World Premiere Of New Musical, Miriam And The Women Of The Desert, By Sheila Firestone Takes Place February 24 In Delray Beach

A new musical, Miriam and the Women of the Desert, composed by Sheila Firestone will premiere on February 24 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, FL. This fascinating Biblical story of Miriam and the women who surrounded her is told in a staged concert with a cast of talented singers. The story’s relevance references today’s  women’s movement for equality.  Sheila is an accomplished composer whose works have been played world wide.  The premiere in Delray Beach will be followed by performances at the Empire Stage Theater in Ft. Lauderdale from March 28 – April 7.   Sheila incorporates music, original visual arts, and the performing arts in her staging.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





The cast of  Miriam and the Women of the Desert” by Sheila Firestone
Shown here: “Burning Bush”© ,original artwork by Bonita Tabakin




The fully staged production of Sheila Firestone’s new musical, with a cast of talented singers and original artwork by Bonita Tabakin:

“Miriam and the Women of the Desert”

Sunday,  February 24, 2019
4:00  – 5:15  pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
188 South Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444


Thursday, March 28 through April 7, 2019

Empire Stage Theater

  1140 N. Flagler Dr.  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 


Buy Tickets



Sheila Firestone tells The Rickie Report, “Sitting on the hilltop near Carmiel, in a small community in northern Israel, I hear the chanting of Arab evening prayers around me.  While visiting my family and firstborn grandchild, I am inspired by the beauty of the hills, the calls to prayer, the light, and the voices singing in my head.  Yearly visits to the land of Israel bring new insights and visions. I did not know then that a musical work was growing and that it would take over twenty-two years to complete.”

“After the Storm”© by Bonita Tabakin

Music Director, David Presler, says, ” Florida audiences will be the first to see and enjoy Miriam and the Women of the Desert. It tells the story of the Hebrews’ exodus from Egypt through the eyes of Miriam the prophetess, sister of Moses and Aaron. The work takes audiences on a musical journey, exploring family relationships, aspects of love and generational heritage.  The production has a cast of seven professionally trained singers”. Costumes recreate Biblical garb, and the original art pieces of the scenic design, created by artist Bonita Tabakin, depict the mood of the desert. 



“The Birthing Tent”© By Bonita Tabakin

Miriam’s story of her journey through the desert, surrounded by other Biblical women – Zipporah, Yocheved and the midwives – is drawn from texts of the Torah and Midrash. “This musical is the realization of a vision started in Israel that spans many years of musical study and interest in religion, particularly regarding the role of Biblical women and their family relationships,” says Sheila Firestone.


Bonita Tabakin’s art is the backdrop during various scenes of this production.  She depicts woman’s struggles (stories) from The Bible and the 12 books of The Kabballah.  Her work draws  the audience into deeper connections with the singers.  Bonita’s passion has always been “G_d’s set design”. Bonita has been juried into 17 International Biennale art exhibits to represent the US with 59 other countries.  She has been awarded Best in Show by 3 international curators. Ms. Tabakin earned her MBA, MFA, and AA (design and biochemistry).


“The Red Sea Escape”© by Bonita Tabakin




Sheila Firestone is an accomplished composer who has studied musical composition since 1987.  As a Delian Society member, Sheila’s orchestral works have been performed in Seattle, WA, France, England and Japan. Her Trio and Dance composition was performed in Washington, DC.  Abraham Lincoln, a choral work, was published in Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln Commemorative Collage produced by the National League of American Pen Women. Ms. Firestone is the Music Chair of the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and was Branch President from 2014 to 2018.  She was recently juried into Adding our Voices: The Jewish Torah of Women in Song, and the Kol Isha Songbook. 


To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite or


Listen to South Florida Live talk show speaking about Miriam and the Women of the Desert:

For more information about Miriam and the Women of the Desert or to schedule an interview, please contact Sheila Firestone at  (561) 391-3610   

Visit Sheila’s website:


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Whitespace Col-Lect Announces Pop-Up Show In Chicago November 2-4, 2018

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection, is taking Col-lect on the road to Chicago!  Stop by the Four Seasons Hotel on November 2nd, 3rd,and 4th, 2018 to see the newest curated wearable art exhibition!  Be Unique! Buy Unique! Give Unique!  The Rickie Report shares the details plus some sneak peeks!  Local art lovers, mark your calendars for the Opening Weekend at Whitespace in West Palm Beach starting November 9th through 11th.






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New Studio For The Visual Arts Announces Classes And Workshops. No Membership Fee. No Registration Fee. Prorating Class Fees Are Available. Learn At Your Own Pace. Learn Your Own Style.

The New Studio for the Visual Arts shares their Fall Class Schedule (drawing, portraiture, oil painting, watercolor, pastels and photography) and events, which begin October 29 and run through December 22, 2018.  Don’t miss a special exhibition by Shawn Escott and meet internationally known artist, Paul Critchley. Enjoy Lunch and Learn with Joan Lipton, Elio Camacho‘s Still Life Oil Painting Demonstration, take Rafael Lima‘s “Writing your life story – a memoir workshop”, or explore encaustic and abstract painting with Heidi Mayfield.  NSVA has a warm, welcoming atmosphere, where learning is FUN!  There is No membership fee, No registration fee, and Prorating Class Fees are available.  The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t wait to see what you create!





The New Studio for the Visual Arts mission:

Nurture a vibrant arts community

Foster artistic excellence

Lower the barriers to participation in the arts

Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 




November 2018 Classes And Events



Lunch & Learn with Joan Lipton:

Wednesday, Nov. 7th

12:00 – 2:00pm


“Comparing Masterpieces from the Past to the Present”

Lunch and lecture presentation will be held at the Eastpointe Country Club.














Joan Lipton, Ph.D. is an independent lecturer and art historian who has held numerous workshops in colleges, alumni associations, adult education centers and libraries in New York City and New Jersey. She has an M.A. from Hunter College, New York, with a specialization in the Renaissance and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City of New York, with a specialization in 19th and 20th-century art.



Rafael Lima “Writing your life story – a memoir workshop”

November 9, 10:00 – 4:00pm

At Jonathan Dickinson State Park










This workshop will explore the types of memoirs—coming of age, adversity, relationship, career, and travel – as well as help you develop techniques in writing your life experiences with the finesse of fiction. Additionally the workshop will explore traditional publishing opportunities as well as the new on-line world of publishing and how to gain readership in the new self-publishing marketplace.

Rafael Lima is a Miami novelist, screenwriter, playwright and journalist.  Lima’s first full length play, “El Salvador,” was developed and staged at the Circle Repertory Theater in New York and published by Samuel French and Applause books.  After a successful career as a playwright Lima moved to Los Angeles where he wrote feature screenplays for Paramount, Disney, Castle Rock and Desi-Lu Productions. Rafael teaches writing at the University of Miami and conducts writing seminars and workshops all over the country. His own memoir “Cuba the Trip Back” was an Amazon bestseller.



Shawn Escott Exhibition:

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 9th

5:30 – 7:30 pm 

Exhibit Available November 5 – November 30












View Shawn Escott’s recent figurative and portrait drawings, studio and plein air paintings. Shawn is a master of emotional painting – a playful fusion of joy and discipline that comes through in each stroke and able to infuse life, vitality and energy that shows in subtle brush work, bold color choices, and an innate understanding of the elements that make truly memorable paintings.


Meet & Greet with Shawn Escott and Paul Critchley:

Friday, November 9th

5:30 – 7:30  pm









Join us for an opportunity to talk first hand with local artist Shawn Escott and Paul Critchley, internationally acclaimed British artist from Farindola, Italy.



Elio Camacho Still Life Oil Painting Demonstration:

Monday, November 12th

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Suggested donation…$10











As a painting instructor, Elio provides students with the foundation necessary to be creative. His goal is to assist students in capturing the particular mood of the moment and to express themselves in a bold and colorful way, while capturing the beauty and spontaneity of nature.

Mark your calendar for his workshop: April 1 – April 3, 2019  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

An Evening with Paul Critchley,  Lecture:

Award winning internationally recognized English born artist from Farindola, Italy.

Thursday, November 15th

6:30 – 8:30pm

Suggested donation…$20

Learn about Paul’s creative process in the development of his unique artwork and the origins of his very unique style.  The definition of realism takes on a new meaning when the paintings are shaped in perspective because a ‘realistic’ painting in a square or rectangle relies on the acceptance by the viewer that they are looking at an illusion presented to them in an arbitrarily imposed shape. But when a painting is shaped to look like the object represented when seen in perspective, such as a painting of a door – which actually opens and closes like a real door – then the illusion of reality is intensified. Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe this increased realism as ‘supra-realism’.

He presently is exhibiting with De Twee Pauwen, The Hague, The Netherlands and Bel-Air Fine Art, Miami.  Paul has shown in more than 200 Group Exhibitions, including: The 57th ‘Bienale di Venezia’, Italy, 2017 – Bel-Air Fine Art, Paris, France Maddox Gallery, London, Galerie Blondel, Paris, France, Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Vladikavkaz, Russia.  Paul has participated in 36 Solo Exhibitions since 1987 and Over 61 International Art Fairs since 1985. Rotterdam Contemporary, The Netherlands,, Art Karlsruhe, Germany (solo), Moniker, London, Art.Fair Cologne, Germany (Solo shows 2014 – 2015), SCOPE, Basel, Switzerland (Solo show 2013).



Heidi Mayfield Encaustic and Abstract Painting Workshop


Saturday, November 17 – 18th     9:00 am – 4:00 pm   $300

Abstract Painting:  

November 19, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm   $150

Heidi was born in Charlottesville, VA into a family of artists, creators and musicians. Surrounded all her growing years with the ever inspiring beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, her aesthetic sensibilities became acute and her love for natural forms, shapes have been her inspiration for her art. She was first introduced to encaustic wax and oil painting when she watched her mother paint with as a child. Heidi studied pottery, at Piedmont Virginia Community College and then again at Daytona Community College before attending the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she studied graphic design. Her art training became invaluable in her art career working with interior designers all over South Florida creating custom, commissioned art and murals for their clients. 







No membership fee!
No registration fee!
Prorating available!

Sign up today.

Call 561-295-5712






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Mandel JCC In Palm Beach Gardens Welcomes Jerry Gotkin’s “Opal Exhibit” On February 14th

On February 14, the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches will have the pleasure of welcoming local artist Jerry Gotkin and his “Opal” Collection. The Opening Reception  will give patrons the opportunity to not only preview the new collection, but to meet with the artist himself.  The work will be on display every day at the JCC through Friday, March 31st.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




5221 Hood Road Palm Beach Gardens


Mandel JCC In Palm Beach Gardens Welcomes Jerry Gotkin’s “Opal Exhibit”

 Opening Reception:

Tuesday, February 14 | 5:30-7:30 pm

Exhibition Dates:

Tuesday, February 14 – Friday, March 31


“Morikami Summer” by Jerry Gotkin





The Gotkin Art Studio was opened in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 1963. In 2007, the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery Libraries in Washington, D.C. established a catalogue: “Marjorie and Jerry Gotkin Collection 1965-2007” that includes reproductions of their works, exhibitions, reviews, contracts and biographies. This talented individual has designed art for Off-Broadway productions, Bank of America, Copeland Davis (jazz pianist) and many more. Most recently, several works from his Morikami series have been installed at the Vitas Community Life Center in Delray Beach.


“Orchids Compilation” by Jerry Gotkin


Jerry slowly migrated to Florida from Brooklyn New York, where he was born in 1936. He received a Master’s Degree from Columbia and he also briefly studied at the Brooklyn Museum in the 50’s. His work focuses on various uses of oils, pastels, pen, ink, watercolors, acrylics, and fine-art photography.  After meeting his wife in 1961, they moved to Cape Cod where they opened their first art studio. By 1963, they moved to the Upper West Side in Manhattan and opened the Gotkin Art Studio. Additionally, his work was featured in the Panoras Gallery and he was commissioned to do a series of paintings of the New York skyline for the Sperry Rang Building. In recent years, he has had his artwork on display at the Hollywood Memorial Hospital, Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Morikami Museum, Golden Anchor Art Gallery, Banker’s Trust Corporate branch, and on Atlantic Avenue.


“Cloud And Water Guest” by Jerry Gotkin

Additionally, Jerry has published five arts books, “The Gardens of Hospice by the Sea”, “The Tall Ships Watercolors/Gouache The Art of Marjorie Gotkin”, “Still Life/Floral Watercolor/Gouache: The Art of Marjorie Gotkin”, “Marjorie’s Table: The Material and Instruments of Art as Art, “Orchids: An Intimate Portrait of Beauty”, and Morkiami Pen and Ink Drawings.


“Orchids” by Jerry Gotkin

The Cape Cod Standard Times has said that “The series of oil on paper of the land and seascapes places him as a modern day Impressionist.”  



For more information on his exhibit, please visit:

or contact

The event will take place at the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens at 5221 Hood Road.





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Wearable Art, Couture And Photography Combine At Fashion Week

Fusion Fashion & Art Productions is winning fashion and business for the Palm Beaches & Florida!  Success follows Palm Beach International Fashion Week produced by Lilyana Eisele. The kick-off on Sunday, October 25th will be an Absolute Auction. Pieces include couture jewelry by Palm Beach designer Idalia Baudo, flamed glass jewelry by international artist Chadd Lacy, and kinetic art by award winning artist Elayna Toby. In person, phone and email bids welcome. Palm Beach Swim Week is coming November 5th – 8th and will be presented at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Stop by Habatat Galleries tomorrow night for the auction and get ready to make Palm Beach County a Fashion Destination!




Fashion District – Absolute Art Auction

Sunday October 25, 2015

    6:00 to 9:00 PM EDT

Habatat Gallery


513 Clematis Street      W.Palm Beach, FL 33401

Register Here






Lilyana Eisele tells The Rickie Report, “We are founding a Fashion District to create jobs, improve our communities and increase education. The proceeds from this fundraiser are part of these ongoing efforts. The fashion and apparel industry is a $3,000 trillion industry worldwide and the U.S. imports 97% of its fashion and apparel for retail. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics,  98 other occupations depend on the Fashion & Apparel industry for employment. Small changes can have a huge impact”.




This fundraiser is in conjunction with the production of Palm Beach Swim Week’s fashion shows. This Absolute Auction means everything will be sold to the highest bidder. 


In person, phone and email bids are welcome.  

Get more information:

Lilyana Eisele
Fusion Fashion & Art Productions


Sponsors include: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Prado Spa & Salon, Premiere Dental Care, Aqua Plastic Surgery, Table 427, VIP tv, DMZ tv, Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry.  This event is Endorsed by: Palm Beach Film & Television Commission &
Florida Fashion & Apparel Chamber of Commerce.






Fashion weekModel Kate Upton on the runway

Fashion Week Model, Kate Upton on the Runway

Photo by James Eisele Photography




Fashion District – Swim Week

The 4th Annual Fashion Production


Fusion Fashion & Art Productions





Years in Review Photos by James Eisele Photography


From Thursday November 5th through Sunday the 8th runway shows will start at 6pm and conclude at approximately 9pm. Fashions debuted on the runway will be the upcoming trends in the Palm Beaches for 2016 in swimwear, resort wear, and accessories.


FashionweekGetting ready for a runway walk

Getting Ready  Photo by James Eisele Photography

Even show producer, Lilyana Eisele, was interviewed and published in Everybody Magazine. When it comes to bringing fashion to Palm Beach she was hailed by the magazine editor as “the matriarch of it all.” The article further cites the Palm Beaches as one of the most beautiful and fashionable places on Earth.



Lilyana tells us, “Some designers have more than doubled their business size and expanded production by 150%. Many of the designers are Florida based and also produce their lines in Florida. In addition, the materials to create the line are often bought from Florida businesses. This supports other businesses and also creates jobs which support our communities”.



FashionweekBehind the scenes at a runway fashion show

Behind The Scenes Photo by James Eisele Photography



Over 100 fashion designers have applied to be in the shows and many have specifically designed their clothing line to be featured in the style and spirit of the Palm Beaches. Last year Fusion Fashion & Art produced the largest fashion week in the state of Florida under one roof. 




FashionweekSwimsuit Runway

Swimsuit Runway Photo by James Eisele Photography



Runway is the extreme sport of fashion photographers and this year’s Palm Beach Swim Week has already drawn the attention of national and international fashion photographers and press. Over 200 request for media passes have been submitted for the shows. Over 500 local, national, and international models have applied to walk the runway in the shows.




This year’s partnership with the Photographic Center and co-presenter the American Society of Media Photographers offers unique opportunities for photographers, models and other industry professionals to engage with the Photographic Center and learn more about it. ASMP brings valuable knowledge to the national photographic community.



About the American Society of Media Photographers:
The American Society is a 501(c)3 professional arts organization founded in 1944. ASMP has 39 chapters and promotes photographers’ rights, provides education in better business practices, produces business publications for photographers, and helps photographers to connect purchasers with professional photography. For more information, please visit




About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:

The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit or Palm Beach Photographic Centre is a 501(c)3 nonprofits arts organization dedicated to the enhancement of community through the photographic arts.

Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry, the same team that helped set the fashion week record last year, will be providing the new looks for the 2016 hair and makeup trends for the SWIM WEEK shows. New York DJ Angel Negron will be creating unique music for the shows, all inspired by the Palm Beaches.




For more information please contact:

Lilyana Eisele
FUSION Fashion & Art Productions, Inc.



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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Art Synergy Needs Volunteers at Our Art Palm Beach Booth

Attend Art Palm Beach at no charge, when you volunteer at the Art Synergy 2015 Booth. It is Art Synergy’s 2nd Annual Palm Beach Art juried exhibition. Mingle with the artists and art buyers before or after your shift. Share and ask some friends to join you for this remarkable opportunity! The Rickie Report shares the details and hours when we need volunteers to hand out informational brochures.  Artists and Gallerists: this is a great opportunity to network with art patrons.






ART SYNERGY’s  2nd Annual


BOOTH# 718




Palm Beach County Convention Center

                   650 Okeechobee Boulevard     W.Palm Beach, Florida 33401



“Art Synergy’s 2nd Annual Palm Beach Art,” is an exhibition of works by professional artists residing in Palm Beach County juried by Paul Fisher and Rolando Chang Barrero.  20 selected works will be on display at ArtPalmBeach, which is internationally renowned as the premiere mid-winter contemporary art fair on Florida’s Gold Coast by both art critics and enthusiasts. Celebrating its 18th year, it is Palm Beach County’s longest running fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern master works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Over 85 international galleries will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, as well as functional and innovative design. 


ArtPalmBeach/ Art Synergy 2015 Booth Hours:

Thur, Jan 22 -­ 12 pm -­ 7 pm
Fri, Jan 23 ­- 12 pm ­- 7 pm
Sat, Jan 24 -­ 12 pm -­ 7 pm
Sun, Jan 25 ­- 12 pm -­ 6 pm

Dress:  semi-formal, eclectic


Here is a direct link to the form



It is Palm Beach County’s milestone moment. Palm Beach County has a great legacy in supporting the arts and is home to many of Florida’s leading art and cultural institutions. Art Synergy 2015 creates a new bridge for winter residents and Art Palm Beach visitors to explore this cultural legacy.  Art Synergy’s 2nd year creates an annual destination to enjoy Palm Beach County Art Week events.”, Lee Ann Lester, Founder and Director of Art Palm Beach, stated.


For more information about Art Synergy 2015’s events at the nine Art Districts, please visit:


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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Whitespace Collection Is Open; Also Offering Special Art Tour to Holland and Brussels

Whitespace Collection’s booth at Art Palm Beach was nearly impossible to approach – there were so many people interested in what they were offering!  Now is your chance to visit Whitespace in a more leisurely way and enjoy everything the Mordes’ have to share.  In addition, Elayne and Marvin are planning their newest Art Adventure to Holland and Brussels!  We hear that there are still spaces available. The Rickie Report shares the details here.


Whitespace Collection

 Art Adventure: Holland + Brussels

In Amsterdam   FOAM Museum – Richard Mosse – “the Enclave”  this is the exhibition from the Irish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.  It was fantastic !!
                                In Den Haag:  Mondrian and Cubism – the largest collection of Modrian in the world…
                                                            Thomas Houseago – mid-career retrospective
            Space is available. 
Please join us for a fabulous adventure.
This is shaping up to be our best ART ADVENTURE to date!!!
Don’t miss this program!
UPDATE:  some exhibitions that we will be visiting on this program:
– In Brussels:  Christina Igleias
-In Holland: Jeff Wall, Marcel Wanders, Felix Vallotton, Brancusi-rosso and Man Ray, in Den Haag –  Photo as Figure,

In Tilburg at De Pont – Dan Graham- amazing private collections and foundations….

Art Adventures + Whitespace
is pleased to announce
Sunday, April 27 – Sunday, May 4, 2014
an optional pre-Holland program
Thursday, April 24 – Sunday, April 27
with transfer to Amsterdam included
**** the number of participants for this program will be limited****
2014 – Holland Art Adventures
Hotel:  5 star luxury Andaz located on the Prince’s canal in Amsterdam center
            – Designed by Marcel Wanders
-includes 7 nights with all food, motor coach transport, curators, guides and entrances
-curated tours of the Rijksmuseum, the CoBrA Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum
-curated tour of de Appel contemporary art foundation
-De Pont Museum in Tilberg
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen  and Witte de Witt in Rotterdam
-private collections
-private foundations
-Artist studio visits
-Gallery visits
-collections in Rotterdam and the Hague
-weather permitting a tour of Keukenhof – the tulip capitol of the world!
………………and as usual – MORE TO COME
+ 2014 Belgium. Brussels
……….. (for previous Art Adventure’s travellers to Belgium – a totally new progam)
– VIP entrance and opening night at one of Europe’s best Art Fairs. – ArtBrussels 2014
– 3 nights at luxury hotel with all meals, motor coach transport, entrances and curators
– Curated visit to Villa Empain private contemporary art foundation
– private collections and foundations
-Van Haerents Collection
– Artist studios
– Cocktail reception at Pierre Marie Giraud’s new townhouse gallery
– cocktail reception at Xavier Hufkens Gallery
– Curated tour of the Dhondt-Dhaenens Museum – the Tobias Twins Exhibition
– And as usual……………. MORE TO COME


Contemporary art venues for the discerning collector…….



Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Sunday, May 4, 2014



*** an optional pre-Holland program to Brussels ***

Thursday, april 24 – Sunday, April 27


Deluxe motorcoach transfer to Amsterdam included




***The number of participants for this program will be limited***



 Enclosed please find my check in full for $__________ for ______ place(s) on the enclosed proposed program.

Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) accepted with a 4% fee.


Return by mail, a check (or credit card info – name as appears on card, billing address, zip, card number, expiration date  and security code) made out to Art Adventures along with this signed and completed registration form (both pages) to:

             Art Adventures

2805 N. Australian Ave

West Palm Beach, Florida  33407

Fax: 561.842.4132


****Please check the appropriate box below if you will be attending the Brussels Program portion.

Brussels      Attending ____        Not attending _____

Holland       Attending ____


Rooms are located in the following Hotel for Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht    Prinsengracht 587   1016 HT Amsterdam


The total amount per person for the complete AMSTERDAM + HOLLAND program is:

Please circle your choice of room:

Double occupied Garden View King room per person:     $7000.00

Double occupied Canal View King room per person:          $ 7370.00


Single occupied Garden View room:   $8380.00

Single occupied Canal View room :                                 $9115.00

** rooms are available either before or after the program at a special group rate.



The total amount per person for the complete BELGIUM program is:

Per Person regardless of single or double room occupancy:      $2650


This includes transport to Amsterdam on Sunday, April 24, 2014

** rooms are available before this program at a special rate


Inclusive in these programs are

all meals ,
entrances to exhibitions,
guides and curators,
ground transportation by deluxe motor coach, and
hotel in a prime location for 7 nights in Holland and 3 nights in Brussels with buffet breakfast.

Please purchase trip insurance for your protection

Suggested:   Phyllis at Eileen’s Travel



Not IncludedPassport expenses, alcoholic beverages, mini bar, phone charges and meals other than

those specified in the final itinerary;  items of a personal nature; excess baggage charges;

and all items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary which include airport transfers.

Air transportation is not included.

It is the responsibility of each traveler to secure his/her own travel arrangements to and from the Host City

including airport transfers and to insure their air travel, transportation arrangements and all land costs.

Identification:  Passengers are responsible for carrying valid passports and visas, if necessary,

for passage within the destinations described in the itinerary.

Transportation and Accommodations:  Land transportation will be by air-conditioned deluxe

motor coach.  Hotel accommodations are as noted above.

Program Changes:  The itinerary is subject to change.



Balance Due:   All balances are due in full by February 25, 2014.


Responsibility/Refund Policy:  Elayne and Marvin Mordes t/a Art Adventures, act only as agents for the passengers with respect to the hotels, transportation (either air, motorcoach, limousine, taxi or public conveyance), and all other services, and as such hold themselves free of liability for any injury, delay, cancellation or damage from any cause whatsoever.  The Mordes’ t/a Art Adventures accept no responsibility for losses, damages or delays or cancellations occasioned by sickness, strife, war, quarantine, weather or any other acts beyond their control.  There are no refunds for this program if any of the above mentioned actions are in anyway the cause for cancellation or delay by either party.


Each traveler must accept responsibility for insuring their total costs for this program. 

We suggest that each person purchase “all contingency” trip insurance.

By signing the form below you understand and agree to all policies listed in this document.




Please Print information:



Phone:_____________     Fax:______________ e-mail_________________________________


Address:______________________________    City/State/Zip___________________________


Credit card #:__________________________  expiration:___________Security code:________


Billing Zip Code: ________________   Name on Card: ________________________________




Room type and occupancy number:     Holland: Single garden:_____     Single Canal: ________

Double garden:  ____   Double Canal: _______


Belgium:  Attending Yes __________   No ___________




Thank you for joining Art Adventures,  

2014:  April = Art = Holland + Brussels


Looking forward to having you join us on this latest
Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA
Whitespace/ Art Adventures
2805 N. Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

Visit Whitespace Collection

in West Palm Beach, FL





Whitespace is Pleased to Annouce our 5th Season of Exhibitions
Public Viewing Days:
Every Sunday 1-4pm
Beginning –  January 5, 2014  and  Closing- April 6, 2014   
Admission $10  Students $5
Art Tours Miami
Saturday, March 22, 2014
reservations required
Outside the Box2
Friday, April 4 and Saturday April 5, 2014
8 – 11 pm
Juried Exhibition of 35 artists –  outside in the landscape
$10 per person
 Visit the appropriate pages at for further information on the above programs
Partial proceeds benefitting the arts through Community Foundation

Selections from the permanent collection of Whitespace are always on exhibition






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Gail Erickson Features New Work at Clay Glass Metal Stone at Friday Reception/ Pete Seeger Tribute Concert is Saturday

Gail Erickson’s sculptures will be featured at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery’s Open House this Friday.  She has been working her kiln over time to bring new pieces to this exhibit, so we can’t wait to see them!  CGMS Gallery Director, Joyce Brown has been a long time advocate and supporter of Pete Seeger.  This year’s annual concert has turned from celebration to tribute and will be held on Saturday.  The Rickie Report knows it will stir memories and hopes to see you there!  More details are in this article.





Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative



The Works of Gail Erickson

Friday, February 7

6-9 PM






Gail Erickson starts the Gallery’s February contribution to Evening on the Avenue on  Friday, February 7th, 6-9 PM with an exhibition of exquisitely crafted sculptures, both functional and decorative. Gail’s works are inspired by nature and the human form, infused with emotion and passion. Though widely varied in theme, Gail’s distinctive touch transcends all of her pieces.



“Birmaid in the Sun” ( Part of a new Birmaid Series)


Gail’s works are seen in many galleries throughout Palm Beach County, but not with the intensity of quantity Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is fortunate enough to be able to display.  The drama of her large pieces will be staged throughout the front of the gallery.  These are emotional, figurative statements from which the art lover can educe a variety of impacts.






“For You”



Throughout the gallery will be scattered works of art that are comical, utilitarian or folk-artish.  Gail provides the gardener with bird feeders, orchid tree displays and ceramic ice cream cones.  Make sure to find the Condo Bandito, a persona and work of art some will unfortunately recognize from their own communities.



Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery 


A Tribute to Pete Seeger

Saturday, February 8, 2014

2:00 PM Matinee         7:00 PM Evening Concert

 Tickets available at the Lake Worth Playhouse








Pete Seeger, the iconic singer, songwriter, and tireless worker for the environment, peace, civil liberties, and civil rights, passed away this last week.  From a Tribute to Pete, our concert now becomes a memorial.  Pete’s friends and admirers take this special occasion to honor him with a concert of songs based upon Carry It On, the annotated book of labor history through music he co-authored with Bob Reiser.  The concert will take place on Saturday, February 8, at the Lake Worth Playhouse.  Tickets are available on line ( and at the Playhouse box office, for the 2PM matinee and the 7PM evening concert.  Ticket prices are $20/$25 in advance and $26/$30 at the door.  The concert benefits three Lake Worth non-profit organizations.


Pete Seeger is a person who has worked and struggled all his life for peace and social justice.  He is an elder of the movement. Those who know him well, and there are many in the South Florida corridor who claim that honor, know that Pete would be the first to reject any suggestion that he is other than just one of us. He never faltered in fighting for the rights of working  women, working men, children, the environment, peace, civil liberties, and civil rights.  


Last July Pete lost his wife and life partner, Toshi Aline Ohta Seeger.  Toshi’s role, though offstage, was equally significant in the tireless, unending work they did in the world. Living in a log cabin on a hill overlooking New York’s Hudson River, Pete still chopped wood for warmth and cleared his dirt road of the stones the frosty winters heave from the ground.  


Cast Photo

Cast Photo



This concert is based upon the book Carry It On, co-authored by Bob Reiser and Pete . It is the history of the labor movement through song.  Throughout the concert you will see the words to the songs projected on the screen behind the performers. From time to time throughout the concert, you will hear Pete’s voice introducing some of the songs. To truly honor Pete, sing along with the performers at the top of your lungs.




Pete wrote and sang union songs with Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, and tens of thousands of other musicians.  Union songs have helped shape history.  When people come together and raise their voices in solidarity, extraordinary things can and do happen.  Many of the songs  in this concert gave courage to picketers and strikers who risked their lives and died to bring us the economic benefits we now enjoy. 



1950's Pete Seeger Concert

1950’s Pete Seeger Concert


We know Pete would much prefer to have tributes paid to the many causes he championed rather than to himself. But after so many decades doing for others, surely he deserves this modest honor.    


Mel and Vinnie, performing on stage during the concert, have worked for decades at the Clearwater festival founded by Toshi and Pete.  Mel coordinated the completion of the Sojourner Truth, captained the Woody Guthrie, and crewed on the Clearwater, the three sloops envisioned by Pete to help clean up the Hudson River.  Both Mel and Vinnie have been fully involved in all aspects of Clearwater’s environmental education and action work. Their friend and local performer Allan Aunapu was the first captain of the sloop Clearwater.


Pete Seeger and Maggie Kuhn

Pete Seeger and Maggie Kuhn


For many years Joyce Brown welcomed Toshi and Pete Seeger to her home whenever they were in Philadelphia. Director of Swords Into Plowshares, a folk music production company and part of the Peoples Music Network, Joyce has watched as Pete took the stage to introduce dozens of lesser-known performers to audiences who had come to see him.  She watched as Pete gave up his place on stage to others he felt needed to be heard.  Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, dropped by one day to present Pete with the Giraffe Award:  He was always sticking his neck out.


During the McCarthy era Pete Seeger, along with many other activists and performers, was blacklisted.  Their soaring careers were halted, some permanently.  Pete never gave in or gave up.  He sang in schools and at rallies.  He marched and marched and marched. He was with Paul Robeson at Peekskill.  He was with Abbie Hoffman at nuclear power plants.  He was with Peter Yarrow and Carl Sagan at the 1986 Great Peace March for Gobal Nuclear Disarmament.  He played a significant role in the Civil Rights movement, marching with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.  “We Shall Overcome,”  anthem of the civil rights movement, was copyrighted by Guy Carawan and Pete so that no one would ever have to pay royalties to sing the song.


Whatever the movement — for labor, peace, justice, anti-nuclear, clean water, gay rights, human rights, one could give Pete a call and he would be there.





Pete Seeger at Clearwater Concert

Pete Seeger at Clearwater Concert


Anne Feeney, nationally recognized labor performer joins a cast of local musicians, all recognized for their musical talent and ability to engage audiences.  The concert will be narrated by Charlie Birnbaum, deep-voiced manager of the Stonzek Movie Theater.  Sharing part of the narration will be the voice of Pete Seeger.  On the screen behind the performers will be photographs of Pete’s life and the words to all the songs, so that the audience can sing along.  Anne Feeney is best known for her performance of songs such as “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” and “Dump the Bosses off Your Back.”  Utah Phillips called her “The best labor singer in North America,” and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) has called Anne “a role model for us. She has lived her songs.”   


Grant Livingston was named one of the all-time top ten folksingers in Florida. From the shanties of early fisherman to the early rap song “Talkin’ Union,” Grant’s performance skills are engaging and dramatic.


Cerina Anderson, a dramatic actress with a beautiful acapella voice, will carry the civil rights connections of this concert and its links to the labor movement.  From her powerful rendition of “Harriet Tubman” to her moving interpretation of “Hold the Line,” Cerina exudes a mesmerizing storytelling power.



Kat Mahoney, with deep and lyrical voice, belts out anthems and ballads with skill and charisma.  A favorite on local stages and clubs, Kat brings drama and power to this concert.  Her unique vocal renditions of the songs are stirring and powerful.


Marie Nofsinger, a South Florida legend, has graced stages and the region’s top folk festivals, where she is always a favorite.  Expect quick wit and quips on stage as she has the audience engaging with songs and choruses. She can belt out a hard-hitting song then easily transition to a gentle song with quiet harmonies.


Mel and Vinnie, Lake Worth’s resident troubadours, have worked with Pete Seeger for decades.  They are sailors, organizers, and artists helping to clean up the Hudson River.  Mel and Vinnie regularly appear at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival.  Their performance tonight is a work of love created to honor the history of the labor movement and their time with Pete.


Who better than Tracy Sands to sing about the plight of Irish immigrants in the early part of the last century.  Tracy, a member of the famous Irish singing Sands clan, charms audiences with her melodic lilting voice and her pan pipe accompaniment.  Her full range of talents and language skills are successfully tested during the course of this concert.


A wine and cheese reception with the performers for both afternoon and evening concerts will be held for the audiences between concerts at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth.  Those holding tickets are welcome to attend.




ClayGlassMetalStone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.  The gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 10AM-5PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 10AM-10PM.   Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between.  For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or  Gallery phone: 561-588-8344.




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OSGS Gallery Offers Online Art Auction to Benefit Place of Hope

On Tuesday, February 4, OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio of West Palm Beach, FL, will launch an online charitable art auction to benefit Place of Hope.  Oil, pastel, plein air, giclee and acrylic paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, digital art, pigment-glass antique doily design dinner plates, mixed media on wood, silk screen prints, and mobiles were graciously donated by talented artists and the children at Place of Hope.  The Rickie Report urges you to go online and bid!  We share the details about the auction and an interview with SarahAnne Livoti from Place of HopeThe online auction opens on Tuesday, February 4 and closes on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 at 6 pm.





OSGS Gallery in Northwood

Runs Online Art Auction



Place of Hope

Virtual Auction Opens Tuesday February 4, 2014



OSGS Charity Flyer




 On Tuesday, February 4, OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio of West Palm Beach, Florida, will launch an online charitable art auction to benefit Place of Hope Oil, pastel, plein air, giclee and acrylic paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, digital art, pigment-glass antique doily design dinner plates, mixed media on wood, silk screen prints, and mobiles were graciously donated by talented artists and the children at Place of Hope.  The online auction opens on Tuesday, February 4 and closes on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 at 6 pm


Visit the online art auction now: for an early look at art for your home and/or workplace.



Dinner Set, handmade glass

Dinner Set, handmade glass




Place of Hope is a unique faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization providing family-style foster care; family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services; adoption and foster care recruitment and support; and hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region.




"Newport Coast"

“Newport Coast”



The Rickie Report spoke with Sarah Anne Livoti about Place of Hope.  It is hard to imagine this large and extensive organization grew out of the desire of Christ Fellowship Church to reach out and help just one child.  While their program is faith-based, one does not need to be a believer to get involved.  








We noticed that at “Seven Stars”, craft projects are a regular part of the routine.  Sarah was excited at the idea of local artists volunteering a few hours of their time to feature a craft or art project for a group of children.  She stressed that this does not have to be a long-term commitment  (though Place of Hope welcomes those as well).




"Name That Tune"

“Name That Tune”



Since the children at Place of Hope range in 5 to 18 years of age, their needs vary.  Experiencing art with a community-cased artist would give them a new, inspiring experience. In addition, volunteers can speak about how to open a bank account, how to register to vote or share a beneficial skill that will make a difference in the lives for their future.  Sharing information about your career can ignite a spark that will take a child further into a positive life situation.



"Shape Shifter" mobile

“Shape Shifter” mobile



When asked about direct donations, Sarah referred to the exciting online auction being spearheaded by Evelyn Ortiz Smykla and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla of OSGS Gallery.  Offers of art materials are always welcome and they are most welcome with someone to lead an activity. 



"Born to Die"

“Born to Die”



For more information about volunteering, please go to  their website and click on “contact us” or “take action”.  Everyone is welcome to attend a tour and learn more.  The Rickie Report knows that helping a child now will make our communities better places in the future.



"Night Moves"

“Night Moves”


Place of Hope is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.  All winning bids are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.   To learn more about Place of Hope visit


SarahAnne Livoti    Special Projects Manager  Place of Hope
: 561.775.7195 I f: 561.775.1758 I
9078 Isaiah Lane I Palm Beach Gardens I FL I 33418

“Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless…” Isaiah 1:17



"Tropical Garden Scene"

“Tropical Garden Scene”


For more information about art and custom framing at OSGS|Ortiz-Smykla Gallery-Studio, visit their website at,







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Art Adventure: The Art Road = Fort Lauderdale = Incredible Journey

It’s time for an Art Adventure with Elayne and Marvin Mordes!  Join them on Saturday, February 8th for an incredible journey in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy an art video on your way, curated trip through “The Spirit of CoBrA”, sumptuous lunch, curated visit at the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection and studio visit with Wilma Bulkin Seigel.  The Rickie Report knows their trips are popular, so sign up now!  More details are in this article.

Join us



Art Adventure
The Art Road = Fort Lauderdale = Incredible Journey
Saturday, Feb 8   9:00 – 5:30 PM
Reservation required:  Call 561.842.4131
$145 per person – includes everything!
Motorcoach transportation, breakfast on trip,
full restaurant lunch, all curators and entrances, delights on trip on home
and an art video for your entertainment.
1.  The Ft. Lauderdale Museum
A curated trip through the “Spirit of  CoBrA” exhibition.
Exploring the roots and inspiration of the European avant-garde CoBrA (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam)
based on spontaneity, experimentation, socialist politics and exuberant optimism.
The Ft. Lauderdale Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of CoBrA art in the United States.
The William J. Glackens Exhibition
A Curated path through the early 1900’s of America’s Renoir!
2Lunch at a Las Olas Blvd. Restaurant
3The Girls Club Collection
I think it’s in my head
A curated visit of selections from the
Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection
curated by Monica and Natasha Lopez de Victoria
These works were chosen for their vivid metaphysics, transforming figures, metamorphosis, supernatural mysteries,
telepathic communication and explosions of psychic power.
Included are works of Internationally renowned artists Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Ana Medieta, Tracey Emin, Lorna Simpson…..
4Wilma Bulkin Seigel  – Studio Visit
       Combining medicine with painting , Dr. Siegel has become as award-winning artist
recognized nationally for her portrait series of people living with AIDS, Survivors of AIDS, Breast Cancer Survivors, The Homeless,
The Elderly and most recently Returning War Veterans.
She has exhibited though out the United Sates, been featured on CNN and been
elected into Who’sWho in American Art.  In 2005, she was  featured with a  solo exhibition
at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and at Whitespace
Collection for her portraits and biographies  of “Holocaust Survivors and Liberators”.
In 2009, she was awarded the highest honor for contributions to the field of arts in Healthcare. –
The Janice Palmer Award of Society of Arts in Healthcare.
Dr. Wilma Siegel will be speaking about her work and we will be previewing her new series of portraits.

Please join us for a remarkable journey of Art!!

no refunds

supporting the arts through Community Foundation

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



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