Lighthouse ArtCenter Announces Expansion Of Jewelry And Glass Studio With New Classes, Workshops, Select Fridays Plus Hosting January 2020 International Traveling Event, “Radical Jewelry Makeover”

The Lighthouse ArtCenter announces the expansion of the jewelry and glass studio. They are offering more classes, workshops and Select Friday events in both disciplines. The ArtCenter is also excited to announce that they will be hosting the international traveling event Radical Jewelry Makeover presented by the Ethical Metalsmiths in January 2020, the first time it will be held in Florida. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.   






Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

No charge for members, non-member adults (18 and older) $5.00

 First Saturday of the month no charge





“Glass Wave” by Carolyn Austin




Whether you are just curious to see if making jewelry or creating a beautiful piece of art glass is something you’d like to try or using the expanded studio space to work on your personal artwork, there are many opportunities to utilize the new equipment and working space.

Select Fridays are a fun way to try your hand at a new artful experience and we have many for jewelry and glass. There are Technical and Conceptual Workshops, classes and Open Studio times available.






Carolyn Austin

Carolyn Austin has recently joined the ArtCenter faculty teaching and facilitating the fused glass classes, workshops and studios. Carolyn has been professionally designing and creating glass art for over 25 years in South Florida as owner/artist of Unique Glass Art. She specializes in custom glass etching and carving for residential and commercial areas as well as yachts. She combines etched and carved glass with fused glass in a wide variety of styles from tropical Florida scenes of wildlife and intensely detailed ocean life to contemporary, modern and traditional designs creating unique one-of-a-kind art glass. Carolyn brings this experience and design know-how to her fun and inventive classes at the ArtCenter. She has work in many area homes and can also be found in local galleries as well.



Glass Select Fridays 6-8 pm

Instructor: Carolyn Austin
​Learn how to create a one-of-a-kind, gallery quality fused art glass with instruction in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Supplies included. All levels welcome.

June 21 – Fun with Faces Learn about fusing glass working with stringers, frit and a variety of glass to create unique  faces into   5” x 5” dish or a piece of art glass.

July 26 – Geometrics – Learn about fusing glass working with stringers, frit and a variety of glass to create a unique 5”x 5” dish or piece of art glass.

$50 per person  All levels welcome. No experience necessary.



Glass Face by Carolyn Austin


Glass Workshops

“Frit Happens”     Saturday, June 15th  10am-1pm


Learn to utilize glass frit to create a wide variety of designs in your fused glass art piece. You will have 12” x 12” piece of glass and a variety of colors and sizes of frit to work with to create a dish, bowl or hanging art piece.   No experience necessary. $125 member/$150 nonmember  


“Sail Away with Summer”   Saturday July 20th  10am-1pm

Learn to utilize glass to create a wide variety of designs in your fused glass art piece. You will have 12” x 12” piece of glass and a variety of colors, frit and stringers to work with to create a dish, bowl or hanging art piece. No experience necessary. $125 member/$150 nonmember  


Glass Fusion Open Studio (Members Only)

Open glass fusion studios are for members who have previously taken a glass fusion class at the ArtCenter. ​$20 per session, plus any additional materials used. Call 561-748-8737 for availability.


LATE SPRING/SUMMER: Thursdays, 1-4 pm (through July)

Glass Fusion Workshops

Wednesdays, June 12, 19, July 10 or 17 from 2 – 4  p.m.

Learn about fusing glass into dishes, bowls or wall art. Using a wide variety of glass you will create a 9” x 9” piece of glass art with instruction in a casual relaxed atmosphere.   No experience necessary. $75 member/$100 nonmembers 



Necklace by Maria Tritico






Led by award-winning jewelers Tracey Roedl and Maria Tritico, classes cover learning the basics to honing your skills, all in a creative and imaginative atmosphere. 



Tracey Roedl

Tracey Roedl’s diverse experience in the jewelry industry spans nearly four decades. Studies with The Gemological Institute of America have earned her a GIA Diamonds Graduate Degree along with Pearl Grading and Colored Stones Certificates. Tracey’s studies include jewelry design and fabrication at University of Wisconsin, design with GIA, high-fire enameling at The Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and a goldsmithing apprenticeship with one of Aspen’s top jewelry designers. She has taught jewelry making at Martin County Continuing Education, and finds sharing her experience, love of metalsmithing, and the inspiration from her students an absolute joy.



Maria Tritico

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Maria Tritico is a Metalsmith, Art Instructor and Art Therapist currently residing in Tequesta, Florida. She received her BFA from Texas State University in Photography and in Studio Art with an emphasis in Metals/Jewelry before receiving her Masters of Art in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Maria exhibits in local, national and international art shows and during her years working in arts education and art therapy, Maria has worked in a variety of settings which span age ranges 3 – 101 years of age and population types from assisted living/skilled nursing care, to youth and adult classes to incarceration. Maria is currently growing the Jewelry/Metalsmithing and Art Therapy departments at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL.




Bangle Bracelet by Tracey Roedl



Jewelry Select Fridays

Money Clips

Instructor: Maria Tritico

Friday, June 7, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m. $50 per person

Having trouble shopping for Dad? Make him a one-of-a-kind copper or brass money clip!

Bangle Bracelets

Instructor: Maria Tritico

Friday, July 12, 2019  6 – 8 p.m. $50 per person

Make a unique set of bangle bracelets. Using a combination of copper, silver and gold filled wire, each student will form, solder, texture and patina their individualized set of bangles.



Pin by Tracey Roedl



Summer Sessions Jewelry Classes (June 3 – 28, 2019 or July 8 – August
2, 2019)   


Introduction to Jewelry and Metal Smithing

Instructor: Maria Tritico

Mondays, 6 – 8 p.m. $175 per session

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of metalsmithing through instructor demonstrations, one-on-one instructions and hands-on experience with hand tools, flex shafts and torches. Beginner, ages 13+.

Metalsmithing/Stone Setting/Beautiful Jewelry

Instructor: Tracey Roedl

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 pm.  $175 per session

Learn more about design, soldering, detailed piercing, carving, forming, filing and polishing metal. Intermediate to advanced. 

Linear Designs and Stone Setting

Instructor: Maria Tritico

Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. $175 per session Intermediate to advanced.

While exploring linear designs, you will also make prong, bezel and tube settings for irregular stones, sea glass or found objects to complete a pendant, ring and/or bracelet.

Jewelry Open Studio

Fridays, 1 – 4 p.m. $10 per person. Open to any member currently enrolled in a jewelry class.







For further information about this event, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm






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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986





Lighthouse ArtCenter Faculty Ceramics And 3D Exhibition Opens 2017-18 Season

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art opens the doors to its 2017-18 season with a full media experience that features the work of the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s expanded faculty. Open now through October 28, 2017, a dynamic exhibition that includes a variety of artistic designs and forms will fill the gallery’s 3,500 square feet of well-lit space for patrons to enjoy. Many of the artists’ works will be offered for sale.  The Opening Reception and Awards ceremony on September 21st provides the opportunity for members and guests to enjoy a lovely glass of wine, sample delicious hors d’oeuvres, meet the faculty, view the artwork and talk about the exceptional classes and workshops. This marks the 54th time the Lighthouse ArtCenter has provided Palm Beach and Martin counties a premier gallery and art school to attract visitors, vacationers and local patrons to enjoy, create, collect and relax with a unique variety of art forms.  The Rickie Report shares the details.



 373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101


Faculty Ceramics And 3D Exhibition

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

5:30 – 7: 30 p.m.



Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 pm

No charge for members, nonmembers $5.00,   First Saturday of the month is free

Sponsored by the Meyer Law Firm

Exhibition Available now through October 28, 2017



Check Out The Exhibition:


“This is an exciting launch to the 2017-2018 season,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Curator, Janeen Mason, “It is certain to inspire the imagination and engage all the senses.”  The opening reception and awards ceremony on September 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., provides the opportunity for members and guests to enjoy a lovely glass of wine, sample delicious hors d’oeuvres, visit with the faculty, view the artwork and talk about their exceptional classes and workshops.

The opening of the 2017-18 season marks the 54th time the Lighthouse ArtCenter has provided Palm Beach and Martin counties a premier gallery and art school to attract visitors, vacationers and local patrons to enjoy, create, collect and relax with a unique variety of art forms.  “Our staff and faculty are ready and excited about the new season,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We’ve all shined and polished for another year, and we’re excited to invite the community in. We have the art to make people smile and at the same time to think.”


According to curator Mason, many people dream of creating art, however, few are called to the profession early in life. Mason says our cultural heritage depends on both sets of people; those who start young and follow their dreams, and those who wake up one day and say to themselves, “If not now, then when?”


Have you wanted to try your hand at sculpting, drawing, painting or ceramics? Make time to visit this exhibition and decide for yourself where to begin the next chapter of your life experiences, check out the Lighthouse ArtCenter online catalog:

Join this Lighthouse ArtCenter family of artists who learn, laugh, create and collect together. For more information call (561) 746-3101.


“The Lighthouse ArtCenter has a gifted group of 35 faculty members with extraordinary talents,” said Politsch. “We are so proud to put their creativity on display to launch our new season. And nobody displays an artist’s work better than our own curator, Janeen Mason.”


Among the featured faculty artists are…

® Chad Steve: uniquely creative soda-fired pottery

® Chris Kling: internationally renowned portraits

® Manon Sander: colorfully evocative Plein Air paintings

® Ralph Papa: explores the unlimited landscapes of Plein Air paintings

® Jim Rigg: intriguing art with alcohol inks and watercolor

® Karen Leffel-Massengill: signature status with FWS and Society of Animal Artists

® Danuta Rothschild: provocative surrealism implies a little bit of magic and a lot of soul

® Justin White: multi-media and wire wrap jewelry

® Esther Gordon: collage with texture and design

® Alessandra Gieffers: celebrates life with exquisite pastels

® Eduardo Gomez: introduces his newest figurative sculpture to add to his fame

® Tracey Roedl: beautiful jewelry making with one of the all-time favorite instructors

And a unique opportunity to see very unusual work in the Pop Up gallery….
Kazimierz Kalkowski: one of Poland’s most prestigious ceramists

“The words of the Editor in Chief of Arts and Antiques, Barbara S. Tapp, provide a fitting summation,” said Mason. The more computerized the world becomes, the more important art is, especially that which bears the mark of the hand most clearly – paintings, drawings and sculpture in particular.” When there is a personal story behind the art, we tend to cherish the experience of creating and collecting even more.





For more information about this exhibit, upcoming events and classes:

Lighthouse ArtCenter

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101





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C3 = Conversation+Culture+Cocktails AND Art Adventure Trip At Whitespace Collection

Elayne and Marvin Mordes are curators, collectors and world travelers, but most of all, they are dedicated to sharing their love of contemporary art with others.  Their Whitespace Collection offers many opportunities to do this.  From engaging with emerging artists to art excursions out-of-town, Whitespace has much to offer. The Rickie Report shares the details of their upcoming Art Adventure to Fort Lauderdale and their newest exhibit C-3=Conversation+Culture+Cocktails. Make your reservations now!





Entering Whitespace's Private Residence

Entering Whitespace’s Private Residence


                     C3 = Conversation + Culture + Cocktails

                                                                               Join us




  A Tour and Party

   FridayFebruary  28 from  6:00 to  8:00 pm


no crowds – no groups

a fun evening with your friends



 A Special viewing with tour of the Whitespace “private” residence 


Bubbly Wine,  Sugary Sweets and Light Bites 

for your Tasting Pleasure 



Beatriz Millar Tarot Placemats



       Preview “Lux Mater“  by Beatriz Millar



Siebren Versteeg Project


Receive a Free Format 18×24 Siebren Versteeg project

Receive a Free party gift as a “Thank You” from Whitespace 

Guided tour of Whitespace’s Special Exhibition – Optic Edge

with Elayne and Marvin Mordes


$75 per person

Reservations required 561.842.4131

Partial proceeds benefitting the arts through Community Foundation


install 1



Join us


Art Adventure
The Art Road = Fort Lauderdale = Incredible Journey

Saturday, Feb 8   9:00 – 5:30 PM

Reservation required:  Call 561.842.4131
$145 per person – includes everything!
Motorcoach transportation, breakfast on trip,
full restaurant lunch, all curators and entrances, delights on trip on home
and an art video for your entertainment.
1.  The Ft. Lauderdale Museum
A curated trip through the “Spirit of  CoBrA” exhibition.
Exploring the roots and inspiration of the European avant-garde CoBrA (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam)
based on spontaneity, experimentation, socialist politics and exuberant optimism.
The Ft. Lauderdale Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of CoBrA art in the United States.
The William J. Glackens Exhibition
A Curated path through the early 1900’s of America’s Renoir!
2Lunch at a Las Olas Blvd. Restaurant
3The Girls Club Collection
I think it’s in my head
A curated visit of selections from the
Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection
curated by Monica and Natasha Lopez de Victoria
These works were chosen for their vivid metaphysics, transforming figures, metamorphosis, supernatural mysteries,
telepathic communication and explosions of psychic power.
Included are works of Internationally renowned artists Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Ana Medieta, Tracey Emin, Lorna Simpson…..
4Wilma Bulkin Seigel  – Studio Visit
       Combining medicine with painting , Dr. Siegel has become as award-winning artist
recognized nationally for her portrait series of people living with AIDS, Survivors of AIDS, Breast Cancer Survivors, The Homeless,
The Elderly and most recently Returning War Veterans.
She has exhibited though out the United Sates, been featured on CNN and been
elected into Who’sWho in American Art.  In 2005, she was  featured with a  solo exhibition
at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and at Whitespace
Collection for her portraits and biographies  of “Holocaust Survivors and Liberators”.
In 2009, she was awarded the highest honor for contributions to the field of arts in Healthcare. –
The Janice Palmer Award of Society of Arts in Healthcare.
Dr. Wilma Siegel will be speaking about her work and we will be previewing her new series of portraits.
Please join us for a remarkable journey of Art!!

no refunds

supporting the arts through Community Foundation

For more information:  Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA     Whitespace Art Adventures  2805 N. Australian Avenue     West Palm Beach, Florida 33407    T:561.842.4131     F:561.842.4132      E:



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