Play a Part in Conservation at the ENDANGERED Exhibition in Miami Dec 4-6, 2014

The “ENDANGERED” Exhibition raises awareness of endangered species and the environment while contributing to the welfare of orangutans and chimpanzees.  It features work by leading contemporary artists and photographers and a new piece by Bubbles, the chimpanzee once owned by Michael Jackson. Florida-based artists include Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks Sr, Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong. The exhibit runs from Thursday, December 4th to Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014, 2-9pm at Miami Club Rum Distillery, 2320 N Miami Ave, Miami 33127.  The Rickie Report shares the exciting details and some artistry of the local artists who will be participating.




Center for Great Apes logo








DECEMBER 4th, 5th, 6th  2014



  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings:  Feature cocktail receptions in the presence of the artists from 7-9pm.


  • Hat Night: Thursday evening features Hats designed by Judi Bradford and Milda Bublys plus purses by Agata Ren.



  • Performance Art: Friday evening will feature the extraordinary creation of a living artwork in a collaboration featuring Beju, Sherryl Muriente and Linda Nerhboss. They will develop a plea to help orangutans in the wild on the body of human canvas, Beju. They will be accompanied by the tribal drumming of Robbie Powell.



  • Fashion Show: Saturday evening will feature a fashion show of dresses, jewelry and wearable art by Irina Grammatina, Rickson Sharkey, Jean Parsons and more. Music by DJ Blondie. Mari Monge, Spanish TV announcer and spokesperson for the Miami Heat will MC the proceedings



  • Everyone will have the opportunity to be featured in an exciting new photomosaic being undertaken in collaboration with Belgian artist Joël Moens de Hase. Come have your photo taken and wear something orange (for orangutans) on your face or hair. 5,000 head and shoulders photos will be merged into a dramatic photomosaic portrait of an orangutan. Enjoy a cocktail and tour Miami’s only (legal) rum distillery while you view amazing art and help a wonderful sanctuary.




The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.

Miami Club Rum Distillery and Gallery

2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida






"Giraffe" by Anthony Burks,Sr.

“Giraffe” by Anthony Burks,Sr.


ENDANGERED: Art4Apes was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. All entry fees, donations and a portion of all art sales go to the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit, top-rated sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.




"Osprey Sunset" by Sandy Scott

“Osprey Sunset” by Sandy Scott


The ENDANGERED exhibition, in its third year during Art Basel week in Miami focuses on interpretations of “ENDANGERED” in fine art, photography, wearable art and jewelry. It features leading contemporary artists from around the world including the winners of the ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest 2014. Also featured are Florida-based artists Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks Sr, Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong.


Dolphin" by Norman Gitzin

“Vanishing Dolphin” by Norman Gitzin


The ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest is an online, juried art contest that challenges artists to interpret the word “endangered” as it applies to animals, plants or the environment either through a celebration of beauty or illustration of the threats faced. “The creativity and talent of the participating artists is simply outstanding,” stated Dr. Lindsey Matheson, the founder and director of ENDANGERED: Art4Apes, “We had more than 300 entries from all over the world this year. It is inspiring that so many care about issues facing the environment and convey such strong messages through their art.”




"Mandril Mouth"

“Mandrill Mouth” by Sarah Smith



The 2014 judges included Thomas Collins, Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami; Joel Sartore, the acclaimed National Geographic photographer, author, speaker and teacher; and Carolyn Benesh, Coeditor and Publisher of Ornament magazine. Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, judged the Young Artist entries.


"Eggless" by Rickson Sharkey

“Eggless” by Rickson Sharkey


As a part of the program, winners of the annual competition, along with selected entries and art by ape residents from the Center for Great Apes, will be displayed during Art Basel Miami week at Miami Club Rum distillery and gallery, located at 2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida. The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.


"Lion" by Robert Hooke

“Lion” by Robert Hooke


ENDANGERED: Art4Apes is very grateful to our generous sponsors for their help and support. Sponsors of “ENDANGERED: ART for Apes” include Miami Club Rum, Miami’s only distillery producing award winning rum, Juried Art Services and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Private Banking and Investment Group.



For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit

About the Center for Great Apes


The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work. For more information please visit


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Don’t Miss Spring Show of Southern Handicraft Society, Boca Chapter!

Southern Handicraft Society, Boca Raton Chapter invites everyone to their 2014 Annual Spring Show.  For anyone who missed their Holiday Show in December, this is your opportunity to see what these talented artists can offer!  The Rickie Report suggests you think about Easter baskets, birthday gifts and hostess gifts – always good to have on hand!  There is no admission charge. We share the details in this article and include information about how to get involved with this wonderful, creative group!

Boca Chapter of Southern Handicraft Society

2014  Spring Show

Friday, March 7th, 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 8th,  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


747 S. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, FL. 33432


Fresh baked goods

Delicious Fresh baked goods by Judy

All items are made in the USA

In memory of Angela who brought the story of the Christmas Spider to SHS, we made over 80 beaded spiders for our shows.  They will be available at the show.


Christmas Spiders

Hand Beaded  “Christmas Spiders” are Welcome Year Round

Each artist staffs their table and are happy to talk to visitors.

Easter Goodies!

Easter Goodies!

Friendly members and their crafts, jewelry, glass decorations, decorations for the holiday home will also be available at the show.

Friendly Faces of the Creatives at SHS Boca Chapter

Friendly Faces of the Creatives at SHS Boca Chapter

Gifts for everyone!

Pretty aprons, dolls… whatever the imaginations of our members can dream up and make, we do!

Pretty Aprons, Dolls, Handmade Jewelry, and so much more!

Pretty Aprons, Dolls, Handmade Jewelry, and so much more!

The Boca Chapter of Southern Handicraft Society meetings are held on the first Monday of the month (except December and holidays when the park is closed) at  7:00 PM in a meeting room at Patch Reef Park.  The facility is located  at  2000 West Yamato Road (1/4 mile West of Military Trail) in Boca Raton, FL 33431.  Guest (all are welcome) to the meetings.   For more information call Karen Johnson, 561.736.6972



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Jean Williams Returns Triumphant from Boston Fashion Week

The Rickie Report staff felt like proud parents when we heard that Jean Wiliams was invited to Boston to show her wares as part of Boston Fashion Week!  Now that she is back in her home territory, you can see her newest products at a number of venues.  Read this post to learn more.


Jean Williams is a true entrepreneur!  She not only makes beautiful handbags ( we still love her blue jean pocketbook) but also developed her own line of perfume.  

Jean at Boston Fashion Week


Jean was invited to take part in Boston Fashion Week sponsored by Synergy Events.  She was featured in the Boston University Daily Free Press online newspaper and acted as photographer of “The Emerging Trends 2012” for some of the fashion models.

Photo of Fashion Week model


She is also a photographer of nature and has shown her work in local shows in Palm Beach County.  Jean is currently working on a book.

“Veil of Judgement” Photograph by Jean

She always ends her emails with the phrase “My Direction Has Purpose” and we believe it does!  Make sure you stop by Jean’s booth at one of these spots or check out her merchandise at Local Treasures in Tequesta.


New Handbag By Jean


Local Treasures is at 357 Cypress Drive, Suite 9, Tequesta, FL 33469.  Store Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday  – 10 am to 5 pm •  Saturday – 10 am to 2 pm; Closed  Sunday – Monday – Tuesday  Call 561-741-1901 or

Jean will be at the following venues:

Palm Beach Gardens Green Market,  Hadassah Boutique November 29th from 9:00 – 2:00; Friends of Highland Beach Library November 30 from 10:00-4:00.  To reach Jean, send her an email at:


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From Jeans to Sophisticed Handmade Purses

Jean “Notewell” Williams is a local entrepreneur, originally from New York State.  She holds two Associate Degrees in Secretarial Science and Para-Legal plus a Bachelor’s  Degree in Theology from the Tabernacle Christian University.  She is the MGM of It’zzz Our Time, LLC.  She founded and supports Nana’s Little Angel Fund for children with nephritis syndrome or cancer.  Jean has traveled as a missionary to 33 nations including India, Africa and the Philippines.  During her travels she captured some “million dollar shots” as quoted by the Palm Beach Post,  during her premier photographic Artigras Event.  She is currently working on two books about her travel experiences.

The multi-talented wife, mother of 5 and Nana of 13 is an inspiration to children, adults and international entrepreneurs. Jean will be releasing a new line of animal print purses soon.  The Bespoke Perfume “Nothing” (r) was recently formulated and receiving raves!


Jean’s newest sophisticated hand made purses will be available  at the Boyton Beach Craft & Treasure Show January 21st.  The show is held at the Civic Center  128 E.Ocean Avenue  Boynton Beach.  Jean will also be a vendor at the Stuart Bazaar on February 4th and 5th at Flagler Park on the riverfront in Stuart.

In addition, her products  may be found in Riveria Beach, Palm Beach Gardens,  North Palm  Beach and Tequesta, Florida. shops and boutiques.  Contact Jean at  561-723-9328 or email her at

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