Art On Park Announces Multiple Classes For Adults And Youth In April

Art on Park Gallery in Lake Park, home of Artists of Palm Beach County, announces numerous classes and workshops for youth and adults in addition to original art exhibits.  Marsha Bhagwansingh offers drawing and painting techniques including: learning to use light and create shadows; painting skies and clouds, waves, coastlines and reflections of water.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.





Art On Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue   Lake Park, FL 33460



APRIL, 2016



Students MUST pre-register in advance 561 507 4527

Ongoing Classes With :





“Peaches” by Marsha Bhagwansingh

Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Ongoing Classes in Drawing and Painting:

Bring your projects and materials and paint or draw with guidance. Schedule classes at your convenience and move at your own pace. $15.00 per hour.






Painting by Marsha Bhagwansingh




April 2nd

Light & Shadow Workshop: Creating 3-dimensionality

12:30 pm – 3:30pm $35.00




Drawing by Marsha Bhagwansingh


Learn the fundamentals of transforming your two-dimensional sketches into convincing three-dimensional drawings by applying the laws of light and shadow (the five areas of tone and how they relate to a light source). This is a lesson needed for renderings of any medium and subject.
Medium: Any painting or drawing medium




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Work in progress by Marsha Bhagwansingh


 April 16th

Painting Skies and Clouds Workshop

Explore techniques in painting skies and clouds with an opaque medium like oil or acrylic. Understand the structure of different types of cloud formations and their characteristics to produce convincing skies in your paintings and learn how to use color to change mood.
Medium: Oil or Acrylic




Mom (or Dad) & Me: Parents & Kids Art & Craft Hour

11:00am – 12:00pm

(Grandma, Grandpa, Aunty or Uncle are welcome)

Parent/Guardian MUST RSVP 561 507 4527

$25.00 per pair – all materials included


A fun creative activity to do together with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew (4-9 years). Take home projects that your child will not only learn from by creating, but be proud to say he or she made.



Sunday, April 3rd This week’s project: A Clay Coil Pot
Sunday, April 10th This week’s project: A Canvas Painting
Sunday, April 17th This week’s project: A Mosaic
Sunday, April 24th This week’s project: Constructing and Decorating a Cube




Tuesdays through May 17th

Improve Your Drawing Workshop

6:00pm – 8: 30pm



“Window View” by Marsha Bhagwansingh


This workshop introduces four methods of improving your sketching skills, teaches the fundamentals of light and shadow to create 3 -dimensionality and demonstrates techniques in applying tone with graphite (pencil). So if you’ve always wanted to learn to draw or better your ability, this 3 hour workshop is for you.
Medium: Graphite



April 27th

Painting Mandalas Workshop

6:00pm – 8:30pm


Mandala by Marsha Bhagwansingh



The word `mandala’ is a Sanskrit word meaning `circle’ or `completion’. The circle is the constant and eternal flow of energy that flows within and without. The mandala is recognized for its representation of wholeness, the cosmos and the universal life force. Join us to learn the basics of mandala making and benefit from not only your finished painting, but from the process of creating a powerful personal expression as individual as you are.
Medium: Oil , Acrylic, Watercolor, Chalk or Colored Pencil




April 22nd

Young at Art Night, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Bring a drink or snack

 $35.00 all materials provided

Come relax and explore with guided instruction for a creative adventure in painting, mandala making, hand-building with clay, pottery, mosaic making etc. Bring an edible or potable treat and take home a work of art made by you.


Schedule your own art party with your friends Monday to Saturday 6:00pm – 9:00pm or Sunday 3:00pm – 6:00pm. 2 people: $40.00 per person, 3-5 people: $35.00 per person, 6-10 people: $30.00 per person.  Must be 21 and over.



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“Unconditionally Dogs” Works By Skip Hartzell Opens At Arthouse 429 December 10

ARTHOUSE429 invites you to “Unconditionally Dogs” by artist, Skip Hartzell. The Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, December 10th.  Don’t go expecting dog portraits!  His renditions are of familiar imagery, often drawn from memory. In a series of large works on paper, Hartzell employs his intuitive sense of spirited compositions as he builds up layers of Flashe (a vinyl-based professional grade matte paint) and graphite to create the drawing and then he fills in the blanks. Hartzell’s sculptures are just as spirited and intuitively created.  Skip is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and has been a dedicated sponsor of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. During opening night, Hartzell has generously offered to donate specially selected dog sculptures to anyone that donates a minimum of $250 to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Additionally, a generous portion of all sales of his other work will be donated to the Ranch. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





429 25th St.   West Palm Beach, FL 33407


“Unconditionally Dogs”

Works by Skip Hartzell

Public Opening Reception:

Thursday, December 10

6:30 – 8:30 pm

A Fund Raiser For

Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Hors d’oeuvres
Valet Parking will be available

Please RSVP to Mary Tidy-Coyle:

The exhibition is open to the public

 and continues through December 31, 2015




Opening Thursday, December 10th, Skip Hartzell is showing inventive new depictions of his best friends. Paintings, sculpture and works on paper will be on display for the first time at ARTHOUSE 429 in the exhibition titled, Unconditionally Dogs.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the Opening Reception from 6:30 -8:30 pm.  


“Waiting” by Skip Hartzell

100% of the sale of selected sculptures & 40% of all other sales of Hartzell’s work will go to Big Dog Ranch Rescue.  Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States. Hartzell is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and has been a dedicated sponsor of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. He and his wife have adopted several dogs from the organization.


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“Bigger Muse” by Skip Hartzell


Described by art critic Bruce Helander as “This gifted painter’s delightful new works are inventive depictions of man’s best friend, Hartzell channels his passion for canines into a must-see body of work. These dogs far transcend their chosen form through truly impressive style and technique. The passion of the artist and the love of dogs in unlimited configurations are joined to make a fascinating presentation of pictures with an obvious aristocratic appearance and a recognizable common denominator.”



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“Expecting” by Skip Hartzell





Hartzell’s work is definitely not dog portraits; they are renditions of familiar imagery, often times drawn from memory. In a series of large works on paper, Hartzell employs his intuitive sense of spirited compositions as he builds up layers of Flashe (a vinyl-based professional grade matte paint) and graphite to create the drawing and then he more or less fills in the blanks. In other works, notably his sculptural arrangements, Hartzell has developed a successful formula of papier-mâché mix coated with aqua resin, and often supported with a fusion of diluted cement and an inside wire armature that takes on an abstract shape.




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“Bubba” by Skip Hartzell



“Dogs are always in the moment”. Hartzell said. “Although nothing in life has held my attention or has been more fascinating to me than dogs, my art is about more than that. My work is about form, movement, color and texture. The dogs are a recognizable image that permits me to explore my emotions, passions and sentiments. Making art for me is intuitive; it is very much like walking my dogs. I am always excited and waiting to see where the dogs want to go.”


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“It’s A Very Fine Day” by Skip Hartzell




Skip is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and has been a dedicated sponsor of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. He and his wife have adopted several dogs from the organization. During opening night, Hartzell has generously offered to donate specially selected dog sculptures to anyone that donates a minimum of $250 to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Additionally, a generous portion of all sales of his other work will be donated to the Ranch.




“Dog42” by Skip Hartzell




Skip Hartzell holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Fine Art. He worked in Advertising and Direct Marketing for 32 years. Retired in 2011 he now is happy to be a full time artist.



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Cornell Museum Of Art Opens An Exciting New Exhibition, “eXXpectations” With Internationally, Nationally Acclaimed Artists

The Delray Beach Center for the Arts announces a provocative new exhibit at the Cornell Museum of Art, opening October 29th. “eXXpectations” is a group show of contemporary art created by 18 women who defy expectations.  The public is welcome to view the artwork, which has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. The Rickie Report shares details, sneak peeks about this exhibit plus information about the FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK on Nov. 6th.




51 N. Swinton Ave.   Delray Beach, FL 33444


Cornell Museum  







Opening Celebration

Thursday, October 29th

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.





Museum hours:

Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Admission is a suggested $5 donation


Exhibit Runs October 29, 2015-January 3, 2016


Join In The First Friday

Art Walk


Mark your calendar for First Friday Art Walk on November 6th, 6 to 9 p.m. It’s an open house for all the galleries in downtown Delray Beach. Start your evening at the Cornell Museum of Art!




The public is welcome to the Opening Celebration on Thursday, October 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Exhibit dates are October 29, 2015-January 3, 2016. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. The museum is located on the campus of Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue in downtown Delray Beach. Follow the Cornell Museum of Art on Twitter and Instagram, @DBCornellMuseum. Follow Delray Center for the Arts on and Twitter/@DBCenterForArts.







Artistically Speaking

One gallery will be dedicated to Artistically Speaking, a major exhibition project being produced by Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter Library Gallery. This is a travelling show, with the first stop at the Cornell Museum, with larger versions of the show being exhibited in two locations in Miami during 2016-2017, respectively.




The project was initiated by visual artists Diane Arrieta (the art and science outreach coordinator for FAU libraries) and Jacqueline Kern (Adjunct art faculty at Palm Beach State College) who wish to explore the following:

1) How psychological and emotional phenomena can influence the outcome of production, self-promotion, and self-reflection of women artists.
2) How women artists perceive their connections to the world.
3) How the study of women artists as a profession can influence or compare to the study of other professions.
4) The understanding of women artists and their identities: how their creative processes in the contemporary art and technological world enhance their value as artists and their place in the world.

Select women artists from all levels and disciplines were hand-picked to have a conversation on film about their own personal journey as a creative and what struggles and triumphs they have encountered along their paths of living as a creative.  Each artist will also be exhibiting their artwork. Participating artists include T J Ahearn, Francie Bishop Good, Carol Jazzar, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Leah Brown, Tina La Porta, Raheleh Filsoofi, Giannina Coppiano Dwin, Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are Nice), Jacqueline Kern, Dana Donaty, Adrienne Rose Gionta and Sibel Kocabasi.










”Manicure,” C-print by Marilyn Minter




About the eXXpectations artists:



TRACEY ADAMS As a musician and a conductor who received her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, the work that Tracey Adams creates is inspired by her experiences with music.  Adams was drawn to both art and music since the age of three, and these creative inclinations were supported by her parents, themselves art lovers.  While studying for her Master’s, Adams was also studying painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Adams quotes jazz musician Charlie Haden on her online statement page: “The artist’s job is to bring beauty into a conflicted world.”  Her work reflects this quote accurately; her works expresses a form of serenity, and strives to show an internal calm, an environment that she wants to externalize.  Adams has had solo shows at the Monterey Museum of Art, the Fresno Museum of Art, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.  She exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum in Medzilaborce, Slovak Republic in 2003.  She was also recently awarded a 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.  Her work is included in collections at the Bakersfield Art Museum, the Crocker Museum, the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Monterey Museum of Art, the Fresno Art Museum, the Tucson Art Museum, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.





HELEN BAYLY has said that her creative process starts with a concept or a question, and then the visual aspects stem from various thoughts and ideas based on her environment, depending on anything ranging from her conversations to how much sleep she is getting. She wants her work to have meaning not only for herself, but also for her audience.  Bayly studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2001-2004.  She has been included in several exhibitions, including Flower Pepper Gallery, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, art works downtown, and Project One.







”Red White & Blue,” Helen Bayly



MADELINE DENARO describes herself as a process artist: Her art is secondary to the process, as that is what the work evolves from. Her creations are sensory, requiring the audience to feel and not necessarily to interpret. Denaro is from the Bronx and currently resides and works in Fort Lauderdale. She studied at the South Florida Art Institute, and she travelled extensively through Europe.  She was particularly inspired by art in Germany, one of her main influences being German artist Joseph Beuys.  She has exhibited her work in New York, Atlanta, Germany, and throughout South Florida.




HOLLY FARRELL is a self-taught artist who has been painting professionally since 1995.  Her work is influenced by her experiences of growing up in northern Ontario and of small town life.  Farrell says that her work is driven by nostalgia, showing the connections we all have to the subjects in her paintings. Farrell has exhibited in Canada, the USA, and Japan.  Her paintings are in collections both private and corporate throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.





HAYLEY GABVERLAGE’S three word description of her art reads: “Contemporary.  Humorous.  Slightly Southern.” Originally from Alabama, Gabverlage attended SCAD in Savannah, and she currently resides and works in New Orleans. Her work is inspired by the people, neighborhoods, and experiences in New Orleans.  Gabverlage contemporizes the outdated. She has a distinct color palette, and gravitates towards turquoise blues, mint greens, and muted tones. Her work is inspiring, and possesses a whimsical spirit.






ISABELLE GARBANI’S current work, “Love and Death: Archiving the 21st Century”, takes the digital communications from emails and social media sites and seeks to chronicle them in a tangible form.  The lace technique she uses to thread together Facebook posts, Tweets, and texts is reminiscent of a computer using complex operations to lace together the same information. The lace she uses is recycled plastic shopping bags, as she feels that plastic is the material that best represents our culture.  Originally from France, Garbani came to the USA as a young woman ready to realize her artistic passion.  She received her MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. She currently resides in Brooklyn.





“Studio XXIV,” oil on canvas by Peri Schwartz




JAMIE KIRKLAND is a prominent abstract landscape artist, who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work creates a calm, meditative, reflective mood. The color palettes she uses have been known to be described as “quiet” and “harmonious.” Though she now resides in Santa Fe, she once lived in Crestone, Colorado, which is one of the quietest places on earth. Kirkland strives to channel the memory of this calm and quiet place into her work.  Kirkland’s paintings have been shown by several prominent arts organizations, including the Utah Arts Council; the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe; and the Pensacola Museum of Fine Art. In 2007, she was invited to become a member of the National Association of Women Artists, which was founded in 1889 and is the oldest professional women’s fine art organization in the US. Her work hangs in many prominent public, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States.





MIRA LEHR uses nontraditional media for her nature-based imagery, such as resin, gunpowder, fire, Japanese paper, and more. As a young female artist in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Lehr was at the forefront of abstract expressionism and also helped mobilize the female voice in cities such as Miami, where she co-founded the first women’s co-op in the southeast. A New York native, Lehr serves as mentor and collaborator to young artists. She teaches master classes with the National Young Arts Foundation, and she has been the artist in residence at the Bascom Summer Programs.  Lehr’s solo and group exhibitions number over 300. These include the Bass Museum of Art, the Miami Art Museum, the New Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and American Embassies around the world.





ASHLEY LONGSHORE has said that her art is representative of the world as she sees it, and she has been recognized as “a modern Andy Warhol.”  Her art focuses on American consumerism, pop culture, and Hollywood glamour. Longshore’s work often takes a satirical approach, using fashion icons as the means to make a statement. Her client base includes Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Penelope Cruz. Her gallery, Longshore Studio Gallery, is located on Magazine Street in New Orleans. She has exhibited in the US and Europe, and has been featured in such magazines as Elle, Forbes, Vogue, Marie Claire Belgium, Elle Décor Belgium, Vie Magazine, SPUR, Hollywood Reporter, and Matchbook Magazine.




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“Why is Life a Free Fall,” mixed media on panel by Jane Maxwell



CHERYL MAEDER uses her camera “as an instrument to convey the world through painterly eyes.”  Through her photography, she shows that what is clear and in focus is actually only one’s perception.  Her study of photography began while she was living in Switzerland, and upon her return to the US, she opened a studio in San Francisco.  Maeder has worked as a national fine art and advertising photographer, and she has shot campaigns for a number of clients, including Sony, AT&T, Visa, Calvin Klein, and Marriott Hotels.  Her work inspired the Dove Campaign on Real Women, Real Beauty, which has been shown worldwide.





KAREN MAINENTI says that her art “wrestles with the definition of femininity, unrealized dreams, and impossible ideals – both childish and adult.” Her Color Me Beautiful series is no exception: From cheeky oil paintings that express sentiments such as “Gentlemen Prefer Pink” to graphite drawings of certain beauty products showing the sad yet humorous absurdities involved in marketing, Mainenti’s art has a real sense of humor that struggles with feminine identity.  Mainenti has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout New York City, as well as solo exhibitions.  For 10 years she was the Creative Director at Martha Stewart Living, and she currently is the Creative Director for Alene Candles in New York City.






JANE MANUS is an internationally renowned sculptor, who characterizes herself as a Constructivist-turned-Minimalist. Creating abstract sculptures, Manus decided early in her career to work exclusively with aluminum.  In her works, she explores symmetry, balance, and form through carefully positioned geometric shapes, often squares and rectangles, and linear forms. At once industrial and organic, the hard angles and highly finished surfaces of her pieces are softened by references to the human body and nature.  Manus has been exhibited in both group and solo shows around the US, and her work resides in numerous public collections across the US as well.





JANE MAXWELL is a mixed media artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work focuses largely on women, body image, and the feminine ideal.  Maxwell has a passion for vintage materials, modern fashion, and design, as well as a fascination of pop culture and female icons. She creates deeply layered collages, with female figures surrounded by choice images and words that harbor themes of perfection and feminine beauty. Maxwell’s work has been exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Newport, RI, London, and at Miami Art Fairs.  Her work has been collected by buyers worldwide. She has been a guest lecturer on the topic of body image and art at Wellesley College, Stonehill College, and the New England Art Institute.




”Barbie,” acrylic & oil on Masonite by Holly Farrell




MARILYN MINTER is a painter and photographer whose hyperrealistic paintings and richly-colored photographs feature uncomfortably close-up views of the human body, covered in beads, glitter, or pearls.  Her work examines the concepts of “glamour” and “beauty”, with many of these bordering a pornographic edge. Her work is sexy, intriguing, and erotic, and seemingly asks the audience to challenge societal definitions of beauty and femininity.  Minter’s work has been exhibited all around the world, including at the Whitney Biennial, Art Basel, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  Her video “Green Pink Caviar” was exhibited in the lobby of MoMa for a year, and excerpts were used by Madonna in her opening performance on the Sticky & Sweet tour. Minter currently lives and works in New York City.





EKATERINA PANIKANOVA transforms vintage books into provoking works of art, by painting meticulously beautiful watercolors directly onto the pages of these antiquated volumes. Viewers become transfixed by these works of art.  Ekaterina studied at the School of the Art of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Her works has been exhibited in the Russian Union of Artists, at the Academy of Fine Arts, in St. Petersburg and Moscow.  She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1975. She currently lives and works in Rome.





MARGARET ROLEKE boldly states “I create politically aware work.” This statement speaks to her creations; with the use of children’s toys, Roleke creates pieces that include themes of consumerism, gender, and war. Using toy soldiers, Barbie Dolls, and other various children’s toys, Roleke’s work comments on the disorder of the world, and questions what belongs to girls, as opposed to what belongs to boys.  Roleke’s work has been exhibited throughout the US in group and solo exhibits. Her travels in Europe, Asia, Central America, and South America have influenced her practice, as well as her three year stay in London.





”Letting Go,” flashe & acrylic with cold wax, Brenda Zappitell

PERI SCHWARTZ creates self-portraits, still life images and studio interiors that focus on composition, color, light and space. Schwartz prefers to work directly from life, and the objects in her studio, as well as the studio itself, become the subjects of her works. She uses painting, drawing, and monotype prints, and has said that each time she returns to one, she feels as though she is rediscovering it.  Schwartz has said that she strives for balance between representation and abstraction in her work.  In order to do so, she uses a grid technique, which she learned in the basics of composition. Her grids extend beyond the canvas or paper and onto the walls, tables, and books in her studio, thus turning the space into a real-life grid with intervals on the walls and in the painting. Schwartz studied at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and received her MFA at Queen’s College.  Her work is collected in both the US and Europe.  She currently lives and works in New Rochelle, NY.






BRENDA ZAPPITELL is an abstract artist who states that she “creates abstract expressionist works not only born out of intuition but also serendipitously influenced by nature and life experiences.” A mostly self-taught artist, Zappitell didn’t realize that she wanted to create until she was 25. After spending time in an art gallery in Mexico in 1990, she realized her passion and was inspired to create. Zappitell’s work is inspired by life and by nature. The choices she makes artistically come to her naturally, and it isn’t until a work is finished that she reflects upon where these choices came from.  In this way, much of her art is in the discovery of the work, with the creation of her intention coming during the process, not before. Thus, her work is intuitive.  Zappitell’s work is in both private and public collections, including the Boca Museum of Art and St. Regis Hotel, NYC. She currently lives and has her studio in Delray Beach, Florida.




This project is sponsored in part by the City of Delray Beach, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.



About Delray Beach Center for the Arts:


Delray Beach Center for the Arts offers “a total arts experience™” through events, theater, exhibits and learning opportunities. Celebrating 25 years of arts excellence, the historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Museum of Art (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Vintage Gymnasium (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The School of Creative Arts (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography, writing and performance classes. The Center also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events. For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit






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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420




ARTNADO Announces First “Director’s Discretion” Exhibitor, Laurietta Oakleaf Of Wellington, FL And Reminds Artists There Is Still Time To Apply

The ARTNADO Art Fair was conceived with the ultimate goal of helping artists showcase their work and themselves. This indoor event will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on November 14th and 15th, 2015.  With double the normal exhibition space and the lowest price per square foot, Director, Jack Busa, has furthered the attempt to include artists who have financial and physical limitations through “The Director’s Discretion” category.    Please note that Artnado is sponsored by Artistic Synergy, not to be confused with Art Synergy. The Rickie Report is humbled to share the artwork of Laurietta Oakleaf, the first to achieve this honor.  We know you will be inspired by her artistry and story.






Jack Busa tells The Rickie Report, ” The first “Director’s Discretion” space has been awarded to Laurietta Oakleaf of Wellington, FL.  We are honored to help Laurietta exhibit her artwork, not only for her artistry itself, but for how she exemplifies hope and courage.  We met her at ArtiGras, 2015, at the “Emerging Artists” area.”




“….Learn to live life minute by minute, to take every
opportunity that you are given as a blessing, and reach
for your dreams…” Laurietta Oakleaf




"Crazy Friesian" Charcoal by Laurietta Oakleaf

“Crazy Friesian” Charcoal by Laurietta Oakleaf


Laurietta Oakleaf started riding horses when she was 13 years old.   She tells us, ” I have been drawing for over 25 years with no professional training. I have recently decided to start trying to promote and sell my drawings in hopes of getting a gallery to show my artwork.”



"Working Service Dog" by Laurietta Oakleaf (Photo Courtesy Fine Art America)

“Working Service Dog” by Laurietta Oakleaf (Photo Courtesy Fine Art America)



She explains, ” I’ve suffered from epilepsy since I was 16 and developed Chronic Inflammatory Demylenating Polyneuropathy (AKA “CIDP”) in 2001. This disease started out as Guillian-Barre syndrome, knocking me down flat and giving me a wake-up call to slow down and enjoy life and my family/friends. I was completely paralyzed from the neck down for about a month and eventually got feeling back into my upper body, but was paralyzed from the hips down for 18 months. I eventually have been able to walk in leg braces, but I still have constant episodes and any one episode could put me back forever… but so far, I am walking and this is due to my riding and my horses! Most doctors have told me that I should not be walking or I would never walk again. I did surprise them because I believed that I would and never gave up!


Laurietta Oakleaf

Laurietta Oakleaf (Photo Courtey of Laurettia’s Website)




“Years later, I was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma stage IV on the day that my grandfather died of Pancreatic Cancer. That was hard but I remembered how HARD my grandfather fought and he was someone that I looked up to. I now see that he is my angel and has been helping me fight and giving me strength on a daily basis. The lymphoma was a shock and led me to realize that life is good and to treasure everyone that has ever touched your life or been in it. When people hear the word, CANCER, they immediately think death. I came to realize that my two horses gave me a strength and helped to keep me here. Today, I am still fighting the pain from the cancer. I guess the fight will never go away, but I have found a strength within myself that I never knew I had.”



Drawing by Laurietta Oakleaf

Drawing by Laurietta Oakleaf


Laurietta has been training in Florida since 2011, when she moved here, so she could take her training seriously. Unfortunately, in October this year she had another GBS/CIDP Attack and was hospitalized for months. “I had to start rehab because of how hard it hit me this time and how hard it hit my legs. I finally was just about ready to come home when in January, I ended back in the hospital for surgery and was there for another month. Currently I am trying to get back to riding Nikki and working on my tests for this year’s events.  Since 2008, I have shown in many international competitions around the world for disabled equestrian dressage riders.”



Quimerico (Photo Courtesy of Mary White)


Laurietta explains, ” I hope you realize after reading this, that I want to touch ONE person and inspire MANY people to get out and live their dreams!  Dreams are hard to come by and so many people give up on them… my goal is to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics. Through hard work and determination, I made the selection trials for 2014 WEG last year. Unfortunately, due to complications, financial problems, and my illnesses last year, we just could not make the selection trials to try for the World Equestrian Games, so I decided to hold off and keep training and work for this year.”



"Fairy With Flute" by Laurietta Oakleaf

“Fairy With Flute” by Laurietta Oakleaf


“Paraequestrian dressage is dressage for the disabled, but we ride and train the same as any athlete, except we get to carry a card for dispensations to help us ride. For example, I carry 2 whips in place of my legs because of the weakness here.” Selling her artwork will help Laurietta continue to support her riding and working toward the Olympics in 2016.



"I See You" by Laurietta Oakleaf

“I See You” by Laurietta Oakleaf


Laurietta looks forward to participating in several CPEDI competitions this year, including:  California in June 2015; Texas in October 2015; The Paraequestrian Nationals; Local Clinics; Winter Dressage Circuit USDF level in Wellington, FL; USDF Regionals for Level 1; Try out for the Friesian Breed Award; Attend IFSHA World Champions in Las Vegas.  She is looking for hotel sponsors or people who will give their hotel points for her to use.  She also looks forward to a European Tour next spring. All monetary donations go into the USPEA account in my name which is 501c(3). “This way whether I use this money for the CPEDI shows or for Europe, it is all monitored by the USPEA and donors know exactly where the money goes. Plus I keep yearly accounting of exactly where all my money goes so please do not ever hesitate to call and ask.”


Why should you help Laurettia?


“This is a hard question for me to answer. I believe that I would be a good representative for the USA Paralympic Team. By helping me you are also helping people around me, the people that believe in me, and the people that still need to find their strength. And I will be able to pass on your kindness to someone else. These goals that I have set are very expensive for my family and friends to keep supporting and I need your help.”



"Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" by Laurettia Oakleaf

“Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Laurettia Oakleaf





“My personal motto is “Live life to the fullest and live to every second that you are given. A disability is only a disability if you let it be, so if you take the “dis” out of disability, you have “ability” and this is what everyone needs to remember. That any dream is capable of achieving but you have to work and believe in it.”  Please consider joining me in my journey to these international shows and joining in my Parajourney with me.”


Please visit Laurettia’s website which will help you understand more about her at .  See the show pictures, results, and videos of her stallion, Nikki  and her first para horse, a PRE Andalusian Stallion.  Laurietta is available to speak to individuals and organizations.  See her  artwork on her website or  AND Meet her in person at ARTNADO on November 14th and 15th at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Center.


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Ilene Adams on the Road

There is still time for vacation!  The Rickie Report was happy to share some suggestions of art-related places for Ilene Adams to visit as she and her husband, Norm, drove north ending up in Massachusetts.  Ilene, a multi-talented artist in her own right, helps other artists market their work.  Ilene’s artwork can be found at Art on Park (Lake Park) and OSGS (Northwood). She shares her travelogue with our readers as well as some fascinating exhibits and sites.




Ilene Adams On The Road



Every summer, my husband drives to New Jersey to see his father.  I did that trip in reverse 22 years ago, when one daughter was 3 and I was pregnant with the other one.  I swore I would never do it again.  This year we were invited to one of my best friends son’s wedding in Massachusetts so it made sense that we would combine the trips and drive.  I did my best martyr routine and said I would bite the bullet and make the drive up with my husband. To cope with the long ride decided I would make the most of it and visit old friends, New York and some museums and Mass MoCA in the Berkshires near where the wedding was to be.





Armed with Sirius radio and a 1000+ page book on my Nook, we began the journey north on Father’s Day.  We stopped in Jacksonville for lunch to see my youngest daughter (the one I was pregnant with) and then headed up to North Carolina for our midway stop and arrived in New Jersey on Monday.  Tuesday morning I woke up early, eager to visit my old stomping grounds in NYC and took New Jersey Transit to meet my older daughter, Kayla. We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art where there were several exhibitions I looked forward to seeing.  



Sculpture from "The Lost Kingdoms"

Sculpture from “The Lost Kingdoms”



Lost Kingdoms, an exhibit of Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia was one of them. There were about 160 sculptures on loan from the earliest kingdoms of Southeast Asia known as the “lost kingdoms”. It was an amazing collection to see and a once in a lifetime opportunity as it was never seen before in its entirety and most likely won’t be again.




Next stop was the inaugural exhibition at the newly renovated Costume Institute that examined the career of legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978. It explored James’s design process, specifically his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. The retrospective features approximately sixty-five of the most notable designs James produced over the course of his career, from the 1920s until his death in 1978.   It was beautifully curated and used high tech analytical animations along with text, x-rays, and vintage images to tell the story of each gown’s intricate construction and history. 




Quote from Charles James

Quote from Charles James






The rooftop installation by Dan Graham is the second in a new series of site-specific commissions for the Museum’s Roof Garden. Comprising curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass set between ivy hedgerows, Graham’s structure is part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper facade. Viewers who enter the work are transformed into performers; in glimpsing their own reflections, they are also made acutely aware of the act of looking.




Dan Graham Exhibit @ Met

Dan Graham Exhibit @ Met




Leaving the museum we strolled through Central Park and had the chance to see Swiss artist Olaf Breuning’s Clouds at the southeast entrance of Central Park, at 5th Avenue and 60th Street. They are 35 feet tall held aloft among the trees. The six bright blue clouds are made of polished and painted aluminum.




Olaf Breuning’s “Clouds”



After dinner in New Jersey with the family, we went back to New York on Wednesday to visit Kayla in her new apartment by Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. I had been to the New York Botanical Gardens many times but had never been to Brooklyn’s and was pleasantly  surprised by its size and beauty.



At the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

At the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens


The Botanical Garden, called the premier horticultural attraction in the region by The New York Times, is New York City’s natural wonder, where no matter what the season, something is always in bloom. There are many different gardens with different themes including the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the fragrant Cranford Rose Garden, the children’s Discovery Garden, and  the Steinhardt Conservatory, containing the world famous C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Everything was in bloom and there was a constant riot of color where ever one looked.


We spent a few days in New  Jersey visiting friends and then we headed to Lenox, Massachusetts to a great bed and breakfast and a fabulous meal.  After living in Florida for 11 years I was enthralled with the mountains, the trees, the winding roads the fresh air and the quaint shops and galleries. 






Saturday morning after a delicious breakfast we jumped in the car and headed to North Adams and Mass MoCA, a museum that did not exist when I lived in Massachusetts and one I have been wanting to visit. I surprised at the size of the complex and what an incredible job was done in converting the factories into a magnificent art space. The design and architecture alone is worth the trip. 



MassMoCa Tower

MassMoCa Tower


Mass MoCa is housed in a converted manufacturing facility that is a vast complex of 19th-century factory buildings. The site’s 26 buildings form an elaborate system of interlocking courtyards and passageways rich with historical association. Bridges, viaducts, elevated walkways, and red brick facades lend a distinct architectural ambiance to the complex. 




Upside Down Tree Sculpture at MassMoCa

Upside Down Tree Sculpture at MassMoCa



There were several exhibits throughout the complex as well as outside sculptures and installations. Occupying one of the large buildings, a historic mill, with three floors of work is the Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective. Taking nearly six months of intensive drafting and painting by a team of some sixty-five artists and art students, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective installed the show and it will remain on view for twenty-five years.




Sol LeWitt Exhibit


Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications. It is unbelievable to see the scope and intricacies of this work.




T Fernandez Exhibit

Teresita Fernandez Exhibit, “As Above So Below”

Teresita Fernández: “As Above So Below”  exhibit combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic. Fernández’s largest solo exhibition to date, As Above So Below is made up entirely of new works.


Detail of Fernandez Exhibit

Detail of Fernandez’ Exhibit “Sfumato”




Fernandez’s “Sfumato” (Epic), is a large-scale site-specific installation that spreads across the walls of the museum’s central galleries like an organic swarm. The work consists of over 40,000 small rocks of raw, mined graphite – each with a small, hand-drawn, graphite mark, almost like a cosmic trail – emanating from each fragment. In its entirety, “Epic” functions as a constellation. Up close, individual graphite elements and clusters become miniaturized landscapes of their own.



Darren Waterston, "Filthy Lucre"

Darren Waterston, “Filthy Lucre”


Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty is the painter’s D installation “Filthy Lucre” — the centerpiece of Uncertain Beauty — is a contemporary re-imagining of James McNeill Whistler’s 1876 decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room. Waterston became fascinated with The Peacock Room both for its unrivaled union of painting and architecture and for its dramatic story of patronage and artistic ego.The artist reimagines and transforms the room into one of decaying extravagance.




Patkin Rug

Izhar Patkin Rug from “The Wandering Veil”




Izhar Patkin: ” The Wandering Veil” is the long-awaited survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin takes over the museum’s largest gallery. This is a fascinating exhibition of the artists works on sheer materials. 



"Dead Shoshana"

“Dead Shoshana” from The Wandering Veil Exhibit




Many of the works are room-sized images printed on fabrics and and are based on the poems of Agha Shahid Ali. There are several rooms wall size paintings in ink on pleated illusion (tulle curtains), 14 x 22 x 28 each.  There were also some of his sculpture and smaller paintings including Persian rugs painted on screening and other works on various fabrics. 




Izhar Patkin Sculpture

Izhar Patkin Sculpture



There were several other artists’ works shown as well including Mark Dion’s The Octagon Room, In Transit: Between Image and Object, Anselm Kiefer; The Dying of the Light; Film as Medium and Metaphor and Franz West sculptures. I have included some of the images and images of the other parts of Mass MoCa and you can go to see more.



All in all , after 3400 miles, it was a great trip and I had the opportunity to see a wide variety of art , friends, family and landscapes. Maybe I won’t wait 22 years for the next trip!


Art-Related Links (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens)

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