July At Boca Museum Art School Has Cool Offerings For Adults And Teens, Plus Continuation Of Summer Camp

July around the Boca Museum Art School promises some cool offerings!  The new term for adult classes includes Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Jewelry, Photography and Master’s Studio.  Explore a new passion, develop your artistic skills, discover your talent, or continue challenging yourself to be a better artist and make new friends.  Dive into 5 weeks of excitement, art, and camaraderie at the Boca Raton Museum Art School. Classes start on July 2.   Register Now!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486




R E G I S T E R     N O W!




Luna Bowl by Nick Starr


New Instructor, Nick Starr will teach Ceramics/Pottery

Class starts on July 7, Saturday 10 AM to 12:30 PM


Learn the fundamentals of pottery. Explore hand-building techniques as well as the use of a potter’s wheel to create decorative and functional objects, such as bowls, platters, plates, and cups.


Portrait painting with Renee Plevy



Portrait Painting Class with Instructor Renee Plevy

Class starts on July 10, Tuesday 6:30 – 9 PM


Working from your own photographs, learn drawing and color mixing skills to obtain accurate proportions and skin tones. Cranial anatomy, paint handling, and the use of light will be discussed. Clear instruction is given through demonstrations and one-on-one guidance. Students learn the advantages of painting with oils to create lifelike portraits. (Live model for one session)


Painting by Scherer & Ouporov

Traditional to Contemporary Painting Class with Instructors Scherer & Ouporov

Class starts Monday, July 2.  At  9 AM – NOON and 12:30 – 3:30 PM.

Explore a variety of classic and contemporary techniques that can be effective in any painting style: underpainting, glazing, scumbling, impasto, or direct painting. Working from life or photographic references, students learn to employ these techniques in the medium of their choice: oil, egg tempera, or acrylic paint as well as gold leaf.


Artwork by Thomas Bruckner


Graphic Novels: Cartooning with Instructor Thomas Bruckner

Class starts on  July 11, Wednesdays at 6:30 – 8:30 PM 

Explore the elements of a successful comic book and graphic novel narration. This course focuses on drawing skills and developing personal style for creating comics, short stories, or Manga style illustrations. Learn about a variety of techniques such as penciling, inking, shading, character design, and effective story structure. 


Special workshops for Teens in July and August

Fashion Design and Sewing July 31 to August 3, Figure Drawing July 24 to 27, Digital Photography July 31 to August 3, Advanced Video Production July 10 to 13, Portfolio Development July 31 to August 3, Paper Sculpture and Beyond July 10 to July 13.






7 More weeks of Youth Summer Art Camp. 


Painting by Aashrita Kaza, 5 yrs. old Summer Camp Artist




For registrations visit us at



call us 561-392-2503


For more information about these workshops, classes, exhibits and other events please visit:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool






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New Workshops And Classes At Boca Museum School Of Art Plus Student And Faculty Art Exhibits

June is a very active month at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art!  Youth Summer Camp has just begun and the Summer Teen Art Workshops are underway. There is still time to sign up!  Stop by and see the Art School Student  5×5 Exhibit, which is open now. The Art School Faculty Exhibition and Artist Talk at the Museum on June 21 and Summer Adult Classes make for an inspiring start to summer!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Be inspired and take a class!




Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road     Boca Raton FL 33486








June is a very active month at the Art School; Youth Summer Art Camp just started as well as the Summer Teen Art Workshops, 5 X 5 Student Exhibition at the School Gallery will take place on June 6, the Art School Faculty Exhibition and Artist Talk at the Wolgin Gallery at the Boca Raton Museum in Mizner on June 21 and Summer Adult classes for term A also started this week to make The Art School a very exciting and inspiring place to be.





Led by professional art educators, children explore art techniques and artistic concepts. Art projects are geared to age groups 5-7, 8-10, and 11-12. Themed weeks and a wide variety of creative projects stimulate children’s imagination. A balance is sought between preserving children’s natural creativity and learning new skills to better express themselves.

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm $285 Per Week

Doors open: Monday, 8:30 am; Tuesday-Friday, 8:45 am Early Care: 8:00 am – 9:00 am ($25 per week)
After Care: 4:00 – 5:15 pm ($25 per week)
Closed Wednesday, July 4 (during week 5)


Ages 13 – 18 June 4 – August 10, 2018.

During the summer, the Art School offers four-day weekly workshops focusing on different art techniques, and workshops for students who are planning to apply to specialized arts middle and high school or college. All workshops from Figure Drawing, Fashion Design and Sewing, Photography and Video Production, Comics, Portfolio Development, Jewelry Making and Paper Sculpture and Beyond, meet Tuesdays through Fridays.



Open Now At Art School


During the summer we present a very special exhibit in the Art School Gallery, this year we have selected 5 talented students from 5 different mediums to exhibit their work. Celebrate the talent of Consie Sabinson and Ed Caplan from Miles Laventhall’s Masters’ Studio, Max Duckworth from Allan Pierce’s Advanced Photography class, Betty Areson from Carla Golembe’s Painting Class and Yvonne Pfeiffer from Stephen Futej’s Ceramics and Pottery class.


Painting by Consie Sabinson




Exhibition’s Reception will be followed by our experienced art instructors from the Museum’s Art School providing insight into their work on exhibit in the Wolgin Gallery.


THURSDAY, JUN. 21 / 5:00-7:00 PM


Free with admission.

Photography by Allan Pierce


For more information about these workshops, classes, exhibits and other events please visit:

Boca Raton Museum Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road Boca Raton FL 33486

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool






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Lighthouse ArtCenter Explores The Magic, Mystery And Folklore Of Indigo Dyeing With Suzanne Connors With Demo And Separate Workshop Opportunity

In today’s society, modern ways of production often cultivate uniformity, speed, efficiency and mediocrity.  On Thursday, October 19, 2017  celebrated fiber artist, Suzanne Connors, from Aya Fiber Studio, takes the stage in the Lighthouse ArtCenter as she discusses the Slow Cloth Movement and demonstrates Shibori dying techniques with indigo. Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery and folklore. Discover how the leaves “make blue” by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat. In a reaction that startles the imagination, this color emerges as vivid chartreuse and turns to rich velvet blue before our eyes. This breath taking transformation introduces a new respect for the exquisite elements available in the natural world.  Suzanne will give a Workshop on November 18th where participants can actual dye cloth with indigo themselves! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to make a reservation!




373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469
(561) 746-3101






Suzanne Connors, from Aya Fiber Studio


Slow Cloth Movement and Demonstration of Indigo Dying

Thursday, October 19, 2017

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Free to members, nonmembers $10

Enjoy the world class artwork in our current Faculty, Ceramics and 3D Exhibition, as well as delicious wines and hors d’oeuvres

3rd Thursday Events are sponsored by the generous support of the Meyer Law Firm


Photo courtesy of Aya Fiber Studio



The Slow Cloth movement provides a thoughtful approach to the making of textiles that connects us to our inner and outer worlds. Just as the Slow Food movement nourishes the body, the Slow Cloth Movement nourishes the soul; opting for creativity over efficiency. Slow Cloth is not about the time it takes to create textiles, but about how things are appropriately made. Slow Cloth is not a technique, it is an awareness of our creative process, and where our textiles come from. Slow Cloth is a connection to our past and our future. It is preserving cultural traditions while keeping in mind our sustainable future; It is focusing on process, quality, skill, mastery, joy, community, sustainability, contemplation, and preserving tradition all while honoring innovation and self-expression. For the Fiber Artist it is the journey, not the destination. If one seeks, recognizes, honors and develop these qualities in their work, then textiles become a source of meaning and deep satisfaction, connection and nourishment. This thoughtful approach lends itself naturally to all forms of fiber-art; weaving, knitting, sewing, embroidery, hand dyeing, quilting, printing, beadwork, or any other form of working with textiles.



In her studio Suzanne works mainly with natural indigo using traditional Shibori methods. Indigo is the true “living blue.” It is not just a color, but a sense of culture that has a mind of its own. Indigo is a challenging dye because it is not soluble in water. To be dissolved, it must undergo a chemical change called reduction. Reduction converts indigo into “white indigo” (leuco-indigo). When a submerged fabric is removed from the dyebath, the white indigo quickly combines with oxygen in the air and reverts to the insoluble, intensely colored indigo. When it first became widely available in Europe in the 16th century, European dyers and printers struggled with indigo because of this distinctive property Suzanne will be giving a demonstration on how indigo fabrics are dyed and show a few examples of traditional indigo dyed Shibori.




Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

395 Seabrook Road  Tequesta, FL 33469

(561) 748-8737

NOVEMBER 18, 2017

10 AM – 3 PM   with a break for lunch

• Workshop Cost: $125.00 members / $150 nonmembers
• Materials fee: $15.00/ person (to be paid to instructor at class time)

To register or get more information contact:

Jennifer Chaparro  561-748-8737

The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating and students will soon appreciate how rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dyeing, such as Shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues which are so typical of indigo.


Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. Natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’ using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown Shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique. Students can expect to make several pillow or napkin sized samples


Beginner and intermediate

• Instructor will provide (6) pieces sample materials for class but it is suggested that students also bring additional fibers
• Instructor will provide the appropriate # of indigo vats/ rinse buckets/ paper covering for tables
• Instructor will provide materials to create Shibori- wood blocks, clamps, sewing needles, rubber bands, rocks, marbles, arashi poles



• a pair of new rubber gloves
• cotton string
• a seam-picker or small pair of sharp scissors
• an old shirt or apron – and please wear old clothes
• closed-toe shoes
• (1) item of clothing you wish to “upcycle” with your new skills
• Various fabric samples in different fibers- 24” x 24” or a set of 100% cotton or linen napkins- PRE SCOURED
• PRE SCOUR ALL Fabrics before bringing to class (wash in Hot water with mild soap- boil for 20-30 minutes


For more information about this exhibit, upcoming events and classes:

Lighthouse ArtCenter

373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101





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Armory Art Salon Features “Hablando En Chino” With Juan Erman Gonzales Tuesday, January 3rd

ART SALONS at the ARMORY ART CENTER in West Palm Beach are a gathering place for artists throughout the region. Each month from October to May, Art Salons offer presentations by professional artists whose artwork is being shown in museums and galleries in South Florida. Presenters show their work, talk about their influences, and explore the work of artists showing in museums and galleries. Stimulating discussions follow, led by Coordinator, Elle Shorr.  The public is invited to  “Hablando En Chino” with  Juan Erman Gonzales on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.




1700 Parker Avenue    West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

(561) 832-1776      armoryart.org




TUESDAY, January 3, 2017

6:30 -8:30 pm





There’s a $10 fee to attend.
If you’d like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to share this announcement with friends.




“Female – Unspecified” by Juan Erman Gonzales

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, better known as “Erman” (Cuba, 1956), is a mixed media artist whose theme driven, series based works are rooted in migration. Using utilitarian methods like wood-work, sewing and ceramics Erman creates original components for 2 and 3D collage, assemblage and installations long thought to echo and materialize remembrance, to converse about exile, displacement, up-rootness and transculture, with sub-contexts of family, gender and Afro-Caribbean folklore, from a Cuban-American vernacular. This dialogue is achieved with a very personal iconography: empty chairs and cups, ladders reaching heights and depths, wearer-less shoes, floating windows, the bifurcated but not barren landscape presented in a sub-reality where familial issues of home and homelands are questioned, challenged and when successful, resolved. He has taught art practices to children and adults living with disabilities and has been the guest lecturer at Edna Manley College in Jamaica, the National Gallery of the Bahamas, FIT in New York, Colorado State University and Lincoln Center in Ft. Collins, Colorado and most recently at Broward College in Davie, Florida in conjunction with his solo, traveling exhibition “Cortando, Cosiendo y Recordando,” a catalogued survey of works curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace.



“Hollywood” by Juan Erman Gonzales


Erman’s works form part of many collections including the Miami Art Museum, Miami-Dade Public Library, Craig Robbin’s and Instituto Sacatar in Brazil where he was awarded an International Fellowship in 2006 culminating in a solo exhibition at ACBEU Gallery. He is presently engaged in a new series titled “I Am That, I Am” where using original stencils and drawing, he is experimenting with multiples, repetition and layering while analyzing names, adjectives and phraseology used by others when describing him.






The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Held in twelve state-of-the-art studios, nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

For more information visit:

www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33


Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. Art Salons also offer the opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, enhance professional development, share useful resources, and network with other artists. Elle Schorr, a well known artist / photographer who spends much of her time at museums and art exhibits locally and internationally, has been facilitating the salons, hosted by the Armory Art Center, since 2012. All are welcome to join in these timely explorations of trends in contemporary art and individual artists’ work.

Videos of past Art Salon presentations are available on-line at:







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4th Annual Two-Day Sampler Workshop With Crystal Cawley Explores Paper, Fiber, Print & Stitch

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild announces their 4th Annual 2 Day Sampler workshop on January 14th & 15th with Crystal Cawley.  Participants will explore Paper, Fiber, Print  and Stitch in this exciting event!  Think of this workshop as a sampler — a place and time to explore the possibilities of combining paper with textiles to create unique tactile work. Think of hybrids and cross-pollination — how can materials and methods be combined and adapted to become more than the sum of their parts? The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of not-your-grandmother’s-samplers!  This is open to non-members as well as members of the Guild.  What a perfect time to give a gift of creative exploration!  











Armory Annex Gallery
1121 Lucerne Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460





4th Annual Two-Day Workshop



Sampler: Paper, Fiber, Print & Stitch

with Crystal Cawley

Sat. & Sun. January 14 & 15, 2017

9 AM – 4 PM

Members $185.00

Non-Members $225.00
(eligible 12/31/16)

Materials Fee: TBD

~Workshop includes lunch~

Send Check to Kim Harty

Your check secures your place in this workshop. Please include your phone number and your email address:

Kim Harty 7186 Grassy Bay Drive WPB, FL 33411

Questions? Contact Erica Howat at ericahowat@mac.com








  “Ghost Words” Close Up by Crystal  Cawley (Photo courtesy of Jay York)




“Change Purse”  by Crystal Cawley (Photo Courtesy of Jay York)



Traditional embroidered samplers displayed the makers’ repertoire of stitches and their design and lettering skills. Think of this workshop as a sampler — a place and time to explore the possibilities of combining paper with textiles to create unique tactile work. Think of hybrids and cross-pollination — how can materials and methods be combined and adapted to become more than the sum of their parts?




Crystal Cawley sewing skirt


Crystal Cawley “Skirt”





Activities and demonstrations will include laminating paper and fabric together, printing images onto fabric and paper, machine and hand stitching, spinning paper thread, methods of transferring images and text onto fabric and paper, and more as time and interest allow. Participants will have time to investigate demonstrated techniques and materials on their own, to make personal discoveries and connections for their own work.



“Love Letter Sweater” by Crystal Cawley (Photo Courtesy of Jay York)


Crystal Cawley is a skillful and established artist who lives and works in Portland, Maine. Crystal has a voice that she annunciates clearly through her work. Her approach pushes the boundaries while speaking truth from her heart and life experience.



“Change Purse” Open by Crystal Cawley (Photo Courtesy of Jay York)


Crystal will join SFB&FG to teach this workshop that will challenge us toward pushing beyond our own boundaries with new perspective toward our own work and medium. This is a workshop not to be missed! A list of materials and class details will be sent to you prior to the workshop.






For more information about the South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild:

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild, founded in 2013, is a non-profit organization comprised of fiber artists and enthusiasts from around South Florida who share diverse, but allied, interests in the fiber arts including basketry, weaving, knitting/crochet, needlework, felting and textile design. Our mission is to promote a community that inspires interest and creativity in basketry and the fiber arts among both emerging and seasoned artists through networking, educational programs and exhibitions.





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“Wet Foot/Dry Foot” Is Featured At Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery

Art Synergy’s ArtWeekPalmBeach 2016 in conjunction with ArtPalmBeach is offering a special exhibition in Lake Worth.  “Wet Foot/Dry Foot”, Opens with a Reception on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery in Lake Worth, Florida.   The exhibit asks the viewer to decide if there is a schism between the works produced by artists who began working prior to and after the 1995 policy changes in the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1995.  “Wet Foot/ Dry Foot” asks if the immigration status of each of the artists can be detected in the works presented. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of four Cuban visual artists: Juan Erman Gonzalez, Patricio Rodriguez, Alejandro Justiz, and Noel C. Hernandez Perez.  In addition, you can pick up your Free multi-day pass to ArtPalmBeach being held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach!








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Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery

711 Lucerne Avenue    Lake Worth, FL



“Wet Foot/Dry Foot”

Opening Reception:

January 15, 2016 6-10 P.M.

Exhibit continues through January 24, 2016

Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 11-6 PM






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Gallerist and curator, Rolando Chang Barrero’s intention is two-fold, first to allow the viewer to decide whether or not a schism exist between the works produced by artists who began working prior to and after the 1995 policy changes in the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1995. Secondly, Wet Foot/ Dry Foot begs an answer to whether the immigration status of each of the artists can be detected in the works presented.




Alejandro Justiz, National Academy of Beaux Arts ¨San Alejandro¨ Havana, Cuba


Alejandro Justiz, “Wave” 36” x 27”, acrylic and ink on paper, $2400




Noel C. Hernandez Perez, Cuba


Noel C. Hernandez Perez, “Masedumbre” aquarelle/linen, 75 x 54 cm., $4000

Juan Erman Gonzalez


Juan Erman Gonzalez, “El Plato Nacional” Mixed Media Installation. $ 1500




Juan Antonio Gonzalez, better known as Erman, has lived in the United States since 1969. Erman works include mixed-media installation consisting of a variety of works continuing his thematic concentration of migration, trans-culturism, exile, and displacement. Using utilitarian methodologies such as assemblage, cut paper, ceramics, and sewing, and utilizing post production, recycled, and donated goods.


Patricio Rodriguez

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Patricio Rodriguez,”Rostros 5”, Cut paper on board, w/ charcoal and ink, 40” 28” $4500



Patricio Rodriguez’s work is marked by the outpouring of virtuosity of his visual modus operandi in this case the draft. He creates a beautifully dangerous personal universe full of holes, leaks, findings and abruptness, in the sharp edges of their performances, as “something” endowed with desire, and that desire to be … the artist is palpable, and this danger is your best virtue; deadliest their patience before our eyes, because it will be almost impossible to escape its spell.






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Art Synergy
invites you to attend
Art Palm Beach First View
The Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, Florida

Pick up a brochure at
Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery
711 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth, Florida




Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 11-6 PM

The brochure admits you and a guest to
First View,
January 20, 2016 | 6-7:30 pm.
The Collectors Preview
continues until 10pm.

Brochure includes special complimentary multi-day pass!

Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery
711 Lucerne Avenue,
Lake Worth, Florida 33426





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The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Aya Fiber Studio Brings Indigo And Other Dye Techniques To Southeast Florida

In the fashion magazines and furnishings catalogs, indigo is all the rage. It is no surprise, as people worldwide have been using indigo dye from the beginning of time.  If you are looking for hand dyed indigo clothing, pillows or fabric to create what you want, Suzanne Connor’s Aya Fiber Studio is THE place to be!  Located within Port Salerno’s Fish House Art Center, it is in the hub of other artists’ studios and good dining options.  The Rickie Report shares details about the DYEHOUSE and STUDIO space and encourages individuals and groups to try any of the WORKSHOPS.  Stop by on Friday, June 12th for the official GRAND Opening RECEPTION!




Aya Fiber Studio



Aya Fiber Studio

Fish House Art Center

4745 SE Desoto Ave

Port Salerno, Florida 34997




FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

6:00 PM



STUDIO and BOUTIQUE OPEN: Tuesday- Saturday

and by appointment: 336-693-4606


Pillows, Bed Covers

Pillows, Bed Covers


The excitement is building as more people hear about and take classes 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!


Using Beet Juice and Onion Skins To Dye Fabric

Using Red Beets and Onion Skins To Dye Fabric




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!


Over-sized scarves

Over-sized scarves



  • Indigo Workshops: June 8, July 13, Aug 3
  • Intro to Stitching 2 day workshops: June 14-15, July 19-20, Aug 9-10
  • Thursday Mornings @ Aya Fiber Studio- Suzanne will lead an Open Studio Session presenting different techniques.


REGISTER TODAY: http://www.ayafiberstudio.com/indigo-workshops/



Batik Cotton Canvas Tote with Leather Handles

Batik Cotton Canvas Tote with Leather Handles


Many fabrics to choose from
Many hand dyed fabrics to choose from


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 dyed Napkin Sets

Shibori dyed Napkin Sets



Suzanne tells us, “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!”


Results from a Workshop at Aya Fiber Studio

Results from a Workshop at Aya Fiber Studio



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


or visit:




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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Art Salon Showcases “Sisters of the Cloth”, Barbara Cheives and Kianga Jinaki

Barbara Cheives and Kianga Jinaki, fiber artists and friends, will be sharing their excitement and lives of cultural activism as well as their love of artistic creativity at the upcoming Art Salon on August 5th.  The Rickie Report takes great joy in sharing this information, as each woman brings her own personality, creativity and her-story to the elements engendered by working with textiles.  This is Open to the Public, with a small fee to cover the costs of operating these Salons at the Armory Art Center, so ably accomplished by Elle Schorr.












There’s a $10 fee to attend.

Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue  W.Palm Beach, FL


Barbara Cheives' Quilt

Barbara Cheives’ Quilt




Barbara Cheives says of her work, ” I learned to sew as a teenager and loved making clothes for myself and my friends.  In what seems like a former life, I obtained a degree in Fashion Buying & Merchandising and worked in the garment district for over 10 years.  Most of those years were spent buying and selling textiles.  When I left New York, I left that world behind until a Japanese American friend convinced me to work with him at the Houston Quilt Festival where he was selling vintage kimono to quilters….I was hooked.”


Barbara Cheives' Scarves and Pillows

Barbara Cheives’ Scarves and Pillows



“I have a natural affinity for the African culture and with a new appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan, Afrasia was born.  The colors and textures of the fabrics work well together to form a unique marriage of cultures that preserves vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi blended with modern African fabric, African inspired trims, beads, and ‘found’ items. Call it multi-cultural recycling.  I spend my days as a consultant working to bridge the gap between cultures and I continue that work through my art. As a Fiber Artist, my one of a kind wearable and decorative art represents a harmonious blend of cultures.”




Barbara Cheives' Wall Hanging

Barbara Cheives’ Wall Hanging


Barbara spends her days as a consultant working to bridge the gap between cultures, ” I continue that work through my art. You never know where life will take you. Whenever I’m asked how I got into race relations and diversity, I have a simple answer – GOD. I did not choose my current career, it chose me. The beauty of it is that now I have the best of both of my worlds. I can satisfy my social justice side through my work and my love of fabric and color through my art.”  


Barbara Cheives' Pillows

Barbara Cheives’ Pillows



Barbara is the President and CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting, specializing in race and ethnic relations consulting and Cultural Competency Training.  Barbara’s consulting expertise includes law enforcement and public safety, media, education and corporations. Barbara is a native New Yorker who has called West Palm Beach home since 1990.  Additionally, she serves on the National Board of the Institute of Community Peace in Washington, DC. She is Immediate Past President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter and the Co-Chair of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry. Barbara is an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County, from the Class of 2002.



Kianga Jinaki's Wall Hanging,"The Divine One"

Kianga Jinaki’s Wall Hanging,”Divine One” (Photo Courtesy of Her Website)



Kianga Jinaki says: “My media of choice are collage, dolls, & quilts. When it is enhancing to what I am creating, the written word is also incorporated. The influences of the African diaspora which were prevalent as I grew up in Baltimore, not only shaped me but my art. The love, honor and respect that I have for my heritage permeates my work. Doll making and quilting appeal to me because they are both multi-media constructions that allow me to indulge my love of working with fabric, fibers, and embellishments.”



Kinaga Jinaki's Wall Hanging," The Left Bank"

Kianga Jinaki’s Wall Hanging,” The Left Bank”  (Photo Courtesy of her website)



“Starting with the initial idea of a piece I begin collecting the things that I want to incorporate in the final work. As the piece begins to reveal itself I add to or take away until before me is the art piece that I was reaching inside for. The inspiration for my work is everywhere and is funneled thru how I experience, see and feel things.”




Kinaga Janika's Doll, "From The Blacker Berry's Fairy Collection"

Kianga Janika’s Doll, “From The Blacker Berry’s Fairy Collection” (Photo Courtesy of her Website)



She goes on to explain, “Romare Bearden once said ‘It’s not what you see when you looking at a painting, but what you feel.’ In my work I am also striving to get the viewer to connect to a feeling, to deliver a message. Sometimes that message is delivered as a whisper and sometimes I’m yelling at the top of my lungs.”



Kianga Jinaki Offers Doll Workshops ( Photo Courtesy of her website)

Kianga Jinaki Offers Doll Workshops ( Photo Courtesy of her website and Simone Infantry Photography)



Kianga Jinaki is originally from Baltimore, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Community Mental Health from Morgan State University.  In addition to being an artist, she is a licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher, and the mother of 4 adult children.  She is a teaching artist for the Norton Museum of Art’s P.A.C.E. program, and resides in West Palm Beach.


For more information about Barbara Cheives please email:  afrasia1@bellsouth.net

For more information about Kianga Jinaki please visit: www.kiangajinaki.com









The Art Salons offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources.

Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr.




NEW LOCATION: All Salons meet in the Library of the Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 3340, in the historic Art Deco Armory building to the left of the garden.

If you’re driving North on I-95, turn right/ east on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

If you’re driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn right on Park Avenue. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.



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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Where to Get Your Work Published

The Rickie Report is waiting to hear from those of you who get the nod to be included in any of these publications!    More publication opportunities will follow, so stayed tuned to The Rickie Report!

Stampington Company


Stampington & Company offers anyone the opportunity to get their creations published in our standing or special publications. For all publications, please follow the General Artwork Submission Guidelines as follows:

All artwork must arrive at our offices on or before the published deadlines.  We prefer submissions of original art.  If original art is not available, our next preference is hi-res digital images (300 dpi at 8½” x 10″).  If hi-res digital images are not available, we will very rarely consider professional-quality transparencies or color slides.  Color-copy submissions are not accepted.

All artwork must be identified with the artist’s name, address, e-mail and phone number clearly printed on a label attached to each sample.  As artwork often gets separated from instructions during our selection process, we ask that you also inscribe your name and address somewhere on each piece of art.  If you desire acknowledgment of artwork receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

For  collaborative projects, it is the responsibility of the submitting artist to obtain permission from each participant prior to submission.  In addition, each  piece of the collaborative must be labeled with contact information of the artist who created it.  Please be aware that the collaborative project in its entirety will only be returned to the submitting artist and must have sufficient return postage.

If the artwork is three-dimensional, please attach your identification with a removable string, or pack the sample in a plastic bag with your identification. Artwork without proper identification will not be considered

Depending on the publication, concise yet thorough instructions must accompany each art sample. Attach individual sample instructions to each piece of artwork and include credits for art stamp images used, as well as any other products of note. If you are able, please keep an electronic version of your instructions, as you may be requested to send those in if your work is selected for publication.Please send submissions to:   (Name of Magazine Title)             22992 Mill Creek, Suite B             Laguna Hills, CA 92653ARTWORK MANAGEMENT POLICY Sometimes, a piece of artwork submitted for one issue may be better suited for an upcoming issue. Other times, submissions are forwarded for consideration to the editors of our sister publications. For these reasons we may hold your sample for an extended period of time — 9-12 months is common.Rest assured that we will take excellent care of your artwork, but Stampington cannot be held responsible for damage or loss due to circumstances beyond our control. In the meantime, if you move, please send a postcard or e-mail to the editor with your new address.Due to the large volume of artwork we receive, Somerset Studio will return only those submissions accompanied by sufficient postage in the form of cash, check or money order made out to Stampington & Company. We can not offer delivery confirmation; however, we are happy to put insurance on the submission. If you wish to have your artwork insured for the return journey, please include sufficient funds and indicate your preference in a postcard or letter enclosed with your submission. Please do not attach postage to packaging, and do not send loose postage stamps. Contributors from outside the US, please send cash, check, or money order in US funds to Stampington & Company.
For those titles that run feature articles, please see the following Writers’ Submission Guidelines:
WRITERS’ SUBMISSION GUIDELINESIf you have a unique artistic technique you’d like to share with others, please send samples of your artwork accompanied by a query letter outlining your article idea to the respective Managing Editor at:(Name of Magazine Title) 22992 Mill Creek, Suite B   Laguna Hills, CA 92653.  Managing editors also welcome brief e-mail queries. (E-mail address can be found on the masthead of each publication.)  No telephone calls, please.  Please note that the artwork itself often sells the article. Managing editors seek first-rate projects and encourage artists who have not published articles before to submit ideas, as editorial assistance will be provided. Competitive editorial compensation is provided for all published articles.Depending on which magazine you are most interested in submitting artwork to, you are encouraged to review any additional guidelines that are unique to each magazine, which are published in each issue of all standing titles.

Belle Armoire

Inspired Artisan Designers of art-to-wear garments and accessories can find inspiration from almost anywhere. For Susanna Gordon, in our March/April 2008 issue of Belle Armoire, it was the floor-to-ceiling chalkboard menu from French cafés that inspired her handbag design. We challenge you to keep your eyes open to observe things on the ground, in the air, in and around buildings… or any other place you find yourself, to get inspired for your next art-to-wear design.  For your creation to be considered for publication for future installments of The Inspired Artisan, please send a hi-resolution digital image (300 dpi at 8″ x 10″) of the inspiration (either e-mailed to the Editor-in-Chief at beleditor@bellearmoire.com or burned on a CD) along with your actual art-to-wear creation to Belle Armoire by following the Submission Guidelines. Deadline: Ongoing.

 Student Runway Belle Armoire seeks original, handmade artwear by students and working apprentices to present as part of the Student Runway Department. To be considered for publication, please see top of page for details on mailing artwork and ensuring its return. Artwear may include garments, jewelry and accessories, and projects and techniques may encompass sewing; knitting and crochet; mixed-media adornment of clothing, jewelry and accessories; surface embellishment; beading; wirework; glass; and polymer and art metal clay. Submissions should include information on apparel, textiles, jewelry or other classes taken, as well as contact information for an instructor or professor overseeing your studies. The editor welcomes brief e-mail queries at beleditor@bellarmoire.com. Deadline: Ongoing.

On the Surface           You can’t go wrong with playing with surface treatments on a piece of fabric or favorite garment. From dyeing to painting to burning and so much more, surface treatments are an easy way to personalize an artistic garment. Whether you’re a pro at a surface treatment, or have never tried before, we’d like to see what you can do on the surface. Play with one treatment or several, show it off with a jacket, dress, or scarf — however you decide  to do it, we can’t wait to see what you can do with surface treatments! Deadline: Ongoing.


Unique gatherings take center stage with our newest publication, Mingle! From unique theme ideas to unexpected exchanges to artistic retreats and adventures, Mingle will provide the alluring tales and extraordinary techniques of hosting exceptional gatherings with an artistic flair. For this new publication, we are looking for photos and stories from unique gatherings, inventive invitations, party planning tips, table setting designs, and any other details from get-togethers with friends and fellow artists — both large and small! Submissions can be emailed to the editor at mingle@stampington.com, or saved on a disc and sent to our physical mailing address. If selected, we will need hi-res versions of your photographs. Deadline for artwork to be received: Semiannually every May 15th and November 15th.

Somerset Studio

     It’s nearly impossible to hear Edgar Allan Poe’s name without thoughts  of ravens and ghosts coming to mind. From “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “The  Fall of the House of Usher” to “The Raven” we’re all familiar with his  bone-chilling work.
For our next Halloween issue of Somerset Studio, we thought that Edgar  Allan Poe’s great work would be the perfect inspiration. It’s time to  brush the dust off his books and find a story to inspire your  Halloween-themed inspirations. His work is also readily available  online. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Deadline for artwork to be received: October 15, 2012.

A Somerset Summer To me, there is no season more inspirational than summer. Nights spent outdoors, fireflies flickering in the sky, running barefoot through the grass – there’s nothing better. For the July/August 2012 issue, we’re asking for you to look past the sometimes oppressive summer heat to the beauty found only in summertime. Are you moved by the cool blues of the ocean, or do you love the look of your July garden? Whatever it is – journals, assemblages, altered books – we want to see artwork inspired by summer.  Deadline for artwork to be received: February 15, 2012.

 Cards Thank you to all artists who continue to submit dimensional works for Somerset Studio. Please also note that we have an on-going need for cards and other smaller flat works of art. This is an on-going call for each theme as outlined above. Deadline: Ongoing.

Stamper's Sampler

Put a Cork on It! Corkboard has so many crafting possibilities and creative uses. We challenge you to come up with a unique and interesting way to incorporate corkboard with stamping. Purchase thin sheets and die-cut it, cut out cute shapes, add a corkboard border to a card like Amanda B. Jones in the card pictured below, stamp onto it, use it as a panel, paint it, tear it, shred it and sprinkle it, or find another original way to add it as an embellishment. We can’t wait to see what you come with it for the July/August/September issue! Absolute Deadline — January 15, 2012

Skipping Stone Gray  Last year, we wanted to see the brightest and boldest stamped artwork you could create with sunshine yellow, and we received such an amazing assortment of cards and projects. Our annual color challenge is back, and time around, we want to tone it down a tad with the refreshing shade of skipping stone gray. Due to a printing error, the color shown in the December/January Issue doesn’t match the title. But, as it turns out, we do like the color. Moving forward, incorporate the shade of blue shown or a pale (skipping stone) gray into your cards for this challenge. The choice is up to you. Absolute Deadline is January 15, 2012

Themeless Artwork   As part of our shift to quarterly and the new and larger size of The Stampers’ Sampler, we would love to make our Feeling Themeless a recurring department! So, create to your heart’s content, free of any restraints, and remember to share the results with us. Absolute Deadline — Ongoing

A Call for Articles   We are always looking for new and innovative stamping articles. If you’re interested in submitting an idea for an upcoming issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, we would love to see it. Just send us 5–10 cards that demonstrate the same theme, a new stamping technique, a unique usage of an unexpected or interesting material, or an exciting project. Just make sure it has stamping on it! Absolute Deadline — Ongoing

Art Doll

Shelf Sitter Challenge    We love Amy Fowler-Farrell’s darling felted Knee Hugger dolls that are in our Winter issue. These cute little dolls with bendable knees are often called shelf sitters. They perch on mantles, shelves, a stack of books or wherever they can find a place to land. Shelf sitters can be created out of felt, cloth,  clay, wood, and more. So here’s our challenge to you: create a shelf sitter doll out of your preferred medium making sure it can stably sit with bended knees.  Send your doll to us at Art Doll Quarterly, Shelf Sitter Challenge, 22992 Mill Creek, Suite B, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 or email a hi-res image to artdollquarterly@stampington.com for publication consideration in the Autumn 2012 issue. For complete guidelines, visit www.stampington.com. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Paper Personas  Inspired by Judith Thibaut’s doll “George in Drag” (Spring 2010) and in the spirit of Lynne Perrella’s book Beyond Paper Dolls, we’ve created a new department in Art Doll Quarterly that will feature one fabulous, artistic and beautifully executed paper doll in each issue. We’re looking for expressive paper personas crafted with innovative techniques and art mediums — over-the-top imaginative interpretations of the human form. Send us your thought-provoking and innovative paper personas for publication consideration. Please note “Paper Personas” on your submission. Deadline: Ongoing.

More publication opportunities to come.  Stay tuned to The Rickie Report!

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420