Mother And Daughter’s “Creativity” Invites You To A Garden Of Exotic Mixed Media Imagination. Public Is invited To Broward Art Guild Gallery June 22 – 28

The Broward Art Guild Gallery showcases Raquel Rub and her daughter, Anabel Rub Peicher as they invite you to a garden of truly amazing imagination!  Raquel’s PVC florals rise from the earth and her mixed media florals hug the walls.  Anabel’s hanging gardens are made of powder coated aluminum flowers and mesh.  Experience this exotic blend of materials, bringing nature indoors and stirring your senses! The public is invited to the Opening Reception on June 26.  The Exhibit runs June 22 – 28. The Rickie shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss this – and be sure to check out Anabel’s website!





















“Flowers of Passion” by Anabel Rub Peicher





Wednesday,  June 26

7 – 9  pm


Exhibit Dates: June 22 – 28, 2019







3280 NE 32 Street    FT Lauderdale, FL 33308








About This Exhibit:



Raquel Rub and Anabel Rub Peicher are international, award winning artists.  Raquel’s  style reflects spontaneity, while Anabel’s is more intentional.  They work in various media including acrylics, ceramics, metals, porcelain, recyclables, resins, stone, and PVC creating 2D and 3D art and sculptures.

In this collaborative exhibit, the artists’ imaginative array of shapes and forms hint at nature and fantasy, transporting the viewer to a place in which their imagination is set free to contemplate. 




Raquel Rub was born in Lima Peru and relocated to the USA in 1974.  She is a versatile and prolific international artist, who has exhibited in Peru, USA and Spain.  A recipient of numerous awards, Raquel has had several solo as well as mother and daughter exhibits.



“Flower Series” by Raquel Rub



Raquel’s  extensive travels have influenced her artistry, making it fresh and constantly evolving.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I found sculptures irresistible to the touch and started exploring this medium expressing my creativity and spontaneity in various materials. The sinuous curves and bright colors capture the viewers imagination offering a respite from the daily routine”.  




She goes on to say, “When I work with stone, I feel the inner essence that seeks to be revealed, it is as if ‘voices of the stone’ are guiding my hands.”  Raquel enjoys working in an array of materials such as acrylics, aluminum, ceramics, porcelain and PVC.   Raquel is a member of the Broward Art Guild, Ceramic League of Miami, NAWA, and 2+3 The Artists Organization.





Metal flowers and mesh , Art installation by Anabel Rub Peicher





Anabel Rub Peicher is an international artist, born in Peru, who resides in Florida.  Her art is inspired by nature and evolves like the seasons, allowing her inner emotions to flow through. This invites her audience to infuse their personal experiences as they view her site specific installations and sculptures in an array of media and sizes.




Anabel’s architectural background reveals through her contemporary sculptures, as she transforms clay metal, stones, and recyclables into innovative works of art.  She tells The Rickie Report, “My mission is to bring art to communities around the world, and to engage people on a journey of healing.  My goal is to inspire them in the creative process through the universal language of art”.




Anabel is the President of 2+3 The Artists Organization and a board member of the Broward Art Guild, where she chairs Community outreach and Co-Chairs “Art Around Town”.  She is a member of NAWA, the Ceramic League of Miami, ArtServe, Arts United, BC Potters Guild, National League of American Pen Women, and Gold Coast Watercolor Society.  Anabel teaches art as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Brookdale Willow Wood Assisted Living, and Gilda’s Club.



For more information about this exhibit or other works of art:

Raquel Rub:

Anabel Rub Peicher  AP Designs Inc. (954)593-1793




For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Eli Cedrone, Part Of 4th Annual Plein Air Festival And Will Offer “A Brush With Portugal” Tours

The 4th Annual Plein Air Painting Festival is taking place this week in venues all over Palm Beach County and being centralized at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta.  The Rickie Report introduces Eli Cedrone, one of the award winning juried artists. Eli is offering upcoming international and national workshops to plein air artists and art lovers.  We share the details here, of her “A BRUSH WITH PORTUGAL: Landscape & Figure Painting with Eli Cedrone” plus upcoming workshops that are open to all levels of painters!




Eli Cedrone, Award Winning, Nationally Recognized Plein Air Artist And Instructor





Eli Cedrone is a popular workshop instructor in the US and internationally. She has taught in Italy, Bermuda, Florida and the greater Boston area.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I’ve always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions. Painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed. Ultimately my concerns are with the expressive qualities of light captured with paint.”



Painting of Sintra Castello by Eli Cedrone




Landscape & Figure Painting with Eli Cedrone
MAY 6-13, 2017

Join Eli Cedrone’s third workshop with Artful Journeys LLC. It is designed to be a fun, stimulating and stress-free experience for beginners to advanced students. Everything has been carefully organized so all you have to is paint and enjoy the wonderful experience of being in Cascais, Portugal. Painting locations are carefully chosen for scenic beauty and class size is limited for plenty of one-on-one instruction.


View of Casias, Portugal


Cascais – a resort town on the Atlantic, steeped in history and offering some of the most exquisite natural and architectural sites in the country. It is a place of magic, myths and mystery.
Estoril, the casino town where the character of James Bond was conceived;
Sintra, a town of architectural fantasy.
The golden, rugged coastline
Sandy beaches
Markets, artisan shops & casinos!
Sophisticated, gastronomical delights in the restaurants of Cascais
5 days of painting workshops


Albatroz Hotel, Cascais, Portugal


Albatroz Hotel in Cascais
The Albatroz Hotel is a luxury hotel which sits near the crashing ocean. The Albatroz Hotel is a place of true glamour that rises above the ocean. Each room is unique and individually decorated in their own, unique style, offering guests totally modern up-to-date comfort. Upgrades may be possible.


Eli painting on location in Bermuda & Florida



Media: Oil, watercolors and pastels
Level: All levels
Workshop will focus on:
Understanding and simplifying shapes
Laying down a foundation quickly and confidently
Creating and developing a focal point
Balancing cool and warm colors to create atmospheric perspective


“Alehouse” by Eli Cedrone

PAINTING FROM LIFE – The Alla Prima Approach



“Impressionism, which is essentially the effect of light on color, demands that the artist pay careful attention to how he perceives the natural world. Creating notes of color is much like playing scales on the piano. Seeing correctly is critical to understanding and expressing how light creates color and how color conveys light.”


“BDA Railway Trail” by Eli Cedrone



Eli Cedrone is a nationally recognized artist living in the Boston area. A graduate of the School of Art & Design, (Suffolk University) in Boston, Cedrone studied in Florence, Italy, at the Museum of Fine Arts School and the Academy of Realist Art, Boston. She began her career in Bermuda, at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, followed by work as an art director and Illustrator in Laguna Beach, CA. She returned to Boston in 1996 and began her career as a professional artist and instructor.


“Arianna” by Eli Cedrone



Eli has won numerous awards including Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and International Artists. She is the recipient of several residencies and fellowships and has participated in juried invitationals in the US and abroad. Cedrone has attained the level of Copley Master at the Copley Society of Art, Boston. Her work has been featured in Plein Air, Fine Art Connoisseur and International Artist’s Magazine.


“Little Italy” by Eli Cedrone


A Brush with Italy: Painting the Landscape | Fall 2017

The Bermuda Retreat | November 3, 4 & 5, 2017

Making An Emotional Statement with your Paintings| TBA


Galleries where Eli Cedrone’s art work can be found include: Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara CA; Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston, SC; Charles Fine Arts Gallery, Gloucester, MA; Gallery 117, Bermuda and Antonia, Chatham MA



For more information about Eli Cedrone:

Email: Eli Cedrone Fine Art at
Joan Hill at Artful Journeys:
To register visit:


For details about the 4th Annual Plein Air Festival:





For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way     Port St. Lucie, FL 34986



Whitespace Col-léct Premieres At Fountainebleau Hotel During Miami Art Week And Boca Raton Museum Of Art

Join Whitespace Col-léct for its premiere during Art Week in Miami!  Elayne Mordes will bring her boutique collection of unique handmade jewelry, body sculpture, functional decor and gift items to the Fountainebleau in Miami Beach on Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th.   A week later, Whitespace presents boca Col-léct at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.  There will be a VIP Preview Party on Friday, December 11th.  Tickets and Reservations are complimentary to Benefactors’ Circle members or available at $50. per person.  This highly specialized boutique will be Open To The Public on Saturday, December 12th and Sunday,December 13th.  The Rickie Report shares the details here. What a terrific way to shop the creations of international artists offering wearable art, functional decor and beautiful handmade gift items!











For more information please visit or contact:






For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Whitespace The Mordes Collection Opens For Season This Weekend With Meet & Greet Opportunities, Tours and Shopping

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection, opens this Friday, November 20th, offering Saturday and Sunday hours throughout season.  Elayne Mordes shares her passion and vision for contemporary art and we are lucky enough to live nearby to take advantage of all the opportunities she has planned! “An Historical Survey of Contemporary Photography” leads the way. There are opportunities to Meet and Greet Special Project artist, Cat Buono, plus The De Buck Gallery owner, David De Buck and artist, Joseph Cohen. Don’t miss Whitespace Limited Editions of Emma Fineman’s “Freak”, Robert Burger’s unique ceramics and Co-léct’s international artists offering wearable art, functional decor and beautiful handmade gift items.  Docent-led tours for small groups and organizations are available throughout season.  The Rickie Report shares all of the details here.  We suggest you consider having a special event, party or organization function in this spectacular space!





Ricki report



For more information please visit or contact:




For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


“Continuum” Presents Vibrant Pop-Up Art Gallery in W. Palm Beach

Mark your calendars! Taking place from January 21st thru February 7th, CONTINUUM, a large pop-up gallery/performance space will be bursting with artworks by some of Palm Beach County’s most exciting artists and art businesses, along with an array of performances and events that will showcase a wide variety of exceptional local talent.  CONTINUUM WPB Arts, in partnership with ArtPalmBeach and Art Synergy, produced by ATB Fine Artists & Designers LLC., is a pop-up exhibition and performance space located at 501 Fern Street in historic downtown West Palm Beach, just a few blocks from ArtPalmBeach at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The event will be brimming with artwork by some of South Florida’s most exciting artists, along with an array of performances and events showcase on a wide variety of exceptional local talent. CONTINUUM is proud to be a part of Art Synergy, a countywide gallery exhibition taking place in nine art districts in Palm Beach County, coinciding with and in partnership with ArtPalmBeach. ART SYNERGY is a countywide movement focused on highlighting the talents of local artists.





CONTINUUM WPB Arts Art Fair 2015

501 Fern St., W. Palm Beach, FL




Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Grand opening and VIP night, Black Tie & Sneakers Charity Event

Admission is one new pair of sneakers, which will be donated to Faith’s Place.
Silent auction of decorated sneakers and sneaker-themed artwork.
Live Body Painting by Raquel McInnis
Steel Drums performance by the students from Faith’s Place Center for Education Inc with musical direction by Noble Lockhart-Mays
Vocal performance by Vanya Allen
Music by DJ Thought of Smooth Bounce Entertainment

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Business Networking Event Hosted by the Armory Art Center
Some of the Armory’s teaching artists who are on exhibit will be there to discuss their artwork and promote it to individual and business buyers.

Friday, January 23, 2015  6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

An evening with Bombay Sapphire.
Event to benefit Center for Creative Education, Inc.
$10 suggested donation at the door. 100% of donation at the door goes to the charity.
Music by DJ Cole of C-Keys

Saturday, January 24, 2015  6:00 – 10:00pm

Jazz with Samm.
View art and enjoy the music.

Sunday, January 25, 2015  Noon – 6:00 p.m.

West Palm Beach Art Sunday.
Collaboration with Whitespace and Northwood to host a food and art tour of our three locations. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015  6:00 – 10:00pm.

Fashion Show by Fashion Week West Palm Beach Inc.
Music by DJ Thought of Smooth Bounce Entertainment

Friday, January 30, 2015 Noon – 11:00 p.m.

KeyFrame Motion.
The one day festival showcases a year-long, regionally focused program of events focusing on motion design and interactivity. KeyFrame Motion will present motion graphics work created by talented artists locally and abroad.

Contest and all day workshops. Produced by Grapeseekers. For more information about KeyFrame Motion call 561-603-9647 or email

Saturday, January 31, 2015  11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Brunch and Lecture.
Discussion panel with art professionals who service the art community.

Friday, February 6, 2015   5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

 Body Painting Contest

Music by DJ Cole of C-Keys


Saturday, February 7, 2015   Noon  – 9:00 p.m.


Closing reception. Artists’ marketplace displaying moderately priced items by CONTINUUM’s Exhibiting artists.


For more information call:
Trina Slade-Burks
ATB Fine Artists & Designers, LLC



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


Art Adventures and Whitespace Announce “Washington/Baltimore Private Collectors and their Collections”

Elayne and Marvin Mordes are offering an amazing opportunity to visit the Washington/Baltimore area to meet private art collectors in their homes and see their collections!  The Rickie Report cannot think of a better way to spend five days – and if there is a hard-to-buy-for “someone” consider an early holiday gift!  This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We urge you to sign up early before the limited spaces are gone.  


Save the dates for Whitespace Season:
  Opening on November 20, Thursday from 6-9 pm with the exhibition, 
offering 29 international Jewelry Artists who use repurposed, recycled and creative materials to sculpt body jewelry!  Perfect timing for holiday gift-giving!

This program will open Thursday, November 20th, Friday November 21st, Saturday November 22nd and Sunday November 23rd

  11 AM – 4 PM.


Please check our website at for additional info on Whitespace programming for Season 2014-2015 beginning in August.




Art Adventures & Whitespace
2014: Washington/Baltimore
Private: “collectors and their collections”
Wednesday, November 5 beginning at 4:30  – Sunday, November 9 in the AM.
 Highlights in Washington:
wednesday, thursday and friday
stay at the 5 star Mandarin Oriental Hotel for 4 nights
Visit top six collectors in their amazing homes and view their collections!


Visit to Glenstone – home and “over the top” private collection
Tour the Hirshhorn Museum exhibitions and view the newly renovated permanent collection ring with the curator.
Enjoy fabulous food for the stomach as well as the mind!
 Highlights in Baltimore:
Visionary Art Museum

Visionary Art Museum

Tour the Visionary Art Museum with the Director/Owner – Rebecca Hoffberger –
one of the only Museums of its kind in the United States!
Baltimore Art Museum

Baltimore Art Museum

Tour the Baltimore Museum of Art’s newly renovated and beautifully reinstalled Contemporary additiion.
Tour the  internationally famous Cone Collection with the curator of this collection as our guide!
Cone Collection

Cone Collection

Visit the beautiful, unique and exciting architectural home of one of the driving forces in the
contemporary art world – a beautiful intersection of art, architecture and objects!
Visit top large scale contemporary photography collection
(Gursky, Struth, Muniz , Richter and also Meese, Munoz, etc.)
  and view this in the home of the collector – a very personal and focused collection!
Looking forward to your response:
Your ultimate tour guides:
itinerary subject to change
Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA
Whitespace Art Adventures
2805 N. Australian Avenue         West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
T:561.842.4131                               F:561.842.4132
Registration form is available at

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


ArtHouse429 Presents “Background: Cultural Inspiration in Contemporary Art” with Benefit for March of Dimes

ArtHouse429 brings long-lived cultural inspirations from around the globe to the current contemporary art scene.  Artists in this fascinating international exhibition include Addonis Parker, who creates spirited images that deal with sexuality and African imagery; Lucia Ferrara, who adds a distinctively Italian flavor to her often romantic mythological imagery; and Kamran Riazi’s handsome paintings influenced by historic Persian calligraphy. “BACKGROUND:  Cultural Inspiration in Contemporary Art” opens on April 10th, with a Public Reception.  This is a benefit for the March of Dimes.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some of the images here.



“BACKGROUND:  Cultural Inspiration in Contemporary Art”

Opening Reception

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 6:30pm @ ArtHouse429


Since the beginning of humankind, we have roamed the planet in search of ways to express ourselves. Some tribes utilized the self as a human canvas through body decoration, while others fashioned feathers into adorning headdresses. Native Americans produced beautiful decorative blankets that also had a useful purpose, while Eskimos devoted long winters to carving intricate images of creatures from the sea. In every culture creativity was certainly a part of conveying a love of craft and resourcefulness that was often found in utilitarian objects. Even Picasso was influenced by African masks discovered in an exhibition in Paris, which persuaded him to explore geometric shapes and prompted the invention of cubism.


"School House"

“School House” by Helen LaFrance


Now art is international, with individual cultures around the world influencing art trends; making stars out of young artists who have found a way to utilize their talents, while holding onto their traditions. The world is a big round melting pot of creativity that is no longer isolated, but can be instantly accessed. 






Technology has made the world, society and culture a continuously tangible influence. ArtHouse429’s new exhibition, ‘BACKGROUND,’ surveys the rich and varied differences amongst artists producing work in faraway places, while commenting on notions of contemporary art. 



Artists in this fascinating international exhibition include Roy Carruthers, Lucia Ferrara, Helen LaFrance, Hakuryu, Carl Craig, Orlando Chiang, Nzingah, Addonis Parker, Alavaro Rojas, Kamran Riazi, Anthony Burks Sr., David Gather, Gerard Fortune.



"Cleopatra" by Lucia Ferrara

“Cleopatra” by Lucia Ferrara


Lucia Ferrara, who has a distinctively Italian flavor to her often romantic mythological imagery; and Kamran Riazi’s handsome paintings influenced by historic Persian calligraphy.  Based in Italy, her work references Roman and Greek myth, they are even more gorgeous in person – they are huge paintings almost 7′ tall.








Hakuryu is a Japanese artist, originally from Tokyo but is based in Shonan, Japan currently. For the first tie-in  in fashion/hip hop culture history, he became a part of a custom made Nike Air Force One design, collaborating his Japanese painting images to be on limited edition airbrushed sneakers, for sale world-wide.



"Church Picnic" by Helen LaFrance

“Church Picnic” by Helen LaFrance

Helen LaFrance is a highly collected folk artist (Oprah Winfrey has a larger version of the ‘Church Picnic’).  Born in 1919, she truly represents American culture as she has been through so many revolutions and movements in our history.




"Diana" by Lucia Ferrara

“Diana” by Lucia Ferrara


ArtHouse429 is proud to announce that March of Dimes will be our charitable partner for this event!  A suggested $10.00 donation at the door, as well as a portion of all proceeds will go to March of Dimes.


gallery429Why we walk



For more information about The March of Dimes, please visit:



For more information about this exhibit or other events at ArtHouse429, please visit:

Please contact  Gallery Manager,  Mary Coyle at 561.231.0429 or by email

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


ArtiGras 2014 Celebrates Professional and Emerging Artists and an Art Recycling Challenge!

ArtiGras 2014 will celebrate all things creative!  Hundreds of  professional artists and eleven emerging artists will show and sell their work, continuing to amaze us by their creative spirit.  Kelly Tracht, a Jupiter-based artist, has been chosen for the 2014 Commemorative Poster.  The Rickie Report hopes you buy your tickets and plan on a few full days of art exploration.  There are interactive children’s art activities, a recycling art challenge, food, live music plus fine art and fine crafts from around the world!  The details about ArtiGras 2014 are in this article.




Presented by

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

Produced  by

Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of


February 15, 16, 17, 2014


Festival Hours:

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-6:00PM

Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-6:00PM

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Gates open to the public 10:00AM-5:00PM


Abacoa,  Jupiter





The 2014 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and produced by The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will be held February 15, 16, and 17, 2014 at Abacoa in Jupiter. The outdoor arts event showcases a juried exhibition of outstanding fine art and crafts along with activities which include live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s interactive art activities, Youth Art Competition Gallery and the opportunity to meet more than 300 of the top artists from around the world. Listed as one of the top 50 festivals in the country, ArtiGras 2014 expects more than 85,000 guests over the three-day period.For more information, visit the ArtiGras web site at, e-mail information requests to, or call the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.



Commemorative Poster



 The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival is proud to announce painter Kelly Tracht from Jupiter, FL., has been selected as this year’s commemorative artist poster artist. Tracht’s piece, title “Sailing Sailfish”, is bright, lively and uses the sailfish to reference South Florida living. The piece also pays homage to Tracht’s hometown, with the nautical letters on the flag bunting spelling out ‘Jupiter’.



ArtiGras  2014 Commemorative Poster by Kelly T

ArtiGras 2014 Commemorative Poster by Kelly Tracht


Kelly tells us, “Our coastal town of Jupiter has always felt a bit like an American Riviera to me, and after watching a classic movie this summer set in the Cote d’Azur, I was inspired to create an iconic painting that would express this connection”.   Tracht was an ArtiGras Emerging Artist in 2012 and has juried into the festival two times since her first show.   She shares, “I took influences from the classic posters of the French Riviera which are full of punchy color, iconic use of imagery, and coastal fun and designed a painting that would showcase the bounty of the ocean as well as a passion for boating found here in Jupiter.”



Though formally trained as an architect, Tracht’s painting career really started to blossom in 1997, when she took a year sabbatical on the island of Grenada in the West Indies. Inspired by island living, Tracht painted al fresco landscapes and seascapes experimenting with an expressive, painterly style. As she started to sell her  paintings to European tourists and foreign dignitaries, her work quickly gained notoriety. Tracht was invited by the German owner of The Aquarium Club, a stylish beach side resort in Grenada, to hold a season-long exhibition of her work.



In 2006, Tracht painted the cover for the Junior League of the Palm Beaches cookbook Worth Tasting, a book that she named, helped research, write and conceptualize. Bloomingdales invited her to exhibit at their 2007 Artrageous event, and in 2012, Tracht was awarded the prestigious President’s Purchase Award at SunFest.





The 2014 ArtiGras poster will be available for purchase online at or in the ArtiGras Merchandise Booth at the festival. Patrons can visit Tracht in the Merchandise Booth at ArtiGras where she will be signing posters for patrons on Saturday, February 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and again on Monday, February 17 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.





The Rickie Report encourages artists of all mediums to apply to ArtiGras as an emerging artist, if they have not experienced this type of large show before.  Only eleven emerging artists were chosen for this year’s event.  We hope you take the time to stop by each of their displays and speak with them about their artwork and creativity!  The emerging artists are:  Amber Palomres, Robin Neary, Florida Palm Fish Art, DeJaVu Glass Design, Dane Stensen, Makai Project LLC, Kristian Charnick, Larry Hughes, Robert Mayes, The Little Whale and George Darrell.


Amber Palomares

Amber Palomares grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.   She is an avid nature lover, enjoys gardening, exploring parks, beaches and historical towns.  This appreciation of nature began at an early age when she fished and camped on Padre Island Texas.   Amber also accompanied her mother on trips to local National Wildlife Refuges where she delighted in following nature trails and bird watching.    Her full understanding for the outdoors can be seen in her paintings.   She and her husband, John, moved from Texas to Palm Beach Gardens, FL in the mid 90s, leaving a couple of years to live on James Island near Charleston, South Carolina. Palm Beach Gardens is where they call home now and where Amber paints both en plein air (outdoors from life) and in her studio.  
"Bridge and Weeping Willows" by Amber Pal

“Bridge and Weeping Willows” by Amber Palomares

Amber discovered her passion for painting in her forties  and has immersed herself in studying oil and acrylic painting techniques through art courses and instructional demonstrations. 
Her paintings are light-filled, happy and can be described as being peaceful and whispy.  She works in both oils and acrylics and uses glazing and impasto techniques to create depth and a three dimensional quality to her work. 
"Shrimp Boats"

“Shrimp Boats”

Amber loves painting water, sunsets and sunrises so you will often find a  stream, marsh, seashore or even a sparkling water fountain in her artwork . She is proud to say that one of her sunset seascape paintings can be found in the guest rooms of the Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort.  As an emerging artist, she is dedicated and passionate about using her gift for painting and hopes that her paintings will continue to bring joy to people.  With every visit to her easel, Amber continues to develop her own unique representational impressionist style. Amber is a member of the American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Florida.
"Sunset March" by Amber Palomares

“Sunset March” by Amber Palomares

Amber earned her B.B.A. and M.Ed. degrees and works at Palm Beach State College as a Career Advisor and Adjunct Professor.   She also serves on their Art Gallery Committee.   She enjoys teaching job development skills and helping students with their career direction.

For more information about Amber’s artwork please visit :

Blog:   or



For more information about Kelly Tracht’s artwork please visit:




"Beach and Sea"

“Beach and Sea”




For more information, visit the ArtiGras web site at, e-mail information requests to, or call the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.



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


Words Become a Painting with “Alice In Wonderland” Exhibit at A Unique Gallery in Jupiter

Illustrator, Pam Panella shows us that the characters of “Alice in Wonderland” are not just for children! Pam’s SOLO exhibition at A Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter is sure to please.  A portion of proceeds from sales of Pam’s artwork and the Artists of AAOJ will benefit the Hobe Sound Animal Protection League. The Rickie Report looks forward to seeing you at the public reception and shares the details here.




Artists Association of Jupiter


SOLO Exhibit

Pam Panella

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

5:30 – 7:30 pm

A Unique Art Gallery

226 Center St #8, Jupiter, FL

Open to the Public



The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents    “Alice in Wonderland” a solo exhibit of Illustrations by Artist Pam Panella. The event will be held on Wednesday February 12, from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pam and the Artists of AAOJ will benefit the Hobe Sound Animal Protection League.





"Alice  and Caterpillar"

“Alice and Caterpillar”


Pam tells The Rickie Report, “My exhibit ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a series of illustrations that tell the story. Illustration is a form of art that depicts the written word.  I like to put my research and visions down on paper to make words become a painting.  I chose to illustrate Lewis Carroll’s story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ because the story is so interesting and complex.  It is filled with riddles, math problems, impossible situations, and wonderful characters. My research involved exploring what these characters might look like.  Then I developed them, melding those ideas with my own personal view of people and animals”.



Illustration by Pam Panella

Illustration by Pam Panella



“Illustration is a form of art that depicts the written word. The depiction is visualization by the artist and can be done in any form such as drawing, painting, photography, etching or woodblock printing.  Illustrations are artistic images created by the artist that are extracted from the text of poems, stories, fashion, magazines, stamps, technical & medical items. This makes it different than doing a painting that is a visual to the artist. The illustrator must conceive and research the idea of what is trying to be conveyed to the reader.  Original illustrations end up being printed so many people have access to the art work representing the written word.  The illustrations done in medieval time were woodblock prints.  Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press allowed him to add illustrations in the form of woodprints to his books. 1880 became the “Golden Age of Illustration” with the development of mass market papers, magazines and books. It continues the same way today but, with the help of the computer research is made easier”, Pam explains.



"Hare & Mouse"

“Hare & Mouse”



Pam clarifies, “John Tenniel was Lewis Carroll’s illustrator and his medium was pen & ink. He would create many versions of his drawings until he liked his final composition and then would send it to be printed.  My medium of choice is watercolor because of the transparent quality, fluid movement and its acceptance of different techniques. After the drawings are complete, then it is time to add the color to finalize the process.  I hope that everyone will enjoy my version of ‘Alice in Wonderland'”.


Pam Panella

Pam Panella




“When doing a regular painting I choose to paint a variety of different subjects from places to which we have traveled or subjects close to home. When I spot something that strikes my fancy, it will end up on paper. I use watercolors most of the time because they are spontaneous, transparent and can be used in many different techniques. Careful attention is given to the compositions and an intricate process of drawing precedes the use of color.  Most of my exhibits have been in galleries, corporate offices and outdoor shows in the Northeast and Florida. Summers are spent in my North Eastham Studio and Winters are spent in Florida,” says Pam.   The Rickie Report knows we are lucky to have Pam here, to share her wonderful paintings!


To see more of Pam’s work go


The Hobe Sound Animal Protection League is dedicated to creating a better world for cats through adoption; spay/neuter services public education.  Established in 2000, Hobe Sound Animal Protection League (HSAPL) is a no-kill feline rescue and adoption organization located in Palm City, Florida. HSAPL operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better world for cats through adoption, spay/neuter services and public education. HSAPL’s “home base” is The Caring Fields Animal Sanctuary in Palm City, Florida. Here, over 150 cats live free from cages in an open, yet protected, natural environment. The colorful cottages and cat shelters throughout the sanctuary were built by volunteers and custom-designed for kitty comforts. There are plenty of places to climb and explore, and soft spots to nap in the Florida sunshine. Every cat under the care of HSAPL is vaccinated and spayed or neutered, making many of them available for adoption. HSAPL has facilitated an average of 200 cat adoptions each year, creating a happier world, not only for the cats, but also for those who adopt them.  For more information visit  or call Pauline Golver, Executive Director at 772-463-7386




The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010.  Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website,    For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or




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


C3 = Conversation+Culture+Cocktails AND Art Adventure Trip At Whitespace Collection

Elayne and Marvin Mordes are curators, collectors and world travelers, but most of all, they are dedicated to sharing their love of contemporary art with others.  Their Whitespace Collection offers many opportunities to do this.  From engaging with emerging artists to art excursions out-of-town, Whitespace has much to offer. The Rickie Report shares the details of their upcoming Art Adventure to Fort Lauderdale and their newest exhibit C-3=Conversation+Culture+Cocktails. Make your reservations now!





Entering Whitespace's Private Residence

Entering Whitespace’s Private Residence


                     C3 = Conversation + Culture + Cocktails

                                                                               Join us




  A Tour and Party

   FridayFebruary  28 from  6:00 to  8:00 pm


no crowds – no groups

a fun evening with your friends



 A Special viewing with tour of the Whitespace “private” residence 


Bubbly Wine,  Sugary Sweets and Light Bites 

for your Tasting Pleasure 



Beatriz Millar Tarot Placemats



       Preview “Lux Mater“  by Beatriz Millar



Siebren Versteeg Project


Receive a Free Format 18×24 Siebren Versteeg project

Receive a Free party gift as a “Thank You” from Whitespace 

Guided tour of Whitespace’s Special Exhibition – Optic Edge

with Elayne and Marvin Mordes


$75 per person

Reservations required 561.842.4131

Partial proceeds benefitting the arts through Community Foundation


install 1



Join us


Art Adventure
The Art Road = Fort Lauderdale = Incredible Journey

Saturday, Feb 8   9:00 – 5:30 PM

Reservation required:  Call 561.842.4131
$145 per person – includes everything!
Motorcoach transportation, breakfast on trip,
full restaurant lunch, all curators and entrances, delights on trip on home
and an art video for your entertainment.
1.  The Ft. Lauderdale Museum
A curated trip through the “Spirit of  CoBrA” exhibition.
Exploring the roots and inspiration of the European avant-garde CoBrA (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam)
based on spontaneity, experimentation, socialist politics and exuberant optimism.
The Ft. Lauderdale Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of CoBrA art in the United States.
The William J. Glackens Exhibition
A Curated path through the early 1900’s of America’s Renoir!
2Lunch at a Las Olas Blvd. Restaurant
3The Girls Club Collection
I think it’s in my head
A curated visit of selections from the
Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection
curated by Monica and Natasha Lopez de Victoria
These works were chosen for their vivid metaphysics, transforming figures, metamorphosis, supernatural mysteries,
telepathic communication and explosions of psychic power.
Included are works of Internationally renowned artists Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Ana Medieta, Tracey Emin, Lorna Simpson…..
4Wilma Bulkin Seigel  – Studio Visit
       Combining medicine with painting , Dr. Siegel has become as award-winning artist
recognized nationally for her portrait series of people living with AIDS, Survivors of AIDS, Breast Cancer Survivors, The Homeless,
The Elderly and most recently Returning War Veterans.
She has exhibited though out the United Sates, been featured on CNN and been
elected into Who’sWho in American Art.  In 2005, she was  featured with a  solo exhibition
at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and at Whitespace
Collection for her portraits and biographies  of “Holocaust Survivors and Liberators”.
In 2009, she was awarded the highest honor for contributions to the field of arts in Healthcare. –
The Janice Palmer Award of Society of Arts in Healthcare.
Dr. Wilma Siegel will be speaking about her work and we will be previewing her new series of portraits.
Please join us for a remarkable journey of Art!!

no refunds

supporting the arts through Community Foundation

For more information:  Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA     Whitespace Art Adventures  2805 N. Australian Avenue     West Palm Beach, Florida 33407    T:561.842.4131     F:561.842.4132      E:



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