National League Of American Pen Women Fort Lauderdale Chapter Invites You To Juried Art Exhibit, “The Nature Of Women”

An opening reception to kick off the “The Nature of Women” juried Art Exhibit for the National League of American Pen Women, Ft. Lauderdale Branch (NLAPW) will be held Thursday, February 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Bailey Hall. It is located at 3501 Davie Road, Davie, Florida, 33314 and is Free to attend. According to Marjorie Stanbury, Events Coordinator for Bailey Hall, this reception is only the second art exhibit in the newly renovated $1.4 million performance hall and gallery facility located on Broward College’s Central Campus in Davie. 85 pieces of fine art, including water color, oil, acrylic, photography and sculpture, are on display from 19 award-winning, women artists. The exhibit runs through April 18. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is a wonderful networking organization! 






National League of American Pen Women

Fort Lauderdale Branch (NLAPW)

Invites You:


Free Opening Reception

“The Nature of Women”



Thursday, February 25, 2016

6 to 9 p.m.



Broward College Central Campus

Bailey Hall

3501 Davie Road       Davie, Florida, 33314



The exhibit runs through April 18, 2016




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Marcia Hirschy, “Along the Garden Path”







The need for an organization to include women of the press at the turn of the 19th century impelled newspaper woman Marian Longfellow O’Donoghue (Henry Longfellow’s niece) to establish such a group.



She, along with 17 charter members, filed its first application for incorporation with a membership of 50 professionals including women writers, composers and artists. The League has been promoting and conducting literary, educational and charitable activities in the fields of Art, Letters and Music for the past 118 years throughout the United States.




The Fort Lauderdale Branch, comprise of members from the tri-county area, meets monthly for luncheons in the Broward County area from October to April each year. Artists, musicians, writers and historians present a variety of programs.


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Art by Norma Sumner




An annual art competition open to all tri-county women artists as well as additional exhibits for Arts and Letters members are presented throughout the year. Several creative programs each year attract audiences interested in jewelry making and paper making to abstract and batik art.






In April, the season ends with the Annual Achievement Awards program and luncheon at which time scholarship financial awards are presented to several area high school senior women who have met the Pen Women criteria and will go on to college to study in the areas of Arts, Music and/or Writing.




Art by Carol Ann





For more information about the “The Nature of Women” exhibit

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South Florida Basket And Fiber Guild Welcomes You To Meet Emily Dvorin, Innovative Fiber Artist

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild invites the public to their January 6, 2016 meeting that will feature award-winning contemporary fiber artist, Emily Dvorin, known for her innovative, “transordinary” vessels that turn recognizable household objects and urban materials into visual comments on daily life. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries across the country, receiving many awards and honors. Emily is the current president of the National Basketry Organization.  Guild meetings are held at Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.   A Meet and Greet begins at 9:00am, followed by a short business meeting. Emily’s presentation “Transordinary Vessels will start at 10:00.  The Rickie Report shares the details and promises you an extraordinary experience with this group of talented artists!




South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild


Features Contemporary Fiber Artist, Emily Dvorin



Monthly General Meeting


 January 6, 2016       9 am

Emily Will Give A Demo






Emily Will Teach a 2 Day Workshop,

 “Approaching Basketry”

January 7 & 8, 2016



All Events Take Place at



Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue     West Palm Beach, Florida 33401







Emily Dvorin, Contemporary Fiber Artist





Creations by Emily Dvorin (Photo Courtesy of her website)




Emily tells The Rickie Report, “I call myself a sculptural basketmaker. I am known for my innovative, “transordinary” vessels. Challenging the original definition of basketry, I explore contemporary interpretations of this traditional craft, utilizing non-traditional materials. I transform the ordinary through the processes of manipulation, construction, alteration, repetition of singular elements, coiling, weaving and assembling to create dense arrangements of common, urban objects. I sculpt with fiber and interact with material, pattern, color, design, shape and texture.”



Growing up in New Jersey in the 50s,, Emily Dvorin was told that her creativity and artistic approach were “cute”. A sea kelp basket workshop in the early 80s changed her life forever: she realized that basketry and three-dimensional work were what she truly loved. Largely self-taught, Emily began offering workshops the 90s and in the early 2000s brought basketry classes to elementary and high school classrooms. In 2008, after owning and operating a contemporary craft store for 35 years, and enabling other artists to gain wider audience and appreciation for their work, Emily retired to live her life’s dream of being a full-time artist. She now has a studio in Sausalito, California. She continues to teach classes for both adults and children, and she speaks, consults and exhibits all around the country. This year she became president of the National Basketry Organization.
Emily’s presentation for the guild, TRANSORDINARY VESSELS, will highlight her work as a sculptural basketmaker using materials from the hardware store, cable ties and other found objects to create whimsical and imaginative art pieces




Emily will also be giving a 2 day workshop, APPROACHING BASKETRY, on Thursday and Friday, Jan 7 – 8, 2016. Through a hands-on approach to many basketry techniques we will explore process, structure, design and surface texture while experimenting with a variety of materials. Beginners and experienced artists alike will enjoy this unique look into contemporary basketry.




Members will receive registration preference, however, a limited number of seats may be available for the public beginning Dec. 16th. For workshop information contact Erica Howat at


About South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild:

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild was formed in January 2013 by a dozen enthusiastic fiber artists and enthusiasts from Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Our purpose is to inspire interest and creativity in basketry and the fiber arts among both emerging and seasoned artists through networking, educational programs and exhibition opportunities.  Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Anyone with an interest in basketry and the fiber arts is welcome to join us.  Meeting details including topics/speakers and the membership form are available on our website.




For more information about the South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild please visit:





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Palm Beach Watermedia Society Announces Paint-Ins, Meeting And Workshop

The Palm Beach Watermedia Society announces four events in January and welcomes everyone to participate. The “Paint-Ins” are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month and include a live model. The January 14th General Meeting includes a demo. Non-members are welcome at minimal charge of $2. A two-day workshop with Susan Hanssen, a well known and award winning artist, begins on January 7th. The focus will be painting on gold gesso. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to get involved with this talented group of artists. Emerging artists and established artists are encouraged to network with this wonderful group! All events take place at the Boca Raton Community Center unless otherwise noted.








Palm Beach Watermedia Society

Invites You:

Susan Hanssen Two Day Workshop

Painting on Gold Gesso

January 7 & 8, 2016

9 am – 4pm

 Sue Hanssen workshop is $200.00 for two days

Registration Required



Include Live Model



January 12 and 26, 2016

9:30 am – 12:15 PM


The Paint-Ins are $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non- members





General Meeting:


Demo by Kitty Schachter


January 14, 2016

6:30 PM – 8:45 PM







Boca Raton Community Center


150 Crawford Blvd.     Boca Raton, Florida 33432

Phone: (561) 393-7700






Susan Hanssen

Painting On Gold Gesso Workshop





“Grace and Two Napoleons” by Susan Hanssen





Susan Hanssen is offering a 2 day workshop to explore the many interesting and fun techniques of painting on gold gesso. Susan will demonstrate each day, showing different methods of applying paint and creating any number of textures. She will also discuss design elements that can aid in this project and all of your painting experiences. At the end of each day there will be constructive critique. This is a useful and informative discussion to help everyone. Of course, individual attention is always available during the day.





“Waiting Patiently” by Susan Hanssen





Susan Hanssen is an award winning painter and is well known in south Florida for her unique and exciting work. Susan is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and of the Florida Watercolor Society. She has taught numerous workshops across Florida and recently in New Mexico with her sister, Nancy Frost Begin. Susan continues to teach in her studio and is represented at the Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL.




Paint-In Information:

Silver Room of the Boca Community Center

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month

For more details please contact Dona 561.362.5506





Please Visit:

PBWS website



PBWS Facebook Page

For general information please contact:

Lynn Holland, President




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Laurie Snow Hein Is Featured Artist At Wellington Art Society Meeting

The Wellington Art Society will hold the last meeting of the season on May 13, 2015. The public is invited to the Meet and Greet, followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting. The demonstration for the evening will be presented by Laurie Snow Hein, a well known Florida-based artist. Laurie’s style is “Old World Realism”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few images of Laurie’s artistry.  The Wellington Art Society is a nurturing group and offers numerous opportunities to its members to display and sell their art as well as network with other artists.





Invites You To A

Presentation by


Laurie Snow Hein

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

6:30 pm

 Bootz Culture Camp

420 State Road 7    Suite 120 

Wellington, FL



Laurie Snow Hein is published and licensed world wide as an award winning artist and illustrator. Her painting style is “Old World Realism” which is highlighted in her Southern landscapes, Everglades, tropical plants and seascapes. Her paintings are alive with vibrant color and light. She is also known for her creative portraits of children, animals and adults which seem to capture the personality of the subject. Laurie also teaches art classes, conducts workshops and displays her art in the top festivals throughout the country.



Artwork by Laurie Snow Hein

Artwork by Laurie Snow Hein






Laurie’s art work appears in open and limited edition prints with a large following. Her designs have been licensed for home decor and gift products for such companies as Current Inc., Home Interiors, Mohawk Home, Leanin’ Tree, Conimar, Weavetec, and Home Interiors Inc. You can find her licensed products in WalMart, Target, Cracker Barrel, and specialty shops of all kinds. She is a successful oil painter, illustrator, art instructor, portrait artist and a member of the Atlanta Portrait Society and the Portrait Society of America. Laurie is also listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of American Women. She has painted executuve portraits for institutions such as Furman College, Palm Beach Atlantic College and St Vincent Hospital. Avon Company commissioned her to paint the Mothers Day 2009 Plate which completely sold out. Her newest collection, “Freedom’s Spirit”, was started to raise awareness of the plight of an American heritage…the wild mustangs of America. When this collection has 30 completed images, there will be public shows held, with the sale of the images being donated to various Wild Horse Funds.  Laurie has illustrated numerous books.  Please visit her website for more details:





The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization celebrating its 35th 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. 

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