Artisans On The Ave Invites You To “6 Women Inspired”, A Multi-Media Exhibition

Artisans On The Ave gallery invites everyone to a new exhibit, “6 Women Inspired”, showcasing the creative works of Barbara Bailey, Susan Peck, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Ebba Tinwin, Doris Gilden and Edrian Thomidis.  A Free, Opening Reception takes place on Friday, May 20th.  Enjoy the refreshments and meeting each of these outstanding artists!  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details. When you visit the 3 showrooms within the gallery you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art from over 40 artists the gallery features.






Artisans On The Ave

630 Lake Avenue       Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561-582-3300     561-762-8162

“6 Women Inspired”

Opening Reception:

Friday, May 20, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the refreshments!  Meet the artists!




Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm




Artisans On The Ave Gallery is featuring six women artists including: Barbara Bailey, Susan Peck, Mary Ellen Dohrs, Ebba Tinwin, Doris Gilden, and Edrian Thomidis. For centuries women have proved their strength and talents in a variety of ways. The women artists of Artisans On The Ave Gallery are no exception.




Each of these artists have discovered the arts in a personal way in her life.  Her calling may have appeared as a little girl drawing with the vast rainbow of exciting colors and creating masterpieces.  Maybe she had to put her art career on hold as she raised her family, making being the best mother to her family her priority. She might have stayed in the background of her partner’s career as she silently dreamed of someday having her name in lights. Then the timing in her life allowed her the opportunity to show the world her talents and share her exciting creations to everyone.



Meet The 6 Women Inspired:



#1 Barbara McKee Bailey



“Stealth Code” by Barbara McKee Bailey

Barbara McKee Bailey graduated Cum Laude from Mount St. Mary’s College in New York and studied the medium of watercolor at the Jacaruso Studio in Rhinebeck, New York. After operating a successful Bed and Breakfast business in the Hudson Valley Barbara has used her talents to create original art. Using both acrylics and mixed media and currently working in various procedures her abstract art has won several awards throughout various locations in Florida.







“Water Dance” by Barbara McKee Bailey

After years of painting representational art Barbara decided to experiment with non-representational art and suddenly found her new passion with the freedom this technique offers. She can alter the conception of reality using forms, shapes, textures, patterns, and colors. Barbara can express how “Spring” feels using this medium with the intention of continuing to explore and create within this venue




#2  Susan Peck





Handpainted Silk Scarf by Susan Peck


Visual artists have their own interpretation of the world by taking on a romantic view of the wonders of nature. Gardens, flowers and foliage inspire Susan Peck’s fascination with color. The pieces she creates celebrate the gorgeous hues and vibrancy of her surroundings with the intention of delight.




Wearable Art Purse by Susan Peck



Her lovely unique one-of-a-kind creations of wearable art bring a sense of joy and happiness to the proud owner who admires and wears her art. Each of Susan’s pieces are original and made by hand. Her silk scarves and purses are truly a delight to wear and enjoy. Susan also creates canvas pieces that will look beautiful in your home and will be quite the conversation piece.




#3 Mary Ellen Dohrs



“Sumos” by Mary Ellen Dohrs



Mary Ellen Dohr’s joy of sculpturing comes from the luxurious feel of terra cotta in her hands and the creation of turning her thoughts into finished forms.  A lifetime of experience in other disciplines as an artist influenced her progression to her success as a sculptor. After graduating in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, she became the first woman in General Motors Styling and later continued her career in product design for large named industry clients.




“Lydia” by Mary Ellen Dohrs

Industrial Design to sculpture was an easy transition, basically similar in the use of volume, form and color. But it was the tactile quality that made it so attractive. The expression of movement and vitality appear in all of her works”. The strength of her sculpture is in the energy expressed. She delights in tackling all subject matter including forms that range from aggressive, and masculine to quiet inner calm and peaceful female figures. “In art works, just as in life experiences, there should always be a place for whimsy and a good laugh as evidenced by silly pots and ubiquitous frogs. Each day brings a new opportunity to create something beautiful out of this simple material… mud”.



#4 Ebba TinWin


ArtisansEbba TinWin--Wildlife Refuge

“Wildlife Refuge” by Ebba TinWin

Ebba grew up by the wind and waves of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. Before settling in the United States, Ebba spent seven years in her husband’s native country of Burma (now Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. Many of her collages were inspired by the vibrant colors of the Orient. Ebba holds a MA in education, but her passion has always involved the arts. Her career includes managing an expressive art gallery and the precise instruction involving collage art using her adventures of world traveling and memories to tell a visual story on paper.




“Marsh At Dusk” by Ebba TinWin 


An avid beachcomber, Ebba enjoys turning what she finds into unique creations. She presents her beach glass designs with pride, delighting in each piece as a true gift of Nature. The translucent colors of what the magnificent ocean washes ashore are then made by hand into a forever piece of jewelry to be worn and loved. No two pieces are ever alike so each one is an original work of art. Ebba also takes her talents to canvas and paints in a variety of different styles including abstract.





#5  Doris Gilden 


“From The Heart” by Doris Gilden

Doris’s one of a kind ceramic creations are the culmination of an artistic career that was inspired from studying fashion design and illustration to interior design and decorating. Doris’s personalized creations of boutique leather handbags have been sold in high-end specialty and department stores. She decided to explore ceramics as a medium for artistic expression. Working with green-ware and slip, Doris creates unique vessels, plates, and vases using her fashion background as the inspired motif of elegant women and their silhouettes on her ceramics, which she considers her canvas. To create her three-dimensional finished product she uses a selection of numerous materials with her clay. Enjoying and incorporating a variety of techniques Doris uses lace, fabrics, 14K gold, platinum, gold foil and crystals into her ceramic art.






Mixed Media by Doris Gilden




Doris is a member of Women in the Visual Arts and the National Organization of Women Artists. She has displayed and sold her art in a number of venues.  One of the thrills of working with ceramics is that she is never entirely sure of how something will look once it is fired, and The sense of surprise motivates Doris as an artist. Her daily purpose is to create new and unique techniques and continue to grow as an established woman artist.




# 6  Edrian Thomidis 




“Don’t Feed The Monster” by Edrian Thomidis




Edrian Thomidis’ career took a complete turn, for her to become the artist that she is today. Her expertise and skills of owning and operating a graphic design studio allowed her to design websites for some of the most notable Fortune 500 companies where her work was seen all over the world. Digital media, websites and online ad campaigns have used her many illustrations.




“Young Warrior” by Edrian Thomidis

She then discovered a new passion in ceramics and expresses herself through her artistic creations. Thoughts and feelings evolve in a creative way and document a slice of her life. Currently fostering her creative spirit to produce work that is expressive, whimsical yet slightly odd. Her figurative ceramics and mixed media are all about storytelling with characters that are influenced by her interest in children’s books, time specific stories and personal growth. Each detail has personal meaning, but viewers can interpret and connect with each piece in their own unique way. Edrian’s hand built and uniquely glazed ceramics and sculptures are enjoyed and loved by each of her many collectors and admirers.










Visit this opening night for an evening of fun.

Meet the artists!!!

View our wonderful art and enjoy yourself!


For more information:

Artisans On The Ave
Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro

561-582-3300     or        561-762-8162



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Levis JCC Sandler Center In Boca Raton Announces Pottery Classes For All Levels

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton announces Pottery Classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Beginning on October 12th, learn how to use a pottery wheel, hand build pottery, sculpt clay, stoneware, porcelain and glazes.  Renown faculty members include Marilyn Wander and Gina Skillings. The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some ideas for your next creations!








The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

Focus On Pottery:


Beginning October 12th

All levels of students, from beginner to advanced




1 New Levis JCC Logo blue


9801 Donna Klein Blvd.     Boca Raton, FL 33428



The Rosen Pottery Studio has 8 wheels and 2 kilns. Students have access to free studio time when classes are not in session, on Sundays, and are free to stay and practice as long as they want Monday—Wednesday.




Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

           Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander’s signature


Pottery on the Wheel and Handbuilding

With Marilyn Wander

Mondays (Oct. 12 – Dec. 14)


Wednesdays (Oct. 14 – Dec. 16)

 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Students will learn techniques of hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Advanced students will sharpen their skills.  


Pottery by Gina Skillings

                              Sculpted Pottery by Gina Skillings

Handbuilding and Sculpting

With Gina Skillings

Tuesdays (Oct. 13 – Dec. 15)


Thursdays (Oct. 15 – Dec. 17)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Gina focuses on basic pinching, coiling, slab construction techniques for pottery and clay sculpture. Advanced students work more independently. All levels are welcome.

Cost for the 9-week session is $315, with discounts available for Sandler Center members.




Gina Skillings' "Purse"

                                        Gina Skillings’ “Purse”





Call 561-558-5250 for more information or to register.




 April 3 – May 20, 2016

Opening Reception:

Sunday, April 3, 2016

1 – 4 p.m. with artists presentations

Free and open to the public



In the spring, the Levis JCC Pottery Guild presents an exhibit of utilitarian, sculptural and decorative works created by the students and their instructors in the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery. This exhibit is a community favorite and draws visitors from Palm Beach and northern Broward counties.




Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

                      Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander



Marilyn Wander has been a potter since 1977. She specializes in stoneware and porcelain clay, and is known for her exquisite and unique glazes, which she shares with her students. She is also experienced in raku—oxidation and pit-firing.  It is unusual and important to note that Mariyln not only develops her only specialty glazes – – She also shares them with her students!



Pottery Class at Levis JCC

        Pottery Class at Levis JCC


Marilyn took up pottery after noticing that she gravitated to the pottery exhibits at art shows (she is married to well-known Palm Beach watercolorist Gustav Wander). Very tactile, she fell in love with clay. Marilyn notes, “I have been firing the clay in a raku process which was originally developed in Japan. I enjoy seeing the smooth melted glazes on the red-hot pots. There is a masculine drama in the black and white tones in counterpoint to the soft pastel colors and graceful feminine shapes—an exciting and artistic duality.”






"Green Bowl" by Marilyn Wander

                                 “Green Bowl” by Marilyn Wander

Marilyn’s students remark on her accessibility and skill as a teacher:
“When I began working with Marilyn, I did not know how to handle clay effectively. Now after 5 years, I was invited to exhibit my work at the local public library. Marilyn is a skillful teacher who inspires her students to reach beyond their limits. Through her patient coaching, she has enabled many of her students to get in touch with their creative side.”—Frances Levine


Marilyn trained at Florida Atlantic University, Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, Parsons School of Design in NYC, at the 92nd St. “Y” in NYC, and at Cumberland Pottery in Teaneck, NJ. She is affiliated with the FAU Potters Guild and the NJ Designer Craftsmen. She has exhibited at Las Olas Art Festival, University of Miami—Beaux Arts, Norton Gallery, Deerfield Beach Art and Craft Show, Vero Beach Art and Craft Show, Virginia Beach Art Festival, Garrison NY Art Festival, Bergen Museum—NJ Designers Craftsmen Show, and held a one-woman show with interior designer Pajia Wald in Tenafly, NJ.




The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. It is located at 9801 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33428.





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