D&J Art Studio Invites Everyone To “Feel The Love” A Pop Up Art Show Featuring 36 Artists’ Interpretations Of “Love” In 2D And 3D Artworks. Opening Reception Saturday, January 29 With Refreshments And Wine.

Artists, teachers, and studio owners Danuta Rothschild and Janis Clary O heard the call for help!  The world was falling back into a quagmire-state and what could they do? Both understood that people need to “Feel The Love”. They invited 36 artists who ended up building what they affectionately call “The Wall Of Love”. As each artist dropped off their artwork, Danuta recorded each one describing what “love” means to them. (Visit their Facebook page to see the responses – you’ll be surprised by some)!  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Saturday, January 29, mingling with the artists, enjoying wine and refreshments, plus live music with Amie Kroll, Jim van Voorheis, Bill Shine, and Joe Colombo. The show continues until February 19, 2022.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks! Art lovers have already stopped by to add some of these pieces to their collections! You can, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close-up of painting, “Gentle Love” by Anna Soska

(15 year old student of Danuta Rothschild)

 

 

 

Amie Kroll, Jim van Vorheis, Joe Colombo, Bill Shine

 

 

 

P l e a s e      R S V P :   772.233.6020

 

 

 

 

 

“The Wall of Love”

 

 

Danuta Rothschild and Janis Clary O told The Rickie Report, “When we conceived this idea, “The Feel of Love”, we wanted to extend an invitation to share the healing power of love through the artists’ expression.  Love is in solitude…in sharing…in nature…and it can HEAL the human heart.  Indeed, the gentle breeze, a whisper, and touch of LOVE has the POWER to heal the world.  The response to this exhibit is beyond our expectations!  Forty artists expressing their thoughts of love on canvas and sharing their extraordinary gifts”.

 

 

 

Close-up of 3D image , “Be Mine” created by Brent McAhern

 

 

 

 

Thirty-six artists created 42 pieces of original artwork using mixed media, beads, acrylic painting, hand made glass, fine art photography, and oil painting.  Some of the intriguing titles include “I Woof You”, “Heart of Gold”, “Te Adoro”, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, “Together”, “You Do You”, “The Embrace”, “Joy”….and more to bring YOU joy!  You have to see these in person to appreciate the artistry and FEEL the LOVE!

 

 

 

 

Jane Baldridge

Jeanine Baum

Dinija Berkien

Barbara Bucci

Ken Capozzi

Neil Capozzi

Suzanne Connors

Janis Clary O

Cindy Cooper

Carla Cope

Cheryl Cote

Ed Douglas

Tom Forster

Dot Galfond

Torrenzo Gann

Olga Hamilton

Carol Kepp

Renee Keil

Sue Klahne

Aime Kroll

Rickie Leiter

Jaye Alison Mascariello

Robin Marshall

Ben McAhern

Brent McAhren

Maria Miele

Sue Ann Mosely Saleebey

Keith Oehlschlager

JR Ringdahl

Danuta Rothschild

Mark Stall

Anna Soska

Debra Terrio

Billie Jo Thompson

Tracee Virginia

Rose Widener

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes, or to make a studio visit appointment:

 

Danuta Rothschild:

danutastudio.com

danutastudio@yahoo.com

Facebook 

772.233.6020

 

 

Janis Clary O:

 janisclary.com

janicemcgee@gmail.com  

843.283.7740

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Lois Perdue’s Solo Art Exhibit At Artserve Now Through January 4 Celebrates A Lifetime Of Art And Giving Back. Public Reception Is Tuesday, December 7.

Celebrating Lois Perdue‘s artwork is easy because it moves viewers through her use of color and markings.  Lois’ final Solo Exhibit will take place at Artserve in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, December 7th.  The exhibit is Open NOW through January 4, 2022. The public is invited to the Opening Reception with the Gold Coast Watercolor Society co-hostingSales of Lois’ artwork have and will benefit a number of charities:  PAWS, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Summer camp programs for kids, College art scholarships at Broward College, Pen Women Ft. Lauderdale Branch, to name a few. The Rickie Report shares sneak peeks of her artwork, plus the details about Lois’ life and her influence on so many of us. Please join me in celebrating Lois Perdue’s legacy, as she lives her days with intention, including her tributes to many in the arts community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday  9 AM – 6 PM    Saturday   10 AM – 6 PM

 

 

“Candy Crush” by Lois Perdue

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report shares, “My friend and art colleague, Lois Perdue, is closing her professional art business due to stage 4 advanced pancreatic cancer.  ARTSERVE has graciously donated its site as the host for her final exhibit with Gold Coast Watercolor Society is co-hosting the event.  To date with Lois’s generous donations from the sales of her artwork at Plunge Resort and sales for her art supplies over $6,000 has funded many worthy programs”.

 

 

 

“End of 30 x 30” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois Perdue writes, “Let me explain….I am living out the rest of my life in order to not only leave a legacy of artist appreciation, but to offer others a new opportunity to consider creating a legacy. Too many of us find ourselves in these health-related positions, and while we leave wills, telling our loved ones what to do with our possessions, somehow, that is not enough.  What about the spirit of ourselves that remains?  This is an opportunity to honor those who have helped us on the journey”.

 

 

 

“Wild Blue Yonder” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Rickie says, “It has been a personal honor to help Lois map out her vision for an ongoing $500. Cash Arts Award to a visual artist who has taken an active role and has been a mentor to a visual arts organization. Lois has faced her diagnosis like a blank canvas.  She gathered her resources and went to work! Lois has shared with me over these past months how joyous it is for her to see the fruits of her labors while she is still alive.  Lois continues to teach us to live our lives with precious strokes of thoughtfulness, good deeds, and openness.”

 

 

 

 

Lois Perdue Award

For Exceptional Contributions to the Arts Community

 

 

 

 

Lois has inaugrated a new award/program for one local visual artist each year to be awarded $500. for innovative fundraising and membership, environmental work through their art, or from helping to ‘vet’ suitable organizations to whom these groups might want to give scholarships to…and helping  fellow members who might have to shutter their studio due to ill health or moving.  The first recipient will be Tammy Seymour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lois continues, “I’ve had to shutter my studio and reduce my inventory of paintings so I don’t leave my husband, Don, and my kids with a huge portfolio of work to deal with.  I started breaking my studio down myself a few months ago, but was overwhelmed with what was involved and too emotional to be doing this alone.  I knew Tammy Seymour had helped other artists ‘break’ down their studios and I had worked closely with her as Vice President of Pen Women of Fort Lauderdale for 9 years”.  

 

 

“Jubilation” by Lois Perdue

 

 

Tammy swooped in, taking inventory of thousands of dollars’ worth of paper, substrates, brushes, Office equipment etc.  Lois’ arrangement with Tammy was that ALL supplies will be donated to Gold Coast Watercolor Society and used in their flea market for scholarship/award funding.  In the midst of all of this emotional and physical turmoil, Lois was trying to pull together her first solo exhibit in a large public venue. Tammy stepped in to help Lois create a video presentation of my life: (one for me that Don and my kids can cherish).

 

 

CLICK to Watch Video:

 

 

 

 

Tammy who retired from NCR Corporation (her clients included:  Burger King, Disney World, Checkers, etc) is recognized as an award winning artist.  Lois’ Award serves to acknowledge  her compassionate ‘can do’ attitude when it comes to supporting local arts organizations and their goals! From inaugurating clever ideas for fundraisers, to stepping in to curate exhibits or being a top-notch graphic designer who creates eye-catching collateral materials for the groups to which she belongs, Tammy is a leader and inspirer. No task is too small or too large for her and the fact that Tammy simultaneously currently serves as President of Pen Women Fort Lauderdale Branch and Gold Coast Watercolor Society—says it all!

 

 

 

“Heartbeat” by Lois Perdue

 

The Bonnet House is also a recipient of Tammy’s vision, as she provided merchandise in the gift shop, which during Covid helped them overcome  a major budget slash. She has been providing new and gently used items either donated or purchased at estate sales for their gift shop. Through monthly raffles at Pen Women luncheons of new or gently used items, we raise on average $100 per month. The proceeds of flea market sales have gone to support Pen Women Scholarship and Gold Coast Watercolor Society Danielle Vailancourt Memorial Award. Donations to these groups have exceeded $700 since inception in March 2021.  Over time, GCWS has become the place for artists to donate art supplies from their closed studios and we’ve assisted dismantling over four full studios in the last 10 years.  

 

 

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About Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois has lived in South Florida her entire life and teaches abstract workshops upon request throughout the area. She is very active in the art community and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, Plantation, Weston, Broward and Coral Springs Art Guilds, Florida Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists, XII Voices, an informal group of 12 professional water media artists who meet monthly to exchange current art information and offer critiques and evaluations from their peers. Lois is an award-winning artist who has won at the national, state and local levels and exhibits regularly throughout the South Florida area.

 

 

 

Untitled by Lois Perdue

 

 

Lois asked The Rickie Report to share this gratitude list for all those who have loved, supported and nurtured her during these many months of declining health issues. Since these are final steps of her journey, she wanted to thank those who have been by her side: 

 

  • To Rickie Leiter for her friendship, support and encouragement in all things ‘art’ and for, along with Judy Nunno, helping formulate this artist/award for Tammy Seymour.

 

  • To Heritage Art Galleries and Framing, (Tamarac, FL.), co-owners Claudio Tomassone and Ian and Linda Jerrell for believing in me and my art for the past five years, representing me as one of their featured artists, and managing the sales distribution of my giclees.

 

  • To ArtServe along with curator Sophie Bonet, operations manager Rion Birchmore and membership development coordinator Rebecca Wilkner for hosting  my solo art exhibit on December 7th and where I happily taught my abstract workshops for so many years.

 

  • To my collaborative, creative artist community especially Gold Coast Watercolor Society and Pen Women who provided the vehicles with which to share my talent benefiting the area’s young artists and summer ‘art’ campers.

 

  • To my medical support team including Dr. Sahiba Kahn (Vitas Hospice Care), Drs. C. Stone, Milana Kaplan, Willy Davila, Clark-Loesser and Robin Steinberg.

 

  • To Don’s loving fire service community for their love and support.

 

  • To special junior/high school friends who have supported and loved me through life’s challenges including raising children and for providing years of fun and companionship.

 

  • To my extraordinary loving friends including Tammy Seymour, Judy Nunno, Susan Convery, Pauline Runkle and the many others not listed here who provided love, encouragement and endless support as well.

 

  • And last to my beautiful family including my amazing children, Adam Frimet and Wendy Frimet Jacobs, special grandchildren, Eli Jacobs and Isaac Jacobs, and many first and second cousins, nieces and nephews. And to the ‘wind beneath my wings’, my best friend, my hero, my loyal and loving husband, Don Perdue.

 

 

 

 

For more about Lois Perdue’s artwork:

Loisperdue.com

 

 

 

……….    Other Resources   ……….

 

 

 

Tammy Seymour

 Tseymour53@comcast.net   or  954-288-7972

 

 

 

~  Gold Coast Watercolor Society  ~ 

 

 

 

~  Ft. Lauderdale Branch Pen Women  ~

https://lauderdalepenwomen.wixsite.com/nlapw

Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nlapwftl

 

 

 

 

 

~  PAWS  ~

 

 

 

954.989.3977    humanebroward.com

2070 Griffin Road    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

 

 

 

 

  ~  Young At Art Museum  ~

 

 

http://youngatartmuseum.org

Wednesday – Sunday :   11 am to 6 pm     

Tel: 954-424-0085

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Craft Gallery In West Palm Beach Features Holiday Event Sunday, November 21. All Jewelry Creations By Rickie Leiter 25% Off Sale

Preceding and during the initial birth of The Rickie Report, Rickie Leiter created one-of-a-kind jewelry creations!  She purchased beads and focal objects during her travels around the globe. Rickie was a featured artist at a wearable art boutique in her native MA, and was represented at the Norton Museum of Art Gift Shop, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, Artisans On The Avenue and at Gallery Five in Tequesta.  Rickie is currently selling her jewelry at The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL.  All of her jewelry will be ON SALE for 25% off at the upcoming Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 21.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about classes, workshops, rentals:

The Craft Gallery

5911 South Dixie Hwy.    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 

Betty Wilson        561-762-8162

 

www.thecraftgallery.net

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Using Zoom To Your Best Advantage And Some Pitfalls To Avoid

The Rickie Report shares some helpful hints to make a Zoom experience more productive for you and your fellow ‘Zoomers’.  If you’re not familiar with Zoom as a face-to-face meeting platform in current time, you’ll need to get up to speed (pun intended).  This easy-to-use app allows you to collaborate with others for work as well as celebrate events with others who are far flung.  The Rickie Report shares some blips we’ve experienced as well as technical tips.

 

 

 

 

Using Zoom

To Enhance Communications For

Artists, Arts Organizations, Art Patrons, Anyone

 

Photo Courtesy of Anna Shvets

 

 

 

Think of a Zoom meeting like being face-to-face

Eliminate distractions and focus on the agenda.

 

 

Download the free Zoom app days before your scheduled meeting.

 

If you are a newbie, make sure you familiar/comfortable using the features (mute/unmute, start/stop video, screen share, raise your hand).

 

Join the Zoom session early – up to 5 minutes before the meeting start time.

 

Notifications from messaging applications, ringtones, and applications running on your desktop can be distracting, which can make your attendees feel disrespected and undervalued. Mitigating these distractions helps keep the meeting focused and free from interruption.

 

Zoom amplifies everything!  From smiles to frowns, from inescapable noises to your behavior.

Be aware!

If you are the host, offer an agenda with the Zoom invitation

(Attendees – be prepared)

Make sure to introduce everyone at the beginning.

 

Just like an in-person meeting or social event, you would initiate a conversation between two acquaintances who haven’t met by introducing them. The same principle applies to a virtual meeting. Be sure to introduce all parties you are hosting at the beginning to create a welcoming environment and stimulate engagement toward a common goal.

 

Photo Courtesy of Ivan Samkov

 

 

 

 

Show Up At Your Best (Meeting Etiquette)

 

There are some general rules of courtesy for virtual (and in person) business meetings.

Be ready – just as if this meeting was taking place in person!

Wear appropriate clothing ( PJ’s are not OK unless this is a Zoom PJ Party).

Loud clothing or sparkling accessories will distract from the message you’re sharing during the Zoom session.

No Nudity ( Did I really have to say that ??  From experience, yes…yes, I did!)

Background

 

Photo Courtesy of Harry Page

 

 

You want everyone’s focus to be on the meeting content.  Have a clean setting with work-appropriate art and decorations to reduce the chance that attendees will get distracted.  Your surroundings say a lot about you and you want to make a good impression, just as if you were hosting at your home!  Showing dirty clothes in a pile and an unmade bed make people wonder if you can be professional and trusted with serious work.

 

Clean up and have a simple background (a plain wall, a potted plant, or a bookshelf works perfectly, a wall filled with artwork).Zoom also provides virtual backgrounds to help you avoid the most cluttered environments.

Some people change their background with a photo.  Zoom’s virtual background feature is an easy way to eliminate background distractions when you have to meet in a messy or busy location.

A few words of caution about virtual backgrounds:

Avoid bright colors which distract from your face

Avoid video beach scenes with waves that actually move, which make some people nauseous.

 

Photo Courtesy of Steve Johnson

 

Lights, camera, action! Note, the first item here is about LIGHTING. Position yourself so that most of the light is coming from in front of you (behind your monitor), instead of behind you. If you have a window behind you, shut the blinds. Otherwise, you will be backlit.

Volume/Mute  &  Audio/Video

Photo Courtesy of Pressmaster

 

Video is crucial in building trust and engagement in virtual communications.

Test your video and audio before your meeting at zoom.us/test.

 

 

 Look into the camera when talking instead of looking at yourself.

 

If you’re looking at yourself on the screen while you’re talking, it will seem like you are distracted.  Direct eye contact into the camera while speaking gives attendees the impression that you are looking at them rather than off to the side, which creates an environment where everyone feels engaged and involved in the current conversation.

 

Be sure to position your web camera and monitor at eye level so you can look into the camera and simulate that eye-to-eye connection with other attendees.

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Julia M Cameron

 

Before you go into the Zoom meeting, notice where your screen is placed.

Especially take note of the angle of your laptop screen if using the built-in camera.

If you place your iPad on the table, with you looking down at it, please note: No one wants to look up into your nostrils.

We also don’t want to see your ceiling!

Even when your screen is in a separate room from other people, remember that if your door is open and the screen is at the proper angle, we should not be able to see anyone leaving the bathroom wrapped in a towel.

Have your video on unless you are experiencing technical issues.

Find a quiet space without interruptions or background noise.

Mute your microphone when not talking.

Avoid talking over or at the same time as other participants.

Keep your hands down, away from your face and mouth. Not only is this distracting, but it muffles your voice when you want to speak.

Behavior

 

Photo Courtesy of Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas

 

Be aware that you are on camera and try to avoid doing other tasks, checking emails, looking at your phone.

Please mute yourself  (I would say “Stifle yourself, Edith”, but many of you will not get the reference to “All In The Family”) so we don’t hear your phone ring, dog bark, or kids scream.

Please refrain from having a side conversation with someone in the actual room with you.

If you are using Zoom in a more casual setting, please be aware of your body language and how you sit.

If you decide to play Candy Crush while watching the Zoom meeting, please block your video. (I got dizzy yesterday from watching you move your thumbs and a bit annoyed that you were not paying attention).

If you can, avoid eating meals during your meeting. Imagine how unappealing it would be to watch someone up close slurping a plate of spaghetti on a big screen. If you can, wait until your meeting is over.

 

 

Stay or Leave

Photo Courtesy of Bongkarn Thanyakij

Leaving the frame without explaining why

 

If you need to get up from a meeting for any reason ( bathroom break, get a drink, or focus on a child or pets), be courteous, just as you would be in an in-person situation.  Leave a message in the chat option to indicate you will be back and have not left the meeting.

Turn off your video camera until you return

Turn off your volume until you return

Recording

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of 500photos.com

 

 

Often, meetings are recorded. In this case, your words and your actions. Just be aware that even though you may be sitting in your home or personal space, you are participating in a somewhat public event.

Refrain from private behavior (picking at your toes, scratching your armpits, picking your nose) (Again, I mention these specific behaviors because I have observed them in other Zoom meetings).

What you say, how you react, how to look will be saved for posterity!

 

 

Chat Room

 

Even though there is a “chat” function, please keep comments to a minimum.

It is distracting for others in the meeting and just as rude as if you were face-to-face and interrupting the speaker.

 

The host leaves last

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Matilda Wormwood

As hosts to any meeting or party, we usually stay until everyone else leaves.  Zoom is no different.  Attendees may use this time to socialize or get a few words in before the session ends. For stragglers, you may have to remind them that the session is about to end.

 

 

 

 

For more information about Zoom:   zoom.us

Google articles about Zoom – they abound on the internet

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUB   TALAVERA  @  PGA/VERANO

FESTIVAL  OF  ARTS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

11 am – 3 pm

Free Admission      Free Parking

 

 

10291 SW Visconti Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET  OUR  2020  VENDORS:

 

 

 

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

 

For more information about this event:

772.345.9313

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Rickie Leiter Presents A Two Part Art Marketing Seminar At The Gilt Complex In Stuart Offering Strategies And Tips For A Successful Art Business

Artists who want to sell their artwork need a clear and easy business plan!  The Gilt Complex in Stuart is offering a 2-part workshop with Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report and the knowledgable staff of the Gilt Complex on February 12 and 19. Don’t miss out on this hands-on practical knowledge seminar, including how to frame and hang your work to show your best advantage!  Numerous past seminar attendees and consultation clients have been accepted into traditional galleries, juried exhibits, won awards, and made major sales at Florida venues as well as at international venues. The skills they learned through these seminars and mentoring have taken them from hopeful to successful! The Rickie Report shares the details about the next seminar here.  Advanced registration is a must.  

608 Colorado Avenue  Stuart, FL  34944

772.463.0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5

(Or By Appointment)

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S :

 

 

 

 

Learn….

How to approach Galleries

Preparing a portfolio

Presenting your work

Pricing Your Work

Marketing your Work

Using Social Media

Answering Calls to Artists

and more…

Session 1: February 12th | 6 – 9 pm

Session 2: February 19th | 6 – 9 pm

$100 per person

RSVP by January 3, 2020

Reserve Your Seat  772-463-0125  

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994

772-463-0125     www.TheGiltComplex.com

Facebook

Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Irene Jalowayski And Rickie Leiter Are Featured Artists At Special Holiday Boutique At Craft Gallery In West Palm Beach On Sunday, December 15

A special Glass, Jewelry and Wearable Art Holiday Sale will be held on Sunday, December 15 at The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach, Fl.  It is worth the trip to The Craft Gallery to meet inspired artisans, Irene Jalowayski and Rickie Leiter and see their incredible works of art, which make perfect holiday gifts. Light refreshments will be served and plenty of free parking is available. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The gallery is located at 5911 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, just north of Forest Hill Boulevard, next to the iconic Carvel Ice Cream.  There is extra parking on the side street, Churchill Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Craft Gallery

5911 South Dixie Hwy.    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 561 762 8162

 

P  R  E  S  E  N  T  S:

 

Glass, Jewelry and Wearable Art Sale

 

 Irene Jalowayski  &  Rickie Leiter

 

 Sunday, December 15  

11 am – 4 pm  

 

 

Free admission and Free Parking

 

 

5911 South Dixie Hwy.    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Located at 5911 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, just north of Forest Hill Boulevard, next to the iconic Carvel Ice Cream.  

There is extra parking on the side street, Churchill Road.

 

 

 

So that bracelet you are wearing can trace its origins to some Neanderthal roaming the forest. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? It makes sense when you realize the origination of jewelry spans many thousands of years. Jewelry is one of the oldest archeological artifacts – shell beads from the Neanderthal area around 115,000 years ago were some of the earliest discoveries. Throughout history, jewelry has been a universal form of adornment – to show status or rank, as a recognition of affiliation (religious, political) and as a symbol of personal meaning (love, mourning, luck). Thanks to the ingenuity of the Greeks adding gemstones to gold in 1600 BC, jewelry has evolved into a stunning form of art. Fast forward to today, and there is an endless variety of jewelry adorning our bodies, our fashion, our homes. Two local artisans who have embraced this art form are being featured in the upcoming event,Glass, Jewelry and Wearable Art at The Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach.

 

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter,publisher of – you guessed it – The Rickie Report, will be showcasing some of her beautiful jewelry at this event. Most of her pieces incorporate a variety of gemstones, many with a central, unusual focal piece to complement the stones. Her one-of-a-kind pieces have been sold in museum shops, local galleries and wearable art boutiques. It’s no surprise that Rickie landed squarely in the middle of South Florida’s local art scene. Raised in a decidedly creative household with an affinity for community activism and an appreciation of nature, she has explored many avenues during her artistic journey. From art consultant and board member of an international organization to special needs advocate and online publisher, Rickie’s creativity shines in her art.

 

Irene Jalowayski, an accomplished glass artist in Palm Beach County, will thrill you with her exquisite jewelry using glass and metals. Working in fused glass, cast glass and mixed media, Irene has an incredible eye for color and style. Her use of dichroic glass adds even more color explosion to her pieces. In addition to her unique jewelry designs, you’ll see her creative style emerge in her glass pieces – sculptures, vases, platters, Judaica, candlesticks and so much more. Always an art lover and collector, Irene started “playing” in fused glass 15 years ago, studying with master glass artists in the area. What started as a hobby has evolved into a passion, and it shows! The winner of numerous awards, her work has been seen in galleries, art shows and exhibitions around South Florida.

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Call 561-762-8162

or email potteryme@aol.com

 

The Craft Gallery

5911 S. Dixie Highway    West Palm Beach, FL 33405

561-762-8162     TheCraftGallery.net

 

The Craft Gallery is available for studio space rental and parties. Parties, you ask? Consider having a unique holiday party at the gallery. Invite a small group for an evening of art and socializing (think Paint Your Own Pottery or Couples Night Out) or the gallery can create an art class customized to your schedule. They can even tailor parties just for kids.

 

 

So, get yourself in gear for the holiday season and swing by the charming little gallery tucked next to the iconic Carvel Ice Cream in West Palm Beach. The Craft Gallery is located behind Hair Harbor on Dixie Highway, just north of Forest Hill Boulevard at 5911 S. Dixie Highway. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. Afternoons, evenings and weekends are by appointment only. Stay informed about their classes, sales and events by liking them on Facebook or check out their website –TheCraftGallery.net.

 

 

The studio is located behind Hair Harbor on Dixie Highway, just north of Forest Hill Boulevard. Be sure to check The Craft Gallery website and Facebook page – TheCraftGallery.netfor information about the latest classes and events. Pop on by the gallery to see this artist in action and all the lovely creativity that surrounds her.

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

“ENDANGERED” Features Fine Art & Photography Exhibit At Pinecrest Gardens Plus Speakers, Workshops And Young Artists Community Painting Project December 4-7

The 2019 “ENDANGERED” Fine Art & Photography Exhibition Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, December 4 with more programs through December 7. A new venue, Pinecrest Gardens, will host, showing 2D and 3D artworks by leading artists and photographers focusing on their interpretation of “ENDANGERED”.  The public is welcome to the Opening Reception, Artist Demonstrations, a Community Painting Project, Speakers, and mini-workshops. Highlighted guests includeRon Magill, Patti Ragan, Rickie Leiter, Dede Lyons, and Phoenix Marks.  Join in the celebration of wildlife by leading artists and photographers from all over the world!  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks.  See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presents:

 

 

“ENDANGERED”

Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2019

 

 

 

Fabulous Art and Photography of nature and wildlife

December 4 – 7, 2019

2  –  9 pm daily

 

 

Enjoy Miami Club Rum Cocktails & CanAPES

6 pm each evening

 

 

The Historic Entrance

Pinecrest Gardens

11000 Red Rd       Pinecrest, Florida 33156

 

 

Join us for an amazing exhibition in

Pinecrest Gardens!

We’d love to meet you!

 

 

 

 

 

S P E C I A L     E V E N T S:

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

6.30 – 7.30  pm

 

 

 

Ron Magill & Phantom

 

Ron Magill speaks!

From Butterflies to Penguins – the Beauty of Extremes in Nature

 

Limited seating available

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER  6

4 – 7 pm

 

Orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park. Borneo. Indonesia

 

 

Meet Patti Ragan

6 pm Cocktails & Update on CGA 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER  7

 

 

 

10 – 12.30  Young Artists Workshop

Young artists up to 19 years old are encouraged to take part in a community painting project.

 

 

1 -2 pm  Rickie Leiter shares her secrets!

Networking for Artists

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 – 2.30  Dede Lyons discusses 

Marketing Your Art: Creating your 30 second elevator pitch.  

Light refreshments

 

 

 

Photo by Phoenix 

 

 

5-6 pm  Intrepid nature photographer, Phoenix, presents:

How I Got That Shot!  

Limited seating available

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

 

Full Program of Events: https://www.art4apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

Proceeds:

All proceeds from the exhibition support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Please visit their website to learn more http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.

 

 

With grateful thanks to our generous sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

A Top Artist Advocate, Rickie Leiter, Is Interviewed By Artsy Shark Founder, Carolyn Edlund. Meet Rickie On November 2-3 At Artists And Charities Hand In Hand Event At Palm Beach County Convention Center

Artsy Shark, a leading art blog, recently interviewed Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report about what artists need to know to thrive in today’s changing art market. Founder, Carolyn Edlund, asked about the biggest challenges that artists face, how to stand out, and more.  We are honored to share this interview with you and we suggest you add your name to Carolyn’s blog of helpful resources for all artists who want to build better businesses! Come to the Artists and Charities Hand in Hand Fine Art Show on November 2-3 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center to meet Rickie.  Stop by and introduce yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Top Artist Advocate, Rickie Leiter,  Speaks

by Carolyn Edlund

 

 

 

Carolyn Edlund Graham

 

 

 

Arts advocate Rickie Leiter has worked tirelessly to provide support and resources for artists of all types. She offers her views on the current state of the industry, and what artists must know.

 

 

 

 

Rickie Leiter leads conversation at an arts industry networking event. Photo courtesy of Samantha Castro

 

 

AS:  In your experience, what are the biggest challenges visual artists face today? Have they changed significantly in recent years?

RL:  The biggest challenge visual artists face is deciding how and where to market their artwork. Because most artists have little or no business background, it is easy to fall into the “starving artist” syndrome, which is truly unnecessary. There are so many vetted resources that can guide them! Some major challenges they face are:

  • Maintaining a business model (updated website, constant social media about their artistry, marketing, and advertising, expenses to apply to exhibits, insurance of their artwork, how to pay themselves)
  • How to decide which gallery is the best fit for their artwork
  • Pricing their work
  • Maintaining an inventory
  • Standing out in the crowd
  • Understanding their niche market (if you try to be everything to everyone, you will burn out).

The proliferation of online art sales has become a reality. Brick and mortar galleries are folding under severe economic pressures to maintain the quality of art being offered, engaged art patrons, and continual sales.

Clients are eager to see the newest artwork available, which gives digital marketing an edge. Virtual galleries are being born constantly which eschew the normal expenses that physical galleries have. These expenses include electricity, water, property insurance, and insurance for the art, among others.

Even with virtual art marketing websites, artists must read the fine print of every contract! Does the artist maintain ownership of their images? How are sales tracked? How does an artist enter an art piece in another exhibit that just became available and fits their niche market?

In essence, artists have to ask themselves who their advocate will be. If they are relying on themselves, they must have reliable legal and financial advisors. It all boils down to a business plan. Creating is the “fun” part. You have to do the “hard” business part too, in order to be successful.

AS:  With galleries in decline and the art market in transition, individual artists must become self-determining. How do you view this trend?

RL:  Self-determination allows artists to network more freely, which I strongly believe is the ultimate marketing tool.

Artists need to do their homework, and move forward with a flexible but anchored plan. Go to a physical gallery and see if your work will fit in. See how the gallery staff responds to art lovers (not all of whom will be art patrons). Go to an opening reception and see who the clientele is. Do you see yourself there? Then, make an appointment to show your work; never just show up with a portfolio. If you are interested in a virtual gallery, contact some of the artists who use it, and ask for their feedback.

AS:  What is your best advice for artists entering the market today? How can they get ahead?

RL: I am not a car mechanic. When my car needs servicing, I take it to a dealership whose reputation I trust. I am not a web designer. When I gave birth to The Rickie Report, I surrounded myself with a knowledgeable webmaster who speaks in plain language, a business manager, an accountant who set up our billing and payment systems, and a graphic designer. I still rely on these experts at different times.

Take a business class. Make a business plan. Have a business consult.

AS: What are your best tips for standing out from the crowd?

RL:  I believe in dreaming big. And I dream “out of the box.” Here’s how to get started:

  • Make a list of the people you know in your life (living anywhere).
  • Share your passion (i.e. your artistry) with them.
  • Follow my two-foot rule: share your passion with anyone who comes within two feet of you.
  • Remember this is a moment for sharing, not selling.
  • When people feel your passion, they are eager to share it.
  • How can they help you? First you must tell other people about your work!

AS: Who else can an artist share their work with?

RL:  Think about different, unexpected ways your artwork intersects with other people’s lives.

Are you a member of Costco? Send a link to your art website with a short note about how much you enjoy the Costco experience. You might be chosen for a highlight in their member’s magazine. This kind of publicity…. wow!

Are you exhibiting at a unique event? Contact AAA (Automobile Association of America) and ask about a virtual listing of your event, with a link to your website. They have lots of readers and give you lots of exposure, even if they can’t make the event.

Partner with a charity who invites their patrons to an event. When you sell your artwork, offer a portion of the sales to the charity. This is a win/win and the art patrons will feel good about it! Give out business cards that offer a percentage of the next sale to the charity as well. That brings repeat clients and helps you build a collector relationship.

Do you understand your market niche? I know an artist who creates hearts in her paintings. Who can she network with, knowing clients will be in tune with her artistry? Connections I suggest include the American Heart Association, medical practices of cardiologists, Valentine’s Day events, Red Dress events for women’s heart health, hospital gift shops, etc. I could go on and on with ideas, which is why I enjoy doing consults with artists.

AS:  Your online newsletterThe Rickie Report   provides opportunities, publicity and updates for artists in the South Florida region. What other resources do you recommend to artists?

RL:  Artsy Shark is one of the best resources I know. Besides websites which are specific to art exhibits and entry opportunities, I find some of my best kernels of creative ideas from business magazines. They may or may not be art related, but I read them and take notes. Here’s my top list:

Additionally, I recommend that artists refer to publications, especially Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and Handmade Business, which often have great articles for artists and other creative business people. They can often be read free of charge at libraries.

Stay in touch with Rickie Leiter by subscribing to The Rickie Report, and following her on Facebook.

 

 

Interview link: https://www.artsyshark.com/2019/10/02/a-top-artist-advocate-speaks/

Want to stay current on cutting edge business articles from Artsy Shark, plus artist features, and an invitation to the next Call for Artists? Subscribe to our twice-monthly Updates, and get a free e-book on Where to Sell Art Online right now!

YES PLEASE!

Carolyn Edlund:  410.977.2915

Carolyn@ArtsyShark.com

www.ArtsyShark.com

 

 

 

MEET  RICKIE  AT  THIS  EVENT:

 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Sunday, November 3, 2019

    11 am – 5 pm

 

Benefits:

Armory Art Center

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation

Peggy Adams Rescue League

 

 

artistsandcharities.com

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

The Thriving Art Exchange Continues With A Virtual Town Hall On Monday, April 1. Stay Involved And Let’s Make Our Goals Realities! Free To Attend. Register Now!

The Clark Hulings Fund For Visual Artists continues The Thriving Art Exchange at a Virtual Town Hall on Monday, April 1. Even if you didn’t participate in our first exchange at CJR Fine Arts & Frame, everyone is welcome to engage in the important work of building and maintaining our visual art community in Southeast Florida.  Honoring Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report, for her work in bringing together diverse artists, art lovers, and institutions, was only the first step. We look forward to hearing your voice in this online community exchange, so register (free) NOW!  Join Daniel DiGriz (CHF), Neil Capozzi (Martin Arts Council), Rickie Leiter (TRR), and Elayna Toby Singer (Art in Public Places PB County). Let’s take the next step together!  The Rickie Report shares the links to register, listen, and ask questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists

 

 

 

The Clark Hulings Fund will host another online community exchange:

Monday,  April 1, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Even if you didn’t participate in the first exchange,

You are invited to take part in this one!  

 

Please feel free to share this information with your visual arts colleagues.

 

To view the live broadcast April 1st 4:00 PM (or the recording afterward) visit: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHV1zukpnbI

 

 

That link includes the chat window for asking questions.

To ask questions, you’ll just need to log in with your google account.

We will also take questions and comments from Twitter that use the hashtag #CHF.

 

 

 

 

REGISTER (Free):  clarkhulingsfund.org/taewelcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As promised, we are following up on our recent events in South Florida with a Thriving Art Exchange Virtual Town Hall! Please join us Monday, April 1st at 4:00 PM (Eastern) to continue to discuss the state of the visual art industry in South Florida, and brainstorm ways to better meet the needs of its stakeholders. We are delighted to welcome panelists including Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report; Elayna Toby Singer, artist and Palm Beach County Art in Public Places administrator; and Neil Capozzi, chair of the Arts Council of Martin County, owner of Stuart Art Supply & Studio, and board member of Martin Artisans Guild.

 

 

The Thriving Art Exchange brings together the art world’s various players to engage in constructive dialogue, structured brainstorms, and honest debates about the future of the industry, locally, regionally, and nationally. The ultimate goal is to foster positive transformation and build a vibrant community that serves all its members.

 

 

Elizabeth Hulings tells The Rickie Report, “After our live learning events have ended, we always hear from participants who tell us how much they’ve been impacted by the experience. That feedback is only part of the story, though. The other part is how much WE learn from all of you”. Rickie Leiter is proud to be named to the Advisory Board of the Clark Hulings Fund!

 

Debut of The Thriving Art Exchange:

 

 

On January 31st, we kicked off three days of art-business talk in south Florida with a reception at Claire and Jack Rosen’s CJR Fine Arts & Frame gallery in Royal Palm Beach. The event marked the debut of CHF’s Thriving Art Exchange, which brings together leading voices from all facets of the art world to foster dialogue in the industry—both in person and online. In this time of upheaval, we’re encouraging collaboration and helping to build an art industry where everyone can thrive.

 

Rickie Leiter, Publisher of The Rickie Report details our discussion questions at the inaugural Thriving Art Exchange at CJR Fine Art & Frame

 

 

The following morning marked the start of our Ft. Lauderdale Art-Business Conference at ArtServe, co-hosted by the Broward County Cultural Division and sponsored by Wells Fargo. The event drew an impressive and inspiring bunch of artists! South Florida’s arts community is in savvy and passionate hands. Our interactive workshops are designed to be their own kind of Thriving Art Exchange, fostering dialogue and collaboration. We provided these artists with a strong foundation for growing their businesses, and they in turn shared their stories and offered us terrific suggestions that we’ll be incorporating into future conferences and CHF curricula.

 

 

 

Participants in the Ft. Lauderdale Art-Business Conference February, 2019

 

 

 

Smack in the middle of the workshops, four leaders from the local arts community graciously shared their expertise in our Roundtable Q&A: Ilene Adams, marketing expert, graphic designer, and artist; Deborah Bigeleisen, painter and former owner of a global textile print-design company; Janeen Mason, artist, curator, author, illustrator, speaker, and arts advocate; and Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report (which covers southeastern Florida’s visual-art scene) and guest of honor at our Thriving Art Exchange Reception. (To learn more about all four, read their full bios on our event page.)

 

 

Janeen Mason, Rickie Leiter, Ilene Gruber Adams, Deborah Bigeleisen

 

 

 

 

These amazing women led a spirited discussion that covered a lot of ground, including how to find public art and grant opportunities; getting involved with south Florida’s local gallery scene; and making art fairs work for you. Ultimately, participants learned that art-business success requires engaging with people in honest and meaningful ways. It’s not about sales but rather true connections.

 

 

Daniel DiGriz, Education Director at CHF tells The Rickie Report, “The single most important statistical predictor of life expectancy is that you’re alive. The longer you’re alive, the longer you’re going to live. It’s funny, but it underscores the incredible power of inertia”.

 

Thriving Art Exchange Inaugural Event at CJR Fine Arts & Frame

 

 

“When I see people on the verge of changing their lives and careers, really propelling themselves forward in quantum bounds, the single biggest predictor of whether they will actually do it, is the step they’re taking right now. If they’re not doing something about it at this very moment, the likelihood and the opportunity plummets”.

 

“I want to see artists make irrevocable changes that accelerate their businesses—so that they mark a before this moment and after this moment on their professional calendars. So it’s not rhetoric to say that this is your last chance. Every chance is your last. Every opportunity missed reduces the likelihood of another opportunity”.

 

JOIN IN OUR VIRTUAL TOWN HALL DISCUSSION!

 

REGISTER (Free):  clarkhulingsfund.org/taewelcome

 

 

 

For more information, please visit https://clarkhulingsfund.org

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986