Sally Cooper is Featured Artist At Coral Springs Museum Of Art. Opening Reception On Thursday, December 6 Is Free And Open To The Public

Thirty-four pieces of Sally Cooper‘s award winning original fine art will be featured at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in the  “Journey to Abstraction” exhibit.  Everyone is invited to the complimentary Opening Reception on Thursday, December 6.   The exhibit runs from December 1 – 29, 2018.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details about this exhibit and Sally ‘s upcoming workshops.







Coral Springs Museum of Art

2855A Coral Springs Drive    Coral Springs, FL 33065

Open:  Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm





Coral Springs Museum of Art

P R E S E N T S:

“Journey to Abstraction” 



S a l l y     C o o p e r


Opening Reception/Meet the Artist

Thursday, December 6

6 – 8 pm

Opening Reception is complimentary*

Exhibit is available December 1 through December 29, 2018



*The Opening Reception is complimentary.  There is a slight charge for visiting the museum during the week and the admission varies for children, seniors and adults.  This information along with directions to the museum is on their website








Conversation in Blue” by Sally Cooper






Sally Cooper tells The Rickie Report, ” My artistic journey began at a young age. At that time I was only interested in capturing an image or photo-likeness.  A big change occurred in my work in 1980 when I was introduced to painting non-objectively in a Creative Watercolor workshop taught by Miles Batt.  A whole world opened and I was hooked!  I began to experiment in non-traditional ways with acrylics, gesso and various polymer mediums.  I also became extremely interested in Asian calligraphy and sought out different books on the subject.  The powerful flying brush strokes, the splashes of fresh ink/paint and the spontaneous fluid movement have been influential and I began to incorporate my own personal calligraphy and mark-making into my paintings”.


“Red Ginger” by Sally Cooper





It has been almost 40 years since Sally took that Creative Watercolor workshop and her work today is about a creative process rather than a specific image or place.  She works intuitively and enjoys the direct experience of the art-making – the process, the spontaneity and surprise elements of painting.  Sally shares her enthusiasm and knowledge through classes and workshops (see below).



“Everglades” by Sally Cooper






Sally explains, “Starting with a primed large unstretched canvas I build my abstracts layer by layer.  I start by placing triadic colors (three hues, equally spaced on the color wheel), plus raw umber, white and black for tinting and shading the colors – mix a few together, grab a brush and then follow intuitive promptings and apply a big gestural linear mark or brushstroke that comes from deep within.  These intuitive promptings are like a dance.  I quickly move back and forth applying marks, keeping some, veiling over others, stepping back every so often, studying, looking, moving, deciding which marks to keep and which marks to take away. This play or process continues until a painting evolves”.






“Blue Rhapsody” by Sally Cooper





Sally’s paintings have garnered many awards and much praise. Her work has been published in The Artist’s Magazine ( First Place/2017/National competition for ” Conversation in Blue” which was published in March 2018 issue);  Art Journey Abstract Painting, A Celebration of Contemporary Art (2017); Artist’s Magazine 2015 Cover image and feature article; Acrylic Artist, Professional Artist and The Artist’s Magazines.  She is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and a member of Chroma Paints Independent Teaching Program for their Atelier Interactive acrylic paints and mediums.  




Sally teaches  Discovering Abstract Painting and a unique Expressive Abstract – Large Scale Painting Workshop at Old School Square Creative Arts School in Delray Beach. 

She is offering a Creative Abstract Workshop in Fort Myers  January 14-17, 2019   Register at:

She is offering  a Marks, Shapes & Neutrals Workshop in Dayton Beach :  Email:





For more information about Sally’s artwork, classes or exhibits:






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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces Workshop, Open To Public

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society presents a 4 Day Workshop, March 14 -17, 2016 with Kathleen Maling, NWS, AWS. A long time resident of Florida, Kathleen enjoys painting the unique flora and fauna of her environment in watercolor. An award-winning artist, she has appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 11, Florida Wildlife Magazine, & International Artist Magazine.The Rickie Report shares the details. There is member/non-member pricing, so this is a great opportunity to network with other artists!






GCWS logo color


Gold Coast Watercolor Society Workshop


March 14-17, 2016

Kathleen Maling NWS, AWS

GCWS Members $395/Non-members $430



1350 Sunrise Blvd.    Fort Lauderdale, FL


Kathleen Maling AWS, NWS, FWS is a long time resident of Florida and enjoys painting the unique flora and fauna of her environment in watercolor. Kathleen has received many awards for her paintings and she exhibits in several shows throughout the year. She has appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 11, Florida Wildlife Magazine, & International Artist Magazine.




“Jean Marie” by Kathleen Maling ( Courtesy of her website)


Experience the fun of working in a series as you play with this wonderful medium called watercolor. Working from action photos you will be using your imagination to produce several miniseries. There is something about the way that the paint flows onto wet paper that is addicting when painting in watercolor.


For more information about Kathleen Maling:


Registration Form


Please print!

State________________ Zip ___________
[ ] Kathleen Mailing $___________




ALL workshop spaces are reserved on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis. If you cancel, there is a $75 cancellation fee per workshop reserved. If there are 30 days or less until the workshop, the entire fee is non-refundable unless your space is filled.


I understand and agree to the above policy.



Please mail check and this form to:
Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Inc.
Workshop Chair, Teresa Kirk
16935 NW 20th St
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028




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Creative Arts School At Old School Square In Delray Beach Announces February Workshops

Each year the Creative Arts School at Old School Square presents a variety of workshops led by resident and visiting artists. Learn more about Plein Air painting with Ralph Papa, Plein Air Figure Painting with Eli Cedrone, Building an abstract Series with Brenda Hope Zappitell, Abstract Workshop with Sally Cooper, or Creativity and Style for Artists with Ralph Papa.  The Rickie Report shares the details about these One-Day and Two-Day Workshops and urges you to sign up , as spaces are limited!




51 N. Swinton Avenue        Delray Beach, FL 33444




The Creative Arts School

at Old School Square

Presents February Workshops

Workshops meet at the Creative Arts School, located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre building at Old School Square.



Plein Air Painting with Ralph Papa

Friday, February 5th

9:00 am to 3:30 pm





“Riverbed” by Ralph Papa


This one-day workshop, part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series, is for artists at all levels who wish to improve their ability to sketch and paint outdoors. This one-day workshop includes instructor demonstrations, scene selection criteria, tools of the trade, setup, composition, perspective, color selection and mixing followed by a critique and Q&A session. Fee is $165.




Figure Painting En Plein Air with Eli Cedrone

Friday and Saturday, February 12 & 13

9:30 am to 4:30 pm




“En Plein Air Figures” by Eli Cedrone



This workshop is part of the Visiting Artist Workshop Series for professional and serious amateur artists. Learn the fundamentals of painting from the live model in an outdoor setting. We’ll be working with well-lit models in quick poses, moving to longer poses as the class progresses. Topics include outdoor lighting conditions (direct, ambient and reflected light), how sunlight affects color, seeing color and value as a unit, and developing the ability to paint quickly and accurately. Fee is $375.





Building an abstract Series with Brenda Hope Zappitell

Tuesday-Thursday, February 23 – 25

9:30 am to 4:30 pm




Abstract by Brenda Hope Zappitell



This intensive workshop is part of the Visiting Artist Workshop Series for professional and serious amateur artists and focuses on creating a series by learning how to paint three or more paintings a day, using acrylic paint. Topics also include color theory, composition and suggestions for creating your own “painting process.” There will be daily meditation and painting demonstrations. Fee is $540.




Creativity and Style for Artists with Ralph Papa

Friday, February 26th

 9 am to 3:30 pm






                             PHOTO by RALPH PAPA



This one day workshop, part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series, is for intermediate and advanced artists. Take your artwork to the next level! Included will be methods of constructive critiquing, demonstrations and exercises to show how your work can improve. Fee is $165.





Abstract Workshop with Sally Cooper

Saturday, February 27th

 9:30 am to 4:30 pm



oldschoolsquare05_Cooper_Abstract Painting

Abstract by Sally Cooper



This workshop is part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series. Jump start your creativity and push your painting experience to new levels in this energized, intensive workshop where emphasis is on an intuitive, fearless approach, experimentation and individual creativity. Fee is $185.


About The Faculty:



ELI CEDRONE began her career in Bermuda at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. She teaches workshops nationally and in Bermuda, California and Italy. She has always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions and believes painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed. She works primarily in oils and is drawn to the human form, where figures exist both in representational and painterly worlds. She describes her style as Contemporary Impressionism.




SALLY COOPER has been painting all her life and began actively pursuing her creative talents in the late eighties.  In 1990 she was awarded an annual Art Award from Broward Community College.  In the mid 90’s she moved from detailed representational work and began to seek the abstract.  By 2000 image reference was left behind and her style evolved into explosions of color, markings and movement.  Her work has been included in numerous regional and national competitive exhibitions receiving awards in most.  She is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.  In 2005 her painting “Life Force II” received Honorable Mention in Watercolor Magic Magazine’s national competition.




RALPH PAPA teaches drawing and painting at his Delray studio and at the Creative Arts School. He is a member of the Garrison Art Center, the Delray Art League, Past President of the Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum and co-founder of Plein Air Painters of Palm Beach. His paintings range from studio works composed of real and imagined themes to figurative, portraits and plein air paintings. His works are in public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada.




BRENDA HOPE ZAPPITELL creates abstract expressionist works born out of intuition and serendipitously influenced by nature and life experiences. Her work is in both private and public collections and she is represented in galleries all over the U.S. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in NYC, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and New Orleans as well as in other locations. Zappitell is a contributing writer for Professional Artist Magazine and writes an ongoing blog for their website. She has taught many workshops to artists from all over the country.






Old School Square is the center of arts & entertainment in downtown Delray Beach. Celebrating 25 years as the community’s gathering place, the historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Art Museum (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Fieldhouse (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The Creative Arts School (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography, writing and performance classes. Old School Square also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events.


For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit



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Palm Beach Watermedia Society Announces Paint-Ins, Meeting And Workshop

The Palm Beach Watermedia Society announces four events in January and welcomes everyone to participate. The “Paint-Ins” are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month and include a live model. The January 14th General Meeting includes a demo. Non-members are welcome at minimal charge of $2. A two-day workshop with Susan Hanssen, a well known and award winning artist, begins on January 7th. The focus will be painting on gold gesso. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to get involved with this talented group of artists. Emerging artists and established artists are encouraged to network with this wonderful group! All events take place at the Boca Raton Community Center unless otherwise noted.








Palm Beach Watermedia Society

Invites You:

Susan Hanssen Two Day Workshop

Painting on Gold Gesso

January 7 & 8, 2016

9 am – 4pm

 Sue Hanssen workshop is $200.00 for two days

Registration Required



Include Live Model



January 12 and 26, 2016

9:30 am – 12:15 PM


The Paint-Ins are $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non- members





General Meeting:


Demo by Kitty Schachter


January 14, 2016

6:30 PM – 8:45 PM







Boca Raton Community Center


150 Crawford Blvd.     Boca Raton, Florida 33432

Phone: (561) 393-7700






Susan Hanssen

Painting On Gold Gesso Workshop





“Grace and Two Napoleons” by Susan Hanssen





Susan Hanssen is offering a 2 day workshop to explore the many interesting and fun techniques of painting on gold gesso. Susan will demonstrate each day, showing different methods of applying paint and creating any number of textures. She will also discuss design elements that can aid in this project and all of your painting experiences. At the end of each day there will be constructive critique. This is a useful and informative discussion to help everyone. Of course, individual attention is always available during the day.





“Waiting Patiently” by Susan Hanssen





Susan Hanssen is an award winning painter and is well known in south Florida for her unique and exciting work. Susan is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and of the Florida Watercolor Society. She has taught numerous workshops across Florida and recently in New Mexico with her sister, Nancy Frost Begin. Susan continues to teach in her studio and is represented at the Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL.




Paint-In Information:

Silver Room of the Boca Community Center

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month

For more details please contact Dona 561.362.5506





Please Visit:

PBWS website



PBWS Facebook Page

For general information please contact:

Lynn Holland, President




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