Original Fine Art, Decorative & Functional Art, Clothing, Purses, And More At PGA Verano Festival Of Arts Saturday February 8. Free Admission To This Indoor Show

Club Talavera at PGA Verano announces its annual Festival of Arts on Saturday, February 8. 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 decorative and functional art, fused glass, one of a kind art T-shirts, upcycled art, hand made contemporary jewelry, one of a kind purses, unique home gifts, pine needle baskets, wood creations, and more!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Musical accompaniment and partial proceeds benefit the Ft. Pierce Jazz Society Scholarship Fund. Visitors are encouraged to check out the model homes and amenities that PGA/Verano offers.











11 am – 3 pm

Free Admission      Free Parking



10291 SW Visconti Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
















Maria Azcuna                        Original Oil And Acrylic Paintings

Sandi Beller                            Contemporary Jewelry

Pat Benedetto                        Author,  “The Shadow of His Smile”

Susan Bilheimer                    Original Art T-Shirts, Wearable Art

Pamela Carman                     One of A Kind Polymer Clay Pieces

Gerrie Catalano                     Artistic Gourds

Michelle Connell                   Home Decorative  & Functional Pieces

Nina D’Agostino                    Decorative Household Items

Margo Diesso                          Handmade Fabric Wallets/ Clutches

Suzanne Edwards                  One Of A Kind Decorative Crafts

Susan Estrella                         Unique Home Gifts and Jewelry

Paige Falank                            Coffee Chocolate

Tammy Frand                          Original Tile art 

Aimee Beth Grace                  Photography & Canvas Prints & Notecards

Jillane Hevernon                    Original Artwork

Mary Hine                                 Pine Needle Baskets

Susan Hutchinson                 Fairy Hair 

Irene Jalowayski                    Fused Glass, One of A Kind Glass Jewelry

Maureen Joyce                       Watercolor Paintings & Cards

Lisa Kelley                                Original Artwork 

Susan Klahne & DebbieDunbar        Go with the Flow, Fluid Art Originals

Sophie Ledeme & Corina Pelloni      Original Artwork & Pottery

Rickie Leiter                            One of a Kind Necklaces & Earrings

Judy Miller                               Hand made Cross Body, Travel, Jewelry, Make Up Bags

Theresa Nelson                       Handmade Wood Cutting Boards

Sarita & Marissa Neun         Polymer Clay Decor, Jewelry

Ann Nyhuis                               Preserves, Jams, Jellies

Misty Pandolfo                        LuLaRoe Clothing

Barbara Powell                        Handcrafted Pottery

Dom Sciancalepore                Hand made Pens & Bottle Stoppers

Roberta Segal                           Handmade Jewelry

Dave Vernon                            Wood creations and Decor

Elaine Weber                           One of A Kind Statement Purses

Barbara Wells                          Unique Handmade jewelry

Shelley Witucki                       Eclectic art


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Artists Association of Jupiter Presents:”Clay, Glass, Wood”

 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Clay, Glass & Wood”, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of Mixed Media artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones.  This event will be held on Wednesday March 12th at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pamela Carolyn and Bill as well as the Artists of AAOJ will benefit Café Joshua of The Lord’s Place of Palm Beach County.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.




The Artists Association of Jupiter


A Unique Art Gallery


Clay, Glass, Wood

A Collaboration of Mixed Media


Pam Carman

Carolyn Austin

Bill Jones

Wednesday, March 12th

5:30-7:30 pm



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A Unique Art Gallery and Unique Glass Art, Inc.
226 Center St. A-6 and A-8
Jupiter, FL 33458

 The Artists Association of Jupiter (AAOJ) proudly presents “Clay, Glass & Wood”, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of Mixed Media artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones.  This event will be held on Wednesday March 12th from 5:30-7:30 at A Unique Art Gallery, 226 Center St #8 in Jupiter.  A portion of proceeds from sales of artworks created by Pamela Carolyn and Bill as well as the Artists of AAOJ will benefit Café Joshua of The Lord’s Place of Palm Beach County, www.thelordsplace.org.  For more information please call A Unique Art Gallery at 561-529-2748 or go to www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com
Mirror by Pam Carman

Mirror by Pam Carman


What happens when you mix Wood, Glass and Clay???   You get an amazing, creative, new art form from three accomplished Artists.   The collaboration of this one of a kind mixed media show started out as a friendship between fellow artists Pamela Carman, Carolyn Austin and Bill Jones sharing ideas and admiring each other’s designs.  

They competed individually, at some of the same competitions, and won awards together. The list of their successes and their ability to teach, exhibit, and give back to the Palm Beach Art communities is commendable.   They started talking, sketching, etching, cutting, turning and gluing………!!!!!!   


Salt & Pepper Sets by Bill Jones

Salt & Pepper Sets by Bill Jones


Pamela Carman is a primarily self-taught mixed media artist. Pamela’s current body of work is in polymer clay and found objects.  She has an affinity for color that is evident in her work and gets excited just creating her color palette! The majority of her work is inspired by and based in nature. Recurring animal themes, especially of birds and fish can be seen in her most recent work. They are meant to bring a smile or chuckle.



Glass Wall Design by Carolyn Austin

Glass Wall Design by Carolyn Austin



Teaching polymer workshops in South Florida, Pamela has been an instructor for the Ocean Reef Art League in Key Largo for the last 5 years. She also offers private and group lessons in her home studio. Her award winning work can be found internationally. www.pamelacarman.com




"Cat" by Pam Carman

“Cat” by Pam Carman




Bill Jones is a local wood turner with a workshop in Jupiter; He is a member of the Palm Beach County Wood turners, a local chapter of the American Association of Wood Turners. He spends his time teaching at adult education classes, 4H youth classes and creating a limited number of turning to show at various exhibitions and galleries. Every piece he turns is mad with not only a love of the wood, but also the delight in craftsmanship of taking a log to a finished and unique artistic object. You are welcome to watch him turn wood in his shop by appointment 561-762-1031. Come and enjoy the wonderful world of wood! www.woodturningbybilljones.com 


Wood Turned Vessel by Bill Jones

Wood Turned Vessel by Bill Jones



Carolyn Austin began designing and creating glass art within the family business in 1986. She has built her reputation in the Palm Beach Community as one of the most unique glass etching artists in the area. Her showroom and studio are located in the Center Park Plaza in Jupiter.


Glass Art by Carolyn Austin

Glass Art by Carolyn Austin



Carolyn has lived in the Jupiter/Tequesta area since 1979 and developed an eye for the tropical Florida scenes from long legged birds to intensely detailed ocean life which in turn creates one of kind glass art. She tells us, “I love working with people and using my 25 years plus of experience to create a beautiful customized look in glass whether it be an entrance way or a free standing piece of glass art. All my designs are created by hand, an intricate detailed process to enhance each client’s home and personality. Making my glass art a personal favorite for each client is always satisfying. I take pride in my work and the exclusive following it has created.”    www.uniqueglassart.com 







The Lord’s Place is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women and children in our community.


The Lord’s Place is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 organization that has been changing the lives of homeless families and individuals in Palm Beach County for over 30-years. We are committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness with programs and services that include: Community Engagement, Supportive Housing, Job Training and Employment.




In 2012, The Lord’s Place provided supportive housing to 434 men, women and children. By the end of the year, 92% were no longer homeless. This past year,  133 formerly homeless men and women gain job skills and 88 were placed in jobs with local employers. Our success over the years is due to an unwavering commitment to our clients and an approach that balances compassion and personal responsibility. For more information visit website www.thelordsplace.org 


The Artists Association of Jupiter is a collaboration of artists who work together to promote the awareness of art and education to the community and surrounding counties. Its venue, A Unique Art Gallery, opened its doors in June of 2010.  Learn more about the organization, its artists and programs on the Association’s website, www.artistsassociationofjupiter.com


For more information on this event call or email the Gallery at 561-529-2748 or info@artistsassociationofjupiter.com 


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Meet Pamela Carman

Pamela Carman works in many different mediums, but her specialty is designing in polymer clay.  She remembers back to the 1980’s when polymer clay was available in only one color-white.  TRR interviewed Pam in her Jupiter, FL studio.

TRR: What were your early influences in taking this artistic career path?

PC: I  idolized and still do my older brother who was always drawing and doodling. I wanted to emulate him as well as my Mom, who was super creative. There was no project she would not attempt to conquer.  She was the original “do-it-yourselfer” and I always helped her on projects.

TRR: Did you know that you wanted to have an art career when you grew up?

PC: Art has always been my minor. When I was growing up I thought I would operate a plant nursery because I loved to watch things grow.  Then I realized I didn’t have a green thumb.  In high school, I loved my art class but when I went to University of Florida I knew I should be more realistic, so I chose art as a minor.  My major was anthropology.  I thought that after college I would join the Peace Corps and be able to use that knowledge wherever I was placed.

I grew up in this area since I was in fifth grade. My family owned a marina and hotel business in Palm Beach Shores.  In fact, my father was mayor at one time.  I worked retail, hospitality, and reservations.  In 2004 our family sold the business and I became a stay-at-home mom.  It was then that I was able to really pursue my art passion.

TRR:  What drew you to this particular medium?

PC: I loved the immediacy and the  “no surprise” factor of polymer clay vs. earthen clay and how it changes as it is cured in the kiln.   There are always some surprises with polymer, but that spontaneity allows me to experiment more and not be so worried about wasting supplies.

TRR: Tell us about your favorite  as well as challenging  parts of your business.

PC: My favorite part is the  creativity. I find marketing myself the most challenging part of this business,  being involved in the administration and doing the paper work after I have made  something.

TRR: Do you have any tips for  beginning artisans?

PC: Allow yourself to explore and  make mistakes.  One of my friends cites  this quote often, “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you  expect.”  You should follow your  heart.

TRR: Do you belong to any guilds  or professional associations?  How does  this influence your work?

PC: I was working with polymer  clay before the internet made it easy to access other artists, so being part of  the South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild, the North County Artists  Association, and the Village Artist Studios, an artist coop in Tequesta, has  really fueled my creative juices.  I find  the camaraderie of other artists, even if they are using different mediums, helpful.  We share ideas.  And I am grateful for their openness to share these “breeding grounds of creativity” with me.  I feel an eagerness and  a need to share when I am part of these  groups to enrich and stimulate our mutual creativity.  It becomes a synergistic experience and the  results are greater than the sum of the individual parts.

TRR: What story does your art  tell us?

PC: I seem to have recurring  themes, mainly animal motifs, especially birds.   There are many levels of symbolism with my birds. Some are earth-bound  while others might fly.  Some are  whimsical. I see myself and other people’s lives through nature. I like to  imagine what is like to be some creature other than myself and express that
experience through my sculpture.  It allows me to escape from everyday life and put myself in my creations.

TRR: Take us from the beginning  of an idea to a finished piece of work.

PC: I feel an emotion and  consider what the creature is feeling – the motion and the emotion.  Then I sketch it out in pencil on one of my  many notepads. Next I consider the color palate I will be using. Then I start  building the armature base using solid pieces of clay as well as scrap clay.  I never throw clay out.  Now it is time for the decorative layer of clay, chosen from hundreds of clay canes I have already made, or making new ones as I go.  Polymer clay must be cured by baking, after which I may polish  and buff the piece using from 400 to 1000 grit sandpaper.  Some pieces are coated with liquid polymer and baked again.  It depends on the pieces and its purpose.

TRR:  You spoke earlier about marketing being one of your challenges. How do you market your work?

PC:  I have taken part in a number of juried shows including Howard Alan and American Crafts Endeavors.  My work is sold at the Village Artists Studios Coop in Gallery Square North in Tequesta, FL and their sister store, Original  Elements and at Local Treasures in Tequesta.  I teach classes at the Ocean  Reef Art League in Key Largo and I offer classes here in my studio for  beginners to intermediate level students ages 5 years old and up.  When I teach, I focus on projects that are  achievable in a day.  Everyone likes to go home with a completed piece.  My  classes are intimate with 4-8 people so everyone gets a lot of my attention and sharing our ideas with each other is an aspect that all of my students appreciate.

TCC:  Tell us how you manage to balance your role as  an artist with your  responsibilities as a wife and mother.

PC: It is challenging at  best.  I have notebooks in every room of  the house, so when I think of an idea, I can just jot myself a note and go back  to whatever I was involved in doing. That way,  I don’t worry that I may have lost the creative concept and at the same time,  I don’t feel I am  ignoring my family’s needs.  Because my husband is so supportive,  it makes everything more enjoyable.  He literally built this studio as an addition to our house!  Actually, he decided to build it after the designated areas of one bedroom and the garage were overflowing into the rest of the  house.  He still doesn’t have his garage  space totally back yet.

TRR:  How do you invigorate your creativity ?

PC: I often go back to the  masters to help me with color palate and will look at books of artwork in other  mediums. Being part of the COOP and guilds as well as participating in artist’s  challenges helps me recharge.  I find  that having the intention of making a specific item at the beginning of a  project tends to make for a far more satisfying outcome, even if the design may  deviate from my original path.

TRR: How do you define success?

PC: Being able to keep my  family’s needs and my artistic desires in balance.

TRR: When does  “will this sell?” start influencing  your work?

PC: When I am preparing for shows  I try to strike a balance between what is coming from my heart, which for me  is making the canes themselves and deciding what sculptures to create.  At first, I was only producing barrettes and  salt & pepper shakers.  Then I  started to make the creature sculptures, which my husband was sure would not  sell.  Well, I brought one of them with  me to be part of my display and a woman could not put it down. She had to have  it!  Once that happened, it was clear
that there was room for me to market my more “creative side” and I  have never looked back.  The salt &  pepper shakers and barrettes are my “bread and butter” while my  sculptures are from my heart.

To reach Pamela Carman for more  information about her polymer clay creations or classes,  call her at: 561-748-3746

Pictures of the Polymer Clay Creation Process

Initial sketch for a sculpture

Building an armature

Adding base clay

Decorative layer baked and finished

Packages of polymer clay

Canes of clay

Conditioning the clay

Forming the canes

Cane pieces used to design sculpture

Pam and Rickie in the studio

Some of Pam’s polymer clay barrettes

Two of Pam’s sculptures for sale

Pam’s special ingredient

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