Lighthouse Artcenter Offers Once-In-A-Lifetime Chance To Learn Stone Carving From Italian Master Sculptor, Adds Wide Variety Of Workshops. Register Now!

The Lighthouse ArtCenter presents a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn stone carving from an Italian Master Sculptor in March!  LAC adds a wide variety of workshops and Select Fridays in February.  Try your hand at digital photography, Photo Shop, paint textures and water reflections in watercolor, paint realistic shiny objects, explore abstract in acrylics or mixed medium collage. Enjoy visiting artists as they present oil and cold wax mediums, pastel portraits, and ceramics.  Are you looking for a fun way to spend Friday evenings?  Pop into Select Fridays by yourself to make a casserole dish, or bring your significant other for couple’s ring-making.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.







Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101



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

 First Saturday of the month no charge







One-week or Two-week Stone Carving Workshop

March 25 – April 5

Monday through Friday, March 25 – 29   Monday through Friday, April 1 – 5

$850* for one week, $1,500* for two weeks (for two week discount, call 561-748-8737 to register) *Non-refundable


Lucio Chiurulla, Master Italian Sculptor



The Lighthouse ArtCenter is excited to announce the two-week stone carving workshop by Italian sculptor, Lucio Chiurulla in March 2019. Mr. Chiurulla will be in Tequesta from his native Italy for the two-week workshop.  The workshop is from March 25 – April 5, 2019. This course will focus on marble and stone, two materials that are still carved employing the traditional technique that has been used for many centuries, especially in Italy, since the Greeks and the Romans, and even before them.



A sculptor of twenty-five year experience with marbles, granites and stones, Mr. Chiurulla studied at the Art School and Accademia of Belle Arti in Perugia (Italy), did his own research on Ancient Roman, Greek and Medieval statues and mosaics acquiring specific marble carving techniques. He currently has his studio near the Trasimeno Lake in the Italian region of Umbria, where he lives and works.



The workshop program will revolve around a few basic concepts and rules regarding the making of a stone sculpture in the traditional way, using the chisel and the mallet. You will be practicing a technique that has been the same for many centuries – if not millenniums – but that can now be widely reinterpreted and adjusted in the light of modern conception of “art” and the personal feelings of each sculpture.  



Each student will be provided a carving table, a piece of Italian soft stone, access to electricity and will work under a covered tent. Demonstrations and group/individual instruction will be provided of the step by step process of the stone removal process, through sanding and polishing and making a finished sculpture including a base.create your own

Lunch can be arranged each day. Kits of sculpting tools will also be available for sale in the school store. All levels from beginners to advanced welcome. 





Jewelry Workshop with Lucio Chiurulla

Saturday, March 30 

Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Gallery Master Studio  Member $125*; Nonmember $150*  *Non-refundable



This workshop deals with the techniques of embedding pieces of stones in a metal frame to make jewelry. Materials such as alabaster, marble or stones of different types and colors can be used. Participants will create their own design of one piece, using one of the three different techniques of “cesellatura.” These techniques include track embedding, claw embedding and embossed grains or pave. All levels of students are welcome.


February Workshops:




NEW! Textures & Water Reflections in Watercolor 

Old drift wood, weathered doors and windows, crumbling ceramic pots with flowers, stone walls and rocks – Let’s learn how to tackle those textures and turn them into beautiful watercolors. The workshop will also work on a number of techniques to recreate those elusive colors and lights we so often see on water reflections. All levels with a working knowledge of watercolor.

Instructor: Fernando Porras

Saturday, February 2, 2019; 9am-4pm, School: Studio A; Member $125; Nonmember $150





Beginning to Intermediate Digital Photography

Want to get better results from your digital camera? Students will learn the basics of photography, the use of camera controls and their application to creative digital photography. Lighting and composition will be taught through hands-on lessons in studio and on location. Students are required to bring their own digital camera; digital SLR is preferred. All levels welcome.

Instructor: David Randell

Saturday, February 2, 2019; 10am-3pm; Studio B: School; Member $125; Nonmember $150





Introduction to Photoshop Elements

Students will work with Photoshop Elements covering the basic functions of the program including importing and organizing images, basic corrections and editing, creative editing, and outputting to print, slide shows, social media and web galleries. Students are required to bring their personal laptop or notebook computer along with Photoshop Elements software. A 30-day free demo of Photoshop Elements is available online at All levels welcome.

Instructor: David Randell

Saturday, February 16, 2019; 10am-3pm; Studio B: School; Member $125; Nonmember $150



“Frozen In Time” by Manon Sander




Shine at Painting Shiny Things

Gain confidence to put reflective things like glass, chrome or patent leather into your paintings. Learn the secrets how to make things look so shiny they appear to jump off the canvas. Oil preferred, acrylics acceptable. Working knowledge of medium and drawing skills beneficial. 

Instructor: Manon Sander

Thursday & Friday, February 14 and 15, 2019; 9am-4pm, School of Art: Studio A; Member $300; Nonmember $350





Abstract Acrylic Medium Exploration

Come with ideas and/or develop them with inspiration from the materials. While hearing some history and viewing a short presentation, several liquid, gel, and paste mediums will be discussed and explored, so bring your favorite color acrylic paints to accompany the experiments! Beginner to advanced.

Instructor: Vincent Lardieri

Saturdays February 9 or March 2, 2019; 12pm-5pm; School of Art: Studio B; Member $100, Nonmember $115





Following Your Intuition with Oil & Cold Wax Mediums 

Cold Wax and Oil is all about layers of paint; adding and subtracting, creating textures, and beautiful color blends. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Mimi McCallum, visiting artist

Friday-Saturday, February 22-23, 2019; 9am-4pm; Member $300; Nonmember $350 





Mixed Medium Collage

A fun introduction to painting with acrylics in a contemporary and abstract style. Explore your own personal acrylics palette, masking off image areas, collaging and cutting papers to create an image of your own design. Step-by-step demonstrations using Liquitex soft and heavy, fluid and metallic acrylics with powder temperas, oil based metallic enamels, matte medium, molding paste and detailing steps with a ruling pen. Bring photos, magazine clippings, handmade paper and even one of your traditional paintings that we can cut up and add to the finished collage. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Jim Rigg

Sunday, February 24, 2019; 9am-4pm, School: Studio; Member $125; Nonmember $150



Pastel by Cuong Nguyen



Portraits in Pastel



Visiting artist Cuong Nguyen will focus on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone color with pastel pencils. Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in soft pastel. The workshop will feature a live model, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life. Students will learn to use an approach that helps them see the big shapes first, and then go into details towards the end of the workshop. Intermediate to advanced.

Instructor: Cuong Nguyen, visiting artist

Friday-Sunday, February 8-10, 2019; 9am-4pm; Member $475; Nonmember $510




Ceramic by Nancy Utterback




Ceramics – Flash Fire

Clay, surface, fire, and flashing with Soda. Demonstrations on throwing, hand-building, flashing slips, and surface decoration are included in this class. Intermediate to advanced.

Instructor: Nancy Utterback, visiting artist

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17, 2019; 9am-4pm; Ceramics Studio: School; Member $300; Nonmember $325








Wine & Paint Night

Invite your friends or significant other, bring your favorite beverage, and get ready to go on a fun creative journey. You will be creating an original masterpiece with step-by-step instruction in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Over 21 only. Instructor: Randall Scott

Friday, Feb. 15, 6-9pm   $40 per person






Love-Struck-Couples Ring Making 

Come join us for a date night, bring your girlfriend/boyfriend, spouse, partner or best friend, your favorite beverages and lite bites and join us for a night of fun. Make a sterling silver ring for yourself or one for your significant other, the choice is yours. During this workshop each student will learn to cut, form, solder, texture and patina their ring. Instructor: Maria Tritico

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 6-9pm    $50 per person





Fused Glass Pendants

Join us for a fun night of pendant making! Bring your favorite people and beverages while you learn the basics of fused glass jewelry making. Each student will learn how to cut, design and set up their own fused glass pendants to pair perfectly with their favorite cord or chain. Students can pick up their fused pendants the following week. Instructor: Maria Tritico

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, 6-8pm     $50 per person




Play with Clay:

Toast to Ghost Date Night

While viewing the smooth moves of Patrick Swayze and the stunning looks of Demi Moore in the Romantic/Drama “Ghost, you and your date will learn how to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. Each participant will walk away with his/her very own creation. Please wear clothes that may get clay on them. Over 21 only, bring your own beverages. Food/snacks will be provided by ArtCenter. No experience necessary. Instructor: Chad Steve

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, 6-8pm   Over 21, $40 per person





Make Your Own Casserole Dish

Each participant will learn how to make their very own customized casserole dish. We will start by customizing our clay slabs with patterns and texture, and then work with the design and layout of each component of the dish. Finally, we’ll construct our dishes, adding our own handles. People will be impressed at your next potluck! Instructor: Chad Steve

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, 6-8pm   $40 per person





Alcohol Inks

A new type of drawing beyond the typical pencil, charcoal and pastel….we are using alcohol inks. You’ll be creating and experimenting with inks to create landscapes, floral and abstract images, and whatever you desire. We will learn how to use the Inks and what substrates work best with the inks. Inks and paper are included. Instructor: Jim Rigg

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 6-8pm  $50 per person





Glass Fusion

Invite your friends or significant other, bring your favorite beverage, and get ready to go on a fun, creative journey. You will learn all about fusing glass into dishes, jewelry, vases, and ornaments. You will create a 5″ x 5″ piece of art, with instruction, in a casual relaxed atmosphere. No experience necessary. Instructor: Nancy Politsch

Fridays, Feb. 22   $50 per person




Mini Intro Series with Jim Rigg


Explore a medium you’ve always wanted to try. All supplies are included, however, students are welcome to bring their own.     $40 per person

Intro to Acrylics – Friday, January 11, 2019, 1-3pm

Intro to Watercolor – Friday, February 8, 2019, 1-3pm












For more information or to sign up for any Workshops or Select Fridays, just call the School of Art at (561) 748-8737 or go to



Call the Lighthouse ArtCenter at 561-746-3101 or go to our website at

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





Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469 

 (561) 746-3201

Monday through Friday: 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm













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WITVA Moves to New Home; Offers Art Critique and Monthly Classes

For some, sharing their artwork publicly is difficult.  The Rickie Report understands this challenge and hopes everyone will take advantage of the opportunity WITVA is offering at their next meeting.  In addition, we list their regular class schedule and congratulate this wonderful group of men and women on their new home!

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Art Critiques by Susan Hanssen

Friday June 21 , 2013

Noon – 3:00

The Public Is Welcome to the

New WITVA Art Center!

2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd (NW 2nd Avenue) #8


WITVA is proud to announce its move to a new space, which has room for 2 artists to rent private studios!  Please call 561 504-9143  or email:


Susan Hanssen will be the guest at this WITVA meeting.  Susan is an award winning and accomplished artist residing and teaching in south Florida.   She teaches in Fort Lauderdale.


Artists are asked to please bring 1 or 2 pieces for critique and suggestions for improving your art.

Susan Hanssen is a signature member of NWS and Florida Watercolor Society.   She works primarily in watercolor and gouache. Her paintings are generally figurative, although recently she has been exploring non-objective painting.  Her “Sheep Series” continues to be a favorite, combining allegory and whimsy in a variety of executions.


The  collection, “On the Subject of Sheep”  was exhibited at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in March of 2008.  A painting from the series, “She’s Come Undone” was part of  the National Watercolor Traveling Exhibition  in 2009.  Most recently Hanssen’s work was displayed at the Rossetti Galleries “Best of the Best” show in 2010.  Her painting “Foiled Again” won the Gold Award at the Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition in 2010 and was in “Splash 13.”  For more information:


The Co-Chairpersons of the WITVA ART CENTER are Phyllis C. Annunziato and Phyllis Spenser.

Phyllis Spenser

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Phyllis tells us, ” I have been drawing and painting all of my life. I studied Art in a specialized High School and  graduated from The Traphagen School of Fashion with a degree in Fashion Illustration.  I also attended The Art Student’sLeague and The Parson’s School of Design. I taught for many years at The Traphagen School and at Parsons while simultaneously working in the Bridal Industry as a Bridal Gown designer.”  


For several years, Phyllis was the Curator of The Traphagen Costume Museum which housed a famous collection of period and regional garments.  She retired from this busy life in order to devote herself to painting portraits which is her true love.

Phyllis Annunziato

Recycled jewelry

Recycled jewelry

Since 1976 Phyllis has been making, jewelry. In 1984 she began teaching the “art of  jewelry” and showing work in juried exhibits, winning many awards.  1, 2 and 3 women shows in both New York and Florida have been well received.  Her work has been exhibited in several Museums.
Phyllis served as President of Women In the Visual arts from 2000-20012, Co-President from 2007-2008 and President from April 2011-April 2013.  Phyllis is also an active member of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths (FSG). Inspired by her surroundings she uses “found objects” and recycled materials.  
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She tells us, “It is interesting to see how many wonderful ideas come from looking “out of the box”.  Jewelry is small example of the ability to transform things that are considered “waste” into artistic and fun art. It gives one a feeling of joy to know what we can do if we just give it some thought.”  She also studies the classic methods of the jewelry art  and finds  combining those practices with modern techniques, makes “one of a kind” wearable art more interesting.





WEDNESDAY 1:00 – 5:00  PM

  • Come to paint
  • Get intensive instruction or an occasional critique
  • Beginners to those who need a space to try new mediums
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Learn the Secrets of Color Mixing
  • Learn how to Paint with a Palette Knife
  • Set Yourself free!
  • Call for registration fee information: 561-394-6081



Michael Graber has been a working artist for over forty years; He studied at Queens College, New York. Adelphi University in Garden City, New York at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London. He has been a teacher for over twenty years, to both youth and seniors.  His students have won national recognition. Michael has designed interiors, furniture, fine and costume jewelry, and has done set designs for musical theater. At present he has a small mural business and teaches full time during the day.

Michael believes everyone is creative, and can achieve painting and drawing skills with the right direction and philosophy. He never compares one persons skill to another, nor does he try to get an artist to paint in his style, but encourages all to be themselves, express themselves, and above all learn to see the world through the eye of a painter. There are great artists, but not all great artist can be a great teacher.

  Michael Graber – 561 239-4949; 561-852-0900 or


A Jewelry Class by  Phyllis C Annunziato

Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00  PM 

  $25.00 per Session – $115.00/5 sessions


Experiment with many creative aspects of making jewelry, and hopefully open your mind to new ideas.  The pieces that you created cannot be made by a machine, or found in a jewelry store or book. I will bring tools with me that will help achieve this, such as dowels, hammers and pliers, saws, etc.

I will supply Brass, Copper, NU-Gold (Silver may be purchased if desired).     If beads are desired student should bring them and/or anything they would like to include in the jewelry. Beads and stones will be available for purchase.  Please call: 561 504-9143     Send check to: Phyllis C. Annunziato, 2628 NW 64th Place   Boca Raton  Florida 33496 


JEWELRY CLASS REGISTRATION FORM (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY)Name____________________________________                               


Tel. Home _________________Cell _____________________


Class Title    “Jewelry Just for fun “   _____ Amount  $25.00 or $110.00         

Check  #_____________________ 


For more information about WITVA, please



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Gem and Mineral Society Offers Silversmithing Classes By Don Norris

When an expert comes to town, people take notice.  The Rickie Report is suggesting that you pay close attention, because The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches is bringing Don Norris to teach silversmithing!  Norris has written books, made videos and cds to teach his craft.  But isn’t it better to learn in person?  We think so.  Check out this post for class information!


General Meeting

February 21, 2013

7:30 PM

Please note: Starting in January, we will be meeting at the South Florida Science Museum NOT the Garden Club.  The Museum is across the street from the Garden Club.

Don Norris teaching a class

Don Norris teaching a class

Don Norris, nationally known silversmith,will teach basic Silversmithing class plus two intermediate classes, a solid band ring class, and basket setting/step bezel class.

Norris’ website is filled with stories, tips and information about his amazing talent as a silversmith.  How fortunate we are to have him here in Palm Beach County, instructing on different levels.

 When registering, be sure to tell Don you are a member of the Society to receive a $30 discount on the class fee.

1)  Beginning Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to solder sterling silver.
You will design a pendant or a ring including a 3 wire ring band, make a bezel, solder it together, set the stone, and polish your project.

Three Beginning Classes available to fit your schedule!

Thursday and Friday Class, February 28 and March 1 Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5

Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $330.00

A $30.00 discount is available for all members of the Gem & Mineral Club

Class is limited to 6 students.

Taught by Don Norris, Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now:  1-303-517-1068 to talk to Don Norris or

Each student will receive a FREE copy of the Beginning Silversmithing Class on CD!  Over 500 of these have been sold over the internet and it has been compared to 3 years of jewelry making school!


Silversmithing Class!

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

This class will be taught from the following view points:

1. It will be taught as a metals class not an art class.
All the basics of metal smithing for the creation of jewelry will be taught with Mr. Norris’ unique techniques he has learned over the past 30 years of studying and teaching silversmithing.

2. Soldering: You will taught to use nothing but hard solder for all solder joints on new construction. It is easier, faster, and makes better jewelry!  Learning how to be an expert with a torch is the secret and it is not that difficult!

3. That everyone in the class will want to do Silversmithing to make a living. An emphasis will be placed on designing, making and selling jewelry for a profit. If you wish to do Silversmithing as a hobby, that is fine, but after taking this class you will be able to make nearly any type of silver jewelry and it will be good enough to sell. How to sell your jewelry will be discussed and taught!

4. Below are some other unique, even controversial, techniques that will be taught. You will be taught to spray on your flux and use it as a temperature gauge for soldering. You will be taught what flux does, and that flux does not “clean” the silver.
You will be taught that you can not use too much flux

You will be taught to use nothing but strip (sheet) solder in large snippets, not those silly little tiny snippets, and for sure not to use wire and paste solders!

You will be taught how solder works on a physics level so that you fully understand why and how to solder correctly.
You will be taught to use a $10.00 torch from Ace Hardware. It will make you thousands of dollars worth of jewelry so that you can purchase more important tools and equipment. The best torch for silversmithing will also, of course, be shown and discussed.

You will be taught that if you are doing repairs, YOU ARE LOOSING MONEY!
You will be taught that every time you pick up a jeweler’s saw, YOU ARE LOOSING MONEY!
You will be taught never to use rouges.
You will be taught to never worry about “fire coat” or “fire scale” and why.
You will be taught a way to make a bezel that will forever change the way that you make them. FAST AND PERFECT!!!! You will be taught why you should never use any thing but serrated bezel.
You will be taught why you will never want to use a “jeweler’s bench”.
You will be taught that you only need two files to do all your filing on sterling silver.
You will be taught the difference between working with silver and gold.
You will be taught that if you are a beginner you should not even work in gold and why, if you do, you will loose money! You will be taught many unusual ways to sell your jewelry, and for a good profit.

This is not a “project class”, you will only make one “Southwestern” or “American Indian” styled ring. By making it you will learn all the basics to make just about anything!

“If you are a beginner, I will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful, profitable Silversmith!  If you are an experienced silversmith, I will teach you to work quicker, make better jewelry and make more PROFIT!” Don Norris




2) Intermediate Solid Band Ring

Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to make a solid band ring and several small projects. All projects give you an opportunity to learn many more skills
and practice the soldering skills that you may already have.

Thursday and Friday, February 28, March 1

Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $300.00
Class is limited to 8 students.

Taught by Don Norris,Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now:  1-303-517-1068  to talk to Don Norris Visit:

Visit my web site for more examples and go to Intermediate Silversmithing Class. You must have taken my Beginning Silversmithing Class before taking this Class.



3) Stepped Bezel and Basket Setting

Intermediate Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to make a solid band ring.
You will learn many more skills
and practice the soldering skills that you may already have.

Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3
Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $330.00
Class is limited to 8 students.

Taught by Don Norris, Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now: 1-303-517-1068 Visit:


Visit my web site for more examples and go to Intermediate Silversmithing Class. You must have taken my Beginning Silversmithing Class before taking this Class.

For more information Visit:



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