Sandra Encaoua, Wellington Art Society Member, Has SOLO Exhibit At Wellington Whole Foods

The Wellington Art Society and Wellington Whole Foods Market are currently showing an exhibit by internationally acclaimed artist, Sandra Encaoua. You will find her paintings beautiful and unique!  The exhibit is on display now through the end of October, with a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, October 18.  Tasty snacks and wine will be served. A donation of $5 will go to the WAS Scholarship Fund.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.


























Friday, October 18

6:30 – 8 PM


 Open to the Public

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7 Wellington, FL


Exhibit Is Available Now through end of October







Sandra Encaoua was born in Paris and is a well known and acclaimed artist in France and many other European countries.  She began painting and drawing as a young girl, teaching herself to mix several mediums until she had the prefect effect she wanted.  She graduated from a Parisian school of art.



Sandra tells The Rickie Report, ” Sometimes I create with watercolors when I want a quick expression of the moment, but I work mainly in oils on large canvases, as I like the transparency and vibration of the oils”.   Her semi-abstract paintings reflect Sandra’s love of nature and raw elements.  Her landscapes and portraits are a mixture of flaming red with sparking white and bright turquoise.  Her paintings infer strength, vitality and gentleness.


“Fragile” by Sandra Encaoua




Sandra won the 2013 competition of Young Talent in France, was the featured 2015 “Artist of the Day” on the famous website Saatchi Art and won the 2017 French Award Arts-Sciences-Letters of the French Academy of Arts-Sciences-Letters in Paris.  She has just recently had an exhibition at the famous Kinor Gallery in Paris and will have another in Paris in July 2019. She splits her time between Paris and Miami.   




“Palimpsest” by Sandra Encaoua




Sandra’s works have been exhibited in the US, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and France, to high acclaim.  Her subject matter is prolific and she offers classes as well as “paint parties” at her studio.







The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization In its 37th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. 

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New Studio For The Visual Arts Announces Classes And Workshops. No Membership Fee. No Registration Fee. Prorating Class Fees Are Available. Learn At Your Own Pace. Learn Your Own Style.

The New Studio for the Visual Arts shares their Fall Class Schedule (drawing, portraiture, oil painting, watercolor, pastels and photography) and events, which begin October 29 and run through December 22, 2018.  Don’t miss a special exhibition by Shawn Escott and meet internationally known artist, Paul Critchley. Enjoy Lunch and Learn with Joan Lipton, Elio Camacho‘s Still Life Oil Painting Demonstration, take Rafael Lima‘s “Writing your life story – a memoir workshop”, or explore encaustic and abstract painting with Heidi Mayfield.  NSVA has a warm, welcoming atmosphere, where learning is FUN!  There is No membership fee, No registration fee, and Prorating Class Fees are available.  The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t wait to see what you create!





The New Studio for the Visual Arts mission:

Nurture a vibrant arts community

Foster artistic excellence

Lower the barriers to participation in the arts

Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 




November 2018 Classes And Events



Lunch & Learn with Joan Lipton:

Wednesday, Nov. 7th

12:00 – 2:00pm


“Comparing Masterpieces from the Past to the Present”

Lunch and lecture presentation will be held at the Eastpointe Country Club.














Joan Lipton, Ph.D. is an independent lecturer and art historian who has held numerous workshops in colleges, alumni associations, adult education centers and libraries in New York City and New Jersey. She has an M.A. from Hunter College, New York, with a specialization in the Renaissance and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City of New York, with a specialization in 19th and 20th-century art.



Rafael Lima “Writing your life story – a memoir workshop”

November 9, 10:00 – 4:00pm

At Jonathan Dickinson State Park










This workshop will explore the types of memoirs—coming of age, adversity, relationship, career, and travel – as well as help you develop techniques in writing your life experiences with the finesse of fiction. Additionally the workshop will explore traditional publishing opportunities as well as the new on-line world of publishing and how to gain readership in the new self-publishing marketplace.

Rafael Lima is a Miami novelist, screenwriter, playwright and journalist.  Lima’s first full length play, “El Salvador,” was developed and staged at the Circle Repertory Theater in New York and published by Samuel French and Applause books.  After a successful career as a playwright Lima moved to Los Angeles where he wrote feature screenplays for Paramount, Disney, Castle Rock and Desi-Lu Productions. Rafael teaches writing at the University of Miami and conducts writing seminars and workshops all over the country. His own memoir “Cuba the Trip Back” was an Amazon bestseller.



Shawn Escott Exhibition:

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 9th

5:30 – 7:30 pm 

Exhibit Available November 5 – November 30












View Shawn Escott’s recent figurative and portrait drawings, studio and plein air paintings. Shawn is a master of emotional painting – a playful fusion of joy and discipline that comes through in each stroke and able to infuse life, vitality and energy that shows in subtle brush work, bold color choices, and an innate understanding of the elements that make truly memorable paintings.


Meet & Greet with Shawn Escott and Paul Critchley:

Friday, November 9th

5:30 – 7:30  pm









Join us for an opportunity to talk first hand with local artist Shawn Escott and Paul Critchley, internationally acclaimed British artist from Farindola, Italy.



Elio Camacho Still Life Oil Painting Demonstration:

Monday, November 12th

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Suggested donation…$10











As a painting instructor, Elio provides students with the foundation necessary to be creative. His goal is to assist students in capturing the particular mood of the moment and to express themselves in a bold and colorful way, while capturing the beauty and spontaneity of nature.

Mark your calendar for his workshop: April 1 – April 3, 2019  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

An Evening with Paul Critchley,  Lecture:

Award winning internationally recognized English born artist from Farindola, Italy.

Thursday, November 15th

6:30 – 8:30pm

Suggested donation…$20

Learn about Paul’s creative process in the development of his unique artwork and the origins of his very unique style.  The definition of realism takes on a new meaning when the paintings are shaped in perspective because a ‘realistic’ painting in a square or rectangle relies on the acceptance by the viewer that they are looking at an illusion presented to them in an arbitrarily imposed shape. But when a painting is shaped to look like the object represented when seen in perspective, such as a painting of a door – which actually opens and closes like a real door – then the illusion of reality is intensified. Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe this increased realism as ‘supra-realism’.

He presently is exhibiting with De Twee Pauwen, The Hague, The Netherlands and Bel-Air Fine Art, Miami.  Paul has shown in more than 200 Group Exhibitions, including: The 57th ‘Bienale di Venezia’, Italy, 2017 – Bel-Air Fine Art, Paris, France Maddox Gallery, London, Galerie Blondel, Paris, France, Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Vladikavkaz, Russia.  Paul has participated in 36 Solo Exhibitions since 1987 and Over 61 International Art Fairs since 1985. Rotterdam Contemporary, The Netherlands,, Art Karlsruhe, Germany (solo), Moniker, London, Art.Fair Cologne, Germany (Solo shows 2014 – 2015), SCOPE, Basel, Switzerland (Solo show 2013).



Heidi Mayfield Encaustic and Abstract Painting Workshop


Saturday, November 17 – 18th     9:00 am – 4:00 pm   $300

Abstract Painting:  

November 19, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm   $150

Heidi was born in Charlottesville, VA into a family of artists, creators and musicians. Surrounded all her growing years with the ever inspiring beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, her aesthetic sensibilities became acute and her love for natural forms, shapes have been her inspiration for her art. She was first introduced to encaustic wax and oil painting when she watched her mother paint with as a child. Heidi studied pottery, at Piedmont Virginia Community College and then again at Daytona Community College before attending the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she studied graphic design. Her art training became invaluable in her art career working with interior designers all over South Florida creating custom, commissioned art and murals for their clients. 







No membership fee!
No registration fee!
Prorating available!

Sign up today.

Call 561-295-5712






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Helen Kagan’s Colorful Artwork Brings Joy And Positivity – Visit Her Open Studio January 20th and 21st

What makes Helen Kagan‘s artwork stand out? Her paintings are colorful with spiritual messages embedded in them. Just viewing them simply makes your brain think with more positivity! Helen is one of the professional artists participating in the Martin County Open Studio Tour on Saturday, January 20th and Sunday, January 21st. The tour is Free and Open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Helen’s artistry. 






Photo of Helen Kagan in her Studio



Helen Kagan’s artwork is more than dots of brush strokes of paint on a canvas. The intentions with which she paints (for positivity, for spiritual healing, acceptance of one’s situation, increased energy) embeds symbols that are meaningful not only to Helen but to the viewer ( though the viewer may not be as aware of them). A secret message? Perhaps. It is Helen’s way to manifest her deep belief in healing arts as part of the whole-world and whole-person view. And for those who dismiss these notions, it is OK to just love the colorful images and enjoy looking at them!

Helen shares her mission in this informative video:

WRBiTV Interview “Healing Arts” in Healthcare (June, 2017)



Helen tells us, “ I believe art heals. A holistic therapist and artist for over 25 years, I’ve developed a unique technique and style “Healing Arts” which is a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and can enhance healing to those in need. Coming from a family of scientists I’ve been always fascinated by the left and right brain relationship which led me to study many things – from mathematics and science to psychology, therapy and healing to fine art, and finally led to create my unique venue “Healing Arts”. It reflects my own deep view on Life, a desire to bridge Realities and heal the Past. Communicating on subliminal levels, my art delivers this message through positive intentionality and healing frequencies of color, which brings you in touch with your own Journey”.

Helen works in oil and acrylic and has been experimenting with mixed media. Her canvases are influenced by impressionism, and expressionism. They are bold, passionate, colorful, vibrant, all intuitive. She shares, “I believe art is a catalyst for healing individuals, society and the environment. I believe in the inter-connectedness of mind, body and spirit. I believe that now, more than ever, the World needs the positive energy and spiritually-based intentions, beliefs and values”.


“Big Apple I Love New York!” by Helen Kagan

Helen Kagan, PhD. was born in a cold Siberian winter in what then was the USSR. She grew up in a Communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. Underlying it all, her beliefs, values, and a great respect for freedom to express yourself persevered. In 1991 her quest for freedom led her to the US, where she brought her Jewish heritage, a few graduate degrees, and an unending thirst to explore the World and its meaning.


Mainly self-taught Helen has been painting for as long as she remembers, and since 2005 professionally. Her art is better experienced “in-person” due to live vibrations of bright colors, heavy textures, usually large size, and an overall charisma and liveliness. If you are a seeker on a Quest looking for a quintessential insight, a person who wants to embrace a healing power of art, or just wishing to feel better – you might find yourself on a Journey to discovering your inner strength, or you may find it rewarding to meditate with Helen’s works (which many people do…).


Helen Kagan’s “My Universe Third Eye Series Healing Chakras”

Dr. Kagan envisions her art to be placed in Medical Centers, Multicultural Centers, Buildings, Corporations, Hospitals, Libraries, Crisis Centers… Wherever it can enhance healing and promote well-being. Helen believes in inter-connectedness of mind, body and spirit. She shares the belief that art is a catalyst for healing individuals, society and the environment. She feels privileged to be among such visionary artists and is happy to share her beliefs about the healing power of art. Her vibrant healing art is a combined statement of all her beliefs.



 “Tales of My Life” by Helen Kagan


A globally acclaimed artist, Helen’s work has been published in local, national and international magazines, as well as art gallery books. She is currently involved with exciting work with an international span which is not ready for publication at this time. Her artistry has been featured in many online plus brick and mortar galleries including Saatchi, Fine Art America, BLINK, and is currently on display in galleries in FL, CA, NY, VT. She was named a “Collectible Artist 2016” by Brickell and Key Biscayne Magazines (“Dealer’s Dozen”, Dec. Issue 2016).




Helen has participated in over 50 Juried shows, local, national and international exhibitions, including SPECTRUM Art Basel (Miami), Art San Diego, Art Hamptons, Art EXPO (New York), Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, ART HOP (VT), CONTINUUM, Art Palm Beach Art Synergy, RAW , City Hall of Hollywood (FL) “Art in Public Places” 3-months display, and many others. Her “Healing Arts” have been awarded, featured in International Art Books & Catalogs; exhibited in NY, NJ, VT, WI, MN, AZ, MI, CA, and in many cities in FL – Miami, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sarasota, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, Stuart, Hobe Sound, Palm City, Ft. Pierce, Jupiter, Vero Beach and others.



Formal Education:

2009-13 Holistic Studies. Certified Q-Gong, Psych-K, EFT Practitioner
2007-08 Master Results Coach, NLP Trainer certified by CH Companies
2001-05 Spiritual Counselor & Holistic Healer certified by IM School of Healing Arts, NYC
2001, 2006 – Certified Reiki Practitioner
1998-2000 Polarity Practitioner (RPP) & Wellness Educator, certified by National Polarity
1993-95 MSW, LCSW (NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
1988-90 MA in Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
1986-90 PhD in Science, St. Petersburg State University, Russia


 “Coming Back Home” by Helen Kagan





For more information about Helen’s Art:

phone: 917-855-1153

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Missy Pierce Is Featured In SOLO Exhibit At Cafe Bleu And Will Benefit Aid To Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Cafe Bleu, in Delray Beach, FL is pleased to announce the opening of the SOLO exhibition “Tilt. An Exhibition Paired with Some Exceptional Coffee.” On view through May 30, are experimental abstract paintings by Florida-based artist, Missy Pierce. There will be an opportunity to meet the artist at the Public Reception on May 15, 2015.  40% of the proceeds from sales will benefit AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.  The Rickie Report shares the details here and suggests you stop by, as more art lovers are taking note of her artistry!  Pierce’s work can be found in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad.








Missy Pierce

“Tilt. An Exhibition Paired with Some Exceptional Coffee.”


Friday, May 15th

6 – 8 pm

Proceeds from Sales Benefit

AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.

Exhibit Continues Through May 30th

44 E. Atlantic Avenue      Delray Beach, FL

Hours Sunday through Thursday 7am-10:30pm / Friday and Saturday 7am to midnight


" by Missy Pierce

“Rocky Haunts Me” by Missy Pierce

Cafe Bleu is pleased to announce the opening of the SOLO exhibition “Tilt. An Exhibition Paired with Some Exceptional Coffee.” On view through May 30, will be experimental abstract paintings by Artist Missy Pierce. There will be an opportunity to meet the artist at a reception on May 15, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm.

" by Missy Pierce

“Particles.Dark. Very, Very Dark” by Missy Pierce

Café Bleu (formerly Spot Coffee) is located on 44 E. Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, FL. Cafe Bleu hours are Sunday through Thursday 7am-10:30pm / Friday and Saturday 7am to midnight.   Proceeds from art sales to help AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. For independent donations, please contact AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., PO Box 6161, Delray Beach, FL 33482 (561)265-3797. http://www.AVDAONLINE.ORG

" by Missy Pierce

“The Monster In The Room” by Missy Pierce


Pierce specializes in vibrant abstract and figurative paintings that explore the nature of, and search for, identity and inner strength. A repeated theme in her work is that of containment—especially the containment of parts of the self that are concealed in the conflicting roles played in our lives.



" by Missy Pierce

” Bali” by Missy Pierce


Pierce tells The Rickie Report, ” I specialize in vibrant abstract paintings that explore the nature of, and search for, identity.  A theme often repeated in my work is that of “holding it together” or the “containment,” of aspects of one’s self. This dynamic is often explored in the context of domestic roles juxtaposed with conflicting roles as a feminist. In my work, I focus on the images I choose to conceal rather than project in a particular role.  My paintings represent the release of those otherwise suppressed images. “


by Missy Pierce

“Mommy Used To Be So Pretty” by Missy Pierce


She goes on to explain, “I work with acrylics, papers, and tar gel applied in multiple layers to create a canvas with texture, depth and history. My work has often been subjected to a final harmonizing agent, such as detailed pattern-making, sanding with power tools or “pours” that have been partially dissolved to reveal evocative glimpses of the underlying layers.”


by Missy Pierce

“The Snarl” by Missy Pierce



Pierce’s work can be found in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions. Her work may currently be seen in places as diverse as the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford, New Zealand to the Whole Foods Market Cafe in Boca Raton, 1400 Glades Road and the West Boca Imaging Center on 7070 W. Palmetto Park Rd.



Missy Pierce Unveiling Art in Public Places Fish in Pompano Beach, FL

Missy Pierce Unveiling Art in Public Places Fish in Pompano Beach, FL


Pierce was recently commissioned by the City of Pompano Beach to paint one of the twelve five-foot-tall fish sculptures that were installed in public locations along East Atlantic Avenue in Pompano Beach, FL.  She  volunteers as an instructor of elementary school children on group art projects, and has artwork in the permanent collections of the Eastern Institute of Technology Art Department, 17th International Collage Exhibition (Napier, New Zealand), and University of Wisconsin Art Dept.,16th International Collage Exhibition (Marshfield, WI). She has exhibited the City of Dania Beach City Hall (Dania Beach, FL), Kavanagh Gallery (St. Charles, IL), Rosetti Fine Art Gallery (Wilton Manors, FL), 16th International Collage Exhibition,,  Art Florida 2014, Broward Art Guild (Fort Lauderdale, FL), EARTH, Broward Art Guild (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and many more.




Missy Pierce’s Memberships and Affiliations include:

• Saatchi Art,

• Society 6

• International Society of Acrylic Painters

• Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA), Corresponding Secretary to the Board, 2011-present.

• Boca Raton Museum of Art Guild, Associate Member 2011-2012

• Broward Art Guild, Associate Member 2014-present

• South Florida Artists’ Association, 2014-present

• National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), 2014-present


Pierce attended the Boca Raton Museum of Art School (2010-2014),  University of San Diego, School of Law, J.D. (1989) and Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University (2014-2015).


Pierce’s work is also on display at the Bailey Contemporary Art Center (BaCA), in Pompano Beach, where she is a juried member of the studio artist program.  Pierce maintains studios in Boca Raton and at the Bailey Contemporary Art Center, 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach, FL.


For more information about Missy Pierce’s artwork or this exhibit, please contact:

Missy Pierce – 503.703.0496  or email

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