New Studio For The Visual Arts Invites You To “Under The Sea”, An Exhibit Of Marine Life Painting By Internationally Acclaimed Artists December 5-28

The New Studio For The Visual Arts announces an Exhibition of Marine Life Paintings by internationally acclaimed artists Jason Mathias, Don Ray, and Randall Scott.   The Exhibit’s Opening Reception takes place on Friday, December 7th.  A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. What an opportunity to meet and hear about these creatives’ adventures!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.  The Exhibit is available December 5 – 28.








An Exhibition of Marine Life Painting

By internationally acclaimed artists:

Jason Mathias
Don Ray
Randall Scott



Opening Reception:

December 7, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Exhibit runs December 5 to December 28, 2018

Proceeds of artwork sales will be donated to: Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach




Artwork by Randall Scott















Native Floridian, Jason Mathias was born in Stuart, Florida where some of his earliest memories are of the ocean aboard his grandfather’s charter boat “Do Stay”.  As a child, Jason’s two favorite pastimes were drawing and fishing, and it wasn’t before long that he stated combining the two.  After graduating from Martin County High School as art student of the month, Jason was accepted into Ringling School of Art & Design where he majored in illustration.  He quickly became known to both fellow students and faculty as “the fish guy”.  While at Ringling, Jason began his practice of taking underwater footage to use as reference material for his growing portfolio of realistic marine life paintings.  While still a student, he launched his career creating murals, commissioned artwork and freelance illustrations for Mote Marine Laboratories – an experience that not only won him recognition for his unique talents as a marine life illustrator, but also concretized his chosen path as a marine and wildlife artist. 





Gallery View of Jason Mathias’ artistry



Within the first two years of graduating from Ringling School of Art and Design, Jason was the premier featured artist at (IGFA) International Game Fish Association Museum Hall of Fame. Jason had also been featured artist numerous times and made several print signing appearances with (CCA) Coastal Conservation Association, and has been featured in many Galleries and museums such as the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach.  Jason’s current fine art compositions in oils, acrylics and watercolors are drawn from the extensive experience and underwater digital video he takes while exploring the planet’s oceans.  You can now find Jason’s works in stores, museums and galleries throughout the world, including Europe, Egypt, Australia, Hawaii, South America, Canada and Central America.






DON     RAY  





Don Ray



Don Ray grew up in Ohio, where his interest in art extends as far back as he can remember.  Don learned about fresh water subjects as a boy, fishing and netting local streams and lakes.  A self-taught artist, who studied the work of masters from “The Golden Age of Illustration” such as  Wyeth and Frederick Remington, Don also learned from contemporaries like George Schelling and, in particular, Stanley Meltzoff, who personally shared his knowledge and time with Don as a mentor.  Don lives near Vero Beach.  His research methods include collecting wild specimens and diving with them in natural habitat,  including a three-quarter acre research pond on his own property.  





Artistry by Don Ray





Don joined the Society of Animal Artists in 1990, the same year, he also won its highest honor, the Award of Excellence.  Don has competed in and won a variety of state stamp and print competitions. His paintings won first place in the Florida State Lobster Stamp competition and in the Florida snook stamp competition, making him the state’s first double competition winner.  In 1995, Don again won the snook stamp and print competition.  In 1994 and 1999, he was commissioned to paint the Coastal Conservation Association stamp and print.  He was also selected to paint the Texas saltwater fishing stamp and print multiple times asa well as the Texas freshwater stamp and print.




Don’s paintings have been selected by the International Game Fish Association for covers of various editions of its annual publication, World Record Game Fishes.  Don’s art has also graced the covers of other books, magazines and catalogs including Big Game Fishing Journal, Cabel’s, Field & Stream, Game Fish (France), Inshore Offshore Magazine, Marlin, Marlin Magazine’s 30th anniversary cover, Outdoor Life, Penn Reels, Redbone Journal, Saltwater Sportsman, and Sporting Tales, Florida Sport Fishing.  In addition to the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition, Don’s work has been juried into the Florida Wildlife Expo, Game Conservation International, Pacific Rim Wildlife Expo, and Southeastern Wildlife Expo.  Don was chosen as the featured artist for Florida’s Coastal Conservation Association 25th Anniversary.  He has been represented by Collectors Covery (Dallas, TX), Russell Jimishian Gallery  (Fairfield, CT) Redbone Gallery (Islamorada, FL) and Sportsman Edge (New York). 








Randall Scott 




A native Californian and an accomplished artist and diver, Randall Scott grew up exploring the Pacific Coast. Exceptionally talented and deeply committed to his subject, Scott’s passion is to communicate the beauty, mystery, and power of the sea’s aquatic citizens. Scott researches his subjects through observation and underwater photography. His travels have taken him all over the world, from his native California, to Mexico and British Columbia, Australia, the South Pacific. He is also familiar with the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida, where he now currently resides with his wife Donna and their four children.



Artistry of Randall Scott





Randall has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his artistic talent. Scott was featured in the television series “Journeys of an Artist”. His work has graced covers of national art magazines and a series of textbooks produced by the National Geographic Society.



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Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 




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Scholarships Available For Cultural Summer Camp Programs. Deadline To Apply Is May 1st

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has published its 2017 Cultural Camp Guide – a comprehensive online listing of art and cultural summer programs in The Palm Beaches – and announced that 30 camp scholarships totaling $9,000 are available to those who apply on or before May 1.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  Please share with families who can benefit!





601 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460



Families may click on to select programs that interest their children. There are opportunities for children to learn dance, music, visual arts, theater, nature/science and writing. Camp dates, age requirements and fee information are all available on the Cultural Council’s site along with directions on how to apply online for scholarships before the May 1 with a 11:59 p.m. deadline. Scholarships will be awarded by lottery, based upon need.

A Sampling Of Summer Fun Opportunities:


Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop & Repertory Theatre Co.
Boca Raton Museum Art School
Educational Gallery Group
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Lake Worth Playhouse
Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Palm Beach Atlantic University Dance Department
Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
Spady Museum
Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County
“The Cultural Council is delighted to work with so many arts and cultural organizations in Palm Beach County to promote outstanding programming that will keep the arts alive for children of every age all summer. The scholarship program means that families at every income level will have a chance to experience art and culture first-hand,” said Trish Halverson, manager of arts and cultural education at the Cultural Council.


For more information:

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
601 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460      (561) 471-2901







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Trina Slade-Burks SOLO Exhibit at Harold’s

Trina Slade-Burks has been curating art shows alongside her husband Anthony Burks Sr. for close to a decade. While her focus previously has been the creativity of others, it is time to celebrate a SOLO Exhibit of her own artistry!  Already on display, “Women Unite” runs through May 28th.  There will be a public reception on Saturday, May 24th, so check it out at Harold’s Coffee Lounge.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek.

Trina Slade-Burks

SOLO Exhibit:

“Women Unite”

Public Reception:


Saturday,  May 24th  6- 9 pm

Harold’s Coffee Lounge

509 Northwood Road

West Palm Beach,  FL 33407

Exhibit runs  April 24-May 28

*There will be light refreshments  (samples from Trina’s up-coming 2nd cookbook), however please support the venue by purchasing coffee, tea, and other things that Harold’s provide. The mission is to support local arts and local businesses.



Trina Slade-Burks has been curating art shows alongside her husband Anthony Burks Sr. for close to a decade. Some of the exhibitions’ include Collaboration: The Florida Endangered Species Exhibition at the Paul Fisher Gallery, Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition at the Armory Art Center, CONTINUUM in the Downtown District of West Palm Beach under the direction of ArtSynergy and co-curated BACKGROUND: Cultural Inspiration in Contemporary Art at ArtHouse 429 Gallery. Trina has also self-published 5 books since 2009 with a new cookbook due to be launched the winter of 2014.




Though Trina has exhibited in collaborative shows in the past, she has never had a SOLO exhibition.   This show, Women Unite”  is a tribute to women empowerment.   Born in Harlem, NY. , raised in Marble Hill Projects in the Bronx, Trina Slade-Burks is from an artistic lineage. Her multimedia influences have included creative writing, visual arts, music and theatrical arts disciplines.



Trina Slade-Burks

Trina Slade-Burks


After graduating from college in Fort Lauderdale with a degree in Visual Communications in the late 80’s, Trina felt the strong need to work creatively. She moved back to New York City and re-exposed herself to the creative flow she was longing for.  Trina later married a fellow artist Anthony Burks and together they have journeyed on to the next level of exposing people to what makes the world a better place: ART.



Trina Burks, Magnets

Trina Burks, Magnets


In 1993 Trina and Anthony created A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers (formerly A.T.B Graphic Designers); offering image-building  and branding for artists and companies. They also connect artists to clients and act as mentors to young artists by offering training for the professional art world. In 2009 their company was registered as an LLC in West Palm Beach, FL.


Trina Burks

Trina Burks, Mixed Media


With artists Barbara Cheives & Lea Jefferson, Trina and Anthony created  and launched a traveling art exhibition called “Collaboration” in 2007 which showcases art of different disciplines in alternative spaces. “Collaboration” is a new concept in art presentation.  Being in homes or businesses, allows artwork to be viewed by clients in a more realistic environment rather than a gallery or museum. It gives the artists an opportunity to interact with buyers on a one-to-one basis and develop a personal relationship without a third party facilitator.


Trina Burks

Trina Burks


Besides nurturing other innovative souls the couple is raising their two sons Anthony Jr. and Raymond who are equally as artistic as their parents.  Trina has been a major player in the development of art and culture for programs in Palm Beach County, FL.  Her groundbreaking projects  focus on the goal of developing the artistic souls of youth and adults alike, through creativity.



Trina Burks, "Understand Me"

Trina Burks, “Understand Me”


Trina published her first book, ” What is My Priority?”  in June 2009 which is a collaborative of poetry, affirmations & art.  She previously wrote articles, interviews and acted as the ghostwriter for the blog “Afro Boy” (with musician/writer Alexie F formerly of online hip-hop radio show The Zro Hour both found on  The collaboration ended in February 2014.  This art educator and art activist has also worked for a number of art programs and organizations including the Center for Creative Education and The Armory Art Center.



In 2010 Trina, self published her second book, ” 2Faced: The Devil’s Advocate”, referencing her traits as a true Gemini; playing the devil’s advocate in life.  In November 2011, she self-published her 4th book which is her first cook book.  It is a mixture of friends’ and family recipes called “Soul Much More from Scratch”. It contains recipes from her childhood memories as well as recipes created by Trina in her adulthood.





In March 2012, Trina & Anthony curated an art event called “Endangered Florida Species Art Exhibition”.  The event benefited Florida Environmental charities. (Loggerhead Marine, Busch Wildlife & the Arthur R Marshall Foundation).  The next year, Trina co-curated  “Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition” and published the collaborative book, ” The Mighty 9″ at the Armory Art Center. This show broke the record for the largest attended opening exhibit at the Armory to date.




At the same time, Trina was honored by the Delta Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as a 2013 Woman Of Excellence at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. It was a  celebration of  Trina’s ongoing contributions to the arts community. The featured speaker was Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.




January 2014,  in partnership with Craig McInnis, ArtSynergy & ArtPalmBeach and with sponsorship of Downtown Development Authority of West Palm Beach, Trina’s company A.T.B. managed “CONTINUUM”,  the downtown West Palm Beach popup art fair during ArtPalmBeach Weekend.


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Lighthouse ArtCenter Inaugural Plein Air Festival Promises Activities for All Ages

Monet did it.  Cezanne did it. VanGogh did it.   Plein Air painting has taken the art world by storm, and the Lighthouse ArtCenter is launching its four-day Annual Plein Air Festival on March 20.  More than 30 juried, nationally known artists will arrive from New York, Virginia, Delaware and all over Florida to paint their impressions of the area’s beautiful seaside scenery!  The festival opens with a Kids’ Paint Out on March 20, and an opening that evening at the Museum.This Inaugural Plein Air Festival comes to Jupiter/Tequesta and is perfect for art lovers to enjoy!  The Rickie Report shares the details here.







Plein Air painting has taken the art world by storm, and the Lighthouse ArtCenter is launching its four-day Annual Plein Air Festival on March 20.  More than 30 juried, nationally known artists will arrive from New York, Virginia, Delaware and all over Florida to paint their impressions of the area’s beautiful seaside scenery!  The festival opens with a Kids’ Paint Out on March 20, and an opening that evening at the Museum.



LACPlein Air KIDS PAINT OUT Entry Form


“Plein Air painting has seen a worldwide resurgence in popularity and the Lighthouse Art Center School of Art has recognized that trend and offers classes and workshops in plein air painting,” said Ted Matz, Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art.



LACFlyer for email



Matz goes on to share, “We also offer International  Plein Air Workshops that are held in such places as Cortona and the Amalfi  Coast in Italy.  Our community has such a large number of talented plein air painters that this is the perfect venue for the public to witness there incredible, professional status.  I am so happy to have planted the seed for this plein air event and look forward to seeing it grow into an annual happening.”


Karen Kinser, "Southern Exposure"

Karen Kinser, “Southern Exposure”




Schedule of Plein Air Festival events

(all events are free unless otherwise noted)


Kids’ Paint Out: 

Thurs., March 20, 1 – 3 p.m.        Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Thurs., March 20, 4 – 5:30 p.m.   Awards Program and Ice Cream Party, School of Art


Meet The Artists Reception: 

Thurs., March 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m  Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum

Free to ArtCenter members and participating artists, $5 for nonmembers and guests


Artist Demos:

 Fri., March 21 and Sat., March 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,

Jupiter Yacht Club and Riverbend Park


Reception and Wet Painting Sales: 

 Fri., March 21 and Sat. March 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Museum


Quick Draw Painting Contest:

 Sun., March 23, 9 a.m. – noon, DuBois Park

Artists may register at the online at, or call (561) 748-8737.  Registration also available onsite.


Reception, Awards Presentation & Painting Sales with Cash Bar:

Sun., March 23, 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum




Stephen Left, "Ibis Jungle"

Stephen Left, “Ibis Jungle”



Local artists are invited to join in the fun during the Quick Draw Painting Contest on Sunday, March 23rd at DuBois Park.  Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be awarded. Artists must register at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, call (561) 748-8737, or online visit  There is a registration fee of $30 for members, and $40 for nonmembers. Registration will also be available onsite.



Ruth Weiss, "Jupiter Dunes"

Ruth Weiss, “Jupiter Dunes”


The public is invited to enjoy watching professional Plein Air painters on location.  “Plein air” is  French for “open air”,  where artists create painting on small canvases with their palettes placed on outdoor easels.  During this four-day event people will have the opportunity to view talented, juried artists demonstrating their incredible skill and creativity in three designated areas in and around the Jupiter/Tequesta area.


Dennis Young, "In The Courtyard"

Dennis Young, “In The Courtyard”


Lighthouse ArtCenter members, students and the public will enjoy painting demonstrations, a party for artists and collectors, as well as opportunities to purchase quality art with a local flair.  The artists include: Linda Aprileti, Dennis Aufiery, Susan Blair Smith, Jody Block, Carol Boye, Jeanette Chupack, Gabby  DuCharme, Kerry Eriksen, Norma Friedman, Elissa Gore, Kim Hall, Joan Hambleton, Adele Horton, Joy Kasun, Karen Kinser, Chris Kling, Stephen Left, Susan McKenna List, Marilyn Muller, Steve Nash, Ralph Papa, Quince Quaintance, Hope Reis, Jonathan Sanabria, Elfrida Schragen, Sal Sidner, Jane Sither, Lorrie B. Turner, Ruth Weiss, Sheila Wolff and Dennis Young.


Ralph Papa, "Loxahatchee"

Ralph Papa, “Loxahatchee”



Esteemed judges are Glenn Tomlinson (the William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education at the Norton Museum of Art), Charles Gruppé (listed artist and long-time Lighthouse ArtCenter instructor), and Nicole Hickey (Manager of Artist Services, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.) They will present more than $10,000 in cash and prizes to the artists.  Proceeds help support educational programs at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art.  The funds were raised by an enthusiastic volunteer committee from the Lighthouse ArtCenter. Sponsors of the Plein Air Festival are: Jane and Patrick O’Neill, Barbara Kirsch, Jenny and Larry Schorr, Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, Sayre Santonelli, John McDonald Company, Jupiter Medical Center, Seacoast National Bank and Plein Air Magazine.





Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Committee

Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Committee


PleinAirCommittee:  standing (left to right), Maryellen DeFranco, Laurie Brower, Jane O’Neill, Joanne Chanda, Barbara Kirsch, Jenny Schorr. Seated, Ted Matz, Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, with his painting of Jupiter Beach.   Committee  members missing from photo:  Barb and Chuck Fonner, Beatrice Senderey, Jean Chase, Manon Sander, Sayre Santonelli, Christine Templeton, Cynthia Trone.



Chris Kling, "Rock and Relentless Surf"

Chris Kling, “Rock and Relentless Surf”



The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. Programs are funded in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.



For information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of U.S. Highway 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 Monday through Friday. Free admission on Saturday. Closed Sunday.


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