Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts Announces 3 Days Of Events: Visiting Artist Program With Rob Stern

Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts announces “Visiting Artist Program”, as internationally renown glass master, Rob Stern visits Benzaiten for 3 days of events.  The Rickie Report shares the details for Thursday, February 25th “Meet the Artist Dinner”(fee), Friday, February 26th “Gallery Reception & Demo”( fee) and Saturday, February 27th “Public Glass Blowing Demonstration”(Free and Open to the Public).  We urge you to sign up for Dinner, as spaces are limited.  Enjoy the sneak peeks and see you there!








3 Days With Master Glass Artist:




Thursday, February 25th

Meet the Artist Dinner  6:00 pm

$100. per person – Limited seating




Friday, February 26th

Gallery Reception & Demo  6:00 – 8:00 pm

Members: Free  Non-Members $20. per person



Saturday, February 27th

Public Glass Blowing Demonstration  4:00 – 6:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

 Rob-Stern-1-199x300Rob Stern

Register for the Thursday night dinner right away as seating is limited.

You can register on-line for both the Thursday night dinner and the Friday night gallery opening/demo at:

or call Anita Holmes, the Center’s Executive Director, at 561-508-7315

or email her at

1105 2nd Avenue South        Lake Worth, Florida 33460


Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Classes & Large Group Tours by appointment

Please call 561.508.7315 for more information




Born in Miami, Rob Stern was reared in Atlanta where his mother taught art and his father worked in the movie industry and dabbled in photography. He attended San Francisco State University where he studied art and discovered glass making. He worked as an apprentice at John Lewis Glass, an industrial casting facility in Oakland, for five years.



Glass by Rob Stern



Rob traveled to Europe touring glass factories for a semester and then returned to begin his study at the Pilchuck Glass School, renowned worldwide for its glass programs. Rob went on to study, apprentice, and assist numerous artists/masters at Pilchuck and other schools.



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Glass by Rob Stern

In 1992, after working as a teaching assistant for Czech master, Petr Novotny, Rob was invited to work in the Ajeto Glass Factory in the Czech Republic. It was the start of a long term working relationship, as he would live and work there for a number of years. Rob continues to work closely with Petr both in Ajeto and doing demonstrations and conducting workshops throughout the world.



Glass by Rob Stern



From 1997-2003 Rob taught glassmaking at the University of Miami, FL. and earned his MFA. Rob now co-teaches with many artist/masters at schools worldwide and frequently travels abroad to make his work. He has been invited to work as a master craftsmen in both the US and Europe. In 2003 he established Rob Stern Art Glass Inc. in Miami, where he now works with his team on many commissions and personal sculptures.



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Rob Stern



Rob will be taking part in the following 3-Day Events:


Thursday, February 25: ‘Meet the Artist Dinner’ is a private sit-down, dinner party limited to only 32 people who will dine in the Center’s upscale gallery and listen to the artist talk about their processes and what inspired them to become a glass artist. They will also have a chance to preview the gallery’s exhibition before its official opening. The cost is one-hundred dollars per person.



Friday, February 26: The center will hold a ‘Gallery Reception & Demo’ for an exhibition of the visiting artist’s work along with two dimensional works curated by the center’s founder, JB Berkow, who has been a gallerist for over twenty years. Admittance to these shows will be free for members of the Benzaiten Center and only $20 for non-members.




Glass by Rob Stern

Saturday, February 27: The visiting artist will conduct a two to three hour ‘Public Glass Blowing Demonstration’ which will be open and free to the public. These are great opportunities for glass collectors and families from our community to observe first hand how great glass art is made.




For more information:

You can register on-line for both the Thursday night dinner and the Friday night gallery opening/demo at:

or call Anita Holmes, the Center’s Executive Director, at 561-508-7315

or email

1105 2nd Avenue South Lake Worth, Florida 33460

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South Florida Basket And Fiber Guild Welcomes You To Meet Emily Dvorin, Innovative Fiber Artist

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild invites the public to their January 6, 2016 meeting that will feature award-winning contemporary fiber artist, Emily Dvorin, known for her innovative, “transordinary” vessels that turn recognizable household objects and urban materials into visual comments on daily life. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries across the country, receiving many awards and honors. Emily is the current president of the National Basketry Organization.  Guild meetings are held at Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.   A Meet and Greet begins at 9:00am, followed by a short business meeting. Emily’s presentation “Transordinary Vessels will start at 10:00.  The Rickie Report shares the details and promises you an extraordinary experience with this group of talented artists!




South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild


Features Contemporary Fiber Artist, Emily Dvorin



Monthly General Meeting


 January 6, 2016       9 am

Emily Will Give A Demo






Emily Will Teach a 2 Day Workshop,

 “Approaching Basketry”

January 7 & 8, 2016



All Events Take Place at



Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue     West Palm Beach, Florida 33401







Emily Dvorin, Contemporary Fiber Artist





Creations by Emily Dvorin (Photo Courtesy of her website)




Emily tells The Rickie Report, “I call myself a sculptural basketmaker. I am known for my innovative, “transordinary” vessels. Challenging the original definition of basketry, I explore contemporary interpretations of this traditional craft, utilizing non-traditional materials. I transform the ordinary through the processes of manipulation, construction, alteration, repetition of singular elements, coiling, weaving and assembling to create dense arrangements of common, urban objects. I sculpt with fiber and interact with material, pattern, color, design, shape and texture.”



Growing up in New Jersey in the 50s,, Emily Dvorin was told that her creativity and artistic approach were “cute”. A sea kelp basket workshop in the early 80s changed her life forever: she realized that basketry and three-dimensional work were what she truly loved. Largely self-taught, Emily began offering workshops the 90s and in the early 2000s brought basketry classes to elementary and high school classrooms. In 2008, after owning and operating a contemporary craft store for 35 years, and enabling other artists to gain wider audience and appreciation for their work, Emily retired to live her life’s dream of being a full-time artist. She now has a studio in Sausalito, California. She continues to teach classes for both adults and children, and she speaks, consults and exhibits all around the country. This year she became president of the National Basketry Organization.
Emily’s presentation for the guild, TRANSORDINARY VESSELS, will highlight her work as a sculptural basketmaker using materials from the hardware store, cable ties and other found objects to create whimsical and imaginative art pieces




Emily will also be giving a 2 day workshop, APPROACHING BASKETRY, on Thursday and Friday, Jan 7 – 8, 2016. Through a hands-on approach to many basketry techniques we will explore process, structure, design and surface texture while experimenting with a variety of materials. Beginners and experienced artists alike will enjoy this unique look into contemporary basketry.




Members will receive registration preference, however, a limited number of seats may be available for the public beginning Dec. 16th. For workshop information contact Erica Howat at


About South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild:

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild was formed in January 2013 by a dozen enthusiastic fiber artists and enthusiasts from Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Our purpose is to inspire interest and creativity in basketry and the fiber arts among both emerging and seasoned artists through networking, educational programs and exhibition opportunities.  Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Anyone with an interest in basketry and the fiber arts is welcome to join us.  Meeting details including topics/speakers and the membership form are available on our website.




For more information about the South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild please visit:





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Ray Neubert Exhibits at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Gallery

Ray Nuebert’s paintings demand and deserve more than a quick glance.  The viewer must not only read the words which are an integral part of the painting, but then take a wider view.  Subreal artist Ray Neubert explores painting, assemblage, photography and poetry in playful and profound ways for the reality below the surface.  The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s gallery is a perfect venue to see and appreciate his complex work.  The Rickie Report shares a sneak peak and details in this article and urges you to visit this exhibit.






Please join us at the Cultural Council

 Saturday,  April 26,    3-5 P.M.

To celebrate the Opening Reception of

Raymond P. Neubert

 in the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center. 
Refreshments will be served.  
Exhibition runs: April 26 through May 24, 2014     
Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM  


601 Lake Avenue         Lake Worth, FL  33460


"Lazy" by Raymond Neubert

“Lazy” by Raymond Neubert


Raymond P. Neubert’s recent art explores the relationship between his visual art and life in a playful combination of word play, expressionism and his own reality.  This journey began with his first Brownie Hawkeye camera, continuing with drawing, and ceramics, through the grid of warp and weft into digital pixilation.
by Raymond P. Neubert

by Raymond P. Neubert

The public is invited to a free reception on Saturday, April 26th to meet the artist and see his SOLO exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center. Refreshments will be served.  The Exhibition runs: April 26 through May 24, 2014.  The Cultural Council gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM.  
The artist at work

The artist at work

Raymond recently finished a 4,000+ mile journey from his primary residence in West Palm Beach through Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Buffalo, Chicago, Kansas City MO. and Bentonville, Arkansas before returning to Florida.  He picked up the gallery in Occoquan, VA and is courting others in Cleveland and Kansas City.  
"Hot Thighs" by Raymond P. Neubert

“Hot Thighs” by Raymond P. Neubert

He has previously exhibited in South East Florida, Los Angeles, the Washington D.C. area, and North-East Ohio. Raymond participated in the prestigious Red Dot exhibit, 2012 in Miami,FL.  He is also a visiting artist at Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts  Los Angeles, California 2013.

“Sweetie” by Raymond Neubert

Raymond shares, ” My work is influenced by my father’s word play, comics of all genres and heroic Propaganda Art.  My NeuArt began in 2009 when I combined drawing, colored ink and word play on lined paper in saturated colors.  I continue with Metamorphosis in acrylics on canvas.”
"You Take Such Liberties" by Raymond P. Neubert

“You Take Such Liberties” by Raymond P. Neubert


For more information about Raymond’s artwork, including photography, poetry, assemblage and paintings, please call  561-313-6080 or email   or visit



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