Carl Stoveland’s Photograph Takes Best In Show At The Box Gallery’s ” Florida Showcase 2022 ” Open Now Through August 27. Meet Carl On Thursday, July 28 For A Photo Lecture And Connect With Carl For Other Art Opportunities

Carl Stoveland‘s photograph taken during his Artist Residency in the Dry Tortugas National Park (during hurricane season) took Best In Show at the Box Gallery’s “Florida Showcase 2022“.  Join Carl on Thursday, July 28 for an interactive “Process with Practices on Photography” free lecture. This Exhibit runs through August 27, 2022.  Because Carl’s photography is only a small part of his larger art practice, The Rickie Report also showcases his paintings as well as classes and meet-ups he sponsors.  Carl’s energy and passion for art is contagious!  If you cannot attend the lecture, please contact Carl to make an appointment at the Gallery!




811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405









Florida Showcase 2022 is an exhibition of contemporary photography by artists living in South Florida. Selections were made by jurors: Pedro Penavel, WPB Magazine Editor in Chief, Kiara Santiago BFA, Florida Atlantic University, and Rolando Chang Barrero, curator at The Box Gallery.













Exhibition   is   open   NOW   through   August   27,   2022



Free    Photography    Art    Talks:



“Photography:    Process    and    Practice”




Every Thursday, July 28 – August 25, 2022

7 – 9 pm




The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405





Artist Carl Stoveland with his Best in Show Photograph 



“It was a once in a lifetime experience… even now,  eighteen months later I am still finding images from that trip to edit!”  

Carl Stoveland



TRR:   Give us a peek into your experience in the Dry Tortugas.


The Artist in Residence program at Dry Tortugas National Park is run by the National Parks Art Foundation and the NPS.  It is one of the most extreme residencies out there.  The residency requires two people for safety reasons due to the isolated and remote location of the residency.  Held on Loggerhead Key, an uninhabited island a mere 49 acres in size,  3 miles from Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas 70 miles west of Key West and about 90 miles North of Cuba.
In 2020, fine artist painter Shannon Torrence and I were fortunate enough to be selected as the Artists in Residence (AIRs).  We had applied for slots in 2019 and were finalists but ultimately not selected.  We started planning our application for 2020 the next day.  We built a podcast with guests speaking about art and art residencies,  We created a blog and a social media presence, including a movie trailer for our project we called the “Flying Tortuga Brothers”.  Ultimately we were selected for 2020!  When September arrived and we had gathered all of our gear and food for the month in Key West, we were ferried to Fort Jefferson on the Yankee Freedom to Fort Jefferson on Garden Key. 





“The old kitchen house and cistern, Loggerhead Key”
Infrared B&W Photograph by Carl Stoveland





That is as far as most tourists ever get as there is no access to Loggerhead Key except by kayak – a 6 mile round trip. There were a few hearty souls who did that during our month, but I think I can count on one hand the number of folks we saw who did that.  Larger boats can tie off to one of two mooring balls and use a dinghy to land on Loggerhead Key.  Over the month we saw perhaps 10 people visit for part of a day.  Once at Fort Jefferson we were taken by a small NPS boat with our gear to Loggerhead Key.  We lived in the old lighthouse keepers house.  The only other house on the island is the old Kitchen house and an intern for the NPS studying the turtles was there.  The lighthouse (its supporting garage and shed) and the two buildings are the only structures on the entire island.  It was rustic with a “capitol R”.  “Desolate” is probably the better word.  The island is stark and beautiful.  The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1997 and that is when the Coastguard turned the island over to the park service.




We had to be self sufficient for the entire month.  There were no runs to the shops for more food, etc.  There was no fresh water so maintaining and operating the desalination plant became a big part of daily life along with monitoring power usage and the batteries in the solar system (as that is needed  for the desalination plant to make the fresh water).  Most days were in the mid 90’s.  I lost 20lbs in the month I was there from all the exercise  ( he says with a smiling emoji). Shannon produced a breathtaking series of small paintings during the month that are fueling his larger works to this day.  I was enchanted by the night sky.  The Dry Tortugas has almost no light pollution so the stars are brilliant.  If you spend a few minute out after dark to let your eyes adjust you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye!  I was like a kid in a candy store photographing the old lighthouse against a backdrop of stars like diamonds hanging in the sky.  My days were spent photographing the water and the emptiness of the island.




Artist Carl Stoveland in Dry Tortugas National Park




I have enough for a full blown exhibit if any galleries want to host a show.  The only piece printed and seen in public (outside of social media of course) is a night scene of the light house with a sky that was lit by lightning and part of the star-filled sky.  It took Best in Show at the “Florida Showcase 2022” at the Box Gallery in West Palm which is running until August 27th.  The residency was a profound experience.




As artist in residence at Dry Tortugas National Park (September 2020) Carl’s goals as an artist became distilled and clarified.  He says, “The shear beauty of the ocean and the night could be overwhelming.  It was there that I realized I needed to use my art as an advocate for protecting our natural environment and making people aware of what we risk losing if these places are lost to over development.  I do this by focusing on a location and showing its beauty through my art”.



“The experience on Dry Tortugas was life changing for me as an artist…. I questioned whether I could say what I want through the lens”.  ~ Carl Stoveland


“This lead to a near-constant exploration of other media.  After working my way through acrylic, gouache, Casein and oil painting I have settled on Oils as my favored medium to paint in for personal work along with my old favorite Watercolor”. ~ Carl Stoveland



“Dreams of Loggerhead Key” by Carl Stoveland (acrylic on birch panel)




TRR:  What is your creative background?



I grew up in NY near the Catskill Mountains and found my passion for photography hiking along the many trails and streams near my home.  My Dad spent his entire career working in photo labs and my Mom is an oil painter and watercolorist.  (So the apple did not fall far from the tree in this case).  My current passions include a variety of photo and painting media along with teaching  and urban sketching.


Carl tells The Rickie Report, “In the language of photography there is a wide angle view and a close up macro view to seeing the world.  I believe it is the same for the life and work of all artists.  The close up macro view speaks to the drive to work every day to improve in their craft and expand the tools they have to interact with the world.  After 35 years as a photographer I reached a certain level of expertise.  Still I am constantly working to find new ways to tell stories.  This has led explorations in various other media including film, audio, podcasting painting and digital art.  We are all both students and masters at the same time.  This is my daily closeup view”.



“From the standpoint of the wide angle view a mature artist with skills honed over years of hard work yearns for more than just technical proficiency, Carl explains.  They look to the world at large and desire to use their work to have a bigger impact on viewers.  Artists are obligated to use their skills to make people think about bigger issues.  This can be accomplished by creating beautiful work or disturbing/unsettling work.  It requires that a strong point of view be what drives the creation of the art”.




TRR:  How did moving to Lake Worth, FL change your perspective ?




When I arrived in Florida in 2016 I was struck by the nature of my adopted town of Lake Worth.  I found people doing projects everywhere, people helping each other and a town that like no other loves to throw a parade.  I set out to capture the people that make this a special place and ask each of them why they think it is special.  The result after two years of shooting were the IAMLAKEWORTH and IAM LAKEWORTHTOO exhibits held at the Hatch in Lake Worth.  It was a great experience and a wonderful way to become one of those fabulous Lake Worthians I admire so much.




I AM LAKE WORTH Exhibit by Carl Stoveland at Hatch 1121 Lake Worth Beach, FL



“After returning in October 2020 Covid was everywhere and decided to throw myself into accomplishing more paintings.  In the 18 or so months since, I have charged headlong into painting  – adding oils, acrylics, gouache and casein to the watercolors I was already doing”.   ~ Carl Stoveland




TRR:  Please tell us more about your classes At Mounts Botanical Garden and Venue 1201.




I spent the remainder of 2020 and 2021 (during covid) in my home studio exploring media and styles.  That left me with a nagging question of what can I do with my art for good.  It was then I decided to look for teaching opportunities.  Mounts Botanical Garden had an opening for a watercolor teacher and found that it was the missing piece of the puzzle!  I love teach almost as much as I like making art.  When it clicks for a student and they have an “A-HA moment” is thrilling to me.




I replenish my creative energies when I teach watercolor at Mounts Botanical Garden on Tuesdays from 10am to 12:30pm.  Class starts with a walk in the garden, a quick demo, and then the students work on what they choose with me wandering the room offering assistance. I am there to enhance their experience, not put my touch on their painting style.  Class is open to all levels.  Signup on the events page of the Mounts website.  For absolute beginners I also have a starter class with weekly lessons and projects designed to get you up and running as a watercolorist.  CLASS IS FROM 10AM TO 12PM  at Venue 1201 in Lake Worth.  Contact me to sign up (




“As Above so Below”  by Carl Stoveland

TRR:  What does Palm Beach Urban Sketchers offer?



I am part of the Palm Beach Urban Sketcher group (that is part of the worldwide urban sketching movement  Our local group can be found on FaceBook at the Palm Beach Urban Sketcher Group.  It’s an informal group of sketchers who meet up weekly to sketch together at different locations around Palm Beach County.  There is no cost involved (unless the venue we are sketching at has an entrance fee).  Every week we pick a new place to sketch and get word out to the group through FaceBook and an email group.  To be added to the email group simply email me and I’ll be happy to add you.  Whether you are a working artist, like to draw or just think it might be a fun thing to do it is great.  Drawing from life on location over the past year or so has vastly improved all of my art practices.




Sketch in progress at the Society of The Four Arts Garden by Carl Stoveland



I offer private instruction in photography and photoshop for photographers that want to get to know there cameras better, want to learn how to best edit raw files in photoshop to get the best prints or for pros who want to explore Florida with a camera.  contact me by email to  to discuss creating a customized experience.




For more information to purchase Carl Stoveland’s photography and art work, plus class information:







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Yochi Yakir-Avin’s “The Memory Catcher” At Sunrise Civic Center Gallery Gives Her Memories New Meaning. Share Your Memories And Be Part Of This Extraodinary Art Experience

The Sunrise Civic Center Gallery presents Yochi Yakir-Avin‘s “The Memory Catcher” with an Artist Talk on Saturday, July 16 followed by the Opening Reception on Saturday, July 23.  Another Artist Talk will be held on Saturday, July 30.  This is sponsored by the Broward County Cultural Division. Many pieces carry a QR video and audio code, which the viewers are encouraged to scan to enjoy the complete experience.  This extraordinary exhibit will also include a photo of YOUR favorite childhood memory or toy! Find out how to get involved by reading this article, seeing some sneak peeks, and getting all of the details.















Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery

10610 W Oakland Park Blvd.     Sunrise, FL 33351



Opening    Reception: 



Saturday, July 23

6-9 PM





The    Artist    Talks:



Saturday, July 16


Saturday, July 30


12-3 PM



For Gallery days and hours:



The dates for the exhibition are  July 15 – August 2, 2022


The exhibition was made possible, with the support from the Broward County Cultural Division



Send me a photo of your favorite or most important childhood toy so can include your photos next to my work at the exhibition.

Email :











“Time and memory are the main topics of my investigation and of the idea that our personal and collective memories are flexible and can be shaped over time” ~ Yochi Yakir-Avin



Many pieces show a QR video and audio code, which the viewers are encouraged to scan to enjoy the complete experience.





Yochi Yakir-Avin tells The Rickie Report, ” I started working on The Memory Project three years ago. At the time I did not know that it would become such an important part of my practice, and most certainly I didn’t understand I have so much to express and elaborate on. One thing led to the other, and The memory project is now in its 4th phase, with “THE MEMORY CATCHER”, displayed here, at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery”.




She goes on to explain, “Time and memory are the main topics of my investigation and of the idea that our personal and collective memories are flexible and can be shaped over time.  The complexity and intricate texture of ancestral and family relationships, through fragmented memory, are at the center of my investigation”.





“Bonnet” by Yochi Yakir-Avin



Yochi created and rebuild from a repository of old archive family images, which were bitten by the teeth of time, while creating a renewed closeness to her fathers and family members, some of whom she did not know at all. “The choice of cardboard in my work comes to emphasize instability, temporality, and vulnerability and to illustrate that changes are easier to make when carrying less cargo. The temporality of material and image is even more pronounced with the choice of the sheer engraving on the boxes”.




“With the same intention I use paper in flimsy origami paper houses made from my birth certificate, or the usage of brown paper for big drawings. When working with image transfer, I was attracted to the imperfect results it gave me that resonated so well with the imperfection of memories.  In some of my work, like in the light boxes, I want to examine only the essential, and I eliminate details or environment, and concentrate on what is left, that is meaningful to me. Those pieces are “framed” in cardboard boxes to create kind of a dim room into which the viewer can peek, with a sense of a glimpse into a private place”.





“Knight” by Yochi-Yakir-Avin




Born in Poland and based in South Florida since 2014, Yochi Yakir-Avin is an award-winning figurative artist. Simultaneously American and Israeli, Yakir-Avin studied fine arts in Israel and Italy and has exhibited internationally in Italy, France, Israel and the USA.  Her work has been published and exhibited internationally.


With a focus on representation, Yakir-Avin’s works are portraits and still life painted in oil on canvas and wood. She portrays ordinary people with a variety of social backgrounds, to collect the feeling of the present moment, by touching on human experiences. She also creates mixed media wall sculptures, as well as intricate transfer pieces on paper and wood, and installations.





“Family”  by Yochi-Yakir-Avin




Conveyed via a masterfully limited palette, her subjects are framed against swathes of monochromatic color and emphasize notions of mood, place and implied narrative. Within her intimate mixed media pieces on paper and wood, the artist draws creative inspiration from her past and allows her memories to weave together to drive her practice forward. Through a tangible sense of vulnerability embedded in each of her works, the artist aims to offer hope, and striving to bring her personal point of view and to create meaningful engaging experiences that will resonate with others.




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Thank you SO very much, and please let me know if you need anything else.

Warm Regards,


Yochi Yakir-Avin
Visual Artist
Tel. +1-786-586-0732






Sharing Art Career Expertise With The Rickie Report And Artsy Shark Plus A Call To Artists

Carolyn Edlund (Artsy Shark) and Rickie Leiter (The Rickie Report) share a Call to Artists plus Part I of an interview which focuses on increasing your art audience.  The Rickie Report shares both and hopes you will not only apply to the Call for Artists ( DEADLINE  is July 7, 2022  at midnight), but consider how to grow your business.






Clockwise from top left: Cheryl Magellan, Hannah Billingham, Jane Yuen Corich, Karen Rand Anderson, David Tulbert, Emma Cavell





Your artist feature is promoted to our large social media following (80,000+) and emailed to more than 25,000 subscribers, exposing your art to a vast audience.

After your feature publishes, you will receive a PDF copy of your portfolio article in magazine style format to use as marketing collateral that continues to promote you as an artist.














The    Interview:




Advice for Artists: Secure Opportunities and Promote Your Events

Arts advocate and marketing expert Rickie Leiter shares recommendations on how artists can make the most of opportunities and publicity.


Rickie Leiter, founder of The Rickie Report, covers the South Florida visual art scene. She publishes feature stories, presents upcoming events and opportunities, and provides helpful tips for artists of all types to publicize their work and further their art careers. Rickie outlines proven ways for artists to assess and successfully apply to calls, and gain exposure when accepted.



The Rickie Report


Why apply?

First, to determine why you are applying to a specific Call for Artists, ask these questions:

  • Do you have enough body of work to apply?
  • Has this been a successful show for you in the past?
  • If it’s a new venue, what are your goals?
  • How will being in this exhibit help your business grow?
  • Will it help you network with others to amplify your own work in the future?

Take moment to consider what being in an exhibit means for your business. While your goal is to sell and make a profit, you need to consider the exposure as part of your advertising and marketing budget. You have one, right?

Every successful business has a marketing plan, and it helps to create a two-year calendar for this purpose. The calendar will allow you to keep track of exhibits and shows you are in and those you are applying to and waiting to hear from.

Make an inventory list so you know which pieces may be committed to a certain exhibit or show. This prevents mistakes and avoids confusion.

Take note of exhibits and shows that have already occurred, but that you were interested in. Sign up for their mailing list to hear about future opportunities and place them on your calendar. Keep aspiring to reach new goals and grow your business—this means considering Calls to Artists that may be out of your current comfort zone.

The application process

Once you identify a Call you want to pursue, read every aspect of the application carefully. Many artists are not accepted because they miss small details in the application process. Make sure your jpegs are the correct resolution and are the best they can be. This is the first step of the jurying process that separates those accepted from those who are not.

Having juried online exhibits in the past, I can tell you that your images are your best shot (no pun intended) at presenting your work. If your artwork is textural, can the juror see the subtle changes in texture?  If the object is 3D, can the juror see all of it? Simple things like making sure your reflection doesn’t show in a photo say a lot about your professionalism.

On your calendar, note the details of drop off, set up, take down, and pick up. Will you need to designate someone else to drop off or pick up your work if you’re not available on the listed dates? Think about all the contingencies and have a plan.

When you are accepted


Your work isn’t over once you get accepted. Now is the time to tell the world how excited you are to be participating! Ask the convener of the exhibit or show for a press release and press kit so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Don’t rely on the show producer, exhibit coordinator, or gallerist to do all of the publicity work. This is a collaborative effort; each party has responsibilities to make the event as successful as possible. Contact your media list, social media list and email list. Share your excitement about the acceptance. And add information about the event to your website immediately, keeping your list of shows and exhibits up to date.

If this is a new show for you, decide how you are going to orient yourself before you arrive. Do you have a checklist of what to bring? (business cards and signage are the major items artists forget when I meet them at shows). Do you know anyone in the area? Are you involved in an organization that has a local chapter and can make some introductions?  If you have a specific theme, what local organizations might you partner with before you arrive? You may be an artist who works alone, but you need to enlist a team of supporters to be successful!

If you are not accepted


When you receive notice of non-acceptance, keep notes on any feedback that was provided by the juror. If none are offered, you can certainly ask! In my experience, sometimes an acceptance is merely a consideration of wall space. The juror liked your artwork and another person’s artwork. Their piece was a few inches smaller, so it was accepted and yours was not. Or theirs fit the theme of the exhibit better, once the jurying got underway. Learn from this experience. Otherwise, you will continue to throw your money out the window by applying for events with little understanding.




Art Gallery shot


Use your involvement to promote events and go beyond



Rickie’s 2-foot rule: Share your passion with anyone who comes within two feet of you! This includes your social media and your friends’ and colleagues’ social media. Include your compelling news in an email to everyone on your list. This is not the time to be shy. You are not asking for anyone to buy. You are sharing your passion.

Practice will help you feel comfortable with your elevator speech. Make it your own. As a jewelry artist, polymer clay creator, and mosaicist, I have changed my own delivery a number of times. What has not changed is my inspiration to create.

If someone in the grocery store asks how my day is going, I tell them how excited I am that I just was accepted into a national art show with my artwork! First, they are usually surprised that anyone actually responds to the question. Second, I find that most people are excited for me. Third, when they see me again, they are invested emotionally in how my art business is progressing.

I know you’re reading this and rolling your eyes. Will that clerk buy a $250 necklace from me? I don’t know. I never assume what people spend their money on or how much money they have. (A good book about this is The Millionaire Next Door). If that clerk isn’t interested, he or she may know someone who is. That is why you share your passion.

Impress the press


If the event you are doing involves a non-profit, make sure they have your press release to send out to their clients, volunteers, and board members. (A written agreement should delineate what they are responsible for and what you are responsible for).

Don’t wait until the “end of the year letter” to connect with everyone. Do it now. Include local media, such as local newspapers, arts newspapers, PBS radio, and local television. Don’t assume they won’t be interested. You cannot know what story lines they are currently developing, and yours might be perfect!

Get in touch with your network of contacts and ask them to share your exciting news with their friends and family (you’d do that for them, right?)

My own publication, The Rickie Report, has a production calendar that is often booked by organizations 6-9 months in advance for articles. While I have openings, it is best to contact me 6-8 weeks in advance to book a publication spot. Please don’t wait until the week before the exhibit to ask for one. That said, there are sometimes cancellations, so it never hurts to contact media resources at the last minute just in case.

Send out your press release and then follow up. Emails can get lost or go to spam, and are often unopened. You work too hard to let this slip through the cracks. If you don’t feel comfortable calling to see if they received it, send a text and a jpeg as a reminder.

You can also make an impression by sending a snail mail invitation. If you’re presenting a lecture at a local restaurant, for instance, send an invitation with one tea bag (in sturdy packaging) and ask the person to join you. Even if they can’t attend, you have caught their attention with your creativity and by going an extra step!





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Carolyn Edlund:  410.977.2915




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Wellington Art Society Announces Summer Exhibition And Opening Reception On June 21, 2022. Enjoy Refreshments, Live Demo, Silent Auction, And Meet The Artists

The Wellington Art Society (WAS) features thirteen artists in the new summer art exhibition, “SIZZLE”  at the Wellington Community CenterThe public is welcome to the Opening Reception and Sale on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The exhibit is open NOW through August 15, 2022. Proceeds from sales support WAS Scholarship and Outreach Funds. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.






Public    Is    Invited    To    “SIZZLE”







Tuesday, June 21, 2022



5:00 – 7:00  PM






“Flamenco” by Laura Jaffe




Wellington Community Center:

  12150 Forest Hill Boulevard     Wellington, FL.






“Floating Garden” by Leslie Pfeiffer





Hartley Barnes ⋅ Susan Mosely ⋅ Elaine Weber 

David Ciofalo ⋅ Charles Moses ⋅ Tammy Wolfson

Laura Jaffe ⋅ Susan Oakes ⋅ Linda Zolet  

Carol Lynn Krenkel ⋅ Leslie Pfeiffer 

Rachel Laub ⋅ Vasantha Siva




“Infinity” by Tammy Wolfson



Who   We   Are:



The Wellington Art Society was established in 1981 and has over 100 members. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art.




“Prince Charming” by Rachel Laub


Our    Mission:


The mission of the Wellington Art Society is to educate and encourage originality among its members and area youth; and to present art, promote art appreciation and further advancement of all cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County, Florida.




” Heliconia” by Carol Lynn Krenkel




For more information about the exhibition, or to learn more about the featured artists, please visit the Wellington Art Society’s website at 





“Unrevealed” by Susan Oakes



The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 41st year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit or email 


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Lake Worth Art League Opens Call To All Artists For Exhibit In June And Another In August. Share And Sell Your Artwork In Their Gallery Space

The Lake Worth Art League announces a Call to ALL artists for TWO OPEN SHOWS this summer in the Artist’s Eye Gallery and Boutique in downtown Lake Worth Beach. This is an opportunity for ALL artists to show their work and offer it for sale to the public!  The gallery is located at 604 Lucerne Avenue in the vicinity of many restaurants. Summer hours are Wednesday thru Sunday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm, capturing the time when the downtown area is the busiest!  The Rickie Report shares the details and notes that the first deadline is Sunday, June 12, 2022. The second deadline is Sunday, August 7, 2022.  Art Lovers, mark your calendars for the Receptions: Sunday, June 19 and Sunday, August 14, 2022.





Summer hours:

Wednesday thru Sunday from 3:00 pm –  7:00 pm









The Lake Worth Art League presents :



“  a   summer   to   share  ”




We  want  to  share  our  gallery  space  with  you!



The Lake Worth Art League is primed to make sales during their two upcoming summer exhibits and is inviting ALL  ARTISTS to participate!




Here are the details: 




TAKE-IN OF THE ART: SUNDAY, JUNE 12th  Noon until 3 pm.

Reception: Sunday, June 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Pick-up of Art: Sunday, August 7th from Noon to 3:00 pm




TAKE-IN OF THE ART: SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th  Noon until 3 pm.

Reception: Sunday, August 14th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Pick-up of Art: Sunday, October 2 from Noon to 3:00 pm

You may show up to 5 pieces of art.

Cost to enter the show:

For members: The first piece is $25.00, the second piece is $15.00, and pieces 3 thru 5 are $10.00 each piece.

For non-members: The first piece is $30.00, the second piece is $20.00, and pieces 3 thru 5 are $15.00 each piece.

Cash, Check or Credit Card (convenience fee applies) accepted.


Art must be original.

ALL 2-D art must be wired for gallery hangers, and framed. 

Unframed canvas art must be finished on all edges.

Label your art on the back upper right corner with your name, phone, name of the piece, media, and the price.

You will be filling out a simple exhibit form upon arrival.

We retain 20% of all sales. The Lake Worth Art League is a 501(c)(3).

Receptions are are held to meet and talk with the artists and art lovers and are open to the public. Wine, soft drinks and lite bites are offered, and we encourage those artists attending to contribute something.

We welcome all artists to become members! During the season (Oct. thru May) we have 8 judged shows where you can compete for ribbons and money prizes. 

For more information about LWAL:


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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

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Creek District Sidewalk Mosaic Program Is In Full Swing! Meet Carol Schiff The Third Mosaic Artist To Participate And Vote For Design #4 Learning Mosaics Is Easy And You Can Join in!

Stuart’s Creek District Sidewalk Mosaic Program is in full swing as mosaicist #3, Carol Schiff, works to complete her dolphin design and voting is open for the fourth mosaic artist! Project coordinators, Corina Pelloni and Diane Concepcion are eager to share their wealth of knowledge with anyone who wants to explore the world of mosaic creations.  The Rickie Report gives you some sneak peeks of Carol’s work as all we information about voting for Mosaic Artist #4 and classes.


Meet   Carol   Schiff

Artist   of   the   Next   Sidewalk   Mosaic


Carol Hayes Schiff



Carol is a very skilled and experienced oil painter. Mosaic art is a new medium for her. A pleasure to have in the studio, she has been working diligently on her winning design, and has really taken to mosaic art like a… dolphin to water. 




Here is Carol’s original painting shown next to her work-in-progress:








Carol is a Florida oil painter who loves the coastal beaches, flora and fauna of this tropical paradise. Her second love is the Asheville/Blue Ridge Mountains area. Her art features both of these sites.


Her painting style is characterized by exciting brushwork, contrast, hues, and texture from palette knives. She skillfully applies these techniques to images of landscapes, still lifes and animals.


With a client list that includes Warner Brothers, Netflix, CBS, Disney Channel and Duke University, you may have seen one of her paintings on the screen. One painting is in the 2019 movie ‘The Joker’. A few more make appearances in popular TV shows Magnum PI and Hawaii 5-0.







To see more of her work, visit her shop on Etsy:




Carol’s mosaic will be completed in a few more sessions. Then, it will be installed near Herban Botanicals on Colorado Ave, and we’ll gather to celebrate a new piece of public art in Downtown Stuart’s Creek District of Arts and Entertainment.




There’s more:


Don’t miss your opportunity to vote on the design for the 4th mosaic!








The location for this artwork will be the sidewalk at the intersection of 5th Street and A1A near Kiwanis Park. Both finalists designs are beautiful original artworks submitted by brilliant local artists, Marian Vitale and Deborah Bottorf.






For more information and application:




Wondering  if  you’d  like  to  try  mosaic  art?

All are welcome to enter a design for consideration. When a contest is open, it will be accessible by the link above, and that’s also where information about the program can be found.

Another option is to take an intro to mosaics class. Classes are offered at Flagler Center on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. You must register in advance for a workshop. Learn more and sign-up at:





Thank you!

Women Supporting the Arts generously awarded financial support which will serve as start-up funding for this program. MartinArts donated a half ton of beautiful glass tile. The City of Stuart is making this addition of new public art possible. Thank you, as well, to the people and businesses of The Creek District who have expressed their enthusiasm and support of this program.







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“Be Squared ~ A Members Exhibition” Opens June 10 At Martin Arts Court House Cultural Center Gallery Featuring 52 Artists’ All Media Artworks In A Square Format

Be Squared“,  A Members Exhibition opens FridayJune 10th at MartinArts’ Court House Cultural Center Gallery in downtown Stuart. Showcasing the diverse talents of 52 artists, each piece is created and presented in a square shape. Throughout the exhibition, a special selection of 8”x8” works, created and donated by participating artists in a variety of mediums, will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit arts education programs in Martin County. A $5 Donation is requested at the door. This exhibit will be on display through July 23, 2022The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!














Opening Reception:

Friday, June 10, 2022

5:30  –  7  PM


Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ A $5. donation is requested ~




Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994





This exhibit, on display through July 23rd, will showcase the diverse talents of 52 artists who are all members of MartinArts. Unique to the collection, is that each piece is created and presented in a square shape.






“Moonlighting” by Sharon Ferina





Throughout the exhibition, a special selection of 8”x8” works, created and donated by participating artists in a variety of mediums, will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit arts education programs in Martin County.










“Self Portrait” by Tom Forster





“We invite the community to experience these extraordinary works by this exemplary group of artists at our beautiful, historic gallery,” said Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of MartinArts. “Whatever your favorite medium or genre, it’s bound to be showcased in in this exquisitely-presented “square” exhibit.”








“Dreaming Zebra” by Dinija Berkien










“The Gatherers” by Chris Kling






Be Squared – A Members Exhibition, will feature works by these celebrated MartinArts’ Member Artists:



Jeanine Baum, Michaelann Bellerjeau, Kimberly Beltrame, Dinija Berkien, Mallo Bisset, Deborah Bottorff, Sally Browning Pearson, Tracy Canada, Holly Cannon, Robert ClenDening, Marc Cohen, Suzanne Connors, Kendra Deltano, Evangelia Deslis, MJ Dowling, Sharon Ferina, Tom Forster, Torenzo Gann, Katie Gianni, Lindsay Hager, Jill Heveron, Heather Ivins, Etheard Joseph, Elizabeth Esther Kelly, Julia Kelly, Justin Klahne, Sue Klahne, Scott Klimek, Chris Kling, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Mia Lindberg, Barbara Z. Lyons, Lorrie McKenna, Dana Meyer, Maria G Miele, Mary Lou Mirabito, Lynn Morgan, Margarita Nielsen Palacios, Janis Clary Oehlschlager, Tom Prestopnik, Mary Lou Pults, Lisa Rapp, Diane Raymond, Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Danuta Rothschild, Bobby Savage, Jordan Silvia, Mark Stall, Marian Vitale, Jesse Walker, Sunny Walker, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill






“Flight Check” by Lynn Morgan








“Blue heron Neighbor” by Margarita Nielsen Palacios




About MartinArts:

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.


For more information: 

772-287-6676   or visit



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Temple Beth El Israel In Port St Lucie Opens Call To Artists And Artisans For Juried One-Day Art Show On Sunday, November 6, 2022

Temple Beth El Israel in Port St. Lucie, FL. announces a Call to Artists and Artisans for a one-day juried art show on Sunday, November 6, 2022. “Gifts of the Heart” will offer indoor spaces as well as outdoor spots for tents. Partial proceeds will benefit local programs of the Port St. Lucie Sheriff’s Department.  There will be activities for children during this community-wide event, including the local Fire Department as well as the Sheriff’s Canine Unit. Neil Capozzi and Kenneth Hooper Capozzi will chair the jury committee. Deadline for applications is August 19, 2022.  Spaces will fill up quickly, so The Rickie Report urges you to apply soon!
























Email a Copy Of This Application and 3 JPGS of your work to:




ANY QUESTIONS? Call Rickie Leiter, Volunteer Coordinator at 561-537-0291.







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Meet The Artists Of The Palm Room’s “Spring Forward” Exhibit In Stuart, FL On Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Martin Artisans Guild Offers Original Artwork And Specialty Boutique

The Martin Artisans Guild (MAG) invites the public to a Reception to Meet The Artists of the current exhibit, “Spring Forward” at The Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique on Wednesday, June 1, 2022Revel in the vibrant beauty created by the talented craftsmen of Martin County, find unique and one-of-a-kind creations in the boutique and support visual arts in the community.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of artwork.  Admission and parking are FREE. This exhibit runs through June 25, 2022.







“Boy Scout Island” by Mark Stall




Palm     Room     Art     Gallery    &    Artisans    Boutique



Wednesday, June 1, 2022



4  –  6  pm



“Dogbane Leaf Beetle” by Jordan Silvia





Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from Noon to 6 pm

This exhibit is available now through June 25, 2022





“Mermaid Box” by Barb Bucci




3746 SE Ocean Blvd.       Stuart, FL


Gallery is located at 3746 SE Ocean Blvd,    Sewall’s Point in Harbour Bay Plaza

(east end of the Plaza, near Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar)





Palm Room Artisans Boutique area



Untitled by Jeanine Baum

MEET       THE       ARTISTS:




Jane Lawton Baldridge

Jeanine Baum

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Dinija Berkien

Mallo Bisset

Deborah Bottorff

Barbara Bucci

Tepa Charles

Dot Galfond

Maria Miele

Mary Mirabito

Jordan Silvia

Mark Stall

Marian Vital

For more information about this exhibit, other events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild


The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.





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Cheryl Phan’s Personalized Program ”First Things First” Can Help You Turn Your Hobby Into A Business In 30 Days

Cheryl Phan has over 35 years of experience in sales and marketing, having worked for some “Big Name” corporations.  Going into business for herself helped hone her skills even more. She is now offering “First Things First” and is helping women turn their hobbies into workable businesses in 30 days.  Cheryl’s first hand knowledge and willingness takes “newbies” toward entrepreneurial independence in an empowering and exciting way! Cheryl’s FREE Startup Mini Course begins June 6 -10. She’ll teach you 5 easy steps to getting started in your own business and share step-by-step videos.  The Rickie Report shares the details.








It’s all happening on:



With over 35 years’ experience in sales and marketing, Cheryl Phan has work with companies such as Clear Channel Radio, CBS Radio, Fox TV, Palm Beach Post, KB Advertising and she is the owner of three self-made businesses.  In 2002 Cheryl took a courageous step, leaving the TV and Radio industry to be her own boss and start her own decorative painting business in Palm Beach County Florida.



Cheryl has established herself in the business building area implementing sales and marketing campaigns that move product, drive traffic, and increase sales.  Her true gift is coaching other women how to turn their hobby into an online business with real-world knowledge, simple techniques and sprinkled with fun. 




Cheryl lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is a proud mother of two daughters and four grandchildren. She also serves at The Hand Of Hope special needs ministry. Philanthropy has always been a passion and helping other comes naturally.  Although she wears many hats, art is her real love.




My Story


Cheryl shares with The Rickie Report, “I’m going to be very vulnerable right now and tell you what happened to me back in 2008. Remember the recession? It’s hard to forget especially when it hits you hard. I had a decorative painting business and I still do to this day, but back then I didn’t prepare myself for the what if….  The business was going great. I was making a ton of money. I had a crew of people working for me and life was good”. 


My wake-up call


Cheryl says, “Until the bomb hit, and everyone was losing their homes, including me and to make matters more challenging , I had a hip replacement a few months before it happened. I was in panic mode. I was scared and put my business on hold and took a job making peanuts working 40+ hours a week that barely paid my monthly bills.  The bad news was I was laid off. The good news is it forced me to take along hard look at my life and what I was going to do to generate an income. I swore I would never let that happen again. So, I put on my big girl panties, pulled up my bootstraps and started my decorative painting business back up again, but this time I made some changes. I knew that I couldn’t depend on painting one job at a time. That’s when I took my business online and started building multiple streams of income from my painting business”. 



Sure, it was a little bit of work…

but I only had two choices:




 #1 I could go work for someone else and live paycheck-to-paycheck with no job security.




 #2 I could step out of my comfort zone and learn new and innovative ways to build my business. 




I decided on option #2 the benefits outweighed the reality. 

(Let me say this, if I can do this at 64 years old, so can you!!!)




It’s not rocket science, it a learning curve!!!!






Fast forward to 2022


During my journey on social media, my following started grow, new leads started pouring in and people started asking me for advice on how to start their own business. (BTW, this is the number one reason most women never get started, because they don’t know where to start).  I spent numerous hours responding to DM’s and messages until one day I decided to take my business knowledge, and experience and start sharing it with other women who are in the same boat I was in just a few years ago. 




When I started my business 20 years ago, I had no clue what I was doing. I made a LOT of mistakes and many of them were costly. I don’t want to see others make the same mistakes. I’m also a true believer in “#paying it forward”. When you are a blessing to others you will also be blessed. So long story short, I am now coaching women how use their God given talent to make money online doing what they love. 







Now for the good stuff!




I created a course called “First Things First”, because let’s face it, nobody has years to figure this out, especially when you’re over fifty. 


I’m giving away the first 5 modules from my course in a Free Mini course webinar. This is where I will teach you how to set up your business from scratch and get legit. Remember, If you’re not legit, you’re still a hobby. 



My hope is that you’ll not only feel inspired, but also know I’m here to help in any way I can. If you have a dream of starting a business, it is possible!


Get the details and let’s get you started!

Why Not, It’s FREE!




The #1 reason most women don’t start their own business is because they don’t know where to start. 

No more excuses, because I’m handing you the first 5 modules from my course on a silver platter. I’m going to show you exactly what you need to do to GET STARTED








Are you struggling to make sales on social media?

Are you tired of watching everyone else make money?

Are you dabbling with your hobby and want to turn it into a real business?


If this is you, I want to invite you to my FREE Startup Mini Course. I’m going to teach you 5 easy steps to getting started in your own business without the tech.  I share step-by-step videos teaching you exactly what to do, I’ll give you worksheets to help you peruse through without being overwhelmed and all my resources, so you don’t have to figure it out on your own


Even if you have already started your business, I would encourage you to attend there may be some golden nuggets that will help you expand your business. Plus, I’ll have some awesome prizes for you to grab while you’re there. 



It’s all happening on:

  • June 6-10-2022

  • Register to attend the private “Startup Biz” Facebook group

  • No particular time: Come each day when you can

What   exactly   are   you   waiting   for?


The time is NOW!

Click on this link and grab your seat. 

Hope to see you there!


For more information about Cheryl Phan:

Business Facebook:






You Tube:

Artzy Fartzy Creations website:





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