Gail Johnson’s Wearable Art Jewelry Is Featured At Lighthouse ArtCenter’s WARHOL! WARHOL!WARHOL! Exhibit Through March 23

Gail Johnson‘s jewelry creations are truly pieces of wearable art!  Gail was chosen by the Lighthouse ArtCenter to participate in the WARHOL! WARHOL! WARHOL! themed exhibit running NOW through March 23, 2022.  In addition, Gail has just launched a new website showcasing her designs which have been sold nation-wide in prestigious boutiques.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.








“I  want  my  jewelry  to  give  people  joy  and  amusement  in  their  daily  lives”  ~  Gail Johnson




373 Tequesta Drive      Tequesta, FL 33469








Free admission for members        $5  for  nonmembers

For more information:

Gallery Hours:   

Monday-Thursday: 9  – 5   Friday: 9  – 4       Saturday: 10 – 4     Sunday: Closed







Necklace by Gail Johnson 





” I feel energized, relaxed and accomplished when my wearable art is finished.  Anything that tickles my fancy bone or fancies my tickle bone works for me.  I take simple textures and create sophisticated, whimsical, fun, one-of-a-kind pieces.”  ~  Gail Johnson




Necklace by Gail Johnson





Gail Johnson tells The Rickie Report, ” Rather than following only trends, my jewelry encapsulates the spirit of innovation.  I constantly search for new ways to look at jewelry design as a multifaceted architecture of shapes, colors and materials”. From a unique Calder-inspired necklace to a Warhol-inspired design, Gail includes a funky mix of body art that transforms the everyday into something exclusive!





One-of-a-kind bracelets by Gail Johnson




Gail’s enthusiasm can be summed up, as she shares “Unique crafted statement jewelry made with special craftsmanship, care and passion. When buying from an artist you’re buying more than just an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of effort and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks and months of PURE JOY!  You aren’t just buying a thing. You are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life. I hope you find something that touches your heart”.




Close-up of earrings by Gail Johnson




Gail thinks of jewelry as personal, wearable art making a statement by the wearer.  While her career has spanned the corporate world, Gail always had to be involved with a creative outlet.  “From an early age I was always designing  something which encompassed publication in McCalls handcrafted magazine.  I am drawn to a variety of design, textures, colors and components. Although the materials vary, the common denominators in my work are color and texture”.





Sneak peek of 3 more necklaces by Gail Johnson




Very few materials are out-of-bounds as Gail uses paper, lampwork, glass, hand carved beads, nuts, ceramic, rubber bands, wire, cord, paper and more.  Her artistry has been sold at Palm Springs, CA, Womens Creative Expo-Palm Beach, Gallery Five in Tequesta FL, Artisan Gallery of Lake Worth and Lighthouse Gallery located in Jupiter, FL. ” I feel energized, relaxed and accomplished when my wearable art is finished.  Anything that tickles my fancy bone or fancies my tickle bone works for me.   I take simple textures and create sophisticated, whimsical, fun, one-of-a-kind pieces. I want my jewelry to give people joy and amusement in their daily lives”.


For more information:


Instagram  gailjohnsonjewelry




About Lighthouse ArtCenter:

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art is 501c(3) not-for-profit founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. The ArtCenter is dedicated to the visual arts whose mission is to inspire, engage and connect our community through a vibrant school of art, unique exhibitions and diverse special events. The center has grown into a three-building campus consisting of a Gallery & 2D Studio, 3D Studio, and a Jewelry & Textile Studio. Supported by memberships, tuition, grants, and donations, Lighthouse ArtCenter serves over 20,000 visitors, 3000 students, 45 faculty members, 400 summer art campers, and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit under-served populations.


For more information visit


Instagram: @lighthousearts

Twitter: @LighthouseArtC




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Brigitte Balbinot Presents Newest Artworks “Journey Through Medieval Italy” November 30 – December 30th, 2020

Brigitte Balbinot Art Studio presents “Journey Through Medieval Italy”, a 3D virtual gallery exhibition of new abstract landscape paintings from November 30 to December 30, 2020A VIP Reception will be held on Saturday, November 28. A Public Reception Opening will be held on Monday, November 30.The series of 10 paintings was inspired by the Northern Italian landscape and its medieval fortresses. Her art is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence.  The on-line 3D viewing room allows visitors to virtually navigate the art and experience it as if they were walking through an art gallery. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.






VIP    Event

Registered  Members  of  Balbinot  Art  Studio:

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Email for details:





Exhibit Runs November 30 – December 30, 2020


Experience a 3D viewing room as if you are walking through an art gallery!





“Castello 1 2020” oil and cold wax on panel  




Brigitte Balbinot tells The Rickie Report, ” My latest body of work is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence. I find weathered surfaces and the energy that they hold most intriguing. I am particularly influenced by the Northern Italian region, its landscape, culture and history. In this series I express my deep connection and fascination for its historical edifices and the many medieval castles I was fortunate enough to visit along the way”.



Balbinot relates, “While COVID-19 has made travel and in person gathering nearly impossible this year for many, we luckily can rely on the use of technology to remain connected. For me, creating these works has helped me stay united to my beloved Italy in spirit. There is no question that we are living some challenging and trying times, and because of this, we need more than ever, to find ways to remain positive and keep looking towards brighter horizons. Art can provide reprieve from a rather bleak present, allowing for a moment of  “rêverie” while giving us the promise of a better tomorrow”.





“If These Walls Could Talk” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot



Balbinot’s process is extremely labor intensive and driven by the physicality of the materials. She typically works in series and will generally have many paintings going at once. She says, “Just as in life, art offers no shortcut and each piece goes through many transformative stages over the course of multiple months before it finally unfolds. Each one of my paintings is meant to carry its own history. I aim to create an object that represents the symbioses of old and new. By combining the modernism of abstracted forms and the traditionalism of carefully calibrated chosen colors and  frames on selected works, I allude to the passage of time while being in the present”.



Balbinot’s techniques such as using solvent reduction, incorporating organic materials, and aggregates like dry pigments or marble dust that are mixed directly to the paint allow her to create rich and vibrant patinas of both textures and colors. The crafting of these intricate  and complex surfaces emphasizes the physicality of the material.



Contemporary landscape artist Brigitte Balbinot grew up Switzerland. She is a full time practicing artist who now works and lives in South Florida. Having both a Swiss and Italian heritage, her solid footprint in the old continent can be observed in her work. While predominantly nature inspired, her paintings are driven by a sense of place while alluding to the nostalgia of time passed and life’s impermanence. Each year, the artist spends time in her native country of Switzerland as well as in a small medieval village situated in the northern part of Italy. 



“Winterfell 2020” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot




Being immersed in the Italian culture and regional landscape has influenced her work over the years, and is particularly evident in her most recent body of work titled “Strutura”. These works not only reflect her passion for the Northern Italian landscape but also her love of ancient medieval villages and antique structures. In fact, Balbinot spends a great deal of her time researching and visiting ancient castles and old manors. Her work can be seen as a mixture of modernism and traditionalism, carrying a certain “European” flair and sophistication. With each painting, she aims at creating an object that is either tied to a place or to a memory. More recently, Balbinot has been introducing framing on some of her works, carefully choosing styles that reflect her thinking and reflection on the passage of time, thereby creating an orchestrated symbioses of old and new.



Balbinot is self taught. Over the years she has been perfecting her skills via numerous workshops, classes and mentorships which has resulted in an ongoing progression of her work. She has collaborated on residential and commercial commissions in Canada and in the United States and has collectors in both North America and Europe. Currently the artist shows her work in regional galleries and selected  curated exhibits. For the past few years, Balbinot has been dividing her time between her main studio in Florida and a second studio located in Montréal Québec, while also spending time in Europe yearly.




For more information about this exhibit or other artworks:

Contact  Balbinot Art Studio









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Sculptor, Kinetic Creator, And Fine Artist Debbie Lee Mostel Shares Her Quirky New “Wonder Sponge” Bringing Delight To Our Chores

Debbie Lee Mostel is a science-based thinker/designer/artist who sees wonder in every drop of water and behind every blade of grass.  Her awards for kinetic designs, art-in-public places commissions, forward-looking  jewelry, sculptures, and paintings all point to her drive for innovation. Her inventive nature and lack of tolerance for wastefulness has culminated in “Debbie’s Wonder Sponge”!  Debbie shows us how to take the drudgery out of cleaning up a mess by adding her unique twist of creativity.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos here while we marvel at this serious artist’s unending capacity for joy, humor and practicality!






Debbie Lee Mostel’s training with master goldsmith Ellen Broker and master silversmith Hans Christensen of Denmark gave her the base for transforming her creative ideas into solid businesses. Early in Debbie’s career, after a stint at Tiffany’s, she formed her own company. Her work in the wholesale jewelry business brought her acclaim with designs being carried by Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her jewelry was seen in many Richard Avedon fashion photographs. Debbie has sold her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry (many made from lamp worked glass she created) at the prestigious juried Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.




Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!




Debbie tells The Rickie Report, “I’m the type of artist/designer that thrives on exploring new mediums. Like the shark…I have to keep moving. My formal education started with Metal and Glass, decades later I found myself in a fruitful career of painting and sculpture as well.  My sense of curiosity is what I thrive on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist”.










TRR:  Your formal education (BFA California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in New York) began in metal and glass, under the tutelage of glass visionary Marvin Lipofsky (student of Harvey Littleton) and included workshops with Dale Chihuly. You have a fruitful career that has incorporated painting, sculpture, and kinetics! Most of us know you as a fine artist who has garnered awards and accolades to fill albums.  What brought you to designing a sponge?


So remember that floor mop in the form of slippers? Good concept but ugly and inconvenient. Enter my beautiful sloppy dog named Lucky. He drinks from his bowl, slobbers down his chin, drips all over the house and looks at me, and says “Mom help, I’m a mess. My face is wet, the floor is an embarrassment, what can you do?” After years of exhaustingly wasting paper towels, bending, and wiping,  I thought of that slipper and said to myself “ I can design something better. Something easy to use, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing”.



Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!



TRR:  Taking spinning VCR motors, trap doors, wind-up toys, and even a Slinky, you caught the attention of Tom Shadyac, director of many Jim Carey movies with one of your Globe series.  Please take us through your process with these sponges.




After months of trial and error, I came up with Debbie’s Wonder Sponge. Friends and neighbors all wanted one (or two), so I introduced the Sponge at trade shows where I exhibit my Designer Jewelry. When I demonstrated the sponges on a piece of linoleum, they started flying out the door!








TRR: In between exhibits, you worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach as their Resident Artist creating hanging light sculptures at Mar a Lago and mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club. You’ve created specialty environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court, and Colony Hotel, to name a few. Debbie’s Wonder Sponges ARE clever and pretty.  How have people reacted?





The only complaint I’ve gotten so far is that some people think they are too pretty to get dirty. Nonsense! It’s functional art.  Now customers are buying 6 or 8 at a time to give as gifts.

Debbie’s Wonder Sponge! “You’ll wonder how you lived without it!”

Don’t waste money on paper towels for all those little clean-up needs.

Machine wash and dry. Handpainted with acrylic fabric paint so will NEVER run, fade or crack.

A functional piece of little art that helps you enjoy a happy, healthy home.

Leave it by the sink for a quick cleanup of water spots then spray a little disinfectant on the counter and WOOSH…happy and healthy.

Leave it on the floor, step on it and PUSH!!!!…water spots and spills instantly gone. From water dispenser to sloppy dog!




Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!



TRR:  Where are you selling them?

DLM:  On my Etsy site – and shipping is free!



More about Debbie Lee Mostel:

 The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She is a member of National Association go Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Artists of Palm Beach County.







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Mark Stall Is Featured Fine Art Photographer At Kling Gallery In Stuart For Month Of August. Public Is Invited To Opening Reception August 1.

The Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor located in Stuart, FL announces the month of August’s Featured Guest Artist, Mark Stall.  Mark is new to the area and while he says he an emerging artist, all signs are clear that his lens is quite focused!  His photography brings a sense of mystery to rowboat close-ups and sailboats in the in the mist. We love his capture of colorful images!  The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception on Thursday, August 1.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, the wonderful wine boutique and meet the artists!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  In addition to wall art, browse the hand made furniture, home accessories, and the wine bar!








723 Colorado Plaza  Stuart, FL 34994

Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred






Original Paintings

Napa- Style Tasting Room

Custom Furniture 

Home Decor





Opening Reception:

Thursday, August 1st

5 – 7:00  PM  

Artist Talk During Reception






Fine Art Photographer, Mark Stall





Mark Stall tells The Rickie Report, “I started my fine art photography career in 2002 using high-end digital cameras, video cameras, and my iPhone, which is always close by. I love the freedom that digital offers. I use the computer and apps to enrich my images and give them new identities. My distinctive work has won many top awards at leading juried contests in Wisconsin, including the Hidden River Art Festival Eddy Award (2012), several Cedarburg Art Museum (2014, 2015, 2016) Ozaukee Annual Juried Exhibition (2016) and The Milwaukee Intercontinental Hotel (2016)”.  


“Foggy Sunset” ©by Mark Stall




Mark first picked up a camera at age 11 in 1968, using traditional photographic film and darkroom processes. His passion for photography was ignited! Mark owned and operated Pro Studio Supply for photographers since 1988 and continues his fine art career in Martin County.


“Sunrise At Refuge” ©by Mark Stall



Mark shares, “My passion is composition in architecture, everything nautical and in nature. Every day I capture images and experiment with post-processing to create vibrant and compelling statements about the world around me. With the computer, I give a single photograph many lives, shifting focus, changing colors and making it tell a completely new story”. He is a member of the Martin Artisan’s Guild & the Palm Beach Photo Center.


“Round Lake Rowboat”© by Mark Stall






Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor

723 Colorado Plaza   Stuart, FL34994


Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred






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Armory Art Salon On Tuesday, April 2 Features “Curiouser And Curiouser” With TD Gillespie

The Armory Art Center brings TD Gillespie to the next Art Salon, led by Elle Schorr on Tuesday, April 2. The public is invited to discuss  “Curiouser and Curiouser “. TD Gillespie is a multidisciplinary artist working in installation, oil painting, and mixed media.  Stop and look at the art…hear the creators…share the wonder!  The Rickie Report gives you the details and some sneak peeks.  Kudos, Elle, for bringing us internationally, nationally, and locally based artists who help us better understand the creative process!






811 Park Place   West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776




Tuesday , April 2, 2019

6:30 – 8:30 pm



“Curiouser and Curiouser”


 TD Gillispie 





There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.

Armory Art Center Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

* Exhibitions are open to the public

Art Salons continue to meet in the Armory Art Center Library on Tuesday nights, usually the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, from October through May. Salons are open to anyone who would like to participate in these lively discussions. 



“Beauty For Ashes” by TD Gillespie



TD Gillispie is a multidisciplinary artist working in installation, oil painting, and mixed media. The medium selected to make an artwork is one which might make the intended point the strongest. The art is provocative, reflective, and metaphoric, as she is continually exploring our deepest thoughts, feelings and fantasies in new and unexpected ways. Her installations are room-like reflective spaces created using specific found objects that inspire and trigger memory. These objects are determined after much consideration of how to deliver a specific message.


“Big Bang” by TD Gillespie



She states, “With these found objects I re-purpose them to create a space to give new meaning to an old object but keeping the integrity of the original object as a part of the focus. This is a juggling act.” Some recurring themes are toys, home, introspection, and sweet/sinister. The work is centered on reflection of thoughts from the past merged with present circumstances that we all face.



“The Spirit House” by TD Gillespie


TD Gillispie lives and works in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including Dacia Gallery in New York City, Art Palm Beach, 101 Exhibit in Miami, Boca Raton Museum of Art, and Whitespace: The Mordes Collection in West Palm Beach. Gillispie’s paintings have been featured in Studio Visit Magazine. She was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Marshall University. TD is the Palm Beach County 2016 winner of the South Florida Cultural Consortium.



“Peepshow” by TD Gillespie



One of her installations, “Peepshow”, is on view in “Inhabited” at the Projects in FATVillage, Fort Lauderdale through its final Art Walk on Saturday, March 30, and another, which will include “Big Bang” and “Bazooka” along with new work, will be installed in the same location for an exhibition entitled, “Ripped From the Headlines”, opening for preview on Friday, April 26, and Art Walk, Saturday, April 27.





The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.

Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For more information, visit or call (561) 832-1776




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Eduardo Gomez Rojas’s “Unconditional” Pays Tribute To Female Soldiers. Public Invited To Sculpture Unveiling On Sunday, June 3rd

The City of Stuart will unveil a second sculpture at the Distinguished Service Memorial Park on Sunday, June 3rd. This new sculpture, a bronze bas-relief by Eduardo Gomez Rojas, will complete the second half of the memorial monument at the entrance to the park. The Stuart Rotary Foundation contributed private funds for both. A working figurative sculptor, Eduardo has a studio located in Jensen Beach. His passion to share the deep emotions of a human figure stand out in this sculpture – a mother leaving her child as she goes to serve our country.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the event which is free and Open to the Public.  Special thanks to Eduardo for underscoring the dedication of female veterans and service people who preserve our freedoms.





“U N C O N D I T I O N A L”




Distinguished Services Memorial Park

300 SE Ocean Blvd     Stuart, FL  34994


Due to inclement weather the unveiling ceremony has been moved to Sunday, June 3 at 11:00 am



We asked figurative sculptor Eduardo Gomez Rojas to explain the artistic concept behind the second sculpture titled “Unconditional”; the artist commented. “A soldier leaves his home and his children to protect our children. I could not get this thought out of my head. In thinking and doing research for the second sculpture, I came upon the reality that many of the soldiers who are fighting and dying in today’s wars are women. In fact, Florida has the third largest population of female veterans in the United States. When considering these facts, it struck me that a Mom leaving her child to protect mine had to be the ultimate sacrifice. I became obsessed with this mental picture.”


Clay for “Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2018


The image above shows the clay rendition which was approved for casting at the foundry. We asked Eduardo to elaborate on the idea. “To make the initial drawings for the concept I asked a female officer in active duty to consult with me. She lent me her backpack, uniform and boots which were worn by the model who had a young child. It struck me visually that the size of the backpack was overwhelming. I felt that this was a visual metaphor for the size of the burden placed upon this soldier. The soldier is in a semi kneeling pose while hugging her child. I placed the child’s face on the other side, so as not to take the focus off the soldier. It also allows the viewer to visualize their own child.  The soldier seems lost in her thoughts as if she is considering the enormity of the situation. She could be praying. She could be leaving or returning. She could be thanking God for protecting her and her child… or asking him to do so. The child can be a metaphor for our nation or for our institutions. Why is she doing this? Unconditional love for her country can be the only reason. That is why the sculpture’s title is “Unconditional” “.


“Unconditional” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2018


The first half of the monument is located in front of the flag, but the monument plans included a second complementary half behind the flag. The bronze sculpture on the first half of the monument titled “Above and Beyond” depicts two male arms holding the folded flag against the heart. We asked Eduardo to remind us about the idea for this work of art. Eduardo Gomez Rojas, said of the first sculpture: “My artistic concept was to depict service above and beyond the call of duty. When I thought of this, it was clear to me that only love of country could bring somebody to do this. I chose the arms hugging the folded flag as the metaphor for love of country, but even further for sacrifice for country”


“Above and Beyond” by Eduardo Gomez Rojas copyright 2017


This first sculpture which was unveiled on Memorial Day 2017, was very well received by the general public and veterans alike and has become an icon at the park. The purpose of the whole monument is to memorialize those local heroes who have given their lives in the ultimate sacrifice. Each year the names of these soldiers will be placed on the sides of the monument.



Eduardo Gomez Rojas is a local figurative sculptor and teacher. His work’s singular quality is its force and passion.  His studio is located in Jensen Beach, Florida. He does public and private commissions from small to monumental. His work is collected internationally. Eduardo Gomez: Silent Messages a book about his work was published in 2009. The book is currently available on Amazon.  His main subjects are people and animals. He particularly enjoys sculptural portraiture and memorial sculpture. He is currently a faculty member at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida and has also taught locally at the Elliott Museum and privately in his own studio. Eduardo moved to Florida from Arkansas 10 years ago, where he was a cofounder of the Arkansas Sculptor’s Guild.





For more information about this sculpture, commissions, classes, workshops and other works of art contact:
Eduardo Gomez

Eduardo Gomez Sculpture Studio

953 NE Industrial Blvd

Jensen Beach, Florida 34957

Instagram: @eduardogomezsculpture
Twitter: @eduardosculptor





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Retrospective Exhibition Of James Joseph DeMartis’ Artwork In East Hampton, NY With Public Reception May 19th

The public is invited to a Retrospective Exhibition to view and purchase artwork by James Joseph DeMartis, at  Ashawagh Hall in  East Hampton, New York.  A free, Public Reception takes place on Saturday, May 19th in the evening.  DeMartis’ art is in numerous private collections in Europe and the United States.  Internationally exhibited and awarded, his paintings have a mystic quality that brings the viewer closer and sustains an artful conversation.  The Exhibit is available from May 18 through May 20th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




Please join us in a celebration of the work of

James Joseph DeMartis

A retrospective exhibition of paintings from 1946 to 1996, assembled by his children Bruno, Barbara and James

May 18th – 20th, 2018

RECEPTION Saturday, May 19 · 6 to 9 pm



Ashawagh Hall

780 Springs Fireplace Road     East Hampton, New York 11937

For additional information: or 631.553.9479

“Untitled” by James J. DeMartis


Retrospective Exhibition at Ashawagh Hall located in East Hampton, New York 11937, will showcase the artwork of James Joseph DeMartis.  Curated by his children, Bruno, Barbara,and James, this is a rare treat for the public to view and purchase an internationally collected artist’s abstract expressionist work.  James J. DeMartis was born in New York City in 1926.  He attended The Art Center, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the California School of Fine Arts (Santa Monica CA), and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.  






“Fantasy Landscape” by James J. DeMartis



Post WWII, DeMartis explored a plethora of styles and media, as he exhibited and lived in Italy, Switzerland, New York City, Bar Harbor and Bangor  (ME), Japan, Mexico and the Middle East.  An American painter who travelled the world, DeMartis brings us symbolic images which await our own interpretations.

“Sun Over Water With a Red Border” by James J. DeMartis




His oil paintings on canvas and paper, according to Ms. Crealy Pollack on behalf of the Eggers Partnership  of Architects and Planners in NYC, “reflect the sure hand of a painter schooled in Florence, Italy, but associated with the New York and Maine School of American Artists. There is a mystical quality about his work which is strongly influences by the history of calligraphy, both ancient and contemporary”.

” Zen Mountain” by James J. DeMartis




His unique style impressed talented and recognized artists of his time.  His sometimes hazy treatment gives a timeless aspect to the scenes he interpreted.  He often finishes with a ribbon of color that acts as a “frame” for the framed painting itself.  DeMartis died in 1996, leaving us a legacy of incredible artwork whose aggregation of styles and mediums continue to show signs of life.



“Island Shacks, Penobscot Bay” by James J. DeMartis


For information about the art exhibit contact Barbara Bucci at (772) 530-0378, or
For more information about James J. DeMartis, see Joseph DeMartis or, on Facebook at





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Meet Dorene Ginzler, Featured Art In Public Places Artist On January 24 And See Why “It’s All About Color”

An ‘Art in Public Places’ project, the City of Boca Raton is featuring local artist, Dorene Ginzler, with a collection of 13 oil, watercolor and mixed media collage paintings for exhibit and sale at the Spanish River Library Gallery.  Dorene will give an Artist talk and watercolor painting demonstration on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  The event is Free and Open to the Public! Dorene’s SOLO exhibit is available now through February 4, 2018.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.









4  – 6  PM

Free and Open to the Public  

Open during regular library hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Noon – 6:00 pm

Spanish River Library Gallery

1501 NW Spanish River Blvd.      Boca Raton, FL 33431


Supported by the Friends of the Library Gallery and curated by Victoria Sheridan and are shown on the second floor elevator lobby during library hours. 



“Many Moons” by Dorene Ginzler


Dorene tells us, “For me, it’s all about color. One of the over-riding themes in my work is the spectacular influence both nature and my love for swimming in the magnificent colors of the sea have profoundly impacted my use of color shape composition and light. Mixing endless color possibilities with spontaneity in painting takes on a spirituality and beautiful life of their own. My lifelong explorations and experiences have allowed me to better understand the peace and happiness art brings to people that transcends both time and culture. The colors and shapes speak for themselves.”


Very early on, Dorene Ginzler, has been dedicated to the relentless pursuit of bringing color to life. Her fearless, uncompromising self-expression is inspired by integrating a lifetime of extensive travel to over 40 countries on 6 continents and being influenced by some of the world’s greatest monuments, museums and cultures.  Born in Detroit, MI, Ginzler, began formal art training as a child visiting the DIA. Dorene explored anything she could get her hands on to create. The mediums included clay, drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and clothing, while attending merit classes at Interlochen, College for Creative Studies and Cranbrook Academy of Art during K-12 schooling. Ginzler earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University. She graduated with honors and adjunct studio work in Florence, Italy.

“Four Triangles” by Dorene Ginzler



Living in Michigan as a ceramist creating her own glaze formulas for garden art pottery and sculpture, it was the sodium chloride (salt) which resulted in Ginzler’s fascination to “paint” on the clay surface with combinations reminiscent of areal landscapes seen around the world. Using 2000 lbs of clay a year for over a decade allowed Ginzler to attain hundreds of collectors along the way, including works of paintings on canvas clothing paper and gift cards. She also shared her knowledge and passion for ceramics by teaching at her studio, Round Lake Pottery, and Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.  


The challenges of the living in cold weather and physical issues creating clay works were reasons to move to Florida where there was more daylight, the beach and to focus on painting.  Ginzler’s recent watercolor and oil paintings are an accumulative expression of her passion for the sea and the richness that is inherent in nature. In her watercolor paintings, using sea salt to explode the pigment is a natural progression of design on a surface from the days of creating 1000s of glaze test tiles for works in clay.


“Circles” by Dorene Ginzler



Symbols of the planets with longitude and latitude lines are found in Ginzler’s works for the eyes to rest and see what you wish. Choppy brushstrokes with evidence of the artist’s hand as ever-present remain luminescent while oil paintings still appear wet. Collage works use dozens of pieces of paintings created over several years incorporating mixed fibers and papers to create the “wow” factor. Primary and secondary design elements with a push-pull keep the viewers’ attention with a kaleidoscope effect. The bold and euphoric colors elicit universal truth and infinite illusion while paying homage to the robust color and beauty that surrounds us.



Ginzler’s works have been exhibited in numerous juried shows and is currently represented by AVA Galleria in Helsinki, Finland where her works are traveling in group art shows in Europe, South America and Asia. Artifact, NYC is also showing her works this year in Art UpClose. Dorene Ginzler can be reached at her art making place, Ginzler Studio Gallery, in Boca Raton. She likes to work with designers and art collectors to create specialty paintings to match interior décor for residential and commercial environments. Recently, Ginzler designed and installed a 40 foot mural painting named “Neptune” (god of the sea) at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. This coral reef scene brings added attention for visitors to learn about to the fragile ecology of sea creatures and our oceans.


“What’s in The Water” by Dorene Ginzler





AVA Art Festival ~ Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 2018
AVA Art Festival ~ Osaka, Japan, 2018
AVA Galleria ~ Helsinki, Finland, 2018
Ars Longa Galleria ~ Helsinki, Finland, 2018
Artifact NYC ~ Art Up Close, 2018



Friends of the Library Gallery ~ Spanish River Library, Boca Raton, FL, 12-18-17 to 02-03-18
Ginzler Studio Gallery ~ art works in progress, finished pieces, prints, gift items ~ Boca Raton, FL



Carrousel du Louvre ~ AVA Galleria ~ Paris, France, October 2017
Ars Longa Galleria ~ Helsinki, Finland, 2017
AVA Art Festival ~ Osaka, Japan, May/June 2017
AVA Galleria ~ Helsinki, Finland ~ January 2017
Art Basel Miami Week ~ Miami River Art Fair ~ AHC ~ Hamburg, Germany, December 2016
Carrousel de Louvre ~ AVA Galleria ~ Paris, France, October 2016
NYC Pop Up Show ~ New York, NY, September, 2016
Saphira & Ventura Gallery ~ New York, NY, June, 2016,
United Nations Headquarters “Earth Contemporary” ~ New York, NY, May 2016
ArtExpo New York ~ Artblend & Art Nation Wynwood Galleries ~ New York, NY, April 2016
Art Basel Miami Week ~ Spectrum Miami Art Fair ~ Artblend ~ December 2015
Artblend Gallery ~ Ft Lauderdale, FL
Exor Galleries ~ Boca Raton, FL
ArtServe ~ Ft Lauderdale, FL
Boca Raton Museum Artists’ Guild, FL
Palm Beach International Airport, FL
Palm Beach Watercolor Society, FL
Wellington Art Society, FL
Art on the Green ~ Franklin, MI
Birmingham Art Fair ~ Birmingham, MI
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center ~ Bloomfield Hills, MI
Gross Isle Herb Society ~ Gross Isle, MI
Artful Gallery and Framers ~ Clarkston, MI
Franklin Garden Boutique ~ Franklin, MI
Cranbrook Academy of Art Garden Society ~ Bloomfield Hills, MI



Cultural Council of Palm Beach County ~ Lake Worth, FL, April 2017
Wilton Manors Art Expo ~ Ludwig Framemakers Wilton Manors, FL, Jan/Feb 2017
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center ~ “Neptune” Mural Installation ~ Boca Raton, FL, 2014
Orchid Society ~ Delray Beach, FL, 2007
Bordine’s Landscape Design Center ~ Rochester Hills, MI
Round Lake Pottery ~ Clarkston, MI 1993 to 2006
Ginzler Studio Gallery ~ Boca Raton, FL 2007 to present


“Shoot The Moon” by Dorene Ginzler

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Ginzler Studio Gallery is available to host art parties, workshops, and classes where Dorene will offer painting demonstrations and art talks for small groups and organizations.

Dorene keeps regular “irregular hours” – 7 days a week, so best to call for appointment. Visit Ginzler Studio Gallery and see artist’s colorful work in progress, lots of finished pieces, framed works, available prints, unique gift items.


For more information:

Dorene Ginzler, BFA
Ginzler Studio Gallery
1420 NW 2nd Ave, Suite #9     Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 613-9729




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Helen Kagan’s Colorful Artwork Brings Joy And Positivity – Visit Her Open Studio January 20th and 21st

What makes Helen Kagan‘s artwork stand out? Her paintings are colorful with spiritual messages embedded in them. Just viewing them simply makes your brain think with more positivity! Helen is one of the professional artists participating in the Martin County Open Studio Tour on Saturday, January 20th and Sunday, January 21st. The tour is Free and Open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Helen’s artistry. 






Photo of Helen Kagan in her Studio



Helen Kagan’s artwork is more than dots of brush strokes of paint on a canvas. The intentions with which she paints (for positivity, for spiritual healing, acceptance of one’s situation, increased energy) embeds symbols that are meaningful not only to Helen but to the viewer ( though the viewer may not be as aware of them). A secret message? Perhaps. It is Helen’s way to manifest her deep belief in healing arts as part of the whole-world and whole-person view. And for those who dismiss these notions, it is OK to just love the colorful images and enjoy looking at them!

Helen shares her mission in this informative video:

WRBiTV Interview “Healing Arts” in Healthcare (June, 2017)



Helen tells us, “ I believe art heals. A holistic therapist and artist for over 25 years, I’ve developed a unique technique and style “Healing Arts” which is a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and can enhance healing to those in need. Coming from a family of scientists I’ve been always fascinated by the left and right brain relationship which led me to study many things – from mathematics and science to psychology, therapy and healing to fine art, and finally led to create my unique venue “Healing Arts”. It reflects my own deep view on Life, a desire to bridge Realities and heal the Past. Communicating on subliminal levels, my art delivers this message through positive intentionality and healing frequencies of color, which brings you in touch with your own Journey”.

Helen works in oil and acrylic and has been experimenting with mixed media. Her canvases are influenced by impressionism, and expressionism. They are bold, passionate, colorful, vibrant, all intuitive. She shares, “I believe art is a catalyst for healing individuals, society and the environment. I believe in the inter-connectedness of mind, body and spirit. I believe that now, more than ever, the World needs the positive energy and spiritually-based intentions, beliefs and values”.


“Big Apple I Love New York!” by Helen Kagan

Helen Kagan, PhD. was born in a cold Siberian winter in what then was the USSR. She grew up in a Communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. Underlying it all, her beliefs, values, and a great respect for freedom to express yourself persevered. In 1991 her quest for freedom led her to the US, where she brought her Jewish heritage, a few graduate degrees, and an unending thirst to explore the World and its meaning.


Mainly self-taught Helen has been painting for as long as she remembers, and since 2005 professionally. Her art is better experienced “in-person” due to live vibrations of bright colors, heavy textures, usually large size, and an overall charisma and liveliness. If you are a seeker on a Quest looking for a quintessential insight, a person who wants to embrace a healing power of art, or just wishing to feel better – you might find yourself on a Journey to discovering your inner strength, or you may find it rewarding to meditate with Helen’s works (which many people do…).


Helen Kagan’s “My Universe Third Eye Series Healing Chakras”

Dr. Kagan envisions her art to be placed in Medical Centers, Multicultural Centers, Buildings, Corporations, Hospitals, Libraries, Crisis Centers… Wherever it can enhance healing and promote well-being. Helen believes in inter-connectedness of mind, body and spirit. She shares the belief that art is a catalyst for healing individuals, society and the environment. She feels privileged to be among such visionary artists and is happy to share her beliefs about the healing power of art. Her vibrant healing art is a combined statement of all her beliefs.



 “Tales of My Life” by Helen Kagan


A globally acclaimed artist, Helen’s work has been published in local, national and international magazines, as well as art gallery books. She is currently involved with exciting work with an international span which is not ready for publication at this time. Her artistry has been featured in many online plus brick and mortar galleries including Saatchi, Fine Art America, BLINK, and is currently on display in galleries in FL, CA, NY, VT. She was named a “Collectible Artist 2016” by Brickell and Key Biscayne Magazines (“Dealer’s Dozen”, Dec. Issue 2016).




Helen has participated in over 50 Juried shows, local, national and international exhibitions, including SPECTRUM Art Basel (Miami), Art San Diego, Art Hamptons, Art EXPO (New York), Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, ART HOP (VT), CONTINUUM, Art Palm Beach Art Synergy, RAW , City Hall of Hollywood (FL) “Art in Public Places” 3-months display, and many others. Her “Healing Arts” have been awarded, featured in International Art Books & Catalogs; exhibited in NY, NJ, VT, WI, MN, AZ, MI, CA, and in many cities in FL – Miami, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sarasota, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, Stuart, Hobe Sound, Palm City, Ft. Pierce, Jupiter, Vero Beach and others.



Formal Education:

2009-13 Holistic Studies. Certified Q-Gong, Psych-K, EFT Practitioner
2007-08 Master Results Coach, NLP Trainer certified by CH Companies
2001-05 Spiritual Counselor & Holistic Healer certified by IM School of Healing Arts, NYC
2001, 2006 – Certified Reiki Practitioner
1998-2000 Polarity Practitioner (RPP) & Wellness Educator, certified by National Polarity
1993-95 MSW, LCSW (NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
1988-90 MA in Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
1986-90 PhD in Science, St. Petersburg State University, Russia


 “Coming Back Home” by Helen Kagan





For more information about Helen’s Art:

phone: 917-855-1153

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Levis JCC Features Karen Shlomberg Windchild, “Artist As Shaman And Myth Maker” With Free Exhibit And Lecture

Karen Shlomberg Windchild’s Solo Exhibit opens at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton on December 6, 2017. Windchild’s work embodies spiritual and natural forces through materials such as paint, clay, and found objects. Each work displays honed technique, respect for craft, and a passion for deeper meaning. Windchild believes art was and still can be a universal language, connecting all ancient native cultures as well as our own, and conjuring the earth-spirit energies into material form. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  RSVP to attend the FREE events.




9801 Donna Klein Blvd.   Boca Raton, FL 33428






Karen Shlomberg Windchild

“Artist as Shaman and Myth Maker”

Adult University Lecture

Wednesday, December 6th

2:30 pm

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, December 6th

3:30 – 5:00 pm



Both opening reception and adult university lecture are free and open to the public.

Please call 561-558-2520 for more information or to RSVP for the opening reception and/or adult university lecture.

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery hours:

Monday – Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free


Karen Windchild and her Buffalo Sculpture



Discussing and demonstrating the ancient role of artist as shaman and myth maker, Karen Sholmberg Windchild infuses energy into ordered matter as the essence of both ritual and art. She brings love and respect for her materials, technique, traditions, inspiration, self and for one’s part in the whole. Karen has recently returned from Santa Fe, where she successfully created the first buffalo statue on the desert as part of The Adobe Buffalo Project ( She will share the progress of this art installation, which serves as a community building project, an educational forum, and a shamanic act of healing and transformation.

Artwork by Karen Windchild



Karen tells The Rickie Report, “ I feel guided when doing my best work, becoming an open window through which beings who wish to materialize can enter. I get a sense of what they want to become. I love the richness of contrasting color and materials and respect the uniqueness of each.  Often I don’t know what a piece is about until it’s done. It reveals itself sometimes clearly, sometimes subtly, to whoever takes the time to sense its nature.  I believe in the ancient role of artist as shaman and myth maker, infusing energy into ordered matter as the essence of both ritual and Art: bringing love and respect for materials, technique, traditions, providence, inspiration, self and for one’s part in the whole, so that all may prosper”.


Artwork by Karen Windchild



Karen Shlomberg Windchild has been an artist since childhood in Connecticut.  She received her BFA studying sculpture and ceramics at the University of Michigan, and her Masters of Fine Arts from Penn State, has taught at various colleges, art and community centers since 1975. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.  Ms. Windchild’s work appears in many distinguished private collections, as well.  She is a resident of Delray Beach, exhibits & lectures nationally, and maintains a studio where she accepts commissions, and shows by appointment.


Sculpture by Karen Windchild




The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. Membership is not required to participate in programs. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.

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