Play a Part in Conservation at the ENDANGERED Exhibition in Miami Dec 4-6, 2014

The “ENDANGERED” Exhibition raises awareness of endangered species and the environment while contributing to the welfare of orangutans and chimpanzees.  It features work by leading contemporary artists and photographers and a new piece by Bubbles, the chimpanzee once owned by Michael Jackson. Florida-based artists include Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks Sr, Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong. The exhibit runs from Thursday, December 4th to Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014, 2-9pm at Miami Club Rum Distillery, 2320 N Miami Ave, Miami 33127.  The Rickie Report shares the exciting details and some artistry of the local artists who will be participating.




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DECEMBER 4th, 5th, 6th  2014



  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings:  Feature cocktail receptions in the presence of the artists from 7-9pm.


  • Hat Night: Thursday evening features Hats designed by Judi Bradford and Milda Bublys plus purses by Agata Ren.



  • Performance Art: Friday evening will feature the extraordinary creation of a living artwork in a collaboration featuring Beju, Sherryl Muriente and Linda Nerhboss. They will develop a plea to help orangutans in the wild on the body of human canvas, Beju. They will be accompanied by the tribal drumming of Robbie Powell.



  • Fashion Show: Saturday evening will feature a fashion show of dresses, jewelry and wearable art by Irina Grammatina, Rickson Sharkey, Jean Parsons and more. Music by DJ Blondie. Mari Monge, Spanish TV announcer and spokesperson for the Miami Heat will MC the proceedings



  • Everyone will have the opportunity to be featured in an exciting new photomosaic being undertaken in collaboration with Belgian artist Joël Moens de Hase. Come have your photo taken and wear something orange (for orangutans) on your face or hair. 5,000 head and shoulders photos will be merged into a dramatic photomosaic portrait of an orangutan. Enjoy a cocktail and tour Miami’s only (legal) rum distillery while you view amazing art and help a wonderful sanctuary.




The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.

Miami Club Rum Distillery and Gallery

2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida






"Giraffe" by Anthony Burks,Sr.

“Giraffe” by Anthony Burks,Sr.


ENDANGERED: Art4Apes was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. All entry fees, donations and a portion of all art sales go to the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit, top-rated sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.




"Osprey Sunset" by Sandy Scott

“Osprey Sunset” by Sandy Scott


The ENDANGERED exhibition, in its third year during Art Basel week in Miami focuses on interpretations of “ENDANGERED” in fine art, photography, wearable art and jewelry. It features leading contemporary artists from around the world including the winners of the ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest 2014. Also featured are Florida-based artists Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks Sr, Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong.


Dolphin" by Norman Gitzin

“Vanishing Dolphin” by Norman Gitzin


The ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest is an online, juried art contest that challenges artists to interpret the word “endangered” as it applies to animals, plants or the environment either through a celebration of beauty or illustration of the threats faced. “The creativity and talent of the participating artists is simply outstanding,” stated Dr. Lindsey Matheson, the founder and director of ENDANGERED: Art4Apes, “We had more than 300 entries from all over the world this year. It is inspiring that so many care about issues facing the environment and convey such strong messages through their art.”




"Mandril Mouth"

“Mandrill Mouth” by Sarah Smith



The 2014 judges included Thomas Collins, Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami; Joel Sartore, the acclaimed National Geographic photographer, author, speaker and teacher; and Carolyn Benesh, Coeditor and Publisher of Ornament magazine. Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, judged the Young Artist entries.


"Eggless" by Rickson Sharkey

“Eggless” by Rickson Sharkey


As a part of the program, winners of the annual competition, along with selected entries and art by ape residents from the Center for Great Apes, will be displayed during Art Basel Miami week at Miami Club Rum distillery and gallery, located at 2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida. The special exhibit will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.


"Lion" by Robert Hooke

“Lion” by Robert Hooke


ENDANGERED: Art4Apes is very grateful to our generous sponsors for their help and support. Sponsors of “ENDANGERED: ART for Apes” include Miami Club Rum, Miami’s only distillery producing award winning rum, Juried Art Services and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Private Banking and Investment Group.



For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit

About the Center for Great Apes


The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work. For more information please visit


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Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will take place in the Palm Beach County Convention Center  March 2, 3, 4,  2012.    Crafts America presents “prestigious craft shows for discriminating consumers and distinguished craftartists. 


The hours are: Fri. March 2, 10 a.m. – 6:00 pm,       Sat. March 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and  Sun. March 4, 11 a.m. – 5 pm.  General admission is $15.00;, senior citizens $14.00.  Children under 12 are admitted free.  Special group rates for 12 or more people are available.  Contact the Show office (see below).

Cash awards are presented in recognition of outstanding work selected by judges in the field.   Four cash awards are presented in recognition of outstanding work selected by judges in the field:





Bruce Helander, Editor- in-Chief, The Art Economist, West Palm Beach, FL

Paul Fisher, Paul Fisher, West Palm Beach, FL

Myrna Palley, Florida Glass Art Alliance, will judge the “Award of Excellence in Glass ”


FRIDAY 1PM “Perfectly Imperfect” – Glass artist Michael Schunke, West Grove, PA. The collaborative process and the endless search for perfection as it relates to form, design process & inspiration.

SATURDAY 3PM “Jewelry, a Sculptural Form” – Professor Leonard Urso, Rochester Institute of Technology.  In addition to being an accomplished artist, Urso holds an endowed chair as the Ann Mowris Mulligan Distinguished Professor at RIT. The lecture will address the artist’s [Leonard Urso] relationship with sculptural forms both large scale and small. In addition the sculptural forms of prominent contemporary jewelers will be presented as visual evidence in support of this innovative art form.

SUNDAY 2PM “Studio Art Glass: a 50 Year Retrospective” – Annette Sheppard, Corning Museum of Glass.  In honor of the Golden Anniversary of studio art glass in America, Ms. Sheppard will offer a look at how it all started, and offer highlights of the first half-century of this intriguing medium.


The PALM BEACH FINE CRAFT SHOW invites you to join us for (2) FASHION  SHOWS at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Friday, MARCH  2 – 3PM & Saturday, MARCH 3 – 1PM

Models will show off the latest creations in wearable art, jewelry and fashion accessories by the more than three-dozen fashion designers and jewelry makers from 33 states across the nation whose work will be available at the show.

Guest Emcees:

 Chris Hayes, Editor, PBG Lifestyle Magazine   Tracy St. George, WRMF 97.9 FM

Fashion Shows Presented By:

 PBG Lifestyle Magazine   and    Colorist Hair Studio and Spa

For more information: Crafts America, LLC   P.O. Box 603   Greens Farms, CT 06838    203-254-0486        Email: or


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