more than simply a realistic depiction of these subjects. She notes, “I interpret the subject with brush in hand, allowing my imagination to select colors and forms.” Like one of her artistic heroes, Georgia O’Keeffe, Sally invites us to enter in to her subjects, to experience them, to have a visceral reaction to them. Above all, Sally’s oil paintings allow us to see as she sees—what she describes as “God’s amazing way of creating each so uniquely and so beautifully.”

“Three Amigos” by Sally Painter



What began as a hobby has since become an important new chapter in her life, including the formal study of art and painting at the Boca Raton Museum Art School. “Painting is my therapy, my peaceful, creative place, and I treasure that,” says the artist.


In recent years, she has been profiled in VoyageMIAAmerican Art Collector, ARTisSpectrum, and Artist Showcase, and Southwest Art’s September 2015 edition named her one of their Nationally Emerging Artists. Sally has participated in a number of significant art competitions, most recently the Oil Painters of America 2018 Juried Salon Show, both the Spring and Fall 2017 NOAPS International Online Juried Exhibitions, the Western Spirit Art Show and Sale (2018), the Divine Floral Essence group show (2017), the Women Painters of the Southeast 6th Annual Juried Online Exhibition (2017), the Botanik Group Exhibition (2017), the R.S. Hanna Gallery Fall Showcase (2017), the 26th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show (2016), the Art at the Mill Group Exhibition (2016), and the 2nd ART and FLOWERS Juried Exhibition (2016). She was also the featured artist at the Palm Beach International Airport in 2011. In addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Sally has been juried in as a member of the following organizations:

•  International Guild of Realism

•  Oil Painters of America

•  National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

•  American Women Artists

•  Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists’ Guild

•  Artists of Palm Beach County



“Sand Dollars” by Sally Painter



Sally and her husband currently divide their time between their homes in Florida and Wyoming, but she is always available to talk about her art. Many of Sally’s paintings are available for sale, both as originals and as reproductions, so please contact the artist if you’d like to learn more about her work




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“Multiple Perspectives” by Deborah Bigeleisen Will Exhibit at Adolph and Rose Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

The Adolph and Rose Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will exhibit the paintings of internationally renowned painter Deborah Bigeleisen from March 8 through April 30, 2015. The public is invited to the Opening Day Reception on Sunday, March 8th.  Ms. Bigeleisen will discuss her artwork and creative concepts at a special Artist Talk.  Though her paintings have been mentioned alongside Georgia O’Keefe, Bigeleisen brings a unique and distinctive 21st Century perspective to the floral genre. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of this Exhibition, which traces the evolution of an artist’s vision.






Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s

 Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center



Paintings by Deborah Bigeleisen

Sunday, March 8th   

Opening Reception  1 -4 pm

Artist Talk  1:30 pm

Wednesday, March 25th

Ms. Bigeleisen will talk on

“The Art of Buying Art” on March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The cost to attend is $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members.

Exhibit Runs March 8th through May 15th

21050 95th Avenue South    Boca Raton, FL




Deborah Bigelsein and "Fractal"

Deborah Bigeleisen and “Fractal”


The Adolph and Rose Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will exhibit the paintings of internationally renowned painter Deborah Bigeleisen from March 8 through May 15, 2015. The gallery is located at the Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement at 21050 95th Avenue S. in Boca Raton. The public is invited to the Opening Day Reception from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, March 8. At 1:30 pm, Ms. Bigeleisen will discuss her artwork and creative concepts at a special Artist Talk.



The title of the exhibition is “MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES: the Evolution of an Artist’s Vision” which traces the path of the artist’s focus from creating Rembrandt-like portraits of white roses to her more evocative contemporary views that are an abstracted fractal of the original floral form although still suggestive of its organic roots. Though her paintings have been mentioned alongside Georgia O’Keefe, Bigeleisen brings a unique and distinctive 21st Century perspective to the floral genre.


"Energy 3" by Deborah Bigeleisen

“Energy 3” by Deborah Bigeleisen


“I am thrilled to be partnering with the Rosen Museum Gallery at the Sandler Center for this exhibition. Because of the Jewish Community Center’s fine reputation and extensive reach, this is an ideal opportunity to connect with a very broad and diverse audience, including children whose exposure to fine art may be minimal,” she adds. “With both the exhibition and my opening day presentation on ‘The Evolution of an Artist’s Vision,’ I’d like to initiate a dialogue that is not only about looking at art with a new curiosity, but also about looking at the world around us with a fresh perspective.”


"Magic" by Deborah Bigeleisen

“Magic” by Deborah Bigeleisen


Bigeleisen hopes the MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES exhibition will encourage “everyone to take a pause from their every day routine, to shift the conversation from technology to creativity, and to discover the richness of art not only in our own backyard, but where ever we go.”


"Untitled" by Deborah Bigeleisen

“Untitled” by Deborah Bigeleisen


In addition to the free Artist’s Talk on March 8, Ms. Bigeleisen will also present a talk on “The Art of Buying Art” on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members.


About Deborah Bigeleisen:

Flowers and nature have been the inspiration for Deborah Bigeleisen’s artistic expression since childhood, and are the common thread that weave through both her careers: first as a textile print designer and founder of her own global design company in NYC, and later as a fine artist which she began in 1998 upon moving to West Palm Beach, FL. In the early years of her painting career she was mentored by acclaimed technical master Sam Perry and guided by renowned visionary Gordon Parks. She also completed rigorous training through Master Artist Workshops.


Deborah Bigeleisen at the easel

Deborah Bigeleisen at the easel


From early on, Ms. Bigeleisen’s work gained the attention of fine art dealers across the U.S. from San Francisco and Austin to New York City and Southampton. Her paintings are collected worldwide both privately and publicly, enhancing the corporate collections of American Airlines, Beauté Therapies Inc., and LBC Design & Construction and more. Her paintings have been accepted into numerous museum exhibitions including the Society of the Four Arts, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Williamsburg [Brooklyn, NY] Historical Center; have received awards in international competitions; and have graced the covers and interior pages of publications including Michael K. Corbin’s three part series “A Collector’s Journal,” Florida Design, New Art International, and Art & Antiques. In addition, her conceptual work in fractals has been published in the prestigious journal Science Creative Quarterly.



Ms. Bigeleisen’s paintings are sold through fine art galleries, and have been prominently exhibited in international Contemporary and Fine Art fairs including the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, ArtHamptons, the Chicago International Art Show, the LA Art Show, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show and the Shanghai Art Fair. For more information, please visit



For more information about these exhibitions or other activities at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center 9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428 please visit: or call 561-558-2520.


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