New Studio For The Visual Arts Presents Free Virtual Classes, Videos, Kids Art Activities, And A Kids Art Contest

The New Studio For The Visual Arts will offer FREE: on-line classes as well as art critiques with Peggy Kirkwood, a daily themed Kids Korner video with Kate Lindquist (Miss Kate), video workshops with Ted Matz on different painting techniques and art critiques, plus the continuation of “DONUT WARS” Art Contest for students in grades K – 8.  We give separate details about the upcoming Plein Air trip to Bend, Oregon from June 20-27 being led by Ted Matz. The Rickie Report is happy to share these offerings with you. Being physically distanced does not mean we have to be socially distanced.  Now, more than ever, art can bring us together! Please share this information with others.





The New Studio for the Visual Arts

Proudly Presents:






“Orchid” by Peggy Kirkwood   Beyond Basic of Watercolor Class


Peggy tells The Rickie Report, “For anyone interested in joining class online they should send me their email address if they are not already receiving our emails. I will create a meeting in Zoom and send them the invitation with the URL link to click on to access online status. They do not need to have a Zoom account to join. If they would like a critique of their work they should email me a good photo for me to discuss with them during the online session”. 


Wednesdays  9 am – Noon     Basics of Watercolor
Wednesdays  1 – 4 pm             Beyond Basics Watercolor
Thursdays   1-4 pm                  Beyond Basics Watercolor/Mixed Media
Peggy is also looking into creating some demonstration videos for students to watch at their convenience.   Contact Peggy:







“Working With Scary Greens” by Ted Matz



Ted Matz has developed a series of weekly scheduled Virtual Painting Demonstrations that will concentrate on common problems that students have with their work, along with the concepts that can be applied to any medium. He tells The Rickie Report, ” Trailer videos are being planned and sent out 3 days prior to my demonstration videos. The trailers will be released on Mondays and the Demonstrations will occur on the following Thursdays. These are not live videos; the student can watch them at their own convenience”.


Once the viewer has completed the suggested exercises, they then may take a photo of their work, send the photo to Ted at Once that is received Ted will give a critique of the work that they completed.


To access the video demonstrations the student simply has to click on the link provided via email or on The New Studio website


The trailers are designed to generate excitement about the demonstrations and also to inform people of what the subject matter will be for that week. The videos are tentatively planned to begin the week of March 23.


See tentative schedule below:

  • “Scary Greens”, March 23; In this video the world of greens will be demystified and the student will be shown how with a few simple color mixing techniques they can make rich, vibrant greens.


  • “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”, April 2; Students have a tendency to paint with weak values and non-saturated colors, in this video they will learn how to challenge themselves to venture into the dark, enjoy it and make in the end make their lights sing.


  • “Being in the Red”, April 9; This video will illustrate how to keep the warm colors warm and avoid painting pink tomatoes. The student will learn how to layer color to make your reds more saturated in color and bring out the vibrancy of their color choices.


  • The Advantages of a Limited Palette, April 16
  • Painting Light and Atmosphere, April 23
  • Putting Life in Your Still Life’s, April 23
  • Brush Work Secrets, April 30
  • Painting from Photographs, May 7
  • Compositional Pitfalls, May 14






Kate Lindquist is a Palm Beach County local who grew up with love of art and learning for as far back as she can remember. This love drove her to get a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Florida and Masters in Art Education from Florida International University. For over 15 years Kate has worked with youth, teaching art, inspiring creativity, and sparking curiosity. She has had the opportunity to work in both public and private schools, with art centers and rec centers, designing and implementing engaging curriculum that ties together the academic subject matter through the use of arts.



Kids Korner with Miss Kate



Kate has hosted various Twitter chats, written for the education platforms DisruptEDtv and Teachers on Fire, and shared her views on three education podcasts. She is a huge proponent of spreading kindness and lives by her motto “It only takes heart to make ART”. You can follow her daily on Twitter as @heARTISTatWORK for a daily dose of her “Kateness”.

Kate tells The Rickie Report, “Every Friday I will announce the following weeks theme AND attach a google doc in the video description with materials needed each day, links to videos, books, and other helpful resources”.





Kids Korner with Miss Kate


Here is the channel link:

The first video is already up and below is the logo as well as some project examples!
A daily YouTube video Monday through Friday
Each week will have a theme
Projects will include art words, famous artists, new techniques, cultural art as well as a little math, science and English for the fun of it!








Students grades K – 8 have the chance to participate in Donut Wars to celebrate Youth Art Month with The New Studio for the Visual Arts and Jupiter Donuts!

Presented to you by The New Studio for the Visual Arts and Jupiter Donuts



2D MAX SIZE 11″ X 14″        3D MAX SIZE 12″ X 12″ X 12″

DEADLINE: TBA – Still Accepting artworks

All artwork must have entry form attached.  Please contact New Studio with questions:   561-295-5712 

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the community is joining forces to bring you a sweet and delicious art extravaganza like never before! We will showcase the amazing artistic talent of the local youth with Donut Wars!

The New Studio for the Visual Arts, will offer art, music, fun and Donuts to celebrate the art of creativity. The official Donut Judges from Jupiter Donuts will determine the Grand Prize winner of the art contest based on creativity, craftsmanship, and composition. All family members and friends welcome!

Theme: DONUTS!!!!

Guidelines: Participants must be in grades K-8.

Each participant may enter one piece of artwork that depicts the above theme in a unique and creative way…some idea sparks may be: to invent a new flavor, draw it zoomed in/out, create an art parody, give it human like attributes…but most importantly is to have fun!

Entries can be 2-D or 3-D and any artistic medium.
2-D artwork must be no larger than 11” x 14”
3-D artwork must by no larger than 12” x 12” x 12”
Please fill out and attach the below entry form onto the back of 2-D artwork or bottom of 3-D pieces

Deadline: All artwork must be delivered to : STILL ACCEPTING ENTRIES

Location: 1615 S. Cypress Drive, Jupiter, FL 33469 Phone: 561-295-5712

Kate Lindquist at or 561-282-8517

Prizes: All participants will receive a certificate of entry. Prizes will be given to each of the following groups K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th with one grand prize winner. Artwork will remain on view at The New Studio (TBA)

Kids Korner Donut Wars Art Contest Entry Form


Participant Name: ________________________________________

Grade: ________________

School Attended: _______________________________________________________

Title of Artwork:



______I give permission for my child’s artwork to be photographed and used in media materials

______I DO NOT give permission for my child’s artwork to be photographed and used in media materials


Parent/Guardian Name: _________________________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________

Phone No.: ______________________

Parent/Guardian Signature: ______________________________Date: ________





For more information about this trip please contact





For more information about these classes or other exhibits:


Call 561-295-5712





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Martin Artisans Guild Showcases Six Artists In The Palm Room In Harbour Bay Plaza With Premiere Exhibition Opening Wednesday, December 4. Gallery Is Open Wednesdays Through Saturdays And By Appointment

The Palm Room in Harbour Bay Plaza at Sewall’s Point, Stuart announces a new fine art exhibition on Wednesday, December 4.  The Martin Artisans Guild will showcase six artists: James J. DeMartis, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill, Chris Kling, Lynn Morgan, Danuta Rothschild, and Carolyn Walsh at the free Opening Reception.  All professional artists with a long list of accomplishments, this promises to be a strong and dramatic show!  The free exhibit is open to the public at the Palm Room from Wednesdays through Saturdays, with afternoon and evening hours. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights each of the artists.







The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays, noon to 7 pm through the month of November


Opening Reception:

Wednesday, December 4

5:30 – 8 pm

Complimentary Refreshments by Josephines

 Cash Bar

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida (Across from Josephines)



MEET      THE       ARTISTS:





James J. DeMartis



“She Fell To Pieces” by James J Demartis




In his own words:   My work seems to have progressed from an earlier moody and somber romanticism to its present stage whatever it may be called. I enjoy doing imaginary landscapes, seascapes and still lifes in either oil or acrylic, or both.   I sold the gallery in 1989 and have been living clumsily. I am subsisting on remnants of earned monies from gallery sale and exhibitions, Social Security and a lifetime of meager earnings, also VA disability pension from WWII.  I have three fine grown children and a great aptitude for assimilating, learning and living and I’ll continue painting until there are no more surfaces to paint on.”
—James J. DeMartis

He was an abstract impressionist who liked to explore different styles and media. He gathered imagery and symbolism from his vast travels.  From the Rickie Report, “His oil paintings on canvas and paper, according to Ms. Crealy Pollack on behalf of the Eggers Partnership of Architects and Planners in NYC, “reflect the sure hand of a painter schooled in Florence, Italy, but associated with the New York and Maine School of American Artists. There is a mystical quality about his work which is strongly influenced by the history of calligraphy, both ancient and contemporary.” 



Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill



One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill




Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill began creating jewelry ten years ago.  She attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes, has taken several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, and has participated in several national workshops and conventions.  aura Kay is a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club,  the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  She is also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.


Laura Kay’s father, Curt Whiticar, an oil painter and a boat builder, was of great influence. She incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for Laura Kay. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of her work is influenced by a passion for the ocean.  


Laura Kay’s jewelry may be found in Geoffrey Smith Gallery in Stuart, Florida, in Geoffrey Smith Artist Studio and Gallery, and in the Emporium at the Elliott Museum.  In January 18 and 19, her studio will be stop #13 on the Open Studio Tour in Martin County.  She also publishes a newsletter “Whiticar Waves” which features her art stories and events in the area.  To join her newsletter, send your name and email to the email. Laura Kay has a studio and show room in her home.  She is open by appointment.  If you wish to  visit her studio, contact her at or 772-834-6202.  Her website is



Chris Kling



“Beyond The See”  by Chris Kling



Chris Kling graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has worked as a professional artist since 1978. She has received numerous awards and commissions for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the US and with the Portrait Society of America including her most recent award for her portrait of “Vala”. Chris has exhibited with the Oil Painters of America and in September 2019 she was honored to show in the American Impressionist Society’s 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition in the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City. Chris works primarily in oil in a contemporary impressionistic manner. She also teaches Plein Air and Oil Portraiture in classes and workshops.  Chris has a gallery and studio in Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor in Stuart, FL and is represented by Palm City Art & Frame. Painting, to her, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us.  You may see her work on her Facebook page Chris Kling Studio and at For more information contact her directly at or 772-285-7826. 



Lynn Morgan



“Rocky Surf” by Lynn Morgan




For Lynn Morgan, creating art is an integral part of her philosophy of being consciously aware of the world around her.  Lynn has been creating art all of her life.  Until her retirement from the corporate world, art was one of her hobbies, but it was the only hobby that she never tired of.  Lynn’s early art experiences were orchestrated by her mother, a former student at the Parsons School in New York.  As a pre-teen, she was allowed to ride the city bus to downtown Detroit (imagine that!) by herself.  She would browse the stationary departments at the big department stores to find drawing paper.  As a teen, she began to paint with acrylics.  

In later years, Lynn began painting with watercolors and took classes with Garri Katz, Barbara Nechis and Robbie Laird.  She took art classes at Palm Beach State College where she was introduced to pastels, her “go to” medium.  She has studied with Miroslav Antic, Terri Ford, Casey Klahn, Jen Evenhus, Aline Ordman and Tony Allain.  Her style continues to move toward more abstraction in both landscape and figurative works.

Lynn, a full-time artist, is a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A), the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Florida Artists Group (FLAG) and Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA).  She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America.  She exhibits both locally and nationally and has won awards at several exhibits.  Lynn is currently represented by GalleryVibe in Naples, FL, and she teaches pastel classes and workshops at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL.



Danuta Rothschild




“Untitled” by Danuta Rothschild



Danuta Rothschild is an internationally known, respected award wining artist. A native of Poland, she has lived in the United States for many years. Danuta’s works have been shown in prestigious museums in Poland, France, Bosnia, and the United States.  She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Santa Barbara, and Laguna Beach in California.  Having appeared in television shows in Poland, France, and the United States, and being interviewed and published in leading California publications and newspapers, she has become an established artist in the art world.


Danuta’s art is collected by numerous celebrities, politicians, and collectors around the world.  Her move to the Treasure Coast has raised the bar in the art community.  The scope of her work is widely diverse and provocative. Her works often weave a historical tapestry including her own take on the Masters. An artist of considerable breadth and stature, Danuta created several series of paintings covering a wide variety of subjects.  Her art provides social commentary and very relevant issues both spiritual and profound.  It is rare to see the intensity of emotion, scope of subject matter, and a true understanding of the human psyche and spirit as she sees it.  Danuta can take a soul-wrenching subject matter and make it palatable and magical while allowing us to ask the pertinent questions that take us deeper within ourselves to gain new understandings.  For more information please visit





Carolyn Walsh



“Couple Kissing” original sculpture by Carolyn Walsh




Ceramic artist Carolyn Walsh was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  At a young age,  she was inspired by her Aunt Jean, a ceramic sculptor.  Even though her life took another direction, she always longed to be a working artist.  In 2003, she began working and learning at the Pottery of Carlee Weston and Friends, honing her craft for the last 17 years. Since then, she has shown her work at Molly’s House, the Lighthouse ArtCenter, the Beanie Backus Gallery Best of the Best Show, along with several other pop up shows through the Martin Artisans Guild. She has won several awards and is opening her own studio at her ranch in Palm City in 2020.






For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild


The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.

The group accepts membership of individuals without discrimination.Yearly Dues:

  • $35/year for Professional Members
  • $30/ year for Emerging members
  • $20/year for Student Members
  • $35/year for Supporting Members

ALL Guild members are required to serve on at least one volunteer committee.ALL NEW Guild members are required to be JURIED into the Guild; You will be accepted as either a Professional Level Artist member or an Emerging Level Artist member.

  • Professional Level Members will not be required to jury into future Guild Exhibits, Events or Martin County Open Studio Tour. Professional Level Members MUST be a member of the Arts Council of Martin County. Membership information can be found here:
  • Emerging Level Artists are artists who are aspiring to become Juried Professional members. Emerging members will need to be juried before each event/exhibit, and will be eligible to reapply as a Professional Level Member after 1 year.
  • Student Members MUST be students with a school ID Card or a student of a MCOST Teaching Artist.
  • Supporting Members are Supporters of the Arts in the Community.

MAG Membership Year runs 3/1- end of February yearly to coordinate with the MCOST schedule.



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Join Lighthouse ArtCenter And Manon Sander In Sedona, AZ For 1 Week Of Plein Air Painting, Exploration, And Relaxation September 12-19.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter and Manon Sander invite you to go on an exciting plein air painting adventure:  Immerse yourselves in crimson beauty when you venture out west, to Red Rock country, Sedona, AZ, from September 12 – 19, 2019. September is one of the best months to visit, when the summer heat has subsided but the temperatures are still mild. The Rickie Report shares the details about the trip and some photos.  If you have ever been, this is a place you can go back to again and again. If it is your first time, this is the perfect way to explore!





Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

 First Saturday of the month no charge




P R E S E N T S:





Sedona, AZ






Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff. It is noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community and is surrounded by red-rock buttes, towering canyon walls and pine forests. Uptown Sedona is dense with shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park. We will be staying at a very comfortable hotel, the Arroyo Roble, with every room providing a private balcony with breathtaking views of the famous Red Rocks and two separate queen beds. The hotel is situated in walking distance from Uptown Sedona, which is the heart of town, with charming stores and galleries, restaurants and cafes.





Arroyo Roble Hotel




September 12th is your arrival day. You can take it easy, settle in, look around a little bit, and get organized for September 13th, our first painting day. Out of the 6 days on location we will paint 4 days. On painting days we will have breakfast at the hotel and then drive to a different picturesque location to capture the beautiful landscape on our canvases under Manon’s instruction. Demos, group critiques, and lots of individual instruction at your easel will greatly benefit your painting skills.




Manon Sander






You will have two free days so you have a chance to explore the area at your own pace. Some suggestions are touring the Red Rocks or the desert via the popular Pink Jeep Tours, you can venture out into several vortexes Sedona is known for and feel their healing energy, you can go on an invigorating hike, or take it easy by enjoying a relaxing spa day, relax by the pool, stroll through town and visit galleries and shops, go on an UFO spotting excursion, or paint some more.   The price for this incredible painting adventure is $2170.



Pink Jeep Tours


Included in the price are:

  • 7 nights in the hotel, price based on double occupancy. If you don’t wish to share a room there will be a $720 supplement.
  • Daily buffet breakfast with hot and cold choices
  • Transport to painting locations
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • 4 days of painting instruction
  • mineral spirits for oil painters


Not included in the price are:

  • Airfare and shuttle from and to airport
  • Meals other than two dinners and daily breakfast
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Expenses for activities on your two free days



Tlaquepaque Arts Village










Due to the small group size of a maximum of 10 people we expect that the workshop will fill up quickly. It will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. It is recommended to reserve your space by submitting your deposit for registration early. The deadline for registration is June 9th, 2019.

A $500 deposit and a signed copy of the fine print upon reservation will hold your spot. The remaining balance will be due on June 10th, 2019. 

Reservations can be made through the Lighthouse ArtCenter by calling 561-748-8737.

If you have any questions about the trip, please don’t hesitate to send Manon an email to . If you’d like to check out Manon’s credentials you can do so by visiting her website

The FINE Print:

Cancellations for any reason will be subject to a $250 per person administrative fee. Deposits less the administrative fee are refundable if workshop sells out and someone takes your spot.

In addition:

  • If you cancel less than 90-60 days before the trip starts you will receive all monies paid to date minus 50% of the trip cost per person unless workshop sells out and somebody fills your spot.
  • If you cancel less than 60 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit the entire trip cost per person, unless workshop sells out and somebody fills your spot.

Purchasing travel insurance is mandatory to protect your investment. Let’s cross our fingers, but unforeseen circumstances do happen, and it’s necessary to be prepared. Some trip insurances to consider are World Nomads (the most inexpensive and according to reviews reliable), Allianz, or Travel Guard.

Workshop Cancellation: In the unlikely event the workshop is canceled, all payments received by the Lighthouse ArtCenter will be refunded. Personal expenses like travel expenses will not be reimbursed, and are considered each individual’s own liability. 

Workshop instructor Manon Sander and the Lighthouse ArtCenter will do their best to provide you with a safe and pleasant environment but cannot be held liable for illness, injury, terrorism, or natural disasters and shall not be held responsible for any damages, loss, delay, omission or irregularity which may occur, whether by reason of any act, negligence or default of any company or person engaged in carrying out any of our arrangements or otherwise in connection herewith. Manon Sander and the Lighthouse ArtCenter cannot be held responsible for a client’s sickness or personal accident, forces of nature, or other problems.

_________________________________________________________________Workshop Participant’s Signature   _________  Date










For further information about this event, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm






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Wellington Art Society Announces 2 Gallery Receptions Plus Monthly Meeting With Featured Artist Ralph Papa

The Wellington Art Society will host two Gallery Receptions:  Wellington City Hall Gallery on Tuesday, February 27th and the Equine Exhibit at the Wellington Community Center Gallery on Saturday, March 10th. In addition, the public is also invited to their Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, February 14th, featuring a demo with Ralph Papa.  There is a lot of artwork to see and WAS offers so many opportunities for artists to show their work and network as well.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.


The   Public   Is   Invited   To  Three  Events:


Monthly Meeting:

February 14, 2018


6:30 pm

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL




This is event is open to members and non-members


Artwork by Ralph Papa



Beginning in the 1980’s Ralph began painting on location in the Hudson Valley and the Hamptons on Long Island and since 2002 in Palm Beach County. His subjects are from nature, life experiences and personal reflections of family and friends. In addition to plein air painting, Ralph does studio paintings, many of them larger than life faces creating pensive moods with feelings of isolation and loneliness. His most recent studio works are real and imaginative compositions that link him visually with artists he admires.



“Loxahatchee” by Ralph Papa


Ralph Papa is a passionate art activist, teaching drawing, painting and plein air workshops throughout Palm Beach County. As an art instructor he believes that a fine visual artist must be able to accurately reproduce images with minimum effort which will give them a better chance of success if they are true to who they are in creating something unique.


“Sunday Morning Sun” by Ralph Papa



Ralph is a Signature Member and Past President of the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and co-founder of Plein Air Palm Beach. His work is in many private and public collections in the United States, Canada and Europe. His art is on display locally at The Neighborhood Gallery in Boynton Beach.  Ralph tells us,“As an artist, I find the process of creating a fine artwork highly energizing and even more fulfilling then the end product”.






Tuesday, February 27, 2018

5 – 7  pm

Light refreshments will be served and there will be drawings for special door prizes. The public is invited.


Wellington City Hall on Forest Hill Boulevard



The Wellington Art Society will host a reception for their latest exhibit on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the Wellington City Hall on Forest Hill Boulevard. The exhibit will feature approximately 38 art pieces in their beautiful upstairs and downstairs galleries.

The featured artists are:

Jean Williard

Stan Greenfield

Susan Mosely

Betty Jane Zedonek

Toni Willey

Hildegard Donavan

Lynne Doyal

Donna Donelan

Raymonde Talleyrand

Betty Brodie

Joanne Baker MacCleod

Robert MacCleod

Franklin Weiss

Valentina Rapetskaya




Saturday, March 10, 2018

10 am – Noon

Equine Exhibit

Light refreshments will be served and there will be drawings for special door prizes. The public is invited for this unique exhibit.

Wellington Community Center on Forest Hill Boulevard just south of Wellington City Hall.


The Wellington Art Society will host a reception on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10-12 n for their outstanding Equine Exhibit now showing at the Wellington Community Center on Forest Hill Boulevard just south of Wellington City Hall. This first Equine Exhibit features fifteen artists including a premier showing of Laurie Snow Hein’s painting “North Dakota Mustangs at Teddy Roosevelt Park”.


The featured artists are:

Joanne Baker MacCleod

Robert MacCleod

Raymonde Talleyrand

Susan Tenenbaum

Franklin Weiss

Betty Brodie

Betty Jane Zedonek

Jean Williard

Patricia Heller

Karla Smith

Stan Greenfield

Ana Noble

Valentina Rapetskaya

George Taylor

Laurie Snow Hein


The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit




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4th Annual Plein Air Festival Highlights Nationally Recognized Artists Painting At Sites In Palm Beach County

The Lighthouse ArtCenter 4th Annual Plein Air Festival takes place March 8 through March 12. Nationally recognized, award-winning artists from around the Country will paint throughout Palm Beach County, depicting scenes from the beaches and natural Florida landscapes to the quickly disappearing old Florida homes and residential areas. Known as “Paint-Outs,” the artists will be visiting seven different outdoor areas to paint the varied landscapes and cityscapes.  The Rickie Report shares the details here, as some events require reservations.



373 Tequesta Drive       Tequesta, FL 33469

(561) 746-3101




March 8 – 12, 2017


At the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469 and outdoor painting locales throughout Palm Beach County.


 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Grand Prize Winner by George Van Hook






Free admission to the ArtCenter Gallery

To view the daily “wet paintings,” from 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Collectors’ Preview Party and Wet Painting Sales

 $100 per person for the Preview Party and Award Ceremony 5 – 9 pm.

Ticket price is good toward the purchase of a painting.

General Admission $25 from 6:30 – 9 pm.





The public is invited to watch the artists and purchase paintings at the Paint-Out locations. The diverse locations for the paint-outs include Northwood Village in West Palm Beach, Society of the Four Arts and Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach, Riverbend Park, Harbourside Place and DuBois Park in Jupiter and Juno Beach Pier in Juno Beach. With over 120 artists from around the country entering the jurying process, the forty one artists that were selected represent the best of the Plein Air genre. They will be competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes.  The artists will deliver their paintings each day to the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery for viewing by the general public. 


Quick Draw Painting Contest:

Sunday, March 12

Open to All Artists!

At Dubois Park in Jupiter,FL

 9 to 11 am

The art will be judged, awards will be given and the art will be available for purchase from noon to 3pm at the park.


Plein Air Artists, Photo Courtesy of David R. Randell





More Information:

Jennifer Chaparro, Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Staff Liaison (561) 748-8737

Lighthouse ArtsCenter
Gallery & School of Art
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida 33469
(561) 746-3101




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Boca Raton Museum Art School Announces New Exhibits And Workshops

An integral part of learning to be an artist is experiencing showing your artwork to the public. The Boca Raton Museum Art School gives every student the opportunity to exhibit in the Art School Gallery and organizes exhibits off-site as well. The Rickie Report shares the latest Exhibits, including the Faculty Exhibit that you will want to see – and some new workshops.  There are new “APPETIZER CLASSES” starting February 1st.  These special 4-week classes include colored pencil drawing, glass fusing, creative book arts, pastels, and nature photography.  Check out the details here!






Boca Raton Museum of Art –

The Art School

801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486




  • Excellent teachers with low teacher to studio ratio 

  • Convenient: 801 West Palmetto Park Road, 1 mile east of I-95

  • Wonderful studios

  • Easy parking




An integral part of learning to be an artist is experiencing showing your artwork to the public. The Boca Raton Museum Art School gives every student the opportunity to exhibit in the Art School Gallery as well as organizes exhibits off-site. The student artist learns how to prepare the artwork for exhibit and views the artwork in a gallery setting among other artworks.



 Art School Exhibits:



At The Art School



BocaArtSchoolportrait in pastel

Portrait in Pastel 



A Selection of artworks by students in abstract painting, beginning drawing, portrait painting, kumihimo jewelry, color pencil drawing, and watercolor classes.

On exhibit January 15 to February 10, 2016

801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486






BocaArtSchoolyouth class exhibit at library

Youth Class Exhibit – Pastel

A 7 year-old’s drawing capturing the directed light in a Morandi inspired still-life 

The Public Library is hosting an exhibit spotlighting two of the Art School’s classes; the after-school art class with Maria Weiss and advanced photography with Allan Pierce. Mrs. Weiss’ after-school class is a fun and richly educational art studio where students learn a variety of art techniques, coupled with art history and vocabulary. Dr. Pierce pushes his students to use their skills beyond taking good photographs in order to create outstanding emotive photographs.


On exhibit January 17  to February 12, 2016

Boca Raton Public Library 400 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33431



Photograph by Alfred Schepis





Boca Raton Museum of Art


Illuminated by Diane Reeves oil on board 20 x 24

“Illuminated” by Diane Reeves, Faculty



As a museum art school the faculty is invited to exhibit in the Museum each year. 

Wolgin Gallery from January 26 to April 8, 2016




Saturday Art Workshops:



Pastel Painting


Explore how to use under painting and layering to create luminous pastels.

Instructor: Jane McIntyre

Noon to 4pm


Introduction to Plein Air Painting

Do you want to paint outdoors, but don’t know where to start? Learn technical and practical aspects of painting outdoors with Ralph Papa, president of Plein Air Palm Beach Artists association.

Instructor: Ralph Papa

Noon to 4pm.



Ralph Papa painting en plein air 



APPETIZER CLASSES start February 1

Special 4-week classes start February 1 including colored pencil drawing, glass fusing, creative book arts, pastels, and nature photography. Call for information or check the website







801 West Palmetto Park Road, one mile east of I-95 561-3920-2503

Call for a course catalogue: 561-392-2503

For more information and details please contact


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“The Landscape Of Light” Presents Internationally Acclaimed Artist, Hugh O’Neill At Next Artists Association Of Jupiter Exhibit

Noted European artist Hugh O’Neill is a modest man but his work speaks for itself in grand visual concertos of timeless skill.  The Artists Association of Jupiter invites you to meet Hugh and see his artistry, “The Landscape of Light” on  Wednesday, May 13th at a Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of artwork will benefit Quantum House.  The Rickie Report applauds AAOJ for sharing Hugh’s treasures and always thinking of others.  The details are here for this must see exhibition and a chance to meet the artist who is considered by some as one of the best living artists in the world.



Artists Association of Jupiter


A Unique Art Gallery


“The Landscape of Light”

The Artistry of Hugh O’Neill,

The Master Of Color


Public Reception

Wednesday, May 13th

  5:30- 7:30pm

A Portion of Sales Benefits:

Quantum House

226 Center Street  Suite #8   Jupiter, FL 33458





Hugh O’Neill, Master of Color, will show his work at an Exhibit at A Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter.  A Public Opening Reception will be held on Wednesday May 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter. A portion of proceeds from sales of artwork created by Hugh O’Neill and the artists of AAOJ will benefit The Quantum House



"Four Views Tequesta Drive" by Hugh O'Neill

“Four Views Tequesta Drive” by Hugh O’Neill



Hugh O’Neill was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1959. He studied painting in Belfast Ireland from 1981-1985 spending some of that time studying in Nante and Paris, France. O’Neill’s approach to his oil painting is direct, bold and figurative. He is a visual musician who is forever searching for the ultimate melody on canvas, an artistic pioneer and a man who survived through brutal conflict growing up in war torn Northern Ireland. Hugh O’Neill has been a modest man all his life but his work speaks for itself in grand visual concertos of timeless skill. The poet of the day and the eyes of a truly gifted artist, he continues to work in silent hues of robust color for all to see. His work is alive and worth seeking out as its energy is best felt up close.



Hugh O’Neill owns a prominent place in art history, as an important modern master who has influenced countless others. Always ahead of his time, he first pioneered the En Plein Air teaching tradition into several leading art institutions including The Society of the Four Arts and the Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum.  As one art writer once said, “Claude Monet himself would have admired the continued strength of O’Neill’s work”.  Hugh’s first U.S. one-man show on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, in 1995 saw a complete sell out in the first night of the show, with collectors from New York to Paris.


"Lighthouse" by Hugh O'Neill

“Lighthouse” by Hugh O’Neill


This is a must see exhibition and a chance to meet the artist who is considered by some as one of the best living artists in the world. O’Neill’s work is represented in corporate, and gallery collections. Collectors of his work include former CEO of APPLE Computers,Bank of America (Palm Beach) and two former US Ambassadors.



AAOJHugh O'Neill Bio



To contact Hugh O’Neill directly visit website:


Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.  Quantum House opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through a most difficult time. The House continues to be where hope has a home® for more than 500 family members every year. The House is the only hospital hospitality house serving children and their families this way between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida. Over the years, the House has proudly served families from every state and nearly two dozen countries around the world.

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



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Elfrida Schragen Is Featured in Two Exhibits and Offers a Plein Air Meet Up

Elfrida Schragen’s father was a professional artist. Color, subject matter, value and design were constant topics of discussion. While her career diverted to the world of psychology and teaching, in 2007 her two worlds joined. In her home town of Victoria, the issue of the homeless was becoming a political hotbed and very visible. A new shelter was planned and ways to raise money were being sought. With the help and support of the street pastor and the volunteers in existing, rather run-down facilities, Elfrida started a project of painting portraits of the homeless. She spent time on the streets, got to know her subjects, and took photos, with their permission.  She painted 25 portraits which were sold to companies, associations, churches, and individuals. $25,000 was raised and many portraits were donated back to hang in the dinning room of “Our Place”, the new shelter.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share Elfrida’s story of art, compassion and vision.  Her newest artwork will be shown in two exhibits, one locally and one across the pond, which you can visit virtually.  In addition, everyone is invited to join Elfrida for a Plein Air Meet Up on January 8th.  The details are here.




Plein Aire and Portraiture


Elfrida Schragen

Spanish River Library and Community Center

 Jan 5 – Feb 21, 2015

Monday  9:00am – 9:00pm

Tuesday  9:00am  – 6:00pm

Wednesday  9:00am  – 9:00pm

Thursday  9:00am – 6:00pm

Friday  9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday  9:00am – 6:00pm


1501 NW Spanish River Blvd       Boca Raton FL



On-line at the

Green Chair Gallery

Jan 2 – Feb 5, 2015


because anything’s possible…

Phone: +44((1227) 450901; +44(1227)762727; Mobile: +44(0)7711 256110

Skype: greenchair-gallery; Twitter: @GrChGallery; Facebook: Green Chair Gallery
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Join Elfrida painting at a Meet Up to paint with the Palm Beach Plein Aire group, and take in her show at the same time on the morning of  Jan. 8, 2015

Event is 9:00 am – 12:30


Bring your own supplies


Check out Palm Beach Plein Aire group

Join the meet up for painting at



Elfrida Schragen

Elfrida Schragen




A Unique Project:


In 2007, Elfrida’s two worlds joined. She had been retired and submerged in self-directed art studies. In her home town of Victoria, the issue of the homeless was becoming a political hotbed and very visible. A new shelter was planned and ways to raise money were being sought. With the help and support of the street pastor and the volunteers in existing, rather run down facilities, Elfrida started a project of painting portraits of the homeless. She spent time on the streets, got to know her subjects, took photos with their permission. She painted 25 portraits which were sold to companies, associations, churches, and individuals.  $25,000 was raised and many portraits were donated back to hang in the dining room of “Our Place”, the new shelter.



"The Rose" by Elfrida Schragen

“The Rose” by Elfrida Schragen



The shelter, Our Place, has been a great success story. They have helped many to get re-established in a functional independence. They have offered shelter to those wishing to get off the streets, and food, clean clothes, bathing facilities, much needed social and medical help, and links to other helpful groups.  In 2014 the shelter decided to open their doors 24/7 and another push for money was on.


"Nicky" by Elfrida Schragen

“Nickie” by Elfrida Schragen



At this time Elfrida was juried in to be a month long artist-in-residence at the Delta Point Harbour Inn. Artist friends stressed how important it was to have a project or focus during that month. I it was a natural to start a new series of portraits, complete 12 during the residency, and sell them to assist in keeping Our Place open 7 instead of 5 days a week. Time spent getting to know these challenged individuals, photographing, painting and writing about them.





by Elfrida Schragen

“Mounts Botanical Bridge” by Elfrida Schragen


Elfrida reunited with her artistic side in a casual way, in her early 40’s, taking a few courses, putting on a few shows. Her mediums included 5 years in acrylic reflecting the world of playful fantasy; 8 years in clay sculpture focusing on the human form; another 8 years exploring in portraits and landscapes through the vivid world of pastels; and finally in the last 10 years, settling down to working on plein aire and portraits with oils.


"Canal" by Elfrida Schragen

“Along the Canal” by Elfrida Schragen



Elfrida’s pastels and sculptures as well as her other paintings have been shown and exhibited across the globe.  A brief overview:


1997- Martin Batchelor Gallery – SOLO Sculpture Show
1998- Home Show and Sale 2001! Juried Entry – Victoria Community Arts Council 2002- Juried Entry – Green Space Two Show
-Juried Entry – Sooke Fine Arts Show Studio Sale
2003- Juried Entry Sidney Fine Arts Show
2004- Martin Batchelor Gallery – SOLO Pastel Show
– Goward House – SOLO Pastel Show
– Works displayed at Shoal Pt. Marine Gallery
2005 – Juried Entries and Sales at Sooke Fine Art Show
2006 – Martin Batchelor Gallery – SOLO Pastel Show
2007-Victoria City Hall – Show of portraits of Homeless
– MacPherson Theater –SOLO Show – Homeless Portraits
2008- Martin Batchelor Gallery –People Pots and Places
– Juried entry – Sooke Fine Arts Show – Sidney Fine Arts Show
2009 – Group Plein Air Show in Metchosin Gallery
2010, 2011, 2012 – Group shows at Coast Collective and Goward House
2013 – SOLO show and sale at Goward House gallery
2014 – SOLO show at the Rutherford Center, Boca Raton
– Juried group shows in Palm Beach and Lake Worth



Plein Aire Painting by Elfrida Schragen

Plein Aire Painting by Elfrida Schragen

Elfrida paints portraits and plein aire works in both Victoria, BC, Canada and Delray Beach, Florida, USA. She accepts commissions for landscapes, portraits and pets.

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

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