Pat Heydlauff’s Paintings Exhibiting at Eissey Campus Theatre

Whether you are planning to attend a performance at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens or not, The Rickie Report urges you to stop by and see the inspiring and moving paintings by Pat Heydlauff.  Art lovers describe Pat’s art work as “spiritual, evocative and thought-provoking.”  We see a woman who is a talented author, personal advisor  and corporate consultant sharing that creativity through her painting.  More details about the exhibit are in this article.

Eissey Campus Theatre

Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens


An Exhibit of Acrylic Paintings

by Pat Heydlauff


 Eissey Campus Theatre Lobby Gallery

December 6 – January 15


 11051 Campus Drive off PGA Blvd


The Palm Beach State College, Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens announces an exhibit of thought provoking and inspiring acrylic paintings by Pat Heydlauff. The exhibit runs December 6th – January 15th. The Lobby Gallery is open Mon – Fri from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and at all performances (closed Dec 20th– Jan 1st). Call for (561) 207-5905 for further information.



"Maui Waves"

“Maui Waves”


Much of Heydlauff’s art is either spiritual or impressionistic.  It is art with a message. Her spiritual works are thought-provoking, evocative and inspiring. She uses these elements to incorporate inspirations, balance and harmony into everyday lives. Most viewers see something new each time they view her work. And many people have purchased her art for the express purpose of bringing balance and harmony to their homes.



Pat Heydlauff’s spiritual art is meant to take the viewer on a visual journey that ends up as a personal journey, as well, holding up a world of possibilities that the viewer may have never considered before. With lush color and tranquil movement, it’s designed to evoke a sense of peace and joy in the viewer. Her spiritual artwork and verse are featured in her new book, The Way We Go, Your Roadmap to a Better Future





Pat Heydlauff was asked by the prestigious Saatchi Gallery of London to exhibit her artwork in their online gallery. And her spiritual piece called “Ascension” was chosen for publication in the “Best of Florida Artists and Artisans”, 2006.



Heydlauff has exhibited at a variety of galleries and shows, among them the Juanita K. Hammons Performing Arts Center, (Juried Show), Springfield, MO; the Jupiter Town Hall Gallery of Art, the Friends of the Arts, Juno Beach, FL and the Eissey Theater Gallery at PBCC, Palm Beach Gardens. Her paintings are also displayed in such diverse places as the City Hall of Branson, MO, and the home of actress Barbara Billingsley.


"Purple Velvet Iris"

“Purple Velvet Iris”

Pat Heydlauff, a Florida resident, is much more than just an artist. She’s a widely-published writer, author of two books, Feng Shui So Easy a Child Can Do It and Selling Your Home with a Competitive Edge. She’s a noted leadership and productivity speaker and consults with businesses, organizations and individuals on how to create engaging workplace environments to unleash the flow of focus and personal environments to increase prosperity.



Pat tells The Rickie Report, “Painting is the physical expression of my spiritual being. It is the positive “flow” that starts in my heart and travels to my hands…and continues onto a two-dimensional canvas projecting three-dimensional energy… Painting is the physical manifestation of my spiritual being. It is the flow of energy through paint onto a two dimensional canvas projecting three dimensional energy. I endeavor to convey a vital energy through sight with color and design. My inspirational and mainstream artwork can be placed in areas of the home and office to create an environment with balance, harmony and a flow of energy which enriches the viewer. “


"Balanced Love"

“Balanced Love”


Pat discovered her love for painting in 1993 as she was transitioning out of a stress filled career and exploring her creative side. As a colorist, she painted lively, vibrant mainstream artwork consisting of landscapes, florals and still-lifes.  Through painting she noticed that her life was becoming balanced, and filled with harmony instead of stress.   She  shares, “Painting allowed me to discover my spiritual nature and peace within and lead me to paint in a stream of consciousness flowing with energy. This flow of consciousness energy is visible in my recent “art with a message” canvas work where you can always find hope, peace and joy in the subject matter and every brush stroke.”


"Sunset's Afterglow"

“Sunset’s Afterglow”



Pat believes that in our world today with cement cities, sound pollution and isolated environments, it is difficult to find a place of peace and harmony.  She says, “The colors and design of my art allow the viewer to escape into a peaceful place and find a glimpse of harmony within or inspiration leading to a better tomorrow.”


For more information about Pat Heydlauff, IOM  Speaker, Consultant and Author  please visit:

Spiritual Artwork

561 744-2666   phone

561 745-3871    fax

Energy Design

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Durga Garcia is Photographer For The Arts & Fine Art Human Forms

The Rickie Report has seen Durga Garcia’s photography in numerous venues. Because Durga’s camera and artistic skills are in high demand, she travels the United States and the world.  Indeed, it is hard to believe she has time to accomplish all that she does!   Durga’s down-to-earth persona is an added benefit to her abilities.  We look forward to welcoming Durga “home”, at Red Dot Art Fair during Art Basel Week!  Read this article for more details.

Who is Durga Garcia?



Durga Garcia’s fine art photography which has been touring the world in exhibits is about to come home.  How could this professional artist’s exciting year of National and International exhibits and awards in Italy, Canada, England, the Netherlands, NYC, Minneapolis, and Pennsylvania come to an end?   In Miami!
"Allegory of the Banditas" by Durga Garcia

“Allegory of the Banditas” by Durga Garcia

During Art Basel week, Durga Garcia is introducing work from her new Allegorical series at the Red Dot Art Fair.    Durga’s photography is represented by Vivid Arts Network of Italy in Booth D109. The Red Dot Art Fair exhibit runs from December 3rd – December 8th.    Ms. Garcia’s artwork will also be displayed at the “Endangered” Exhibit at the Miami Club Rum Distillery December 5th -7th.  Both Shows are in the Wynwood Art District Miami.
"Allegory of the Banyon Tree" by Durga Garcia

“Allegory of the Banyon Tree” by Durga Garcia

In addition, Durga Garcia is a participating artist in Palm Beach State Colleges Third National Photography & Digital Imagery Juried Competition, (Palm Beach Gardens Campus,  Oct. 22 – Nov. 27, 2013); National Association of Women Artists’ Gallery as a New Member of NAWA, (NYC,  Nov 6 – 27, 2013),  Darkroom Gallery  “Make Believe” Exhibit (Vermont, Oct. 17 – Nov. 10, 2013) and Lighthouse ArtCenter’s  “SPOTLIGHT on New Talent” (Juried by Bruce Helander, Tequesta, FL November 14, 2013 to February 15, 2014).


"Kathleen" by Durga Garcia

“Kathleen” by Durga Garcia

This prolific photographer is also deeply involved in her local community, teaching and mentoring emerging and fledgling artists.   She is teaching three classes at the Armory Art Center  in West Palm Beach, leading monthly photography nature walks at both MacArthur Beach State Park and Jonathan Dickinson State Park, exhibiting at the Treasure Coast “From The Heart” Juried Show (Opens November 7, 2013), Wellington Art Society Exhibit at Wellington City Hall (Wellington, FL, August 31 – December 31, 2013).
"Last Cypress Tree" by Durga Garcia

“Last Cypress Tree” by Durga Garcia

Many of Durga’s images can be found in Public and Private collections.  She is a South Florida based freelance professional photographer of art for artists, portraits, commercial projects & events. Durga has several long term projects and books to her credit.

"Allegory of the Maidens" by Durga Garcia

“Allegory of the Maidens” by Durga Garcia


Durga brings a most uncommon background to her pictures.  She has lived in many countries and across America, working as a racehorse trainer, equine veterinary paramedic, yoga teacher, member of the U.S. International Pistol Team and certified art appraiser.  She has parlayed her years of experience as a certified art appraiser into a special talent for conveying those nuanced details in her own work. Durga maintains her Senior Fine Art Appraisal accreditations.    She lectures on photography for area groups, camera clubs, Artists of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.  Durga hosts a blog for photographers giving tips and tricks of the business and is writing a book for kids, “Your First Photography Book”.


"Splitting Leaves" by Durga Garcia

“Splitting Leaves” by Durga Garcia

In September, 2014 Durga will take part in Palm Beach State College’s “BARK” Invitational Exhibit (Palm Beach Gardens, FL). She has been invited to Tuscany in Spring, 2014 to lead a multi-discipline workshop plus a Photo Tour of Iceland in Fall, 2014.

 Durga is a Proud Member of these Professional Associations:



For more information visit:


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Cheryl Maeder’s Artistry is Featured on Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Guide

Cheryl Maeder’s reputation as an international artist is well known, but her latest art reveal was very local!  The Rickie Report sent out a Call to Artists, which Cheryl answered.  Her photograph was chosen for the cover of the Annual Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Guide!  While you can see her art work in Paris or London, you won’t have to go that far. We are pleased to share some of Cheryl’s accomplishments in this article and tell you about some of her local upcoming exhibits!


Cheryl Maeder


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Cheryl Maeder began her photography studies while living in Switzerland at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich.  She left Switzerland and returned to the United States. After much hard work and perseverance, Maeder opened her photography studio in San Francisco. For the next 15 years, she worked as a national fine art and advertising photographer shooting campaigns for clients such as Sony, AT&T, Visa, Calvin Klein and Marriott Hotels among others. Her work was the inspiration for the Dove Campaign on “Real Women, Real Beauty”, which was shown in the United States and throughout the world.



Gary Antonio, Mayor of West Palm Beach, Jeri Muoio, Cheryl Maeder


Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, Laurel Baker shares, “Cheryl is such a nice person and SO enthusiastic – just what Palm Beach needs:  the guide theme this year is ENJOY Palm Beach – as you can see from the attached, the image, in her very special style, is of Mar-a-Lago – what greater center for enjoyment since its creation – AND the ocean site of the wreck of the Providencia from which the cocoanuts came.”


Greg Beletsky,Manager of

Greg Beletsky,Manager of Ralph Lauren, Worth Avenue and President of Merchants of Worth Avenue, Mayor of Palm Beach, Gail Cogniglio, Mayor Jeri Muoio of West Palm Beach, Cheryl Maeder


Baker goes on to say, “The image was selected for its originality, its capturing of the essence of Palm Beach – grandeur, beauty – the quintessential image of enjoyment that tantalizes all of ones senses.   This is the ninth year that the chamber has had original art for its cover – we are really looking forward to next year for a decade of art!” 


Maeder’s photography work is in the permanent collection of the Frost Museum and exhibited at Boca Museum of Art, Norton Museum and Florida Museum for Women Artists. Her work has been awarded the Artoteque Biennial Contemporary Art Award of Excellence, International Color Awards Photography Masters Cup, Women in Photography International, Hasselblad Lurzer’s International Screenings Award and was a finalist in Art Takes Miami 2012, Juried Competition by Artists Wanted & Scope Art Fair.  Her photographs have been auctioned in Sotheby’s and are collected worldwide, including Shanghai, Singapore,  Paris, London, Istanbul, Miami and Toronto.

"Far Away" by Cheryl Maeder

“Far Away” by Cheryl Maeder




Maeder began her current body of fine art work entitled Dreamscapes when she traveled through the coastal towns of the Costa Brava in Spain. Inspired by the play of light and color, she began experimenting, using her photography in a new direction. The photorealist painter uses the paintbrush to convey the world as in a photograph and Maeder, as a photographer, uses her camera as an instrument to convey the world through painterly eyes.  Part color field painter, part impressionist and part abstractionist, Cheryl Maeder conveys to the viewer the world we see is part of a larger reality and what appears to be clear and in focus is only our perception.



Artist Statement


The Dreamscapes Series are inspired by my travels to the Mediterranean coastal towns of Spain. Inspired by the play of light and color before me, I began experimenting, using my photography in a new direction. The photorealist painter uses the paintbrush to convey the world as in a photograph and I, as a photographer, use my camera as an instrument to convey the world through painterly eyes.  Part color field painter, part impressionist and part abstractionist, I want to convey to the viewer the world we see is part of a larger reality and what appears to be clear and in focus is only our perception.


"Grapefruit Girl" by Cheryl Maeder

“Grapefruit Girl” by Cheryl Maeder


“Cheryl Maeder is one of those rare talents that seems to effortlessly combine painting and photography into an engaging visual statement.  She balances realism with a soft-focused whisper of faded color, creating her works with a sprinkle of magic that leaves the viewer in a dreamy state…Maeder allows us to bring back our own nebulous memories of people and places through her photo postcard-like compositions, which are pushed to the edge of recognizability.”  Bruce Helander is an Artist & Arts Writer for and Art News Magazine.


 Exhibitions coming up:

Scope Art Fair, Miami, Galerie Mark Hachem, Paris/NY,  Booth #H09
VIP Premier Dec. 2nd
Show dates Dec. 3-8th
Sensibilities: Cheryl Maeder and Ali Miranda
Curator: Rolando Chang Barrero
ActivistArtistA Gallery Boynton Beach Art District
Dec 28th 2013 Opening
VIP Reception Jan 24th
Exhibiton Dec 28th thru Jan 31, 2014
Art Palm Beach, Galerie Mark Hachem, Paris/NY
VIP Preview Jan 23
Show dates: Jan 24th thru Jan 27th.
The Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to represent the business community, bring in speakers who can address relevant issues, provide for the exchange of ideas and strengthen the influence of commercial interests for the betterment of the entire town.  For more information about the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, please contact  Laurel Baker, Executive Director  561.655.3282 

For more information about Cheryl Maeder please visit:   or email her at



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Brigitte Balbinot SOLO Exhibit: “On Higher Grounds”

The Rickie Report is looking forward to seeing internationally known artist, Brigitte Balbinot’s newest body of work at her upcoming SOLO Exhibit at A Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter!   A percentage of sales will benefit the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of West Palm Beach.  Come for the art, refreshments, camaraderie and the good cause!  Details in this article!  What better day to see the unveiling of Brigitte’s exhibit, “On Higher Grounds”!


Brigitte Balbinot



“On Higher Grounds”

Wine and Cheese Reception


Wednesday, September 11th


6:30 – 9:00 pm



A Unique Art Gallery

226 Center St #8, Jupiter, FL

Public is Welcome

Please RSVP  561-529- 2748

The Artists Association of Jupiter proudly presents International Artist Brigitte Balbinot, A One Woman Show titled “On higher grounds”.  In the Artist’s words, the ultimate question remains… Is there something bigger than us and how does it translate into my work? During this exhibit, Brigitte Balbinot will introduce her newest work, large and medium size oil abstracts that will transport the viewer into another dimension.
The opening Reception will be held on Wednesday September 11, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at A Unique Art Gallery. Show will run through October 4th.   Proceeds from the sale of artwork will benefit the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is a limited-admission humane society and provides services to over 20,000 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens each year. Operating continuously since 1925, it has been positively impacting animal welfare and addressing overpopulation in Palm Beach County through a variety of services.


According to their website, “Our Vision is to create a community where 100% of the adoptable animals find loving homes and no animals will be euthanized because of pet overpopulation.”


Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Humane Society of the Palm Beaches, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and does not receive funding from city, county, state, or the federal government, or local organizations with similar names. We rely solely on the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations to provide quality programs and services to the community. Your donations directly support the services and programs in place to help animals in need.



“Our mission is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals; to furnish medical and other services for the care of companion animals; to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected animals; to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals, for the mutual benefit of both”. For more information contact:


"Humanity, Missing Link"

“Granite II”


Brigitte shares with us, “ Art cleanses our souls. It provoques our senses and thoughts.  We are living in difficult times surrounded by violence and ugliness. Our World is in desperate need of  added beauty, peace and harmony. Art is a conduit to the soul, with these collections I strive to inspire you… I want my art to make you think,  feel, and sometimes question… If I touch a nerve, provoque a reaction or stimulate your senses in any way,  I have succeeded.”


In a review by Carrie Turner, editor of Fine Art Views ( March, 2013), art critic Brian Sherwin is cited, “The compositional structure and use of raw texture in Balbinot’s paintings allow the imagination of the viewer to decipher meaning based on what he or she brings, psychologically speaking, to the viewing experience”.


“ I AM… therefore I PAINT! With an unquenched thirst for knowledge and understanding of the world around me, the canvas is my playground”… is one of the Artist’s famous statements. Each of her paintings may comprise up to 50 layers of oil paint using various mediums. Some pieces can take weeks and even months to be completed. She usually works on several canvases at the same time. She says, “I know my work is done when after several passes I can look at it and feel that it needs nothing more from me to be alive.”









Do not miss a chance to meet with the Artist and become acquainted with her unique vision. Also part of the event will be The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of West Palm Beach to whom 10% of all proceeds that night will be donated.


"Sacred Space"

“Sacred Space”

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 additional information call the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or email 
"Lost at Sea"

“Lost at Sea”

To reach Brigitte for more information about her art or this show, please contact:  or visit her website:


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Ronnie Hughes Master Glass Florals Astound!

Ronnie Hughes was hooked in only two weeks and once you see his glass artistry, you’ll see why!  The Rickie Report implores you to not only see his work at the upcoming Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, but to take the time and really study each piece.  See how he brings such perfection to glass flowers.   Read this article for details about the show and how Ronnie became a world-renown Master Glass Sculptor.

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Friday  March 1st  10 – 6

Saturday March 2nd  10 -6

Sunday March 3rd  11- 5

 Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach


  The Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show is professionally juried to ensure the highest level of excellence and originality in the work presented. Every piece is designed and made in artists’ studios across the U.S.



Aphrodite Orchid



The Rickie Report staff appreciates a wide variety of art forms and mediums.  When we saw Ronnie Hughes’ glass work at the 2012 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, we were stunned.  The beauty of his work and its realism were truly something to behold.  We watched, mesmerized, at his video which showed some of the multiple steps in creating these fragile masterpieces.  We walked through and enjoyed the rest of the show and then came back to his booth to speak with him.

Ronnie tells us, “I was born in 1954 and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I learned glassblowing with the help of a friend after graduating from Wake Forest University in 1976.   Soon after graduation, I learned the basics of flameworking from Al Lipkin and Michael Kennedy, two scientific glassblowers who showed me the infinite possibilities of working with borosilicate glass and a torch…only two weeks working with glass, I was hooked.”


Vanda Scadens Hypher

Vanda Scadens Orchid

“Since I had received no formal art training while getting my Bachelor’s Degree, my aptitude for glassblowing was a huge and pleasant surprise.   I originally created small works, and eventually worked with J.R.R. Tolkein “Lord of the Rings” characters and other fantasy themes.  The Tolkein flights of fantasy started my love of detail and I enjoyed creating them so much, that I decided to make glassblowing my career.  I have spent the past 36 years creating my artwork for galleries, art shows and private collections.”


In 1980, after walking upon a field full of hundreds of breathtaking Pink Lady Slippers on the Blue Ridge Parkway, he was inspired to change his subject matter completely.  He explains, ” I began creating native wildflowers and I haven’t stopped since. I had discovered what I felt was a most satisfying blend of subject matter with medium.  The Trademark qualities of my work have been the accuracy of the flower structures combined with a distinctive organic style with the use of free-formed glass bases I developed about 25+ years ago.  My sculptures have much more appeal to me as an artist with their own solid and continuous glass bases, though a more risky and time-consuming process.  I am able to capture the essence of the flower with more movement as it springs from these bases.”

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TRR:   Tell our readers more about your work:

RH: Borosilicate glass is my medium.  Using propane and oxygen-fed torches, I heat the glass to a molten state (2000-2500 degrees Fahrenheit).  At these temperatures, the glass becomes pliable enough to shape into delicate looking wildflowers.  My goal is to create original, delicate works of art while maintaining durability at the same time – a balancing act which requires diligence and careful craftsmanship.

I work by myself, employing traditional flameworking techniques to create my sculptures.  There are no molds, specialized tools, glue or paints used.  After completion, each piece is annealed at 1040 degrees Fahrenheit in a kiln then cooled gradually back to room temperature. This process removes all thermal stress from the piece, making the glass as strong as it was originally.   All pieces are then examined under a polariscope which ensures that the sculpture has been properly annealed before presenting it to the public.  My glass can be repaired by flame, which is not possible with soft glass.  This means my sculptures can retain their value after the repair.


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TRR:  The Rickie Report understands that being an artist means spending many working hours alone, especially as you described.  How do you relieve some of that pressure and network with other artists?

RH: I am proud and honored to be affiliated with The Philharmonic Center for the Arts,  Clyde Butcher Gallery,  The Galleries – Concord, NC,  The Glass Art Society,  The American Craft Council,  The Southern Highlands Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen,  Handmade in America, Piedmont Craftsmen,  Carolina Designer Craftsmen, Lexington Art League, and North Carolina Mountain Arts Alliance.

I am grateful for the opportunity to create three “exemplary teacher awards” annually via the Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University.  We are enriched also when participating with such exceptionally talented artists in the juried art shows around the country– to see beauty as well as art in its many unbelievable and various forms.


Phrag Grand Three Orchid

In March of 2005, Hughes was a featured artist in Sunshine Artist Magazine, where one of his wildflower sculptures graced the cover.   In October 2006, his two orchid sculptures took a clean sweep of First Place Awards at the 59th National Capital Orchid Society Juried Art Show in Washington, DC:  First Place in Glass, First Place in his Art Division and Eva Campbell Memorial Award for the Best Art in the Show. In 2010 and his works were included in Bandhu Dunham’s: Contemporary Lampworking Volume III released April 2010.


Throughout his decades of professional work, Hughes has exhibited widely both in juried Fine Art Shows, where he has won numerous awards, and in Art Galleries which include The Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, PA The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL,  NC Museum of Natural Sciences,  the Riley Gallery in Cleveland, OH,  just to name a few.  Hughes’ sculptures of wildflowers are avidly coveted by collectors, not only in the United States, but also internationally.  His work is represented in countless private collections in the US and abroad, as well as in corporate collections and in the collections of royalty, heads of state, and diplomats.

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

“I hope to show movement in each of my works”, Hughes says. “Although I often use colored glass as a focal point to highlight certain aspects of my work, clear glass is the prominent part of my sculptures for two reasons.  I believe that the purity of clear glass lends a mystical quality to the flowers, emphasizing the delicacy and fragility of our natural world. The transparent optical qualities of clear glass also challenge the observer to look more closely and to use his/her imagination to complete my creative vision”.  Please visit:


For more information about the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show:   General admission: $15.00. Senior Citizens $14.00 Please inquire about special group rate.



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America’s Top Underwater Photographer Presents: Sharks

Chris Guglielmo, or just “Gug” for short, is widely considered America’s top underwater photographer. He was named “Environmental Photographer of the Year” in 2011.  The Rickie Report wants to see you at his gallery in Fort Lauderdale, as he discusses the ocean’s most misunderstood inhabitants, sharks.  Read this article for details about Gug, his important conservation work and what promises to be an amazing event!  We think this is a great family opportunity!!


GUG Underwater Gallery Presents:

A Benefit for:

Shark Savers


Saturday March 2nd  7:00 – 10:00 pm

Please RSVP by March 1st:  954-579-8096

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Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark

  • $10 suggested donation at the door goes entirely to Shark Savers
  • 20% of all art sales from the evening will also be donated to Shark Savers
  • Wine and appetizers will be served.
  • Gug will release a new shark limited edition
  • There will be a raffle away a huge 60×40 gallery wrap canvas with all proceeds going to Shark Savers.


The event will be held at the Gug Underwater Gallery at 1519 E Commercial Blvd in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday March 2 from 7pm until 10pm.  Dress is casual and family and friends are all welcome.

Shark in the Dark

Shark in the Dark

Chris Guglielmo, or just “Gug” for short, is widely considered America’s top underwater photographer.  He has written for and had images published in numerous publications worldwide, has been displayed in several of the world’s most prestigious museums, and has over 40 major photography awards to his credit.



Gug recently opened his flagship art gallery in Fort Lauderdale to showcase his body of work, which includes images from more than 40 countries.  Gug is an active conservationist and he is always looking for ways to use his art as a teaching tool to help the public understand the importance of the oceans, and its most misunderstood inhabitants: sharks.Scaloped Hammerheads

Scaloped Hammerheads

Gug Underwater Gallery will be hosting a special event to benefit Shark Savers.  Shark Savers is a non-profit with over 25,000 members whose mission is to save the world’s dwindling shark and manta populations through education, establishing sanctuaries, fighting against the shark-fin trade, and by empowering divers as advocates and citizen scientists for sharks.


The Rickie Report sees the importance of educating everyone about the need for a balanced ecosystem, which includes sharks.    Here is a brief excerpt from their    We hope you will read more about their important mission.



Shark Savers is dedicated to saving sharks and mantas through building awareness, education, and action.

Founded in 2007 by divers with a shared passion, our mission is to save the world’s dwindling shark and manta populations. Today, more than 25,000 members from 99 nations share that passion.

Focusing on action and results, Shark Savers’ programs result in more protections for sharks and mantas, locally and globally. By leveraging broad professional experience and ocean expertise, Shark Savers brings this important issue to the public in many compelling forms, motivating people to stop consuming sharks and shark fin soup, working for the creation of shark sanctuaries and improved regulations, and empowering divers as advocates and citizen scientists for sharks.”


For more information email Suzanne or call

954-579-8096.   RSVP to Suzanne at by March 1.”



Sharks in Motion

For more information Chris Gug Fine Art Photographer of the Underwater World Gallery located at: 1519 E. Commercial Blvd.  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 
Gallery: 954-579-8096  Cell: 813-368-1826



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A Closer Look at David McEwen’s Art and Philosophy

Almost forty people sat quietly as they watched David McEwen create a life-like pastel portrait in two hours.  The Rickie Report has written about David’s artistry and you are now invited to his final 2013 Florida Demonstration which will take place in Lake Park.  In this article, we will share his humor, his philosophy and our experience of his demonstration at Hands Artist Supply in Delray Beach.

Easel Arts Presents


David McEwen: Demonstration of Pastels


Saturday  February 23rd

11:00 – 1:00

 Special Prize Drawing and Discounts for Those Attending

RSVP   561-844-3111 or

Easel Art Supply Center is located at 810 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL 33403


We sat amid over 40 people watching as David McEwen took us from photograph to an almost complete portrait in two hours.  David’s focus was Irene Sedler, a woman of over 100 years old who died recently in 2012.    David chose Irene because she was an unusual woman.  During WWII, she hid children from the Nazis and kept their family’s information in jars buried in her yard.  Her hope was to reunite the children with their parents after the Nazis left, but the parents never returned.  He says, ” I enjoy drawing older people because they have character.”  The room is quiet as he takes pastels and puts them to paper.

McEwen always begins with a pencil drawing and strongly suggests that artists practice drawing at least 10 minutes a day, using inexpensive pencils and paper.  He relates that he believes the most important word is “practice”.  Throughout this demonstration, David is quick witted and easily relates to the audience.  He is eager to share his philosophies of artistry and life in general and is swift in dispelling many myths about “great artists” or “real artists”.


  • Real artists never use photographs (“rubbish”)
  • Ignore it when people say  “Never use black” ( he quotes Manet who referred to Black being “The Queen of Colours” and “Turner who said if I can find something blacker than black I’ll use it”  ( Turner used bitumen in some of his paintings ). 
  • Norman Rockwell was just an illustrator ( He is the most underrated portrait artist by far)



After McEwen’s photos are processed, he uses a computer generated digital projector to give him a more realistic 3D view of the photograph (He knows some will say it is a “cheating machine”).  He expounds about the need to train yourself for better accuracy.  He claims that after so much practice, your eye will automatically see in this manner without the need of the projector.  He also uses an illuminated magnifying glass and daylight corrected light bulbs.

  • There are no rules about anything!
  • If it works, do it!
  • If it doesn’t work, find another way to do it!



Sometimes David will begin with the background and other times, the main features of the person.  As the painting progresses the woman truly emerges under his fingers and through the paper.


  • Some people say they have a hard time drawing hands.  Everything begins with geometric shapes. Make the shapes and the hands will develop.
  • Practice!


Interestingly, David does not always have confidence that a piece will turn out right.  He often works on 5-10 paintings at any one time.  They are each in his studio hanging or on easels, so he sees them all, as he is working on another piece at the moment.  He’ll get a flash of an idea or inspiration about one of the others and move to that one.


  • How do you know when to stop working on a piece?
  • When you get tired
  • When you get bored
  • When you can’t do it YET!


He implores the audience to, ” experiment with color and keep notes as you experiment.  Make your own color wheel; try different primaries…the color green is the most confusing and confounding of shades…write everything down so you can replicate what you like.”


All of this preparation is necessary to make a good painting, according to McEwen.  He uses expensive brushes because they last longer and he believes have better quality (Daler Rowney).  He has used Derwent pencils all of his life and relates his partiality to his having visited the factory in the UK as a child.  David thins his pastels with water and uses his fingers (preferably with thin gloves due to his allergy to the medium, though he forgot to use them today). To thin wax, he uses white spirits rather than turpentine because it has no odor.   David prefers Mi-Teintes papers by Canson and eschews using charcoal.


The artist exclaims, “The woman is starting to arrive out of the paper!”  And indeed, she is!


An audience member asks, “What is good art?”  David tells us, ” Bad art is everywhere.  Bad music comes and goes.  Same with bad poetry. Bad books usually don’t get published….Good art is what you like!  If the story and the painting move you, buy it!”   He tells the story about the cave dweller who drew the second cave painting and was taunted for producing a “derivative”.


  • There is nothing wrong with being a derivative!
  • You can teach anyone the techniques of applying color, but to really make art come alive, it has to be in your heart.  David believes in “genetic talent”.


He quotes St. Francis of Assisi: “He who works with his hands is a laborer.  He who works with his head is a craftsman.  He who works with his heart is an artist.”  McEwen, who likes more detail, tends to stay with realism.  He shares,” I don’t feel I am painting. I feel like I am celebrating the thing itself.”


  • We are filled with doubt
  • We are filled with fear
  • We compare ourselves to others

He quotes Robert Hughes, ” ‘The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize’.  We must overcome these fears and doubts and follow our hearts to make good art.”  And that is exactly what David McEwen is doing.    

In 2012 David was elected to be an Associate Member of The Society of Equestrian Painters. He is represented by Jaynie Spector of The Dog and Horse Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina and by Dan and Carol Lynne at Forms, Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida.His work has been included in several magazines and The International Artist named him as a “master painter of the world”.  In 2003 he was a runner-up in S.A.A.’s “Painter of the Year”.

Previously completed portrait of same woman

Previously completed portrait of same woman

For more information:   or email Sally Mcewen at  Forms Gallery is located at 415 E. Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, Florida.  The gallery is open 7 days a week.  Give yourself a treat and discover more of David McEwen’s work as well as the exciting cultures of the contemporary Southwest as expressed by the best of today’s artists. For more information call Forms toll free at (888) 274-3676 or (561) 274-FORM or

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SOLO Art Exhibit of Dina Gustin Baker at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Every art exhibit deserves an audience. This SOLO exhibit is truly special because it is a window into the life of an influential artist who lives among us.  The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will celebrate Dina Gustin Baker’s 70+ year career as an artist!  The Rickie Report knows you won’t want to miss this event, with free admission to the public. Let’s celebrate Dina’s artistry together!



Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Announces Solo Exhibition

Dina Gustin Baker

 An Artist whose career and vision spans 70-plus years

Exhibition runs February 9 – March 9

In the Cultural Council’s Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Gallery

 The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce a Solo Exhibition by Dina Gustin Baker, an artist whose career and vision spans 70 – plus years. The free exhibition, comprised of a sampling of Baker’s original oil paintings, will be on display from February 9 – March 9 in the Cultural Council’s Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Gallery, of its headquarters, 601 Lake Avenue, in Lake Worth.


Millenium's Children VIII

Millenium’s Children VIII

For Baker, painting is “poetry without words, music without sound and freedom without loss.” Through that personal quote, her abstract paintings convey her true self: a woman who is steadfast, strong, and absolute – and an artistic force. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baker’s career began in the early 1940s with conversations with Dr. Barnes of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, having been awarded a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York City, and soon enough surrounded by the true greats of their time – Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willlem de Kooning, the list goes on. “It has been my life and I work every day,” said Baker, who enjoys painting in her West Palm Beach studio.


Red by Red

Red by Red

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to show Dina’s extraordinary works in our gallery,” said Rena Blades, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “Her show illustrates experimentation and expressiveness in style, form and color, and illustrates her life experience.“


Both Baker’s earliest works dating back to the 1940s, and works created throughout her expansive career have been featured in various prestigious national and international spaces, and many of her works are on display in several lauded permanent collections. Among the many galleries and museums that have featured Baker’s works are: Walter Wickiser Gallery, Inc., The Ezair Gallery, and the Adlung Gallery, in New York City and Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. In Germany, her works have been featured in the Amerika House in Hamburg, Munich; and the Regensberg Museum, in Regensburg. Baker’s works, housed in permanent collections, are on display at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, in Boca Raton; the Bergen Museum, in Paramus, New Jersey; Barnes Foundation, in Merion, Pennsylvania; and Rutgers University, in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound


Baker has been honored with several distinguished scholarships to several prestigious art colleges and institutes. She attended the Temple Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and The Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania; The Art Students League in New York City; Atelier 17, in New York City; The Edward MacDowell Fellow Program, in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and The Virginia Center for The Creative Arts, in Charlottesville, Virginia.


To learn more about Dina Gustin Baker and view her work, visit


About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:


The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. The Cultural Council’s responsibilities include marketing the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences. For more information, please visit  Admission to the Cultural Council is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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From France to Florida, David McEwen Offers Classes

When we first walked into Forms Gallery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, The Rickie Report was mesmerized by the paintings of David McEwen.  We had missed his short visit to Florida and followed him via email to his home in France.  His blog entries are captivating enough – but now you have the chance to meet him and take a lesson while he is back in our area!

The King, David

The King, David

David shares, “People keep telling me that I paint too many different things, that my work is too eclectic, that I should specialise. Er…….why……? I paint the things that give me a buzz, things that I love, things that I want to CELEBRATE. Each of these works are, in some sense, a speciality…I specialise in Colour and Light.”

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead

Born in England, David first studied Fine Art under Victor Passmore at age 13.  McEwen tells us, “He made me draw for a year and then mix colours and learn my craft for another year. I returned to Art School in the 70’s when Lecturers just didn’t care what you did so that I can honestly claim since my first day there I’m self taught!”



There are many influences on his work including other painters whose works he loves, the Masters and Remington.  He has the highest regard for Norman Rockwell. 

Pascal's Breakfast

Pascal’s Breakfast

“There is one painter who influenced my work throughout my life, whose encouragement has helped me more than anybody … my brother, Christopher. He’s a painter with imagination and real talent.”

David’s sense of humor is easy to appreciate and understand, as he tells us how he met Sally: ” For the next twenty years or so I rambled from job to job until, in the early 90’s, I met somebody who found enough in my work to really encourage me to paint, paint and paint some more……and, Dear Reader, she married me.”  We love his blog entries!



Between 1992 and 1997 David worked on over 700 commissions. In 1993, he “became a full-time painter (not an Artist, they wander, looking pale and interesting, until struck by the ‘ Muse ‘ ) and have only one regret; that I didn’t do it sooner !,” he says.


Pointing the Way

Pointing the Way

In 1997 , he and Sally moved to Southern France and set up a Painting Holiday Centre. David tells The Rickie Report that since then, “we’ve met people who have arranged painting and teaching trips to The Falkland Islands, teaching and exhibiting trips to San Diego and Delray Beach, painting trips to Venice, Barcelona, Jerez, Paris and, well………. basically, all over Europe.  So apart from saying I love Sal to bits; am seriously proud of my grandchildren, I think that painting is the best job in the world…”.



In 2012 David was elected to be an Associate Member of The Society of Equestrian Painters. He is represented by Jaynie Spector of The Dog and Horse Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina and by Dan and Carol Lynne at Forms, Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida.His work has been included in several magazines and The International Artist named him as a “master painter of the world”.  In 2003 he was a runner-up in S.A.A.’s “Painter of the Year”.


David will be giving courses at Jean Hutchisons house in Delray Beach.  Places are limited. 

Thursday 31st Jan and Friday 1st Feb – 10am – 1pm
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th Feb same times
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th Feb same times.

Please call  561. 278. 4479 to inquire about classes and books your space.

David will also be demonstrating pastels at Hands Art Shop, Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach on Wednesday 6th February 1pm to 3pm. 

For more information:   or email Sally Mcewen at  Forms Gallery is located at 415 E. Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, Florida.  The gallery is open 7 days a week.  Give yourself a treat and discover the exciting cultures of the contemporary Southwest as expressed by the best of today’s artists. For more information call Forms toll free at (888) 274-3676 or (561) 274-FORM 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



Yoram Gal Featured at Event

Art festivals often announce their dates and venues with colorful posters.  When The Rickie Report saw what led by Patty Norozny, chose for the Boca Raton Fine Art Show January 19th & 20th, we were impressed not only by the art but by the quality of the printing. You can actually see the brush strokes used by international actor and artist, Yoram Gal to bring brilliance to the page!  Here, we highlight his work and know this show will be exciting!





Yoram Gal was born in Jerusalem  in 1952.  He grew up and was educated in both London and Tel-Aviv.  Gal began painting at age 12 and has been exhibiting his artwork since age13.  At the young age of  accepted to Art College at 15 but decided against it. He  attended Tel-Aviv University graduating with Honors BFA in Theater acting and directing.


Since 1977, Yoram has written plays for stage and screen, directs, acts and produces shows in his Traveling Theater. He is an actor in Israeli, British and American movies.  In addition, he designs theatrical scenery and exhibits shows of his paintings.  Yoram has lived and works in Old Jaffa since 1978.  A prolific artist, he has had fourteen One-Man exhibitions of his paintings.

Participating in international film festivals, his feature film, “WILD” which he wrote and directed won 1st prize for Best Feature Film in Picciano, Italy, 2001.  That same year, he co-wrote  a play with Nili Dolan, “The Old Man & I” which won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize.  In 2009, his first illustrated e-book was published, “The Secret of America” and is available on Amazon.


Yoram has been invited to participate in many art events in the USA 2002-2011, & the Firenze Biennale, Italy 2005 as well as the Beijing International Art Expo, China 2011.  In August, 2011, the Fu ZheNan Museum in Nanjin, China, acquired 12 major pieces.  The next year,  at the Biennale at Stanback museum SC, 5 major works were acquired.  Gal has received  31 awards in American Art shows between 2004 and 2012.

He tells us that his main influences include “Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Mattisse, Bacon, Miro, Hockney, Nolde, Munk, Ensor, Bruegel, Michelangelo, Kandinsky, De Kooning, Turner, Bonnard, Daumier, Soutine, Nahum Guttman, Fima and the Expressionists”.


Yoram Gal gives us a synopsis of his artist’s view:  “In Hamlet’s words: “To hold a mirror up to nature”: Paint as wide a range of modern life’s rich diversity as I can, capturing fleeting moments of dramatic, comic and lyrical interactions between people. Juicifying the changing landscapes of our times on paper and canvas, stretching the styles of painting from realism to abstract, through my own expressionism. Experimenting in dangerous non-comfort zones, striving to go beyond my previous piece into something I did not know before. Starting from scratch, daily, working at re-inventing my painting like a child. Having fun celebrating my decades on earth in the most colorful, joyful and intense way I can. Joie-de-vivre is my motto.”     For more information about the artist,    USA cell  480-993-4198  Israel cell 052-3943410.  Studio – 19 Netiv Hamazalot   Old Jaffa 68037 Israel  972-3-6813274







 4th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show 


January 19 & 20, 2013

Saturday and Sunday  10:00 – 5:00

This Outdoor show will be in a New Location in Downtown Boca!

On Federal Highway at Palmetto Park Road

Adjacent to and including newly renovated Sanborn Square Park

The following roads will be closed from Friday, January 19th at 1:00 pm until Sunday, January 20th at 10:00 pm:

  • Federal Hwy closed from NE 2nd St. to Palmetto Park Road
  • NE 1st Ave closed adjacent to Sanborn Square Park
  • E. Boca Raton closed from Mizner Blvd to NE 1st Ave

For more information about this event please contact Patty Narozny : with any questions or go to:


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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420