Lighthouse Artcenter Offers Once-In-A-Lifetime Chance To Learn Stone Carving From Italian Master Sculptor, Adds Wide Variety Of Workshops. Register Now!

The Lighthouse ArtCenter presents a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn stone carving from an Italian Master Sculptor in March!  LAC adds a wide variety of workshops and Select Fridays in February.  Try your hand at digital photography, Photo Shop, paint textures and water reflections in watercolor, paint realistic shiny objects, explore abstract in acrylics or mixed medium collage. Enjoy visiting artists as they present oil and cold wax mediums, pastel portraits, and ceramics.  Are you looking for a fun way to spend Friday evenings?  Pop into Select Fridays by yourself to make a casserole dish, or bring your significant other for couple’s ring-making.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.







Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101



Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm
Sat 10 am – 2 pm

 First Saturday of the month no charge







One-week or Two-week Stone Carving Workshop

March 25 – April 5

Monday through Friday, March 25 – 29   Monday through Friday, April 1 – 5

$850* for one week, $1,500* for two weeks (for two week discount, call 561-748-8737 to register) *Non-refundable


Lucio Chiurulla, Master Italian Sculptor



The Lighthouse ArtCenter is excited to announce the two-week stone carving workshop by Italian sculptor, Lucio Chiurulla in March 2019. Mr. Chiurulla will be in Tequesta from his native Italy for the two-week workshop.  The workshop is from March 25 – April 5, 2019. This course will focus on marble and stone, two materials that are still carved employing the traditional technique that has been used for many centuries, especially in Italy, since the Greeks and the Romans, and even before them.



A sculptor of twenty-five year experience with marbles, granites and stones, Mr. Chiurulla studied at the Art School and Accademia of Belle Arti in Perugia (Italy), did his own research on Ancient Roman, Greek and Medieval statues and mosaics acquiring specific marble carving techniques. He currently has his studio near the Trasimeno Lake in the Italian region of Umbria, where he lives and works.



The workshop program will revolve around a few basic concepts and rules regarding the making of a stone sculpture in the traditional way, using the chisel and the mallet. You will be practicing a technique that has been the same for many centuries – if not millenniums – but that can now be widely reinterpreted and adjusted in the light of modern conception of “art” and the personal feelings of each sculpture.  



Each student will be provided a carving table, a piece of Italian soft stone, access to electricity and will work under a covered tent. Demonstrations and group/individual instruction will be provided of the step by step process of the stone removal process, through sanding and polishing and making a finished sculpture including a base.create your own

Lunch can be arranged each day. Kits of sculpting tools will also be available for sale in the school store. All levels from beginners to advanced welcome. 





Jewelry Workshop with Lucio Chiurulla

Saturday, March 30 

Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Gallery Master Studio  Member $125*; Nonmember $150*  *Non-refundable



This workshop deals with the techniques of embedding pieces of stones in a metal frame to make jewelry. Materials such as alabaster, marble or stones of different types and colors can be used. Participants will create their own design of one piece, using one of the three different techniques of “cesellatura.” These techniques include track embedding, claw embedding and embossed grains or pave. All levels of students are welcome.


February Workshops:




NEW! Textures & Water Reflections in Watercolor 

Old drift wood, weathered doors and windows, crumbling ceramic pots with flowers, stone walls and rocks – Let’s learn how to tackle those textures and turn them into beautiful watercolors. The workshop will also work on a number of techniques to recreate those elusive colors and lights we so often see on water reflections. All levels with a working knowledge of watercolor.

Instructor: Fernando Porras

Saturday, February 2, 2019; 9am-4pm, School: Studio A; Member $125; Nonmember $150





Beginning to Intermediate Digital Photography

Want to get better results from your digital camera? Students will learn the basics of photography, the use of camera controls and their application to creative digital photography. Lighting and composition will be taught through hands-on lessons in studio and on location. Students are required to bring their own digital camera; digital SLR is preferred. All levels welcome.

Instructor: David Randell

Saturday, February 2, 2019; 10am-3pm; Studio B: School; Member $125; Nonmember $150





Introduction to Photoshop Elements

Students will work with Photoshop Elements covering the basic functions of the program including importing and organizing images, basic corrections and editing, creative editing, and outputting to print, slide shows, social media and web galleries. Students are required to bring their personal laptop or notebook computer along with Photoshop Elements software. A 30-day free demo of Photoshop Elements is available online at All levels welcome.

Instructor: David Randell

Saturday, February 16, 2019; 10am-3pm; Studio B: School; Member $125; Nonmember $150



“Frozen In Time” by Manon Sander




Shine at Painting Shiny Things

Gain confidence to put reflective things like glass, chrome or patent leather into your paintings. Learn the secrets how to make things look so shiny they appear to jump off the canvas. Oil preferred, acrylics acceptable. Working knowledge of medium and drawing skills beneficial. 

Instructor: Manon Sander

Thursday & Friday, February 14 and 15, 2019; 9am-4pm, School of Art: Studio A; Member $300; Nonmember $350





Abstract Acrylic Medium Exploration

Come with ideas and/or develop them with inspiration from the materials. While hearing some history and viewing a short presentation, several liquid, gel, and paste mediums will be discussed and explored, so bring your favorite color acrylic paints to accompany the experiments! Beginner to advanced.

Instructor: Vincent Lardieri

Saturdays February 9 or March 2, 2019; 12pm-5pm; School of Art: Studio B; Member $100, Nonmember $115





Following Your Intuition with Oil & Cold Wax Mediums 

Cold Wax and Oil is all about layers of paint; adding and subtracting, creating textures, and beautiful color blends. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Mimi McCallum, visiting artist

Friday-Saturday, February 22-23, 2019; 9am-4pm; Member $300; Nonmember $350 





Mixed Medium Collage

A fun introduction to painting with acrylics in a contemporary and abstract style. Explore your own personal acrylics palette, masking off image areas, collaging and cutting papers to create an image of your own design. Step-by-step demonstrations using Liquitex soft and heavy, fluid and metallic acrylics with powder temperas, oil based metallic enamels, matte medium, molding paste and detailing steps with a ruling pen. Bring photos, magazine clippings, handmade paper and even one of your traditional paintings that we can cut up and add to the finished collage. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Jim Rigg

Sunday, February 24, 2019; 9am-4pm, School: Studio; Member $125; Nonmember $150



Pastel by Cuong Nguyen



Portraits in Pastel



Visiting artist Cuong Nguyen will focus on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone color with pastel pencils. Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in soft pastel. The workshop will feature a live model, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life. Students will learn to use an approach that helps them see the big shapes first, and then go into details towards the end of the workshop. Intermediate to advanced.

Instructor: Cuong Nguyen, visiting artist

Friday-Sunday, February 8-10, 2019; 9am-4pm; Member $475; Nonmember $510




Ceramic by Nancy Utterback




Ceramics – Flash Fire

Clay, surface, fire, and flashing with Soda. Demonstrations on throwing, hand-building, flashing slips, and surface decoration are included in this class. Intermediate to advanced.

Instructor: Nancy Utterback, visiting artist

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17, 2019; 9am-4pm; Ceramics Studio: School; Member $300; Nonmember $325








Wine & Paint Night

Invite your friends or significant other, bring your favorite beverage, and get ready to go on a fun creative journey. You will be creating an original masterpiece with step-by-step instruction in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Over 21 only. Instructor: Randall Scott

Friday, Feb. 15, 6-9pm   $40 per person






Love-Struck-Couples Ring Making 

Come join us for a date night, bring your girlfriend/boyfriend, spouse, partner or best friend, your favorite beverages and lite bites and join us for a night of fun. Make a sterling silver ring for yourself or one for your significant other, the choice is yours. During this workshop each student will learn to cut, form, solder, texture and patina their ring. Instructor: Maria Tritico

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 6-9pm    $50 per person





Fused Glass Pendants

Join us for a fun night of pendant making! Bring your favorite people and beverages while you learn the basics of fused glass jewelry making. Each student will learn how to cut, design and set up their own fused glass pendants to pair perfectly with their favorite cord or chain. Students can pick up their fused pendants the following week. Instructor: Maria Tritico

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, 6-8pm     $50 per person




Play with Clay:

Toast to Ghost Date Night

While viewing the smooth moves of Patrick Swayze and the stunning looks of Demi Moore in the Romantic/Drama “Ghost, you and your date will learn how to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. Each participant will walk away with his/her very own creation. Please wear clothes that may get clay on them. Over 21 only, bring your own beverages. Food/snacks will be provided by ArtCenter. No experience necessary. Instructor: Chad Steve

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, 6-8pm   Over 21, $40 per person





Make Your Own Casserole Dish

Each participant will learn how to make their very own customized casserole dish. We will start by customizing our clay slabs with patterns and texture, and then work with the design and layout of each component of the dish. Finally, we’ll construct our dishes, adding our own handles. People will be impressed at your next potluck! Instructor: Chad Steve

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, 6-8pm   $40 per person





Alcohol Inks

A new type of drawing beyond the typical pencil, charcoal and pastel….we are using alcohol inks. You’ll be creating and experimenting with inks to create landscapes, floral and abstract images, and whatever you desire. We will learn how to use the Inks and what substrates work best with the inks. Inks and paper are included. Instructor: Jim Rigg

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 6-8pm  $50 per person





Glass Fusion

Invite your friends or significant other, bring your favorite beverage, and get ready to go on a fun, creative journey. You will learn all about fusing glass into dishes, jewelry, vases, and ornaments. You will create a 5″ x 5″ piece of art, with instruction, in a casual relaxed atmosphere. No experience necessary. Instructor: Nancy Politsch

Fridays, Feb. 22   $50 per person




Mini Intro Series with Jim Rigg


Explore a medium you’ve always wanted to try. All supplies are included, however, students are welcome to bring their own.     $40 per person

Intro to Acrylics – Friday, January 11, 2019, 1-3pm

Intro to Watercolor – Friday, February 8, 2019, 1-3pm












For more information or to sign up for any Workshops or Select Fridays, just call the School of Art at (561) 748-8737 or go to



Call the Lighthouse ArtCenter at 561-746-3101 or go to our website at

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants, the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500+ summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.





Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469 

 (561) 746-3201

Monday through Friday: 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm













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Stan Switkes: The Works of a Sculptor

Stan Switkes began his career as a designer of women’s handbags in the New York fashion industry. As a designer he traveled world wide, working with manufacturers in Europe and Asia.  He developed a love of clay sculpture, and pottery before beginning his exploration of stone carving.  At 90 years of age, Stan lives in Boynton Beach with his wife of 70 years, Zelda, also a stone carver. He continues to master his carving skills as he dreams, nightly of the stones he acquires and what they will become.  The Rickie Report shares information about his exhibit and sale at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth.

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery 




From Clocks to Rocks

The Works of Sculptor Stanley Switkes



Opening Reception Friday, June 6   

6:00 to 10:00 PM


15 South J Street in Downtown Lake Worth


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Master Stone Sculptor, Stanley Switkes, presents his finely carved marbles, alabasters and soapstone works, as featured artist on Friday, June 6, from 6-10 PM at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth. Stan will be demonstrating his craft, bringing with him the various stages of a work in progress. 


Polar Bear Skater by Stanley


All of Switkes’ sculptures are created completely by hand. He does not use power tools. “It gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I feel honored to be a part of people’s lives through my art,” Switkes states.


Ballerina by Stanley Switkes



Stan gathers his raw materials from his travels to New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, where he selects beautiful Soapstones and Alabasters. He has been commissioned by a wide variety of clients, and teaches free stone sculpting classes in a facility near his home in Boynton Beach.


Clock by Stanley Switkes


Once upon a time, Stanley crafted exquisite clocks which he sold on the streets of New York City.  Three of these clocks are displayed on the walls of the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery and are for sale during his opening.  From the High End Fashion Industry to his wonderful Clocks, Stanley has finally arrived at his Rocks. Come and celebrate ninety years of art creation and the beginning of a decade of exquisite stone formations.




Clown by Stanley Switkes

Clown by Stanley Switkes



Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.  The gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 10AM-5PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 10AM-10PM.   Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between.  For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or  Gallery phone: 561-588-8344.


For more information:  Joyce Brown   Flamingo Clay Studio, Inc    ClayGlassMetalStone Gallery    15 South J Street    (215) 205-9441




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Fine Art and Antique Caravan Coming: Open to the Public!

Who doesn’t love watching people bring their heirlooms and knick knacks to see what they are worth? There are television shows built around this!  The Rickie Report plans to be at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens on February 26th for their Fine Art and Antiques Caravan which will offer verbal appraisals from Bruce Kodner, of Bruce Kodner Galleries in Lake Worth, FL.  Read this article for more information and see what Mr. Kodner is interested in purchasing! This event is open to the public!


Temple Judea’s Art Committee


Fine Art and Antiques Caravan


Professional Appraisals and Offers

By Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc.


Tuesday   February 26, 2013

5:00 – 8:00 pm

( or until there is no one else in line for appraisals)

7:30 Live Auction

Decorative Mirrors and Lalique

4311  Hood Road   Palm Beach Gardens, FL

(Between Alternate A1A and Military Trail)

Bring your antiques, fine art, knick knacks, jewelry, and home furnishings to Temple Judea for a professional appraisal by Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc.  Mr. Kodner and members of his appraisal team will be giving verbal appraisals of up to 3 items per family.  The $5.00 fee per item will be donated to Temple Judea’s Art Committee to underwrite their annual programming.  


If you can lift it, you can bring it!  Mr. Kodner is available to make home visits for large items or numerous items.  The Rickie Report suggests you bring a good quality photo of an item to see if Mr. Kodner might be interested.  There is no charge for Mr. Kodner to come to your home.  There is only a charge if someone wants a type written appraisal. 



Interestingly Bruce Kodner married his wife Dana Charles whose late father, C.B. Charles, whose father was also an auctioneer both in Michigan and South Florida.Mr. Kodner is a third generation auctioneer whose auctioneering history dates back back to the 1920s with his grandfather, Jacob Kodner.  He began his career in Chicago under the tutelage of his late father, Albert Kodner.  His career and auction gallery business has blossomed and grown with his move to South Florida with his main gallery currently located in a 18,000 square foot building in the heart of Lake Worth.  He has been serving his loyal customer base in South Florida since 1982.


Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc. represents the fourth generation of expertise in purchase, sale and appraisal of fine home furnishings and art properties.   Mr. Kodner is donating his time as well as the Live Auction items, whose value is over $100. per item.  He will conduct a Live Auction at 7:30 pm and then continue to meet with attendees for verbal appraisals.



Mr. Kodner is also interested in purchasing select items and will donate 10% of the price to Temple Judea.   Such items include :

  • All Chinese and Japanese Works of Art
  • Sterling Silver Flatware and Tea Sets
  • Bronze and Marble Figurines
  • Lalique Crystal
  • Antique Paintings
  • Ivory
  • Coral
  • Jade
  • 20th Century Modern Furniture and Metal Objects
  • Jewelry
  • Diamonds
  • 10K, 14K, 18K, 22 K Gold Jewelry
  • Gold and Silver Coins
  • Paper Currency
  • Watches (Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe)
  • Tiffany
  • David Yurman
  • John Hardy
  • David Webb
  • Chimento
  • Harry Winston
  • Meissen Porcelain
  • Clocks

Each person will register and receive a numbered ticket.  The committee will begin handing out numbers at 4:00 pm.  As patrons wait in the social hall for their number to be called, there will be food and beverages available for purchase and plenty of seating.  Fresh turkey, roast beef and vegetarian wraps will come with fresh fruit salad.  Home made baked goods, soft drinks, water, coffee and tea will all be  on hand.  The Live Auction will take place at 7:30 in the social hall.  Mr. Kodner and his team will be on hand until there no longer people in line waiting for appraisals.



 The year 2009 marked another historic milestone for BKG as Bruce’s son, Jacob Kodner, joined the company as its 4th generation auctioneer following in the longtime family tradition. As well as being the company’s newest auctioneer, in 2010, Jacob Kodner became the company’s second graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America. He is an accredited jewelry professional and is a GIA certified Graduate Gemologist. Mr. Kodner welcomes anyone to also have him act as auctioneer at their next charity event.


For more information about Temple Judea please call 561-799-0283 or go to:   For more information about Bruce Kodner Galleries, Inc. please visit:


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