“Stand Up SPEAK OUT” Art Exhibit Premieres At Armory Art Center At City Place

Fiber artist  Mary Catello, believes that art can be a visual voice for social and political issues. Her powerful installation art exhibit, “Stand Up SPEAK OUT” will premiere at the Armory Art Center At City Place in West Palm Beach, FL.  The Exhibit will be open Thursday through Sunday, July 19 – 22 and July 26 – 29th.Well known for her basketry, Mary has taken the issues of assault and abuse to a new creative level.  Her goal is to bring this exhibit on tour, offering an opportunity for conversations, seeking resources for help, and stemming the tide of these behaviors.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibit and a sneak peek. We hope that after you read this article and see the exhibit, you will contact Mary to invite her to bring her exhibit to a venue near you.





561.832.1776   armoryart.org




“Stand Up SPEAK OUT”

Mary Catello



Thursday,  July 19- Sunday, July 22nd


Thursday, July 26- Sunday, July 29th


Armory Art Center at City Place

700 Rosemary Avenue  Suite 136

West Palm Beach, FL 33401



Mary Catello With “Stand Up SPEAK OUT”



Mary Catello tells The Rickie Report, “Six months of research, interviews, and studio work are coming to the end.  Art can be a visual voice for social and political issues… From the minute I started this project, I knew I wanted it to be seen by thousands, millions, everyone. I want a face and a story to help bring awareness to sexual abuse. I want people to see how the majority of victims go through life never sharing their pain”.


“I’m asking all viewers that have experienced any assault or abuse to safely add a “post it” comment to the walls surrounding the girls. I anticipate an  overwhelming number of “post its” adding up as “Stand Up SPEAK OUT” tours the United States. I want the magnitude of “post its” to add to the power of the installation. I want the visual of these girls to promote open conversations about respect, protection, and changing our abusive society. I want males and females to know they can and should stand up and speak out”!   Mary will have printed literature and information for help-lines and resources.



For more information please visit: Facebook:  Mary Catello


Palm Beach Help Line:   561.833.7273

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network):  800.656.4673




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Deb Schmidt’s Abstract Art Featured At Oceana Coffee In Tequesta

Emerging abstract artist, Deb Schmidt, will have her first exhibit at Oceana Coffee in Tequesta, FL. Her work is on display now through December 15th. The Opening Reception on Friday, December 11th, will feature Deb as well as  local author and wine dealer, Howard Freedland. The public is invited to this Free Event between 6 – 8 pm. A percentage of sales from Deb’s artwork will benefit the “Not Just Me Foundation” which supports Butterfly House servicing victims of rape.  The Rickie Report applauds small businesses who champion emerging artists.  We urge you to stop by!  Here are the details and some sneak peeks.



D  E  B      S  C  H  M  I  D  T


Free, Public Reception

Friday, December 11, 2015

6 – 8 pm

Oceana Coffee

150 N US Hwy 1, Unit #1, Tequesta


Monday – Saturday: 7am – 6pm
Sunday: 7am – 2pm

Phone: 561.768.7887


(opposite Marshalls and Home Goods)
In the Fashion Mall north of Tequesta Drive on the west side of US 1



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“Juke Box” by Deb Schmidt



Emerging artist, Deb Schmidt, is currently exhibiting her abstract artworks at Oceana Coffee located on US 1 in Tequesta, FL.  The public is invited to a Free Reception on Friday, December 11th from 6 – 8 pm to meet the artist plus local author and wine dealer, Howard Freedland.  A percentage of all proceeds will go to the charity “Not Just Me Foundation” which supports Butterfly House servicing victims of rape.





“Leaves” by Deb Schmidt




Howard Freedland will be signing his new book “The Grape Stomp: An Informational Digestif for a Pretentious Wine World”. Refreshments will be served. Please join Howard, Deb and Amy Angelo, owner of Oceana Coffee on Friday, December 11th.



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“Black and White II” by Deb Schmidt



Deb Schmidt is an abstract artist based in West Palm Beach. Her paintings and drawings vary in style and subject matter but are always inspired by personal experience. Her art can be characterized by geometric shapes and sometimes elements found in nature. Deb’s artistry started as a teen when she discovered her love of drawing. She is self-taught and has used painting and drawing as a creative outlet for much of her life. This is her first show in Palm Beach County. 





“Sticks” by Deb Schmidt




Deb tells The Rickie Report, “My work is non-representational and hopes to invoke a mood or emotion. I am inspired primarily by shape and texture rather than subject. My paintings are primarily acrylic on canvas and my drawings are ink on white stock”.  Deb also creates unique walking sticks and has been experimenting with watercolors. Her work is in private residences throughout the U.S., and her current work can be seen at her on-line gallery at debsgallery.com






“Circular” by Deb Schmidt






For more information please contact Deb via email: deb.debsgallery@gmail.com or call



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