Wellington Art Society Invites Public To Monthly Meeting Featuring Anita Lovitt On Wednesday, February 12 Plus Two Art Exhibits On Tuesday, February 25.

The Wellington Art Society will feature Anita Lovitt as their demonstrator on Wednesday, February 12 at the Wellington Community Center.  The public is welcome to this free eventMeet and greet will be followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting. Anita’s presentation will be the highlight of the meeting followed by an art raffle. On Tuesday, February 25, the public is invited to two art exhibits at the Wellington Community Center and City Hall. Enjoy the free reception and a demonstration by Raymonde Talleyrand.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Check out WAS – it offers fabulous artist networking opportunities.








Public Is Invited To Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  February 12, 2020


6:30 pm


Wellington  Community  Center


12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL






All events open to members and non-members




Anita Lovitt



Anita Lovitt is a multitalented artist, designer, teacher and author.  She was born and raised in Philadelphia.  Because she was always interested in science she majored in chemistry at Penn State University but after taking a summer art course she changed her major to art and graduated with a BFA in illustration from Philadelphia College of Art.  She began her professional career as an artist with Hallmark in Kansas City.  In order to expand her artistic experience she studied theater design at the University of Kansas and moved to New York City to work as a freelance illustrator and later as a Graphic Design Coordinator at the Shakespeare Festival.



“Lobster” by Anita Lovitt



In 2001 Anita moved to Delray Beach.  Using her knowledge from theater school she created the iconic “Dancing Pineapples” mural which made a huge impact on downtown development for Delray Beach.  She now serves on the Public Art Advisory Board of Delray Beach and created the “ArtFans” campaign which gives out wood and paper fans at free events to promote good will and offer information about art in Delray Beach 





“Hat People” by Anita Lovitt


In 2018, Anita gave a lecture at the Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches entitled “It’s All About Taste” exploring whether food and art are related—YES!  She is a member of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society and has just won a second place prize at their current show in Patch Reef Park .







At The Community  Center


City Hall Galleries:

 “Season  Of  Light”    and    “Celebrate  Art”

Tuesday, February 25       5 – 7 pm


Raymonde Talleyrand will be doing a demonstration at the Community Center

Wellington Community Center

12150 Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL



“Season of Light” is being exhibited at the Community Center and “Celebrate Art” is the exhibit at City Hall.  The Community Center is located just south of City Hall on Forest Hill Boulevard.  There will be light refreshments, door prizes, an artist demonstration and a People’s Choice Award presentation for each exhibit.  A total of 26 artists are exhibiting 108 pieces of art at the two venues.  Most of the art pieces are for sale and many artists offer prints of their work.  The reception is open to the public, free of charge so come and enjoy original art and meet the artists.



The artists exhibiting are:

Fawn McNeill Barr

Natalie Bodre

Betty Brodie

Liz Demaree

Hildegard Donavan

Stan Greenfield

Jay Harmon

Patsy Heller

Jean Howard

Laura Jaffe

Sharon Kleiman

Erica Kyle

Marie Lentine

Joanne Baker MacLeod

Susan Mosely

Ana Noble

Susan Oakes

Candace Platz

Rebecca Profitt

Holly Rutchey

Vasantha Siva

Raymonde Talleyrand

Geraldine Weinert

Jean Williard

Betty Jane Zedonek

Hermi Zumado



Please join us for a free, lovely reception and great art.  Come and bring

Your family, neighbors or your club.  Everyone is welcome!




The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org





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Wellington Art Society Invites You to an Artist Demo with Nancy Tilles

Nancy Tilles, a well known local artist and art teacher, will provide an oil painting demonstration at the upcoming meeting of the Wellington Art Society on October 8th. This is an opportunity for artists to meet other artists and for art lovers to see a demo in a small group setting.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.








Wellington Art Society


Invites You To


Opening Meeting


Wednesday, October  8th


Meet and Greet 6 – 7 pm


Demonstration by Nancy Tilles 7 pm


Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington, FL





The Wellington Art Society meeting will be held Wednesday, October 8th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Members and guests are invited to the “Meet and Greet” from 6 – 7 pm. At 7 pm, there will be a demonstration by oil painter, Nancy Tilles. 



Nancy Tilles' "McKee Water Lilies"

Nancy Tilles’ “McKee Water Lilies”



Nancy Tilles is an award winning artist, well known for her paintings of sea life, portraits of people and flowers. Her paintings are joyful expressions brought to life through color and form. Influenced by living in South Florida for over 30 years, her images often reflect a tropical theme, rich in color.



Nancy Tilles' "Cliffs of Moher"

Nancy Tilles’ “Cliffs of Moher”




Nancy enjoys exhibiting her work at art festivals where she can meet people and exchange ideas. She has appeared in festivals throughout Florida including Artigras, Sunfest, Naples Art Fair, and Jupiter Art Fest by the Sea and has been the featured artist at both the Jupiter Art Fest and Artsfest in Stuart.




Nancy Tilles' "Twin Waterlilies"

Nancy Tilles’ “Twin Waterlilies”


Originally from New York, Nancy earned her BFA from the University of Miami in 1977. She currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens and spends her time working on commissions and teaching adults who are interested in perfecting their painting skills or learning how to paint for the first time.




Nancy Tilles' "Fantastic Journey Mermaid"

Nancy Tilles’ “Fantastic Journey Mermaid”



To view the more of Nancy’s paintings visit: www.nancytilles.com



WAS at Wellington City Hall



Congratulations to these WAS Members who have their paintings exhibited at City Hall!

Sandra Barbieri, Betty Brodie, Mimi Delgado, Donna Donelan, Ursula Fernandez, 
Marie Lentine, Joanne MacLeod, Nicole McPherson, Kathryn Morlock, Leslie Pfeiffer, 
Phyllis Silk, Franklin Weiss and Betty Jane Zedonek.


Emerging artists, new residents of the area or any artist are welcome to attend the Wellington Art Society meetings. WAS offers a wide variety of venues for members to show and sell their work in the community. For more information about WAS please visit: www.wellingtonartsociety.org   or  http://wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com




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Wellington Art Society Annual Dinner Restropective

The Wellington Art Society’s Annual Dinner was filled with appreciation for a job well-done and enthusiasm for the upcoming year.  The Rickie Report was honored to be invited to be part of this welcoming, nurturing and involved network of artists.  We share some of the highlights here.






Wellington Art Society President, Leslie Pfeiffer, welcomed everyone to the WAS Annual Dinner. It was a time for saying “thank you” to her Board of Directors and fellow volunteers, as she gave each one a special token of appreciation.  




Leslie Pfeiffer, Laura Willems, Ursula Fernandez (Photo courtesy of

Leslie Pfeiffer, Laura Willems, Ursula Fernandez (Photo courtesy of Denise Fleischman)



Ursula Fernandez, Leslie Pfeiffer and Laura Willems were honored with the WAS Signature Member, WASSM designation.  This is awarded to active WAS member artists who have met the criteria and earned the required points through their participation and accomplishments in WAS sponsored Programs and Events. Points are earned through participation in Community Art projects, Exhibition Opportunities or Special recognition, i.e. Best in Show, doing a demonstration at a meeting.   The following WAS members attained WASSM  status and received WASSM pins in May, 2014:  Bobbin Salisbury and Joanne Baker MacLeod.    Artists may use the WASSM designation on their artwork, applications and resumes.



Nancy Brown and Rickie Leiter (Photo courtesy of Denise Fleischman)

Nancy Brown and Rickie Leiter (Photo courtesy of Denise Fleischman)



Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report was honored for promoting art related activities, events and organizations.  She was gifted with a special book of Nancy Brown’s photography, “Simply China”, and a membership in WAS.




Corinne Ingerman, Sandra Barbieri, Marie Lentine, Betty Brodie, Sharon Segal, Sandy Axelrod, Donna Donelan, Leslie Pfeiffer, Ursula Fernandez   (Photo Courtesy of Denise Fleischman)

The Incoming Board is Installed by Ursula Fernandez

Incoming President, Donna Donelan, presented Leslie Pfeiffer with an oil portrait painted by Ursula Fernandez.
Donna Donelan and Leslie Pfeiffer (Photo Courtesy of Denise Fleischman)

Donna Donelan and Leslie Pfeiffer (Photo Courtesy of Denise Fleischman)

Ursula Fernandez and Leslie Pfeiffer (Photo Courtesy of Denise Fleischman)

Ursula Fernandez and Leslie Pfeiffer (Photo Courtesy of Denise Fleischman)

Special Thanks to DENISE FLEISCHMAN,  News Cat
If an emerging artist, a new resident of the area of any artist is looking for a group to belong to, Wellington Art Society is an easy recommendation.  They can be described as warm, professional and welcoming.   WAS offers a wide variety of venues for members to show and sell their work in the community. For more information about WAS please visit: www.wellingtonartsociety.org

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Shopping at Whole Foods Is an Artful Experience in Wellington!

Who would not enjoy multi-tasking when it comes to grocery shopping and looking at artwork?  Whole Foods in Wellington makes it a habit to support community-based artists.  They’ve partnered with Wellington Art Society by offering exhibit space and a catered reception for a member of WAS.  The next one is February 15th!  The Rickie Report knows you won’t want to miss Marie Letine’s artwork, so get your grocery list ready and we’ll see you at Whole Foods in Wellington! As you will read in this article, Marie is a multi-tasker, too! Her life philosophy keeps her focused end energized.





Artists Reception Honoring Marie Lentine

Friday, February 15th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market cafe

  2635 SR7     Wellington, FL

Exhibit Runs Through February 28



Congratulations to Wellington Art Society member Marie Lentine who currently has a solo show of her artwork at Whole Foods Market!  The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Lauren Belinsky of Whole Foods to bring this show to the communityWhole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. Please RSVP to Suzanne Redmond at sredmond75@comcast.net


A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven


Marie’s artwork will be displayed in the Cafe, which is on the left side of the market. Marie paints in acrylic and watercolors and has a dozen paintings in this show.  In addition, artists often bring limited editions and prints to sell the evening of their reception.  Marie’s artwork will be on display until February 28th.  Mark your calendars now for Friday, February 15 from 6:30 – 8:00. Whole Foods will provide a reception and yummy snacks and drinks. There is a $5. fee to attend, which is used for WAS Scholarships for local art students pursuing a higher degree in art.


Marie Lentine is an artist, yoga instructor and Holistic Health Educator.  She began painting in 1981 and is primarily self-taught.  Understanding that learning through others is an integral part of being an artist, Marie is a member of Pen Women of America, Palm Beach Watercolor Society, the Boca Museum, Armory Art Center and Wellington Art Society.  She tells us, ” I have acquired knowledge and techniques along the way from very gifted artists regarding surface design and watercolor.  My style is light, colorful, playful and sometimes considered provoking.”



Tools of My Trade


As Marie worked and traveled with Club Med teaching English, the sunrises each morning, the colors of nature and the tranquility of the tropical landscape left a lasting impression on her soul.   She shares, “Wherever I went, in whatever country, with whatever language or people, sunrises, sunsets, the realness, aliveness and joy of nature were a constant…a message to me about Life…and Spirit!”


Marie’s passion and distinctive character are one with her art.  She tells The Rickie Report, ” Through my artwork, I am able to see and understand all sides of my personality…watercolor reflects the more serious and adult side, while batik lets the child come out and play…I think that the medium of acrylic on canvas is a happy blend of the two and also the philosopher in me shows up!”
Out of The

Out of The Quagmire Into Clarity

“What I have found, is that I paint because I have to…before realizing this about myself, I was not really content from the inside out, and as soon as I gave myself permission to just do what came through from inspiration to canvas, my whole world changed, I became ME.”


For Marie, art is not only what goes onto a canvas, it also includes language. Her  “The Life is not all Black and White” series holds much meaning for me.  While painting the first in this series, a poem emerged which expresses further the thought.  She tells us, “…Goes like this…”Life is not all black and white, tho some folks think it so, to live in the have tos, can nots and shoulds, instead of the SUPPOSE!…. and goes on….”

Maria bold

Bold and Beautiful

Marie explains more about her involved lifestyle. “Coming from a very creative family, I am fortunate to have some innate talent, which I first discovered and used during the many years that I was a Hair Stylist and co-owner of a Beauty School in Boston.  For the past 30 years while living in Florida, I have worked with interior designers and clients creating hand painted fabrics, murals and custom commissioned paintings.  For several years my artwork took a back seat while I was directing Art Galleries, Antique Shops and teaching Yoga in Palm Beach.”    

Marie’s painting arm was shattered and reconstructed after an accident in 2001.  How did she cope with this?  She tells The Rickie Report, “painting and making jewelry again emerged as a healing method to regain my mobility and motor skills.  With Yoga, I was able to rehab not only my body but my entire being…and use that life lesson as a transformative experience……” We can see how her inner strength and strong sense of creative purpose motivated her.  

She has been practicing yoga for 45 years and teaching since 1975.  Marie enjoys working with those that have special needs, rehabbing  either physically or emotionally or dealing with cronic illnesses.  Marie is devoting more time to painting and sharing Yoga as a way of life! She teaches seniors in different communities and also at “gentle Yoga class” at Moksha Yoga Studio in Wellington.  

“I am available for commissioned paintings and murals as well as private yoga classes. ….Living Yoga and Art are who I am…  My intention is to continue sharing this with others…”


Maria - gathering

Gathering Hope Along the River of Life

Although I use different techniques, there is continuity in my work that comes from deep within that wants to express the beauty of life and seems to reflect life’s little lessons that are not always apparent.   Flowers are not just flowers, trees are not just trees, black and white is not just that…they are friends, family….memories…lessons and philosophies…!


Maria - opening

Opening To The Fruits of Life


WAS and Whole Foods will have a new artist SOLO exhibit every three months. Artists must apply for this show, must be Wellington Art Society members, and submit at least 12 paintings for display. The minimum size is 16″ x 20″.   Since some of the spaces are large, 2 – 3 paintings may fit near each other. For more information about joining WAS or their events, http://wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com/  or go to: www.wellingtonartsociety.org



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