Bruce Webber Gallery Features CoBrA Artist, Stephane Cruz In SOLO Exhibit

Stephane Cruz’ paintings will be featured at the Bruce Webber Gallery in Lake Worth Fl. The public is invited to a free, Opening reception on Thursday, March 9th.  An abstract expressionist, favoring strong colors and innocent form, Stephane is a member of the Armory Art Center and the Photographic Centre.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  






705 Lucerne Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460










A European avant garde movement active from 1948 – 1951.  The name was coined by artists Karen Appel, Asger Jorn and other members of the first letters of their home cities: Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br) and Amsterdam (A)








Opening Reception  With The Artist

Thursday, March 9, 2017

5:30 – 7:30 pm





Exhibition continues through March 31st



Stephane  Cruz was born and raised in Belgium, where he graduated in Fine Arts with Distinction.  Stephane is a member of the Armory center and the Photographic centre at West Palm beach. He considers himself an abstract expressionist. He tells The Rickie Report, “I favor strong colors and likes to paint spontaneous decorative in an innocent form”.





Stephane goes on to explain, ” I am an expressive painter, my paintings are influenced by decorative children’s drawings.  Birds, cats…and distorted human figures play a main role in my work. I paint intuitive of everyday things.  I mainly use bright colors: white, red, blue, yellow and black whilst using violent brush strokes”.






“Being strongly influenced by the “ Cobra Artist’ , I suppose being a Belgian and having studied at the Academy of Fine Arts.  I use mostly Sennelier acrylic and oil paints as I like the body and the saturated pigments.  I also use encaustic medium. To quote Karel Appel “ Through play we renew contact with childhood – my art is childlike”.






CoBrA was a European avant grade movement active from 1948 until 1951. The name was formed by Karel Appel, Constant, Corneille, Christian Dotriment, Asger Jorn and Joseph Noiret from the initials of the members’ home cities : Copenhagen ( Co) , Brussels (Br) , Amsterdam (A ) .





Stephane resides in Wellington Florida, where he has a painting and clay studio and spends most of his time creating new projects.

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Linda Golden Offers VIP Tour of Fort Lauderdale Artists Studios and Museum of Art

Linda Golden is a woman of many talents.  The Rickie Report wrote previously about the felting class she offered through the Armory Art Center.  Linda’s passion for all things art is conveyed in her small group VIP Art Tours.  The first one of the season will take place on January 9th and focus on Fort Lauderdale.  RSVP’s are due right after Christmas, so read this article for all of the details.  We hope you will sign up  – you’ll have a great day!



Linda Golden Art Tours

A Private View of

Fort Lauderdale Studios

Thursday, January 9, 2014

10:00 am


Cost $50. per person



Linda Golden will be leading a small VIP Group Tour to visit several Fort Lauderdale artists’ studios, enjoy lunch, and experience a VIP docent-led tour of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.  This tour is self-driven, no motor coach will be provided. Everyone is ENCOURAGED  to car pool as parking in both locations is not overgenerous.  The cost of the tour is $50.00 . This includes entrance fees, lunch, and a generous donation to the museum on behalf of our group. It does not include parking or any other expenses you may occur.


The Tour begins promptly at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 9th at the first artist’s studio.   Attendees will meet a number of prominent artists, including Madeline Denaro, Mary Lou Siefker, Francie Bishop Good and the Girls’ Club Collection located in the Third Avenue Art District.    


At noon, attendees will drive to the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale and enjoy a lovely lunch at the Books and Books Cafe.  At 1:30, Jorge Santis, Curator of the William Glackens exhibit, will lead the group.  Mr. Santis is a recipient of the Best Curators Award and has been featured in a number of publications.  

"Lost and Found" by Madeline Denaro

“Lost and Found” by Madeline Denaro

Madeline Denaro tells us why she creates art, “To allow something that I do not control to have an action, to allow oneself to bring this action into a materiality; this is why I make art. My work is very much about process. I find the image secondary to the art making. Although abstract in nature, there is an underlying visual order that gradually seems to emerge. Working intuitively, I enter a realm of the unknown where there is more of a following than any real choice. I seem to be forever altering and adjusting the framework of some invisible reality”.
"The Potter" by

“The Potter” by Mary Lou Siefker

The Tour will  Explore the significant collection of  American painter, William Glackens, artists of the Northern European CoBrA Movement and contemporary art by Cuban artists.   Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale has 83,000 square-feet containing 29,000 square-feet of art exhibition space, and is also home to the 11,000 square foot AutoNation Academy of Art + Design.  There will be one docent for every 10 participants, so questions may be asked and information heard easily.


William Glackens (1870 – 1938) was an American realist painter and one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art. He is also known for helping Albert C. Barnes to acquire the European paintings that form the nucleus of the famed Barnes Foundation. The museum has the largest collection of Glackens’ work anywhere in the world.  Attendees will be seeing a small selection of this work in anticipation of a much larger show which will be opening in February.
Emin-Tracey "I Think Its in My Head"

Emin-Tracey “I Think Its in My Head” at The Girls Club

Girls’ Club has engaged Miami artist team  TMSisters – sisters Monica and Natasha Lopez de Victoria – to collaborate with the collection of contemporary art by women amassed by Fort Lauderdale collectors Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. and curate the 2013/2014 exhibition.  The mission of Girls’ Club is to educate the public and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators and practicing artists on the contributions of women to the field of contemporary art. Girls’ Club produces exhibitions, educational programming, publications and events that change lives, nurture local artists, and inspire cultural growth in Broward County.


Everyone who participates will receive parking directions, information on the artists whose studio’s we will be visiting, information on the museum shows we will be seeing, luncheon choices,  etc. etc. This is a rather large body of information so it will be sent only  to those who will be attending and whose check has been received. This information will be emailed to you shortly before the tour date.
Please send your check to:   Linda Golden      2307 Tuscany Way     Boynton Beach, FL 33435  
For additional information please call  248.705.5390 or email


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