Jennifer Love Gironda: Artist, Teacher, Inspirer Talks About Showing Gratitude Through Creativity

When Jennifer Love Gironda witnessed the devastation of the Bahamas from hurricane Dorian, she felt the need to do more than provide much-needed basic supplies for daily living.  A visionary artist who brings her heart and soul to every project she touches, Jennifer also considered the survivors’ emotional state.  Using scraps of fabrics from her multiple sewing enterprises, plus beads, she created heart-shaped ornaments.   When her Lake Worth High School art students, friends on FaceBook (including me), and neighbors heard about this, everyone wanted to get involved!  The Rickie Report shares this story on Thanksgiving , to show that gratitude includes creativity and artwork from the heart. Jennifer, you bring the “heart” in ART!  






heartBEAD  With Jennifer Love Gironda









For the last eight years, Jennifer Love Gironda has completed a piece of art every singe day, with over 2800 daily pieces as of today!  When she saw the devastation of the Bahamas from hurricane Dorian, she decided to hand sew and bead hearts for her September, 2019 daily art project.  Feeling the need to do more, she set up a Facebook fundraiser to benefit the National Association of the Bahamas Inc to help those impacted by hurricane Dorian.





Jennifer tells The Rickie Report, “For each donation of $25,  I created a hand-sewn heart.  Most of the front fabrics were cotton fabrics that I hand dyed, with some extra fabric pieces used for variety.  The backing fabrics are vintage kimono fabrics I purchased in Japan. Each piece includes hand beaded details, some shells.  The wings are a mix of vintage lace/bridal veil fabric and curtain sheer samples. I raised a total of $1270 in fundraiser donations, with additional donations for shipping costs and even some material donations”!


Jennifer received 32 separate donations from ten states (CA, FL, GA, KY, MA, NC, NY, TN, TX and VA) and ended up making a total of 60 hearts to send to her donors and contributors.  She shares, “The spirit of giving was felt by my Lake Worth High School students, who were inspired to sew their own hearts!




Hundreds of hand-sewn hearts



“My students completed one batch of 60 and then another batch of almost 100.  These were directly delivered to school children in Abaco by Annita McKnight. My students’ handmade hearts are in the colors of the Bahamian flag and are a service learning project, not part of the fundraisers, just made directly for the people impacted by the hurricane, to let them know that they are in our thoughts”.  Jennifer Love Gironda is an art teacher at Lake Worth High School (Advanced Placement classes, 3D-1, Fashion Club). She earned her MAEd and is a National Board Certified Art Educator.  



Delivery to school children in Abaco by Annita McKnight (photo courtesy of Annita McKnight)






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Artisans On The Ave Features “Creative Design” With Doris Gilden

Artisans On The Ave in Lake Worth will feature a multi-talented artist, Doris Gilden for their next exhibition, “Creative Design”.  Doris is truly a “mixed media” artist, who uses clay, bisque, greenware plus textural elements  she brings from her Fashion Design and Interior Design training.  The Free, Opening Reception, Opens to the Public on Friday, March 3rd.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.


630 Lake Avenue    Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162   or   561-582-3300







Featuring Doris Gilden

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 3, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is a free event, refreshments will be served


Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm


3D Mixed Media Artwork by Doris Gilden



Doris Gilden’s background in Fashion Design and Interior Design inspires her to bring her creative skills to her passion for working on Greenware, Bisque and Clay.  She brings fantasy to her one-of-a-kind creations, incorporating lace, beads, sequins, crystals, mirrors and other decorations to what she conceives to be her blank canvas.

Mixed Media Decorative Plate by Doris Gilden



Doris is inspired by past and present trends and fashion from the 1920’s to the future. She portrays from all backgrounds and she is always looking for new inspirations. Her works may make the perfect centerpiece around which an entire concept may evolve, or, they may be the ideal accessories that have the ability to unify the whole creative design.


Decorative Mixed Media Plate by Doris Gilden




Doris has exhibited her works at the Palm Beach International Art Show, the Kravis Center Gift Shop, and Sherry Frankel’s Menagerie on Worth Avenue. In addition, her works have appeared in the Paradise Gallery in Sarasota and the Noyes Museum in New Jersey.


Decorative 3D Mixed Media Plate by Doris Gilden



Doris is now happy to be among the many wonderful and diverse artists at the Artisan On The Ave Gallery in Lake Worth.  When you visit the 3 showrooms within the Gallery you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art of the 40 artists the Gallery features!  When you give a handmade piece of art to friends and loved ones created by local artists, you are also giving a gift to the artist with your purchase. Supporting local artists helps keep money in your own community!!



For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call:

Artisans On The Ave
Owners: Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro

561-762-8162  or  561-582-3300

630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460



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Artisans On The Ave Invites You To “6 Women Inspired”, A Multi-Media Exhibition

Artisans On The Ave gallery invites everyone to a new exhibit, “6 Women Inspired”, showcasing the creative works of Barbara Bailey, Susan Peck, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Ebba Tinwin, Doris Gilden and Edrian Thomidis.  A Free, Opening Reception takes place on Friday, May 20th.  Enjoy the refreshments and meeting each of these outstanding artists!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details. When you visit the 3 showrooms within the gallery you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art from over 40 artists the gallery features.






Artisans On The Ave

630 Lake Avenue       Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-582-3300     561-762-8162

“6 Women Inspired”

Opening Reception:

Friday, May 20, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the refreshments!  Meet the artists!




Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm




Artisans On The Ave Gallery is featuring six women artists including: Barbara Bailey, Susan Peck, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Ebba Tinwin, Doris Gilden, and Edrian Thomidis. For centuries women have proved their strength and talents in a variety of ways. The women artists of Artisans On The Ave Gallery are no exception.




Each of these artists have discovered the arts in a personal way in her life.  Her calling may have appeared as a little girl drawing with the vast rainbow of exciting colors and creating masterpieces.  Maybe she had to put her art career on hold as she raised her family, making being the best mother to her family her priority. She might have stayed in the background of her partner’s career as she silently dreamed of someday having her name in lights. Then the timing in her life allowed her the opportunity to show the world her talents and share her exciting creations to everyone.



Meet The 6 Women Inspired:



#1 Barbara McKee Bailey



“Stealth Code” by Barbara McKee Bailey

Barbara McKee Bailey graduated Cum Laude from Mount St. Mary’s College in New York and studied the medium of watercolor at the Jacaruso Studio in Rhinebeck, New York. After operating a successful Bed and Breakfast business in the Hudson Valley Barbara has used her talents to create original art. Using both acrylics and mixed media and currently working in various procedures her abstract art has won several awards throughout various locations in Florida.







“Water Dance” by Barbara McKee Bailey

After years of painting representational art Barbara decided to experiment with non-representational art and suddenly found her new passion with the freedom this technique offers. She can alter the conception of reality using forms, shapes, textures, patterns, and colors. Barbara can express how “Spring” feels using this medium with the intention of continuing to explore and create within this venue




#2  Susan Peck





Handpainted Silk Scarf by Susan Peck


Visual artists have their own interpretation of the world by taking on a romantic view of the wonders of nature. Gardens, flowers and foliage inspire Susan Peck’s fascination with color. The pieces she creates celebrate the gorgeous hues and vibrancy of her surroundings with the intention of delight.




Wearable Art Purse by Susan Peck



Her lovely unique one-of-a-kind creations of wearable art bring a sense of joy and happiness to the proud owner who admires and wears her art. Each of Susan’s pieces are original and made by hand. Her silk scarves and purses are truly a delight to wear and enjoy. Susan also creates canvas pieces that will look beautiful in your home and will be quite the conversation piece.




#3 Mary Ellen Dohrs



“Sumos” by Mary Ellen Dohrs



Mary Ellen Dohr’s joy of sculpturing comes from the luxurious feel of terra cotta in her hands and the creation of turning her thoughts into finished forms.  A lifetime of experience in other disciplines as an artist influenced her progression to her success as a sculptor. After graduating in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, she became the first woman in General Motors Styling and later continued her career in product design for large named industry clients.




“Lydia” by Mary Ellen Dohrs

Industrial Design to sculpture was an easy transition, basically similar in the use of volume, form and color. But it was the tactile quality that made it so attractive. The expression of movement and vitality appear in all of her works”. The strength of her sculpture is in the energy expressed. She delights in tackling all subject matter including forms that range from aggressive, and masculine to quiet inner calm and peaceful female figures. “In art works, just as in life experiences, there should always be a place for whimsy and a good laugh as evidenced by silly pots and ubiquitous frogs. Each day brings a new opportunity to create something beautiful out of this simple material… mud”.



#4 Ebba TinWin


ArtisansEbba TinWin--Wildlife Refuge

“Wildlife Refuge” by Ebba TinWin

Ebba grew up by the wind and waves of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. Before settling in the United States, Ebba spent seven years in her husband’s native country of Burma (now Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. Many of her collages were inspired by the vibrant colors of the Orient. Ebba holds a MA in education, but her passion has always involved the arts. Her career includes managing an expressive art gallery and the precise instruction involving collage art using her adventures of world traveling and memories to tell a visual story on paper.




“Marsh At Dusk” by Ebba TinWin 


An avid beachcomber, Ebba enjoys turning what she finds into unique creations. She presents her beach glass designs with pride, delighting in each piece as a true gift of Nature. The translucent colors of what the magnificent ocean washes ashore are then made by hand into a forever piece of jewelry to be worn and loved. No two pieces are ever alike so each one is an original work of art. Ebba also takes her talents to canvas and paints in a variety of different styles including abstract.





#5  Doris Gilden 


“From The Heart” by Doris Gilden

Doris’s one of a kind ceramic creations are the culmination of an artistic career that was inspired from studying fashion design and illustration to interior design and decorating. Doris’s personalized creations of boutique leather handbags have been sold in high-end specialty and department stores. She decided to explore ceramics as a medium for artistic expression. Working with green-ware and slip, Doris creates unique vessels, plates, and vases using her fashion background as the inspired motif of elegant women and their silhouettes on her ceramics, which she considers her canvas. To create her three-dimensional finished product she uses a selection of numerous materials with her clay. Enjoying and incorporating a variety of techniques Doris uses lace, fabrics, 14K gold, platinum, gold foil and crystals into her ceramic art.






Mixed Media by Doris Gilden




Doris is a member of Women in the Visual Arts and the National Organization of Women Artists. She has displayed and sold her art in a number of venues.  One of the thrills of working with ceramics is that she is never entirely sure of how something will look once it is fired, and The sense of surprise motivates Doris as an artist. Her daily purpose is to create new and unique techniques and continue to grow as an established woman artist.




# 6  Edrian Thomidis 




“Don’t Feed The Monster” by Edrian Thomidis




Edrian Thomidis’ career took a complete turn, for her to become the artist that she is today. Her expertise and skills of owning and operating a graphic design studio allowed her to design websites for some of the most notable Fortune 500 companies where her work was seen all over the world. Digital media, websites and online ad campaigns have used her many illustrations.




“Young Warrior” by Edrian Thomidis

She then discovered a new passion in ceramics and expresses herself through her artistic creations. Thoughts and feelings evolve in a creative way and document a slice of her life. Currently fostering her creative spirit to produce work that is expressive, whimsical yet slightly odd. Her figurative ceramics and mixed media are all about storytelling with characters that are influenced by her interest in children’s books, time specific stories and personal growth. Each detail has personal meaning, but viewers can interpret and connect with each piece in their own unique way. Edrian’s hand built and uniquely glazed ceramics and sculptures are enjoyed and loved by each of her many collectors and admirers.










Visit this opening night for an evening of fun.

Meet the artists!!!

View our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!


For more information:

Artisans On The Ave
Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro

561-582-3300     or        561-762-8162



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World Quilt Show Features International Competition and Local Creators, “Sisters of the Cloth”

The Mancuso Show Management’s World Quilt Show – FLORIDA, returns in early January! Hosting the World Quilt Competition Tour, it is one of the most internationally diverse exhibitions in the world of quilting and the textile arts.  The show also boasts a Merchants Mall with exhibitors offering everything needed to start those creative projects swimming in the heads of every quilt and textile artist. For inspiration or simply eye candy, attendees won’t want to miss the stunning collections of quilt, wearable, fiber and textile art. Workshops and lectures will be offered to round out this spectacular event.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share some sneak peeks from local creators, Trina Slade Burks, Barbara Cheives and Kianga Jinaki, known as “Sisters of the Cloth”. See you at the Quilt Show!





World Quilt Show – Florida VI

January 8-10, 2015




The Merchants Mall and Quilt Show will be open:

Thursday, January 8   10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday, January 9         10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 10   10:00 am to 6:00 pm


Featuring the World Quilt Competition XVIII: On Tour


Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Boulevard     W. Palm Beach, Florida




Barbara Cheives, Pillows and Scarf

Barbara Cheives, Pillows and Scarf

The World Quilt Show – Florida features an exciting Merchants Mall offering the best in fabrics, notions, machines, contemporary and antique quilts, textiles, quilting supplies, books, sewing related craft items, kits, clothing and much, much more.


Admission for the Merchants Mall and Quilt Show is $12 and includes re-admission. Accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted free. Show admission for all three days is included with pre-registration. Discounts for groups of 20 or more can be arranged; please contact our office at (215) 862-5828 for details. PLEASE: no pull-along carts allowed on show floor.


There is a $5 charge for parking at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (subject to change). Additional parking is available across the street in the parking garage at CityPlace which charges $1/hour with the first hour free and a maximum of $5 (subject to change).


"Audience" by Kianga Jinaka

“Audience” by Kianga Jinaki


Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce the return of the World Quilt Show – FLORIDA! This show will play host to the World Quilt Competition Tour, one of the most internationally diverse exhibitions in the world of quilting and the textile arts. Join us for a magnificent quilt and textile art experience. This spectacular site is the perfect location at the perfect time of year for this new and exciting venue. The show will boast a Merchants Mall with exhibitors offering everything needed to start those creative projects swimming in the heads of every quilt and textile artist. Also, for inspiration or simply eye candy, attendees won’t want to miss the stunning collection of quilt, wearable, fiber and textile art. Workshops and lectures will also be offered up to round out this spectacular event.



Trim Basket from Trina Slade-Burk

Trim Basket from Trina Slade-Burks



Sisters in the Cloth at the World Quilt Show



Friends, colleagues, and fellow fiber artists Kianga Jinaki, Trina Slade-Burks and Barbara Cheives are coming together for a first-of-its-kind booth at the World Quilt Show.


The Sisters in the Cloth booth will feature authentic African textiles, vintage Japanese kimono and obi fabrics. Select imported and domestic contemporary fabrics along with ribbons, beads and hand made trims and embellishments will round out their offerings. One of a kind wearable and decorative items designed by these visionary fabric artists will be available at their booth.


In addition to the opportunity to purchase unique items, this fun and interactive booth will feature ongoing mini-workshops, demos and educational sessions. Learn about the history of kimono, African weaving techniques, textiles as art, and ‘how to’ lessons for your own fabric creations.

"Bride and Groom" by Barbara Cheives

“Bride and Groom” by Barbara Cheives

Trina Slade-Burks

“Sewing and working with fabric was always something that I was fascinated with since I was a little girl. My mother would create fabulous outfits using patterns and designs either store-bought or from her own artistic creations. I personally did not have an interest in using the sewing machine, however, I did learn how to do basic hand sewing.  I was always intrigued by lace and other types of trim and I temporarily considered fashion design as a career path.”



"Doll Baby" by Trina Slade-Burks

“Doll Baby” by Trina Slade-Burks

Trina tells The Rickie Report, ” When I moved to south Florida, my pen pal from New York encouraged me to work for a company called Brooklyn Bow and Ribbon. It was an 80-year hat bow company that moved from Long Island New York to Riviera Beach. They produced bows for clothing and packaging. I started in their factory and ended up being a designer for their sales department. I would turn blasé sales boards into trendy works of art. It got to the point that the sales people were spoiled by the visual intensity of the work I would produce with basic fabric and bows. Hence, my love of playing with fabrications began! 

 I continue to incorporate fabric into a lot of my artwork stemming from what I used to do for BBR.  I realized that fashion design did not need to be my path, for me to pursue my love of working with fabrications and textiles”.  To reach Trina, please email:

Barbara Cheives

“Over the years I have developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan. I also have a natural affinity for the African culture.  “Afrasia” was born as a unique marriage of cultures that preserves vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi blended with modern African fabric, African inspired trims, beads, and “found” items.”


She tells The Rickie Report, “I spend my days as a consultant working to bridge the gap between cultures and I continue that work through my art. As a Fiber Artist, my one of a kind wearable and decorative art represents a harmonious blend of cultures”.  Contact her at  or


Handmade dolls by Kianga Jinaki

Handmade Dolls by Kianga Jinaki

Close-Up of Embellishments, Kianga Jinaki

Close-Up of Embellishments, Kianga Jinaki

Kianga Jinaki



Kianga Jinaki is a Contemporary Folk Artist. She creates dolls, quilts, and mix-media collages using traditional African textiles, beads and cultural references. Kianga’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Currently, her work can be found at CGMS Gallery  15 South J Street in Lake Worth, Florida and on her website: As a part of the quilt show Ms. Jinaki will offer an assortment of African textiles, African glass and metal beads for sale along with her original artworks.





For more information about the Quilt Show please contact:

Mancuso Show Management     PO Box 667  New Hope, PA 18938

215-862-5828     Fax 215-862-9753 




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