Launch Coincides With Debut At Artists And Charities Hand In Hand Fine Art Show November 2-3 announces the launch of its online gallery, which coincides with its public debut at the Artists and Charities Hand In Hand Fine Art Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on November 2-3.  Stop by Booth 74 to meet Marvin Leventhal, Chief Heart Officer and see original sculptures, paintings, photography, jewelry, and other home and office decor.  The e-commerce gallery is looking for more artists to join its ranks! Social responsibility and the intrinsic value of giving are at the heart of their mission. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges artists to contact Marvin!















Saturday, November 2


Sunday, November 3


11 – 5 pm





Free admission





Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd.   West Palm Beach, FL 33401


“Eve’s Fantasy” offered by Gallery announces the launch of its online gallery, which coincides with its public debut at the Artists and Charities Hand-in-Hand Fine Art Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Booth #74,  November 2-3. sells art for home and office decor, with a mission to heal the world by donating to social causes and supporting emerging artists.  The e-commerce gallery features videos of the artists and their work. The gallery sells original sculptures, paintings, and photographs while the boutique offers prints, jewelry and luxury leather goods.


“Frenchy” offered by Gallery



“We offer a fantastic customer experience,” said Marvin Leventhal, Chief Heart Officer.  Leventhal, who has been involved in streaming media services and sales for 35 years, wanted to fulfill his objective of social responsibility.  In the newest chapter of his career, Leventhal explains, “I want to do something that is meaningful and fun. I’ve always seen myself as a techie, and never dreamed I would enter the art market with so much support from our collective and the artist community at large.” 



“Man vs Universe” offered by Gallery



Not only does Leventhal feel passionate about the intrinsic value of giving, but he has also secured an alliance with Nova Southeastern University to include a project in January 2020, within the visual art curriculum. Ten of the most promising fine arts students will paint sculptures that will be featured on the site; the sales will benefit NSU’s Art Foundation. 




“Rainbow to Evolution” offered by Gallery



Marvin’s au courant style reflects the same qualities as his pieces: colorful and unusual, playful and vibrant.  The collective hearts of his artists are palpable.  The Artists and Charities Hand in Hand event will provide perfect visibility to the public; the gallery will be selling online and across popular social media platforms.




For more information about the event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center:

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“Gema The Curious Butterfly” Brings Gabriela Esquivel’s Artwork And Heartfelt Message To Children. Book Signings And Activities On August 10 And October 2

Gabriela Esquivel‘s artwork and story, “Gema The Curious Butterfly” shares universal messages of friendship, freedom, and love.  The colors will make you smile!  Meet Gabriela at a book signing event on Saturday, August 10 at Tommy Bahama on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.  Kids can color a Gema masquerade mask to take home.  On October 2, stop by the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale for a special program.  Gabriela is available for a children’s show, workshops, and will perform at learning centers, museums, elementary schools, private children’s parties, book fairs, and art fairs.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





⭐ Top100 Children’s Book on Amazon! ⭐










Saturday, August  10

11 am

Tommy Bahama

1002 E Las Olas  Blvd   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301








Wednesday, October 2

Time to be announced: Please contact Gabriela

Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale

401 SW 2nd St.   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312  



Free Painting Activity with Gem’s Masquerade Mask 


Gabriela tells The Rickie Report, “Colorful forms, lines, women’s figures and textures are combined to create art pieces that express a constant search for freedom. The paintings, video animations and music transport the viewer/listener to spaces where the skies and times are endless. The artist invites him/her to “become one with nature, the Universe and the Light”.

She continues, ” I question the systems and traditional myths and am interested in finding the Divine without necessarily practicing the rituals stated by any specific doctrine. I defy the traditional roles of women in society, writing my own story — a new story — whereby the women in my paintings travel alone and unwrapped from traditional roles…”




Gabriela Esquivel

Gabriela is available for kid’s shows and workshops and can be hire to be performed at learning centers, museums, elementary schools, private kid’s parties, book fairs, etc. 




Gabriela Esquivel is a Costa Rican artist and author currently living in South Florida.  She has lived in Germany, Switzerland, United States and Puerto Rico. Her work has been featured in the 2015th Florence Biennale Catalogue (Italy), Go Riverwalk Magazine in Fort Lauderdale, Around Town News in Fort Lauderdale, Midtown Miami Magazine in South Florida, and in main journals in Puerto Rico.  Gabriela has participated in Art Fort Lauderdale Fair, exhibiting with ArtBox Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland)  and Contemporary Art Projects (Fort Lauderdale) during Art Basel Miami. She has also worked together with Business for the Arts of Broward and participated in their Art & Soul Annual exhibition at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Fort Lauderdale). Gabriela had a SOLO show “Soul and Mysticism” at Artserve (2018). She presented her SOLO show “Gardens of Freedom” at 33rd St. Wine Bar where she combined art+music, exhibiting paintings and performing songs of her authorship.




Gabriela Esquivel at the 2015 Florence, Italy Biennale


Gabriela is part of the “Open Canvas Project”, a murals project organized by ArtServe; she is also part of “Genii Loci”, a road-tattoo/street mural on Rosemary Avenue (W. Palm Beach). She was part of “La Campechada” event, organized by the Puerto Rican Art Museum; and “Casa de los Contrafuertes” Art Project in Puerto Rico. Interested in bringing together art and philanthropy,  she was one of the artists of the “Redesign Bash” organized by Salvation Army of Broward County (Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale).





She is a committee member of Salvation Army of Broward and of the Neighbors Volunteer Office from the City of Fort Lauderdale. She is the founder of “Butterflies for Puerto Rico”, an artistic-musical-social project that has partnered with international musicians and organizations to help Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Gabriela earned her BFA in Sculpture from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and her BA in Humanistic Studies with emphasis in Music from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. When she is not painting, Gabriela studies the piano and composes her own music. Gabriela’s award winning artwork is in several permanent private and corporate collections through the United States and the Caribbean.  



For more information or to contact Gabriela:

Facebook @gabrielaesquivele

Instagram @gabrielaesquivele

To reserve dates for the Gema’s Kids show and Workshop

  Call  (786) 582 9042



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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Original Fine Art, Decorative & Functional Art, Clothing, Purses, And More At PGA Verano Festival Of Arts Saturday February 9. Free Admission To This Indoor Show

Club Talavera at PGA Verano announces its annual Festival of Arts on Saturday, February 9. This indoor show has free admission and free parking.  Shopping for yourself or your Valentine has never been easier!  Meet the nationally acclaimed and local artists selling sculpture, upcycled art, contemporary jewelry, one of a kind purses, tile art, stained glass jewelry, unique home gifts, leather purses, pine needle baskets, personalized note cards, wood creations, and more!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Musical accompaniment and proceeds benefit the Ft. Pierce Jazz Society Scholarship Fund.









Phone:    772.  345. 1811

One of A Kind Handmade Purses By Elaine Designs

Susan Klahne and Debbie Dunbar “Go with the Flow, Fluid Art Originals”

Handmade wood designs by Dave Vernon


One of a kind polymer clay jewelry by Sarita and Marissa Neun





Susan Alby                               Unique Jewelry

Kelly Allen                               Statements2000 Sculpture 

Sandi Beller                           Contemporary Jewelry

Pat Benedetto                         Author,  “The Shadow of His Smile”

Margo Diesso                         Handmade Fabric Wallets/ Clutches

Susan Estrella                        Unique Home Gifts and Jewelry

Cassandra Foxpool               Original Oil Paintings

Tammy Frand                        Original Tile art

 Angela Gardella                    Stained Glass jewelry

 Mary Hine                              Pine Needle Baskets

 Vickie Jacobs                        Glass Garden Art  

Susan Klahne & DebbieDunbar

                                              Go with the Flow, Fluid Art Originals

 Rickie Leiter                           Ocean Stone Jewelry

 Sarita & Marissa Neun         Polymer Clay  Decor, Jewelry

 Frankey Redd                       Jewelry from Repurposed China 

 Ronni Reed                             Contemporary Jewelry

Mandy Sauter                        LuLaRoe Clothing

Ricky Stevens                         Original Artwork

Gina Vanacore                      Leather Purses

Barbara Vennard                Personalized Cards

Dave Vernon                          Wood creations and Decor

Elaine Weber                     One of A Kind Statement Purses

Steve Witucki       Internationally renown creator of Eclectic art






Author, Pat Benedetto shares her late husband’s life story as the older brother of Tony Bennet



Hand sewn clutches and wallets by Margo Diesso





Pine Needle Basket by Mary Hine




Whimsical Decor by Susan Estrella




Artworks by Steve Witucki

For more information:








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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Mark Cohen’s SOLO Exhibit, “Mankind: What Happened” Opens At Armory Art Center December 13

The Armory Art Center invites you to a SOLO Exhibit by Faculty member, Mark Cohen.  The Opening Reception for “Mankind: What Happened” takes place on Thursday, December 13. The exhibit  makes us look at who we are and what we believe in, taking us from “what happened” to “what can each of us do to make this a better world”.   Visitors to today’s West Palm Beach Arts Festival can meet Mark at the Open House, as well as enjoy the Festival. The Rickie Report shares the details with an in depth interview with Mark Cohen and some sneak peeks of his exhibit.


811 Park Place   W. Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 832-1776




Meet the artist, Mark Cohen in the Gallery 

During the West Palm Beach Arts Festival

Today from 11 am – 4 pm








M  A  R  K        C  O  H  E  N


“Mankind:  What  Happened”

Opening   Reception:


Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Non-Members: $5 | Members: Free

East & Greenfield Galleries


Exhibit runs November 30 – December 29, 2018



An exhibition of recent paintings, drawings, intaglio, and screen prints created at the Armory Art Center by faculty member and student, Mark Cohen. The collection makes us look at who we are and what we believe in. From the genocide of humans and animals in the last 75 years, this collection is snap shots that beg the question, “what has happened?.” The artist hopes that we can all take the next step and ask ourselves “What can I do to make this a better world?”






“Las Vegas” by Mark Cohen



Mark Cohen tells The Rickie Report, “Five years ago, I took a walk in the woods with my friend, Rabbi Howard Shapiro. We were at his home in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. I was at a crossroads and needed help. So I asked my friend, “What does the Torah say about what I should do with the rest of my life.” He stopped walking.  And he said, “I’m retired. I’m not supposed to do this anymore.” After a brief moment or two, he said “Be Holy.” And we continued on our walk”.




Mark continues, “Unbeknown to Rabbi Shapiro, I had been watching him prepare for retirement for more than a year. And then he retired. I also watched Larry Bird, the basketball superstar, retire. And I watched my younger brother, Warren, retire. What they all had in common was they didn’t “retire.” I had no intention of retiring, but I did want to change my life. So, I watched the people I respected to see how they transitioned into new lives. What I learned was not to retire. You just do what you have always done, but differently. That was comforting”.





“9/11 Jumper” by Mark Cohen



Mark was ready to become a painter after a long career in advertising and marketing.  Being a painter was a life-long ambition.  “But, he says, ” I didn’t want to give up the other things that I’d always done.  So I didn’t!  I just made room for painting over a period of time and adjusted the time spent on my other activities.  I found the Armory Art Center: A place to learn how to paint, but so much more…a second family… including Board members, the Administration, faculty and students. Miroslav Antic, Jenny Day, Amber Tutwiler, Skip Measelle, Sam Perry, Bob Barra, Anthony Burks, Jr., Ron Garret and Richard Santiago are faculty members who have all contributed to my growth as an artist”. 



“I quickly found that the most difficult task in painting is choosing subject matter. I wanted to be an example for my son and daughter…that you could do something valuable later in life. That brings us back to Rabbi Shapiro’s admonition – ‘Be Holy’.  My interpretation of those words was ‘Do the Right Thing'”, Mark explains.







“Goodbye, Father Mike” by Mark Cohen




Mark clarifies, “To me, that meant paint about injustice. In a speech given at Amherst College on October 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy passionately made the case for artists entering the societal issue venue when he said “If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our nation falls short of its highest potential. I see little of more importance to the future of this country than full recognition of the place of the artist.”





Mark Cohen feels that his purpose as an artist is to challenge our preconceived thinking about societal issues like genocide, foreign and domestic terrorism, racism, mass incarceration, police brutality, genocide of animals, mass shootings and gun violence in general, even what is art. “I hope my work makes people uncomfortable, for I believe that when people are uncomfortable it leads to the questioning of how and why these issues seem so difficult to confront and change”.






Mark Cohen is a graduate of Florida State University with BA and MFA degrees.  After graduation, he built a marketing communications firm that specializes in health care marketing. Clients included the University of Florida Physicians, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, Duke University Medical Center, West Virginia University Hospitals, Scott & White in central Texas and many regional and community hospitals from Chicago to Miami. The firm earned hundreds of awards for creative excellence.




About The Armory Art Center:



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


For more information:



Call (561) 832-1776







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5th Birthday Celebration Means Special Discounts And Cake On Saturday, September 15th At Artisans On The Ave In Lake Worth!

It’s birthday time! Artisans on the Ave gallery is celebrating 5 years. For one day only – Saturday, September 15 – they are thanking their customers by offering incredible discounts on everything in the gallery. Meet their amazingly talented artists, who will be adding inventory so there’s plenty of new art to choose from.  The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t wait to celebrate!


630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460



Artisans on The Ave  Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week

Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm

Sunday 9am – 6pm

Artisans on The Ave

 630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460      561-762-8162




Party Like A 5 Year Old,   ALL  DAY   LONG!!!  

Special  discounts  all day  11 am – 9 pm

 At 5:55 pm  Special Drawing for a free work of art (must be present to win)

 Refreshments and surprises  ALL Day!


Artisans features only local artists working in a variety of mediums – painting, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood, paper, mixed media and more. When you purchase from the gallery, you are supporting a local artist and giving back to your community at the same time. And getting a discount on a handcrafted piece of art is truly a high-five!

 Artisans on the Ave boasts three showrooms with an amazing selection of exquisite art created by local artists. Your invited opening night for an evening of fun, the opportunity to meet the artists and to help support your community.






For more information about this event or becoming part of the Artisans On The Ave community please contact:

Artisans On The Ave
Betty Wilson 

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460






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Judith Harris’ Artwork And “Red” Exhibit Both Featured At Lake Worth Art League Gallery

The Lake Worth Art League is proud to host a special exhibit featuring the paintings and creative works of locally based artist Judith Harris. The exhibition along with the League’s main show, ‘Red’ in the Art League’s downtown Lake Worth Gallery.  The Opening Reception for both exhibits will be held on Friday February 9th. Artists will be on-hand, wine and nibbles served, and original paintings, 3-D works, and the Gallery’s boutique items will be on display for enjoyment and purchase. This event is open and free to all. The exhibits will run February 6th through March 4th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.


 Lake Worth Art League

Gallery: 604 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth FL (One block north of the Cultural Council)


NEW Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11am – 6pm

Sunday Noon – 4 pm Closed Mondays

The Lake Worth Art League Presents:

Judith Harris, Featured Artist,


Red” Exhibit

Free Opening Reception

Friday February 9th

6:00 – 8:00 PM

 Judith Harris

The exhibits will run February 6th through March 4th

“Horse of a Different Color” by Judith Harris


Judith Harris began her passion for painting approximately ten years ago when she studied oil painting with South Florida artist and instructor, John D’Auria, who recognized and encouraged her creative talents. Since then, Judith has become a full-time artist and has created fine art pieces in an array genres and subjects from Florida landscapes to playful ponies and pups and bold beach babes.


“Puppy Love” by Judith Harris



A dedicated artist, she paints most days, enjoys the interaction of studio time with fellow artists, and is active in both the Lake Worth and Delray Art Leagues. Artistic talent is a family-thing as her son, Yale Gurney, is a successful South Florida commercial photographer and her two grandchildren will no doubt be soon playing in the paint. Judith and her husband, Bill, live Lake Worth.





For more information on Judith’s exhibit, the ‘Red’ exhibit, classes, or membership:

Contact the League at 561-586-8666

Visit the Gallery at 604 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4:00 pm




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Cornell Art Museum Presents 2nd Annual Art On The Square In Delray Beach On February 10 and 11 With Free Admission

The Cornell Art Museum presents the 2nd annual Art on the Square juried fine art show, featuring original works in all media by more than 100 fine art and fine craft artists from around the country.  Show dates are Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11. Admission is free. The Museum is located on the campus of Old School Square in the heart of downtown Delray Beach. This premiere outdoor gallery will feature an impressive showcase of paintings, glass, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, metal work, photography, woodwork and multi-media sculpture.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Visit the Cornell Art Museum’s Looking Glass, Looking Back and Spotlight Gallery Exhibitions at a special $5.00 admission the entire weekend.




51 N. Swinton Avenue    Delray Beach, FL 33444





Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11

10 am  – 5 pm  Both Days

Admission is free

On the campus of Old School Square

51 N. Swinton Avenue  Delray Beach FL.


Reliquary Jar Outer Glow Henry Levine



The Cornell Art Museum presents the 2nd annual Art on the Square juried fine art show, featuring original works in all media by more than 100 fine art and fine craft artists from around the country.  

Marc and Wendy Zoschke “Forever” Glass infused Trinidad jasper, white sapphire, mixed metals



The Cornell Art Museum front lawn and Old School Square center grounds will be transformed into an exciting outdoor gallery, welcoming art collectors and enthusiasts to meet the artists and discover something new for everyone!


Werner Holzbaur Wood Eagle Ray


Enjoy live music as you stroll among the exhibiting artists booths and visit the Hospitality Tent for gourmet bites and refreshments.

James Ardis Copper/Metal Large Ginko Round





The Cornell Art Museum strives to show nationally and internationally recognized, contemporary artists who create innovative and provocative works of art.  Inquisitive visitors enjoy intriguing pieces of artwork while discovering new artists and styles.  The Museum exposes the greater Delray Beach and South Florida communities to artwork that is culturally relevant and exciting, hoping to foster creativity and inspire imagination.  Museum shows typically begin with a theme and blossom into dynamic group exhibitions that excite visitors from all backgrounds. 



Old School Square is the center of arts & entertainment in downtown Delray Beach and has served as the community’s gathering place for over 25 years. The historic campus welcomes half a million people each year for programs, classes, events and rental activities and includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Art Museum (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Fieldhouse (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and shows. The Creative Arts School (2nd floor of the Crest Theatre building) offers art, photography and writing classes. Old School Square also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events.

Old School Square programs are sponsored in part by the City of Delray Beach, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


For information on all programs and services, call 561-243-7922 or visit





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Hand-Made, Affordable Gifts Galore At 16th Annual Juno Beach Craft Festival November 11 – 12

Start the holiday shopping early while enjoying a beautiful stroll along the Atlantic Ocean during the 16th Annual Juno Beach Craft Festival on November 11 -12. The Free, two-day event includes a full green market. Whether looking for pet products, folk art, pottery, jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products or other specialty Green Market items, the Annual Craft Festival has something to suit every taste and every budget from more than 150 craft artisans. Friendly pets on leashes are always welcome.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





16th Annual Juno Beach Craft Festival

Saturday & Sunday, November 11 – 12

10 am – 5 pm


14200 US Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408

Parking is available in Loggerhead Park or just north of the park on A1A.

Free and open to the public


NY Ceramicist Justin McKenney creates fruit-inspired bowls molded from actual fruit. The microwave and dishwasher safe Cantaloupe Bowl sells for $20.




The 16th Annual Juno Beach Craft Festival is presented by American Craft Endeavors (ACE), producer of some of the nation’s most exciting, high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations. Each artisan is vetted to ensure the highest quality and artistic diversity is represented amongst the hand-crafted-in-the-USA creations.


Stuart sculptor Anthony Gargiulo’s “Great Egret” made with stone composites mounted with steel legs on Florida sandstone. Finished with stucco and patinaed with exterior grade acrylics. Details are created with sculpting epoxy.

Festival At-A-Glance:

Handmade in America

Free Admission

Juried outdoor craft showcase

Green Market within the Festival

Original Art & Crafts 

150+ exhibitors from throughout Florida and the United States

Prices set to suit all budgets

All crafters are on site for duration of festival

Pet friendly (leashed pets)

Vast array of craft mediums from folk art, pet products, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings, to personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. Prices set to suit all budgets, ranging from as little as $3 to $2,000.




Alabama artisan Nick Cantrell’s “Sly” Pigma Micron pen and ink drawing with Batik Style watercolor (using melted wax as a resist) on Ginwashi rice paper.



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 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.

For additional information on the craft festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the state, visit or call 561-746-6615.







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Kenneth Earl Dempsey is Featured Artist At Art on Park Gallery

Kenneth Earl Dempsey shares his lifetime love of artistry with us as his artwork and poetry are featured at Art On Park Gallery in Lake Park, FL.  The public is invited to meet the artist and enjoy the Opening Reception on Friday, November 10th.  The exhibit continues through Nov. 24th.  In addition to his art and classical studies, Kenneth was a critical care Registered Nurse in Afghanistan and Iraq as a career Officer, bringing a new level of care to soldiers abroad fighting for our freedoms.  As we approach Veterans Day, The Rickie Report is honored to be publishing this article.  We need to see beyond the uniform and the battle to find the spark of creativity within. Here are the details and some sneak peeks.




800 Park Avenue    Lake Park, FL 33403






APBC   Art On Park Gallery




Kenneth Earl Dempsey

“Across the Pond and Back Again – Positano +50”

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 10th

5  – 8 PM

Free Admission, Free Parking




Kenneth spent his formative years in rural and semi-rural New England, witnessing the splendor of the four seasons, occasionally drawing insects and then later people and places. Periodically, Ken would take out pen or brush and record what he observed in natural landscapes. A product of Parochial schooling, Ken had a strong foundation in the classics and in a patriotic view of America.



Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey




After his family moved to various parts of New York, Ken decided to attend Art School at New York Institute of Technology in Olde Westbury. In his third year, Ken decided to attend a summer session at the Positano Art Workshop on the Amalfi Coast south of Naples at age 19. This would be an artistic and emotional awakening as he travelled about Europe witnessing art and beauty everywhere, and vowing to learn those languages he was hearing, and to see more of the world! Ken is now fluent in German and very good in Italian, still reading, and now writing poetry, in these languages.


Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey




The art education was interrupted after three years by his country’s call, when he entered the U.S. Air Force in support of the War in Southeast Asia. Putting brushes aside, Ken would serve for five years, ending up in Southern Italy once more, and picking up pencils and brushes in his spare time, doing watercolors and experimenting with oils, while listening to Russian and other Classical music.  The next two decades would be marked by studies and work in Health Care, as a Respiratory Therapist then Registered Nurse in several venues including San Francisco, South Florida, Nuremberg, Germany and San Antonio, Texas. Ken studied stained glass making in Erlangen, Germany, and sketched scenes from travels in Europe.




After marrying and having four wonderful children, Ken resumed his military career. The Critical Care would come to the fore as Ken was commissioned in the Air Force, eventually deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and Germany as cart of a Critical Care Air Transport Team, treating and resuscitating critically injured soldiers and marines in several parts of Asia, and creating an Intensive Care Unit in the sky, in the back of C-130, C-141 and C-17 aircraft. In down time, Ken studied Afghan faces and sketched them in graphite and conte crayon, further developing his skills in drawing portraits. In Europe and Asia and North Africa, Ken would study and record faces of people and works in galleries.


Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey




Witnessing the suffering in Central Asia, while repairing broken bodies and souls, Ken began to draw and paint, and eventually to write poetry in honor of his children and family, and to express the anguish of war. Poetry and art have become cathartic for the artist, enabling a deeper exploration of the human condition, in an attempt to understand human nature and suffering after having experienced horrific loss personally and in the wartime experiences. A book of poetry is soon to be released entitled ‘Death at 50,000 feet and other stories of war’, recounting true and personal experiences. Other volumes of poetry are in development including a personal journey through grief to hope, entitled ‘Lamentosa e Speranza . Other poems reflect upon the seasons and man’s responsibility to safeguard God’s great creation – the Earth. Ken has recently expanded to sculpture (“Wounded Warrior”) and after discovering Haiku, has begun to merge art and poetry with philosophy and nature in newer works exploring morality and meditation.



Ken continues to serve fellow veterans, after retiring from the USAF, working at a VA Medical Center, and lives with his family in Wellington, FL and part time in Maggie Valley, NC. Ken travels with wife, Karen, to Europe and other places whenever possible. Seeing the world as an essentially beautiful place, a gift from God, Ken continues to look optimistically at life and love, hoping to make a contribution to mankind while instilling respect for the environment and culture.



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Whitespace Col-lect Is Featured At Art Boca Raton And Offering Free Passes

Art Boca Raton, opening with a VIP Preview on Wednesday, March 15th, will feature Whitespace Col-lect’s unique wearable artwork from internationally and nationally renown artists.  Visit Whitespace as Art Boca Raton continues on Thursday,March 16th, Friday, March 17th, Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th.  Be an art advocate!  Wear Unique! Be unique!  The Rickie Report shares the details and contact information for you to get a Free Pass to Art Boca Raton.




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