McMow Art Glass, Habatat Galleries and Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts Announce Plans For Art Synergy 2016 During ArtPalmBeach

This article is for Art Lovers/Art Patrons and Artists/Artisans/Art Organizations. We share this call for all Lake Worth Artists & Galleries to work together on the Art Synergy2016 event.  On Saturday, January 23, 2016, this mega-event takes place at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts from 2:00-9:00 PM.   Visitors will enjoy wine/beer/soda, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment.  Watch glass blowing and browse professional and emerging artists & galleries in one location! World renown glass artist, Laura Donefer will demo!  Art Lovers/Art Patrons: MARK your calendars for Saturday, January 23, 2016, 2:00-9:00 PM.  Kudos to McMow Art Glass, Habatat Galleries and Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts for bringing the arts community together for this event! Artists, Galleries and Organizations will have a free 10 x 10 space to use for display. For more details, contact Anita Holmes at 561.508.7315/ Deadline is January 14th. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of Laura Donefer’s amazing glass work and all of the details!



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Friday, January 22, 2016   6 -9 pm

Benzaiten Gallery Opening



Visitors to Benzaiten, 2015



Saturday, January 23, 2016   2 – 9 pm

Art Synergy 2016

Meet the Artists

Laura Donefer Glass-blowing Demo

 4 – 6pm 




BenzaitenLaura and 2 Wall pieces

 Laura Donefer with 2 Wall Pieces







Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts

1105 2nd Avenue South    Lake Worth FL






The hot new place to be this season is located in an Historic FEC Train Depot building in the heart of the City of Lake Worth, Florida. The 14,000 square foot Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is attracting hundreds of interested people to its brand new hot shop. With three glory holes and two furnaces they have been scheduling back-to-back classes ever since they reopened in October.


BenzaitenLaura Donefer Creating

Laura Donefer, creating 




All throughout the Summer, Founder, JB Berkow along with Anita Holmes, Executive Director and Rick Eggert, Creative Director have worked hard to design an impressive line up of programming for the upcoming season.




They have four outstanding, world renowned Visiting Glass Artists coming to the center in 2016. These events will be three-day affairs. Thursday nights will be a private sit-down-dinner party where the artist will talk about their processes and inspirations. Friday nights will be a gallery opening centering around the visiting artist’s works and featuring two dimensional works by local artists.




Laura Donefer, “Phoenix”



Finally, Saturday will be an afternoon demonstration by the visiting artist. Never before has there been this type of opportunity for Palm Beach County residents to meet and greet four of the top glass artists in the world and have the rare chance to learn about their processes, inspirations and actually see them creating. Visit the Center’s website to view the details and to register and pay for the Thursday and Friday night events.



The first of these events will coincide with the Lake Worth Art Synergy Event, which the Benzaiten Center is hosting for the second year in a row. Last year they had 32 local artists and organizations taking part in a mini-art-fair within the empty 5,000 square foot space of the building that will eventually house their fine art metal foundry. This year the highlight and kick-off to the event will be world-renowned glass artist, Laura Donefer, conducting a glass-blowing demo from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, January 23. After that, will be an Art Synergy Awards Ceremony. Festivities will continue until 8pm with live music, light nibbles, wine and beer and is open to the public free of charge.



benzaitenLaura Donefer

Laura Donefer


They also have a stimulating series of lectures that started in December and recurs every first Tuesday of the month from 6pm – 8pm. Every second Wednesday of the month they hold a Hump of the Hump Happy Hour from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the evening featuring a glass blowing demo, wine, beer, and live entertainment. Besides all of that there are several fundraisers planned for the 2016 season including their signature event, ‘Glasstronomique,’ a ‘Casablanca Casino Night,’ and a cocktail party in the home of a major glass collector. They will also hold a community ‘Summer Solstice’ party in June. Again, check out our website for dates, times and registration details.

“Grande Basket” by Laura Donefer



Besides all of this, they offer a myriad of classes for first time glass blowers plus the ability for professionals to rent studio time in the hot shop. They also offer tours of the center, team building events, school field trips and kids programming. Soon they will be offering flame working classes and rental time in a Flame Working Studio that will be built shortly thanks to a large State Cultural Facilities Grant that the center was awarded last year.



For more information about Art Synergy 2016 please visit:

Art Synergy PBC


For more information about McMow Art Glass:

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Add To Your Summer Fun With Aya Fiber Studio’s Offerings

Aya Fiber Studio Dyehouse’s Suzanne Connors is bringing back new techniques and knowledge from a recent two week Fiber Immersion workshop at world renown Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts!  The Rickie Report shares her July Workshop Schedule and possibilities for your own studio time or group visits.  Located within Port Salerno’s Fish House Art Center, it is in the hub of other artists’ studios and good dining options.  NOTE TO FIBER ARTISTS/INSTRUCTORS: Suzanne is putting together the Fall and Winter Schedule.  Contact Suzanne if you are interested in being an instructor. NOTE to Indigo Lovers – Aya Studios offers ready made tote bags, clothing, bedding and more! Click here for details.






Aya Fiber Studio

Fish House Art Center

4745 SE Desoto Ave

Port Salerno, Florida 34997

STUDIO and BOUTIQUE OPEN: Tuesday- Saturday

and by appointment: 336-693-4606



Fiber Stitching Workshop at Aya Studio

Fiber Stitching Workshop at Aya Studio


Aya Fiber Studio DYEHOUSE
JULY workshops
4 workshops offered at Aya Fiber DYEHOUSE during July:



  • Japanese Shibori Dyeing

  • Intro to Shibori Stitching (2 day)

  • Intro to Indigo

  • Alternative Dye Methods



  • These are hands on workshops- not demonstrations: expect to get your hands wet and be sure to bring an apron. 
  • In order for everyone to get a true hands on experience there will be a limit of 4 participants for each workshop.  


These classes fill quickly so please inquire early to reserve your date.


There will also be an Indigo Play-Day on Sunday July 26th – so bring those items you have been working on and plan to play with like minded fiber artists for a day in the vat!


Alternative Dying Methods at Aya Fiber Studio

Alternative Dying Methods at Aya Fiber Studio




Weekly and monthly WORKSHOPS are available for all ages and all levels from absolute beginners to experienced craftspeople looking to hone their skills. Teachers and speakers include local artists as well as experienced “visiting artists” from the Fiber world!


Hand dyed fabric tote with pockets and leather straps by Aya Fiber Studio

Hand dyed fabric tote with pockets and leather straps by Aya Fiber Studio

Rent studio space by the hour, day, week or month to practice your new skills. It is a great opportunity to create in an intimate fully furnished waterfront studio environment in South Florida! Use onion skins and beets for natural dyes!



Indigo Workshops: July 13, Aug 3
Intro to Stitching 2 day workshops: July 19-20, Aug 9-10
Thursday Mornings @ Aya Fiber Studio- Suzanne will lead an Open Studio Session presenting different techniques.



Studio equipped with:

sewing machines
large cutting and work tables
irons/ironing boards
dress forms
wet area with sinks
dye equipment
drying rack and indoor lines
silk and batik frames
4 harness Leclerc floor loom
Tapestry Loom
Marbling equipment
Reference library
Computer and printer
Wi-fi also available





Shibori Scarf from Aya Fiber Studio

Shibori Scarf from Aya Fiber Studio



Suzanne explains to The Rickie Report, “What I love about fiber art is the surprise element – the mixture of the fabric, the dye and the resist create different combinations of results that are only revealed at the final step…the magic when the freshly dyed indigo comes out of the vat and turns from green to blue right before your eyes! It is always a surprise when I unwrap a freshly dyed piece of fabric! I currently specialize in Shibori and Batik. For me, these art forms are an excuse to use vibrant colors and simple shapes to produce designs, without having to worry too much about the details –just as in life, there are no “mistakes” with fiber, and everything is always subject to change. The imperfections are all part of the creative process. I’m always learning new techniques and experimenting so I can share them with my students. Every piece created is a unique one of a kind original!”


For more information please contact Suzanne Connors at:(336) 693-4606 or visit

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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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420