Artists Of Palm Beach County Invites Public To “Member’s Choice” Exhibit And Issues A Call For Support As Art On Park Gallery May Lose Its Occupancy!

The Artists of Palm Beach County is one of the most supportive community arts groups The Rickie Report publicizes.  We must apprise the arts community about APBC’s latest struggle to maintain occupancy at Art on Park Gallery in Lake Park.  The Rickie Report shares photos from “Through The Camera’s Eyes” and invites the public to “Member’s Choice” Exhibit which will run from October 10 through November 16 with an Opening Reception on October 18, 2019.  We share VITAL information for YOU to HELP keep Art on Park Gallery as their home base.  It is a simple request for an email or snail mail letter of support.  Details are here.





Art on Park Gallery

For Artists by artists of all disciplines, media and price points

Open:   Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, Florida 33403      561-345-2842



APBC Art on Park Gallery



Opening Reception:

Friday,  October 18, 2019

 5- 8 pm

Exhibit runs October 10 through November 16





To show your support, if you cannot stop by the gallery to sign the petition, please send a letter of support via email or snail mail to:

Or by snail mail:

Artists of Palm Beach County

Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue Lake Park, FL  33403

You MUST include your name, address and phone number for the letter of support to be legally binding.


DEADLINE:  October 1, 2019




 Ed Munoz presenting Barbara Ziev with her First Place Award in front of her photo at the “Through the Camera’s Eye” Opening Reception.




Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council states in their Green Paper: “Cities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value. Public art is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities… and builds bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental component of a healthy community—strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.” Furthermore, data strongly indicate that cities with an active, dynamic cultural scene are more attractive to businesses and therefore act as catalysts for revenue and urban regeneration.




 Ed presenting Irma Friedman with her Honorable Mention Award



That being said, Artists of Palm Beach County, Inc. (APBC) is having trouble getting the support from the town of Lake Park to continue its occupancy of the Art on Park Gallery at 800 Park Avenue. They may have to vacate the premises in the very near future. The group has been there for the past six years and has been a great contribution to the town. With more than a hundred local artist members, the gallery is the home of over a dozen resident artists and exhibits works of artists from throughout Palm Beach County. APBC’s mission is to bring artists together to share and learn from each other and to offer the opportunity to the community to create an environment that encourages the arts.




 Ed congratulating Dennis Leon for being the Featured Artist for the exhibition




The gallery has been open six days a week from noon to 6 PM and has offered free programs including ongoing exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and classes to local residents. It  has provided scholarships for students in Palm Beach Gardens High School and Jupiter High School as well as donations and sponsorships to Lake Park events such as the recent Back to School Extravaganza in which 10 members volunteered their time to distribute food, answer questions, and direct the hundreds of people that attended the event. The numerous exhibitions and solo exhibits over the years have included many that helped to raise money for various local charitable organizations including the Audubon Society, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Friends of the Lake Park Public Library. In fact, APBC collaborated with the Public Library on a number of occasions exhibiting work and providing presentations. A recent Art on Park Gallery exhibit, “Now It Is Summer.” displayed the artwork done by 7 to 12 year olds in the Lake Park Summer Camp Program who took part in an art event at the library with supplies donated by APBC.




They prefer to stay where they are!

All this is to say that the Artists of Palm Beach County hopes to continue its mission even if it is no longer housed in 800 Park Avenue. The group existed for a number of years before they occupied the Art on Park Gallery. Meetings were held at artists homes, or in other local venues, and space was rented for exhibitions. While the group can do that again, they are open to ideas of where to go, and they are reaching out to the community for help to find a new home if necessary.




In the meantime a call for artists has gone out for a Member’s Choice exhibit, which will run from October 10th through November 16th with an Opening Reception on October 18, 2019. Everyone is invited and the Artists of Palm Beach County is looking forward to celebrating the talent of its membership. Please mark your calendar and plan to celebrate with them.





For more information about these exhibits, classes, Art Salons, studio space or other events:

APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403




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The Artist/Gallery Relationship

The relationship between an artist and gallery is a significant one. The Rickie Report hears from both entities, sharing concerns and questions about behavior and standards.  We look at the nuances that may not be spelled out in a contract and more in this article.  This includes 2D , 3D and wearable art.



The Artist/Gallery Relationship



In this article, when we speak of “galleries”, the reader should understand the term to include consignment galleries, vanity galleries, cooperative galleries and traditional galleries.  This also includes outdoor or indoor shows…basically, any place you are exhibiting your artistry.


Notification of Your Acceptance

Great news!  

Your artwork has been accepted to be in an exhibit or show!  

Now what?


Read every word and every page before you sign a contract!



  • Do you understand the contract?


  • If you have a question, has the issuer of the contract been helpful in explaining your concerns?


  • Can you meet the requirements of the contract?


  • Is there something you would like to change in the contract?


  • Is this acceptable to the issuer?


  • If you cannot meet the requirements, it is your obligation to discuss the issues with the gallery or show where your work will be exhibited!


  • Mark down important dates: drop off of artwork, reception and pick up of unsold work and date of expected payment for sold work.


  • If you decide NOT to sign the contract, it is up to you to inform the gallery or show manager!  Being polite and considerate goes a long way…you never know when you may encounter the same players in the art world again.


I’ve Signed A Contract!

What is the first thing you need to do?


  • Employ “Rickie’s Two Foot Rule”!  Share your good news with anyone who comes within 2 feet of you!  This is NOT a time to “sell” but to “celebrate”! Share your passion of creativity with everyone!  


  • Get your publicity and marketing ducks in a row!  Send out press releases to print and email resources ( including The Rickie Report) – DO NOT WAIT until a few weeks before your public reception, grand opening or event to take place.


  • Share your good news in your social media circles and once you have the date (see above), ask THEM to share it with their friends!


  • Has the gallery provided postcards marketing the exhibit or show?


  • Send them out to your client list, giving them plenty of notice so they can attend!  This is an important part of the marketing process. The gallery is counting on you to follow through!  


  • Another thought about sending out postcards: a personal note goes a long way.  Again, it is about the relationship between you and your clients. It is not just about the sale!



Enjoy The Show


Before the exhibit or show opens, touch base with the manager.  What are the gallery’s expectations of the artists during the event?


  • Show up on time!


  • What is the preferred mode of dress?


  • Can you bring a guest?


  • Is there a cover charge for guests and other attendees?


  • Be respectful of the other attendees.  Not everyone is here to see your work. ( We know, this sounds harsh, but we’re trying to be realistic and helpful).


  • Are you expected to make a presentation about your work?  How long will you speak? When will this take place within the reception time frame?


  • Is it OK to hand out business cards?  


  • Can you have your own sign-in book?


  • If you are supposed to bring a beverage or snack to share, check to see what the gallery prefers ( if they always provide a cheese tray, perhaps choosing a different pick-up refreshment is best; have they requested wine or only soft-drinks?)


  • How long are you expected to stay?


  • Different types of galleries call for you knowing information beyond your own work. Have you done your homework and learned a bit about the other exhibitors’ artistry?


  • If someone asks a question and you are unsure of the answer, KNOW who to ask!


  • Do we need to tell you? NEVER speak poorly of another piece of artwork! Everyone has different taste in food, fashion and artwork!


The Party’s Over And So Is The Exhibit

  • Be prompt when picking up your artwork.  


  • Bring a copy of your list of work dropped off with prices.


  • If you have a problem in picking up your work at the specified time, contact the gallery manager immediately.


  • Send a thank you note to the gallery and manager.  Personal relationship, remember?


My Work Sold!  Now What?


  • The contract should specify when you will be paid and how much the gallery will keep as commission.


  • Be aware of the date you should expect payment and stay in touch with the gallery manager.


  • Some galleries cut checks immediately and others only monthly.


  • Does the contract specify if the gallery will tell you who the customer is? 



  • When a non-profit organization asks you for a donation of your artwork, does the contract specify that you will be told who the client is who purchased your work?  The Rickie Report suggests you inquire about this BEFORE signing the contract and possibly adding it in, if it is not mentioned.  It is gracious of you to donate and important for YOUR marketing and art business to know who to add to your client list.



In the very least, the exhibition or show should be added immediately to your website.



You forgot to pick up your work

for over a month… Now what?


  • Go back and read the contract.
  • Some galleries will charge storage fees. Be prepared to pay.  Remember – they have been caretakers of your work.
  • Some galleries will take possession of your work.  They may choose to be benevolent and return your work or they may, according to the contract, sell your work to benefit a charity.


Life Is A Learning Experience


Exhibiting at a gallery or show is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your creativity with the world!  The Rickie Report hopes that these helpful hints make your experiences easier and more productive.


Stay tuned for more marketing strategies in The Rickie Report!



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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420