Ft. Pierce Art Club Announces 3 Calls To Artists And Events Open To The Public: ARToberfest, Fabulous Flamingos, And Magnificent Miniatures

The Fort Pierce Art Club shares 3 Calls to Artists for the upcoming “ARToberfest” (Saturday, October 17 – includes a Cookie Contest with Cash Prizes), “Fabulous Flamingos” (Saturday, November 21), and “Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces” (Saturday, December 5).  Artists from St. Lucie County, Martin County, Palm Beach County, Indian River County, and Okeechobee County are welcome to participate.  ART LOVERS: Mark your calendars now – from our sneak peeks, you won’t want to miss the FUN!  The Rickie Report shares the details of each event in this article.  Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County are a hub for art! 









“ARToberfest” 2020




Saturday, October 17, 2020

9 am to 1 pm


Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. 

Free and Open to the Public 






Cookie Contest with Cash Prizes


Artists, Crafters, Non-Profits:   FREE Spaces


NO FEE but MUST Pre-register!

Must be handmade – no resale!

Bring your own table (Maximum 6′)

Send 3 jpegs to  Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com


DEADLINE to ENTER: October 12, 2020





Cookie Contest:

The Cookie Contest is open to all residents of the Treasure Coast.

The Cookie Contest entry fee will be  four dozen cookies packaged in individual bags of 6 each.  

Supplies for the contest:  cookie bags and display boxes will be provided to contestants at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House on 1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, the week before the event. 

The cookies will be for sale and for judging. 

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. 

Proceeds from the sale will go to support “Art on the Porch”, a free painting session including all supplies, sponsored by the club every Monday morning from 10 am to noon, at Cool Bean Brew Coffee House. 

Register by contacting: 

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com






 Saturday, November 21, 2020

 Free and Open To Public



9 am – 1 pm


Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.





Open to all artists and art students on the Treasure Coast.  Students in Junior High, High School and College are encouraged to participate with the supervision of an art teacher and/or parent.   


  1. Open to all artists working in all media.  Original work must be created on flamingos provided by the Fort Pierce Art Club, Inc.  (FPAC).  Other flamingos may be used with approval by the Show’s Curator.
  2. Works will be judged on craftsmanship and use of the flamingo as a lawn ornament/decoration.    
  3. There is no theme requirement for the flamingos.  
  4. This is a non-profit community project.  All flamingos will be for sale to the public and the proceeds will go toward the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Public Art Programs and the Student Scholarship Program.  
  5. No eroticism or graphic violence will be considered.  General patriotic themes are allowed but political party and/or campaign candidate promotion are strictly prohibited.


Each artist will be asked to give a $5 deposit for the flamingo.  The $5 will be refunded to the artist when the completed Flamingo is returned.  Note:  Students working with a School Art Teacher(s) will be exempt from the deposit, but the teacher will be responsible for the return of the completed or uncompleted flamingo(s) they take.


The Selection Committee is composed of professional members of the public and the Show Curator who will oversee the judging of the pierces.  The judges will evaluate the work and have the right to reject any piece that might be offensive to the public or of poor construction.  There will 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ribbons for each of two categories:  Students and Adults.  There will also be tons of bragging rights for all.


Text message 772-579-1529 to arrange pickup/deliver of a flamingo.


Please direct any questions to Blanca Longo Rancourt at 305-281-3335

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com



ONLY CALL Cool Beans Brew Coffee House for coffee and/or lunch orders!


The proceeds from the flamingo sale will go towards FPAC Art Education Scholarships to be awarded on January 9, 2021 at the Club’s 65th Anniversary party.  The club’s party will be held outside under the oaks from 9:00 am to noon at Cool Beans Brew coffee house.  Scholarships applications for high school and college students to complete will be available at www.fortpierceartclub.org at the end of November 2020.  Winners will be posted on the club’s website above.



The Fort Pierce Art Club this year has raised $400 for the “Inner Truth Project” and $500 from the July “Filthy Mug” silent auction to aid the Fort Pierce Women’s Club, who provide food for families on Mondays and Fridays.  During March and April, the club distributed wooden birdhouses, paint, and brushes for families to embellish.  The “Bird House” art was then displayed at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House.  Currently, the club is sponsoring “Art on the Porch”, a free painting session including all supplies, every Monday morning at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House. In addition, several club members are painting bike racks for the city of Fort Pierce.



The Fabulous Flamingos event will be sponsored by Cool Beans Brew Coffee House and The Fort Pierce Art Club, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting artists and the arts through community awareness.  


















Contest Runs NOW –  Monday, Nov. 30 , 2020



Free  And Open To the Public



Display and Sale:



Saturday, December 5, 2020



During Christmas Festival



At Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950









NOW through  Monday, Nov. 30 , 2020



Open to all students, hobbyists, emerging and professional artists residing in St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties, and members of the Fort Pierce Art Club.



A $5 entry fee (cash or check only) includes the contest canvas and easel. Artists are welcome to use any medium and may paint the easels if they wish

Pick Up​  Entry Form, Easel & Miniature Canvases:


 ​Wallflower Custom Framing

​802 S6th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950



All masterpieces are to return with easels to ​Wallflower Custom Framing


Monday, November 30th;

Tuesday, December 1;

Wednesday, December 2nd








Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 on December 5th, 2020 at ​Christmas Festival at Cool Beans Brew Coffee Shop, 1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce​.​

The Magnificent Mini Masterpieces will be sold with the proceeds going to benefit the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Educational Scholarship Fund and the community. This is a fund-raising charity event for ​Fort Pierce Art Club’s Educational Scholarship Fund and our community involvement projects. You will have the opportunity to purchase a masterpiece after the judging at the Christmas Festival. All remaining paintings from this event will be gifted to an assisted living facility as Christmas presents for the residents.




For questions about any of these events, calls to artists, upcoming workshops, or how to become a member of this vibrant arts organization:

Call:  772-579-1529 (Jeanne Johansen)

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

Visit: www.fortpierceartclub.org




For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986


Gilt Complex And Crescent® Collaborate In Call For “Tiny Art Challenge 2020” To Benefit The Creek District Of Arts & Entertainment in Stuart, FL

The Gilt Complex and Crescent® are collaborating in the “Tiny Art Challenge 2020” which is open to artists residing in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian River County, Okeechobee County, and Palm Beach County.  Artists of any skill level, ages 16 years and older are welcome to enter at NO FEE.  Pick up your FREE MATERIALS and create a piece of artwork on Crescent® Mixed Media Board 2.5″ x 3.5 “. All art will be sold at a Silent Auction (date to be announced) to benefit The Creek District Of Arts & Entertainment in Stuart, FL.  Jurors from Crescent® choose the winner, who receives a $250 Gift Certificate to The Gilt Complex and bragging rights!  The Rickie Report shares this call and is excited to see what you create!  This Contest is open NOW through August 15, 2020.









For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994




Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex




For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986



Come to the “Mini Show”, You’ll Be Amazed!

The Rickie Report initially sent out a Call to Artists for the “Mini Show” and heard from Gallery owner, Marilee Lee, that many of you responded!  We hope you will stop by and see how a small piece of art can make a big impression! The Artist Framing Gallery in Jensen Beach has matted and framed each entry, making them unique and well-valued.  Details about the reception and show are in this article.




9th Annual Magnificent Mini Show! 

Show date: November 1st  –  30th


Reception:  Saturday, November 9th   1-4  pm




What is a “mini”?

  •  A Mini is a piece of art created in any medium on paper, canvas etc.
  • It  is small enough to fit in a 4 x 9 envelope
  • Measure the Height and width- add the 2 numbers- it should add up to 8  inches or less.
  • SMALLER  IS BETTER  can be as small as 1 x 1


Mini Show invitation
The 9th annual Magnificent Mini Show will run from November  4th – 30th.  A public reception will beheld on on Saturday Nov 9th from 1 – 4pm.   This year there are a record 55 artists participating and 150 tiny masterpieces all framed up ready to show!
"Eagle Yoga Pose"

“Eagle Yoga Pose” From Mini Show, 2010

Artists from all over have brought in or sent in the mail their unframed art to the Artist FRAMING Gallery, where each piece has been framed using double or triple mats, notched corners, raised mat, spliced mat, museum glass, or what ever it takes, without regard to cost.
Mini Show, 2012

Mini Show, 2012

Marilee tells us, “In some cases the finished art is priced less than what the framing would have normally cost.   We have artist from all levels of learning represented— artists who have never been in a show before and  high-end, well-known artists who have shown in Museum shows and Galleries.    The Artist FRAMING Gallery has a chance to show off creative framing styles and the Art lovers get an adorable art piece at a  very good price!   If the art is not sold, the Artist gets to take home their framed work.”



Marilee is excited to share, “This year we will be giving out ribbons.  The Jensen Beach Art League will be judging the art.  The JBAL is a group of artist that show and sell thier work the 3rd Sunday every month Nov-April at the Indian River Park in Jensen Beach.  This is going to be the best ever Mini Show of all!”
"Mermaid and Son"

“Mermaid and Son”

The show is in a Gallery in a very unusual home in Jensen Beach.  To find out more about it go to artistframinggallery.com  or call   772-225-2500  or visit:  www.Facebook.com/ArtistFramingGallery .

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



From Hesitant Artist To Teacher To A One Woman Show!

The Rickie Report offers emerging artists an opportunity to brainstorm and consider different ways they might pursue their goal of becoming a full time artist.   Karla Smith has moved from a hesitant artist to someone with her own One Woman Show. We would like to celebrate and share her story with our readers!

Karla is a member of the Wellington Art Society.  Because she missed the WAS meeting when Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report attended, Karla called to see if we could have a cup of tea together.  Karla brought a small representation of her portfolio, which included still life, wild life, horses and dogs.  Karla’s interest is focused on a more realistic style of art.  She works full time and paints every evening after walking her dogs.


Sunset Ribbon Dance

Karla had already started to pursue avenues beyond Florida to show her art.  She became involved in Best Friends Animal Society.  Karla told us “It is always great exposure to help this group of people who mission is to create a better world through kindness to animals”.   She frequently offers her paintings to Best Friends fundraising projects.  For more information: www.bestfriends.org


Strawberry Window

Through different Calls to Artists in The Rickie Report, Karla began to show and sell her artwork locally.  We discussed her need to increase her inventory of art work, so she could apply to multiple shows.  Her painting, “Fruits & Veggies” won a prize at Artists Haven Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.    http://www.artistshavengallery.com/events   Her painting, “Strawberry Window” won first in its category of Still Life Fruits at the same gallery!  “They had over 2,100 paintings from 270 international artists, so I was very pleased my painting was chosen!  Makes those late nights painting worth the effort! “, Karla told us.

Miniature paintings have fascinated Karla for a long time.  She sent three to Seaside Art Gallery in North Carolina and two sold right away.  You can look for her work under “Smith K Pride & Joy” or “Smith K Runaway Print” at: http://seasideart.com/miniature-show/miniature-art-show-gallery

Big Dog “Before”

“And did I ever tell you about Big Dog?”  Karla recently finished a project for this project in March, 2012.  It was for Smart Dogs for Smart Schools in Miami.  She painted her fiberglass dog with a rainforest theme! We love the detail!

Big Dog “Rainforest”











Karla is currently working on some new paintings for a gallery in Utah, where she has been offered a one woman show for March, 2013.  “I’ve been scrambling to get all of my references and canvas to paint for that show. It is exciting and stressful – which is what I love about being an artist”.

Dragon Handle

“Oh, and I am still teaching art lessons!  “Mrs. R” is coming along and learning to paint. We’ll be finishing up her fourth painting this week and looking at reference for her next project.  I enjoy teaching her and am open to take on another student in the evenings in the Boca area, using oil or acrylics.”   The Rickie Report writes about many artists who not only paint but teach to supplement their income.  We want to share a bit more about “Mrs. R”.

The Rickie Report received a phone call from the son of an 80 year old woman who is interested in learning to paint with oils.  She was described as being “slightly challenged”.  This formerly robust woman is now walking with a cane, has some memory issues, and is verbal when spoken to but otherwise shy.  She had never painted before but when her son, a Life Coach, asked her how she would like to spend her days, she told him she wanted to learn to paint with oils!  “Mrs. R” is interested in painting the human form rather than landscapes.


Ivy Dance

The son asked if The Rickie Report knew anyone in the area who might be interested in providing private lessons in Mrs. R’s home .  She needed a teacher who would be enthusiastic, encouraging, and patient.  We agreed to help and sent out an email  describing the opportunity.  Anyone who was interested sent their resume to us, which we sent to the family.  Once the resumes were gathered, the family interviewed the potential teachers and hired one.  The choice of that person and the fee were between the family and the teacher.  The Rickie Report felt privileged to be able to help connect “Mrs. R.’s” family and the teacher, who turned out to be Karla Smith.

Poodle on the Red Bench

The Rickie Report wants to share Karla’s story with our readers because hse embodies a number of attributes we hope other artists will pursue.  Karla enjoys herself as an artist.  She is a great believer in giving back to the larger community to help others and good causes.  She is a member of an artist organization (WAS) so she understands the importance of networking with other artists.  Her ability to move to other opportunities when some do not work out says a lot about her positive attitude.  A positive attitude will carry us all a long way on this journey.  To contact Karla regarding classes or to see more of her work: Call her at 561-706-9170 or email at purebredandmutts@gmail.com

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420