Charles Bane Offers Specialty Classes at Jerry’s Artarama in W. Palm Beach

Charles Bane is an alumnus of both the Bak and Dreyfoos Schools. An incredibly skilled, multimedia artist, his teaching style has gained impressive popularity with students of all ages.  He teaches classes at Jerry’s Artarama in W. Palm Beach to not only ease students’ anxieties when they apply for the Bak or Dreyfoos Schools, but to enhance their portfolios.  The Rickie Report takes a look at some of the artwork from his classes and suggests that anyone who needs a refresher with their drawing techniques, adults included, sign up! You’ll find him at Jerry’s Artarama offering his expertise.









Empowering Artists™ Since 1968


Focus on:


BAK & DREYFOOS PREP with Charles Bane


The curriculum of each of these schools challenges students to achieve a high standard of artistic professionalism and academic excellence.  Charles Bane’s classes at Jerry’s Artarama in West Palm Beach help level the playing field, as students apply for acceptance in these programs.




TRR: Tell our readers about your own creativity


Currently, I’m a student at FAU and plan to work at a finance firm after passing the Series 7 & 66 exams.  My artwork is really me just experimenting. Depending on the day, I’ll explore abstract… although lately I’ve been having fun with Liechtenstein-inspired paintings exploring depression in super heroes.



Painting by Charles Bane

Painting by Charles Bane




TRR:  Please share some details about your prep classes at Jerry’s Artarama


 My classes at Jerry’s Artarama in W. Palm Beach are a Bak/Dreyfoos prep class. Instead of exploring the different points of the audition with an equation for the kids to follow, I push their critical thinking and abilities so the auditions seem easy.




Charles Bane's Prep Class at Jerry's Artarama

Charles Bane’s Prep Class at Jerry’s Artarama




Normally, I use massive still lives, fast paced gesture drawings, and monster paper sculptures.




Students in Charles Bane's Prep Class at Jerry's Artarama

Students in Charles Bane’s Prep Class at Jerry’s Artarama



TRR:  What is the main focus of the class?



It’s all about critical thinking and pushing problem solving skills. This way, no matter the level they’re on, they can stay in a comfort zone and move forward.





Charles Bane Prep Class, Jerry's Artarama

Charles Bane’s Prep Class, Jerry’s Artarama



The auditions are an endurance test. Most of my students stay with me from the year before their audition up until the actual audition.




TRR:  Do you have any help hints to share with us?


Honestly, a sketchbook can be a student’s best friend. I always tell my students to keep drawing.


Art Supplies

Art Supplies in Charles Bane’s Studio



TRR:  When do your classes take place?



The classes are on Saturdays. There is a $15.00 fee and all are welcome. I’ve had adults  who just needed a refresher on drawing.




Painting in Progress with Charles Bane

Painting in Progress with Charles Bane




For more information about Charles Bane’s classes, other workshops and classes and special events at Jerry’s Artarama, please visit:


For more information about Charles Bane’s artwork, please visit:





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





First Annual Plein Air Jupiter Invites Public to Events

The First Annual Plein Air Jupiter event is not just for artists!  While it is being organized by The Artists Association of Jupiter, this is a great opportunity for art lovers and those who are curious about what “plein air” is all about.  The Rickie Report urges you to stop by A Unique Art Gallery on Center Street in Jupiter on March 29th from 5 – 7 pm.  You can see  and purchase “fresh off the easel” art works by painters from around the United States!  More details are here



Artists Association of Jupiter


A Unique Art Gallery




Annual Plein Air Jupiter

Saturday, March 29th

5 – 7 pm




5 – 7 pm 


226 Center Street, Suite 8

Jupiter, FL



Plein Air describes the act of painting outdoors and was first practiced by the Impressionist Masters Monet, Pissarro and Renoir during the mid-1800’s.  With the introduction of oil paints in tubes, painters ventured outdoors to directly study the effect of diffused light.  Today, plein air paintings are still viewed as masterpieces which capture the fleeing effects of light, shadow & passing cloud formations. Typically completed in three hours, plein air paintings are completely unique in subject, style and execution.  No longer confined to oil painters, plein air attracts artists of all mediums – acrylic, watercolor and pastel – and each type uniquely captures the essence of the moment. 




"St. Simons Island Salt Marsh" by Sharon Doyle


Artists from across the United States will be descending on Jupiter for this one-day event!  While some had already planned to be here for vacation, others ( from Ohio, Massachusetts and Oregon) decided to sign up just for this event!


"Lighthouse" by Hugh O'Neill (Plein Air)


On Saturday, March 29th, these artists will paint different areas of the Town of Jupiter from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. They will gather at A Unique Art Gallery , where esteemed juror, Hugh O’Neill will preside.  Hugh is a member of both the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.  Born and raised in Belfast, Ireland, Hugh graduated from the University of Ulster in 1985 with extensive studies in Nante and Paris, France.  We encourage you to visit his website:



"Morning Light, Chatham" by Sharon Doyle (Plein Air)


Awards totaling  $2,500 in cash and merchandise will be given to the top three artists and three Honorable Mention awards.  The public is welcome to the artists reception, awards ceremony and art sale.  If you want to purchase more plein air masterpieces, don’t worry, there’s another opportunity.  The winners’ pieces will be on display at A Unique Art Gallery for the month of April.  And, up to fifty other original works will also be display.



"Caspercian Beach" by Sharon Doyle (Plein Air)

“Caspercian Beach” by Sharon Doyle (Plein Air)


Proceeds from this event will go to the participating artist and towards funding the arts in Jupiter. Best of all, the public will have an opportunity to purchase artworks directly off the artist’s easel. Look for them painting our Jupiter Lighthouse, in and around DuBois Park, out on the jetty or along the beaches and even at our historic railroad station in Sawfish Park.  Pick your favorite oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolorist.  Follow them back to A Unique Art Gallery (226 Center Street)! 


"The Quarters" by Sharon Boyle (Plein Air)



The First Annual Plein Air Event of Jupiter is being sponsored by the following local companies: M & M Galleries, Country Club Charters, Jerry’s Artarama and Raymond James of Jupiter.  National sponsorship is being provided by PleinAir Magazine, Gamblin Oil Paints and SourceTek Canvas Panels.


A Unique Art Gallery  offers both working and exhibition space. It is located at 226 Center Street, Suite 8 in Jupiter, FL. The gallery is staffed full-time by Gallery Director, Denise LeClair-Robbins  and operated with the help of volunteer gallery artists. Each month on the 2nd Wednesday, the Gallery hosts special exhibits with an opening reception which includes a raffle. A portion of all sales is donated to different local charities.  The gallery is fully equipped with work space and class room in the rear, a small kitchen and bathroom and a desk area in the front of the exhibition space.  There is ample parking space directly in front of the gallery to accomodate events and routine gallery traffic. The gallery currently represents over 20 artists and we are always seeking additional qualified artists. For more information, please contact our gallery directly via email at or by phone at 561-529-2748




 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



A Look at Palm Beach County: Young Masters Virtual Art Auction

Young Art Masters Auction showcases the talents of local student artists while raising funds for the art programs that nurture those talents.  Wellington residents Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs provided supplies to four area public high schools, enabling the students to create pieces for a virtual auction. The participating schools are: Wellington High School, Palm Beach Central High School, Royal Palm Beach High School, and Seminole Ridge Community High School.  Each piece interprets the theme “Palm Beach County – through the eyes of young artists.”  The Rickie Report shares a sneak peak at some of the entries plus all the information you need to make your bid!  This auction runs through April 10th.







"Reflections" by  Andrew M. Palm Beach Community High School

“Reflections” by Andrew M. Palm Beach Central High School



Young Art Masters Auction 2014


Presented by The Jacobs Family and

Wellington Regional Medical Center

To Benefit Wellington area

High School Art Programs


The auction will run through April 10th.   To see all of the artwork and place a bid please visit: 



"Reflections on Florida" by Devan S. Royal Palm Beach High School

“Reflections on Florida” by Devan S., Royal Palm Beach High School



Students in advanced 2-D painting/drawing and photography classes from Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Central, and Seminole Ridge high schools worked for about six weeks to create the 24 by 36-inch pieces.  


"Pursuit" by Robyn R. Seminole Ridge high School

“Pursuit” by Robyn R., Seminole Ridge high School


All the supplies were purchased from local art supplier Jerry’s Artarama of West Palm Beach.


"Midnight Walk" by Kiana , Wellington High School

“Midnight Walk” by Kiana L. , Wellington High School


The students created 27 acrylic-on-canvas paintings and 17 original photographs, which are on display at Wellington Regional Medical Center. 


"Blossom" by Selia V. and Jeannie Q. Wellington High School

“Blossom” by Selia V. and Jeannie Q., Wellington High School


In exchange for a “high-bid” donation directly to the young artist’s school art program, individuals will be gifted with the painting or photograph of their choice.  


"Homage to Hockney" by Paula D. Wellington high School

“Homage to Hockney” by Paula D., Wellington High School



The auction will run through April 10th.   To see the artwork and place a bid please visit:


"Liquid Sunshine" by Rosie P. Seminole Ridge High School

“Liquid Sunshine” by Rosie P., Seminole Ridge High School





Wellington High School students

  • Lauren Alsina, photograph, titled, Industry
  • Kiana Ledman, photograph, titled Midnight Walk
  • Summer Orzabal, photograph, titled Endless Hour
  • Cristina Guardino, photograph, titled Soft Surf
  • Paula Diaz, photograph titled, Homage to Hockney
  • Selia Vargas, painting titled Blossom
  • Alexandra Kraska, Jordan Tadelman, painting titled, Florida’s Coast
  • Maria Nastasi, painting titled, Eye of the Beholder
  • Aaron Davis, Jeannie Quinn, and Selia Vargas, painting titled, Emerald Forest
  • Jamie Tadelman, Hannah Niedbalski, painting titled Infinite Beauty


"Sea Cow" by Lukas M. Royal Palm Beach High School

“Sea Cow” by Lukas M., Royal Palm Beach High School



Royal Palm Beach High School


  • Devan Schwarz, photograph titled, Reflections on Florida 
  • Genevieve Flores, photograph titled, Swirl
  • Delsy Romero, photograph titled, Miracles of Green
  • Mason Devinney, photograph titled, Floating Beauty 
  • Fionna Battistini-Marrer, photograph titled, Tunnel Vision
  • Sydney Tate, painting titled, Terrestrial Flower
  • Sydney Tate, painting titled, Sea Life
  • Ashley-Marie Burrell, painting titled, The Cast Away
  • Lukas Mora, painting titled, Sea Cow
  • Lukas Mora, painting titled, The Seclusion


"Multifaceted Beauty" by  Jesse S. Palm Beach Central High School

“Multifaceted Beauty” by Jesse S., Palm Beach Central High School


Palm Beach Central High School


  • Daniella Harris, photograph titled, Multifaceted Beauty
  • Andrew Mei, photograph titled, Reflections of Mankind
  • Cristina Rios, painting titled, The Survival of the Florida Panther
  • Jesse Savarese, photo collage titled, Flowers in Paradise
  • Alejandro Santos, photograph titled, Transcends a New Tomorrow
  • Brenda Tavarez, photograph titled, A Day at the Beach Before the Storm
  • Julia Gorday, photograph titled, Fading Life
  • Julia Gorday, photograph titled, The Light in the Trees
  • Julia Gorday, painting titled, A Flutter of Simplicity
  • Antonia DiGiacomo, painting titled, Freedom Rider


"Laguna Luna" by Kristin W. Seminole High School

“Laguna Luna” by Kristin W.,  Seminole Ridge High School


Seminole Ridge High School

  • Rosie Perissien , painting titled, Liquid Sunshine
  • Tierney Boyle, painting titled, Wrangler 
  • Laura Louberti, , painting titled, Snookie
  • Kristin Wasko, painting titled Laguna Luna
  • Rayona Brinson, painting titled, Mother Everglades
  • Alli Duhaime, painting titled, Oh Dear
  • Nhi Huynh, painting titled, Sea You!
  • Jody Mewborn, painting titled, Bermuda Triangle 
  • Brittan Puronen , painting titled, Holey Ship!
  • Robyn Rosier, painting titled, Pursuit



Program Supporters include: Wellington Regional Medical Center, The Jacobs Family , Phelps Media Group, Wellington Preservation Coalition


For more information please contact Angie Francalancia: THE TROIKA GROUP, Director Public Relations   (561) 837-3251 office   (561) 324-2412 cell  (561) 584-6561 fax  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











“Keys to the Cities”: Carla Golembe Shows Her Piano Design

 Six months ago, Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, announced a new Call to Artists.  “Keys to the Cities” has brought 18 pianos, 18 pianists, 17 artists and 1,584 keys to Palm Beach County!  The Rickie Report sent out the Call to Artists.  This article details the events and celebration for the kick-off of “Keys to the City” and shares the experiences of one of the artists, Carla Golembe.  We hope you will go to see the pianos – the public is welcome to play them, too!




18 Pianos, 18 Pianists, 17 Artists, 1,584 Keys

A Unique Unveiling of

Sight & Sound, Song & Sensation


Kick-Off Party



After six long months of colorful creativity, a unique collaboration of sight and sound will be unveiled at last – so let the eye-dazzling and ear-pleasing harmonies begin.  Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation,  announced that the much-anticipated KEYS TO THE CITIES Kick-Off Party will be held on Friday, November 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Waterfront Lake Pavilion in downtown West Palm Beach.



At the fun-filled event, the Foundation will unveil 18 different baby grand and upright pianos, all of which have been whimsically designed, each with its own unique theme, by 17 extraordinary local artists.



A piano owned by the late baseball great Gary Carter has been redone by artist Frank Navarrete in all too fitting Mets motif and dubbed “The Kid.” Artist Sharon Koskoff has reimagined a jazzy-style Grand that she is calling “Knockin’ at Heaven’s Door,” while Nadia Utto‘s piano has an intergalactic look that would float perfectly through the new Sandra Bullock flick, Gravity.




The art students at Watson B. Duncan Middle School and their teacher Courtney Hess have produced a funky “Zentangle Piano,” artist Julie Beaumont‘s Spinet has a recognizable theme of Florida Wildlife, and Eduardo Mendieta‘s Console now sports a child’s face and is titled, “Overlook.”



Additional piano-painting artists include Liz Brice, Caron Bowman, Karen Chandler, Joseph Dzwill, Silvana Frontera, Carla Golembe, Emmanuel Gonzales, Eric Kucera, Holly Rutchey, Alicia Stamm and Amanda Turner, whose colorful creations run the visual gamut from traditional beauty to wildly offbeat.


The official unveiling on November 1 will also include an unforgettable performance by a one-time-only 18 Piano Orchestra with 18 distinguished pianists all playing together: Dr. Robin Arrigo, Ruo Balko, Sandra Baran, Shawn Berry, Jerry Crank, Susan Dahlberg, Copeland Davis, Terrence Dwarika, Jan Fulford, Linda Johnson, Pat Johnson, Linda Jordan, Kathi Kretzer, Monte Lambert, Laurie McDonald, Betsy McHugh, Janet Owens and Michael Yanette.



Tickets to attend are $100 each, and can be purchased by calling Kretzer Piano Music Foundation at 561.748.0036. The festive event will include Keys To The Cities Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to meet and mingle with the artists, the pianists and other music-loving supporters.



Public Display & Play in Palm Beach County

From November 2-17, the 18 gorgeous pianos will be on public display throughout the county. Among the various locations where visitors can see – and even play! – the “artified” instruments are Arts Garage in Delray Beach, on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, the Cultural Council headquarters in Lake Worth, Downtown At The Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, Kretzer Piano in Jupiter, and at assorted spots in West Palm Beach, including City Center, CityPlace, Clematis Street by Palm Beach Dramaworks, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and the Waterfront.


“Professional pianists and music groups are scheduled to perform concerts on the pianos while they are on display, but the most fun will be in children (up to age 94) sitting down and plunking away. Our main message is that everyone is invited and everyone can play,” says Kretzer, who developed the program after learning of similar successful campaigns in London and New York City.


“This KEYS TO THE CITIES campaign fits perfectly with the mission of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, which is to provide music lessons and performing opportunities to everyone, especially underprivileged children,” she adds.


A “piano buddy” at each site will cover the instruments at night and during inclement weather. At the conclusion of the public display period, all of the pianos will be donated to local children’s charities and community organizations where they will continue to enrich the lives of people for years to come.


The 18 used pianos were donated for this campaign by the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation and by Carlos Aquino, Jackie Badome (in memory of her husband Frank), the family of Gary Carter, Cheryl Harrigan, Nancy Sale Johnson, the Lighthouse for the Blind, Opportunity, Inc., Sheryl Purcell, Paula Rodgers, Jamie Romeo, Karen Sade, Tony Tamaccio and Jan Young.


Sponsors of the first annual KEYS TO THE CITIES promotion include the City of West Palm Beach, Jerry’s Artarama, D.C. Moore Piano Movers, Arts Garage, Pete Bozetarnik, CPA, Guia Brown (Raymond James, Palm Beach), CityPlace, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Downtown At The Gardens, Burt Handelsman (Love Realty), Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Kretzer Piano, Janet and Bob Nakushian, Northern Palm Beach County Youth Foundation and Palm Beach Dramaworks.



Carla Golembe is an award winning artist, illustrator, author and teacher.  Her work is shown at galleries throughout the United States.

Collections include Hyatt Corp, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), Boston Public Library, University College of University of Maryland, Montgomery County MD Art in Public Places and others.  She has received artist residencies from the Hambidge Center (Rabun Gap, GA); Altos de Chavon (Dominican Republic) and Kalani Honua (Hawaii).  


Carla teaches at  The Art School of the Boca Raton Museum of Art (561 392-2503) and  Delray Beach Center for the Arts (561 243-7922 (x 317 or x478).


TRR:  The Rickie Report spoke to Carla about her design:


I have three bird feeders in my backyard, outside my studio.   These birds have captured my imagination and have wound up in a number of my arwork pieces.    I had just finished working on a “Tree of Life series” for Kolbo, a Judaica Gallery in Boston.  I was inspired to create something with my “friends”, the birds.   I  wanted the design to be joyous and beautiful because it is going to be shared with a charity and the public.


TRR:    The imagery came from her Trees of Life and the bird feeders’ visitors. She included angel heads to give a sense of love, peace and beauty.   The final piano is quite different from the sketch although it follows the same theme.

"Piano of Joy" Design

“Piano of Joy” Original Design


The shape of the piano that is different from the original sketch and Carla realized that it needed a background color.  So, there were some changes made, but she stayed with her original theme.



Just delivered!



The piano’s surface had to be cleaned of all dust, especially in the back where there is a lattice work. Then, Carla sanded the entire piano and applied two coats of primer.


3 Primer Coats

Two Primer Coats


Carla applied a few coats of paint to suggest sky and clouds. She used different techniques such as scumbling, blending and layering to produce the background for her artwork.


Layering the Background

Layering the Background


Once the background was dry, Carla was able to sketch out her design with chalk.


Sketching With Chalk

Sketching With Chalk


When Carla paints the imagery, she does so with numerous layers of paint, starting with dark underpainting.



9/19/2013  Back of Piano

9/19/2013 Back of Piano


Now Carla adds more layers, using brighter colors.


9/26/2013  Back of Piano

9/26/2013 Back of Piano


This view shows the  two painted male buntings and an interpretive cardinal – all from her back yard.  The eyes are actually Swarovski crystals!



Side Detail

Side Detail



Carla paints a final glaze, which will help maintain the design and painting.

Carla Painting

Carla Painting Final Glaze



Here is Carla’s guard cat, Vinny, making sure no one touches the piano.  Even though there were birds nearby on the piano, Vinny never tried to attack them!

Vinny Guards the Piano

Vinny Guards the Piano



Carla tells The Rickie Report, “This has been a fun and interesting journey.  I like projects with deadlines and was able to immerse myself in the process, which took two and a half weeks.  I loved the process and especially love that I’ll get to see what the other artists have done!  Not only will the pianos be in public spaces where people can play them, but ultimately will end up in a children’s charity or a community center, where others will truly appreciate them.


TRR:  We are not showing you the finished piano – you will need to go and see it!  Enjoy!!!


For ore information about Carla’s artwork or classes:, 561 498-9185,


For more information and a chance to glimpse some of the 18 designed pianos, check out “Keys to the Cities” on Facebook.  Kathi Kretzer    Kretzer Piano & Kretzer Piano Music Foundation   561.748.0036


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









You’re Invited to the Golden Celebration! Boynton Beach Arts District!

Everyone is invited to a three – day art, music, and dance party celebrating the best entertainment and art in Palm Beach County.  Boynton Beach Arts District (BBAD), Boynton Beach’s largest outdoor venue turns 2 years old!  BBAD still has spaces open for rent.  Check it out and become part of this creative scene that is bringing Palm Beach County to the forefront of the arts community!  The Rickie Report hopes you’ll come and celebrate with special performances and a live music marathon weekend!  More details are in this article.  Congratulations, Rolando!

The BIGGEST Party in Boynton Beach Returns…





FRI., OCT. 11, 2013 | 7PM-1 AM

422 West Industrial Avenue

Boynton Beach, Florida 33426





ActivistArtistA Gallery

A 3 day art, music, and dance party celebrating the best entertainment and art in Palm Beach County!  Boynton’s largest outdoor venue turns 2 years old with special performances and live music marathon weekend.

Visit this LINK for complete details:

featuring :

(Un) Common Traces Exhibiton
 At ActivistArtistA Gallery
music by
Beat Thief, Milky da Milkman, Scotty Solomon, 
Dr. Skitzo, Nigel Darren, and Maxxx Stiles
special performance by
Poncili Creations 8 pm
The Philosifires 11 pm


SAT., OCT. 12, 2013 | 5PM-11 PM


Special Presentations from 5pm to 6pm
Michael Puccio and Dance Studio of Lake Work
and Capoeirakakara of Boynton Beach
Concerts Series Begins at 6 PM
Rod Dusinberre, Spencer Alan Partick, Madison Langley, Patrick Salsich, Bill Hartman, and Chris Michuad


SUN., OCT. 13, 2013 | 1PM-10 PM


Concerts Series Resumes at 1 PM
Special dance performance
Vanya e’Dan Dance Company
El Toro
She’s Neurotic
Making Faces
Special dance performance
Vanya e’Dan Dance Company
Sawgrass Express
Coon Doggin Outlaws
Koffin Varnish
Rats Mouth


This Event is Sponsored in part by Jerry’s Artarama of WPB, The Secret Garden Cafe of Boynton Beach, Presidente Supermarket #8.   For more information contact Rolando Chang Barrero  ActivistArtistA Gallery,  The Boynton Beach Art District   422 West Industrial Ave.,  Boynton Beach, FL 33426   786/521-1199  or visit  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








Personal and Professional Opportunities at Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

The Rickie Report is excited to share just a FEW of the MANY classes anyone can take at the Mandel West Palm Beach Public Library.  Is it time for you to upgrade your computer skills or do you need a refresher on those steps of the Argentine Tango?    This article explores some of the diverse options.  The message?  CHECK it OUT!  There really is something for everyone here!





411 Clematis Street  

West Palm Beach, FL




Personal Enhancement starts at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach!   Here are a few of the classes and workshops available (many are free but registration is required due to space):



Exploring Websites for Baby Boomers @ your City Library 


Description: This 5-part series will explore a variety of websites that will interest Baby Boomers! Computer Lab. registration required.
Date: Tuesday – October 1 2013
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2nd Floor – Computer Lab
Program Type: Computer Classes
Public Note: Oct. 1 – AARP Oct. 15 – Medicare Oct 29 – Blogs Nov. 12 – Games Nov. 26 – Dating for Seniors
  24 Seats Remaining




Pilates @ your City Library! 


Bring your mat and practice your pilates at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Classes are held each Thursday morning from 10:30-11:30am in the library’s Auditorium. Optional donation can be made to the instructor at the time of class. No registration required. For more information please call 561-868-7701.

Date:     Thursday – October 3 2013

Time:     10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location:    3rd Floor – Auditorium

Program Type:   Adults

Public Note:   No registration required.




tai chi-1

Try it Out!  Find the Artist in You




Saturdays October 5 to October 26

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Come try out a variety of mediums with the professional art instructors of Jerry’s Artarama: acrylics, water color, oils, and pastels.  Make a piece of artwork to bring home.  Clematis Room. Space is limited – call 561-868-7701 to register for the program.







Life Support Workshops @ your City Library


Description: Get help with government websites (unemployment, food stamps, Immigration, etc.), resumes, and job-searching. Librarians will be available to assist. Computer Lab, no registration required.
Date: Monday – October 7 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2nd Floor – Computer Lab
Program Type: Computer Classes
  No Registration Required




eBook Training Workshop for iPad & Nook @ your City Library

Description: Learn how to use your iPad & to download free eBooks from the library. We will show you how to find, check out and download books from our digital collection. Registration is required. Participants will need an iPad user ID and password. Also bring your device (if you have one) and your library card # and PIN. Please call 561-868-7701.
Date: Tuesday – October 8 2013
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 3rd Floor – Hibiscus Room (16-18 people)
Program Type: Computer Classes
  10 Seats Remaining

hispanic heritage with flags



leila alson-1

The Rickie Report suggests you get a FREE library card, be placed on the email list and start planning your calendars!   Here are a few more classes you won’t want to miss – and that’s just the month of October!



  • Salsa in the Morning Dance Lessons
  • Latin Cardio @ your City Library
  • Friday with the FRIENDS Book Club: A Brown-Bag Lunch Event
  • Yoga @ your City Library
  • Navigating Your Computer @ your City Library
  • French Conversation Group for Beginners
  • SCORE: 7 Myths about Starting a Small Business and more!
  • Conversando Sobre Libros
  • Saturday Craftastic Family Movie
  • Just for Mystery Lovers Book Club
  • Family Opera Story Hour
  • Preschool Halloween Play & Party!



 For more information:

Foundation for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

411 Clematis Street  – 3rd Floor


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




Wellington Art Society Invites You to a Paper Sculpture Demo

Trying to figure out how an artist creates their specialty is often similar to understanding how a magic trick works!  The Wellington Art Society invites you to watch as Nina Fusco demonstrates her outstanding paper sculpture art pieces on Wednesday February 13th.  The Rickie Report suggests you bring a photo of your favorite pet!

 Wellington Art Society

February 13, 2013

6:30- 8:30 pm


Paper Sculpture Art Demo


Nina Fusco


 Wellington Community Center

 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

 Wellington, FL.


Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available at the membership meeting if you would like to become a member.


The W.A.S. meeting opens with a social ½-hour at 6:30 where we will welcome ten new members and see some of their work. There will also be a raffle of art and art related items with the proceeds going to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. 

The Wellington Art Society meets at the Wellington Community Center which is located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL.  A short business meeting and refreshments will precede Nina’s talk and a practical explanation of her artistic technique.  

The Rickie Report knows what a difference being part of a networking group can make in anyone’s career.  This is an upbeat organization that not only helps fellow artists but the general community as well.


Doggie in the Window!  Nina is the featured artist until March 9th at The Great Frame Up in Jupiter.  (The TJ Maxx, Office Depot, Shoe Carnival Plaza)


Nina Fusco’s paper sculpture passion began 20 years ago. Self-taught, she creates 3D paper sculptures by manipulating the flat surface of paper to give it life. She cuts, scores and bends the paper to create her 3D paper sculptures. Nina explores the contrast between light and dark shadows in her 3D paper sculptures. Numerous 3D paper sculpture creations by Nina, utilize hands to send a message of love, hope and working together to reach new heights. Nina’s awarding winning 3D paper sculpture pieces, collages, pencil drawings and photography have been exhibited in Palm Beach County galleries. 



Nikko Deluxe

Nina Fusco is no stranger to the art scene in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  She is actively involved in her community and belongs to a number of associations, including:  associations: Artists of Palm Beach County, Lighthouse ArtCenter and North County Artists Association.  Nina has been an Art Ambassador for the Lighthouse ArtCenter, donating her time for “Artist in the Window” at Gardens Mall.  She has given demonstrations of her technique at the North County Artist Association as well as Jerry’s Artarama. Local Treasures (Tequesta) and Art on Park (Lake Park) sell Nina’s work.


Nina is an accomplished Graphic Designer who also enjoys drawing.  Her most recent work has focused on pets, which bring joy and support to so many people.  Nina is available for commissioned pieces to portray one’s special pet in a unique type of pet portrait, using paper sculpture.

Nikko 2

Nikko Premium

In addition:
  •  Artists of Palm Beach County’s new gallery, Art on Park, will be featuring Nina giving a FREE  Demo Tuesday, February 19th from  6:30 – 8:30 pm.  The gallery is located at 800 Park Avenue in Lake Park  (561-355-0300)
  • Nina’s work will be exhibited at the Town of Jupiter’s Pet Show. The opening reception takes place on Friday, March 1st, from  6:00 – 8:00 pm.  The exhibit runs through April 26th and is located at 210 Military Trail, Jupiter by the Police station.
  •  Nina will be offering a Workshop at Jerry’s Artarama on March 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 pm ($25 + Materials: For details contact Jerry’s or Nina). Jerry’s  Artarama is located at 2505 Okeechobee Blvd in West Palm Beach (561-684-7036).
  • Art on Park Gallery, Lake Park is another venue for a workshop with Nina. ($25. plus materials) on 
    on Tues March 5th – from 6 – 8pm.    Space is limited – call 561.908.3556

    For more information about these shows, workshops, Nina’s personalized pet portraits and other artwork please visit :  Nina frames her 3D work, offers different price points and also makes some images available as greeting cards.

The public is invited to attend the Wellington Art Society Meetings. Guests are charged $5, which can be put toward the annual dues payment of $40. Members of WAS attend free of charge. For more information:  or call W.A.S. President Leslie Pfeiffer at 561-791-3676.


A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County.


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