Wellington Art Society Announces 2 Gallery Receptions Plus Monthly Meeting With Featured Artist Ralph Papa

The Wellington Art Society will host two Gallery Receptions:  Wellington City Hall Gallery on Tuesday, February 27th and the Equine Exhibit at the Wellington Community Center Gallery on Saturday, March 10th. In addition, the public is also invited to their Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, February 14th, featuring a demo with Ralph Papa.  There is a lot of artwork to see and WAS offers so many opportunities for artists to show their work and network as well.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.


The   Public   Is   Invited   To  Three  Events:


Monthly Meeting:

February 14, 2018


6:30 pm

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL




This is event is open to members and non-members


Artwork by Ralph Papa



Beginning in the 1980’s Ralph began painting on location in the Hudson Valley and the Hamptons on Long Island and since 2002 in Palm Beach County. His subjects are from nature, life experiences and personal reflections of family and friends. In addition to plein air painting, Ralph does studio paintings, many of them larger than life faces creating pensive moods with feelings of isolation and loneliness. His most recent studio works are real and imaginative compositions that link him visually with artists he admires.



“Loxahatchee” by Ralph Papa


Ralph Papa is a passionate art activist, teaching drawing, painting and plein air workshops throughout Palm Beach County. As an art instructor he believes that a fine visual artist must be able to accurately reproduce images with minimum effort which will give them a better chance of success if they are true to who they are in creating something unique.


“Sunday Morning Sun” by Ralph Papa



Ralph is a Signature Member and Past President of the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and co-founder of Plein Air Palm Beach. His work is in many private and public collections in the United States, Canada and Europe. His art is on display locally at The Neighborhood Gallery in Boynton Beach.  Ralph tells us,“As an artist, I find the process of creating a fine artwork highly energizing and even more fulfilling then the end product”.






Tuesday, February 27, 2018

5 – 7  pm

Light refreshments will be served and there will be drawings for special door prizes. The public is invited.


Wellington City Hall on Forest Hill Boulevard



The Wellington Art Society will host a reception for their latest exhibit on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the Wellington City Hall on Forest Hill Boulevard. The exhibit will feature approximately 38 art pieces in their beautiful upstairs and downstairs galleries.

The featured artists are:

Jean Williard

Stan Greenfield

Susan Mosely

Betty Jane Zedonek

Toni Willey

Hildegard Donavan

Lynne Doyal

Donna Donelan

Raymonde Talleyrand

Betty Brodie

Joanne Baker MacCleod

Robert MacCleod

Franklin Weiss

Valentina Rapetskaya




Saturday, March 10, 2018

10 am – Noon

Equine Exhibit

Light refreshments will be served and there will be drawings for special door prizes. The public is invited for this unique exhibit.

Wellington Community Center on Forest Hill Boulevard just south of Wellington City Hall.


The Wellington Art Society will host a reception on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10-12 n for their outstanding Equine Exhibit now showing at the Wellington Community Center on Forest Hill Boulevard just south of Wellington City Hall. This first Equine Exhibit features fifteen artists including a premier showing of Laurie Snow Hein’s painting “North Dakota Mustangs at Teddy Roosevelt Park”.


The featured artists are:

Joanne Baker MacCleod

Robert MacCleod

Raymonde Talleyrand

Susan Tenenbaum

Franklin Weiss

Betty Brodie

Betty Jane Zedonek

Jean Williard

Patricia Heller

Karla Smith

Stan Greenfield

Ana Noble

Valentina Rapetskaya

George Taylor

Laurie Snow Hein


The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org




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PGA/Verano Announces More Artists For November 4th “Festival Of Arts” Including Internationally & Nationally Acclaimed Painters

Club Talavera’s “Festival Of Arts” located at PGA/Verano in Port St. Lucie takes place on Saturday, November 4th.  This Free event will highlight fine art, functional items for the home and decorative handmade items.  The participating artists are of International and National acclaim and also include emerging artists.  Handmade in the USA! This is the perfect time to start shopping for yourself or others!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  You must RSVP to gain access through the security gate.  Details are in this article.  Proceeds will benefit Molly’s House.




RSVP by NOVEMBER 2nd  For Security Gate Access

 772-905-3996, or sandra.brickley@fsresidential.com




 Polymer necklace by Sarita and Marissa Neun




Gift Box by Maryann Baskoff




Painting by Karla Smith



P A R T I C I P A T I N G   A R T I S T S


Linda Akers – Handmade Greeting Cards

Mary Ann Baskoff – Handmade Decorator Boxes

Harry Burchell – Original Oils and Giclees

Diane Concepcion & Asia Booth – Mosaic Art & Jewelry

Mirtha Diaz – Handmade Jewelry

Amarilis Veliz Diepa  – Original Art

Margo Diieso –  Handmade Clutches and Wallets

Gail Erickson  – Handmade Clay Sculptures

Lorrie Goss – Handmade Fountains and Water Features

Jane Himebaugh – Original Paintings

Kim Kay –  Original Contemporary  & Abstract Floral Paintings

Patricia Kuhn –  Fused Glass Art

Rickie Leiter – One of a Kind Stone and Gem Necklaces

Aurea Migenis  – Original Artwork

Sarita And Rissa Neun  –  Polymer Clay Jewelry, Ornaments & Votives

Nadia Picinich – One of A Kind Mixed Media Art

Sue Ann Mosely Seleeby – Original Oil Paintings

Karla Smith – Original Paintings of Animals, Nature

Laura Tarquinio  – Original Acrylic Paintings


Handmade Wallets/Clutches by Margo Diieso


Original Art by Amarilis Veliz Diepa


Sculpture by Gail Erickson




Molly’s House is the dream project of a young girl named Molly Sharkey. At 12, she was diagnosed with chronic myelocytic leukemia. For the next 6 years Molly and her family traveled the US to find treatment for her rare type of leukemia. In some cities they were lucky to find a Ronald McDonald House where the family could stay and be close to Molly in the hospital. In other cities there was nowhere convenient for the family to stay.




This experience prompted Molly’s dream of building a house in her home town, Stuart, Florida, and make it available to any family who had a loved one being treated for critical care at Martin Medical Center. Molly died in May of 1992 at age 18,  Since then, her family and friends raised funds to build her dream house.  Since 1996, Molly’s House has provided a warm and caring environment for patients and families in a medical crisis. For over 20 years, Molly’s House has provided a home away from home to almost 20,000 people while they or a loved one were receiving medical treatment. Our Adopt a Family program subsidizes families who are unable to make a donation toward their accommodations. Molly’s House is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for our guests. We are staffed by volunteers and a night manager staff, a housekeeper, an operations manager, and a CEO.


For information about public events, volunteering or staying at Molly’s house please visit:




PGA/Verano and Club Talavera  by Kolter homes:



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From Hesitant Artist To Teacher To A One Woman Show!

The Rickie Report offers emerging artists an opportunity to brainstorm and consider different ways they might pursue their goal of becoming a full time artist.   Karla Smith has moved from a hesitant artist to someone with her own One Woman Show. We would like to celebrate and share her story with our readers!

Karla is a member of the Wellington Art Society.  Because she missed the WAS meeting when Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report attended, Karla called to see if we could have a cup of tea together.  Karla brought a small representation of her portfolio, which included still life, wild life, horses and dogs.  Karla’s interest is focused on a more realistic style of art.  She works full time and paints every evening after walking her dogs.


Sunset Ribbon Dance

Karla had already started to pursue avenues beyond Florida to show her art.  She became involved in Best Friends Animal Society.  Karla told us “It is always great exposure to help this group of people who mission is to create a better world through kindness to animals”.   She frequently offers her paintings to Best Friends fundraising projects.  For more information: www.bestfriends.org


Strawberry Window

Through different Calls to Artists in The Rickie Report, Karla began to show and sell her artwork locally.  We discussed her need to increase her inventory of art work, so she could apply to multiple shows.  Her painting, “Fruits & Veggies” won a prize at Artists Haven Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.    http://www.artistshavengallery.com/events   Her painting, “Strawberry Window” won first in its category of Still Life Fruits at the same gallery!  “They had over 2,100 paintings from 270 international artists, so I was very pleased my painting was chosen!  Makes those late nights painting worth the effort! “, Karla told us.

Miniature paintings have fascinated Karla for a long time.  She sent three to Seaside Art Gallery in North Carolina and two sold right away.  You can look for her work under “Smith K Pride & Joy” or “Smith K Runaway Print” at: http://seasideart.com/miniature-show/miniature-art-show-gallery

Big Dog “Before”

“And did I ever tell you about Big Dog?”  Karla recently finished a project for this project in March, 2012.  It was for Smart Dogs for Smart Schools in Miami.  She painted her fiberglass dog with a rainforest theme! We love the detail!

Big Dog “Rainforest”











Karla is currently working on some new paintings for a gallery in Utah, where she has been offered a one woman show for March, 2013.  “I’ve been scrambling to get all of my references and canvas to paint for that show. It is exciting and stressful – which is what I love about being an artist”.

Dragon Handle

“Oh, and I am still teaching art lessons!  “Mrs. R” is coming along and learning to paint. We’ll be finishing up her fourth painting this week and looking at reference for her next project.  I enjoy teaching her and am open to take on another student in the evenings in the Boca area, using oil or acrylics.”   The Rickie Report writes about many artists who not only paint but teach to supplement their income.  We want to share a bit more about “Mrs. R”.

The Rickie Report received a phone call from the son of an 80 year old woman who is interested in learning to paint with oils.  She was described as being “slightly challenged”.  This formerly robust woman is now walking with a cane, has some memory issues, and is verbal when spoken to but otherwise shy.  She had never painted before but when her son, a Life Coach, asked her how she would like to spend her days, she told him she wanted to learn to paint with oils!  “Mrs. R” is interested in painting the human form rather than landscapes.


Ivy Dance

The son asked if The Rickie Report knew anyone in the area who might be interested in providing private lessons in Mrs. R’s home .  She needed a teacher who would be enthusiastic, encouraging, and patient.  We agreed to help and sent out an email  describing the opportunity.  Anyone who was interested sent their resume to us, which we sent to the family.  Once the resumes were gathered, the family interviewed the potential teachers and hired one.  The choice of that person and the fee were between the family and the teacher.  The Rickie Report felt privileged to be able to help connect “Mrs. R.’s” family and the teacher, who turned out to be Karla Smith.

Poodle on the Red Bench

The Rickie Report wants to share Karla’s story with our readers because hse embodies a number of attributes we hope other artists will pursue.  Karla enjoys herself as an artist.  She is a great believer in giving back to the larger community to help others and good causes.  She is a member of an artist organization (WAS) so she understands the importance of networking with other artists.  Her ability to move to other opportunities when some do not work out says a lot about her positive attitude.  A positive attitude will carry us all a long way on this journey.  To contact Karla regarding classes or to see more of her work: Call her at 561-706-9170 or email at purebredandmutts@gmail.com

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