St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Executive Director, Alyona Ushe

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has named its new executive director, Alyona Ushe after a lengthy national search.  Ushe began her career by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. In South Florida, as President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC),  she grew the organizational budget to over $3 million. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million Cultural Center. The Rickie Report welcomes Alyona and looks forward to working with her and the St Lucie Cultural Alliance team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are thrilled that Alyona Ushe will be putting her energy, creativity, and extensive experience to move St. Lucie County’s Alliance to an entirely new level of commitment to the community it serves,” said Rebecca Miller, Chair of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Board of Directors.

 

Ushe brings over twenty years of leadership experience in launching and growing distinctly different organizations for both nonprofit institutions and municipalities. As the Alliance’s Executive Director, Ushe will lead the implementation of the SLCA strategic plan, establish and cultivate strong partnerships with artists, organizations, events, and groups in St. Lucie County, and work towards engaging compelling arts and education experiences for residents and visitors alike.

 

“SLCA’s overwhelming success since its reincarnation is remarkable. Neil Levine, SLCA Interim Executive Director, has done an outstanding job in developing a powerful road map for the vision and direction of the organization,” said Ushe. “I am honored to take over the reins and continue to build on the great accomplishments while developing new initiatives to strengthen St. Lucie County’s cultural economy and support the local creative community.”

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new executive director, Alyona Ushe

 

 

 

 

With Ushe’s expertise and years of experience, it is foreseen that she will have no problem filling the big shoes of Dr. Neil Levine, who has been the interim director since the organization reestablished in 2018.  “I’ve been delighted to have had the opportunity to assist the cultural alliance by developing organizational structure and strategic development, resulting in significant momentum. And I am pleased that foundational work is to be built upon by a true professional. I feel sure that Alyona will further develop the alliance into a benchmark organization we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Levine.

 

Ushe began her career in the arts by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. There she produced over 100 original productions and organized the company’s participation at numerous festivals, including the International New York Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival in Washington, DC. She created and implemented extensive education outreach programs, praised on the floor of the US House of Representatives, resulting in significant Federal Appropriation funding.

 

In South Florida, she was the President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC), where she grew the organizational budget from $250,000 to over three million in under five years. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million cultural center. Previously, Ushe was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.

 

About St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) is the professional organization representing the arts and cultural sector in St. Lucie County. SLCA’s mission is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic wellbeing of St. Lucie County. SLCA is a proud partner of The City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, St. Lucie County Tourism Division, and Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Avenue  Fort Pierce, FL 34982

www.artstlucie.org

 

 

 

 

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Here Is Something You CAN Do During The Covid19 Crisis!

While being physically distanced, there is no reason to feel powerless. Negotiations are ongoing in the Senate on what is being called “Phase Three” of the COVID-19 response relief package. As you know, the coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America’s nonprofit arts sector—financial losses to date are estimated to be $3.6 billion. More advocacy is needed and you can help with the click of your computer, a phone call to your Congressional  legislators, or a letter.  The Rickie Report gives you the links and information here.  Please share with others who appreciate, enjoy, and want to support the cultural arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Senate legislation under consideration today has several items we’ve been asking for—your advocacy has been working! For example, there is some funding for the NEA, but it’s not enough. Self-employed artists, creative workers, and nonprofits appear to be included in the Paycheck Protection and Small Business Administration disaster loan provisions, but we need to ensure they are included in the final bill version.

 

More advocacy is needed!

 

 

In order to support the sector at this vital time, request that your members of Congress include the following in the current legislative package currently being negotiated:

  • Support $4 billion in COVID-19 relief funding to be administered by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—House Arts Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and House STEAM Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) led a letter to House Leadership with this ask, Senate Cultural Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) did the same in the Senate. Waive matching requirements and general operating support reprogramming for FY2020 grantees, as well as for COVID-19-specific grantmaking;
  • Encourage charitable giving by increasing the allowable amount of the proposed $300 above-the-line tax deduction available to taxpayers that do not itemize their returns, and removing AGI limits on allowed deductions for charitable giving;
  • Ensure that proposed forgivable SBA disaster relief loans support all arts and culture workers by: specifying that access to forgivable loans is available for self-employed workers, increasing the employer eligibility threshold by applying the 500 employee cap to fulltime employees, and eliminating the employer size cap for nonprofit organizations;
  • Support pandemic unemployment benefits for workers ineligible for state unemployment benefits, which will provide essential support for self-employed workers in the arts and culture sector; and
  • Ensure arts eligibility for additional forms of disaster relief, such as Community Development Block Grants, education and lifelong learning programs, and health and wellness initiatives.

In a national survey by Americans for the Arts, 91% of responding arts organizations indicated that they have cancelled one or more events. Many arts organizations have closed their doors for months to come. These estimates are based on more than 5,000 respondents to an Americans for the Arts nationwide COVID-19 impact survey, and then further extrapolation of those data nationally using IRS data about nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The most recent figures show economic losses of $3.6 billion to date, up from $3.2 billion last week. The survey is ongoing, and these figures will be updated regularly. Given that losses documented in the survey have occurred only in the last two months, Americans for the Arts anticipates additional billions in potential revenue losses for the nonprofit arts and culture field.

Join us in calling on Congress NOW to include the aforementioned items in the final package for COVID-19 relief.

 

 

 

ABOUT AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS:

Our mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.

Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

www.americansforthearts.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Advocacy & The Arts In Florida – It Is Time To Share Your Voice Before May 3rd. Legislators Will Vote On Funding. Tell Them To Support The A List

The Rickie Report is sharing a Call To Action for residents of Florida!  At this moment, our legislators are discussing and voting on a fully vetted and approved list of cultural activities across the State.  We are asking for more than a “share” or “like” on social media.  We are urging artists, art patrons, and art lovers to make your voices heard! The not for profit arts and cultural industry is just that – an INDUSTRY that generates revenue, jobs, and increased sales tax revenues that fuel our economy. The cultural arts make Florida a global destination.   The Arts & Culture industry in Florida creates over 227,843  jobs and returns nearly $500 million in revenue to state and local government.  Please click through to find the easy to follow directions and a synopsis of the information.

 

 

 

 

fundthealist.org

The FUND THE A LIST campaign calls for the Florida legislature to fully fund the essential arts and cultural programs formally reviewed, vetted, and approved by the process established by the Florida Department of State, the Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The positive economic impact these programs provide to our State is substantial. Here are some quick facts about the economic importance of the arts: 

• Every $1 invested in arts and culture returns $9 to the local economy.

• Florida is home to 58,162 arts-related businesses that employ 227,843 people. 

• Cultural Interest is #2 driver for out-of-state and in-state tourists. 

• Over 69.9 million Floridians and tourists participate in arts and culture activities. 

SHORT ON TIME ?

We Need Your Calls and Emails TODAY!  

Not sure what to say?

 

Sample message: Please add your own comments

My name is ……..
I am calling to strongly urge you to support the cultural arts in Florida by funding the A List for Arts & Culture, which has been fully vetted and approved.
I am holding you responsible for the welfare of the State of Florida, which has always included a healthy cultural support system.
I look forward to seeing how you vote.
Thank you.

Who To Contact:

HOUSE SPEAKER

JOSE OLIVA

    (305)   364-3114    District phone          (850)   717-5110    Tallahassee       jose.oliva@myfloridahouse.gov    

HOUSE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

MARYLYNN MAGAR    

     (772)   545-3481    District phone          (850)   717-5082    Tallahassee        MaryLynn.Magar@myfloridahouse.gov    

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER & HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS VICE CHAIR

DANE EAGLE

     (239)   772-1291    District phone          (850)   717-5077    Tallahassee        Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov   

HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP

MICHAEL GRANT

     (941)   613-0914    District phone         (850)   717-5075    Tallahassee        Michael.Grant@myfloridahouse.gov    

HOUSE MINORITY LEADER & HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS DEMOCRATIC RANKING MEMBER

KIONNE L. McGHEE

     (305)   256-6301    District phone         (850)   717-5117    Tallahassee        Kionne.McGhee@myfloridahouse.gov   

HOUSE MINORITY LEADER PRO TEMPORE

TRACIE DAVIS

         (904)   353-2180    District phone             (850)   717-5013    Tallahassee            tracie.davis@myfloridahouse.gov    

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIR

W. TRAVIS CUMMINGS

     (904)   278-5761    District phone         (850)   717-5018    Tallahassee        Travis.Cummings@myfloridahouse.gov    

HOUSE TAT APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR

JAY TRUMBULL

         (850)   914-6300    District phone             (850)   717-5006    Tallahassee           Jay.Trumbull@myfloridahouse.gov    

HOUSE TAT APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE VICE CHAIR

BRAD DRAKE

       (850)   951-0547    District phone           (850)   717-5005    Tallahassee         brad.drake@myfloridahouse.gov    

HOUSE TAT APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE DEMOCRATIC RANKING MEMBER

BARBARA WATSON

     (305)   654-7100    District phone         (850)   717-5107    Tallahassee    barbara.watson@myfloridahouse.gov

Your State Representative and State Senator

flsenate.gov

myfloridahouse.gov

 

Special thanks to Janeen Mason, of the Lighthouse ArtCenter for sharing this information

and the backgrounders which helped our staff write this article

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Support “Kelsey Cares” In Fostering The Arts As “The 4 Year Anniversary Block Party” In Lake Park Kicks Off

When AJ Brockman opened the Brewhouse Gallery, in 2014, it was easy to understand his concept – show original artwork from local artists and serve beer. But is was SO much more than that!  This visionary saw it as a “brew house for ideas” as well as craft beers and artwork…a common gathering place for an entire community!  As we head into the fourth phase of our grassroots effort, “The Back Alley Mural Project”, we ask our friends, family and business cohorts to help make it a success.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the next phase and the continuing efforts of AJ and his not-for-profit, Kelsey Cares.  We look to fellow visual artists, performing artists, and their audiences to get involved! The Rickie Report is proud to be part of this effort!

 

 

 

THE  4 YEAR  ANNIVERSARY  BLOCK  PARTY

SATURDAY,  May 12, 2018

(DETAILS  TO FOLLOW)

 

This video link will tell you more about the whole story and the continuing efforts of AJ and his not-for-profit, Kelsey Cares:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/leaving-our-mark-in-lake-park-a-mural-project-4-community#/

 

 

Revitalizing a community through a huge ( 900 foot) outdoor mural (one of the largest continuous murals in South Florida!) and launching The Lake Park Arts District!

OUR MISSION

“Funding art, theater, music, film, and cultural development through community outreach by providing subsidies for productions, events, artists and musicians to carry out their mission.”

 

 

 

Introducing Kelsey Cares. After multiple community projects to revitalize the Town of Lake Park through the arts, specifically our renowned mural projects, we are now furthering our efforts through receiving our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Founded in 1919, the original Kelsey City (now Lake Park) was a cultural hub and we are continuing Harry Kelsey’s vision by cultivating The Lake Park Arts District. Kelsey Cares is Funding art, theater, music, film, and cultural development through community outreach by providing subsidies for productions, events, artists and musicians to carry out their mission.

 

 

The Back Alley Mural Project

Thanks to the local community the launch of The Kelsey Theater has been a growing success, and even given birth to what we now call The Lake Park Arts District. That left us wondering, “What else can we do to make Lake Park great?” The answer is to utilize the only real estate we have left in a project that benefits local artists and the community alike.

 

 

 

 

What We Need & What You Get

So, we need to fill this wall with eye-popping color that will make The Lake Park Arts District visible from outer space! Okay, maybe that’s a bit unrealistic, but we still want to beautify this town with public art. The extent to which the wall gets painted depends on how much money we raise.

100% of all the funds raised will be going towards supplies, rental equipment, permitting and actually paying these artists because artwork is WORK. Once we reach our initial goal any additional money raised will be put into escrow and applied to the next round of muralists until we are able to paint the entire 700 building (pretty much a city block) every six months. After that, we start again right back at the beginning so there is always fresh imagery to inspire our community.

 

 

Now to the good part… What you get in return for your support! We have a bunch of great perks at all different contribution levels, the majority of which center around “The 4yr Anniversary Block Party” scheduled for May 12, 2018. This will serve as our official wrap party and unveiling of the finished mural. Food trucks, vendors, craft beer, live music, art demonstrations, and much more will be going down as we put the finishing touches on this masterpiece the day of. Not a local? No problem, many of our perks are easily shipped so you can help support this project from anywhere in the world. At the very least, come party with us at this free event and see what’s happening at The Lake Park Arts District for yourself!

For more information:

www.kelseycares.org

 

 

 

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Arts Council Of Martin County’s ArtsFest 2018 Blossoms For 31st Year In Stuart, February 10 -11. Includes Visual And Performing Arts For All Ages

How do you produce one of the most successful art and music festivals in the entire southeast for 31 years running? Well, if you’re the Arts Council of Martin County you do it by tweaking and improving and listening to feedback so that ArtsFest blossoms into an event that no one on the Treasure Coast wants to miss! This year ArtsFest 2018, which takes place on February 10-11, offers innovative additions and returning favorites to ensure another blockbuster of a weekend.  The Rickie Report shares the details (Cracker, Stuart CHOPPED, wand building at the Kids Zone, Comedy, Live Music, Puppetry, Live Entertainment, and SO MUCH MORE!)

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday,  February 10 & 11

10 am – 5pm  Both Days

Memorial Park  Stuart, FL

300 SE Ocean Blvd    Stuart, FL 34994

Tickets:  ArtsFestStuart.org

“Cracker”

 

Excitement spread fast with news that Cracker will appear on February 10. The duet’s co-founders Lowery and Hickman have a quarter century’s worth of hit music and sold-out live performances. Special guests Abby Owens and Big Pine open the show at 6pm.   Advanced tickets can be purchased online at ArtsFestStuart.Eventbrite.com or at Earthtones, 43 S.W. Osceola Street in downtown Stuart.

 

 

Stuart CHOPPED, Jake Reynolds, 2017 CHOPPED Winner

 

That event with good taste, Stuart CHOPPED, returns for its fourth annual Culinary Challenge! Sponsors include The Arts Council and Paul Nunley, Financial Advisor. Chefs scheduled to appear include Jose Peralta of Chef’s Table, Jason Maldonado of Ellie’s Deli and Cody Harvey of The Gafford.  Enjoy watching these masters of cuisine compete, preparing a gourmet meal from a mystery basket of ingredients, much like the popular TV show Chopped.

The preliminary is Saturday at 11 a.m.

The final showdown Sunday at 11 a.m.

 

Kids Zone

 

The wizarding world of Harry Potter takes over PNC Community & Kids Zone, with wand-building workshops, spell classes and more.  

Also for kids of all ages, Duck in the Truck will return with puppet-making mastery.

Atlantic Classical Orchestra will also charm the young ones with instruments made from everyday items.

You’ll laugh out loud at an updated presentation of “Friends Welcome,” which was an undisputed hit last year on the Literary Village stage. “Friends Welcome,

The One with All the Boxes,” will be performed at 1 p.m. both days.

Daily performances include Florida Aerial Dance and Circus Arts, a Tai Chi workshop with Floridians Fighting Falls on Saturday, and a Poi workshop with

Spread the Flow on Sunday starting at 10:30AM.

Among the other live performers, you won’t want to miss Main Stage acts include Ben Childs and the Wails, The Melinda Elena Band, The String Assassins, and more!

Over on the Literary Village Stage, singer/songwriters Deal James, Xander James, and Summer Gill and Eliza Novella will be holding forth.

ArtsFest takes place along East Ocean Boulevard and in Memorial Park, Stuart

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on February 10-11

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate.

Call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org for more information

 

 

 

 

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Third Annual Summer In Paradise Transforms West Palm Beach Waterfront Into Artistic Storybook Setting

The City of West Palm Beach will celebrate the return of its popular Summer in Paradise (S.I.P) annual celebration beginning June 1 through August 31, 2017. This free, summer-long promotion will transport residents and visitors into a colorful collection of classic tales and treasured life-lessons along the waterfront. New elements include the debut of Aesop’s Tables, a whimsical art installation featuring 25 picnic tables painted to depict one of Aesop’s fables. A direct tie to Mayor Jeri Muonio’s pledge declaring West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness, the storybook setting provides an opportunity for all to connect, explore local art, share their own stories and enjoy family friendly activities on the West Palm Beach waterfront.  The Rickie Report shares the details. ENJOY!  

 

 

 

 

 

NEW ART INSTALLATION ON THE WATERFRONT
Presented by the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, Aesop’s Tables celebrates the talents of local artists and features 25 painted picnic tables illustrating a timeless Aesop fable, such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Tortoise and the Hare, and more. Just as Aesop’s fables have reached across centuries, continents and cultures, Aesop’s Tables invites visitors to enjoy light-hearted lessons, laughter and conversations on the waterfront. The summer long outdoor art installation makes its waterfront debut on Thursday, June 1, 2017 during the S.I.P kickoff at Clematis by Night. Additional programming for the art installation will include nightly music and pop-up performances, storytelling, poetry readings, games and interactive programming all summer long and a weekly Aesop’s Tables Artist Showcase at the Waterfront Visitor Center.

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
NEW Create your own story in StoryVille-Children create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters. Free activity is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the waterfront.

Let the games begin! Beginning June 1, the community is invited to participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of their favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga. Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free. Guests can also play Glow FORE it Mini Golf, 9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway for $2.50 per person per round. All games are open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

ONGOING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Additional highlights planned during this summer of fun include free community events: Clematis by Night, 4th on Flagler, Screen on the Green, BBQ, Brews & Blues, a Food Truck Roll Out, Art Night Out, the Northwood Mango Heritage Festival, the NEW Northwood Village Green Market and The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront. The SIP grand finale takes place on August 31 at Clematis by Night featuring a national recording artist and a live auction benefitting 25 local charities. A complete listing of Summer in Paradise events include:

Clematis by Night
Thursdays, June 1 – August 31
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
During Clematis by Night, guests will enjoy extended hours and two bands every Thursday throughout the summer. For more information: http://wpb.org/events.
June 1 Summer In Paradise Kickoff Featuring Debut of AESOP’S TABLES and performances by Man in the Mirror with opening act Replay (Pop/Dance)
Man in the Mirror, is billed as the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute. Replay is a powerful, high energy dance band that covers a wide selection of the most popular dance music.

Screen on the Green
Second Friday of each month: June 9, July 14, August 11
8:00 p.m. to 11: 00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
The Waterfront transforms into an outdoor theater where guests enjoy family friendly films under the stars. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended. For more information: http://wpb.org/events
June 9 Sing (Rated PG)
July 14 Boss Baby (Rated PG)
August 11 Moana (Rated PG)

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Aesop’s Fables Reader’s Theatre
Wednesdays and Fridays starting June 14-July 28
1:00 p.m. to 3:30pm FREE
411 Clematis St.
Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to create their own Aesop’s Fable at the Mandel Public Library! Participants will work together to write the script, rehearse and stage their original play. The final performances will take place on Friday, July 28. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703 to register.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Children’s StoryTime
Wednesdays: June 14 to July 26
10:15 a.m. FREE
411 Clematis St.
Bring the family and enjoy readings of classic tales and fables during Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach weekly storytime. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org.

Northwood Village Food Truck Roll-Out
Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Spruce Avenue between 24th & 25th Streets
FREE
Bring Dad to the ultimate food truck invasion on the west end of Northwood Road with a variety of culinary experiences, live music, and an artist colony featuring live art and artisan vendors.
For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront
Third Sunday of each month: June 18, July 16, August 20
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
FREE
Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach Waterfront
This monthly concert series is a perfect weekend outing and a fantastic way to relax and unwind with friends and family on a Sunday afternoon. For more information: http://wpb.org/events
June 18 Let it Be-Tribute to The Beatles
July 16 Show Biz Kids-Tribute to Steely Dan
August 11 42-Tribute to Coldplay
Northwood Village Summer Green Market
Saturdays, June 3 through June 17
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
FREE
Dixie Highway between 24th and 25th Streets
Guests are invited to shop at their favorite market vendors and take a stroll through the Village to discover all of treasures in this WPB neighborhood. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

Northwood Mango Heritage Festival
Saturday, June 24
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
FREE
This tropical festival brings a taste of summer and all things mangoes to Northwood Village. The all-day affair includes live reggae, Latin fusion and Caribbean music along with mango-infused food and beverages, chef demonstrations and activities for the whole family. For more information, visit northwoodmangofest.com

Northwood Village Art Night Out
Last Friday of each month: June 30, July 28, August 25
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
FREE
Guests can experience the creative lifestyle in Northwood Village as they stroll down Northwood Road. See local art and craft vendors and live street-side performers while shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

BBQ, Brews & Blues
Saturday, July 1
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FREE
Historic Northwest District, three blocks north of Clematis St. on Rosemary Ave.
Guests can enjoy free samples of delicious southern soul food and craft beers by local vendors (while supplies last) at this savory event. It’s the area’s best blues & R&B music in a family-friendly outdoor atmosphere featuring Dave Scott and The Reckless Shots, and soulful blues powerhouse Cece Teneal. Trolley service will be available from downtown West Palm Beach and free parking is available onsite. For more information: wpb.org/cra

4th on Flagler
Tuesday, July 4
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day celebration features two stages of LIVE entertainment, children’s activities, giant games, military honor ceremony and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

Summer in Paradise Grand Finale at Clematis by Night
Thursday, August 31
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
See the live auction of Aesop’s Tables to benefit 25 local charities, play giant versions of your favorite games and enjoy a free concert by a national recording artist (TBA) during the Summer in Paradise finale at Clematis by Night. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

To make any “Summer In Paradise” complete, there are also plenty of activities for residents to enjoy on the water. From kayak and paddleboard tours and rentals, sunset catamaran tours, to Jet Ski rentals and snorkeling trips, Visit Palm Beach will have daily excursions on the Intracoastal Waterway as well as bicycle tours and exclusive Summer In Paradise specials. A complete list of aquatic events and activities are available at the Waterfront Visitor Information Center, online at visitpalmbeach.com or by phone (561) 881-9757.

For additional information on Summer in Paradise, visit wpb.org/events.

SUMMER IN PARADISE Sponsors as of date include: City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Program, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Coca-Cola, West Palm Beach Marriott, WPBF News 25, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, SUNNY 107.9, X 102.3, 850 AM, 640AM, Beatz, Discover the Palm Beaches, Visit Palm Beach, Downtown Development Authority, Northwood Village, the Historic Northwest, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Hilton West Palm Beach, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes, All My Sons Moving and Storage, Jet Ride and the Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches.

For updates and promotions: https://www.facebook.com/CityofWPB

 

 

More About City of West Palm Beach Summer In Paradise:

SUMMER IN PARADISE is a partnership between The City of West Palm Beach, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Visit Palm Beach, Northwood Village, Historic Northwest Neighborhood, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Discover the Palm Beaches showcasing West Palm Beach as an international destination full of events, activities, art, entertainment and fun. Summer in Paradise collectively includes 90 days of nonstop events and happenings in the Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village and Downtown West Palm Beach starting June 1, 2017 through the end of August.

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Armory Art Center Offers Art Basel And Art Miami Bus Trip

Avoid driving and parking hassles by joining the annual Armory Art Center visit to Art Basel on Thursday, December 1st.  The cost includes tickets to both Art Basel and Art Miami with the bus trip. Register today as space is limited.  The Rickie Report shares the details in this article.

 

 

 

 

 

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1700 Parker Avenue    West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-832-1776

armoryart.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus Trip

To
Art Basel & Art Miami

 

 

 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

9:00AM – 8:00PM

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Art Basel

 

Avoid driving and parking hassles by joining the annual Armory visit to Art Basel. Tickets are $85 and include tickets to both Art Basel and Art Miami with the bus trip. Register today as space is limited.

Check in at the front desk at the Armory at 9 AM sharp! The bus will leave at 9:30 AM. Contact Tristyn Bustamante with questions.

tristyn.bustamante@armoryart.org       561-832-1776

 

 

ARMORY ART CENTER:

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

For more information:

www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

Boca Raton Branch National League Of American Pen Women Feature Watercolorist, John Bowen At November Meeting

The Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women will feature John Bowen at the November 17th Luncheon and Speaker Program. Meet John Bowen, award-winning watercolorist, illustrator, and writer. John will share the story of his military experience in Vietnam that led him to write and illustrate “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, which won a silver medal. John’s realistic expressionism paintings capture Florida’s landscapes, seascapes, and everyday life. His art is a best seller at Vizcaya in Miami.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now!  Pen Women is a prime example of positive networking organization.  You can attend this event as a guest.

 

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BOCA RATON BRANCH

National League of American Pen Women

 

 

 

Meet Award-Winning Artist, John Bowen

Thursday, November 17, 2016
11:30 A.M.

 

 

 

Delray Beach Golf Club

2200 Highland Ave.  Delray Beach, FL

561/243-7385 for Directions

 

 

Meet John Bowen, award-winning watercolorist, illustrator, and writer. John will share the story of his military experience in Vietnam that led him to write and illustrate Eleven Months and Nineteen Days, which won a silver medal. John’s realistic expressionism paintings capture Florida’s landscapes, seascapes, and everyday life.

 

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CLIP AND RETURN WITH YOUR CHECK

 

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF CHECKS: November 7, 2016

Members: $27 – Guests: $32
Gluten Free: Members $30 – Guests: $35
Checks payable to: Boca Raton Branch NLAPW

Send to: Elaine Bossik, 7722 Majestic Palm Drive Boynton Beach FL 33437


 

Email Elaine Bossik for more information:  elainebossik@yahoo.com

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1) Chicken Francaise – Parmesan egg battered chicken breast sauteed and finished with a lemon butter sauce, served with herb roasted potatoes and sauteed green beans almondine.
(2) Poached Fillet of Salmon – Court bouillon poached salmon with creamy lemon dill sauce on the side, herb roasted potatoes and sauteed green beans almondine.
(3) Chef’s Salad – Fresh garden mixed greens topped with julienned turkey, ham, salami and Provolone cheese, topped with pepperoncini, black olives and grape tomatoes with Italian dressing.
Dessert Choice: (4) Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake or (5) Fruit Cup

 

 

About National League of American Pen Women:

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is a prestigious organization of professional women in the Arts – Published Writers, Authors, Poets, Musical Composers and Award winning Artists. The Boca Raton branch is one of the largest in the country and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.

 

NLAPW’s corporate headquarters is based in Washington, D.C. oversees branches all over the United States. The League boasts membership of such prominent ladies as Eleanor Roosevelt, Erma Bombeck, and Edna Hibel. Vinnie Ream, the only woman to sculpt President Lincoln from life, was an early member of NLAPW. Her statue of Lincoln now stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

 

As a qualified member of Art, Letters or Music, each member is exposed to participation in Art Exhibits, Book Talks and various workshops. On the third Thursday of the month – from November to May – luncheons are held with interesting, informative speakers featuring the three Muses ~ Art – Literature – Music! 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

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!VA! , A Communal Exhibition Of Altars Celebrate Day Of Dead At Armory Annex

The Day of the Dead is a holiday in Latino culture that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to create altars or ofrendas to pray for and celebrate the spiritual journey of friends and family members who have died.  The Armory Annex welcomes the public to experience the treasures and traditions of the Day of the Dead in the exhibition ¡Va!–a communal exhibition of altars created by families, artists, and organizations in Lake Worth.  The Public Opening Reception on Saturday, November 5th, is in conjunction with the Day of the Dead Festival. This is a free, family-friendly cultural event which will highlight the different cultural aspects of the Day of the Dead holiday with music, dance performances, and ethnic cuisine.  The Exhibit is available from November 5 – 25, 2016. The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek.

 

 

 

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1121 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-832-1776

armoryart.org

 

 

 

 

¡Va! – A Communal Exhibition of Altars

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

 

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Opening Reception:

Saturday, November 5, 2016

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Armory Annex Gallery
1121 Lucerne Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460

561-832-1776

 

 

“Latino culture…is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. True, there is as much fear in their attitude as in that of others, but at least death is not hidden away: he looks at it face-to-face, with impatience, disdain, or irony.” —Octavio Paz
The Day of the Dead is a holiday in Latino culture that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to create altars or ofrendas to pray for and celebrate the spiritual journey of friends and family members who have died.  The Armory Annex welcomes the public to experience the treasures and traditions of the Day of the Dead in the exhibition ¡Va!–a communal exhibition of altars created by families, artists, and organizations in Lake Worth.

 

 

 

Opening reception is in conjunction with the Day of the Dead Festival. This is a free, family-friendly cultural event which will highlight the different cultural aspects of the Day of the Dead holiday with music, dance performances, and ethnic cuisine.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, workshops or events offered by The Armory Art Center:

armoryart.org

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Kick Off The Halloween Season With A Scary Art Exhibit And Party October 1st At Galleria Gilda

It’s time to kick off Halloween Season, with a “Scary Art ExhibitOpening Reception plus a PARTY!  Galleria Gilda invites everyone to attend on October 1st. Meet the artists, come for the fun, food and entertainment (including fire dancers)!  Lake Worth is full of ghoulish and artistic surprises! The Rickie Report shares the details!

 

 

G A L L E R I A    G I L D A

2211 N. DIXIE HIGHWAY

  LAKE WORTH, FL 33460

http://artinfl.org/

 

Saturday, October 1st

 

6 – 11 pm  

 “Scary Art Exhibit” & PARTY!

 

Suggested Donation at the door:  $10.

 

 

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Names of the lucky artists who are exhibiting:

Bruce Bain, Craig McInnis, Brian Rosen, Criss Gomez, James Bell, Susan Oakes, Lisa Peterson,  Joanne Urban, Susan David, Sandy Friedkin, Bernard Franz, Arlene Sage, Benjamin Kenagen, Ron Seitler, Jerry Buscarino, Manuel Gomez.

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For more information:

Galleria Gilda

2211 North Dixie Highway  Lake Worth, FL 33460

561 839-3054

E-Mail General: info@artinfl.org

 

 

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The Rickie Report

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291