Don’t Know What To Do With Your Old, Unwanted Jewelry? How About A Radical Jewelry Makeover! Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center And Resource Depot Bring Successful Project, Radical Jewelry Makeover​ ​To South Florida During Winter/Spring Season 2020. You Can Take Part!

Lighthouse ArtCenter, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM), Armory Art Center, and Resource Depot are seeking donations of old unwanted jewelry for the community jewelry mining project happening in Tequesta, FL this coming winter 2020. RJM has been traveling nationally and internationally to communities since 2007, educating jewelers of all levels about mining and material sourcing issues involved in jewelry making through a fun, fast paced, 8 week-long project.  Jewelry students and professional jewelers from the region will transform donations into radically fresh and responsible jewelry.  The project culminates in an exhibition and sale of these wearable creations at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery March 19-April 24, 2020. The Opening Reception is on March 19, 2020The Rickie Report shares the details of how/where to donate your unwanted jewelry NOW – December 21,2019, the Kick Off Party/Symposium on January 4, 2020.  Jewelry students and professionals will transform the donations between January 4 -March 4, 2020.  Want to get involved? It is EASY!




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​​A PROJECT OF: Ethical Metalsmiths 


Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center, and Resource Depot





Those tangled chains, unmatched earrings and banged up bracelets sitting at the bottom of jewelry boxes around the South Florida area are exactly what jewelry artists participating in ​Radical Jewelry Makeover – South Florida ​want to get their creative hands on. Until December 21st the non-profit, Ethical Metalsmiths and Lighthouse ArtCenter are accepting donations of old, unwanted jewelry at several Palm Beach County area locations (see complete list below). Donors will receive discount coupons to apply toward the purchase of a new piece and sales will benefit student scholarships and Ethical Metalsmiths‘ efforts to educate and connect people with responsibly sourced materials.



RJM draws attention to the creativity and skills of local jewelry designers, reveals the stories behind our personal collections and encourages re-consideration of our habits of consumption. Currently, materials used in jewelry production are sourced from some of the poorest countries in the world, sacred lands and disputed territories. Often this sourcing comes at a great cost to the environment. In Tequesta, FL, RJM will bring together volunteer “miners,” who dig out and donate their old jewelry, with volunteer jewelers and students, working together as refiners and designers to collaborate on an exhibition of re-made jewelry. Radical Jewelry Makeover will​ ​offer an informed and creative alternative to traditional mining practices and jewelry production. ​You can help by donating some of the smallest items in your home, jewelry, for reuse and recycling.





Did you know Titanium is mined in the State of Florida? Heavy minerals like Titanium have been mined in Florida since 1916. Titanium can be found in the sand of many of the beaches that line our State and is used for a variety of things from paint and makeup to helicopters and spacecraft. Today, the EPA estimates that hard rock mining is the most toxic industry in the United States. Additionally, Earthworks reports that an estimated 70% of the gold mined each year is used for jewelry, and that a single gold ring leaves more than 20 tons of mine waste. Ethical Metalsmiths, an artist run non-profit organization seeks to galvanize mining reform efforts by staging an “alternative supply chain” and is working with the Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center and Resource Depot to bring their successful project, Radical Jewelry Makeover​ ​to South Florida in the Winter/Spring season 2020.




To donate jewelry of any quality, quantity or material type please download and submit the official project donation form. It is available for download or in print at the various donation drop-off locations. Considering giving gold or silver? Consider this, if you get your jewelry appraised prior to donating, RJM can honor your donation if given with an official appraisal document at its full value as a tax-deductible donation to Ethical Metalsmiths. **** Donation Form can be found below.







●  Drop-off Donations will be accepted now through December 21 (drop of locations listed below).

●  Kick off Party/Symposium January 4, 2020 from 10am – 2 pm at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

●  Jewelry students and professionals will transform the donations between January 4 – March 4, 2020

●  The exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery will take place March 19-April 24, 2020.  There will be an Opening Reception March 19, 2020.




●  The Lighthouse ArtCenter, 373 Tequesta Dr or 395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL 33469

●  The Armory Art Center, 811 Park Pl, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

●  Resource Depot, 2501 Florida Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

●  Jewelry Creations Workshop, 1400 NE 131 St. North Miami, FL 33161 (By appt.  only, call or text 305-610-6560




● Mail to: Lighthouse ArtCenter Attn:

Maria Tritico- RJM   373 Tequesta Dr.   Tequesta, FL 33469



For More Information, please contact:

●  Lighthouse ArtCenter, Maria Tritico

373 Tequesta Dr.   Tequesta, FL 33469   (561) 746-3101

●  Armory ArtCenter

811 Park Pl.   West Palm Beach, FL, (561) 832-1776

●  Resource Depot, Chelsea Odum

2510 Florida Ave     W. Palm Beach, FL   (561) 882-0090

About Ethical MetalsmithsEthical Metalsmiths is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage social change that values jewelry made with ethically sourced materials. They do this by educating people about irresponsible mining, promoting transparency in jewelry supply chains and highlighting the collective efforts of jewelers actively changing their practices. ​Ethical Metalsmiths’ vision is a world in which people can create and enjoy jewelry made with materials from responsible sources that protect and sustain the earth, its peoples and cultures.​ ​




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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

48th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show Offers Classes, Activities, Shopping for the Whole Family

The 48th annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show is coming to the South Florida Fair & Expo East. The title is a mouthful, but there really is a lot to see and do at this show!  The Rickie Report is giving readers a preview of this not-to-be-missed event! It’s not too early to save November 22nd and 23rd on your calendars!  Use our special coupon for discount admission.



Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches


48th Annual


Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show


November 22nd   9 am – 6 pm

November 23rd   10 am – 5 pm


The South Florida Fairgrounds


Expo Center East 9067 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach





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Jeff Slutsky, President of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches tells The Rickie Report, “We strive to provide a family oriented, culturally stimulating show each year. Proceeds from this show provide the operating budget for the Society for the following year. Our show is run totally by our member volunteers.”





Demonstrations and Classes will be Part of this Year's Show

Demonstrations and Classes will be Part of this Year’s Show







The Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences. We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members. We also offer classes in lapidary and jewelry making for adults as well as children.



Gem, Mineral and Fossil Hunters from 2013 Event

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Hunters from 2013 Event







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Huge selection from beads, pearls and gemstones world wide.




Monthly meetings are held at the West Palm Beach Garden Club in Dreher Park on the 3rd Thursday of each month and feature guest speakers or demonstrations that are educational as well as entertaining.





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For more information and Membership applications please visit:




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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


C & S Bead Show Offers Jewelry, Supplies, Classes and Inspiration

At the C & S Bead Show you really get a chance to talk with the creatives who not only make beautiful jewelry, but often make the beads themselves.  This Show runs Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. If you are not a jewelry maker yourself looking for supplies, there will be plenty of hand made pieces of jewelry to choose from!  If you are a beader and interested in offering classes or selling your work we suggest you contact the show promoters!  The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.



C & S Bead Show

May 16 & 17th

Show Times


Friday: 10 am – 5 pm

Saturday:  10am – 5pm


Free Admission

Amara Shriners Temple

3650 RCA Blvd

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 Quality Bead Shows Across South Florida


Class Schedule to be announced

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Robert and Susan Onderlinde, of C & S Bead Shows, are returning to Palm Beach Gardens for a two day event in May.  The merchandise for sale includes from Pearls, 14K Gold Jewelry, Fashion Jewelry, Gemstones, Seed Beads, Pewter Beads and Findings, Pendants, Magnetic Clasps, Pavé Beads, Findings and much much more!
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If you are looking for a new pendant, this is the place to explore!

For more information, please contact Robert or Susan Onderlinde at  754-581-6835 or  754-581-6836  or visit  or email:



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The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



WITVA Invites You to Meet Myrna Rodkin and “Mr. Rogers”, Live Dog Model

March continues to be a busy month with many offerings through Women In The Visual Arts (Men are invited, too!) with an Open House, Classes, Workshops, meeting award-winning artist, Myrna Rodkin and a chance to have terrier, “Mr. Rogers” pose as a live model for portraits. The Rickie Report knows you won’t want to miss any part, so check out this article and mark your calendars!


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MARCH 10, 2013

1-4 PM







  • 2D – Michael Graber, Mixing color from Primary Colors only
  • 3D Phyllis C. Annunziato: Demonstration: Making earrings.

2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (NW 2nd Ave.) Boca Raton, Fl.

for information call 561 504-9143



 We are excited to invite the Public

WITVA March 15, 2012 Meeting

12PM – 2:30PM 

SUGAR SAND PARK, 330 South Military Trail, Boca Raton.

Women In The Visual Arts, Inc. College Graduate Scholarship Program : Since 1989 Women in the Visual Arts, Inc. has supported the efforts of women who are in the process of earning a Graduate Degree in Art.  At present, we are supporting talented candidates from Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University, who need help with tuition in order to complete their Masters in Art. 
A committee of WITVA members reviews each candidate’s references, qualifications and artist’s statements.The Finalists make an in person presentation of artwork before our members and guests. This presentation takes place at The March General Meeting of Women in the Visual Arts, at SUGAR SAND PARK, 300 South Military Trail, Boca Raton.
You will enjoy seeing what is happening in the world of young artists. After the review of the artwork, the Scholarship Committee determines the award winners.  WITVA also presents each winner with a one-year complementary membership to our organization. This gives each artist opportunities to enter our art exhibitions.  In this way, our graduates continue the WITVA mission to enhance the cultural life of our South Florida community.   All awards are presented to the winners at our Annual Spring Luncheon in April.
Our Chairperson for this program is our own WITVA member, MYRNA RODKIN, who will share some of her own artwork.

Childhood Memories by Myrna Rodkin

Childhood Memories by Myrna Rodkin

From Myrna’s earliest childhood memories, she always had a great love of nature.  While her girlfriends played “house”, she was busy exploring a nearby creek.  It wasn’t unusual for her to bring home tadpoles, salamanders, and crayfish as gifts for her family.  “At the age of six, my mother made me a member of the National Audubon Society’s Children’s Book of the Month club. I was fascinated by each book’s images of birds, insects, animals and flowers and am still maintain my membership in the Audubon Society,”she tells us.
Anhinga and Friend by Myrna Rodkin

Anhinga and Friend by Myrna Rodkin

Retiring to Florida in 1994, gave Myrna the opportunity to concentrate on bringing her love of nature and her love of photography together.  As a nature photographer, Myrna feels blessed to be living in South Florida.  The wildlife refuges and National Parks, and botanical gardens abound giving her something new and wondrous to behold and photograph.  Myrna states, “I feel privileged to be even a small part of that experience.  I once read in a fable, “The Little Prince”, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye.”  “It is my hope that what I have seen through my heart and captured with my camera, becomes visible through your eyes.”
Moonflower Morning Splendor by Myrna Rodkin

Moonflower Morning Splendor by Myrna Rodkin

Myrna has taken many classes at the Palm Beach Photographic Center and has studied with such acclaimed nature photographers as Helen Longest Slaughter, Arthur Morris, Darrell Gulin and Pat Gerlach.  Currently, Myrna is a student in Jack Wild’s Master Class at the Delray Beach Art Center.  She has won numerous awards in local juried competitions and has had her work on exhibit in In Focus, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, American Orchid Society, the 110 Gallery Delray Beach, the Boca Raton Museum of Art All Florida Juried Competition (2003-2004), Crest Theater, Highland Beach Library, The Armory, West Palm Beach and in Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton. “ The most thrilling moment I have had, Myrna said, “was being asked by the National Wildlife Refuge System to put my image of an Anhinga about to pop a fish in its mouth on their  Facebook page for captioning!” Myrna is a member of the Boca Raton Museum Artists Guild and Women in the Visual Arts, Inc.












AT THE WITVA ART CENTER 2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd. 2nd Avenue)

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Directions: It is between 28th Street and Spanish River Rd. on the east side of the street. It is next door to Gallery Seven #7

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. He has designed interiors, furniture, Fine and costume jewelry, and 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.

SATURDAY MORNING 9AM-­‐12PM  Michael Graber – 561 239-4949; 561852-0900




A Jewelry Class by  Phyllis C Annunziato

Thursdays 1 – 4 PM 

  $25.00 per Session – $115.00/5 sessions


At the WITVA Art Center        2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd #6      Boca Raton, FL. 33431

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_________________________________________________________________                               




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






 4)    Mr. Rogers will model

Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00-3:00 PM
Mister Rogers is a soft-coated wheaten terrier.
 They are medium in size.
They have a good disposition but one should remember that behind the soft fur and sweet disposition is a terrier
The breed is from Ireland and the dogs were used as sheep dogs.
Free for Members and  $10.00 for Non-Members.
Mr. Rogers modeled for us last year and was a wonderful treat! Come and join us at the WITVA ART CENTER for a SPECIAL EXPERIENCE!

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