29th Annual Boca Fest At The Town Center Mall January 16 -17th Offers Nationally Renown Fine Art And Fine Crafts

The 29th Annual Boca Fest takes place at the Town Center Mall on January 16 and 17th.  Enjoy the eclectic displays of original art, diverse media and styles of unique handcrafted items. Meet the top national and local artists in their fields.  There will be live music, food and something for everyone’s budget.  The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights three of the artists: Robert CasariettiRon Schmidt and Maria Cano.  This is a Free event.  Enjoy!







29th Annual Boca Fest


The Town Center Mall

Saturday, January 16th


Sunday, January 17th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Parking lot of The Terrace at The Town Center Mall  

Navigational address:

6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486

Free and open to the public


Boca Fest returns to its original home at The Town Center Mall in Boca Raton with the finest local and national artists on January 16 – 17, 2016. The 29th Annual Boca Fest  is an outdoor gallery style juried event will showcase a variety of handmade art and unique gift items as well as functional pieces. The eclectic displays, appealing to all tastes and budgets, will offer a wide array of artistic media. Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.



Robert & Michelle Casarietti:



“Blue Contemplation” by the Casariettis


Robert and Michelle Casarietti

The Casarietti’s have been painting together on the same canvas for the last 16 years. Their works, true collaborations of though and experience, hang in some of the most prestigious homes, resorts and office spaces.​ Robert & Michelle’s paintings explore spiritual connections with nature, color, shape, symbols and human form. Their work looks to the energies of earth, sky, water, fire, the cosmos and how to express this as an experience that takes you beyond the Visual.


“Everlasting Love” by the Casareittis

Casareitti paintings change all day long with the rising and setting of the sun. The viewer will experience different colors, dimensions and imagery within each piece. When viewing the paintings, one needs to stop and spend time. As you slow down you will experience the simplicity, subtlety and power of the work. By day and by night. Each piece is created with many, many layers of paint. Rich colors and textures emerge, thoughtful compositions arise as the painting evolves into being. The works are meant to create a place of beauty or calm where ever they are placed…for the viewer to take time and simply be. Each piece is meant to transport the viewer to present moment awareness, creating gateways into their own imaginations.


Ron Schmidt:




“Parallelogram In Motion” by Ron Schmidt


Ron Schmidt



Ron shares with The Rickie Report, “A native of Michigan, I first began producing dimensional art in the early 1960’s in Savannah, Georgia. My first works used wooden frames and strategically placed parachute shroud lines.  Since 1968 I have been working with metals and an oxygen/acetylene torch. Though some early pieces used such diverse materials as automobile bumpers, the basic material of my work for many years has been the common cut nail”.




“Syncopation” by Ron Schmidt




Current works integrate many other metals, such as copper, brass, steel, bronze, and silflow. The intense contrasts between the cold black steel nails and the warm buffed-brass brazing are sometimes accentuated, sometimes softened, by the natural colors of the integrated metal pieces. Ron’s work is readily recognizable by the unique combination of artistic design, geometric form, and the high quality of braze. ” In 1978, my peers bestowed upon me the title of King of the Nail Sculptors, which I consider to be my greatest recognition. My work has been regularly shown throughout the United States for over thirty years, at juried and invitational exhibitions”.



Maria Cano:



“Athena” by Maria Cano




Maria Cano


Maria shares, “My first passion is art and jewelry. I have luckily inherited my artistic passion from my mother’s family primarily. My family comes from a long line of poets, sculptures and painters. I wrote poetry when I was young and loved to design things since I was a child. My second passion after art is traveling. I love to travel and see new places. It is fascinating to meet people from different cultures and walks of life. Luckily, I have had the opportunity to travel to many countries and experience their cultures. During the year I always make a little time to travel to a new place”.





“Fleur de Papier” by Maria Cano


” I love jewelry. The problem was that I wanted unique pieces that were designed with passion and inspiration. About 11 years ago, I found my inspiration and decided to combine my passions after a marvelous trip throughout Spain. I decided to start making my own, unique and inspiring jewelry. I hand-made all the pieces using silver 925 and various semi-precious stones and spondylus. I first started designing and making jewelry for my mother, my daughter and for myself. Everywhere we went, everyone complimented my jewelry pieces and I received many offers to sell them. So, I made a few pieces for a person that insisted and that’s how it all got started”.



Art enthusiasts will be able to explore the diverse exhibits and learn more about the artists and their creative process. The exhibitors, more than 175 local and national artists, will be present for the duration of the festival and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work. The vast array of original art will include diverse media and styles, featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media and much more.



Additional Information At-A-Glance:


  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Ranked among top 100 fine art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
  • Original Art – Handmade in America
  • 150 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Eclectic displays
  • Live music
  • Free to attend

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.


For additional information on the 29th Annual Boca Fest at The Town Center Mall and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.








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Behind the Scenes Tour of Whitespace Collection: Visit The Mordes’ Private Home Collection

Once a year, Marvin and Elayne Mordes open their private home to the public.  Usually only open to private groups, it promises to be a whimsical, provocative and entertaining tour!  The Rickie Report staff  has seen their private collection and can attest that lovers of contemporary art will not want to miss this event! Come to Whitespace Collection on February 14th and see the full Whitespace Collection!




2013 valentine front

2013 valentine back

Spend part of your Valentine’s Day with a special behind-the-scenes tour with Marvin and Elayne Mordes.  Usually open to only private tour groups, this is an opportunity to walk through their private home and view their personal collection of wall art, sculpture and furniture.


In addition to touring their private space, you will see the entire Whitespace Collection, including the “Zoetrope” of Mat Collishaw and a preview of “Love” by Tracy Moffett (courtsey of the Sagamore Art Hotel in Miami Beach) .  The Mordes’ are “sweetening” the invitation with bubbly and sweet refreshments, a special “Goodie Bag”, a complimentary limited edition print from the Claudia Alvarez Project and a special “thank you” gift.


Format 18×24
In order to increase our viewing audience and to promote
Contemporary Art awareness in our community,
Whitespace is implementing this new continuing project.
Join us at a Whitespace program,
and receive a free limited edition artwork done by a selected artist specifically for Whitespace.

#2 – 2013
 Claudia Alvarez
          Espacio Vacio/Espacio Lleno
           Empty Space/Filled Space 
The Journey of human survival is beautifully complex.
This photograph of me at the age of three was taken when I immigrated into the United States.
It suggests the concepts of assimilation, displacement, tolerance, and compassion –
and their relationship to time, space and experience.
Claudia has written a  poem to accompany this project.
A copy will be included with each poster.


Mat Collishaw:  Parnagraphia 

a spinning installation based on Mantegna’s famous painting “Mars and Venus”or sometimes titled Parnaso – 1497 and currently displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.  Both depict the forbidden love between Venus and Mars, surrounded by Apollo and the Dancing Muses of the arts, under the protecting gaze of Mercury.
Collishaw appropriates the delicate symbology of Mantegna’s work and explodes it in a sculptural intervention on the zoetrope’s pre-cinematographic technology, giving the illusion of a moving dioramic set in which all the symbolic elements are conveyed in a mesmerizing choreography.

Marvin and Elayne will lead this special tour.  Sharing their vast knowledge of the contemporary art scene as well as personal anecdotes, The Rickie Report knows that this promises to be a Valentine’s Day you won’t soon forget. Make your reservations NOW!  

 In addition, Whitespace Collection is offering:

Miami Art Tours
Elayne and Marvin Mordes as your guides
Sunday, February 17
Tour Art Wynwood – sponsored by Art Wynwood
and a private tour of the Sagamore Art Hotel Collection
Includes coach bus transportation, mini breakfast, entrances, tours, lunch, bubbly and chocolates
for information – www.whitespacecollection.com  or 561.842.4131
  reservation required  – no refunds
partial proceeds benefitting the arts through Community Foundation
Every Sunday 1-4pm
$10 admission Students- $5 Children under 12- free

Contact: 561-842-4131.  Whitespace Collection is located at 2805 N. Australian Avenue  West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Visit  www.whitespacecollection.com for more information.  All events benefit Arts through The Community Foundation.

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420