Town Of Jupiter Art Committee Announces Free Classes In March For Annual “Celebration Of The Arts”

The Town of Jupiter Art Committee aims to keep you busy! Learn a new art skill or hone one you already have! FREE classes (only a few have supply fees) include: Jewelry making, acrylic painting, basket weaving, abstract self portraits, and paper sculpture. “Celebration Of The Arts” classes start in March 2019, so register now! The Rickie Report shares the details and information about registration.










For more information or to RSVP:

  (561) 329-5007

Community Center

200 Military Trail,  Jupiter  FL. 33458



Celebration of the Arts

Celebration of the arts is a series of classes and workshops designed to promote an appreciation of the arts and expose Jupiter residents to various media and art forms. Every year in February and March the Art Committee organizes a series including but not limited to things like oil painting, mixed media art, jewelry making and basket weaving.

The theme for March is “Priceless Memories”






Paper Sculpture

Instructor: Nina Fusco

Monday, March 4   6 – 9  pm

Create a masterpiece with paper.  Supplies Provided



Many Names Basket



Thursday, March 7   9 am – 5 pm

Instructor: Joan Stoneham

Weaving Details Upon Request    Supplies $75


Pineapple Basket



Wednesday, March 13   9am– 5 pm

Weaving Details Upon Request  Supplies $65

Abstract Self Portraits

Instructor : Dana Sardano  

Friday, March  15   10 -Noon

Acrylic painting with color and emotion      Some Supplies Provided

Jewelry Making

Instructors: Lynda Koehler and Lou Ann Berkley

Saturday, March 16  Noon –  2 pm

Make your own stunning conversation piece!   Supplies Provided


Learn How to Paint a Masterpiece

Saturday, March 23   10am – Noon

Instructor: Brenda Nickolaus

Have fun and discover your artistic ability with acrylic mediums

Some Supplies Provided





For more information or to RSVP:

  (561) 329-5007

OR Visit:




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Town Of Jupiter Announces Free Classes/ Events January Through March, 2018 For “Celebration Of The Arts”

The Town of Jupiter Art Committee aims to keep you busy! Learn a new art skill or hone one you already have! FREE classes ( only a few have supply fees): Fused glass pendant, jewelry making, paper sculpture, oil painting, basket weaving, mixed media painting. Take the family to the Free  Jupiter Jubilee.  Stop by the Free Meet the Authors Night.  Jupiter’s “Celebration Of The Arts” January through March, 2018 begins now!  The Rickie Report shares the details and information about registration.








January through March, 2018





*All Art Classes held in Room 113 Community Center with the exception of the Oil Painting Class held at Angilen Gallery, Tequesta

**The Authors Program is held in Room A – Auditorium


For more information or to RSVP:

  (561) 329-5007


Community Center

200 Military Trail,  Jupiter  FL. 33458





12 – 3 PM

Lynda Koehler, Instructor assisted by Lou Ann Berkley

Explore Glass fusing.  Student will go home with a pendant.  Supplies provided.









11 – 4 


The Jupiter Jubilee is an annual community event put on by the Town of Jupiter for area residents. The Jubilee typically has entertainment, civic, educational, and cultural components.

The Town of Jupiter has been holding the Jubilee the first week of February since 2003. Its genesis was the town’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2000, when a community event was held at the municipal complex. This original event brought the community together to celebrate life in Jupiter, and was so successful that town leaders began planning for an annual event.

Each year, the Jubilee highlights Jupiter’s unique character, history, community and natural treasures. In the spirit of conservation, the Jubilee is a Green event, and vendors, exhibits and attendees are encouraged to recycle, re-use, and conserve.

Free parking is available at Jupiter High School, just south of the Jupiter Community Center, on Military Trail. Free shuttles will operate continuously throughout the event, back and forth from the high school and the Jubilee.

For more Jubilee Information:  or Call (561) 741-2400







Wednesday FEBRUARY 7th

6 – 9 PM

No Admission Charge But You MUST  R.S.V.P.




**Jupiter Community Center Room A Auditorium

Light refreshments

Meet the authors:

• Patricia Benedetto, Rick Bennette
• Donna Carbone, Jay Gilbert
• Master of Ceremonies Author Jim Snyder






6 – 9 P.M.

Nina Fusco, Instructor

Learn how to bring paper to life by scoring, bending and sculpting.  You will own a sculpted piece of art ready to frame.

Supplies provided EXCEPT:

BRING:  Pencil, scissors, glue




*Class meets at Angilen Gallery, 150 N. US Hwy. One   Suite B Fashion Mall Plaza, Tequesta, FL

Len Mykietyn, Instructor

9 am – Noon

Beginner to advanced students. Individual attention given to all levels.

Supplies provided




Lou Ann Berkley, Instructor assisted by Lynda Koehler

Noon – 3 PM

Supplies Provided





Joan Stoneham, Instructor

9 AM- 5PM

Bottom of basket resembles two pairs of cat ears.  Basket will sit on four points.

 Supplies:  $65.

BRING: old towel, lunch, beverage




Brenda Nickolaus, Instructor

10 AM – 2 PM

Focus will be Soul, Art and nature. Be creative! Make your own Wit and Wisdom inspiration cards

Supplies Provided




9 am – 5 pm

Joan Stoneham, Instructor

Create a beautiful Nantucket Twill Vase, one of the world’s oldest handcraft!  

A wood base will be offered for a more unique look.

Supplies:  $65.

BRING: old towel, lunch, beverage



*Class meets at Angilen Gallery, 150 N. US Hwy. One   Suite B Fashion Mall Plaza, Tequesta, FL

Len Mykietyn, Instructor

9 am – Noon

Beginner to advanced students. Individual attention given to all levels.

Supplies provided




For more information or to RSVP:

  (561) 329-5007

OR Visit:




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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Jupiter “Celebration Of The Arts” Offers Free Events, Workshops, Meet The Authors, Calls For Artists And More!

The Town of Jupiter is offering a plethora of events, exhibits, workshops and opportunities for art lovers, book lovers and artists of all ages.  The Rickie Report shares a comprehensive list including: “Lacy Susan Basket Workshop” February 7th, “Meet the Authors” February 16th (numerous workshops), “Explore Watercolor” February 25th, “Discover Secrets of Jewelry Making” February 28th, ” Celebration of the Arts Exhibition”  Opening Reception on March 3rd (we include the Artist Applications which are due February 13th), and “Art in Nature Acrylic Painting March 18th.  May 5th marks the celebration of Drop Savers Annual Student Contest water conservation poster contest, Jupiter High School Partnership Program artwork and VSA, Very Special Arts, Florida – Palm Beach County artwork.  We also share the application for any artist or arts-related organization interested in Free exhibit space at Harbourside in Jupiter.  Jupiter residents will be granted preference, but this is Open to everyone.  Get your calendars out and sign up – while many of these events are FREE, you still should save your spot!



Town of Jupiter Art Committee • 561-741-2400

200 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458





 * Free Classes, Space Limited


Lacey Susan Basket


Tuesday, February  7  

Joan Stoneham  Basket Workshop, “Lacy Susan” Basket (supplies $65) 9 am -5 pm class free

Tuesday, February 16   6 – 7:30 pm


Meet The Authors (Free)

Jim Snyder, Marilyn Alcock, Cheryl Williams, Richard Brumer, Judy Lucas, Fred Lichtenberg, J. P. Ratto

Registration NOT Required – Come as you are!



Marilyn Alcock “Tuxedo and Friends” 1st in Series Young Child thru elementary

A book told by a Boston Terrier named Tuxedo. As he tells his story, the reader gets caught up in the lives of his friends and pack members, Bellino the Maltese, Lulu the Chihuahua, Bruno the English Mastiff, Allie the Lhaso Apso, and Snickers the baby brother.





Sherry Williams “Eyes of the Owl” Historical Fiction – Middle School & All Ages

If you remember Tales of Turtle River, this book set in the 1990’s puts Fritz the boy many years later as a grandfather (Pop Pop) to Missy.  Times have changed since the 1920’s and Pop Pop has a difficult time accepting Missy’s close friendship with an African American boy, Caleb. But there is a link tying Caleb to Pop Pop, and that is the mystical owls.



Richard Brumer “Love and Deception” Four Stories, Adult

Will the heroic action of two Air Force officers overcome the daunting obstacles…or will their Black Ops mission end in disaster?



Judy Lucas “Baron Rothmoore” Mystery Romance, Adult

Robert Fitzhugh, the second son of a noble though poor family, purchases a commission in His Majesty’s Army. Little did he know fate would make him a key player in Great Britain’s war with France, as Napoleon’s armies overrun Europe. Nor did he know a chance meeting would give him the love of his life, and almost losing her would give him the courage to change the course of history.


Jim Snyder “The Cross and the Mask” Historical History, Adult

How the Spanish “Discovered” Florida – and a Proud Native Nation. An historical novel




Fred Lichtenberg “Murder 1040: The Final Audit”” Suspense Thriller, Adult

When those in power attempt to shut down the murder investigation of a South Florida IRS agent, the hero, Frank Amato, risks everything, as he forges ahead to find the killer.



JP Ratto “Trust No One” 2nd in Lucas Holt Series Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Adult

Private Investigator Lucas Holt is caught between the FBI and terrorists when he investigates the kidnapping of a D.C. grad student. Hired by his former Delta Force commander, Holt and an ex-Delta comrade work to untangle the connection between the abduction and the theft of a bioweapon.




Saturday, February 25

Jackie Gaines Explore Watercolor Painting (Free) 9:30am – 11:30

Tuesday, February 28

Lou Ann Berkley Discover Secrets of Jewelry Making (Free) 9:30am-12:30

March Celebration of the Arts 2017 Exhibit
“Exotic and Native Animals: Land, Air, Aquatic”




March 3, Friday,

Opening Reception, 6:00 – 7:30 pm



Special Guest Amanda a Crested Carcara with Rebecca Reid
Courtesy of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jupiter

 Exhibition is Available March 3 – April 28, 2017


Artists and Photographers or 561-329-5007







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Visit the Art Committee on line:




Sat. March 18  

Brenda Nickolaus  Art in Nature Acrylic Painting (Free) 10:00am– 12:00

To Register : or call 561.329-5007



May 5, Friday, Opening Reception

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Drop Savers Annual Student Contest water conservation poster contest

Jupiter High School Partnership Program artwork

VSA, Very Special Arts, Florida – Palm Beach County artwork


Free and Open to the Public




Harbourside Place Display Opportunities

Application Procedures and Guidelines for Submissions


Submissions for all 2D (drawing, painting, photography, prints, mixed media, etc…) and 3D artwork (sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, etc…) are accepted provided they fit within the size parameters. No free standing pedestals or free hanging wall art are permitted outside the display cases. The display cases are located in the hallway of the parking garage to the left as you enter Harbourside. Go around the circle and make the first left by Another Broken Egg Café. From any level of the garage, the elevator will bring you down to the first floor where you will see the cases in the hallway that leads you out to Harbourside.

Dimensions of each case – there are four (4) locked cases with glass shelving. Each case is 54” high, 8’ wide and 12” deep. 1⁄2 case – 54” x 4’ x 12”.

Who can apply – any artist can submit an application to display his or her work. Jupiter artists (living and working in the Jupiter area) will be given preference. Work by local students will also be considered and may be submitted by either the student or the art teacher.

Members of the Town of Jupiter Art Committee will review all applications, make the decisions on what will be displayed, and contact those artists that have been selected to exhibit their work

Artwork is chosen based on quality, appropriateness, appeal, and availability. You may submit as many pieces as you believe will fit in the case. Keep in mind that they all may not be selected.

Application packet should include (in addition to the application) – a typed list of each piece (including: Title, Date Created, Size and Media, Price or NFS) and photo of the piece (72dpi) JPEG files.

Artwork chosen for exhibit – when brought in, must be labeled with name of artist, title of work and contact info (phone, email or website info). No prices shall be included on the label, however you may put NFS on the label if it is not for sale.

Additional Information:

• All purchases negotiations are to be directly conducted between artist and client. The Town of Jupiter Art Committee does not take any commissions for artwork sold. However, when a sale is made, a donation to the Art Committee is greatly appreciated.

• Artwork chosen for exhibit should be available for the full length of the exhibition time, approximately 1-2 months.

• If an artist needs to remove a piece before the timeframe is completed, it should be noted on the Artist Application form, if possible. The artist must contact Nina Fusco at 561.908.3556 to arrange the logistics of retrieving the artwork.

• The Town of Jupiter will provide insurance coverage. if the exhibit contains items valued at not more than $1,000 per item and $50,000 per exhibition. If the artist feels this is not sufficient for their work, he/she is encouraged to provide additional insurance.

• By signing the Artist Application, the artist grants the Town of Jupiter Art Committee permission to reproduce images of accepted artwork for promotional purposes.

Town of Jupiter Art Committee  200 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458 561-741-2400

Town of Jupiter – Artist Application Harbourside Place Display

Artist Contact Information: Please Type or Print Clearly

Artist Name: ___________________________________________________________

If Artist is a student, name of teacher; if artist is under 18, please also include name and or parent or guardian.

Name: ___________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________

City: ____________________________________ State: _____________ Zip: _______

Email: __________________________________

Website: ________________________________
Day Phone: _______________________ Evening Phone: _______________________

Cell Phone: _____________________________
Work Locally: Y N Where: _______________________________________________

Submission Information:

Dates artworks are available for exhibition: _________________________________

Number of Pieces Submitted: __________
Please email your submission to: 561-908.3556

Artist Signature: _________________________________________ Date: ____________


For more information about these programs, upcoming classes, workshops and events please visit:

Town of Jupiter Art Committee • 561-741-2400

200 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458





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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986


Using Your Art Images for Lower Cost Gifts

The Rickie Report receives numerous emails and phone calls from readers asking a variety of questions. We’ve invited Caren Hackman, author of “Graphic Design Exposed”, to be a guest columnist to answer some of them.  Today’s topic is how to use your original images to create lower cost gifts.



Using Your Images to Create Lower Cost Items



Question:     I am an artist.  I’d like to give a personal gift that shows my work without giving away a high cost original. I’d also like to offer lower cost gift items, with my art images, that can be purchase during the holiday season.


Caren Hackman's "Water Lillies"

Caren Hackman’s “Water Lillies”



Every holiday season I print notecards and package them for friends, family, and clients. The cards offer me an opportunity to share a favorite image with others.




Deborah Bigeleisen ( an artist who creates large scale paintings on canvas and Nina Fusco, ( an artist who creates three dimensional sculptures with paper, shared their methods for offering artwork as gifts.



Deborah Bigeleisen's "Magic"

Deborah Bigeleisen’s “Magic”



Several years ago Deborah Bigeleisen began sharing her work printed on note-cards, using a fine linen stock with matching envelopes, and elegantly packaged. In addition, Bigeleisen offers archival pigment prints on museum quality paper in sizes up to 13” x 19” priced from $25 to $95. Because her original paintings are large, ranging from 40” x 40” to triptychs that easily exceed 80” wide, and are priced from the mid-$7000s to the mid-$20,000s, the prints and cards are a terrific way to own Deborah’s work at fabulous prices.


Nina Fusco explained, “To make my work more affordable, I started photographing it and making notecards. Original work such as “Reach” which is 38” x 26”, sells for $1,000. Signed 5” x 7” cards with deckle edge envelope in a cello bag sell for $5.00 at crafts shows. I never knew what designs would be popular that day. I decided that I didn’t  want to be a card printer and carry inventory. A fellow artist and great painter, Betty Laur, introduced me to This is a wonderful venue for artists to upload their artwork and have it printed on notecards, t-shirts, hats, bags, magnets, and even stamps. Zazzle does most of the work to get my artwork out to the public, giving me more time to create.”




Nina Fusco's "Reach"

Nina Fusco’s “Reach”

At no charge to the artist, Zazzle maintains the artists’ stores, takes the orders, and ships the product. All of the products can be personalized by the purchaser. The artists get a small percentage, 10-15% is common. Online vendors such as Shutterfly ( and Zazzle are expanding the possibilities for artist. My research turned up many online vendors that will create gifts with art images, however Zazzle was the only one that operated robust marketplace for artist.



As artists, we should ask ourselves if the quality of the gift item is compares favorably with the original.  Each artist must decide if it is preferable to order the items ourselves to gift or sell, or if we prefer to have an online vendor handle the the store for us.



Please send your questions, no more than 250 words to:




Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of  a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice.  Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork –  Caren is a talented artist in her own right!  She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.


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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Nina Fusco in SOLO Exhibit!

For those who have already been to the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, you  probably noticed Nina Fusco’s entry for Arty Bras.  If you  haven’t – don’t miss the smiling doggie!  Nina’s artwork continues to evolve, as she strives to make peoples’ pets into a piece of artwork that becomes a family heirloom.  In addition to her pet portraits made from sculpted and cut paper, she brings world peace, brotherhood, and conquering cancer to a new level of artistry.  The Rickie Report hopes you will stop  in to visit Nina at her SOLO Exhibit at the Institute for Jewish Living in Jupiter.  The details are in this article.

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The Institute for Jewish Living


An Evening with

Artist, Nina Fusco

Wednesday, October 23rd

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 2581 Jupiter Park Drive    Suite E-18

Jupiter, FL. 33458


Public is Invited


The Institute for Jewish Living ( IJL) recently opened its office located in Jupiter, FL.  Individuals, students and families wanting to connect with the Jewish world can do so through local events as well as virtual activities.  The  Executive Director, Cantor Bruce Benson, looks forward to sharing the walls of the IJL office with local artists.

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One of the talented artists chosen for the Institute’s premier exhibit is Nina Fusco.  This Jupiter resident is active in a number of community organizations, including the Artists of Palm Beach County.  Nina has shown her work in many venues in Palm Beach County.


We love Nina’s upbeat approach to life!  

"Best in Show", Arty Bras entry for the Lighthouse ArtCenter

“Best in Show”, Arty Bras entry for the Lighthouse ArtCenter



Her sensitivity to the world condition is evident.


"Circle of Peace"

“Circle of Peace”



Her faith is strong.





Nina’s greeting cards are always a favorite for people looking for a stocking stuffer or house gift.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?"

“Do You Hear What I Hear?”




"Dream" in sign language

“Dream” in sign language

"Let's Go Fishing"

“Let’s Go Fishing”

Nina’s Drawings and Photographs are intense and detailed

Stop by and meet Nina!  If you are interested in one of her pet portraits, be sure to bring a photo of your favorite furry friend.  Nina’s portraits become family heirlooms.

For more information about Nina’s work please contact:  or email  or visit   or call   561.908.3556


If you have any questions, please call  561-372-6188.  For more information about the Institute for Jewish Living please visit:


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Nina Fusco’s Paper Cut Pet Portraits Accepted into New York Gallery Exhibit!

The Rickie Report is excited to celebrate with Nina Fusco, whose artwork has just been accepted at a New York Gallery!  Less than 1% of See.Me’s International members will be displayed.  Nina is one of them!!  If you are vacationing in the New York City area or know people who will appreciate Nina’s distinctive paper cut artwork, read and share this article!



The Story of the Creative


The creative force is unstoppable.  It is a force of humanity, of inspiration and dedication.   It is universal.  This summer you are invited to celebrate “The Story of the Creative”.


Please join us for the opening reception:

Thursday, July 25th

7p through  11p

The show continues through September 10th


Complimentary Cocktails
Provided by Absolut Vodka


See.Me is proud to present a selection of our members representing over 100 different nations.  This exquisite collection of work features a diverse range of mediums, styles, influences, and inspirations.  The work displayed will include sculpture, works on paper, and the launch of our newly built digital exhibition room.

See | Exhibition Space

26-19 Jackson Ave.

Long Island City, NY 11101



See.Me is an international community of over 700,000 artists, photographers, fashion creators, musicians and more, sharing and celebrating what they love at


Nina's Artwork Will Be Shown Here
Nina’s Artwork Will Be Shown Here


 TRR:  Tell our readers how you started focusing on pet portraits


I’m inspired by Calvin Nichols, who creates magnificent paper sculptures. His intricate animal pieces come to life as they jump out of their mat. You’re intrigued and really want to touch the softness of their fur. I really appreciate and adore his sophisticated white sculptures and talent. We have something in common, patience.  After closely studying his work, I have begun to incorporate fine details in mine. Calvin’s influence has developed my animal portraits to a totally new level. I’ve decided to utilize my paper sculptures to display the love that pet owners have for their beloved pets. They love their furry family members like children. 
The Initial Sketch

The Initial Sketch of “Riley”

I produce unique artwork that will be cherished forever. Their pet pops out in 3D as I lovingly cut the precious pet’s alluring portrait from their photo. Each piece is marvelously displayed in a 12 x 12 classy black shadow box. Prices start at $300.I’ve developed two styles of portraits, using a picture of my neighbors’ shitzu, BeeBop as a sample. My basic design is comprised of larger pieces of textured paper with limited detail. I’m interested in focusing on deluxe portraits that are very detailed, which means I may spend 15 hours just cutting alone.

Meet "Riley"


BeeBop has appeared in several shows. Jason Freeman saw BeeBop and he immediately knew that this was the memorial he had been looking for after loosing Weenie several months before.




Jason exclaimed, “Nina created the perfect tribute to our Weenie.  Weenie’s paper art portrait hangs in a place of honor on our living room wall and it truly feels like our Weenie is with us once again.  Friends and family, who knew Weenie, are absolutely amazed when they see the piece – its not just a dachshund, it truly captured the essence of Weenie and everyone immediately recognizes that it is her.  Every day when we pass the art piece, I smile a bit – feeling our precious Weenie looking back at us once again.”




I’m currently working with vets, animal hospitals, groomers, doggie daycare and pet cremations centers. I am member of The Association For Pet Loss And Bereavement and pet loss support.



I belong to several art associations, and was ecstatic when I receive an invitation from See.Me to exhibit up to three images of my work within the newly installed digital exhibition room of their New York City gallery. The show opens on Thursday, July 25h and will run through the Tuesday September 10th. See.Me is an international community of over 700,000 artists. Less than 1% of the membership was chosen for this show. I feel honored and excited!




For more information about Nina’s artistry, please visit:    or contact Nina     561.908.3556



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Wellington Art Society Invites You to a Paper Sculpture Demo

Trying to figure out how an artist creates their specialty is often similar to understanding how a magic trick works!  The Wellington Art Society invites you to watch as Nina Fusco demonstrates her outstanding paper sculpture art pieces on Wednesday February 13th.  The Rickie Report suggests you bring a photo of your favorite pet!

 Wellington Art Society

February 13, 2013

6:30- 8:30 pm


Paper Sculpture Art Demo


Nina Fusco


 Wellington Community Center

 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

 Wellington, FL.


Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available at the membership meeting if you would like to become a member.


The W.A.S. meeting opens with a social ½-hour at 6:30 where we will welcome ten new members and see some of their work. There will also be a raffle of art and art related items with the proceeds going to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. 

The Wellington Art Society meets at the Wellington Community Center which is located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL.  A short business meeting and refreshments will precede Nina’s talk and a practical explanation of her artistic technique.  

The Rickie Report knows what a difference being part of a networking group can make in anyone’s career.  This is an upbeat organization that not only helps fellow artists but the general community as well.


Doggie in the Window!  Nina is the featured artist until March 9th at The Great Frame Up in Jupiter.  (The TJ Maxx, Office Depot, Shoe Carnival Plaza)


Nina Fusco’s paper sculpture passion began 20 years ago. Self-taught, she creates 3D paper sculptures by manipulating the flat surface of paper to give it life. She cuts, scores and bends the paper to create her 3D paper sculptures. Nina explores the contrast between light and dark shadows in her 3D paper sculptures. Numerous 3D paper sculpture creations by Nina, utilize hands to send a message of love, hope and working together to reach new heights. Nina’s awarding winning 3D paper sculpture pieces, collages, pencil drawings and photography have been exhibited in Palm Beach County galleries. 



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Nina Fusco is no stranger to the art scene in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  She is actively involved in her community and belongs to a number of associations, including:  associations: Artists of Palm Beach County, Lighthouse ArtCenter and North County Artists Association.  Nina has been an Art Ambassador for the Lighthouse ArtCenter, donating her time for “Artist in the Window” at Gardens Mall.  She has given demonstrations of her technique at the North County Artist Association as well as Jerry’s Artarama. Local Treasures (Tequesta) and Art on Park (Lake Park) sell Nina’s work.


Nina is an accomplished Graphic Designer who also enjoys drawing.  Her most recent work has focused on pets, which bring joy and support to so many people.  Nina is available for commissioned pieces to portray one’s special pet in a unique type of pet portrait, using paper sculpture.

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In addition:
  •  Artists of Palm Beach County’s new gallery, Art on Park, will be featuring Nina giving a FREE  Demo Tuesday, February 19th from  6:30 – 8:30 pm.  The gallery is located at 800 Park Avenue in Lake Park  (561-355-0300)
  • Nina’s work will be exhibited at the Town of Jupiter’s Pet Show. The opening reception takes place on Friday, March 1st, from  6:00 – 8:00 pm.  The exhibit runs through April 26th and is located at 210 Military Trail, Jupiter by the Police station.
  •  Nina will be offering a Workshop at Jerry’s Artarama on March 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 pm ($25 + Materials: For details contact Jerry’s or Nina). Jerry’s  Artarama is located at 2505 Okeechobee Blvd in West Palm Beach (561-684-7036).
  • Art on Park Gallery, Lake Park is another venue for a workshop with Nina. ($25. plus materials) on 
    on Tues March 5th – from 6 – 8pm.    Space is limited – call 561.908.3556

    For more information about these shows, workshops, Nina’s personalized pet portraits and other artwork please visit :  Nina frames her 3D work, offers different price points and also makes some images available as greeting cards.

The public is invited to attend the Wellington Art Society Meetings. Guests are charged $5, which can be put toward the annual dues payment of $40. Members of WAS attend free of charge. For more information:  or call W.A.S. President Leslie Pfeiffer at 561-791-3676.


A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County.


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Not All Airports Are Colorful – Go To PBIA And See This Art Exhibit

Are you one of those people who gets to the airport just in time for check-in and a fast paced run to your departure gate?  Or are the type of person who likes to get there a bit early (you never can predict how heavy traffic will be), get a cup of tea or coffee, and then proceed to your gate?  Maybe you are picking someone up at the airport and you are wondering what you will do if the plane is late and you are stuck waiting…   This is a rule of thumb for every traveler at any airport.  Look around!  There are often art exhibits in the terminal, either on the walls or even over head.  Just take a moment to look!  This “art in public spaces” has been placed there for you to admire, think about, and buy.

Grand Canyon in Infrared by Michael Lloyd Infrared Photograph on Metallic Paper

Twenty Palm Beach County artists have been selected for a juried art show which can be viewed on the main concourse of Palm Beach International Airport, near Sam Snead’s restaurant.   The Rickie Report initially sent out the Call To Artists for this event and was excited to see so many subscribers to The Rickie Report are represented in this show!

Nina Golub

The range of images and emotions in this show are extraordinary.  The family time, shown by Nina Golub harkens to days passed in “Grandpa/Grandson Circa 1938”.

At the Opening Reception, we met AJ Brockman and his family.  The Rickie Report has written about AJ previously and it was a joy to see his newest work, “Bahama Breeze” on aluminum, framed within a frame (perfect for outdoor spaces).

Speaking at length with another emerging artist, Rick Welch of Jupiter was a treat.  This life guard at one of Palm Beach County’s beaches, also carves wood, paints, and makes his own frames!  He used balsa, driftwood, and other elements as well as painting the background, so you feel like you can take off into the surf at any moment.  The Rickie Report predicts that Rick’s work will be a hot commodity in the future! You can see “Pelican Point” to the right of the Brockman family above.

"Haunted House" by Robert Neubert Giclee of Mixed Media, Ink and Pencil

Below is Nina Fusco with her paper sculpture, “Together.”   Airport patrons who were sitting nearby, went on to have a lengthy dialogue with Nina about her philosophy as well as her paper sculpture technique.  Nina’s work has also been accepted at the latest Lighthouse ArtCenter Juried Show and her work is sold at Local Treasures in Tequesta.

We must admit that until meeting the artist nearby to offer secret clues, this was a very nice abstract painting.  However, when Craig  Krefetz explained and showed the effect of different lighting techniques (here with his light pen), we understood that this was truly an interactive piece, we were intrigued!  Craig’s work can be seen at the Jupiter Yacht Club Gallery.

Laura Wiswell, of Laura Fine Art, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design only two years ago.  Her view of apples was eye-opening.  She does custom paintings on walls as well as canvas.  We could see this in the fruit section of a supermarket, your breakfast nook, or at a healthy restaurant!

Brad Brett, of Jupiter, made a little girl eating watermelon come to life in his water and pencil drawing. “West End” is a beachy scene made personal.  We’ve seen Brad’s work at the Lighthouse ArtCenterjuried shows as well.  First-time entrant, Frank Romano hails from W. Palm beach.  he and his wife are both artists ( he taught her how to paint). “Man Against The Sea” is an oil on canvas.

Frank Romano's "Man Against The Sea"

Alejandro Caraballo (Mr. dRo) took personal aspects of his life and made it into a mixed media collage box.  He calls this his “Homage to Five Women and Marilyn” in honor of his five former female roomates.  The viewer must look carefully to see cheerios, ticket stubs, and all the details that surround Marilyn in her shower cap.  An insightful look into a short period of his life!

If you feel frenetic and harried, just take a moment to peek at Elodia Fanjul’s oil on linen, entitled, “Balance”.

It is peaceful. It is mesmerizing.

Blance by Elodia Fanjul

It is a painting of pears balanced with a sense of serenity.  Feeling down and needing a lift?  Stop by Carla Golembe’s acrylic on canvas, “Sunflower Moon”.  The women’s colorful clothing can make anyone smile.

Sunflower Moon by Carla Golembe

X Marks The Spot by Durga Garcia

As you look at this photograph by Durga Garcia, you can almost feel the movement of the swaying palm trees in “X Marks The Spot, Grassy Waters Preserve”.  Durga herself is full of life and her photography ranges from personal pieces she has taken to helping other artists by photographing their work to apply for juried shows.  She is polished and professional.

"May Not Be Sunny But Always A Good View" Photograph by William Combes

Misty II by Carol Gold

Carol Gold, from Boynton Beach, is an oil painter who loves to share her scenes from Mystic, CT.  Her oil on linen, “Misty II” brings back those New England memories.   Seeing “El Espiritu de Machu Picchu/ The Spirit of Machu Picchu” by another Boynton Beach artist, Luis Gutierrez (aka Zellvaggio) is enchanting.  The Rickie Report asked if it was self portrait, but the artist deferrred answering.  If you are running to catch a plane, you may find yourself being held back as you gaze into his eyes.

Galactic Landscape #3 by Carolina Cordon

Carolina Cordon’s “Galactic Landscape #3” is a large acrylic on canvas painting.  From afar the viewer sees a mass of color, but up close, one can truly appreciate her details.   Riotous color exudes from the acrylic on canvas by  Terry Molina.  You really need to go close to see the detailed texture.  Terry shared her secret method with The Rickie Report, but we have promised not to divulge it!

Bougainvilla by Terry Molina

Anyone who meets Leslie Liss will have no trouble figuring out which painting is hers – she is exhuberant and her acrylic on canvas, “Lunch in The Garden” wakes you up with deep and rich colors.  This is the second time Leslie has been accepted into this show!  She hails from Boynton Beach and sells her work in different boutiques and galleries in the area.

Lunch In The Garden by Leslie Liss

A mother and young child were biding their time until a visitor’s plane arrived.  The young girl was captivated by Melinda Moore’s “Pelican Preening.  When asked what they both liked about the realistic photograph, they told us that they have a friendly pelican regularly come to their dock.

Pelican Preening by Melinda Moore

They felt Melinda captured not only the physical characteristics of the bird, but the personality as well.   Melind’s work can  be seen at The Lighthouse ArtCenter on PGA Blvd in Palm Beach Gardens.  She will also be the guest artist at the Jonathan Dickinson State Park Nature Center’s Opening May 6th.

See Us, Hear Us, Feel Us by Kathleen O'Neill Schuler

Kathleen R. O’Neill Schuler is a graphic designer who loves to design artwork.  Most recently, she designed “See Us, Hear Us, Feel Us” for a playbill!   It is a done with Rapidograph Pen, Ink, and Gouache.  An intricate piece that demands some time and study before one sees the musical instruments.

Gisela Pferdekamper’shorses always delight.  “Pottery Garden” show her distinctive well-rounded horses in a lovely oil on canvas.  Gisela’s studio located in Loxahatchee is the playground for white peacocks.  Whenever she is having an Open house, be sure to make the trip.

Gisela Pferdekamper's " Pottery Garden"

The Rickie Report spoke with curator, Elayna Toby Singer, who oversees Art in Public Space for Palm beach County ( see Rickie Report interview with her 12/15/2011).  Elayna spoke about the excitement of seeing the exhibit come together.  Once the jurying process is over, she must plan out the show according to the wall space available at PBIA.   She finds, for the most part, that her initial expectations are met as each piece is hung, to make a cohesive show.   It is important to remember that all of the art pieces are for sale and the proceeds go directly to the artists.

This show will be available to view through June 20, 2012.  Don’t miss it!

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No Tkts Required. No Luggage. Just Enjoy The Art!

Local Artists in Juried Show


 Palm Beach International


“Art at the Airport” Exhibition

  February 29, 2012 through June 20, 2012

Twenty-three  Palm Beach County artists were selected by the County’s Public Art Committee based on artistic merit.  The changing exhibition program at the Palm Beach International Airport is supported by a grant from HMS Host. Selected works are exhibited for four months. All artwork is for sale and proceeds go directly to the artist.

To learn more about Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places visit   Artists interested in receiving “Call to Artists” for  upcoming airport exhibitions and other public art projects are invited to register on the Artists Registry page of the website.

To purchase art   displayed in this exhibition, contact Palm Beach   County’s Art in Public Places (561) 233-0235.

Palm Beach County Art in Public Spaces invites you to an Artist Reception at the Palm Beach International Airport.  The event takes place on March 28th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  The reception will be on Level 2 across from Sam Snead’s Restaurant.  Please park in short term parking levels 4-7.

The Rickie Report is proud to be part of this event, as many of the artists chosen are subscribers and heard about this competition through our postsWe look forward to seeing you at the reception!

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