PGA/Verano Announces More Artists For November 4th “Festival Of Arts” Including Internationally & Nationally Acclaimed Painters

Club Talavera’s “Festival Of Arts” located at PGA/Verano in Port St. Lucie takes place on Saturday, November 4th.  This Free event will highlight fine art, functional items for the home and decorative handmade items.  The participating artists are of International and National acclaim and also include emerging artists.  Handmade in the USA! This is the perfect time to start shopping for yourself or others!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  You must RSVP to gain access through the security gate.  Details are in this article.  Proceeds will benefit Molly’s House.




RSVP by NOVEMBER 2nd  For Security Gate Access

 772-905-3996, or




 Polymer necklace by Sarita and Marissa Neun




Gift Box by Maryann Baskoff




Painting by Karla Smith



P A R T I C I P A T I N G   A R T I S T S


Linda Akers – Handmade Greeting Cards

Mary Ann Baskoff – Handmade Decorator Boxes

Harry Burchell – Original Oils and Giclees

Diane Concepcion & Asia Booth – Mosaic Art & Jewelry

Mirtha Diaz – Handmade Jewelry

Amarilis Veliz Diepa  – Original Art

Margo Diieso –  Handmade Clutches and Wallets

Gail Erickson  – Handmade Clay Sculptures

Lorrie Goss – Handmade Fountains and Water Features

Jane Himebaugh – Original Paintings

Kim Kay –  Original Contemporary  & Abstract Floral Paintings

Patricia Kuhn –  Fused Glass Art

Rickie Leiter – One of a Kind Stone and Gem Necklaces

Aurea Migenis  – Original Artwork

Sarita And Rissa Neun  –  Polymer Clay Jewelry, Ornaments & Votives

Nadia Picinich – One of A Kind Mixed Media Art

Sue Ann Mosely Seleeby – Original Oil Paintings

Karla Smith – Original Paintings of Animals, Nature

Laura Tarquinio  – Original Acrylic Paintings


Handmade Wallets/Clutches by Margo Diieso


Original Art by Amarilis Veliz Diepa


Sculpture by Gail Erickson




Molly’s House is the dream project of a young girl named Molly Sharkey. At 12, she was diagnosed with chronic myelocytic leukemia. For the next 6 years Molly and her family traveled the US to find treatment for her rare type of leukemia. In some cities they were lucky to find a Ronald McDonald House where the family could stay and be close to Molly in the hospital. In other cities there was nowhere convenient for the family to stay.




This experience prompted Molly’s dream of building a house in her home town, Stuart, Florida, and make it available to any family who had a loved one being treated for critical care at Martin Medical Center. Molly died in May of 1992 at age 18,  Since then, her family and friends raised funds to build her dream house.  Since 1996, Molly’s House has provided a warm and caring environment for patients and families in a medical crisis. For over 20 years, Molly’s House has provided a home away from home to almost 20,000 people while they or a loved one were receiving medical treatment. Our Adopt a Family program subsidizes families who are unable to make a donation toward their accommodations. Molly’s House is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for our guests. We are staffed by volunteers and a night manager staff, a housekeeper, an operations manager, and a CEO.


For information about public events, volunteering or staying at Molly’s house please visit:



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Missy Pierce Is Featured In SOLO Exhibit At Cafe Bleu And Will Benefit Aid To Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Cafe Bleu, in Delray Beach, FL is pleased to announce the opening of the SOLO exhibition “Tilt. An Exhibition Paired with Some Exceptional Coffee.” On view through May 30, are experimental abstract paintings by Florida-based artist, Missy Pierce. There will be an opportunity to meet the artist at the Public Reception on May 15, 2015.  40% of the proceeds from sales will benefit AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.  The Rickie Report shares the details here and suggests you stop by, as more art lovers are taking note of her artistry!  Pierce’s work can be found in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad.








Missy Pierce

“Tilt. An Exhibition Paired with Some Exceptional Coffee.”


Friday, May 15th

6 – 8 pm

Proceeds from Sales Benefit

AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.

Exhibit Continues Through May 30th

44 E. Atlantic Avenue      Delray Beach, FL

Hours Sunday through Thursday 7am-10:30pm / Friday and Saturday 7am to midnight


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“Rocky Haunts Me” by Missy Pierce

Cafe Bleu is pleased to announce the opening of the SOLO exhibition “Tilt. An Exhibition Paired with Some Exceptional Coffee.” On view through May 30, will be experimental abstract paintings by Artist Missy Pierce. There will be an opportunity to meet the artist at a reception on May 15, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm.

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“Particles.Dark. Very, Very Dark” by Missy Pierce

Café Bleu (formerly Spot Coffee) is located on 44 E. Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, FL. Cafe Bleu hours are Sunday through Thursday 7am-10:30pm / Friday and Saturday 7am to midnight.   Proceeds from art sales to help AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. For independent donations, please contact AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., PO Box 6161, Delray Beach, FL 33482 (561)265-3797. http://www.AVDAONLINE.ORG

" by Missy Pierce

“The Monster In The Room” by Missy Pierce


Pierce specializes in vibrant abstract and figurative paintings that explore the nature of, and search for, identity and inner strength. A repeated theme in her work is that of containment—especially the containment of parts of the self that are concealed in the conflicting roles played in our lives.



" by Missy Pierce

” Bali” by Missy Pierce


Pierce tells The Rickie Report, ” I specialize in vibrant abstract paintings that explore the nature of, and search for, identity.  A theme often repeated in my work is that of “holding it together” or the “containment,” of aspects of one’s self. This dynamic is often explored in the context of domestic roles juxtaposed with conflicting roles as a feminist. In my work, I focus on the images I choose to conceal rather than project in a particular role.  My paintings represent the release of those otherwise suppressed images. “


by Missy Pierce

“Mommy Used To Be So Pretty” by Missy Pierce


She goes on to explain, “I work with acrylics, papers, and tar gel applied in multiple layers to create a canvas with texture, depth and history. My work has often been subjected to a final harmonizing agent, such as detailed pattern-making, sanding with power tools or “pours” that have been partially dissolved to reveal evocative glimpses of the underlying layers.”


by Missy Pierce

“The Snarl” by Missy Pierce



Pierce’s work can be found in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions. Her work may currently be seen in places as diverse as the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford, New Zealand to the Whole Foods Market Cafe in Boca Raton, 1400 Glades Road and the West Boca Imaging Center on 7070 W. Palmetto Park Rd.



Missy Pierce Unveiling Art in Public Places Fish in Pompano Beach, FL

Missy Pierce Unveiling Art in Public Places Fish in Pompano Beach, FL


Pierce was recently commissioned by the City of Pompano Beach to paint one of the twelve five-foot-tall fish sculptures that were installed in public locations along East Atlantic Avenue in Pompano Beach, FL.  She  volunteers as an instructor of elementary school children on group art projects, and has artwork in the permanent collections of the Eastern Institute of Technology Art Department, 17th International Collage Exhibition (Napier, New Zealand), and University of Wisconsin Art Dept.,16th International Collage Exhibition (Marshfield, WI). She has exhibited the City of Dania Beach City Hall (Dania Beach, FL), Kavanagh Gallery (St. Charles, IL), Rosetti Fine Art Gallery (Wilton Manors, FL), 16th International Collage Exhibition,,  Art Florida 2014, Broward Art Guild (Fort Lauderdale, FL), EARTH, Broward Art Guild (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and many more.




Missy Pierce’s Memberships and Affiliations include:

• Saatchi Art,

• Society 6

• International Society of Acrylic Painters

• Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA), Corresponding Secretary to the Board, 2011-present.

• Boca Raton Museum of Art Guild, Associate Member 2011-2012

• Broward Art Guild, Associate Member 2014-present

• South Florida Artists’ Association, 2014-present

• National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), 2014-present


Pierce attended the Boca Raton Museum of Art School (2010-2014),  University of San Diego, School of Law, J.D. (1989) and Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University (2014-2015).


Pierce’s work is also on display at the Bailey Contemporary Art Center (BaCA), in Pompano Beach, where she is a juried member of the studio artist program.  Pierce maintains studios in Boca Raton and at the Bailey Contemporary Art Center, 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach, FL.


For more information about Missy Pierce’s artwork or this exhibit, please contact:

Missy Pierce – 503.703.0496  or email

Please visit:



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What is Happening at Art Synergy Lake Worth’s ART POP

Sunday, January 26 will be a busy day in Lake Worth.  ART POP, part of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014 is offering the public so many venues and options!  In this article, The Rickie Report shares the details.  From art walks, gallery tours, music, food and artist studio tours, there is something for everyone!



Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014


Lake Worth’s ART POP

Sunday, January 26th

Events begin at Noon and vary for each venue


Full Schedule of Events and Galleries participating in Art POP:



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 Art Pop’s main event will be featuring 11 different galleries open to the public located at

1204 Lucerne Avenue

Artists and the Lofts


Artists and the Lofts invite you to come and experience a day of Art Loft living.  The walk will include live art demonstrations, assemblage of an air sculpture, musical and dance performances, ceramic creations, handmade drums and custom built furniture. Art Pop’s main event will be featuring 11 different galleries open to the public located at 1204 Lucerne also known as the Urban Arts Lofts (UAL).


Celestial Hunter Drums
(1202 Lake Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Live drum exhibition
  • Drums are hand made by the owners


Antonio Designs
(1205 Lucerne Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Handmade semi precious stone jewelry
  • Jewelry demonstrations


Andrea Lambrakis
(1204 Lucerne Avenue, Floridian Building)

  • Ceramic Art & Paintings


Yury Darashkevich
(1204 Lucerne Avenue, Floridian Building)

  • Open Exhibit


Unit 1
(1202 Lucerne Avenue, Modern Building)

  • Exhibit opening that day
  • Live music


Studio C
(1205 Lucerne Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Studio C is a creative furniture and home decor workshop. We artistically customize and design around each client’s vision.


Kristine Yeste
(1202 Lake Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Paintings, prints, and a few stuffed toys
  • Live art toy as people pass by
  • Live music


JaiStar Productions
(1205 Lucerne Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Ecstatic Dance event
  • Live Music
  • 12 minute Visionary ART Movie
  • Visionary art collection on canvas (Giclee’s; natural 3-D effects and I have 3-D glasses to view art with)


Louise Noakes
(1202 Lucerne Avenue, Modern Building)

  • Exhibition of work will include fine art photography and feature “the digital transfer process”.
  • Live demonstrations how this exciting process is done.


(1202 Lucerne Avenue, Modern Building)

  • Visual artists in Lake Worth focusing on journalistic, real-life film and photography as well as art installations





Downtown Lake Worth, long known for its charming eccentricities in art deco architecture, culture and people has opened its arms to a rebirth of some of the finest visual arts, experimental music forms, dance and theater groups. This is reflected in the many locally-owned boutiques, art galleries, vintage shops, and specialty and jewelry stores. 


Artisans on the Ave



Open House  Noon – 9 pm

Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro invite you to meet 25 of the Artisans on the Ave, a new Gallery which just opened it’s doors in the heart of downtown Lake Worth!   From pottery, glass, paper art, to one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, visitors will be excited by the choices being offered.  



Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Open   9:00 AM until 10 pm






 Joyce Brown of Flamingo Clay Studio and Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery has some unique art pieces for the home and for gifts.  One-of-a-kind baskets, wood turned pieces, ceramics, paper mache and jewelry will delight you!  For more information call: 561.588.8344


Julia Longwell Fine Art



 Lake Worth Art League





604 Lucerne Avenue

The Lake Worth Art League invites you to their Open House.  Meet local creatives who sell their artwork in Lake Worth and nation-wide.  Here you will find not only paintings of various mediums, but hand made jewelry and unique pocketbooks with an artistic flair!  For more information call 561.586.8666

McMow Art Glass









All McMow Art Glass demonstrations will be at Art Pop

throughout the day.

Look for the tent at the Urban Lofts

 1pm, 3pm and 5pm

Fused Glass Demonstrations with McMow Art Glass!


Watch as the McMow Masters create melted glass pendants in hot glass kilns.
Learn about the process of fusing as well as the exciting line up of glass
techniques McMow has to offer right here in the heart of Lake Worth!



McMow Art Glass offers the best in stained glass windows and beveled art
glass, as well as beautiful designs in carved, etched and faceted glass.
Located in Palm Beach County, Florida since 1976 McMow Art Glass also offers
a complete schedule of art glass classes for all levels and interests. Our
experienced teachers will instruct you in many exciting forms of art glass
including fusing or hot glass, mosaic, copper foil and caming techniques.
Join the fun at our 10,000 square foot facility and learn about the
fascinating glass arts!




Already a glass hobbyist? McMow’s retail facility carries the glass industry’s top of the line products. We are also proud to announce our partnership with Bullseye Glass Company – now offering 25% off all Bullseye Products – all day, every day!

 For more information call  561-585-9011



For information on LULA’s Art Pop check out or call 561.493.2550


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Brigitte Balbinot has SOLO Exhibit in Montreal

The Rickie Report is excited to share Brigitte Balbinot’s good news!  She has been invited to have a SOLO exhibit at a contemporary gallery of art in Montreal in June!  If you’re in the area, you can stop by,  if you have friends in the area, you can tell them about this exhibit, and if you cannot be there in person, Brigitte has a fabulous website!



Galerie d’Art



Cross Over



Brigitte Balbinot





Cross Over is the link between two series of Modern Abstract Paintings called Raw and Humanity, The Missing Link by Artist Brigitte Balbinot. In this exhibit, Artist Balbinot is showcasing various mediums and techniques to depict her unique vision. Raw: This collection is based on pure energy, the “rawness” of life. It was created with carefree bold gestural movements, inspired by the energy of life itself at its peak. The flamboyant colors and the more neutral tones represent the very contrast of life. Humanity, The Missing Link: This new collection of oil paintings is based on a deep reflection about our humanity as a whole and the world we live in, its beauty and its flaws. The compositions are created and come about to illustrate what I call the “Missing link”. We act as standalone when in fact we are all so connected. 



She says, “As an Artist, I try to create work that represents the depth of life that brings the viewer to not necessarily think but wonder, question and feel. My aim is to promote an emotional rather than an intellectual response to the work I create.


Exhibit Details:


6 – 8 pm


L’espace contemporain galerie d’art de Montréal

5175 avenue Papineau, Montréal (514) 728-4474

mardi-mercredi 12 h à 18 h, jeudi-vendredi 12 h à 20 h samedi-dimanche 12 h à 17 h

Tuesday-Wednesday 12 – 6 PM, Thursday – Friday, 12- 8PM, Saturday – Sunday 12-5 PM.




Brigitte declares, “ I AM… therefore I PAINT! With an unquenched thirst for knowledge and understanding of the world around me, the canvas is my playground.”


Her artist statement goes on to share,  “When beginning a new painting, I try to let go of the intellectual side and the ego, the part of us that allows for judgment and egotistic behaviors, and channel the inspiration that may be brought by humanity in its organized as well as in its chaotic state. Art to me is a link that connects each and every one of us.”




In 2011, Brigitte started painting with oils, alkyds, waxes and resins.  As her work developed, she began using larger canvases.  She is eager to experiment with different objects, using them as tools to make her paintings distinctive.




In a review by Carrie Turner, editor of Fine Art Views ( March, 2013), art critic Brian Sherwin is cited, “The compositional structure and use of raw texture in Brigitte Balbinot’s paintings allow the imagination of the viewer to decipher meaning based on what he or she brings, psychologically speaking, to the viewing experience”.  




What we see are intense colors, vigorous use of brushes, spatulas, sanders, Q-tips and pallet knives. The results cover the spectrum from softness to rough texture.  We can feel the artist’s energy and imagine her creating this painting. Then we let it resonate within ourselves.

Brigitte Balbinot

It may take several weeks and sometimes months for a painting to be completed. Balbinot usually works on many canvases at the same time.  She says, “I know my work is done when after several passes I can look at it and feel that it needs nothing more from me to be alive.”



The Rickie Report is pleased to focus on Brigitte’s art and creative voice.  In addition to her original paintings, she offers limited edition prints and cards of her significant images. For more information about Brigitte’s paintings, please visit:



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