Spend This Fall With Joan Lipton At A Series Of Art Lectures At Mandel JCC

Spend this Fall with Dr. Joan Lipton!  The Mandel JCC is proud to welcome back art historian and lecturer, Dr. Joan Lipton. For years, she has brought art to life with her knowledge of artists, time periods, and cultures alike. In turn, her classes have become a crowd favorite at the JCC and this fall will be no exception. In addition to her Fall Series, she will also be offering two full-day seminars.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This is Open To The Public, members and non-member pricing.






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5221 Hood Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL






Dr. Joan Lipton

Dr. Joan Lipton is an experienced art historian- lecturer and a dedicated scholar with the desire to promote the study of art and culture to her audiences. She has earned a Master’s degree in art history from Hunter College, with a specialization in Renaissance, and a PhD in art history from the Graduate Center of the City of New York with a specialization in 19th and 20th century art.


Dr. Lipton’s newest Art History Lecture Series

Thursdays, November 10- December 15 from 1:00-2:30pm.

                                                                                                                                       No Class November 24

Attend one class or all five!

This fully illustrated series will transport you through some beautiful points in time including:



Monet, London Scene




Class One: Major Art Movements Across the Centuries: From the Classical to the Romantic 

Class Two: Major Art Movements Across the Centuries: From the Realistic to the Futuristic

Class Three: Italy’s Treasured Cities and Their Famous Artists: From Sicily- Agrigento, Taormina, La Piazza Armerina. From the Mainland-Naples, Rome, Siena and Florence

Class Four: Italy’s Treasured Cities and Their Famous Artists: Ravenns, Pisa, Padua, Vincenza and Environs, Venice and Milan

Class Five: The Varied Painted and Sculpted Expressions of Love Throughout the Centuries




Renoir Portrait






In addition to this new series, for the first time ever, the JCC will be offering patrons the opportunity to spend an entire day with Dr. Lipton on November 10 and 17th from 10:30am-2:30pm. The morning will feature an encore art history talk from her treasury of wonderful lectures including The Lure of Impressionism: Manet or Morisot or and The Lure of Impressionism: Monet, Sisley, Pissaro and Renoir. After carving out some time for lunch (available for an additional fee), you can attend one of the classes from Dr. Lipton’s newest series detailed above.

For more information on Dr. Lipton or her series at the JCC this fall, visit www.jcconline.com/joanlipton or contact 561-570-3310; GailF@JCConline.com.




For more information about this event, classes, workshops

Please visit



The Mandel JCC is located at

5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens.








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Bonnie Wilburn and George Taylor: Exhibit at Lake Worth Art League

Two artists will have their work showcased at the Lake Worth Art League and The Rickie Report hopes to see you there.  Bonnie Wilburn’s florals make you feel like you are at a botanical garden.  George Taylor’s work is of varied subjects, with  a large number of pieces in mixed media.  A public reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 18th.  More details are in this article.


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Lake Worth Art League

Invites You

Two-Person Exhibit

  George Taylor and Bonnie Wilburn


Friday, October 18th

5:30- 9:30 pm

604 Lucerne Avenue

Lake Worth, FL 33460


 The Lake Worth Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Entry is free of charge.

(561) 586-8666


The Lake Worth Art League (LWAL) has some amazing artists.  Being involved in their community and having a lot of fun together are key elements to their success!  This month, two members of LWAL will be showing their work:  George Taylor and Bonnie Wilburn.  Both self-taught artists, each has their own style which are very appealing!



Bonnie’s imagination is driven by her passion for self-expression through art.  And her inspiration lives all around her!  The flowers and plantings in her yard provide her with the images, while her paintings are noted for their unique style, elegance and technique.    


"From Our Garden" by Bonnie Wilburn

“From Our Garden” by Bonnie Wilburn


Bonnie often uses a palette knife to create these vibrant pieces of art.  Having lived in the Palm Beaches most of her life and when her health forced an early retirement, Bonnie was able to focus on what comes most naturally … expressing her enthusiasm for living her life through bright & expressive artwork. Bonnie’s positive attitude is infectious!




“Bird’s Nest” by Bonnie Wilburn



Bonnie can create the perfect piece for any purpose.  She has the ability to bring your vision to life. Her skills allow her to create a wide range of artistic expressions which can be used to decorate your home, office, or place of business.

George Taylor is a retired Respiratory Therapist.  He enjoys good music and has always dabbled in art, even as a child.   George tells us, “I love action, people and musicians”.   He is inclined to capture people in action and musicians while playing their instruments, using a variety of artistic mediums.


Mixed Media by George

“Play Me  A Tune” by George Taylor


While George works in watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil, he confesses that watercolor and pastel are his favorite mediums to use.  George also favors mixing these media as he creates.  His use of particular materials helps the viewer relate to the action happening in the painting.


"The Horse Race"  by George Taylor

“The Horse Race” by George Taylor



The Rickie Report hopes that people will come out to support the Lake Worth Art League so it can continue to offer art classes from beginners to the experienced artist, lectures and demonstrations of different techniques and subject matter.   The LWAL undertakes projects for the City of Lake Worth, such as the mural project at the municipal swimming pool.  The group also sponsors outdoor art shows by its members.


To see more of Bonnie’s work please visit: https://www.arti-bonni.com or artbonni@gmail.com  For more information about George’s work, please call: 561-309-1895.

The Lake Worth Art League (LWAL) was founded in 1941.  It is a nonprofit 501C[3] educational organization to further the study and development of art and enhance the cultural life of its members in the Lake Worth and surrounding Communities.
For more information about the Lake Worth Art League, please contact  Tara Maule, President 561- 586-4271  or  info@lwartleague.org  or   Bonnie Wilburn,Vice- President 561- 242-9005  at artibonni@gmail.com or visit the Lake Worth Art League’s website at:  www.lwartleague.org 

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Lori Hlavsa’s Artwork Featured at 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival

The streets of Stuart will be happily packed with art lovers and The Rickie Report hopes you will be among them!   The 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival on Oct. 12 and 13 brings familiar artists and new emerging artists together in one great venue with Howard Alan Events. A great way to begin the autumn craft festival season, we are highlighting one of the artists, Lori  Hlavsa, in this article.





  14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

October 12 – 13, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart –

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola

Street, Stuart, FL 34994

Free and open to the public


The Downtown Stuart Craft Fair, October 12 – 13, 2013, marks the beginning of the Fall Season.  This juried festival features the work of 100 of the finest crafters in the country. An eclectic mix of original affordable crafts including a wide variety of gift items with prices set to suit all budgets and tastes will be on display along Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart. Partial proceeds from this very popular festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Programs.  



American Craft Endeavors, the producer of this show, and Howard Alan Events bring a number of festivals to historic Downtown Stuart each year. These highly anticipated art events are popular because of the vast array of quality handmade items and art on display as well as the number of leading national artists and crafters showcased at each festival.






  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass


A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program


Lori Hlavsa  started drawing as a child when she was watching cartoons and reading Sunday comics.  One of her favorites was the {Love is…) comic strip in the late 1960’s.   ART began to be a life long hobby.
Lori Hlavsa

Lori Hlavsa

She tells The Rickie Report, “Lately, I paint with acrylics and airbrush. I use watery layers with paint brush and airbrush for blending and fading. People say it’s “dream-like”, which is a perfect expression.”
"Leading the Way"

“Leading the Way”

“Some of my paintings have papers as texture. I still like to use handmade papers, since my paper sculptures called “Paperpeple” were the beginning of my art show career with Debbie and Howard Alan, back in the 80’s.
Paper Sculpture

Paper Sculpture

Like most creative people, I know……We are grateful to express ourselves through arts and crafts. It’s always something that resonates with our souls, and collectively, we share it in different ways.”
"Hibiscus and Fairy"

“Hibiscus and Fairy”

Lori Hlavsa writes this about her artwork, dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and Research efforts:


“Peace in nature .
 A place for contemplation,
and embracing
 so gentle, as real strength.”


"Pink Back"

“Pink Back”

For more information about Lori’s artwork, please visit Artbylori.com

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.


For additional information on the 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit   www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.



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JCC Call to Artists – Cash Prizes for 2014 Biennial Juried Art Competition

The Rickie Report is pleased to share this Call to Artists for a Biennial Art Show at the Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton.  This Show offers cash prizes and is open to artists as well as crafters.  The Exhibit takes place January 12 – March 20, 2014, but the deadline is October 21st.  More details are in this article.  Keep us posted when you get accepted!!!



Nathan D. Rosen Gallery

2014 Biennial Juried Art Competition

Deadline:  October 21, 2013

Exhibit:  January 12 – March 20, 2014


Gallery Hours:  Monday through Friday  9 am – 4 pm




 More Details:



Sales & Commission:  All work must be for sale.  The JCC will add a commission in each sale.  The artist will receive the dollar value listed on the Entry form.


Jury Process:  Steven Maklansky was named the Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art in 2011.  He previously served as the Executive Director of the Brevard Museum in Melbourne,FL.  Prior to his arrival in FL, Mr. Maklansky  served as Director of Curatorial Services for the Louisianna State Museum and as Assistant Director of Art & Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, his Masters from New York University and is a graduate  of the Getty Foundation’s Museum Leadership Institute.   You will be notified of all decisions by mail.


Framing:  All work MUST be framed and/or suitable for installation.


Important Dates:

Monday, October 21, 2013  Entry forms with CD or USB and payment must be postmarked

Friday, November 22, 2013  Notification of acceptance or rejection will be mailed

Tuesday, December 10, 2013  Arrival of artwork if being shipped

Friday, December 20, 2013   Hand Delivered Artwork Drop off  between 10 am and 2 pm

Sunday, January 12, 2014  Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

Friday, March 21, 2014  Pick Up Artwork between 10 am and 2 pm



Best In Show  $1,000.

Craft Art Award  $500.

Three Awards of Merit $250. each

Honorable Mentions will also be awarded


Please contact Kathy Slutsky, Nathan D. Rosen Gallery Director for application and more information.  The Levi JCC is located at 21050 95th Street S.,  Boca Raton, FL 33428.  561-558-2504 or  kathys@levisjcc.org


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Judy Eisinger SOLO Exhibit and Reception – You are Invited!

The Rickie Report loves that the Wellington Art Society and Whole Foods market in Wellington are supporting the arts together!  Whole Foods is sponsoring a public Reception to meet community-based artist, Judy Eisinger, whose work is displayed in the Cafe Area.  Mark your calendars and call to RSVP (great food and beverages) for the August 16th event. Judy is a fine artist as well as a graphic designer.  We love giving her “Tinook” line of baby art to parents of newborns!  More details about Judy and the Reception are in this article.






Artists Reception Honoring

Judy Eisinger

Friday, August 16, 2013

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe

  2635 SR7     Wellington, FL

 RSVP to Whole Foods Customer Service at: 561-904-4000


The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Lauren Belinsky of Whole Foods to bring this show to the communityWhole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. 


image001-1 Judy’s artwork will be displayed in the Cafe, which is on the left side of the market. Artists often bring limited editions and prints to sell the evening of their reception.  There is a $5. fee to attend, which is used for WAS Scholarships for local art students pursuing a higher degree in art.


French Pastry

French Pastry

Judy (Yudit) Eisinger is a fine artist, graphic designer, owner and creative lead of Yudit Design yudit.com.  Born in Budapest, Hungary, and escaping that Communist country in 1956, Judy moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she began painting at an early age.  At age 13, she took first place for the design of the City Holiday Card.

Key West

Key West

Judy studied fine art at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cooper School of Art, which led to a four-year scholarship to Kent State University. After graduating with honors, Judy began her painting career by showing her colorful paintings at the Shaker Heights Artist’s Cooperative Gallery. Her work soon became sought after and now hangs in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.


Soon after moving to Florida, Judy was commissioned to paint 24 paintings for the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Over the years, Judy’s talent and wealth of experience has brought an open-minded adaptive process to her paintings, which have earned her a covey of Regional and National awards.


Judy is the owner and creative lead at Yudit Design, a full-service advertising and graphic design firm located in Wellington, Florida (www.yudit.com).  Because of her belief that fine art is the essence of graphic design, Judy has received recognition both for her paintings and for her graphic design work which has garnered several Advertising Federation Silver Addy’s.


“Impressionism is not a movement; it is a philosophy of life.” Max Libermann




Judy tells The Rickie Report, “For me, art has always evolved from impressions of life, rather than a strict rendering of a given subject. In every new painting, I love the ebb and flow of line and bold colors, the power of less is more, and the ways simplicity and boldness together can magically evoke sensation.”




“To make these wonderful discoveries and impressions, I’ve created a unique process that I like to call “multi-media” — traditional paper and pencil emboldened by techniques using new technology. This method gives me the freedom to focus on being truly imaginative and unbounded, in my approach to the subject, in my process, in my technique.”


Parrot Lady

Parrot Lady

“Typically, I begin with an idea, traditional paper and pencil, and an original drawing. I then use computer software to ‘paint’ the solid, bold colors and print my work to canvas. Once on canvas, I complete the piece with brush and paint, making each painting a one-of-a-kind work of art, she explains.”


Judy’s style of painting may have changed over the years, but her fascination with the human condition as a subject matter has not.  She shares, “My favorite figure painting was done in college—an aging female model wearing the scars of life. The first painting I ever sold in the early ‘70s was of a homeless man in the depth of a Cleveland winter.  I paint because it’s what I love to do, and always have.  My first painting was in third grade. My last one, thankfully, is yet to come.”


For more information please contact 

Judith K. Eisinger,  

Yudit Design

P: 561.333.7850

C: 561.236.6033

judy@yudit.com   or visit

Graphic Design, Advertising & Marketing  or 

The Place for Newborn Naming Keepsakes

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 if you would like to become a member and your $5 guest fee will be applied toward it.


This group of artists not only offers scholarships for students pursuing their art careers, but also reaches out with their creativity to the Palms West Hospital.    Twenty-two WAS Artists presented their paintings for the new Children’s Hospital Unit.  WAS President,Leslie Pfeiffer, tells The Rickie Report, ” It has been a joy for us to join hearts and hands together  in creating paintings to inspire and comfort the children and their families”.


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, Florida.  For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit, www.wellingtonartsociety.orgwellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com or call W.A.S. President Leslie Pfeiffer at 561-791-3676.



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Griffin Gallery Brings New Meaning to Exodus Story

The story of the Exodus from Egypt is well known but how many of us have seen an actual artifact from that time?  The Griffin Gallery in Boca Raton specializes in ancient art and artifacts.  Many of these objects are pottery, but in this article you will read about a fascinating find! The Rickie Report knows that those who celebrate Passover will be as intrigued as anyone interested in our common human history.


Egyptian Mummy Lid1


Rare Egyptian Pottery Sarcophagus Lid
New Kingdom, XVIII Dynasty
14th – 13th Century BCE


Opening Reception


March 14, 2013


6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.


The exhibition continues through April 10, 2013

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only, Sunday closed.

At the end of the biblical book of Genesis, Joseph brings his family to Egypt. Over the following centuries, the descendants of Joseph’s family (the Hebrews) become so numerous that when a new king comes to power he fears what might happen if the Hebrews decide to rise against the Egyptians. He decides that the best way to avoid this situation is to enslave them (Exodus 1). According to tradition, these enslaved Hebrews are the ancestors of modern day Jews.
Despite pharaoh’s attempt to subdue the Hebrews they continue to have many children. As their numbers grow, pharaoh comes up with another plan: he will send soldiers to kill all newborn male babies who were born to Hebrew mothers. This is where the story of Moses begins.
In order to save Moses from the grisly fate pharaoh has decreed, his mother and sister put him in a basket and set it afloat on the river. Their hope is that the basket will float to safety and whomever finds the baby will adopt him as their own. His sister, Miriam, follows along as the basket floats away. Eventually it is discovered by none other than pharaoh’s daughter. She saves Moses and raises him as her own, so that a Hebrew child is raised as a prince of Egypt.
When Moses grows up he kills an Egyptian guard when he sees him beating a Hebrew slave. Then Moses flees for his life, heading into the desert. In the desert he joins the family of Jethro, a Midian priest, by marrying Jethro’s daughter and having children with her. He becomes a shepherd for Jethro’s flock and one day, while out tending the sheep, Moses meets God in the wilderness. The voice of God calls out to him from a burning bush and Moses answers: “Hineini!” (“Here I am!” in Hebrew.)
God tells Moses that he has been chosen to free the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Moses is not sure he can carry out this command. But God reassures Moses that he will have help in the form of God’s aide and his brother, Aaron.
The Ten Plagues
Soon afterward, Moses returns to Egypt and demands that pharaoh release the Hebrews from bondage. Pharaoh refuses and as a result God sends ten plagues upon Egypt:
1. Blood – The waters of Egypt are turned to blood. All the fish die and water becomes unusable.
2. Frogs – Hordes of frogs swarm the land of Egypt.
3. Gnats or Lice – Masses of gnats or lice invade Egyptian homes and plague the Egyptian people.
4. Wild Animals – invade Egyptian homes and lands, causing destruction and wrecking havoc.
5. Pestilence – Egyptian livestock is struck down with disease.
6. Boils – The Egyptian people are plagued by painful boils that cover their bodies.
7. Hail – Severe weather destroys Egyptian crops and beats down upon them.
8. Locusts – Locusts swarm Egypt and eat any remaining crops and food.
9. Darkness – Darkness covers the land of Egypt for three days.
10. Death of the Firstborn – The firstborn of every Egyptian family is killed. Even the firstborn of Egyptian animals die.
The tenth plague is where the Jewish holiday of Passover derives its name, because while the Angel of Death visited Egypt it “passed over” Hebrew homes, which had been marked with lambs blood on the doorposts.
The Exodus
After the tenth plague pharaoh relents and releases the Hebrews. The quickly bake their bread, not even pausing for the dough to rise, which is why Jews eat matzah (unleavened bread) during Passover.
Soon after they leave their homes pharaoh changes his mind and sends soldiers after the Hebrews, but when the former slaves reach the Sea of Reeds the waters part so that they can escape. When the soldiers try to follow them, the waters crash down upon them. According to Jewish legend, when the angels began rejoicing as the Hebrews escaped and the soldiers drowned God reprimanded them, saying: “My creatures are drowning, and you’re singing songs!” This midrash (rabbinic story) teaches us that we should not rejoice in the sufferings of our enemies. (Telushkin, Joseph. “Jewish Literacy.” pgs 35-36).
Once they have crossed the water, the Hebrews begin the next part of their journey as they search for the Promised Land. The story of Passover recounts how the Hebrews gained their freedom and became the ancestors of the Jewish people.
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary fine works of art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.
Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800  Works Cited: http://judaism.about.com/od/holidays/a/The-Passover-Pesach-Story.htm
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art is located at  Gallery Center608 Banyan Trail  Boca Raton, FL 33431  Call: 561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855  www.griffingallery.net    griffingallery18@yahoo.com

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