Zen, Arts, and Music Festival (ZAM Fest) Offers Free 2 Day Multicultural Event Saturday, April 23 And Sunday, April 24 In Port St. Lucie For All Ages

The Zen, Arts and Music Festival (ZAM Fest) is a free two-day multicultural event that highlights dance, music and family-friendly activities. Concertgoers will experience music from two stages at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center from nationally renowned musicians to local favorites. Free admission and parking on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. The Rickie Report shares the details and photos.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MIDFLORIDA Event Center

9221 SE Event Center Place        Port St. Lucie, FL

 

ZAM Fest Hours:

 

 

Saturday, April 23        11 am to 10 pm

Sunday, April 24         11 am to 9 pm

 

 

Bring your own chair.

You may bring a low-back, folding beach/camping chair to use at the festival.

Sorry, but absolutely no poolside lounges, lazy boys, banquet/folding metal chairs or inflatable furniture allowed on festival grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A full schedule of events, vendors:

www.ZamFestPSL.com 

or call 772-807-4488

 

 

 

Kevin Beatkeeper – Drumming

 

 

 

ZAM Fest will feature a kids’ zone, food vendors and artisans. Children will enjoy face painting, craft projects, glitter tattoos, fairy hair, trackless train rides, bounce houses, an obstacle course and a petting zoo. Port St. Lucie’s most popular food trucks will dish out fan favorites such as barbecue, mac n’ cheese, collard greens, specialty egg rolls, burgers, wings, seafood and delicious desserts. Adult beverages also will be available for purchase. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and photography will be on display. Find your zen by taking free yoga and dancing to the hypnotic sounds of a drum circle!

 

 

 

 

Kids Activities

 

 

 

Grammy Award-winning country supergroup Diamond Rio is Saturday’s headliner. Fans can kick up their heels to  hit singles, “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable” and more. Other multicultural artists are set to play throughout the day, including Apollo Vega, Caribbean American Cultural Group, Inc., jazz saxophonist Gary Palmer, Reggae Rainfall Band and The Groove Soul Band.

 

 

 

 

Shop the Vendors!

 

 

 

 

The Event Center Plaza transforms into a 90s  hip-hop party on Sunday when rap duo  Tag Team and celebrity rapper Tone Loc take the stage. Fans can expect to hear chart-topping hits  “Whoomp! (There It Is),” “Wild Thing,” “Funky Cold Medina” and many more during a fun-filled night. Five bands will warm up the audience, including Joette’s Strings Music Studio, Will Vaughn, 2 Saxy with Harry & Leslie Fager, Saxophonist Bruce M. Bernstein and Tomasito Cruz Band.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet  Mindfulness Experts

 

 

 

ZAM Fest is presented by Mattamy Homes and Riverland. Co-sponsors include St. Lucie Cultural Alliance; Food Homes; Sansone Group; AKEL Homes; Geico Philanthropic Foundation; Sina Companies; Tambone Companies; and Walmart. Friends of the Festival include Braden Real Estate; Carr, Riggs and Ingram; Cotleur Hearing; Florida Power & Light; Nature’s Keeper; OCULUS Surgical; Port St. Lucie Police Foundation; Seefried Properties; Southern Eagle Distributing; SRP Photography; and Urban Air Adventure Park Port St. Lucie.

 

 

 

 

A full schedule of events, vendors: www.ZamFestPSL.com 

Call 772-807-4488

 

 

Join the Alliance:

   www.artstlucie.org/memberships.

 

 

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Join Whitespace Collection For 2022 Opening Featuring Movies Under The Stars, New Folk Art Exhibit, Artists In Residence Wilma Bulkin Siegel & Penni Weinberg, Plus Cōlléct Trunk Show

Begin 2022 by visiting Whitespace Collection and watch a Short Film Collection by Isaac Julien under the stars (weather permitting), see Yvonne Wells’ Folk Quilt Art, peruse Special Exhibits by Dr. Wilma Bulkin Siegel and Penni Weinberg, PLUS shop at the Cōlléct Trunk Show!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.whitespacecollection.com/season-exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.whitespacecollection.com/season-exhibition

 

Learn more about Whitespace Collection

 

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Start Your New Traditions At Whitespace With Short Films, Special Art Exhibits And A Jewelry Sale

Start NEW TRADITIONS by visiting Whitespace The Mordes Collection for all of your gift needs. Enjoy the artwork, Short Film Collection by Isaac Julien, Special Exhibits by Dr. Wilma Bulkin Siegel and Penni Weinberg, PLUS a JEWELRY SALE from Cōlléct!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Whitespace Collection

 

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Craft Gallery In West Palm Beach Features Holiday Event Sunday, November 21. All Jewelry Creations By Rickie Leiter 25% Off Sale

Preceding and during the initial birth of The Rickie Report, Rickie Leiter created one-of-a-kind jewelry creations!  She purchased beads and focal objects during her travels around the globe. Rickie was a featured artist at a wearable art boutique in her native MA, and was represented at the Norton Museum of Art Gift Shop, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, Artisans On The Avenue and at Gallery Five in Tequesta.  Rickie is currently selling her jewelry at The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL.  All of her jewelry will be ON SALE for 25% off at the upcoming Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 21.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about classes, workshops, rentals:

The Craft Gallery

5911 South Dixie Hwy.    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 

Betty Wilson        561-762-8162

 

www.thecraftgallery.net

 

 

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Whitespace The Mordes Collection Opens Friday November, 5 And Continues To Celebrate A New Season On Saturday, November 6 With Special Films With Isaac Julien, Artworks By Wilma Bulkin Siegel And Penni Weinberg, Plus A Special Jewelry Sale Of Cōlléct

Season begins! Whitespace The Mordes Collection Opens on Friday evening November 5 and Saturday daytime on November 6! Featured will be a Short Film Collection by Isaac Julien (also available every 3rd Wednesday of the Month), “2nd, 3rd, & 4th Generation Holocaust Survivors” with Wilma Bulkin Siegel, “Color Me Happy” with Penni Weinberg, and a Jewelry Sale from Cōlléct!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*This event is COVID compliant – Mask Required

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Whitespace Collection

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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44th Annual St. Lucie Jewelry, Rock And Gem Show At MidFlorida Event Center Saturday, October 30 And Sunday, October 31. Classes, Demonstrations, Raffles, Discount Coupon For Admission For Adults, Children Under Age 12 Admission Free

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club announces its 44th Annual Jewelry, Rock And Gem Show At MidFlorida Event Center on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31.  This event has all of the elements of a fabulous weekend: Buy gems, jewelry, minerals; Sell unwanted jewelry; Take classes (only $5); Special kids activities! Free Parking, Kids under age 12 admitted Free. The Rickie Report shares the details, sneak peeks, and a Special Adult Admission Discount Coupon! Check out the Show Special Discount on Annual Membership to this Club! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

9   am    to    5   pm

 

 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

10   am    to    4   pm

 

 

Admission   to   the   show   is   $5.00

Children   under   12   are   free

 

 

 

 

 

MidFlorida Event Center

9221 SE Civic Center Place       Port St. Lucie, FL

 

 

 

 

 

Artisans and vendors from many parts of the country bring their best wares to this show each year. There is handcrafted jewelry created from beads, rocks, silver, copper, and more. There will be rock slabs, cabochons (flat-backed) and faceted gemstones from around the globe.

 

Shopping for a special piece of jewelry for a gift or for yourself? 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional highlights include raffles for jewelry custom-made by club artisans and hourly drawings for items contributed by the vendors, as well as a silent auction with numerous unique items donated by club members such as jewelry, beads, stones, books, and equipment. Children are always welcome with a special area where they can learn about rock and gemstone identification and make their own jewelry.

 

 

Do you make jewelry and need something unusual to perfect your latest design?

 

 

 

 

Attendees who want to learn the skills will have the opportunity to join the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club, which offers many different classes to its members. Anyone wanting to join the club can take advantage of the show special and for $40 get 14 months for the price of 12.

 

Want to sell unwanted jewelry so you can buy something new?

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in making jewelry, but don’t know where to start? 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign up for a class (only $5) and make a piece of jewelry that you will be proud to wear home. Club members will also demonstrate a variety of techniques, including bead weaving, faceting (turning a bit of rock into a sparkling gem), creating cabochons, wire wrapping and weaving, and chain maille.

 

 

Fascinated by geology and gems or love looking at nature’s beautiful gifts?

 

 

 

 

Our mission is simply to provide a gathering place, forum and network to promote lapidary and related arts. The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club welcomes members from the counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard and beyond.

 

 

 

 

The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club was founded in 1975 when area rockhounds decided to organize and share their knowledge and skills. The Club now has more than 100 active members from throughout the region. Classes are offered in the club’s fully-equipped workshop throughout the year. Each class is taught by a skilled volunteer who is a club member. Classes are held in 8-week increments, with additional “pop-up” classes available as demand and opportunity occur.

 

 

A    Sampling    of    Classes:

 

 

 

 

Fees for the classes range from $35 to $65. Open workshop times are also available for a fee to members who have demonstrated experience with the tools and equipment. The monthly general membership meeting is held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Because of COVID, meetings are currently held via Zoom (remote presence via computer). When possible, the club will return to its former gathering place at the White City Methodist Church on Midway Road (opposite Nelson Family Farms) in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club benefits The Bob and Ruth Young Memorial Scholarship for a student at Indian River State College.

 

 

More information about the club and the show: 

http://www.slcrockandgem.org

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/slcrockandgemclub)

Call:    772-462-6597

 

Thanks to Moira Lynn Mefein for providing much of this information!

 

 

 

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Trunk Show At Whitespace Kicks Off A New Season On October 29. Open Call To Jewelry Artists To Participate

Elayne Mordes of Whitespace The Mordes Collection is looking for jewelry artists to be part of the Weekend Trunk Show experience.  Local artists are welcome to attend and sell their creative works. Non-local artists are welcome to participate as well.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitespace Extends Its Exhibitions And Offers Huge Jewelry Sale March 29, 31; April 3, 5, 7, and 10

Elayne Mordes has extended the exhibition dates at Whitespace and is including a huge jewelry sale before she closes for this season.  The Rickie Report shares all of the details.  Stop by March 29, 31, April 3,5,7, and 10.

 

 

 

 

For more information please visit:

www.whitespacecollection.com

or email: whitespace@mordes.net

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

5th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour Offers Free Guide To Artists’ Workspaces And Galleries Saturday, March 6 And Sunday, March 7

Meet thirty highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 5th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on March 6 & 7 , 2021.  This Free event brings art lovers to 21 different studios with a self-guided map. At the studios, watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

MARCH 6 & 7, 2021  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

 

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

MCOST.org

 

 

“Day Dream” by Torenzo Gann

 

 

A free tour booklet is provided by the Martin Artisans Guild that lists the artists and their studios with examples of their work.

 

 

 

 

Wearable Art by Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

 

 

Art Explorers can see which artist interests them the most and plan their weekend accordingly.

 

 

Ceramics by Candy Walsh

 

These booklets can be picked up in several local businesses: CourtHouse Cultural Center, Stuart Art Supply, Elliott Museum, Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor, Red Barn Furniture, Palm Room of Harbour Bay Plaza, to name only a few.  You may go to MCOST.org to see a listing of all the studios. Each studio will have extra booklets to give out.

 

 

 

Mark Stall in his photography studio

 

 

 

Laura Kay Darvil in her jewelry studio

 

 

MCOST TOUR  is held in the communities of Martin County including Hobe Sound, Palm City, Port Salerno, Stuart and Jensen Beach.

 


“Simplify Your Life” by Jim and Tess Dirks

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover a treasure of your own!

 

 

 


Mermaid’s Box by Barbara Bucci

 

 

 

The  Artists:

Ed Douglas

Carol Kepp

Barb Bucci

James DeMartis

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

Curt Whiticar

Lynne Barletta

Angela Krogen

Barry Greff

Renee Keil

Chris Kling

Sheryl Levine

Lynn Morgan

Sally Pearson

Katie Gianni

Jim Dirks

Diana Rell Dean

Billie-Jo Thomson

Eduardo Gomez

Mark Stall

Skip Hartzell

Cheryl Cote

Mallo Bisset

Candy Walsh

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Maria Miele

Dot Galfond

Sue Klahne

Jane Baldridge

Torenzo Gann

 

 

 

For more information:

info@MCOST.org

mcost.org

 

 

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Debbie Kashdan’s Lapidary And Silver Metal Creations Showcase A Lifetime Of Creativity Bringing Her Medical Background To Wearable Art. Announcing Valentine’s Day Special Plus Cabochon Clasps For Jewelry Makers

When you see Debbie Kashdan‘s one-of-a-kind silversmith or lapidary wearable-art pieces, you instinctively know that years of creative commitment are shining through!  Her fingers went from childhood designs to caring for people as a surgical Physician’s Assistant both in the US and abroad. Her jewelry seen at EarthlyTreasuresbyDK are a composite of her medical and lapidary training!  The Rickie Report shares an inspiring conversation with Debbie and some sneak peeks of her jewelry pieces.  Debbie is offering a Special for Valentine’s Day which is around the corner!  Debbie also sells cabochons and unique box clasps with stones for jewelry artists.  Custom orders are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One-of-A-Kind Necklaces by Debbie Kashdan using Lapidary and Silversmith techniques

 

 

TRR: Please tell us the intriguing story of childhood creativity. 

DK:

 

I have always liked to work with my hands to make things. I can recall as a small child, collecting acorns in the fall and making dolls with acorns and toothpicks. I learned from friends and relatives to knit and crochet and sew, and instead of playing with my dolls, I knit sweaters for them. I have always enjoyed being a doer rather than an observer. I began studying the flute in elementary school and, later on, I took up the cello also. Even now, though I greatly admire and enjoy musical performances, l prefer playing music to listening to it, (though generally frustrated by my inability to emulate the musicians I so admire.) And when the case cover of my cello became tattered, I became probably the only cellist in Florida with a cello case matching my kitchen upholstery!

 


One-of-A-Kind Handmade necklaces by Debbie Kashdan

 

 

TRR:  How did your medical career dovetail with this creative ingenuity?

DK:

I followed in the footsteps of my father, a physician, into the medical field and for more than 30 years worked as a physician assistant. My first position after PA School was as a surgical PA. I found that I enjoyed both the technical and intellectual skills of surgery. I subsequently got more into the internal medicine side of things, but, throughout various positions, my physician-employer almost always delegated any technical or surgical or wound care procedures to me. 

 

 

In 1994 I spent a year in Kenya as medical director at a rural outpatient clinic, with few facilities and myriad challenges. This experience, among  many other things, stretched my ability to find creative solutions to problems with only limited available resources.  

 

 

 

 

One-of-A-Kind Earrings by Debbie Kashdan


TRR:  How did you shift your interests once you retired?

DK:

 

After returning to the US in 1995, I resumed working as a PA in Florida, retiring in 2012. Needing to find creative outlets and keep my hands busy, I joined a local orchestra and I also took an introductory course in beading. The beading, again utilized some of the technical skills I learned in surgery.  Then I decided to try silversmithing and enrolled in the Boca Raton Museum Art School. Encouraged by my first teacher, the unforgettable Don Dietz, I learned not only the basic skills of a silversmith, but also learned to cut stone cabochons.  At this point I was hooked.  Since that time I have been working in my home studio and have taken additional instruction at the Armory Art School, William Holland School of Lapidary Science and Jewelry Arts in Georgia, and of course, online.  

 

One-of-A-Kind handmade Bracelets by Debbie Kashdan

 

 

 

TRR:  How do you envision ordinary objects into wearable art pieces which may come from family heirlooms?

DK:

 

 I am always working on improving my skills to come up with creative solutions.  Several years ago, looking for a cost effective source of metals, and  also to repurpose outdated materials, I created many pieces of jewelry using metal up-cycled from vintage silver plated brass or copper trays. Presently, I am working mostly with sterling silver and semiprecious stone cabochons which I cut and polish in my shop. I am trying to incorporated some precious stones and a little gold into my work now, which has necessitated my learning to fabricate the delicate settings which such work entails.  As everything, it is a work in progress! 

 

 

Although I enjoy the technical challenges in crafting jewelry, I am also fascinated by the multitudes of ways jewelry making has increased my appreciation of the beauty of the  metals and stones I have learned about and worked with. My joy is enhanced by providing people with wearable art which they feel adds a measure of beauty to their lives. Best of all is when I work collaboratively with customers to create unique one-of-a-kind pieces.  Creating wearable art has been a labor of love.

 

 

 

One-of-A-Kind Cabochon Clasps and Polished Cabochons

 

 

TRR:  How do you collaborate with other jewelers

DK:

 

My children joke that I have come a long way from stringing soybeans to creating unique wearable art!  In addition to fabrication of metal jewelry, I cut and polish designer cabochons for use by other jewelry artists in their work, and also make unique 3-strand  box clasps utilizing some of the stone cabochons.  

 

 

TRR:  How do you network with other creatives?  Do you offer classes?

DK:

I am a member of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, and have taught some introductory silver-smithing courses both at their shop in Lake Worth, and also at Betty Wilson’s Craft Gallery.  Pre-Covid, I offered one-on-one teaching in my studio.  I currently belong to several FB Jewelry and Lapidary Groups, including  Aspiring Metalsmiths, Sisterhood of Metalsmiths. 

One-of-A-Kind Rings by Debbie Kashdan

 

 

TRR:   Where can we find your one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art?  

DK:

The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach has some of my pieces. Contact Betty Wilson for gallery information: 561.762.8162.  I also sell out of my studio and take payment by credit card or PayPal.  I am more than happy to take commissions and welcome custom orders.

 

For more information about Deborah’s jewelry:

Earthlytreasuresbydk.com

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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