Artist, Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster Is Featured At Weisman Community Center In Delray Beach. Meet The Artist February 23 And View “50 Years Of Making Art”

Artist Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster is featured at the Shirley and Barton Weisman Community Center in Delray Beach, in a retrospective exhibit, “50 Years of Making Art”.  The exhibit is a radical exploration of the mediums, techniques, and narratives of the artist.  Shooster will be presenting an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 23. The free event is open to the public and the exhibit will be on view through March 3.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  




Shirley & Barton Weisman

Delray Community Center

7091 W. Atlantic Avenue          Delray Beach, FL 33446




Fine  Artist,   Stephen  ‘Shoosty’  Shooster



“50   Years   of   Making   Art”

Meet the Artist Reception/Artist Talk:

Saturday, February 23

4-6 pm

Exhibit runs Now through March 3, 2019


Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Closed Weekends and Holidays with exception of Artist Reception

For more information:  561.558.2149


Sculpture, “Warrior Looking Left” by Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster




A prolific artist in multiple mediums, Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster is eager for viewers to understand the background of each of his art pieces.  From sculpture, to painting, to digital art, the story brings even more life to these artworks!


Shooster tells The Rickie Report, “Creating harmony out of chaos is a driving factor in my artwork. I thrive on movement, activity and especially music. Painting allows me to share the beauty I see in nature combined with my mind’s eye. The simple act of painting slows my mind to let it rest. In this way, chaos and calm become interdependent and bring balance to my life and my work”.


“My media changes according to the pace at which I wish to work. I keep many projects in motion at the same time. I stagger the works according to completion times ranging from hours and days to months and years. It takes long periods of time to get the big projects completed. Big projects need time to dry between coats, and patience to resolve composition, form, and colors. It helps to have small wins along the way to keep your mind sharp and cheerful”.



He explains, “I’m constantly evolving, experimenting with the latest technology while on a daily basis experiencing the hand tools and materials used by the Masters. It is critical to understand the nature of different forms of paint, brushes and skills when approaching technology. Every medium, as well as what I listen to and what is happening in my life, affects what ends up on the canvas, especially the dog hair if I’m not careful”. 

Most of Shooster’s work starts with an intimate drawing. He uses standardized on 14” x 20”, Fabriano, Acquarello, cold pressed, 100% cotton, grana fina, 140 lbs. watercolor paper. “It may sound quirky, but I always cut the last inch of the watercolor paper off, so I end up using 14” x 19” sheets, a size that feels right to me. I start by drawing whatever I see. Musicians are my favorite models. I look at my subjects very carefully while drawing. I pay extra attention to the lighting, especially the nuances that happen to occur. There is always something that I didn’t expect. I believe you can’t really see what you’re looking at until you try to draw it. It takes patience, but if you take the time, you will be rewarded. Whatever you are looking at, in time, will unpeel itself and reveal its essence”.



“After the initial drawing, I intentionally practice letting go to see where my mind can take it. My inspiration might be anything. I continuously study all kinds of art and visit museums the world over.  As a seasoned artist, I can also lean upon an extensive personal library of completed works and concepts for ideas. For instance, I recently did a drawing of trees with Spanish Moss hanging over them in North Florida. The following day I went to a music concert, brought the same drawing pad and did a drawing of the musicians on top of that landscape, then I integrated the two. The result is a dreamscape, called Gypsy Tears”. (



This exhibition features Shooster’s original artwork as a detailed overview of the artist’s portfolio from the last few decades. Shooster’s bold use of color, brazen brush strokes and surreal sculptural composition explore the artist’s inspirations ranging from his Jewish heritage and studies, to the impact of music and his unique personal perspective.




Shooster says, “Art is fundamentally about exploration. Through my life’s work, I bring the realm of possibilities to the forefront of my mind. This exercise loosens my thinking, like yoga for the body, so that when I approach a problem, I keep the solutions broad. It makes a big difference to approach challenges in your life with an open mind. By imbuing my lifelong love for learning into each creation, I create my work to inspire. If I had to describe my work in one word I would use the verb, ‘curative,’ meaning, ‘to make better,’ as in, let’s make the world better”.



While Shooster’s influence hones in on cultural history and primitive aesthetic, his evolving practice is anything but stagnant. Utilizing today’s advancement in technology as a medium in and of itself, the artist showcases with a mix of handcrafted skills and digital innovation.  



Stephen Shooster, known as ‘Shoosty’ was born in 1958 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Architecture, in 1986 at the University of Florida.  Shooster has enjoyed a successful corporate career by day and a prolific painting career by night.  He is also the author of ‘The Horse Adjutant’, a story about a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, and is featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Art.




You can see more of his work at​



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Cultural Council Of Palm Beach County Presents Bernice Harwood “Retrospective” Exhibition

Bernice Baumel Harwood, an artist since childhood, attended The McDowel School of Art in NYC and became a fashion illustrator. In 1944 Bernice entered the U.S. Navy as a WAVE, she served in the Hospital Corps and was trained as an Acrylic Eye Illustrator at Bethesda Naval Hospital MD, one of only eight in the country. Stationed at San Diego Naval Hospital, CA., she matched the existing eye for the men that lost their eyes in battle, by painting the iris in watercolor. Over the decades, Bernice has explored different art media and techniques, all with great success. Her award-winning artwork is part of numerous private and corporate collections. This Rickie Report article celebrates Bernice’s SOLO Retrospective Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County‘s gallery.  We urge you to stop in and see the breadth of Bernice’s artistic talent!





B e r n i c e      H a r w o o d

“R E T R O S P E C T I V E”

 December 19, 2015 -January 16, 2016






“Elizabeth,NJ” by Bernice Harwood




Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

The Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building
601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Phone: (561) 471-2901  Fax: (561) 687-9484

Public Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday


There is free, 4-hour parking along Lake Worth’s Downtown streets. There is also a public parking lot on the east side of “L” Street, across from the Cultural Council’s building.






bernice harwood

Bernice Harwood

Bernice Baumel Harwood, an artist since childhood, studied art in high school, and then attended The McDowel School of Art in NYC and became a fashion illustrator. In 1944 Bernice entered the U.S. Navy as a WAVE, she was in the Hospital Corps and was trained as an Acrylic Eye Illustrator at Bethesda Naval Hospital MD. There were eight illustrators stationed around the country. She was stationed at San Diego Naval Hospital, CA., where she matched the existing eye for the men that lost their eyes in battle by painting the iris in watercolor. She worked with a dentist, a Commander who was involved in the total process. This allowed the men to have an eye that looked quite natural.




“Lagoon” by Bernice Harwood, Etching




After marriage, with two daughters, Bernice went back to college, Hofstra University, L.I. N.Y. She graduated Cum Laude with High Honors in Fine Arts and a B.S. in Art Education. She then went on to study for her Master’s Degree in Special Ed. Bernice has studied with many well-known art teachers, Jacob Lawrence ,David Shapiro, Ruth Leaf, Moses Sawyer, Anthony Toney, Frank Varga and more.




“Lily Pond” by Bernice Harwood




Bernice was a member of the Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington, NY, and President for two years. She has exhibited in museums, galleries and universities. Bernice is a member of The National Association of Women Artists since 1983 and a past president of the Florida Chapter, as well as a Signature Member of The Boca Raton Museum, Artists Guild in Delray Beach, FL. She is also listed in the 9/11 Memorial Artists Registry for a Sculpture, Ground Zero and Rebirth.





“Les Femmes” by Bernice Harwood, Monoprint





Bernice tells The Rickie Report, ” As a painter, I turned to multiples within the graphic medium. I found the challenge of the surprise, working with the existing results exhilarating. It is exciting to work with various techniques in etching to achieve the impression and mood I wish to evoke. These works are primarily representational. Then I found the Monoprint, with its spontaneity, use of textures and vibrant color and more abstract forms. I have incorporated some of the feeling of my Monoprint in my etchings. I am now working with watercolors, and using some of the same feelings and techniques that I used in printmaking”.




“Lady Of The Lake” by Bernice Harwood, Etching




Bernice Harwood’s artwork is in many private, corporate and permanent collections and has won many awards. Bernice is in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in America.





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Laurie Snow Hein Is Featured Artist At Wellington Art Society Meeting

The Wellington Art Society will hold the last meeting of the season on May 13, 2015. The public is invited to the Meet and Greet, followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting. The demonstration for the evening will be presented by Laurie Snow Hein, a well known Florida-based artist. Laurie’s style is “Old World Realism”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few images of Laurie’s artistry.  The Wellington Art Society is a nurturing group and offers numerous opportunities to its members to display and sell their art as well as network with other artists.





Invites You To A

Presentation by


Laurie Snow Hein

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

6:30 pm

 Bootz Culture Camp

420 State Road 7    Suite 120 

Wellington, FL



Laurie Snow Hein is published and licensed world wide as an award winning artist and illustrator. Her painting style is “Old World Realism” which is highlighted in her Southern landscapes, Everglades, tropical plants and seascapes. Her paintings are alive with vibrant color and light. She is also known for her creative portraits of children, animals and adults which seem to capture the personality of the subject. Laurie also teaches art classes, conducts workshops and displays her art in the top festivals throughout the country.



Artwork by Laurie Snow Hein

Artwork by Laurie Snow Hein






Laurie’s art work appears in open and limited edition prints with a large following. Her designs have been licensed for home decor and gift products for such companies as Current Inc., Home Interiors, Mohawk Home, Leanin’ Tree, Conimar, Weavetec, and Home Interiors Inc. You can find her licensed products in WalMart, Target, Cracker Barrel, and specialty shops of all kinds. She is a successful oil painter, illustrator, art instructor, portrait artist and a member of the Atlanta Portrait Society and the Portrait Society of America. Laurie is also listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of American Women. She has painted executuve portraits for institutions such as Furman College, Palm Beach Atlantic College and St Vincent Hospital. Avon Company commissioned her to paint the Mothers Day 2009 Plate which completely sold out. Her newest collection, “Freedom’s Spirit”, was started to raise awareness of the plight of an American heritage…the wild mustangs of America. When this collection has 30 completed images, there will be public shows held, with the sale of the images being donated to various Wild Horse Funds.  Laurie has illustrated numerous books.  Please visit her website for more details:





The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization celebrating its 35th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. 

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