LUSH: A Contemporary Ceramics Exhibit Will Enchant You At Lighthouse ArtCenter November 11 – January 4 With Exhibit, Lectures, Workshops, Award Reception

To celebrate the success of Chad Steve and his Ceramics Department, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is hosting LUSH: A Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition from November 11, 2019 – January 4, 2020.  Over 500 pieces were considered, but only 109 pieces were selected.  The artwork comes from as far away as Japan, and as close as down the street. On Thursday, November 21 during the artists’ reception which is open to the public, esteemed juror Alex Zablocki, will announce the winners from the juried entrants who will share four monetary awards that total $3,500. Alex is offering a two-day workshop, “Thinking Through the Vessel” on Saturday & Sunday, November 23-24.  Registration is open to non-members.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibit and workshop plus some sneak peeks.





Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

No charge for members, non-member adults (18 and older) $5.00

 First Saturday of the month no charge












Award Reception:

Thursday, November 21, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 pm

No charge for members, nonmembers $5.00




Exhibit is available November 11, 2019 – January 4, 2020




Register NOW: 

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to




Ceramics by Alex Zablocki



In a world where mobile phones are ringing, and pinging, where emails and text messages demand attention, where TVs run in the background in every nook and cranny it can be hard to imagine that quiet creative places, soothing to the soul, still exist. 

But, open the door to a working ceramics studio and tranquility billows out.  It. Is. Enchanting.  

This is the alchemy of earth, air, fire and water.  It’s the magic created by craftsmen who turn mud into high art and functional ware. 

You’re welcome to feel it yourself, visit Chad Steve, at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art, just a stone’s throw away to the northern end of Palm Beach County.  Chad runs the ceramics department where the student enrollment has doubled and doubled again in the three years he’s been teaching there.

With a …thumpthumpthump… Students from 19 to 90 settle into a gentle rhythm as they methodically wedge their clay to remove any air pockets.  Some settle at a potter’s wheel, while others are hand building and although they are working at different levels of accomplishment there is an undeniable sense of comradery in the room.



Lettuceware Teapot by Dodie Thayer




Of great interest to collectors is an important selection of original Lettuceware that is featured in the west gallery where a retrospective exhibition celebrates the original ceramic works of Dodie Thayer, most well known for her iconic green table ware evocative of crinkly heads of cabbage.  Lettuceware collectors read like the Who’s Who of society from around the globe.  They include the Queen of England, Jackie Kennedy Onassis  and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few.  Mrs. Marshal Field V is loaning two of her large soup tureens for the exhibition, while Mrs. Thayer’s daughter is pulling pieces from the family’s treasures which have never before been shown.  They are irreplaceable.  




Lettuceware platter by Dodie Thayer



If you’ve been in the area for a while then you may be aware that Dodie DuBois Thayer Hawthorn was one of the original eight artists who established the Lighthouse ArtCenter 56 years ago along with Christopher Norton.  Dodie’s ceramic tableware became synonymous with Palm Beach at a time when Palm Beach represented the epitome of culture.  Until a few years ago all of Mrs. Thayer’s lettuceware was handmade, a few short years ago she licensed Tory Burch to manufacture her iconic lettuceware.  Although the work on exhibit at the Lighthouse ArtCenter will not be available for purchase, the ware produced by Tory Burch is still available in their shop on Worth Avenue.



Douglas Basset Andrews, a noted collector and art consultant, is loaning pieces of his recently acquired contemporary ceramics by Kentaro Kawabata, and Masaomi Yasunaga.  These pieces were shipped directly from exhibition openings in Los Angeles in time for LUSH. 



Ceramics by Alex Zablocki



It’s the energy and the enthusiasm of the staff, the students, and the volunteers at the Lighthouse ArtCenter that continue to thrive in this vibrant community. While most arts non-profits are struggling, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is bursting at the seams.  The School of Art serves over 2,600 adult students and 700 children.  Faculty members provide outreach to underserved residents in the community and every month a free and accessible class for special needs adults is offered at no charge in the master studio.  “We are bursting at the seams” says Nancy Politsch, executive director, “And that explains why we are creating a capital campaign to build a second floor on the gallery. It will expand the school and increase the size of the gallery.  The distinguished architect, Scott Hughes, is working on plans that will pull the best kept secret in Tequesta out of the 1960s and into the 21st century.  His plans for the new building are clean, sleek and bright.” 



Wood fired Vase by Brian Kovachik



When she joined the ArtCenter, three  years ago, Nancy Politsch, unpacked 38 years of experience in wealth management, along with a special brand of belt tightening that has resulted in a streamlined operation with a small and mighty staff that serves up the arts with passion seven days a week.  



Vase by Kentaro Kawabata On Loan Courtesy of  Douglas B. Andrews




Janeen Mason, the curator, creates eleven exhibitions annually at the ArtCenter and installs satellite exhibitions in other venues such as the 22nd Floor Gallery of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee, or in the new offices of the Community Foundation of Martin-St.Lucie.  It’s hard to believe her exhibitions, which some say are worthy of MOMA, are tucked away in Gallery Square North in Tequesta.  Earlier this year the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum created a special exhibition called Building Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim for the ArtCenter in order to honor Peter Lawson-Johnston, the grandson of Solomon R. Guggenheim, who now serves as the honorary chairman of the board of directors for the Lighthouse ArtCenter. 

The ongoing success of the ArtCenter is directly related to generous patrons like Mrs. Lehan, who give their time, talent and resources, to insure cultural programming at this level is available to all who want to enjoy it, regardless of their ethnicity or economic standing.  This insures the heartbeat of the community, the Lighthouse ArtCenter will continue to thrive into the next 56 years.







For further information about this event, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm






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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986










Artisans On The Ave Invites You To “6 Women Inspired”, A Multi-Media Exhibition

Artisans On The Ave gallery invites everyone to a new exhibit, “6 Women Inspired”, showcasing the creative works of Barbara Bailey, Susan Peck, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Ebba Tinwin, Doris Gilden and Edrian Thomidis.  A Free, Opening Reception takes place on Friday, May 20th.  Enjoy the refreshments and meeting each of these outstanding artists!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details. When you visit the 3 showrooms within the gallery you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art from over 40 artists the gallery features.






Artisans On The Ave

630 Lake Avenue       Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-582-3300     561-762-8162

“6 Women Inspired”

Opening Reception:

Friday, May 20, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the refreshments!  Meet the artists!




Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm




Artisans On The Ave Gallery is featuring six women artists including: Barbara Bailey, Susan Peck, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Ebba Tinwin, Doris Gilden, and Edrian Thomidis. For centuries women have proved their strength and talents in a variety of ways. The women artists of Artisans On The Ave Gallery are no exception.




Each of these artists have discovered the arts in a personal way in her life.  Her calling may have appeared as a little girl drawing with the vast rainbow of exciting colors and creating masterpieces.  Maybe she had to put her art career on hold as she raised her family, making being the best mother to her family her priority. She might have stayed in the background of her partner’s career as she silently dreamed of someday having her name in lights. Then the timing in her life allowed her the opportunity to show the world her talents and share her exciting creations to everyone.



Meet The 6 Women Inspired:



#1 Barbara McKee Bailey



“Stealth Code” by Barbara McKee Bailey

Barbara McKee Bailey graduated Cum Laude from Mount St. Mary’s College in New York and studied the medium of watercolor at the Jacaruso Studio in Rhinebeck, New York. After operating a successful Bed and Breakfast business in the Hudson Valley Barbara has used her talents to create original art. Using both acrylics and mixed media and currently working in various procedures her abstract art has won several awards throughout various locations in Florida.







“Water Dance” by Barbara McKee Bailey

After years of painting representational art Barbara decided to experiment with non-representational art and suddenly found her new passion with the freedom this technique offers. She can alter the conception of reality using forms, shapes, textures, patterns, and colors. Barbara can express how “Spring” feels using this medium with the intention of continuing to explore and create within this venue




#2  Susan Peck





Handpainted Silk Scarf by Susan Peck


Visual artists have their own interpretation of the world by taking on a romantic view of the wonders of nature. Gardens, flowers and foliage inspire Susan Peck’s fascination with color. The pieces she creates celebrate the gorgeous hues and vibrancy of her surroundings with the intention of delight.




Wearable Art Purse by Susan Peck



Her lovely unique one-of-a-kind creations of wearable art bring a sense of joy and happiness to the proud owner who admires and wears her art. Each of Susan’s pieces are original and made by hand. Her silk scarves and purses are truly a delight to wear and enjoy. Susan also creates canvas pieces that will look beautiful in your home and will be quite the conversation piece.




#3 Mary Ellen Dohrs



“Sumos” by Mary Ellen Dohrs



Mary Ellen Dohr’s joy of sculpturing comes from the luxurious feel of terra cotta in her hands and the creation of turning her thoughts into finished forms.  A lifetime of experience in other disciplines as an artist influenced her progression to her success as a sculptor. After graduating in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, she became the first woman in General Motors Styling and later continued her career in product design for large named industry clients.




“Lydia” by Mary Ellen Dohrs

Industrial Design to sculpture was an easy transition, basically similar in the use of volume, form and color. But it was the tactile quality that made it so attractive. The expression of movement and vitality appear in all of her works”. The strength of her sculpture is in the energy expressed. She delights in tackling all subject matter including forms that range from aggressive, and masculine to quiet inner calm and peaceful female figures. “In art works, just as in life experiences, there should always be a place for whimsy and a good laugh as evidenced by silly pots and ubiquitous frogs. Each day brings a new opportunity to create something beautiful out of this simple material… mud”.



#4 Ebba TinWin


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“Wildlife Refuge” by Ebba TinWin

Ebba grew up by the wind and waves of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. Before settling in the United States, Ebba spent seven years in her husband’s native country of Burma (now Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. Many of her collages were inspired by the vibrant colors of the Orient. Ebba holds a MA in education, but her passion has always involved the arts. Her career includes managing an expressive art gallery and the precise instruction involving collage art using her adventures of world traveling and memories to tell a visual story on paper.




“Marsh At Dusk” by Ebba TinWin 


An avid beachcomber, Ebba enjoys turning what she finds into unique creations. She presents her beach glass designs with pride, delighting in each piece as a true gift of Nature. The translucent colors of what the magnificent ocean washes ashore are then made by hand into a forever piece of jewelry to be worn and loved. No two pieces are ever alike so each one is an original work of art. Ebba also takes her talents to canvas and paints in a variety of different styles including abstract.





#5  Doris Gilden 


“From The Heart” by Doris Gilden

Doris’s one of a kind ceramic creations are the culmination of an artistic career that was inspired from studying fashion design and illustration to interior design and decorating. Doris’s personalized creations of boutique leather handbags have been sold in high-end specialty and department stores. She decided to explore ceramics as a medium for artistic expression. Working with green-ware and slip, Doris creates unique vessels, plates, and vases using her fashion background as the inspired motif of elegant women and their silhouettes on her ceramics, which she considers her canvas. To create her three-dimensional finished product she uses a selection of numerous materials with her clay. Enjoying and incorporating a variety of techniques Doris uses lace, fabrics, 14K gold, platinum, gold foil and crystals into her ceramic art.






Mixed Media by Doris Gilden




Doris is a member of Women in the Visual Arts and the National Organization of Women Artists. She has displayed and sold her art in a number of venues.  One of the thrills of working with ceramics is that she is never entirely sure of how something will look once it is fired, and The sense of surprise motivates Doris as an artist. Her daily purpose is to create new and unique techniques and continue to grow as an established woman artist.




# 6  Edrian Thomidis 




“Don’t Feed The Monster” by Edrian Thomidis




Edrian Thomidis’ career took a complete turn, for her to become the artist that she is today. Her expertise and skills of owning and operating a graphic design studio allowed her to design websites for some of the most notable Fortune 500 companies where her work was seen all over the world. Digital media, websites and online ad campaigns have used her many illustrations.




“Young Warrior” by Edrian Thomidis

She then discovered a new passion in ceramics and expresses herself through her artistic creations. Thoughts and feelings evolve in a creative way and document a slice of her life. Currently fostering her creative spirit to produce work that is expressive, whimsical yet slightly odd. Her figurative ceramics and mixed media are all about storytelling with characters that are influenced by her interest in children’s books, time specific stories and personal growth. Each detail has personal meaning, but viewers can interpret and connect with each piece in their own unique way. Edrian’s hand built and uniquely glazed ceramics and sculptures are enjoyed and loved by each of her many collectors and admirers.










Visit this opening night for an evening of fun.

Meet the artists!!!

View our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!


For more information:

Artisans On The Ave
Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro

561-582-3300     or        561-762-8162



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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Ray Gross’ Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains Are Gaining World-Wide Following

Ray Gross’ Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains are being celebrated world wide! His trip to Europe was a great success, first at Art Gallery Wiesbaden in Germany and later in Paris. Locally, Ray is being represented by Gallery Biba on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach and will have his work shown in upcoming international art fairs around the country, as well as other galleries nation-wide.  The Rickie Report shares some new photos and the details.





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Ray Gross is represented by Gallery Biba in Palm Beach, FL



At Art Hamptons, 2014, Ray celebrated his first Sell-Out show under the auspices of Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, NY. He repeated his success at Scope/Art Miami that same year and took part in the 11th Anniversary Show at Art Palm Springs, CA. Ray’s creations were also at Habatat Gallery (West Palm Beach, FL).



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Ray Gross’ Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains




The Bruce Lurie Gallery located in Los Angeles, CA represented Ray at Art Hamptons , 2015; Affordable Art Show, New York City, Art Aspen and Art Houston. Art-Gallery-Wiesbaden sold 5 pieces the first week of their “American Pop” Exhibition. Galerie Mark Hachem of Paris represented and sold Ray’s work at Art Southamptons, 2015, The Affordable Art Show in NYC and SOFA/Chicago.



Ray Gross and Gabriele Kraus in Palm Springs



Ray Gross’ Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains displayed and sold out at ArtPalmBeach last season! He will be showing at ArtPalmBeach January 20 – 24, 2016 and 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show February 26 – 28, 2016. Both will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center located at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL.  Ray’s work will also be available at Art Miami and Art Basel.






Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains by Ray Gross



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Ray Gross' Pop Art Tubes after firing in Europe

Ray Gross’ Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains after the firing process, in Europe. Each one is unique!




Preliminary sketch by Ray Gross for Free-Standing Pop Art Tube at the request of Mark Hachem Gallery, Paris France

Preliminary sketch by Ray Gross for Free-Standing Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelain at the request of Mark Hachem Gallery, Paris France



You can find Ray Gross’

Fine Art Hyper-Realistic Porcelains:

In the United States:


Gallery Biba Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL  561-651-1371

Contessa Gallery Lyndhurst, OH 216-382.7800

Greenhill Center For The Arts Greensboro, NC  336-333-7460

Habatat Galleries  West Palm Beach, FL  561.469-8587

Haen Gallery Asheville, NC   828.883.3268

Haen Lumberyard  Brevard, NC   828-883-3268

Johnston & Gentithes  Seagrove, NC  336-873-9176



In Europe:


Ray Gross at Mark Hachem Gallery, Paris France




 Mark Hachem Gallery  PARIS  28 Place des Vosges   75003    Paris, France +331-42-76-9493    OPENING TIMES   everyday 10:30 am – 8 am


Art Gallery Wiesbaden, Germany

Art Gallery Wiesbaden, Germany



Häfnergasse 2  65183 Wiesbaden,DE    Tel: 0611/ 37 62 69

Fax: 0611/ 37 62 89



Ray is a member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and serves on the faculty at the Armory Arts Center Complex in W. Palm Beach. 


For more information please contact:

Ray Gross Fine Art
561 951 4749
Euro 0170-5091840




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The Rickie Report

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Talin’s Tropical Studio Has Special Offer For Summer Art Activities For Adults And Kids

The popular artist studio and art activity haven, Talin’s Tropical Studio tells The Rickie Report they are Open For Business and CREATIVITY in their new space! We share the information here and once again marvel at the power of art in our lives.  Talin’s Tropical Studio continues to offer summer art activities for children and adults, including art therapy, as Talin Lyman has been doing for the past 29 years! Talin has a special offer running through August 15th: Bring 3 Get 1 Free! Kids, who bring 3 friends to Summer Art Camp, will receive one class ABSOLUTELY FREE! Note to interior designers and fabric lovers: Talin creates her own exclusive designs.


Talin’s Tropical Studio


2915 South Federal Hwy Suite D-3


Delray Beach, FL 33483




Creative FUN at Talin's Tropical Studio

Creative FUN at Talin’s Tropical Studio



Talin’s Tropical Studio has been in South Florida for over 29 years. It’s a great place to learn how to paint, no matter what age or expertise level. It’s as easy as coming in, finding a picture that you would like to paint, and having Founder and President, Talin Lyman, show you how!


The art classes are lighthearted, happy, fun, and easy with everyone walking out the door with their own painting! Art is therapy for kids and adults including cancer and stroke patients PLUS it is a great stress reliever!


Ms. Lyman, a professional artist herself, has been able to bring joy and fun to the community, ages 5 to 95, through her studio for 29 years.  Talin now operates her new Delray Studio at 2915 South Federal Hwy Suite D-3.  She tells The Rickie Report, “We have lots of fun classes for kids and adults alike, and even Summer Art Camp for the kids!”


  • Adult freestyle classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm (all mediums, levels, styles) 
  • Adult cork n’ canvas on Thursdays and Fridays from 6:00 to 8:00pm
  • Kid’s afternoon art club (during school year) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Kid’s Art Camp during all school breaks from 9:30am to 4:00pm daily
  • Special Offer running through August 15th: Bring 3 Get 1 Free! Kids, who bring 3 friends to our Summer Art Camp, will receive one class ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Interior Designers, Decorators and Home Improvers, Take Note!

Talin Lyman also offers Exclusive Designer Fabrics & Custom Handpainted Fabrics. 


Greatness, in the world of art is a subjective judgment. However, Talin Lyman’s (formerly Johnson) prized client list would suggest a consistent theme – others who have made great achievement their legacy seek out her works and designs. If the company she keeps is any indication, Talin too will be noted as a great achiever in the art and design world. Her one-of-a-kind musical painting rests in China at the home of the Chinese Ambassador. Two grand frescos can be found in Tuscany and in Rome at the Intercontinental hotels; each one over 120 square feet in size. Talin was commissioned to paint a mural which now adorns a wall in the winter home of one of the U.S. vice-presidents. The list goes on. Dennis Max, famed south Florida restaurateur owns her paintings and rugs. Rainier Neuman, caterer to Donald Trump and other notables in Palm Beach fashions her exclusive fabric designs for his home. She studied under artist Marbury Brown and studied ancient painting techniques during a stay in Greece. Talin is frequently asked to lecture and share her vibrant work and personality with others.


For more information call 561-573-0123 or visit


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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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