Lighthouse ArtCenter Presents Dr. Anne Palumbo Speaking About “The Statue Of Liberty As An American Icon”

The Manoogian Collection continues to be an exciting part of the Lighthouse ArtCenter‘s Exhibitions this season.  Art lovers have a rare opportunity to view extraordinary artworks by American artists that are not seen often in a public domain. The Manoogian Collection is one of the most significant private collections of American art compiled during the 20th century. Visitors can browse the exhibition or attend docent- led tours. On Thursday, January 21st published author and art historian Dr. Anne Palumbo shares important insights as she presents her lecture “Goddess, Guardian and Grand Old Gal: The Statue of Liberty as an American Icon”.  There will be special tours and evenings for private clubs and organizations, as well as educational programs for children. The Rickie Report shares the details here with some sneak peeks.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – mark your calendars now!






Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery Square North

373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL



You Are Invited :

Selections from The Manoogian Collection:

Two Centuries of American Art




Special Lecture by Dr. Anne Palumbo

“Goddess, Guardian and Grand Old Gal: The Statue of Liberty as an American Icon”



Thursday, January 21, 2016

5:30-7:30 pm

Exhibit Runs  through March 5, 2016




Museum Hours:

Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




To view exhibition:

Members free; $10 nonmembers ages 13 and up; Saturday and Sunday admission is free.

(561) 746-3101





The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum presents selections from The Manoogian Collection: Two Centuries of American Art through March 5, 2016. It is generously underwritten by Detroit industrialist, Richard Manoogian and his wife Jane. The exhibition will fill LAC’s galleries with priceless, diverse collection of works from 1856 – 1999. It is one of the most significant private collections of American art compiled during the 20th century. A number of paintings in the collection have been exhibited at the White House, National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Detroit Institute of Arts. The National Gallery considers the collection to be “a comprehensive survey of American painting, a remarkable one in capsule form.” It includes paintings of renowned artists, such as Frederick Frieseke, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam and Andrew Wyeth.


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“Statue Of Liberty Celebration” by Frederick Rondel


As the statue was a gift from France to the United States, the French-born Rondel was paying tribute to both his native and adoptive countries by depicting its 1886 unveiling. He was among the many artists and illustrators who were pivotal in the dissemination of the statue’s image along with photographers, cinematographers and ad men.





“I was privileged to be a part of the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration in 1986, working with the French-American Committee on an exhibition shown at New York Public Library and the Musee des Artes Decoratifs in Paris,’” Dr. Palumbo explained. “My part of the exhibition concerned the statue’s image in history, art and popular culture, which turned out to be an exciting project with lots of surprises that I am happy to have an opportunity to share with visitors to the Lighthouse ArtCenter.”




Far from having a fixed meaning, Dr. Palumbo says, The Statue of Liberty’s image has undergone a number of transformations, as the lecture’s title suggests. A classical goddess at its inception, it became the guardian of American shores and values, and what Bob Hope called the “grand old gal” welcoming returning GIs in 1945.





The lecture will include examples of the many other associations that have gravitated to the statue over the years. Best known, of course, it its relation to immigration, which Dr. Palumbo says has been anything but straightforward. And other surprises abound, such as the statue’s role in the history of American aviation and in the movies. All are part of the continuing story of this most enduring of American icons.



Dr. Palumbo, who specializes in American art history, is a former Smithsonian Fellow and taught at George Washington University. The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 3rd Thursdays are sponsored by the Meyer Law Firm.






The collection reflects Mr. Manoogian’s belief that, “It is important for people to appreciate the unique character, diversity and quality of American art. I hope that our collection will encourage others to both appreciate and collect American art.” Mr. Manoogian served as Chairman of the Detroit Institute of Arts (the DIA dedicated its American Wing as the Manoogian Wing) and has also served on the boards of Archives of American Art, the White House Preservation Fund and the Fine Arts Committee of the Department of State.


LAC-Manoogian-Brega, Doug-Ferry Watch




Since 1964, the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported, nonprofit organization, has been providing visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum is located at 373 Tequesta Drive and the School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For exhibition or Museum information, call (561) 746-3101 or visit




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FAU Jupiter Invites You to A Reception with Artist, John Rachell

The Rickie Report is pleased to announce that FAU, Jupiter Campus, is inviting the public to a reception to meet artist, John Rachell.  This is not only an exhibit about lush and wonderful art.  Having suffered two strokes, John’s perseverance to continue to paint is inspiring.  We urge you to meet John and see his “symphony of colors and shapes”.  The public reception takes place at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus and will showcase John’s newest exhibit, “Le Grand Jardin”.  More details are in this article.



FAU Jupiter




“Le Grand Jardin”




John Rachell


Public Reception


Wednesday, November 20th


5:00 – 6:30 pm


John D. MacArthur Campus

    Student Resources Atrium

5353 Parkside Drive    Jupiter, FL



FAU, Jupiter Campus, will showcase a selection of oil paintings by community based artist, John Rachell.  The public is welcome to view the exhibit Monday through Friday 9 am through 10 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am through 7 pm.  The public is invited to a reception to meet the artist on Wednesday, November 20th from 5 – 6:30 pm.


John Rachell attended Polk Junior College (Winter Haven, Florida),  Palm Beach Junior College (Lake Worth, Florida, A.A. 1974)  and  The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (B.F.A. 1977).   An accomplished artist, John has exhibited his sculpture and paintings in group and individual shows around the United States.


"Garden, March 20th"

“Garden, March 20th”


“Le Grand Jardin” depicts lush tropical scenery in a series of large oil paintings.  John Rachell is a prolific painter.  His artistry has not been diminished, even after suffering two strokes which left him paralyzed on his right side.  John states, “Life is so marvelous that no matter what the limitations are, you can expand the manifestations of the spirit.”



"Garden, January"

“Garden, January”


John shares, ” In the Grand Scheme of life intellect, emotion, desire and pursuits are but threads of the fabric of life. I become the conductor directing a symphony of colors and shapes that weave the fabric that represents my life as an artist. May our symphonies nourish our spirit now and forever.”



"Garden, February"

“Garden, February”



Physical therapy three times a week is not enough for John.  He tells us, “My therapy tool is a brush”.   An artist by trade, John took stock of his strengths.  John returned to his passion of painting, teaching himself to paint with his non-dominant hand, which had not been affected by the stroke.  



"Garden, November"

“Garden, November”


John’s work is currently being shown at OSGS (Northwood), Bruce Webber Gallery (Lake Worth), Ford Fine Art (Delray Beach), the William Wright Collection (Lake Worth) and The White Penguin (Tequesta).


The Rickie Report urges you to visit John’s website.  Not only will you see his contemporary sculptures, drawings and other artwork, but you can view a video of him teaching himself new techniques to enable him to continue his passion of creativity.

To view video please visit:     John is available to speak and give a demonstration at local art group meetings.  The Rickie Report suggests you contact him now for your program.


For more information about this reception and exhibit, please contact Kathryn Yates at  or 561-799-8105.


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