Wellington Art Society Opens Art Scholarship Applications Through March 13. Public Is Welcome To Monthly Meeting Featuring Barbara Powell, Ceramic Artist On February 10

The Wellington Art Society presents an art demonstration by Barbara Powell of saggar-fired ceramics at their Zoom Meeting on Wednesday, February 10The public is invited to this FREE event.  The Rickie Report shares these details, some sneak peeks of Barbara’s artwork. RSVP to get the Zoom link!  In addition, WAS shares the opening of Art Scholarship Applications!  Please share the information about Art Scholarships with friends, family, neighbors, and teachers – applications are open until March 13, 2021!



Public Is Invited To



Wellington Art Society Meeting


Wednesday,  February 10, 2021

 7 PM






B A R B A R A          P O W E L L




All events open to members and non-members



Please RSVP to: presidentofwas@gmail.com

for the Zoom Link to attend



Sagger fired pottery by Barbara Powell



Originally from Western Massachusetts, Barbara’s professional career focused on environmental protections. She is now centered on clay and enjoying the local south Florida art scene. Barbara gets her inspiration from “nature and the ancient forces of water and time on the varied geology.”  About her process she says, “I mostly wheel-throw my pottery and depending on the surface of the clay and firing methods, I can create either brilliant dimensions of color or subtle earthly palettes. I love working between these two extremes.”  She muses that even after working in this medium for many years and developing an in-depth knowledge of the materials, “the final outcome will always remain largely unforeseen – as the fire itself has the final signature”.




Raku Vessel by Barbara Powell



In addition to working at her home studio, Barbara teaches wheel-throwing classes at the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Hand-Building classes at the Wycliffe Gold Resort in Wellington and workshops at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL.




Ceramic Pot by Barbara Powell



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of Barbara’s classes are temporarily on hold. However, she is offering several fun “Fire Friday” events at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. Most of the work is done in an open-air environment, since a kiln is used. For more information about “Fire Friday” and many more fun opportunities, please visit https://www.lighthousearts.org/select-fridays.html.



Barbara is a previous director for the Wellington Art Society, Wellington, FL and Women in the Visual Arts, Boca Raton, FL.  Currently, she is a member of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches, the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, and the Partners for Art and Design in Miami, FL. 


Ceramic Pot with Lid by Barbara Powell



Enjoy her art on her website: http://www.powellceramicart.com; or follow her on Facebook @bpowellceramicart; or Instagram @bpowellceramicart. Barbara may be contacted directly by phone at (561) 685-7325 or email  at powellceramicart@gmail.com. 









Previous Wellington Art Society Scholarship Recipients



The Wellington Art Society  has been supporting the advancement of art in the Palm Beach County community since 1981.  In 2001 the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to talented young artists living and attending school in Palm Beach County for art related expenses and college tuition costs. In 2018 the scholarship program added the opportunity for Florida Atlantic University (FAU) students to apply for a scholarship in their Sophomore or Junior year.  Since 2001, the WAS is proud to have awarded over $100,000 to students within our community.  


Applications for multiple awards of $1,500 scholarships in the 2021 year will open on January 12 and close on March 19.  Winners will be notified by April 6 with presentation (in person or virtually) taking place May 12.


For consideration of a Wellington Art Society scholarship, students must apply via: www.CallForEntry.org and register on-line.  There is no charge to register.


Once registered, applicants should search for the Wellington Art Society Scholarship and complete the on-line application. Up to 6 images of the student’s 2D or 3D work may be uploaded in JPEG format only, with each image no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side. The resolution for each image must be 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution) and each file size must not exceed 5 MB. In addition, applicants must upload their unofficial high school transcript in a Microsoft Word or PDF file format.


For additional information contact: WAS Scholarship Chair- Lynn Doyal, LynnMDoyal@gmail.com 





The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 37th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org




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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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