Maria Paz’s SOLO Exhibit At Hatch 1121 Features “Divas & Drag Queens” Painted On Canvas And Found Objects

This SOLO exhibition of work created by Maria Paz at Hatch 1121 includes 1500 square feet of DIVAS !!  “Divas & Drag Queens”  are painted on large and small canvases plus tote bags, jewelry, small gift items and more! Perfect for holiday gift giving and art collectors, the Free Public Opening Reception takes place on Friday, December 1st.  There will be closing Reception on Friday, December 29th as well.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of this fun and glamorous show. In the meantime, stop by and visit Maria’s working studio and art gallery, ART Studio Cafe in Lake Worth.




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Opening Reception:

Friday, December 1st

6 – 10 PM


Closing Reception:

Friday, December 29th

6 – 10 PM

Hatch 1121

1121 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL








Maria Paz shares one of her favorite quotes with The Rickie Report, ” True art is not a gimmick, it is a creative process where what is created evokes an emotion …. if I can do that through my work, I would have done my job”.  Born in Manila, Philippines, Maria came to Boston, MA at age 8. At age 11, Maria took “Perspective Architectural Drawing” where “outdoor field work” was involved at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts every Saturday morning. At age 14, she studied Acrylic & Oil Painting during the summer months at Massachusetts College of Art(MASSART). Cable vision hired Maria to design & build their backdrop while she was still a high school student!

Handpainted furniture by Maria Paz


Wanting to be an Art Major, Maria began building her portfolio in high school & was awarded scholarships, including the Bergfors Rice Award.  With offers from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Parsons NY, Maria chose the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York to study Fine Arts as it had many “working artists” as professors.


Artwork by Maria Paz




Maria also lived in Paris, France for 6 months and studied Fine Art at Parsons in Paris. Her “Reclining Nude” was exhibited at a Paris gallery.  Upon returning to NY & living in Manhattan, Maria worked while studying nude figurative drawing at The Arts Student’s League.  She was often commissioned to paint portraits, which can be found in numerous private collections internationally.


Portrait by Maria Paz



Maria’s work has been seen at many exhibitions including: NUDENite in Orlando, ARTUndressed in Miami, WPB Waterfront, Fatsvillage Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, and Evening on The Avenue in Lake Worth. Local Murals in Lake Worth include: Brick Oven Pizza, Awe Flowers, North L St Building, Chicks With Kicks, Dixie Highway, CarriElle’s Closet plus private commissioned murals in West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. 

Mural by Maria Paz


Maria offers private lessons and small classes at ART Studio Cafe.  Visitors can enjoy a fresh cup of  Cafe Con Leche while they watch her and other artists paint.  Her custom art includes portraits, furniture and murals.  Artists interested in renting studio space should contact her.  Don’t miss the upcoming events: Sip & Paint Classes, Figurative Study with a Live Model,and “Drag & Draw”.


For more information contact:

Maria Paz  561.667.3923  (text or call)

ART Studio Cafe
410 2nd Avenue North  Lake Worth, FL 33460
561 667 3923







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Glass, Art, Entertainment, Fine Crafts All Await At Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts On Saturday, January 23rd!

Where will you be on Saturday, January 23, 2016? Don’t miss a mega-event in conjunction with ArtSynergy 2016 at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts! Visitors will enjoy wine/beer/soda, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Watch glass blowing and browse professional and emerging artists & galleries in one location! World renown glass artist, Laura Donefer will demo!  Kudos to McMow Art Glass, Habatat Galleries and Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts for bringing the arts community together for this event!  Individual artists, galleries and arts organizations will have items for sale the entire time.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of Laura Donefer’s amazing glass work and all of the details!



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You Are Invited!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2 -9 pm





Meet the Artists:

Taylor Materio ◊ Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art  ◊  Sami Makela Fine Art  ◊ Bruce Webber Gallery  ◊  Artisans On The Ave  ◊  Abby Funk  ◊  Mitchel Gold  ◊  Barbara Powell  ◊  Armory Art Center Annex ◊  Maria Paz ◊  Cindy Snowhite  ◊  Madeline Hinken  ◊  Gail Erickson  ◊  Christine Ellinghaisen  ◊  Bonnie Bruner  ◊  Lisa Lewis  ◊  Adriana Ficarelli  ◊  Michael Raimen ◊  Miriam Mikhail ◊  



Laura Donefer Glass-blowing Demo

4 – 6pm



ArtSynergy2016 Awards Ceremony

8 pm



1105 2nd Avenue South

Lake Worth, Florida 33460

561.508.7315 |




Award Recipients:


* Lee Ann Lester-Cultural ArtPalmBeach
* Doreen Grasso-Board Development
* Rickie Leiter-Media Partner
* Continuum/ ATB- Art Synergy Partner
* Benzaiten- Art Synergy Partner
* Debby Coles-Dobay- Juror
* Richard Beau-Lieu- Juror
* Jane Harris- Juror
* Center for Creative Education- Exhibition Partnership
* Nickie Hennevelt- Volunteer Development and Coordination


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Laura Donefer Creating



The hot new place to be this season is located in an Historic FEC Train Depot building in the heart of the City of Lake Worth, Florida. The 14,000 square foot Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is attracting hundreds of interested people to its brand new hot shop. With three glory holes and two furnaces they have been scheduling back-to-back classes ever since they reopened in October.




Laura Donefer’s “Phoenix”



Throughout the summer, Founder, JB Berkow along with Anita Holmes, Executive Director and Rick Eggert, Creative Director have worked hard to design an impressive line up of programming for the upcoming season.  They have four outstanding, world renowned Visiting Glass Artists coming to the center in 2016. These events will be three-day affairs. Thursday nights will be a private sit-down-dinner party where the artist will talk about their processes and inspirations. Friday nights will be a gallery opening centering around the visiting artist’s works and featuring two dimensional works by local artists.




“Grande Basket” by Laura Donefer



Finally, Saturday will be an afternoon demonstration by the visiting artist. Never before has there been this type of opportunity for Palm Beach County residents to meet and greet four of the top glass artists in the world and have the rare chance to learn about their processes, inspirations and actually see them creating. Visit the Center’s website to view the details and to register and pay for the Thursday and Friday night events.





The first of these events will coincide with the Lake Worth Art Synergy Event, which the Benzaiten Center is hosting for the second year in a row. Last year they had 32 local artists and organizations taking part in a mini-art-fair within the empty 5,000 square foot space of the building that will eventually house their fine art metal foundry. This year the highlight and kick-off to the event will be world-renowned glass artist, Laura Donefer, conducting a glass-blowing demo from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, January 23. After that, will be an Art Synergy Awards Ceremony. Festivities will continue until 8pm with live music, light nibbles, wine and beer and is open to the public free of charge.


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Glass artist, Laura Donefer



They also have a stimulating series of lectures every first Tuesday of the month from 6pm – 8pm. Every second Wednesday of the month they hold a Hump of the Hump Happy Hour from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the evening featuring a glass blowing demo, wine, beer, and live entertainment. There are several fundraisers planned for the 2016 season including their signature event, ‘Glasstronomique,’ a ‘Casablanca Casino Night,’ and a cocktail party in the home of a major glass collector. They will also hold a community ‘Summer Solstice’ party in June. Again, check  website for dates, times and registration details.




For more information about

Art Synergy 2016 please visit:



Art Synergy PBC

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