Artist, Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster Is Featured At Weisman Community Center In Delray Beach. Meet The Artist February 23 And View “50 Years Of Making Art”

Artist Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster is featured at the Shirley and Barton Weisman Community Center in Delray Beach, in a retrospective exhibit, “50 Years of Making Art”.  The exhibit is a radical exploration of the mediums, techniques, and narratives of the artist.  Shooster will be presenting an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 23. The free event is open to the public and the exhibit will be on view through March 3.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  




Shirley & Barton Weisman

Delray Community Center

7091 W. Atlantic Avenue          Delray Beach, FL 33446




Fine  Artist,   Stephen  ‘Shoosty’  Shooster



“50   Years   of   Making   Art”

Meet the Artist Reception/Artist Talk:

Saturday, February 23

4-6 pm

Exhibit runs Now through March 3, 2019


Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Closed Weekends and Holidays with exception of Artist Reception

For more information:  561.558.2149


Sculpture, “Warrior Looking Left” by Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster




A prolific artist in multiple mediums, Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster is eager for viewers to understand the background of each of his art pieces.  From sculpture, to painting, to digital art, the story brings even more life to these artworks!


Shooster tells The Rickie Report, “Creating harmony out of chaos is a driving factor in my artwork. I thrive on movement, activity and especially music. Painting allows me to share the beauty I see in nature combined with my mind’s eye. The simple act of painting slows my mind to let it rest. In this way, chaos and calm become interdependent and bring balance to my life and my work”.


“My media changes according to the pace at which I wish to work. I keep many projects in motion at the same time. I stagger the works according to completion times ranging from hours and days to months and years. It takes long periods of time to get the big projects completed. Big projects need time to dry between coats, and patience to resolve composition, form, and colors. It helps to have small wins along the way to keep your mind sharp and cheerful”.



He explains, “I’m constantly evolving, experimenting with the latest technology while on a daily basis experiencing the hand tools and materials used by the Masters. It is critical to understand the nature of different forms of paint, brushes and skills when approaching technology. Every medium, as well as what I listen to and what is happening in my life, affects what ends up on the canvas, especially the dog hair if I’m not careful”. 

Most of Shooster’s work starts with an intimate drawing. He uses standardized on 14” x 20”, Fabriano, Acquarello, cold pressed, 100% cotton, grana fina, 140 lbs. watercolor paper. “It may sound quirky, but I always cut the last inch of the watercolor paper off, so I end up using 14” x 19” sheets, a size that feels right to me. I start by drawing whatever I see. Musicians are my favorite models. I look at my subjects very carefully while drawing. I pay extra attention to the lighting, especially the nuances that happen to occur. There is always something that I didn’t expect. I believe you can’t really see what you’re looking at until you try to draw it. It takes patience, but if you take the time, you will be rewarded. Whatever you are looking at, in time, will unpeel itself and reveal its essence”.



“After the initial drawing, I intentionally practice letting go to see where my mind can take it. My inspiration might be anything. I continuously study all kinds of art and visit museums the world over.  As a seasoned artist, I can also lean upon an extensive personal library of completed works and concepts for ideas. For instance, I recently did a drawing of trees with Spanish Moss hanging over them in North Florida. The following day I went to a music concert, brought the same drawing pad and did a drawing of the musicians on top of that landscape, then I integrated the two. The result is a dreamscape, called Gypsy Tears”. (



This exhibition features Shooster’s original artwork as a detailed overview of the artist’s portfolio from the last few decades. Shooster’s bold use of color, brazen brush strokes and surreal sculptural composition explore the artist’s inspirations ranging from his Jewish heritage and studies, to the impact of music and his unique personal perspective.




Shooster says, “Art is fundamentally about exploration. Through my life’s work, I bring the realm of possibilities to the forefront of my mind. This exercise loosens my thinking, like yoga for the body, so that when I approach a problem, I keep the solutions broad. It makes a big difference to approach challenges in your life with an open mind. By imbuing my lifelong love for learning into each creation, I create my work to inspire. If I had to describe my work in one word I would use the verb, ‘curative,’ meaning, ‘to make better,’ as in, let’s make the world better”.



While Shooster’s influence hones in on cultural history and primitive aesthetic, his evolving practice is anything but stagnant. Utilizing today’s advancement in technology as a medium in and of itself, the artist showcases with a mix of handcrafted skills and digital innovation.  



Stephen Shooster, known as ‘Shoosty’ was born in 1958 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Architecture, in 1986 at the University of Florida.  Shooster has enjoyed a successful corporate career by day and a prolific painting career by night.  He is also the author of ‘The Horse Adjutant’, a story about a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, and is featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Art.




You can see more of his work at​



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Art & Kimono Exhibit And Sale Features Pop-Up Gallery, Interactive Lectures, Fashion Show And Wearable Art

Barbara Cheives of Afrasia Design Studio has partnered with Cynthia Simmons of Nefertiti Jewelry Collection and Fine artist, Eric Dryer at an Art and Kimono Exhibit and Sale in Palm Beach County from March 10th through Sunday, March 12th!  This exhibit and shopping event includes vintage kimono, haori jackets, and obi along with décor items, and wearable art created from vintage Japanese textiles.  World renown kimono researcher and merchant, Les Kozuki will be on hand! The Rickie Report knows this will appeal to history buffs, Asian art lovers, textile junkies and fabric hounds. Bring your Fabric Guild and Quilting Buddies!  Ronald Shaffer Interiors will host this event.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




FRIDAY, MARCH 10th –  SUNDAY, March 12



1800 Upland  Road   W. Palm Beach,FL  








Friday, March 1oth:

6 to 10 with DJ Cole Ripp



Saturday, March 11th:



11 to 12 Lecture on the Evolution of Kimono:Cracking the Kimono Code

1 to 2 Kimono Redux: Modern Adaptations

Exhibit open 5 to 9 with Jazz by The Unorthodox Dup – Samm and Jamie Ousley

Sunday, March 12th:

Interactive Lecture- What the Heck is Kimono- Japanese Kimono as Art.

Exhibit open 1 to 6




Barbara Cheives

Barbara Cheives, of Afrasia Design Studio



Award winning Wall textile by Barbara Cheives




Barbara Cheives tells The Rickie Report, “Back in the 90’s I accompanied Les to several of his shows, most notably the Houston International Quilt Festival. Through Les’ tutelage I developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan. I also have a natural affinity for the African culture and discovered that many of the colors and textures of the African textiles formed a beautiful “marriage” with Japanese textiles. This union resulted in the birth of my artist’s moniker – “Afrasia”.



Pillow and Scarf by Barbara Cheives



Barbara goes on to say, “Though the Japanese garments are vintage and no longer being worn, the beauty of the textiles are timeless. It seems natural to re-purpose these fabrics into wearable art – scarves and purses and decorative art – pillows, runners and wall hangings. Not wanting to lose an inch of the silks, I make use of the scraps to design small collages and greeting cards. Embellished with African & Asian inspired trims, beads, and “found” items my art is a form of ‘Multi-cultural Recycling’!”

Les Kozuki

Leslie Kozuki

Vintage Kimono has fascinated Leslie Kozuki for most of his adult life. This fascination has lead him to spend most of the last 30 years actively selling and researching Vintage Kimono, Obi, as well as other Asian textiles and Art.  Born and raised in Hawaii, he was immersed in Multi-Culturalism. Being Japanese American, kimono were easily accessible. His research began with questioning his parents and older family members, then extended to books, and participation in cultural interest groups.  The kimono is a simple garment with a complex history.  This is a unique opportunity to experience the fascinating story of kimono while learning to wear and decorate with the garments and the textiles.

Judy Flesher – Lotus Kimono

Les considers himself a merchant/researcher and is perhaps the most widely travelled Kimono salesman in the USA. His trunk show and lectures circuit has ranged from New York, Virginia, North Carolina down to Tampa and Palm Beach in Florida; from Texas to Kentucky, Illinois to Missouri up to Minnesota; and from Santa Fe, New Mexico (where he was based for many years) to Phoenix to California, Oregon and Washington. He continued this for many years.



Pam and Kimono

All travel on the Mainland USA was done by driving which allowed him to question anyone with knowledge about Kimono. For the past six years, his focus has been in Hawaii, to include the islands of Kauai, Maui and Oahu.  He is tracking the evolution of the Kimono and its Fabric, right here in the United States. Perhaps more so than in any other country. Come to one of his talks (he doesn’t like the word “lecture”) to find out why, and see some examples of his research. Catch him on his circuit, because he doesn’t have a shop. Ask any serious Japanese textile junky and they are sure to know about him!


Cynthia Simmons




Cynthia Simmons tells The Rickie Report, “While on one of my cross-country road trips, I asked God to bless me to use my hands to create something beautiful that would bless others.  I had owned Belle’s Basket by Design, Inc. for 10 years, but I wanted to express my spirituality through my artwork and evolve my yoga practice and photography skills.  This journey to jewelry started truly by the will of God. Nefertiti Jewelry Collection was inspired by the coastal villages of West Africa, the tropical breezes of Canon and the Caribbean Islands.  My muse came from the regal history of my African ancestry. I come from a linage of very creative and talented people; however, my creative soul has never had a formal lesson.  Only by the grace of God does my gift flow.”

“Blue Martini” necklace by Cynthia Simmons


The beads and materials she uses are from America, West & South Africa, Mexico, South America, India, China and the Caribbean Islands.  All of Belle’s Nefertiti Custom pieces have a spiritual, religious or cultural significance to them.  Tribal inspired jewelry are objects of great beauty and style. These sacred adornments are worn and loved by men, women and children of all creeds. It does not matter the age, there is something for everyone.

“I teach a sacred beading class at The Lords Place in Lake Worth. I have been teaching there for the past 6 months. I’m currently using my own beads and findings. When I started, we had a small amount of materials that were donated. The ladies love making items for themselves and also to donate to the thrift shop owned by The Lord’s Place. On March 10,2017 my group will showcase and sell their hand crafted jewelry to raise money for their program.  We are always looking for donations of beads, findings and beading materials”.



For more information about this event please contact Barbara Cheives at:





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