2nd Street Art’s Opening Reception On Friday, April 16 Features Original Creations From 12 Artists. Put Your Name In For The Special Rickie Report Reader’s Free Raffle Drawing

Where should you look first at 2nd Street Art in Fort Pierce?  We’re not sure, but The Rickie Report knows there is a lot to look at!  The Friday Art Walk on April 16, offers you a glimpse of what Janet Bird Fuller and Diane Concepcion, co-owners of 2nd Street Art, offer. Check the schedule for Third Thursday (Ladies Night) as a different artist teaches a new project each month. 2nd Street Art has a classroom with a full line-up of instruction in mosaics, stained glass, painting lessons and mixed media collage. The Gallery of 12 artists has cards, jewelry and magnets for souvenir and gift shoppers.  Special Announcement: For April’s Art Walk, the Gallery invites Rickie Report readers to enter in a raffle for a painting by Joe Young, who will be joining the Gallery as the Featured Artist at the May Art Walk (May 21). April’s Art Walk includes ‘Spring Cleaning’ as the artists will provide a selection of art at reduced prices! Help make way for new art!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek from each of the artists.






5 – 8 PM

Put your name in for Joe Young’s art raffle

Special  April Art  Sale!



 131 B 2nd Street    Fort Pierce, FL

GALLERY HOURS:  Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am – 5 pm

(and often opens on Sunday Noon  -4 pm)



FaceBook.com/2ndStreet Art  

Instagram @2ndStreetartfp  



Call:      772.519.3760    or    732.804.4715






Janet Bird Fuller and Diane Concepcion, co-owners of 2nd Street Art feature the work of local artists in vibrant downtown Ft Pierce. They exhibit a carefully curated mix of highly talented artists who excel in many mediums.  What can you see?  A former mouse track that looks like a mouse; collage artwork using clock faces; stained glass lamps and wall hangings; bon-mots created with mixed media collage; mosaics of all sizes; original works of art painted in acrylics and in oils; small gift items; and so much more!  







Danielle Biglin


Painting by Danielle Biglin


This South Florida artist has evolved her painting from watercolor landscapes to oil and gouache. Danielle Biglin now paints portraits and mundane items such as sardines, bananas and her morning cup of coffee, bringing life the ordinary.



David Bolinsky



Painting by Dave Bolinsky


An Oklahoma native, now a Florida flight instructor paints in oils. David’s topics are the unique local landscape and landmarks, specializing in realism.



Diane Concepcion



Commissioned mosaic by Diane Concepcion


Diane Concepcion is a mosaic artist who uses glass, tile, china, and other found items to make mosaic art and jewelry.  Whether it is purely for art’s sake or for functionality, she uses a variety of style and techniques in her mosaics.  Diane gives classes at 2nd Street Art and is also available for commissions.



Patsy Disney 


Painting by Patsy Disney


Patsy Disney’s multi-media artwork expresses her love of flowers. She uses vintage love letters, maps, books and other ephemera with delightful results.



Janet Bird Fuller



“Off The Hook” Steam Punk creation with recycled materials by Janet Bird Fuller


Janet Bird Fuller is a 3D, steam punk & industrial assemblage artist who creates all of her work from found objects  and reclaimed material (often found in curbside trash).  Her specialty is STEAMPUNK, a form of Victorian science fiction and fantasy that speculates, “What would the past look like if the future had happened sooner?”  It involves contraptions constructed from lots of gears, gadgets and gizmos.



Laura Kinnemon 


Collage using watch faces and other memorabilia by Laura Kinnemon



Working in collage and assemblage, Laura Kinnemon’s take on portraits and animals, using found items in such a different way, is unique. Each individual item tells a story, and contributes to the final piece.


Teala Krapfl 



“El Guacamole” by Teala Krapfl



Teala Krapfl paints in oils and also draws using graphite on paper. She tries to bring a nostalgic feel to her art, to give the a sense that her characters have lived. They feel familiar and inviting, but there’s some room left for the viewer to fill in their story.


Yolanda Luce



Scene painted by Yolanda Luce



Yolanda Luce’s art is driven by her faith, her family and love of photography, music and travel. Each painting is a moment in time, snapped in her mind’s eye.



Doc McKinney


Beach Scene by Doc McKinney


Ft. Pierce native, Doc, tells the story of his life (car racing, surfing) and of his town. The beach, the racetrack, his travels and the history of Ft Pierce are all elegantly portrayed in his paintings.




Sheila Parcell


Artwork by Sheila Parcell



Sheila Parcell is a native Floridian, who uses mixed media to reflect her deep faith in honoring the messy nature of being human and being woman. Her intent is to use her art (and humor) to lift women up.




Rita Polizzi


Painting on board by Rita Polizzi



Rita Polizzi is an acrylic painter who captures the tropical landscapes and diverse wildlife of the Treasure Coast. Working both on canvas and reclaimed wood, her paintings have a realistic style with a hint of whimsy.




Diane Stark Kennedy




Stained Glass Objects by Diane Stark Kennedy


Diane Stark Kennedy creates original design glass panels, lamps, suncatchers and boxes. She is ‘Naturally Inspired’ (the apropos name of her business) by the wealth of sea life and wildlife in Florida.




Lora Yakimov



Sculpture by Lora Yakimov



Lora Yakimov casts and welds pewter sea life into 3-D freestanding and wall sculptures. The transparency of her unique fossil figures symbolize the twin truths of outer decay and simultaneous inner renewal. “…for the things which are seen are temporal, but the unseen is eternal”


“Balloons in Water” by Lori Yakimov


Lora Yakimov uses the symbolism of playful balloons as a metaphor for life (fragile transparent spheres filled with breath, water, light and color)





For more information:

The 2nd Street Gallery

131 B 2nd Street    Fort Pierce, FL

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 11-5 pm

(and often opens on Sunday 12-4 pm)

FaceBook.com/2ndStreet Art 

and on Instagram @2ndStreetartfp  

CALL:    772.519.3760    or    732.804.4715





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

Holiday Reception Features “Art With Heart” At Artisans On The Ave, Friday December 21. Free Event, Raffle And Refreshments

Join in the Holiday Celebration at Artisans On The Ave, Friday, December 21st and enjoy “Art With Heart” from over 40 artists.  This free event is open to the public and features hand made decorative and functional gifts for all budgets.  Enjoy the refreshments, win a free raffle, and meet the artists! Get your gift list in order, swing by the gallery and shop for Art with Heart. The gift of a one-of-a-kind work of art will be a reminder of the thoughtful person who gave it!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.   Please note the new website address for Artisans On The Ave!



A R T I S A N S    ON   T H E   A V E N U E

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL  33460

561-762-8162      http://theartisansontheave.com



Features “Art with Heart”

Friday, December 21st

6 –  9   pm

Free and open to the public


Tis the season for heartfelt wishes and thoughtful gifts. At Artisans on the Ave gallery, they fill the shelves with handcrafted items from 40 local artisans and each artist brings unique talent and creativity to their craft. The gallery has an eclectic collection of artwork to spruce up your home, to use in your every day life, to accessorize your wardrobe or to just simply please the eye. Whether you have a budget fit for a palace or only want a trinket or two, they have something for everyone. Select from pottery, jewelry, woodwork, glass art, ceramics, fiber art, metal sculpture, paintings, basketry, photography, paper and mixed media.






To celebrate this time of year, you’ll find the gallery stocked with ornaments, gifts under $35 and holiday-themed items. On Friday, December 21 from 6-9 pm, the gallery is having a free reception that is open to the public. There will be refreshments, a $10 & Under gift table and plenty of artists to chat with. Plus, enter their holiday raffle to win a piece of locally created art!



So get your gift list in order, swing by the gallery and shop for art with heart. When you give the gift of art from Artisans on the Ave, you’ll be supporting a professional local artist and your gift-giving ability will surely be noticed. Plus, the one-of-a-kind work of art will certainly be a reminder of the thoughtful person who gave it.

For more details about this event or how to become part of this gallery:

Artisans on the Ave

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460




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

“American Picker” + Creative Genius = Steve Blackwood’s Artistry

The Rickie Report has always been fascinated to see how artists take an inanimate object and give it a life and a personality.  Steve Blackwood is a local master, using his creativity to make inconsonant elements not only work well together but bringing us into his intriguing world. They make us smile – and that is a gift to be thankful for.


Steve Blackwood’s art is based on a number of elements.  When we first saw his work we thought that Steve is a creative  “American picker” who with his artistic imagination creates an amalgamation of steam punk and utilitarian objects.
Blackwood shares, “My Art is based on a combination of elements. I take really cool objects; my memories of fascinating things…a bit of sci-fi and influences like Tim Burton and Edward Scissor Hands.  Then I combine them with elements of time in which they occurred during my life. I try to make all of these ingredients work together as if they always existed that way. A collection of quirky ideas and memories realized! The passing of time and combination of objects which have lived their own lives is intriguing to me. A Betty Crocker/Frankenstein of inanimate objects which come to life would pretty much sum it up.”
Blackwood, who has recently been interviewed for the September, 2012 issue of Atlantic Avenue Magazine (Atlanticavemagazine.com), is eager to talk about these parts of objects which he has combined with other objects and created the most whimsical time pieces we have seen.  A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, he has melded his passion for artistry with his long time fascination with mechanics.  Earlier clocks include  highly polished metal and neon with sleek with contemporary designs that have been featured in Niche Magazine. Collectors from around the world seek Steve out because his clocks are just unique!  He told The Rickie Report that he just returned from delivering a clock to a client in Frankfurt, Germany.

Steve Blackwood and Clock

Steve moved to Delray Beach in 2005 because of this area’s commitment to promoting a thriving arts community.  He knows that visitors from around the world come here to vacation and shop for their own galleries as well as themselves.  Blackwood shows his work at Cacace Fine Art located in Artists Alley.  His sculptural pieces have a perfect venue for display within the warmth of an art gallery which is part of a corridor of artists’ studios.
Blackwood’s work has shown at galleries in New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, North Carolina and Florida, but this is home.  His pieces are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the U.S. Art and Embassies Collection plus private collections as well.
One senses the loving care Steve has for each object he works with.  He feels he is giving old pieces a new lease  on life and indeed he is!  What is  it that comforts us, seeing Steve Blackwood’s caring for old and often discarded objects and renewing them with vigor? He makes us want to make them our own!
Artists’ Alley studios and galleries are open at various times, but the best time to visit is the third Thursday of each month, when everyone is open.  Be there on September 20th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  You can wander in and out of small and large spaces, speak with the artists and gain some insight into their amazing work.  To contact Steve Blackwood: delrayartist@yahoo.com or cacaceart.com

For coverage of your events, 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