Wearable Art, Couture And Photography Combine At Fashion Week

Fusion Fashion & Art Productions is winning fashion and business for the Palm Beaches & Florida!  Success follows Palm Beach International Fashion Week produced by Lilyana Eisele. The kick-off on Sunday, October 25th will be an Absolute Auction. Pieces include couture jewelry by Palm Beach designer Idalia Baudo, flamed glass jewelry by international artist Chadd Lacy, and kinetic art by award winning artist Elayna Toby. In person, phone and email bids welcome. Palm Beach Swim Week is coming November 5th – 8th and will be presented at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Stop by Habatat Galleries tomorrow night for the auction and get ready to make Palm Beach County a Fashion Destination!




Fashion District – Absolute Art Auction

Sunday October 25, 2015

    6:00 to 9:00 PM EDT

Habatat Gallery


513 Clematis Street      W.Palm Beach, FL 33401

Register Here






Lilyana Eisele tells The Rickie Report, “We are founding a Fashion District to create jobs, improve our communities and increase education. The proceeds from this fundraiser are part of these ongoing efforts. The fashion and apparel industry is a $3,000 trillion industry worldwide and the U.S. imports 97% of its fashion and apparel for retail. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics,  98 other occupations depend on the Fashion & Apparel industry for employment. Small changes can have a huge impact”.




This fundraiser is in conjunction with the production of Palm Beach Swim Week’s fashion shows. This Absolute Auction means everything will be sold to the highest bidder. 


In person, phone and email bids are welcome.  

Get more information:

Lilyana Eisele
Fusion Fashion & Art Productions


Sponsors include: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Prado Spa & Salon, Premiere Dental Care, Aqua Plastic Surgery, Table 427, VIP tv, DMZ tv, Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry.  This event is Endorsed by: Palm Beach Film & Television Commission &
Florida Fashion & Apparel Chamber of Commerce.






Fashion weekModel Kate Upton on the runway

Fashion Week Model, Kate Upton on the Runway

Photo by James Eisele Photography




Fashion District – Swim Week

The 4th Annual Fashion Production


Fusion Fashion & Art Productions






Years in Review Photos by James Eisele Photography


From Thursday November 5th through Sunday the 8th runway shows will start at 6pm and conclude at approximately 9pm. Fashions debuted on the runway will be the upcoming trends in the Palm Beaches for 2016 in swimwear, resort wear, and accessories.


FashionweekGetting ready for a runway walk

Getting Ready  Photo by James Eisele Photography

Even show producer, Lilyana Eisele, was interviewed and published in Everybody Magazine. When it comes to bringing fashion to Palm Beach she was hailed by the magazine editor as “the matriarch of it all.” The article further cites the Palm Beaches as one of the most beautiful and fashionable places on Earth.



Lilyana tells us, “Some designers have more than doubled their business size and expanded production by 150%. Many of the designers are Florida based and also produce their lines in Florida. In addition, the materials to create the line are often bought from Florida businesses. This supports other businesses and also creates jobs which support our communities”.



FashionweekBehind the scenes at a runway fashion show

Behind The Scenes Photo by James Eisele Photography



Over 100 fashion designers have applied to be in the shows and many have specifically designed their clothing line to be featured in the style and spirit of the Palm Beaches. Last year Fusion Fashion & Art produced the largest fashion week in the state of Florida under one roof. 




FashionweekSwimsuit Runway

Swimsuit Runway Photo by James Eisele Photography



Runway is the extreme sport of fashion photographers and this year’s Palm Beach Swim Week has already drawn the attention of national and international fashion photographers and press. Over 200 request for media passes have been submitted for the shows. Over 500 local, national, and international models have applied to walk the runway in the shows.




This year’s partnership with the Photographic Center and co-presenter the American Society of Media Photographers offers unique opportunities for photographers, models and other industry professionals to engage with the Photographic Center and learn more about it. ASMP brings valuable knowledge to the national photographic community.



About the American Society of Media Photographers:
The American Society is a 501(c)3 professional arts organization founded in 1944. ASMP has 39 chapters and promotes photographers’ rights, provides education in better business practices, produces business publications for photographers, and helps photographers to connect purchasers with professional photography. For more information, please visit www.asmp.org.




About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:

The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit workshop.org or fotofusion.org.The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is a 501(c)3 nonprofits arts organization dedicated to the enhancement of community through the photographic arts.

Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry, the same team that helped set the fashion week record last year, will be providing the new looks for the 2016 hair and makeup trends for the SWIM WEEK shows. New York DJ Angel Negron will be creating unique music for the shows, all inspired by the Palm Beaches.




For more information please contact:

Lilyana Eisele
FUSION Fashion & Art Productions, Inc.



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Barry Seidman Shares “A Feast for the Eyes” at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Gallery

It’s a perfect match! “Feast for the Eyes” art/photo series by renown fine art photographer, Barry Seidman, is a tribute to local Florida farmers and farmers’ markets. Foodies and photo enthusiasts love the “portraits” of vegetables and the suggestive poses and relationships between them. Seidman finds his subjects at Palm Beach County Greenmarkets and has developed a deep appreciation for the farmers who take pride in the beauty of their produce. Currently being exhibited in Swifty’s Restaurant in New York, it attracted the attention of notables in the industry including Eric Ripert and Donatella Arpaia, who attended Barry’s opening in Chelsea this past fall. The series will be making its debut in Florida at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County March 21 to April 18. The private opening is March 19 for VIPs.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.








Cultural Council of Palm Beach County


Opening Reception:


Thursday, March 19th



An Artist Talk will be held April 4, at 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit runs March 21 – April 18, 2015

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue        Lake Worth, FL.


PH: 561-471-2901




barryseidmanfeast e mail invite


Renowned, still life photographer Barry Seidman exhibited his latest series, “Feast for the Eyes” at Swifty’s Restaurant located in New York City. This show followed the recent successful debut of Seidman’s intriguing photographic series at the Gallery at Fotocare, in Chelsea, which dazzled photography enthusiasts as well as food world luminaries.  The series will be making its debut in Florida at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County March 21 to April 18. The private opening is March 19 for VIPs. In addition, Seidman will present an Artist Talk on April 4th, which is Open to the Public.


"Daikon Radish" by Barry Seidman

“Daikon Radish” by Barry Seidman


Seidman tells The Rickie Report, “Inspiration is sometimes so illusive, but then there it is – like magic – in the splendor of nature!  ‘Feast for the Eyes’ took me on a voyage through the voluptuous shapes, pure colors and beautiful textures found at local greenmarkets. When you take the time to examine freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, they are extraordinary. They look different, feel different and taste better than the store-bought ordinary variety”.  



“Visiting greenmarkets became an obsession. While I would study the produce with my eyes, my wife would study with her taste buds. Fortunately, she is a gourmet cook, so my feast for the eyes also became a feast for the palate.  As I study and choreograph my subjects, I find sensuous curves, hidden personalities and relationships of form: some are beautiful, some are strange, but all unique.  With this series, I hope to bring attention and appreciation to those who plant, grow, harvest and make these feasts for the eyes available to us at our local greenmarkets and farms”.



Recognized as one of the top, still-life photographers in the country, Seidman continues to exhibit his fine art photography in numerous, one-man, fine art shows in New York City and South Florida and has contributed to numerous group shows.



"Brown Eggplant" by Barry Seidman

“Brown Eggplant” by Barry Seidman


Seidman’s subjects became extraordinarily alive. In this series, Seidman creates relationships between his subjects …sensuous, sexy and voluptuous … bringing them to life.



"Tall Mushroom" by Barry Seidman

“Tall Mushroom” by Barry Seidman



Barry Seidman grew up in New York’s fast-paced advertising business establishing him as one of the top advertising print media photographers in the country. He specialized in still-life photography and worked for the top major brands in the world, eventually expanding his work to include celebrity photography and directing television commercials. Recognition for his work includes every possible industry award including Clios, Tellys, Addys and the Art Directors Club Award.



Seidman then started to devote his time to fine art photography, using his vast techniques and knowledge of lighting and design as a foundation. This led to various solo and group exhibitions all while still connected to the advertising business.


Barry Seidman

Barry Seidman


A few years ago, Seidman, and long-time business partner and wife, Mary Ann Kurasz, relocated to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where he built a studio to focus on his fine art work. He also maintains a studio presence in New York where he continues to shoot for advertising clients.  Seidman’s fine art exhibitions have included: Bagged; Aperture Art; Three Sides of Seidman; Selections from Six; Excerpts; Drinks and Smoke; Me, Now; Handscapes; New Eyes and Feast for the Eyes.


‘New Eyes’ is also the title of his 338-page photo-biography, a compilation of his fine-art photographic series. The large, illustrative book presents 14 of his fine-art series in a signed and numbered, limited edition.


 For more information, please call (561) 630-5745

or visit








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Can a Business Community Succeed Without Culture? Palm Beach Chamber Of Commerce Meeting

What do business owners consider when relocating their enterprises?  The Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to breakfast and an exchange of views.  Rena Blades, President and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, will moderate a panel discussion on music, drama and the visual arts with three leaders in the community:  Daniel Biaggi  (Palm Beach Opera),  Hope Alswang (Norton Museum of Art)  and SueEllen Beryl (Palm Beach Dramaworks).  The Rickie Report looks forward to the event and shares the details with you here.  





Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce 2014 Guide. Cover artwork by Cheryl Maeder


Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce








Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County


Chamber President Kevin Lamb will open the February 13th meeting at The Breakers Palm Beach at 8:15.  Chamber members attend the monthly breakfasts at no charge.   Future members may attend by making reservations on-line at www.palmbeachchamber.com. for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.  Seating is limited.  Early reservations are encouraged.




Palm Beach Dramaworks




Palm Beach County is poised to grow with the relocation of businesses around the country.  What do the decision-makers consider when relocating their businesses?  What are they looking for?   The BDB has long stressed the importance of location conveniences, strong educational opportunities, local talent and a community that offers a diverse cultural experience.  







The arts are important!   Learn more about  Palm Beach County, Florida’s cultural capital and the wealth of offerings available that continue to draw new industries here.  Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, will moderate a panel discussion on music, drama and the visual arts with three leaders in the community:  Daniel Biaggi  (Palm Beach Opera),  Hope Alswang (Norton Museum of Art)  and SueEllen Beryl (Palm Beach Dramaworks) .





Harriet Himmel Theater, Home of Palm Beach Opera

Harriet Himmel Theater, Home of Palm Beach Opera



The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Receives Bernays Award

for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County received the Bernays Award for its marketing and public relations campaign surrounding “The Deep and the Shallow: Photographers Exploring a Watery World” exhibition. The award was for a project by or on behalf of a non-profit organization.
The “Deep and the Shallow” campaign was deemed by the Gold Coast Public Relations Council to be the best campaign in South Florida at communicating the mission and reach of the Council in Palm Beach County, as well as the Council’s dedication to local artists through education, opportunities to exhibit, and marketing and public relations support. The awareness campaign consisted of collateral materials, news releases to local media, a catalog, exhibition, lecture series, magazine feature article and cover, all featuring the original photography of Palm Beach County artists, including the “Shark Whisperer” Jim Abernethy. “The Cultural Council is honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Marilyn Bauer, director of marketing and government affairs for the council. ‘To be recognized for our work in support of local artists is very gratifying.”

From “Deep and Shallow”

The Gold Coast Public Relations Council is the largest independent organization of public relations, marketing and communications professionals in South Florida, with members coming from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties. The group awarded the Cultural Council the Bernays Award during its 10th annual awards program at the Boca Dunes Golf and Country Club in Boca Raton on January 24.
The award is named after Edward J. Bernays, considered the “father” of public relations.  The “Deep and the Shallow” exhibition of underwater photography was held from November 21 to January 18 at the Council’s main exhibition space and headquarters in the 1940 Streamline Moderne-style Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. landmark building at 601 Lake Avenue, in Lake Worth.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:

The Cultural Council is the official arts and culture support agency for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council markets the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administers grants, expands arts and cultural education, advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies and serves the arts community through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences.   Connect with the Council at www.palmbeachculture.com   or 561-471-2901. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.



For more information please contact   Laurel Baker 655.3282 laurel@palmbeachchamber.com  or Rena Blades, 471.2901 or rblades@palmbeachculture.com



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Ray Gross Studio Hosts Artists of Palm Beach County

The Rickie Report suggests members and artists considering joining a networking group attend this month’s Artist of Palm Beach County event on August 13th.




Ray Gross, artist/sculptor/jeweler, will be hosting the Artists of Palm Beach County artists’ sharing gathering at his home-studio located at 1520 South “M” Street, Lake Worth, Monday,  August 13, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.


Ray Gross’ Harley

Ray Gross is a multi-skilled artist.  He will be lecturing and showing an assortment of his porcelain sculptures from the installations “Harley”, “The Workshop” and “The Painter’s Studio” which were on exhibit at The American Craft Museum, NYC, The Norton Museum, West Palm Beach; The Boca Museum, Boca Raton and Art In Public Places, PBIA. In addition, jewelry from his “It’s All About Metal” collection will be on display.


Bracelet by Ray Gross

Mr. Gross will conduct a live studio demonstration of Raku firing – red-hot pottery/sculptures will be pulled from the kilns and reduced in combustible material.  Refreshments and snacks are complimentary.  Members – free – Guests – $5.00.   For further information contact Jean Hutchison at  561-278-4479 or   www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org   APBC is a not-for-profit organization


Directions:  From North or South – I 95 to Lantana Road.  East to US 1 (Dixie Highway); turn left (North) proceed north and at fork bear left (4 lanes) still going north.  Turn right (East) and pass car wash – 15th Avenue South, turn RIGHT; go one block and turn right again (South) onto “M” Street.  Park anywhere on street. Ray Gross 561-951-4749.


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