Palm Beach State College Photography Invitational 2016 Shows The Power Of The Camera

Photographers will showcase creativity in new exhibit

 at The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus in Palm Beach Gardens September 13 to October 14.  This Photography Invitational 2016 begins Tuesday, September 13th with a free, Public Opening Reception.  Come and see the power and creativity of the camera, as 15 artists use this tool in innovative ways!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.











5:30 – 8:00 PM

Art Gallery Is Located On First Floor of the BB building

3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL



Gallery Hours:

9 am – 5 pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

9 am – 8 pm  Tuesday and Friday

 Exhibit runs through October  14th

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For more information, call 561-207-5015








SaraRytteke “Chronic Migraine”

This exhibit will feature traditional and digital photography with some images incorporating both from 15 local artists. A Public Opening Reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.  This is an opportunity to meet the photographers and network with other artists and art patrons.




Ilene Adams “Water Memories Reimagined”






The Rickie Report would like to emphasize  that “local artists” confirms that these artists make this area their residence.  In many cases, these “local artists” have shown their work Nationally and Internationally.  Southeast Florida is blessed with an abundance of “local artists”!  We applaud Karla Walter and Sherry Stephens for offering this photographic bonanza!




Melinda Moore “Glades Inferno”







Ilene Gruber Adams

Erika Cespedes

Rod Faulds

Adriano Ficarelli

Jacek Gancarz

Durga Garcia

Tracie Heller

Silvia Lizama

Cheryl Maeder

Melinda Moore

Sara Rytteke

Elle Schorr

Barry Seidman

Joanne Urban

Matt Vought








Silvia Lizama “Statue#9”



“In the hands of a photographic artist, the camera is just a tool, like a painter’s brush, a starting point toward achieving a creative vision, whether it is consciously planned or happens spontaneously,” said Professor Sherry Stephens, who curated the exhibition with Art Gallery Specialist Karla Walter.




Barry Seidman “Kitchen”

Stephens also notes that much of what transpires between pointing the camera and finishing a print or editing a film is the actual artistic journey for photographers.



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Elle Schorr  “Spring Fling”



Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus is located in the first floor of the BB building, 3160 PGA Blvd. For more information, call the gallery at 561-207-5015.




Palm Beach State College:

Serving 48,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, Palm Beach State offers more than 130 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade, with a new campus under construction in Loxahatchee Groves.





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Florida Chapter of National Association Of Women Artists (NAWA) Presents Art Scholarships

On Wednesday, April 13th, the Florida Chapter of National Association of Women Artists will present scholarships to three extraordinary young women artists who are graduating seniors at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. The NAWA Florida Scholarship recipients will exhibit their work in the President’s Gallery during the school’s Digital Media/Visual Arts Spring Show from 5 pm to 7 pm. The Rickie Report applauds the scholarship winners and NAWA for supporting the next generation of artists!







Florida Chapter of National Association of Women Artists

Scholarship Presentation

Wednesday, April 13th

5 pm to 7 pm

President’s Gallery

Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

501 S. Sapodilla Ave.      West Palm Beach, FL 







The Scholarship Committee members, Janice Cohen, Beth Scher, Shirley Goldblatt, Andrea Huffman, Melinda Moore and Cynthia Maronet carefully evaluated eighteen young artists’ Applications, Artist Statements, Essay, Recommendations and photographs of work to select the three winners: Catherine Chen, Zoe Elakman and Samantha Vassor.




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“City Within Reach” by Catherine Chen 





Catherine Chen was selected to receive the NAWA Florida Scholarship in memory of Rita Schwartz. Lacey Van Reeth, Dean of Visual Arts at Dreyfoos School of the Arts says, “Catherine is an insatiable learner and creator who lacks the paralyzing fear of failure; complacency and idleness are what Catherine views as failure.” The ten images Catherine submitted are part of her “The Electronic City” portfolio. The Digital with Pen and Acrylic artwork addresses the digital world crossing with the real world.



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Zoe Elakman’s “Lymphoma” 3D Sculpture




Zoe Elakman focuses on the exploration of wearable sculpture created from a mix of materials. In addition to creating avant-garde fashions, Zoe expressed the mental and physical effects of chemotherapy in a series titled Lymphoma 1,2,3C, 3D to honor her father who was diagnosed with cancer last year. In his recommendation letter, Peter J. Stodolak, Digital Media Department Dean at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, told us that Zoe has passionately photographed the dance performances at our school for the last three years and is a bright, independent, and highly motivated artist




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Samantha Vassor’s “Wavelength”



Samantha Vassor creates surreal environments that influence the viewers’ perception while integrating political and social discussion to spark community awareness and change. Scott Armetta, Painting, Design and Critical Thinking Teacher at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, says, “Samantha’s work has a rare combination of an original, personal vision that can be appreciated by a very wide audience. Her intelligence and creativity are clearly shown in her pieces.” He adds, “That she has volunteered her time at the VA Medical Center and in Haiti helps illustrate her thoughtful kindness.”



For more information about NAWA:




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Gisela Pferderkaemper Gallery Festive Open House Features Original Art, Fine Crafts, Live Music

The Loxahatchee Art Show at Gisela Pferderkaemper Gallery will feature fourteen artists’ original 2D and 3D artworks.  The opening Reception on Thursday, March 10th will have a Caribbean theme, with live music, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.  The Exhibit continues through March 13th.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this Free Event and knows you will enjoy the festive celebration in the garden.



Gisela Pferderkaemper Gallery


Opening Reception:


Thursday, March 10th


5 – 9 pm

Exhibit Continues March 11th – March 13th

 9am – 5 pm


14281 Collecting Canal Road, Loxahatchee, FL




Out Southern Blvd past fairgrounds turn right on D Road and go to 2nd street and turn right. Gisela is on left a short way down.
Please pull in gate to park.


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Exhibiting Artists :

Gisela Pferderkaemper, Patric Roggenbau, Betty Wilson, MelindaMoore, Mindy Colton, Patricia Peters, Jacky Harris, Rollin McGrail, Michael Metcalf, Emma B,Anthony Burks, Rolando C Barrero, Jose Rojas, Donatella Linari.


For more information email Gisela:
or call 561-351-0639

14281 Collecting Canal Road, Loxahatchee, FL


Out Southern Blvd past fairgrounds turn right on D Road and go to 2nd street and turn Right. Gisela’s is on Left a short ways down.
Please pull in gate to park.



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Artists Of Palm Beach County Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Audubon Society Of Everglades With Wildlife Exhibit

Tonight is the Opening Reception of “Audubon of The Everglades: 50 Year Anniversary Exhibit” at Art on Park Gallery in Lake Park, FL.  This exhibit is presented by Artists of Palm Beach County. Artworks will reflect the Audubon’s mission to educate and inspire people to conserve wildlife, especially birds and the environment that supports them. There are cash prizes and awards. Internationally acclaimed fine art photographer, Melinda Moore will judge for prizes.  An After-Party will be held at the Brewhouse Gallery. APBC is donating a portion of all sales to this deserving organization.  This event is Free to and Open to the Public!






Artists of Palm Beach County

Art on Park Gallery




“Audubon of The Everglades:

50 Year Anniversary Exhibit”

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 20, 2015

5 – 8 pm


Exhibit Runs November 16 – December 30, 2015






Art on Park Gallery

Monday – Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL 33403




After Party at The Brewhouse Gallery starting at 8 pm
720 Park Ave, Lake Park

(on the next block east of Art on Park Gallery)



The Audubon Society of the Everglades will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016. To honor and acknowledge the importance of this historic moment, APBC Art on Park Gallery Presents “Audubon of The Everglades: 50 Year Anniversary Exhibit”. To kick off this special event APBC is showcasing the talent of artists from Palm Beach County, FL. Works will reflect the Audubon’s mission to educate and inspire people to conserve wildlife, especially birds and the environment that supports them.




Awards will be given by internationally acclaimed Fine Art photographer, Melinda Moore during the Opening Reception. A portion of all sales will be donated to The Audubon Society of the Everglades.



For more information about Melinda Moore’s Fine Art Photography:





For more information:
APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403





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Melinda Moore Presents “Wings of Inspiration”

Fine Art Photographer Melinda Moore will present “Wings of Inspiration” at the monthly meeting of the Audubon Society of the Everglades on Tuesday, March 4th.  The public is welcome to this FREE event.  The Rickie Report urges you to make the time to attend.  Melinda is a recent inductee to the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA).  Her  ability to capture the light as well as the essence of that fleeting moment of a bird taking flight is awe inspiring.  We share the details in this article.

Audubon Society of the Everglades

Tuesday March 4, 7:00 pm

Refreshments Followed by Lecture

Melinda Moore , Fine Art Photographer

FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, Rooms 101/102

6301 Summit Blvd (near Jog Road)

West Palm Beach

"The Day Before" by Melinda Moore

“The Day Before” by Melinda Moore

The public is invited to join the Audubon Society of the Everglades  for this entertaining and educational program in rooms 101 and 102 at FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd, (near Jog Road) in West Palm Beach. Refreshments at 7 pm. This meeting is free and open to the public.



"Pelican Preening" by Melinda Moore

“Pelican Preening” by Melinda Moore

Melinda Moore tells us, “Light is the essence of spirit in its purest form, so it is a key ingredient in my art. A fleeting expression, a bird taking wing, clouds and sea; everything is transient and everything is permanent when captured by the camera. My desire is to bring a soulfulness and spirit to my work that engages the viewer, creating an emotional bond with the environment and its creatures.  I think I am blessed by these birds… the way they do turn up and strike poses”.


"Illumination" by Melinda Moore

“Illumination” by Melinda Moore

Melinda was born in New Jersey, and arrived in Delray Beach Florida in 1948. Much of Delray was still dirt roads including 11th Street when her family first moved there. I-95 didn’t exist until Melinda was in high school. Living on Lake Ida, which at the time, was the edge of the Everglades gave her a unique opportunity to explore nature. Observation and her love of birds began back then, when Florida was a different place.


"Mina Peacock" by Melinda Moore

“Mina Peacock” by Melinda Moore



She says, “I was introduced to John James Audubon’s work by a book my mother gave me in 1950’s. I do feel it inspires my work today. My Mom also loved birds and kept a little book published in 1915 which I still treasure. She wrote the dates she spotted new birds. She also introduced the Audubon organization by encouraging me to call them to ID unusual birds we spotted”.



"The Bride" by Melinda Moore

The Bride” by Melinda Moore

“I went to Florida State and received a BS in Nursing. I have traveled extensively and love sailing and the sea. I returned to Florida and married my high school sweetheart in 2003 and began her photographic career late in life, about 2008,” she shares.  Melinda began exhibiting her work in 2008 and has had three solo exhibits, receiving many awards. Recently  she was invited to join the National Association of Women Artists.


"The Regal Egret" by Melinda Moore

“The Regal Egret” by Melinda Moore

For more information about the Audubon Society of the Everglades, please visit:


For more information about Melinda Moore’s Fine Art Photography, please visit:  and   We want to point out that Melinda not only sells her photographs to frame, but also offers giclees and specialty tiles.




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Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Showcases Great Art By Local Artists At Palm Beach International Airport

Eighteen new pieces of artwork are on display at the Palm Beach International Airport.  The public is invited to a Reception to Meet the Artists on September 18th.  The Rickie Report urges you to take a few minutes to look at the artwork that helps make PBIA different than any other airport in the world!  For artists who have not submitted for these shows, more details are in this article.



“Art at the Airport” Exhibition at

Palm Beach International Airport

The public is invited

Artist Reception 

September 18, 2013

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Sept 18 Airport Artist Reception




Eighteen works selected by the County’s Public Art Committee are currently on exhibition June 26th through October 30, 2013 in the Airport’s Concession Level 2.


The show features works by artists from Atlantis, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Singer Island, and West Palm Beach.


"Sunset Landscape" by Sandy Friedkin

“Sunset Landscape” by Sandy Friedkin

Artists include: Tula Antikinen from Atlantis;  Michael Rocheford from Boca Raton; Robert Catapano, Bill Rosenberg and Claudio Gelis Staros from Boynton Beach; Karen Rosenblatt and Maria Foladori Weiss from Delray Beach; Margie Agoston from Jupiter; Bonnie D. Bruner and Talia Cervetti from Lake Worth; Karen E. Hightower from North Palm Beach; Mark L. Cohen, Melinda Moore and EJ Morales from Palm Beach Gardens; Kerby L. Glenn from Riviera Beach; Dani De Maio from Singer Island; Anthony Burks Sr. and Sandy Friedkin from West Palm Beach.


"Gulf Stream #4" by   Glenn

“Gulf Stream #4” by Kerby Glenn

For a virtual tour of the exhibition visit:


"Jockey" by Tula Antikainen

“Jockey” by Tula Antikainen


Artists interested in receiving “Calls to Artists” for upcoming airport exhibitions and other Art in Public Places projects can submit their contact information through the Artists’ Registry page of Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places website  or contact Elayna Toby Singer (561) 233-0235


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Ocean Festival at Lighthouse ArtCenter: Meet Justin Riney, Open Ceramic Studio, Family Fun Event

Justin Riney, Founder of Mother Ocean, will be at the Lighthouse ArtCenter on Sunday, May 26th!  Justin will share his adventures of circumnavigating Florida by paddle board.  In addition, there will be Open Ceramic Studio, Raku Firing,  An Ocean-themed art exhibit, Art Contest for Children, Interactive Mural Painting, Refreshments, Raffles and Music!  The Rickie Report will see you there!



 Lighthouse ArtCenter


Mother Ocean Festival, featuring Justin Riney

Mark the Arrival of Expedition Florida 500 in Tequesta

Florida Artists celebrate ocean-themed art


Sunday, May 26, 2013  11:30 am – 2:30 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

395 Seabrook Drive, Tequesta

Free admission


Justin at Pavilion photo by

Justin at Pavilion (photo by Constance Mier)

The Lighthouse ArtCenter will be presenting an ocean-themed festival on Sunday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This community celebration for all ages will feature an art contest for children, open ceramic studio, interactive mural painting, raku firing, raffle, music and refreshments.


Justin Riney, founder of Mother Ocean, will share the tales of his adventure of circumnavigating Florida on a standup paddleboard. He will be arriving in Tequesta on Day 147 of his 365-day journey. Riney will present a slide show about Mother Ocean’s Expedition Florida 500 (“XF500”) at 1 p.m., followed by a question, discussion, photo opportunity and autograph signing.


The children’s art contest will be judged at 2 p.m. The grand prize winner receives a 1 week scholarship at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 42nd Annual Summer Enrichment ArtCamp. Raffle drawing for a one-of-a-kind raku-fired Florida inspired pottery created in the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s kiln will be at 2:30 p.m.


An invitational exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art showcases ocean- and water-inspired art created by Florida artists. The works of art highlight humanity’s deep connection to waterways in Florida, and will celebrate the arrival of Justin Riney to Tequesta.

Justin Riney

Justin Riney (Photo by Jackson Berger)


A signature event of VIVA Florida 500, XF500 is a modern-day exploration of Florida’s coastlines and aquatic ecosystem, as seen through the eyes of waterman Justin Riney. As founder of Mother Ocean, a non-profit foundation, Riney is “creating, inspiring and empowering ocean advocates worldwide.”


As Riney explores Florida on a standup paddleboard, he focuses attention around the state on environmental challenges within coastal communities, as well as honoring the local history and culture.


As Floridians, our lives are deeply connected to the water. It’s our need for healthy oceans for our livelihoods, recreation and inspiration that makes XF500 such a powerful project. “It is our passion that leads to action, and the desire to protect what we love and believe in,” says Riney. Follow his journey at


The Mother Ocean Invitational Exhibit will be spotlight select pieces in various media, including paintings by Gerri Aurre, Julie Silk Beaumont, Jackson Berger, Judith Boland-Caruso, Tony Cisek, Gwen Eyeington, Duane Hatfield, Ashton Howard, Jack Keough, Deborah Lawrence, Ted Matz, Deborah Neuhaus, Lisa Leffler Riney, Manon Sander, Randall Scott, Roseanne Williams. Also included will be mixed media works by Judy Flescher, Debbie Mostel, Paul Slater and David Willison. Photographers include Tony Arruza (surfboard art), Malcolm MacKenzie, Melinda Moore, Greg Panas, Ruth Petzold and Barry Seidman. Norman Gitzen’s famous mermaid sculpture, “The Siren,” will grace the School of Art’s front yard.


Justin Riney

Justin Riney (Photo by Billy King Kraus)

Justin Riney’s original Mother Ocean Tahoe standup paddleboard, which he rode from Pensacola to Key West, will be on display. The 14-foot custom paddleboard carried more than 130 pounds of gear, and shows the wear and tear of hundreds of miles of rough passage. The board features an original painting of a whale’s tale by famed ocean artist Wyland.


Justin and Wyland, Islamorada

Justin and Wyland, Islamorada

Children and adults will be inspired by the ocean art on display, as well as informed about Riney’s environmentally focused adventure.


Following the festivities at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, there will be a group paddle on kayaks and paddleboards. The public is invited to join Riney on the water, leaving from Tequesta at 3:30, and arriving at Guanabanas Restaurant, 960 A1A, Jupiter, for an early evening reception. Call Cynthia Trone regarding launch details (561) 629-3765.


The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art, a member-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) 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.   Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, 395 Seabrook Drive, Tequesta, Fla, 33469. (561) 748-8737.




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MacArthur Park Art Exhibit Features Artist Jackie Brice In Honor Of Janet Heaton

How many of you know that MacArthur Beach State Park is an ART destination in Palm Beach County? The Rickie Report is eager to share their latest news, as Florida Hall of Fame artist, Jackie Brice shows her work at a special exhibit that will honor environmentalist and animal artist, Janet Heaton!  Read this Feature Story for more information about both artists and this wonder-filled area in our own backyard!


Florida Hall of Fame Artist

Jackie Brice to Exhibit


MacArthur Beach State Park

To Honor

 Janet Heaton, Animal artist

and Long-Time Environmentalist



MacArthur Nature Center

MacArthur Nature Center

Nature Center

9 – 5 daily  through May 17, 2013


Starting April 10, 2013 MacArthur Beach State Park will be exhibiting and selling works from Florida Hall of Fame Artist, Jackie Brice.   Ms. Brice’s works will be displayed in the Nature Center from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily until May 17, 2013.


Jackie Brice

Jackie Brice

Brice’s exquisite paintings capture the essence of the beautiful Florida landscape.  She has painted landscapes in the Florida Keys to the St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge and many in between.  She believes that the greatest tool for a landscape artist is painting outdoors and that the artist must take the time and effort to truly study its subject.  Ms. Brice’s subject for the past 47 years has been Florida.  She has painstakingly studied Florida’s landscape, foliage, and light and her commitment shows when the viewer is transported to the beautiful locations she has visited and painted.


Golden Afternoon by Jackie Brice

Golden Afternoon by Jackie Brice

“My desire is to accomplish not only a true landscape painting but also a feeling,” says Ms. Brice.  “When a person views a scene on canvas that I’ve seen on location, I want that person to be able to place himself or herself there,” she adds.

Jackie Brice, a native Floridian, is an award winning professional artist who has been painting since 1967.  She studied for 11 years with her mentor and friend, A.E. Backus.  Prior to her work with Backus, she studied for 10 years with Vela Boss of Miami, Florida.  Her paintings appear in the permanent collections of many prominent Floridians, including Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and Mrs. Jeff Atwater, Sen. and Mrs. Bob Graham, and Rep. Clay Shaw.  

Cypress Reflection by Jackie Brice

Cypress Reflection by Jackie Brice

Jackie’s paintings can also be found in the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century in Washington D.C., the U.S. Sugar Corporation, the collections of the President and Vice President of Guatemala, and in the White House Christmas Tree Ornament Collection.  On March 21, 2012,  Ms. Brice was inducted in the “Florida Artist Hall of Fame.”

Fahahatchee Moon by Jackie Brice

Fahahatchee Moon by Jackie Brice


All art shows at MacArthur Beach State Park benefit the Natural Science Education Fund.  The Fund was established to ensure the sustainability of the Natural Science programs, which positively impact the lives of thousands of children and adults by providing them the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate our natural world.


Education Hallway

Education Hallway


MacArthur Beach State Park Names

Janet Heaton 2013 Environmental Champion


John D. MacArthur Beach State Park has announced the winner of its Environmental Champion award as part of its upcoming NatureScaping and Dark Skies Festival, Janet Heaton.  Janet received the award at the NatureScaping event on March 16, 2013.

Janet Heaton and Art Carlton

Janet Heaton and Art Carlton


Janet Heaton has been involved in the animal artist community and specifically at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for more than 20 years.  Through her immense efforts and countless volunteer hours she has raised more than $250,000 for the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park and established the park as a venue for animal and wildlife art exhibition and appreciation.


Participants at a Workshop

Participants at a Workshop

Since 1990 she has organized exhibitions in the park featuring more than 100 artists and local and international art societies. Janet was the founder of Natural Selections Art Exhibition and Sale, a 10 year biennial event at the park by the International Society of Animal Artists. She has introduced new artists to the park who have, in turn, donated many of their volunteer hours to enhancing the exhibit hall and providing high end art, jewelry and wearable art in the Gift shop.


Red Winged Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Red Winged Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Janet laughs as she tells The Rickie Report in an exclusive interview, that she started this endeavor when  Park Ranger, Leni Bane and a friend, Kim Chase wanted to generate some revenue for the young park back in 1993.  All I said was  “If you need any help let me know.”    It took her and a full committee over a  year to put together a well-thought-out juried show.   She explains, “The art was juried in New York under the auspices of the Society of Animal Artists.  We wanted to keep it as an exhibition and sale and have done our Biennial Show ever since.”  




TRR:  We share Janet’s comments with our readers not only because they give us insight into the person she is, but they frame the time during which she accomplished so much with so little support which we take for granted now.


When Art (Carton) called to say that I had won the Environmental Award…I was stunned and very honored at the same time. I thank you for this prestigious award and I will only accept it on behalf of the multitude of people that are responsible for me standing here today.

The people that I speak of:

The Park Staff


Board members of the Friends…

And a very supporting Community

You now know how I became involved….well… that is when all of these tremendous people stepped up to the plate to offer their time and service.

The idea of an exhibition/sale with the Society of Animal Artists came to me when meeting with Leni and Kim Chase in 1992.  As a member of the society, I knew the artists’ work and thought to have their work represented here would be a perfect fit for the Park.  I knew that the artists would be eager to participate since there was the possibility of selling something.

I will give you an overview and a little insight (of just one year’s work) as to what it took to bring these shows to the community….always with an unknown result and there were 5 separate occasions for the Natural Selections events.

 After the Board voted to hold the event, contact was made with the Society of Animal Artist to secure a contract.

A Budget was determined for the event.  Our Board selected a General Chairman…me…

We then created committees and assigned duties. Committees consisted of : Advertising and promotion – involved contacting magazine, newspapers, radio, various organizations, TV cable networks, …one Public Srvice Announcement ran for a year after the show was over…I think because the visuals of the art work were so pleasing.  Leni had her hands full on this committee writing press releases, articles and securing volunteers to distribute flyers and posters.

Auction… me… was able to secure several pieces of Artwork for each event from the artist/exhibitors to be auctioned at the openings by a professional Auctioneer…volunteers were trained to help with auction.  The auctions proved to be successful as one year…a painting of John Felsing’s sold at auction for $25,000.

Kim Chase was actively involved with the Design and printing of invitations, posters, flyers, catalogues.  Biographies of exhibiting artists were created.

Time lines were a must not only for us but because of the artist’s schedules to submit work to be juried by the Society.  The jurors meet and decide and then inform the artist which pieces should be shipped….if they were selected to exhibit. This can take at least 6-8 weeks.. At this point…there is one other person that I could not have done without…. my girl Friday on Tuesdays…Tesa Dytrych

Logistics – responsible for hanging the show – My dear friend who passed away several years ago, Gerry Hamzik was responsible to for creating an  inviting gallery for the artists and viewers. The Exhibit room, Theatre and Lobby were dismantled to incorporate the art that arrived which involved  The Park Staff in a big way….they worked tirelessly through out the year basically with every committee – no task was too large or too small for them and always with a can do attitude. They even made pedestals for the sculpture and arranged lighting.  The Logistic committee was also in charge of the tram schedule, receiving, cataloging and shipping of art work and of all things…the physical arrangement of reception. That is a story in its self.  Receiving crates of artwork, filling out a condition report and finding a place to keep the boxes and crates of 90 – 125 art works was next to impossible but they did it  After the show, returning the work to the artist according to their specifications was a daunting task.  Ask Larry Harjehousen.  That is a story in its self.

Mailing – monumental task of creating, maintaining a mailing list and mailing of invitations…EJ at one point – in maybe the third show..said there is a company that can compile a list with address ON A COMPUTER.  It was a god send.  I believe that at the beginning we sent out 3000 invitations…

Reception – secure Caterer – worked with auctioneer, contracted entertainment, worked with logistic committee, secured volunteer greeters.

Sponsorship – searched for companies or indivduals willing to underwrite the event.

Volunteers – were involved in every aspect of the event…even husbands and wives of Board members….Don Bane knows about that.  I trained volunteers to be docents and there was NEVER an hour that there was not a volunteer in each room greeting and talking with the guest about the art that they were seeing…they were knowledgeable about the artist since books were created with their biographies and the type of work that they did and they also encouraged the visitor to purchase to benefit the park.

One big thing to remember is:  at that time in our lives…1992….we had no computers, only the latest fax machine…with thermal paper and no way to send digital images if we even had them which we didn’t…everything was snail mail and/or telephone/fax.

I have to interject this funny little story…about Leni…Half way into the year with the work that had been done…Leni said to me….Janet, what if nobody comes….I said Oh Leni, don’t worry about that…they will come.  And after the art work arrived…she said….Janet, what if nobody buys anything.  And I said, Leni don’t worry we will sell…little did she know that I had no clue either!  I just had to stay positive and happy.

Each committee reported at the monthly Board meetings…sometimes the meetings lasted over 2 hours…the last month prior to the opening…we held meetings WEEKLY for several hours…! I think the Board was ready to kill me…but they were delighted with the now transformed Nature Center into a gallery of beautiful works of art and they were eager to get the show on the road.

The first show was financially successful selling over $90,000 of art work.  Long after the show was over, visitors would often ask if we were going to have “The Art Show again”.  Since nothing succeeds like success…we took a year off to let the Park get back to normal, take a breather ourselves and then started in again on the year long planning and work ahead.  This occurred 5 times… benefiting the Park with $250,000 to begin their projects So we must draw the conclusion that this Park has never been afraid of hard work and plenty of planning…it still exists today and is what makes John D. MacArthur Beach State Park a jewel in the crown of Florida State Parks.


Kids Center

Kids Center

Janet is an accomplished artist and tireless volunteer who truly loves the park.  In addition to her artistic endeavors on behalf of the Park and Palm Beach County community, she has been a dedicated and creative member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park and the Nature Foundation.


Seagrapes by Janet Heaton

Seagrapes by Janet Heaton

Florida native, Janet Heaton has been fascinated by nature all of her life. The images that dominate her artistic endeavors are birds and mammals of Africa and North America. Heaton has traveled to many parts of Africa and India to photograph, paint and research her wildlife subjects. “Given a choice of any subject in the world, I would select the African elephant without hesitation”, she says.

Samuru Elephants by Janet Heaton

Samburu Elephants by Janet Heaton

Heaton tells The Rickie Report, “I was around 40 and my children were in school.  A neighbor  who owned an art gallery invited me to come and paint.  I had no formal training and was really intimidated!  I started off with oil paintings of nighthawks and with the support of my friends and family members, I moved on to animals.  Then my work started selling.  I remember bringing two framed pieces of my elephants to Perry Como’s wife.”

Tricolored Splendor by Janet Heaton

Tricolored Splendor by Janet Heaton

Janet enjoys using watercolor, oil and pastel to portray the animals She says, “Each medium produces different results…from the very delicate to the strongest and most powerful animal. I find that  the subject lends itself to a particular medium.”


 Janet tells The Rickie Report about one of her 14 trips to Africa.  She spent time there to do research as well as take photographs. At one point, a rogue male elephant tried to charge a group of photographers, which included Janet’s brother, earlier in the day.   While Janet was with her team later in the day, this same elephant began chasing them!  Her driver went zigging and zagging through the bush to try to get away, but the elephant kept coming!  Janet says, “Let me tell you that 10 minutes feels like a life time, until he just finally stopped!”


Resting Cheetah by Janet Heaton

Resting Cheetah by Janet Heaton

When asked what she would like to see for the future of MacArthur Beach State Park and Nature Foundation, Janet was direct as well as philosophical.  “People cannot live without art.  It is part of our human nature.  I want people to realize that coming to MacArthur is no different than going to a museum or gallery when they want to experience art.  The gallery within the Park gives you an innate feeling of sharing art with everyone.  Come.  Look.  Open your eyes.  Art is more than entertainment.  Art is part of your life!  I want people to know that MacArthur provides an opportunity and insight to see animals in their environment.  I hope people will buy pieces of art so they live with them.  Art is more than just seeing on walls of a gallery or museum.  I believe everyone can paint – they just have to try!  I want to encourage people to get out and experience the physical world…see how a tree makes a shadow… how a branch moves as a bird take off…how the leaves blow in the wind.”

Strolling Ibis

Strolling Ibis


Heaton has received numerous awards and recognition for her animal art and photography and has exhibited at national and international museums. Her collectors are located throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Africa.


Good Grief by Janet Heaton

Good Grief by Janet Heaton

As a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, Florida Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of American and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, she has exhibited from New York City’s National Arts Club to East Africa’s Mount Kenya Safari Club. Heaton is also included in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Salt Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Salt Frenzy by Janet Heaton

Janet is an environmental champion.  She knows the Real Florida. She has lived it.  By introducing others through the medium of art to the Real Florida, she is helping to preserve our heritage.

Janet Heaton with MacArthur Bust

Janet Heaton with MacArthur Bust

About John D.MacArthur Beach State Park:

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon.  The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats including seven species of plants and twenty-two species of animals on the endangered or threatened list.  MacArthur Beach is truly an “Island in Time.”

Looking into the Tanks

Looking into the Tanks


Janice Kerber tells us more about the The Nature Classroom.   “It 

is a wonderful outdoor learning experience, in an 

environment that exists nowhere else in Palm Beach County. Our programs are designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten through grade 12. Each program combines exploration of the area, and age-appropriate hands-on activities and may include a tour of the environmental exhibits. Our goal is to instill an understanding of and appreciation for coastal southeast Florida’s plant and animal communities.”

Janice  explains, ” So far this year we have served 3,275 children.  For the 2011-2012 school term we served 3558- we will exceed this number in mid- April with a full calendar until May 29th. “

The Rickie Report urges you to go and experience the wonders we have in our backyard.  Nature, art, environment and education.  MacArthur Beach State Park offers so much!


To reach Janet Heaton email  or   For more information about MacArthur State Beach Park contact:  Cheryl A. Houghtelin  Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park  561.776.7449



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Art on Park Unveils New Exhibit this Friday!

A new exhibit is opening this week at Art on Park, home of Artists of Palm Beach County. The Rickie Report is excited about the wide variety of mediums and number of artists whose work will be shown!  Mark your calendars for this Friday, February 22  for a wonderful event!




Artists of Palm Beach


Art on the Park

Friday   February 22, 2013

5:00 – 8:00 pm

800 Park Ave      Lake Park, FL


How exciting to come to Art on Park, the home of Artists of Palm Beach County, and see a second exhibit in such a short period of time!
Steve Nussdorf

Steve Nussdorf

If you are an artist and not involved in an organization, Artists of Palm Beach County has a lot to offer you as a member.  Their annual membership includes not only monthly meetings but sharing opportunities.

Beverly Snow

Beverly Snow


Member Artists of Palm Beach County offer workshops, classes and demonstrations at Art on Park.

John Palozzi

John Palozzi

You can see the wide variety of mediums the artists use.

Betty Wilson

Betty Wilson

The artists showing at this exhibit include: Ilene Adams, Margie Agoston, Beth Baker, Lois Barton, Norman Berman, Lynne Bernay-Roman, Anthony Burks, Sr., Naomi Cordero, Cynthia Feig, Irma Friedman, Nina Fusco.

Ilene Adams

Ilene Adams

 Other exhibitors include: Caren Hackman, Neil Kilburn, Jeff Lucas, Beverly Marshall, Melinda Moore, Lynn Morgan and Debbie Mostel.

Debbie Mostel

Debbie Mostel

Additional artists exhibiting are: Ramond P. Neubert,  Steven Nussdorf, John Palozzi,  Alvaro Rojas, Brian Rosen, Maxine Schrieber, Beverly Snow, Mikki Vicoli, Janet Vilasmil, Betty Wilson and Han Young.

Raymond P. Neubert

Raymond P. Neubert

For more information about Artists of Palm Beach County stop by Art on Park!  The gallery is located at 800 Park Avenue in Lake Park  (561-355-0300).  For more information about demonstrations, classes, exhibits and benefits of membership, visit:


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Florida looks glorious through the eyes of area artists, according to Ralph Papa

Florida through the eyes of artists is astoundingly beautiful. More than 75 artists in the Landscapes 2012 exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum have captured the vivid colors and diverse scenery of the paradise that many of them call home. The Rickie Report likes that some of the pieces are three dimensional.  Much of the art in Landscapes 2012 brings you into the scene.  This show runs through January 5th, so bring your out-of-town guests with you and enjoy more of Florida than your own back yard!


Landscape 2012 Exhibition

Through January 5, 2013


Ralph Papa will be speaking about the art of landscape painting

December 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum

Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Lighthouse ArtCenter executive director Katie Deits, congratulates assistant curator Barbra Broidy on the excellent quality of the Landscape 2012 exhibition and introduces the exhibition’s judge artist and instructor Ralph Papa.  (Photo by Bruce Bain)


Nearly 200 people attended the opening on November 15, at which awards were presented by the juror Ralph Papa. Mr. Papa is an accomplished artist and a workshop instructor at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, as well as president of the Boca Raton Museum’s Artist Guild.


“There were so many great works in this exhibition,” said Mr. Papa, “It was really difficult to choose the award winners. I only wish there were more awards to give, as so many artists deserved them.”


Best of Show award winner Quince Quaintance (right) is congratulated by artist and instructor Ralph Papa.  (Photo by Katie Deits)


Katie Deits, executive director of the ArtCenter, also congratulated Barbra Broidy, assistant curator, on the entire look of the exhibition.  “Everyone has commented on the extraordinary quality of the artwork and how terrific the entire show appears,” Ms. Deits said. “The jurying and curation of the show is critical, and the jurying committee and Barbra truly excelled. Displaying 136 works of art, some of which measure more than 10-feet wide, and having a cohesive look is a challenge. We were also pleased that several pieces of art sold on opening night.”

First Place Award Winner in Photograph for “Sunset at Refuge House ” is Melinda Moore. (Photo by Katie Deits)


“Landscapes 2012 is a great opportunity for people to enjoy the beauty that Florida offers and, as much of the art is also for sale, perhaps purchase a piece or two to adorn the walls of their home or office.,” Ms. Deits said. “This also helps to support artists who are working in our area”.


First Place Award Winner in Sculpture for “Double Eye Inlet” is Michael Harris. (Photo by Katie Deits)

The list of award winners are as follows: Quince Quaintance (Best of Show)(Oil on Canvas), Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose (First Place)(Painting, Oil on Canvas), Michael Harris (First Place)(Sculpture), Melinda Moore (First Place)(Photography), Malcolm MacKenzie (Second Place)(Photography), April Davis (Second Place), (Acrylic Painting), Lynn Morgan (Second Place)(Pastel) and Tracey Erickson (Third Place, Painting).  Honorable mentions were awarded to: Bruce Bain, Michael Brown, Rick Lewis, Frances Lynn, Deborah Neuhaus, Jane McIntyre  and Joanne Slattery.

John Ambrose joins his wife Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose, as she proudly displays her First Place Award in Painting for “House of Refuge, Sea View”. (Photo by Katie Deits)


Award were presented to artists exhibiting in Landscapes 2012 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum: (from left) Joanne Slattery (Honorable Mention)(Pastel), Lynn Morgan ( Second Place)Pastel), Michael Harris (Sculpture, First Place), Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose (Painting, First Place), Quince Quaintance (Best of Show), Rick Lewis (Honorable Mention)(Oil on Canvas), Deborah Neuhaus (Honorable Mention) (Oil on Canvas), Bruce Bain (Honorable Mention)(Photography), Melinda Moore (Photography, First Place), Tracey Erickson (Third Place)(Painting), Frances Lynn (Honorable Mention) (Oil on Canvas) and Mike Brown (Honorable Mention)(Photography).  (Photo by Katie Deits)


The Lighthouse ArtCenter is a member-supported not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community arts organization, providing excellence in art exhibitions, instruction, education and outreach for all ages. 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 more information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is located in Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of US Hwy 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with admission free for members and $5 for non-members ages 12 and up. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free admission. 3rd Thursday is sponsored by Meyer Law Firm.


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