Mandel JCC In Palm Beach Gardens Welcomes Jerry Gotkin’s “Opal Exhibit” On February 14th

On February 14, the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches will have the pleasure of welcoming local artist Jerry Gotkin and his “Opal” Collection. The Opening Reception  will give patrons the opportunity to not only preview the new collection, but to meet with the artist himself.  The work will be on display every day at the JCC through Friday, March 31st.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




5221 Hood Road Palm Beach Gardens


Mandel JCC In Palm Beach Gardens Welcomes Jerry Gotkin’s “Opal Exhibit”

 Opening Reception:

Tuesday, February 14 | 5:30-7:30 pm

Exhibition Dates:

Tuesday, February 14 – Friday, March 31


“Morikami Summer” by Jerry Gotkin





The Gotkin Art Studio was opened in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 1963. In 2007, the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery Libraries in Washington, D.C. established a catalogue: “Marjorie and Jerry Gotkin Collection 1965-2007” that includes reproductions of their works, exhibitions, reviews, contracts and biographies. This talented individual has designed art for Off-Broadway productions, Bank of America, Copeland Davis (jazz pianist) and many more. Most recently, several works from his Morikami series have been installed at the Vitas Community Life Center in Delray Beach.


“Orchids Compilation” by Jerry Gotkin


Jerry slowly migrated to Florida from Brooklyn New York, where he was born in 1936. He received a Master’s Degree from Columbia and he also briefly studied at the Brooklyn Museum in the 50’s. His work focuses on various uses of oils, pastels, pen, ink, watercolors, acrylics, and fine-art photography.  After meeting his wife in 1961, they moved to Cape Cod where they opened their first art studio. By 1963, they moved to the Upper West Side in Manhattan and opened the Gotkin Art Studio. Additionally, his work was featured in the Panoras Gallery and he was commissioned to do a series of paintings of the New York skyline for the Sperry Rang Building. In recent years, he has had his artwork on display at the Hollywood Memorial Hospital, Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Morikami Museum, Golden Anchor Art Gallery, Banker’s Trust Corporate branch, and on Atlantic Avenue.


“Cloud And Water Guest” by Jerry Gotkin

Additionally, Jerry has published five arts books, “The Gardens of Hospice by the Sea”, “The Tall Ships Watercolors/Gouache The Art of Marjorie Gotkin”, “Still Life/Floral Watercolor/Gouache: The Art of Marjorie Gotkin”, “Marjorie’s Table: The Material and Instruments of Art as Art, “Orchids: An Intimate Portrait of Beauty”, and Morkiami Pen and Ink Drawings.


“Orchids” by Jerry Gotkin

The Cape Cod Standard Times has said that “The series of oil on paper of the land and seascapes places him as a modern day Impressionist.”  



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The event will take place at the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens at 5221 Hood Road.





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Artist’s Back Injury Leads Her To A New Creative Passion: Yoga Art

Palm Beach Gardens artist Caren Hackman has been painting since childhood. But it was literally a back-breaking ordeal that led her to her new artistic passion – inspirational yoga portraits.  In 2008, a back injury and unsuccessful surgery following that left Caren in pain. It sidelined her for two years during which she lived with not only pain, but anger over her diminished quality of life. In late 2010 she was introduced to yoga.  As she learned more about the physical aspects of yoga, it began a slow, personal evolution, a catharsis, leaving the anger behind, which allowed Caren to focus on the things in her life that she could enjoy. As the spiritual essence of the practice became clear, Caren was drawn to share that passion through her art.  The Rickie Report shares Caren’s remarkable journey and artwork.





Caren Hackman




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“Ancient Oak Tree Pose” by Caren Hackman



In 2008, a back injury left Caren in pain. Unsuccessful surgery worsened the situation. It sidelined her for two years during which she lived with not only pain, but anger over her diminished quality of life. In late 2010 she was first introduced to yoga.  “Yoga saved my life,” she said, still with emotion. As she learned more about the physical aspects of yoga, it began a slow, personal evolution, a catharsis, leaving the anger behind, which allowed Caren to focus on “the things in my life that I could enjoy.” As the spiritual essence of the practice became clear, Caren was drawn to share that passion through her art.



“Shanti Lavender” Peace Scroll by Caren Hackman

She is now dedicating her creative time to yoga artwork and has a website, to display and sell her work. “This series of paintings shows my great love and respect for the practice. I hope that viewers can feel that love and connection with the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga,” she said.  Her work is already getting noticed. Her yoga portrait, SG Child Pose, was accepted into an art competition/show at Art Gallery of Viera in Melbourne, FL. It was on display there for all of October 2016, receiving an award ribbon and cash prize.





“Child Pose” by Caren Hackman

Caren Hackman’s previous artwork has been eclectic. An expert watercolorist, she also works in mixed media, painting in acrylic or oil on canvas, and includes collage for added texture. As often as possible in her creative work, she portrays patterns in nature. A beautiful example is her recent yoga painting, Ancient Oak Tree. It incorporates the yoga tree pose with an ancient oak she saw at San Felasco State Park near Gainesville. “It was a magnificent tree with gnarled trunk, sprawling limbs, and giant roots.” The Ancient Oak Tree artwork is available on note cards, as well as wall hanging scrolls, from 13” X 19” to mural size.




“Namaste” Scroll,  by Caren Hackman

Her new online store features two series of work: Yoga Portraits and Yoga Expressions. The Yoga Portraits are traditional hand-painted original portraits on artist canvas. Caren, a graphic designer by trade, has also created Yoga Expressions. These are digital paintings created using an electronic tablet and stylus. The artwork is printed with high-quality archival inks on artist canvas. No two are the same and this process allows the paintings to be customized by including a Sanskrit word, person’s name, symbol, or a yoga studio logo.  The artwork on canvas hangs from supports at the top and bottom. “In an effort to free the artwork from the traditional constraints of frames and glass, I have developed a hanging system much like ancient Asian scrolls.”

Caren has been painting since childhood and doing graphic design professionally since college. Her college degree was in industrial design. “My dream had always been to be an artist, but I had a huge love of building things and tactile projects. Industrial design filled that need.” But that didn’t extinguish her original passion and she continued to paint throughout college and afterward. “I continue to paint and exhibit while running my graphic design business and creating illustrations for clients.” She is hoping to show more of her yoga work locally.
In South Florida, Caren is well-known for her tireless dedication to community projects. She has founded the GardensArt program and Artists of Palm Beach County. Caren illustrated the life of George Morikami for the Morikami Museum. Her task force and committee contributions include the Norton Museum of Art’s ArtServe, Armory Art Center, Boys and Girls Club Gators Galore, SunFest, Palm Beach State College Campus Art Gallery. Most recently she became a member of the board of directors of April is for Authors.



Caren Hackman

Caren has been awarded two Artist in Residence positions: in 2010, by Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, and in 2005, by the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa. Caren’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Florida, including the Cornell Museum of Art and History, Delray Beach; The Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, Panama City; the Ritter Gallery, Boca Raton; the Arts Center, St. Petersburg; Barrier Island Group for the Arts, Sanibel Island; and the Global Gallery, Tampa. In addition her work has been shown at the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin; the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California; the Spirit Echoes Gallery, Austin, Texas; and University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama. Her work is represented in numerous collections, including: University of Texas Health Science Center NE, Tyler, Texas; Roger Dean, Palm Beach, FL; Equitable Life, West Palm Beach, FL; Northwood University, West Palm Beach, FL; Lake Wales Medical Center, Lake Wales, FL; and A.H. Fisher Diamonds, Red Bank, NJ.


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SOLO Exhibit At Cultural Council Of Palm Beach County Features Karen Salup’s Vibrant Paintings

As an abstract expressionist, Karen H. Salup concentrates on the action of painting as opposed to a recognizable concrete image. The brushstrokes act like vibrations of color to allow her paintings to come alive. Painting in her studio in Boynton Beach she concentrates on the canvas and works on paper “avoiding the pretty.” She invites the viewer to experience what seems to be her private interpretation into her landscapes of rhythm and imagery. Very active in the art world, she is on the board of Women in the Visual Arts and is involved with National Association of Women Artist, Florida and New York Chapters, Palm Beach Watercolor Society and is the Incoming President for Women in the Visual Arts. Salup has exhibited nationally and has won multiple awards for her work. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and details here.






SOLO Exhibition

Public Reception:

April 25th   3 – 5 pm

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460
561 471-2901

Parking is available on Lake Avenue or make a right on “L” Street and there is a free lot on the left.

This Event Is Open To The Public

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Exhibit Runs April 25th Through May 23rd



"Blue Conversion" by Karen H Salup

“Blue Conversion” by Karen H Salup



A solo show of new contemporary paintings by artist Karen Salup will be held at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The public is invited to the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3-5 PM. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is located in the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460. The exhibit runs from April 25- May 23, 2015.For more information please visit or call (561) 471-2901.



"Birthday Celebration" by Karen H Salup

“Birthday Celebration” by Karen H Salup



For three decades, Karen H. Salup has been intriguing audiences across the country with her paintings. A native New Yorker, Karen’s work has been featured in several galleries and exhibits throughout Florida and New York with solo shows at Viridian and Jain Marunouchi Galleries.


"Mountain Stream" by Karen H Salup

“Mountain Stream” by Karen H Salup

Using acrylic, watercolor, and pastels on canvas and paper, Karen H. Salup creates a world that vibrates with bold colors and bright light paired with brushstrokes that evoke a strong sense of movement and energy. Her paintings begin with a theme of nature, but invariably evolve into an imaginative creation that invites interpretation from the audience. Karen’s work is influenced from Impressionism to Deconstructionism to Abstract Expressionism.



"Untitled Landscape" by Karen H Salup

“Untitled Landscape” by Karen H Salup



Karen tells us, “As with artists of every era, I suppose I’m searching for a kind of underlying unity and order that takes into account the materials on hand, a method, and a fairly clear personal point of view. Form, space, content and especially the qualities of colour and light. As a painting evolves, I find myself making changes which when made, then reveal and suggest other possible directions. Thus, there is an ongoing shift of centers of interest, if not in the basic structure itself.  The works vibrate with color, come alive with brushstrokes, images fight to appear and references to nature seem apparent. The freshness of the gesture allows the viewer to feel the painting develop as though we were making the decisions to add, subtract, change colors and play with the space.”



"Crystallize" by Karen H Salup

“Crystallize” by Karen H Salup


Karen studied at CW Post and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Her mentor, artist and sculptor, Jerry Okimoto, motivated her to become an “action painter”.  Her main artistic influences are Jackson Pollock and Willem de Koonig.  Karen is extremely active in the art community, serving on the Board of Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA)as Incoming President, membership in the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and the Boca Raton Artist Guild Association.



"The Storm" by Karen H Salup

“The Storm” by Karen H Salup


Karen’s artistry has been exhibited nationwide, with many awards as well as SOLO and Group exhibitions.  Most recently, her work has been seen at “Continuum”, part of Art Palm Beach/Art Synergy; Northwood University; Coral Springs Art Museum; Armory Art Center and ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. Her artwork has been included and reviewed in numerous national as well as local publications.  Karen’s artwork is in Corporate Collections of Reynolds Metal Inc., VA; Boston Corporate Art; Merchants Bank of New York City; Amalgamated Bank of New York City;  and when she was selected to be involved at the beginning, of an online source of  art exposure and sales. 


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