Kirsten Hines: Writer, Photographer and Environmental Educator Shows Artwork and Books At Numerous South Florida Venues

Kirsten Hines is a writer, photographer and environmental educator. She’s had her lunch stolen by monkeys in the forests of Borneo, battled crocodiles in Australia, faced down a bowl of boiled frogs in China and checked off her last continent with penguins in the Antarctic.   The Rickie Report is honored to share this article about her work and is eager for you to meet her at one of many opportunities in Southeast Florida.  While she will have to tell you herself about being stashed under thorny bushes by Maasi in Kenya, we bring you some sneak peeks of her photos and details of upcoming events.  She is available to speak for groups- you will be spellbound by her stories! Meet Kirsten this weekend at the Delray Beach Festival Of The Arts!



K I R S T E N      H I N E S





Kirsten Hines at FAPA Awards




Kirsten has traveled the world, and as she continues her journeys, we are luck enough to be able to come along by seeing her photography, reading her books and listening to her lectures.  When Kirsten explores, she spends long periods of time in the natural environment.  “I spent three years wandering the wilds of Borneo, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Laos and taught in China”.  Her blog entries are not like reading a novel – you feel like you are there with her!






Pygmy Sloth, Photo by Kirsten Hines


Kirsten Hines tells The Rickie Report, “Focused on conservation and nature travel, I am a writer, photographer, and environmental educator with an M.Sc. in biology. I was raised in the Philippines but have been based in Miami since 1998”.







Mountain Gazelles , Photo by Kirsten Hines




Birders will be amazed and wildlife lovers will be enthralled.   Her “Nature & Travel” blog includes reviews, tips, travelogues, and general nature, plus travel-related tales, written in a creative non-fiction style. Most entries are illustrated by her photography, and more of her images can be seen on her website’s photo gallery.  The black-necked stilt and red-masked parakeets are from the “South Florida Birds and Gardens” collection, Canyon Reflections and Shifting Sands are from the “Nature in Abstract collection”, and the mountain gazelles and pygmy sloth are from the “Nature and Travel” collection. 




Stilt Reflection

Black-Necked Stilt, Photo by Kirsten Hines




Upcoming Art Festivals & Exhibitions:

Delray Beach Festival of the Arts: January 23-24, 2016 @ Downtown Delray Beach

Wellington ArtFest: January 30-31, 2016 @ Wellington Amphitheater

St. Stephen’s Art Show: February 13-15, 2016 @ Coconut Grove

Key Biscayne Arts Festival: March 19-20, 2016 @ Village Green, Key Biscayne

Las Olas Art Fair: April 2-3, 2016 @ Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale



Canyon Reflections, Photo by Kirsten Hines

Upcoming Presentations:


January 28, 2016 – 7:00pm @ Curtiss Mansion, Miami Springs (Key Biscayne history)

*February 1, 2016 – 12:15pm @ Wellington Garden Club, Wellington

*February 2, 2016 – 7:00pm @ Audubon of the Western Everglades, Naples

*February 4, 2016 – 1:30pm @ Key West Garden Club, Key West

February 16, 2016 – 7:30pm @ Palm Beach Florida Native Plant Society, West Palm Beach

February 23, 2016 – 7:00pm @ Palmetto Bay Garden Club, Palmetto Bay

March 17, 2016 – 12:00pm @ Key Biscayne Community Center, Key Biscayne

*April 25, 2016 – 7:30pm @ Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society, Coral Gables

*Attendance dependent upon membership or requires a fee for non-members.


Dead Palm Lovers

Parakeets, Photo by Kirsten Hines


For more information about Kirsten Hines:

Check out my books: Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens, Birds of Fairchild, Key Biscayne
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Durga Garcia Presents at Wellington Art Society

Durga Garcia will be the guest speaker at the Wellington Art Society on March 12th.  A Fine Art Photographer, Durga has a SOLO exhibition in New York City under the auspices of National Association of Women Artists ( NAWA).  This community-minded artist is always available to confer and nurture other artists of all mediums.  The Rickie Report urges you to attend this event to network with other artists and hear Durga!





Wellington Art Society


Durga Garcia, Fine Art Photographer

“Getting Your Artwork Out There!”



Wednesday, March 12

6:30-8:30 pm

Wellington Community Center

12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL



The W.A.S. meeting will be held Wednesday, March 12th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. As always, there will be a meet and mingle beginning at 6:30pm with a raffle and fabulous art and art related prizes, with the proceeds going to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. Also of interest is our Member Spotlight for members to show recent work and tell about their upcoming shows and artist development.  The general meeting begins at 7:00PM with the presentation and demo to follow. The evening’s events are generally over by 8:30. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee.




Durga Garcia

Durga Garcia





Durga Garcia is a published, internationally shown, award winning and merited photographer of fine art images and portraits. Her images can be found in numerous public and private collections. She is a South Florida based freelance professional photographer of projects, art for artists and portraits with several long-term projects and books to her credit.






"Artisans" by Durga Garcia

“Artisans” by Durga Garcia





Durga brings a most uncommon background to her pictures with a past that has her living in many countries and across America, working as a racehorse trainer, steeplechase jockey, equine veterinary paramedic, certified art appraiser, yoga teacher and member of the U.S. International Pistol Team.









Durga has parlayed her years of experience as a certified art appraiser into a special talent for conveying those nuanced details. Durga teaches photography at the Armory Art Center; leads monthly photo-talk-walks at Jonathan Dickinson & MacArthur Beach State Parks; lectures on photography for Artist and Photographic groups; hosts a blog of tips and tricks of the business for photographers and is currently writing a “Your First Photography” book. 





"Last Cypress Tree" by Durga Garcia

“Last Cypress Tree” by Durga Garcia




Ms. Garcia states, “I strive to make an image that people want to look at closely. To notice subtle nuances, created with light and shadows. My fine art images rarely show identity, have a timeless quality, with often the unexpected, gestures, textures, emotions and are hopefully thought-provoking.”   



"As We Are" from Durga Garcia's SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters in New York City

“As We Are” from Durga Garcia’s SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters in New York City


Durga’s work is being highlighted in a SOLO show this March at the N.A.W.A Gallery, 80 Fifth Ave, NYC, March 5 – 28, 2014, titled “As We Are” .  More information about this exhibit is listed below.  She is also taking part  in an International Invitational show, The MALAFOCO PROJECT, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2014.






“As We Are,” a solo show of the works of artist Durga Garcia, opened March 5, 2014 in the intimate N.A.W.A. Gallery. The show is an assemblage of Garcia’s conceptual photographic work including her earliest and memorable dark series “Until Ever After,” her ongoing Allegorical series, and a selection of recent conceptual commissioned portraits.  The connecting theme is female figures and earthy tones with subtle shades of meaning, making the images sensuous and often thought-provoking. ” 

“Garcia discloses her mastery of the photographic medium as well as versatile, playful nature. Reflecting the eerie genre of her inspiration sources, these photographs interpret one of the most elaborated themes in art.”    –Art Critic Ana Bambic Kostov, ArtAscent Magazine December 2013



 When asked how this show came about, Durga tells The Rickie Report: “I was standing in the National Association of Women Artists Gallery last November, looking at their logo, thinking I can (photographicly)  do that!   Three months later, my N.A.W.A logo inspired work is the frontis piece for my first solo show, As We Are, and it is at the       National  Association of Women Artists gallery on 5th Ave in NYC, during the National Association of Women Artists 125th anniversary year!  This really is more than I dreamed of, I am so excited!”



Durga Garcia

Durga Garcia’s “Artisans”

Durga goes on to share, “The image has been titled “Artisans”, although in color for the frontis piece, for the fine art version, it is desaturated it for the more muted tones I enjoy.  The plans for the As We Are show after is closes in NYC, are for the show to travel to Hilton Head SC before exhibiting in Florida”




Durga’s work can be seen locally in a current group show at the Amory Art Center, “Faculty Exhibit” Feb 21- March 22, 2014.  In addition,  50 of her portraits of working dogs will be shown at Palm Beach College, “BARK” Invitational Exhibit, Fall, 2014 . The photographer’s website is


Re: “As We Are”-  Solo Exhibition, Durga Garcia  at the  National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (N.A.W.A.) . The exhibit runs through March 28, 2014.  Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 5 pm. The Gallery is located at 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011.  For more information please call 212-675-1616   or e-mail:



As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that WAS is involved in and to find out how to participate.


Currently the WAS Member Art Show at the Gallery at City Hall features 17 artists and 36 works of art. The Village and Wellington Art Society will host a “Celebrate Creativity” Artists’ Reception  on Tuesday, March 25,from 5:30 –7:00 at the Gallery at City Hall with a demo, Meet the Artists, door prizes, and refreshments. The WAS Member Art Show continues through April 30.


The new WAS Members’ Art Showcase beginning March 11, at the Wellington Community Center, lower level is sure to inspire people of all ages who  visit the Community Center. A wide variety of mediums and techniques reveal  the creative artistic expressions and mastery  of our members. The WAS Showcase will continue through mid-June.  Additionally, the Wellington Community Center displays WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated every three months.



WAS is 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 more information, visit their website,  or


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.


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Carla Golembe SOLO Exhibit at Delray Beach Library

The Rickie Report knows your senses will be intoxicated when you see Carla Golembe’s vibrant artwork.  She is an award-winning artist whose work has been seen in galleries throughout the United States. Her illustrations fill dozens of children’s books and her work hangs in corporate collections around the globe.  She will have a SOLO exhibit at the Delray Beach Library that you won’t want to miss!


Carla Golembe


 “Passionate About Beauty”

April 1- May 31, 2013

Delray Beach Public Library, 2nd floor

 100 W Atlantic Ave  Delray Beach, FL



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 and others.  She has received artist residencies from the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic and Kalani Honua in Hawaii.  As an artist in residence in these places she presented her work to the community by giving talks, demonstrations and exhibitions.


"Evening Doves"

“Evening Doves”

Carla wrote and illustrated several children’s books: A Story of Surfing, The Story of Hula, M is for Maryland, Washington DC ABC’s, Annabelle’s Big Move and Dog Magic. She illustrated Why the Sky is Far Away, The Creation, People of Corn, How Night Came from the Sea and The Woman in the Moon, Sun and Honeybees.  She also wrote and illustrated the Zippy and Zoe series, published in Taiwan.


Carla’s other illustration work includes greeting cards, fine illustration stock images for Artville/Getty Images and Imagezoo, educational and medical projects for children and magazine work. She has received awards for her children’s books from the New York Times, Parent’s Choice, The American Folklore Society and PMA, the Independent Book Publisher’s Association to name a few.

"Forever Friends"

“Forever Friends”

Carla taught fine art and illustration courses at Maryland College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Lighthouse Center for the Arts (Tequesta,FL).  She worked with elementary school children teaching them to write and illustrate picture books and fold books through the Center for Creative Education and the Milagro Center. She now teaches painting and drawing at Delray Beach Center for the Arts and the Art School of the Boca Museum of Art .  She’s been doing presentations and workshops for children, teens and adults in schools, libraries, museums and other community based venues for almost  20 years.  Carla has been an artist for five Animals on Parade Public Art Projects including Washington DC’s Party Animals and Pandamania, Ocean City Maryland’s OC Beach Birds, Prince George’s County, Maryland’s Birds-I-View and Palm Beach County’s Wild Things.


Carla tells The Rickie Report, “We live on an increasingly small planet in dangerous times.  The state of our world is impossible to ignore.  Some artists choose to chronicle the specific time in which we live, to reflect our history at this moment.  I choose to paint imagery that transcends the moment.  It is human and universal.  My intention is to create a visual haven that encourages viewers to enter my personal vision, to relax, smile and breathe.”



“Tuscan Days VIII”

Carla goes on to explain, “My paintings are the product of my dreams and experiences.  They speak of hope and love, of mystery and delight.    My work expresses the harmony between individuals, between people and animals, people and nature, within a person’s soul.  They are colorful and sensual, reflecting the tropical beauty of my home and travels. The full spectrum of positive emotion echoes through my work.   Although the pieces express an optimistic attitude they are not naïve, rather they come from an understanding that pain and anxiety are part of life but joy is a more desirable place to dwell…. there is no gravity in my visual world. The figures often inhabit ambiguous spaces, places where earth, sky and water flow into one another and where light and darkness merge.  They are frequently caught in a moment of being or becoming, for it is in that moment that all dreams are possible.”




Color brings life to Carla’s imagery.  She works in acrylic, building layer upon layer of color.  With this layering technique  she is able to achieve a simple but complex depth. The process is always unfolding, always revealing more.  Strong color, shape and composition give impact to the imagery.  Her influences come from both traditional Western art and folk art.  The result is a blend and balance that is her own unique style.


Educated at Bennington College, Bennington, VT. BA in Art (1972) and Instituto Allende, Mexico MFA in Painting, Cum Laude. Assistantships in Printmaking (1979), Carla’s work is part of numerous Corporate Collections, including: Bessamer Venture Partners, McCormack and Dodge, Peabody and Brown, DeVries Direct Marketing Assistance Corp., Ingalls Quinn and Johnson, Goldstein and Manello, Kutak, Rock and Campbell, Boston Public Library, Hyatt Corporation, Fundacion Centro Cultural, Altos de Chavon , Worcester Art Museum ,Lotus Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, Buck Law Group,  JFK Library, Washington, DC, University College, University of Maryland and Montgomery County MD Art in Public Places.


The Rickie Report knows that local organizations are often looking for speakers and would recommend contacting Carla.  Her art work and previous presentations across the US and abroad promise a fascinating program!  Her work is currently available at: Cove Gallery, Wellfleet, MA       Kolbo, Brookline, MA  and Gallery Galleon , Vieques, PR.  To contact Carla Golembe call   561 498-9185 , visit her  website:  or email



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

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