Ray Gross’ Newest Art Sculptures Premiere At Art Palm Beach

Ray Gross’ ceramic pieces are well-known in Palm Beach County galleries and exhibit venues. At the Palm Beach County Convention Center during Art Palm Beach 2015, Ray’s work will be seen in three spaces!  His newest up-scaled, giant sized porcelain “tubes” will be featured at Booth #602 and at Whitespace Collection’s Booth.  (During SCOPE, Miami, the Brunelli Gallery sold out!)  Ray’s “Louie, Louie” porcelain handbag sculpture is part of  the juried show of Art Synergy in Booth # 718.  Hyper-realistic, his porcelain sculptures are often mistaken for the “real thing”.  The Rickie Report urges you to visit Ray during Art Palm Beach January, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and grab one for yourself!



 Pop Art TUBES and More!



Palm Beach County Convention Center

First View & Collectors’ Invitational:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Public Hours

Thur, Jan 22 -­ 12pm -­ 7pm
Fri, Jan 23 ­- 12pm ­- 7pm
Sat, Jan 24 -­ 12pm -­ 7pm
Sun, Jan 25 ­- 12pm -­ 6pm

650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401


Pop Art Tubes by Ray Gross

Pop Art Tubes by Ray Gross



Ray Gross is creating new “Pop Art Tubes” as we go to press!   Using images made famous by Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, Ray’s newest “Art Tubes” will be unveiled at Art Palm Beach next week!



Ray Gross' "Pop Art Tubes" at SCOPE Miami (Brunelli Galleries)

Ray Gross’ “Pop Art Tubes” at SCOPE Miami (Brunelli Galleries)




Keeping the same theme of hyper-realistic porcelain sculptures of objects of everyday Americana, Ray had his first sellout show this July in the Hamptons. He is being represented by Anthony Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton, NY. and at SCOPE Miami, 2014, his work was a sell-out. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts will represent Ray at Art Palm Springs, CA, which opens Feb 12th.   


"Louie, Louie" by Ray Gross

“Louie, Louie” by Ray Gross



At the Art Synergy Booth ( #718) in Art Palm Beach, art patrons can see Ray’s entry to this prestigious juried exhibit.  “Louie, Louie”  portrays the famous hand bag in porcelain sculpture.  The exhibit was juried by Paul Fisher and Rolando Chang Barrero.



"Picasso" by Ray Gross

“Picasso” by Ray Gross


Ray Gross is an artist, sculptor and designer. He was raised in South Florida in a creative home-setting, with his father who worked as a jeweler, painter and poet. His mother’s family is famous for their millinery business, designing ladies’ hats, especially in the Roaring 20’s styles.


"Batman" by Ray Gross

“Batman” by Ray Gross ( Not Yet Complete)



After college and during his graduate studies at University of Florida, Ray worked as a graduate teaching assistant. He established his first studio/gallery near the famous “Homestead Hotel” near Warm Springs, VA.  Two years later, Ray partnered with Joan Farish to open “Clay Concepts” in West Palm Beach,FL. and later founded Lake Avenue Gallery located in Lake Worth, FL. Ray left the gallery in the late 1980’s to focus on his studio work.



"Harley" by Ray Gross (Life-Size Sculpture)

“Harley” by Ray Gross (Life-Size Sculpture)


Through The Buyers Market of American Crafts Council (PA) and Rosen Media (Baltimore, MD), Ray was invited to the American Craft Museum in New York City for a one-man SOLO Exhibition. His hyper-realistic, life-size porcelain sculpture, “Harley” was an instant success and was exhibited throughout Museums on the East coast of the United States. Many will remember seeing “Harley” at the Norton Museum, Boca Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art and at Art in Public Places at Palm Beach International Airport.




Upcoming Shows: 

  •  Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts  (Art Palm Springs, CA) February 12 – 15
  • Art Wynwood Miami (Whitespace Collection): February 12 – 15

Continuously Showing:







Ray is a member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, where his sculptures are available in the gift shop. Ray is on the faculty at the Armory Arts Center Complex in W. Palm Beach. His creations can also be found at Artisans on the Ave (Lake Worth, FL), Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art ( Lake Worth,FL), The River Gallery (Chattanooga, TN), A Unique Boutique (Naples, FL and Cape Cod, MA). Check out his new series, “Everything But the Girl”!


Ray is available for small group or individual classes as well as commissions.

For more information please contact Ray at raygross@gmail.com   or    561- 951- 4749.


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How Do You Approach A Gallery About Exhibiting Your Work?

The Rickie Report receives numerous emails and phone calls from readers asking a variety of questions. We’ve invited Caren Hackman, author of “Graphic Design Exposed”, to be a guest columnist to answer some of them.  Caren interviewed Mary Woerner (owner of Mary Woerner Fine Arts), Mary Coyle (an exhibiting artist and manager of ArtHouse 429) and Ann Griffith (owner and exhibiting artist at Studio E Gallery) .  This article focuses on how to approach a gallery to exhibit your work.  The Rickie Report shares this information to inform, help and encourage artists to move beyond their own studio and share their creativity with the world.



How To Approach A Gallery

To Exhibit Your Work



Question:  “I am an artist. I would like to approach an art gallery about exhibiting my work. What is the best way to do this?


Caren Hackman, on behalf of The Rickie Report, met with three art gallery owners or managers to help answer this question. All of them were extremely helpful. The Rickie Report wants to everyone for sharing their time and suggestions. 


The Participants:


  • Mary Woerner, owner of Mary Woerner Fine Arts at 3700 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL.


  •  Mary Coyle, an exhibiting artist and manager of ArtHouse 429, located at 429 25th Street, West Palm Beach, FL.


  •  Ann Griffith, owner and exhibiting artist at Studio E Gallery in the PGA Commons East, 4600 PGA Blvd, Suite 101, Palm Beach Gardens, FL




Trying to find a gallery where your work and level of experience will be a good fit can be challenging.  All three of the galleries recommended that artists visit a prospective gallery or closely study the gallery’s website.  Each of the galleries have a description of their submission process online. However, visiting the galleries and speaking with the owners or managers helps to further clarify these preferences.



Bjorn Davidson with his painting at Studio E

Bjorn Davidson with his painting at Studio E



Galleries often offer clues on their website where they describe the kind of work that they exhibit and sell. For example, Studio E Gallery states their mission clearly on the “About Us” page of their website.

“Our mission is to support living artists. In our effort to be effective advocates for living art we seek to represent only committed career artists. We specialize in mid-career artists who are making their living as an artist.” 



Mary Woerner with "Green Dress" by Ida Fry

Mary Woerner with “Green Dress” by Ida Fry



Mary Woerner emphasized that she likes to hear the artists’ voice. Artists should submit fairly current work that is related by theme, style, or subject matter with a personal explanation about the pieces. She suggested that artists search for gallery representation outside of areas where they might already have achieved a level of saturation. Mary rarely takes on new artists. When she does she is looking for well-crafted work that is ready to hang. Although Mary likes figurative work, she admits that it is harder to sell. She likes colorists and artists who really know how to apply paint and can handle texture.


Mary Coyle with "Watermelon Jack" Photo by

Mary Coyle with “Watermelon Jack”  by Alec Monopoly



Mary Coyle of ArtHouse 429 explained that the gallery looks for artists who have developed their craft, and have a point of view or “voice.” ArtHouse 429 likes to see artists who have honed their skills and are ready to show work. For established artists, the gallery is looking for newer work that is part of an evolving body. Submissions are reviewed by the curator Bruce Helander and gallery owner William Halliday, who is also an exhibiting artist. He is interested in exhibiting work that is fresh, relevant, and of high quality.


E.Ann Griffith with her painting at Studio E

Ann Griffith with her painting at Studio E



Ann Griffith and her husband Evan, of Studio E Gallery, say that art is about feeling. “We use our hearts when selecting art. We are looking for a balance in the gallery, and generally emphasize artists located in the Southeastern U.S.” When I visited, Evan was traveling to look for new artwork to exhibit.


Please send your questions, no more than 250 words to:

rickie @therickiereport.com



Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of  a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice. http://www.carenhackman.com/book/Graphic Design Exposed  Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork –  Caren is a talented artist in her own right!  She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

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