WITVA Announces Calls For Artists For 2 Events: Artisan/Crafters Wanted For Boutique February 8 At Morton’s Steak House Boca Raton, Fine Artists Wanted For “20/20 Vision Exhibition At South Side Cultural Arts Center In Ft. Lauderdale March – April.

WITVA, Women In The Visual Arts is sharing two exciting Calls To Artists!  Artisans/Crafters are invited to participate in their annual Fundraiser for scholarships on Saturday, February 8 at Morton’s Steakhouse in Boca Raton. All categories are open except jewelry, which has been filled. WITVA is looking for fine artists for a separate exhibition in the newly renovated and reopened historic South Side School, which is now serving the community as the South Side Cultural Arts Center. The “Best in Show” winning artist will be awarded $500 and a solo exhibition opportunity! The exhibition is open to all artists working in all hangable art media, including but not limited to painting/drawing, printmaking and photography.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to apply now!  WITVA is a fabulous artist networking organization which offers its members several opportunities to learn, explore the visual arts, and connect with other artists.  

















Please Note: Jewelry Category has been filled.  

 Please RSVP to Sandyryter@comcast.net to reserve a sale table!






“20/20 VISIONS”




Friday, March 6

6 – 8 PM




Application and Digital Deadline – February 3

Notification of Art Acceptance by February 15

Take-In – Week of February 17-21, 9:00 – 9:00 PM

Reception – March 6, 6-8 PM

Take-Down- Week of April 27-May 1, 9:00 – 9:00 PM


 Step 1: Complete this application by February 3.
o Submit by mail or online if paying by credit card.

 Step 2: Pay entry fee of $35 for WITVA members or $40 for non-members by February 3.

o To pay by credit card and submit your application Click Here or go to:


o To pay by check,

 Make check made out to WITVA and mail with completed application to: 20/20 Visions

c/o South Side Cultural Arts Center 701 South Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33316

 Step 3: Submit your work.
o Email JPEG images of your work to 2020witvavisions@gmail.com by February 3. o Put in the email subject line: 20/20, Your Last Name (example: 20/20, SMITH)
o The digital image should only be of the art (all other items cropped out of photo):
o Label each JPEG image: 20.20_Your Last Name_ Title of Piece
o In the body of your email let us know if you paid by check or by credit card.

WITVA “20/20 Visions” exhibition non-refundable entry fee for up to 2 entries. 12 – 15 entries will be selected to be in the show in a double blind jury process.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: The undersigned hereby agrees to release and discharge WITVA, its directors and members, the South Side Cultural Arts Center, its directors and staff, from any responsibility for damage or loss of any kind, on all works submitted for the “20/20 Visions” exhibition. I am aware that a 10% commission will be taken on any sale of my artwork made during the exhibition to the WITVA Scholarship Fund._________________________________________________Date________________

Artist Signature

Name:_____________________________________________________________________ Email:_________________________________ CELL PHONE:____________________________


Artwork 1 TITLE:________________________________ Medium:_______________________________ Size: H___________ W__________
Price: _____________

Artwork 2 TITLE:___________________________________ Medium:_________________________________ Size: H___________ W__________
Price: _____________




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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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Jim Campbell Is Featured Artist At Spanish River Gallery

Well-known artist, Jim Campbell, will be showing his oil paintings and acrylic paintings in the Friends Art Gallery at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton. This collection will include favorites from his travels abroad and some still-life compositions completed in his studio.  This Free Exhibit is Open to The Public during regular hours from May 8th through June 25th.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and the details.






Fine  Art  by  Jim  Campbell



May 8 – June 25, 2016



Friends Art Gallery

Spanish River Library & Community Center


1501 NW Spanish River Blvd.      Boca Raton, FL 33431


Free Event




Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday noon – 6:00 p.m.


JimCampbellItalia 22 x 28 Acrylic

“Italia” By Jim Campbell





A World War II Army veteran, Jim used the GI Bill to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated in 1953 and embarked upon a 30-year career as an interior decorator.  He was also a classical music radio announcer and a travel tour manager. Jim went to night school to study languages and is fluent in conversational French, German, Italian, and Spanish.




JimCampbellMostar Bridge II 24 x 30 Oil

“Mostar Bridge II” by Jim Campbell




Jim is a member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and a former member of the Delray Art League, where he served three years as Membership Committee Chair. He is a former member of the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild, the Lake Worth Art League and the Naples Art League.


JimCampbellchinese painting

“Chinese Painting” by Jim Campbell





Jim Campbell tells The Rickie Report, “Although I have done many things in my life, painting is my passion”! Jim’s style is colorful, somewhat impressionistic and reflects old world charm.




JimCampbellWhat a View 20 x 24 Acrylic

“What A View” by Jim Campbell



As a result of his worldwide travels and painting “on the go,” Jim’s paintings are hanging in private homes and businesses all over the world. He has had several one-man exhibitions at the former Governors Club in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton City Hall, Science of the Mind, Sugar Sand Park Community Center, The Harid Conservatory, James A. Rutherford Community Center and the Delray Beach Library.



JimCampbellPewter Plate 18 x 24 Acrylic

“Pewter Plate” by Jim Campbell





He has also participated in various juried shows with the Boca Raton Artists’ Guild, WITVA, NLAPW and the Delray Art League.  Jim also has two paintings on permanent display at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital – one in the Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute and one in the Lynn Cancer Institute.


JimCampbellMoulin Rouge 24 x 24 Oil

“Moulin Rouge” by Jim Campbell



For more information about Fine Art by Jim Campbell
561-213-5307 (Cell)  Jim471927@gmail.com

To see more of Jim’s paintings
Visit  www.fineartamerica.com   Click on “Artist”



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Bobbin Salisbury Offers Demo At Next Wellington Art Society Meeting – New Comers Are Welcome

Bobbin (aka Marilyn) Salisbury is an artist and instructor of Fine Art, FUN Art besides being a published Author and Art Illustrator.  The Wellington Art Society welcomes one of their own to present a demonstration at their next monthly meeting on January 14th.  The public is welcome as well as new and emerging artists.  The Rickie Report knows you will enjoy Bobbin’s artwork and personality.  This is a great opportunity to network with other artists! 










Wednesday, January 14th




Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd.    Wellington, FL



The Wellington Art Society membership meeting will be held on January 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Wellington Community Center. There will be a meet and greet, followed by a brief meeting and a watercolor demonstration by Bobbin Salisbury.



Bobbin Salisbury with one of her paintings

Bobbin Salisbury with one of her paintings



Bobbin is a well known local watercolor and acrylic artist. She began as a self taught artist but later studied at the Armory Art Center, the Women of Visual Arts (WITVA) Studio in Delray Beach, private lessons and workshops with well-know artists.


Bobbin's "Water Lily", inspired by a trip to the

Bobbin’s “Water Lily”, inspired by a trip to the NY Botanical Gardens’ Monet Exhibit


As a child Bobbin began using oils but later switched to watercolors because of the quick drying time and easy cleanup. Her love of boats and the sea came from her Dad taking her down to the docks and dreaming about owning a boat someday. Her paintings are displayed in the Wellington Community Center and City Hall Gallery. She recently had a three month SOLO exhibit at the Wellington Whole Foods Gallery. She won an honorable mention at the summer Art of Association Exhibit at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.



Bobbin's "Docked"

Bobbin’s “Docked”, inspired by the Boat Dock in Montauck, NY


Bobbin tells The Rickie Report, “The Ocean can bring your senses to a wonderful place. When I feel the sand under my feet, smell the salty air, hear the thunder of the surf, or see the rolling waves, my spirit immediately experiences the peace only nature can give. Through this peace I have been inspired to share my ability to use paint brush, paper, paint & of coarse water to create my artwork. The serenity and peace I feel melts my spirit and my personal peace into all my creations”.



Bobbin's "Silly Selma"

Bobbin’s “Silly Selma”

Bobbin illustrated a book with Deborah Desser Herchan, “Mumbo Jumbo” (seen below) and has authored and illustrated her own book, “Silly Selma” (seen above).  She is working on the next book in the “Silly Selma” series.


Illustration by Bobbin Salisbury “Mumbo Jumbo”


Bobbin teaches Beginning and Intermediate traditional watercolor classes as well as wet on wet techniques in my home, at Jerry’s Artarama in West Palm Beach and at Art & Sea Living Studio.  While she teaches mostly watercolors, she does have a few Acrylic students, learning the basics of painting.


"Fractured Palms" by Bobbin Salisbury

“Fractured Palms” by Bobbin Salisbury


Bobbin also teaches Fun art!  “Paint-A-Party” is class where each student completes a painting in two hours.  She says, ” Come to my classes and you will see. The beauty of the underpainting just creates the most vivid transparencies. The Glazing becomes a natural technique which you can use in any other type of technique!!”  Additionally,Bobbin actively creates ATC (Artist Trading Cards) and Altered Journal books.


"Roots" by Bobbin Salisbury

“Roots” by Bobbin Salisbury   This may become the center of Bobbin’s “Family Tree”


Please contact Bobbin (aka Marilyn) for more information:

(561) 762-8654 or e-mail at bobbinsartwork@aol.com 


Bobbin’s work can be found at Palm Beach Home Interiors Art & Design in Lake Worth as well as other venues.  For more information please visit: www.Bobbinsartwork.com

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 34th 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. For further information visit wellingtonartsociety.org
or wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com




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Patricia Maguire, the Artist Behind The Scene of 2014’s “Savor the Avenue”

Patricia Maguire’s painting was chosen by the Delray Downtown Development Authority as the official poster for 2014 “Savor The Avenue” celebration on March 27th.  The goal of Savor the Avenue is to showcase Downtown Delray Beach’s diverse collection of restaurants in a fun and unique way – one of the nation’s longest dining tables on one street!  All proceeds from the sale of Patricia’s poster and the original painting will go toward building the Delray Beach Pavilion.  The Rickie Report is pleased to introduce you to Patricia’s colorful and insightful work!  



Meeting Patricia Maguire


"Delray Image" by Patricia Maguire

“Delray Image” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia Maguire has been painting in Palm Beach county for 30 years.  “Delray Image” captures the essence of Delray Beach’s “Savor The Avenue” celebrations with vibrant colors.  All proceeds from the sale of her posters and the original painting will go toward the building of the Delray Beach Pavilion which is part of the beach beautification effort.  For more information about Savor the Avenue please contact The Downtown Development Authority at 561-243-1077.




“Grace” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She tells The Rickie Report, ” I consider myself fortunate to have learned about art from some very good teachers, beginning with the classical masters at museums and galleries in Buenos Aires as a child. Later, while living in Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, I was exposed to modern and vibrant art everywhere I turned”. 


"Amor Loco" by Patricia Maguire

“Amor Loco” by Patricia Maguire



We can see that Patricia has the ability to capture not only the natural beauty of a scene, but also its emotion. Her formal art education began at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art and continued with some Master level classes at Syracuse University. She also holds an MBA from FAU.


Patricia Maguire

Patricia Maguire, plein air painting at Jupiter Lighthouse

“South Florida has been my home now for over 30 years. I am the recipient of numerous awards for my oil, acrylic and enamel paintings and my work has been exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Cornell Museum in Delray Beach  and other art venues throughout South Florida. My paintings hang in galleries in Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale , New York, Cleveland, as well as in private and corporate collections in Brazil, Venezuela, Canada and throughout the USA”, she tells us.


"Evening Stroll" by Patricia Maguire

“Evening Stroll” by Patricia Maguire



Patricia’s paintings reflect her passion to capture light and shadows.  She teaches at the Delray Beach Center For The Arts and is a Signature Member of the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Delray Art League, the Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA), The American Society of Impressionist Painters. Patricia is also the founder of the Florida ‘Scape Artists.  Beyond the beauty of South Florida, she sketches and takes photographs for later reference wherever she travels. 


"View From Chair 17" by Patricia Maguire

“View From Chair 17” by Patricia Maguire


Patricia’s recent exhibition highlights include: Art Expo New York 2013, Red Dot Miami 2012 and The Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists’ Guild Biennial Show 2011.  When not on location, she paints out of her studio in Delray Beach.


"A Bridge in Florence"

“A Bridge in Florence” by Patricia Maguire


Patricia Maguire’s artwork has been included in numerous Publications, including:  Explore Palm Beach (Issue 1, 2013, Cover Photo),  Travel Host Magazine ( Spring 2013, page 32, Full page article),  Our Art, 2013 – Boca Raton Museum of Art (ISBN 978-1-4675-5749-8  page 50),  The Artist Showcase (Winter 2012, page 98, Full page article),  The Artist Showcase ( Fall 2012, pages 64-65 ),  Florida ‘Scape Artists  – A Collection Of  Plein Air Paintings (2011),  Art & Culture Magazine (Spring 2011 “Boca Bacchanal Art Competition Winner”, page 73),  Atlantic Ave Magazine (June 2011 “First Avenue Studio – Work In Progress”  page 90),  www.atlanticavemagazine.com and  A World Of Artists – Michael Joseph Publishing – 2010, page 99.


"Morning Breeze" by Patricia Maguire

“Morning Breeze” by Patricia Maguire



For more information about Patricia Maguire’s paintings or classes  please call 561-716-5686.  Please visit  www.patimaguire.com     or   www.facebook.com/patimaguirespaintings   or Fineartamerica.com/profiles/Patricia-Maguire.html



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Eva Newermann Presents “The Magic is Inside You”; Shares New ePublication with Illustrations

The public is invited to the Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA) meeting to hear Eva Newermann, international traveler, author and painter.  Born in Norway, Eva, will share her experiences and insights as she traveled the globe.  Eva believes we all have some special qualities, or “magic” inside us – we just have to explore or get that little push, to find it. In addition to her “Speed Painting” techniques presentation, Eva will also share a few chapters of her newest eBook “Fear is in the Air”, which she wrote and illustrated.  The Rickie Report urges you to meet Eva.  Her enthusiasm is catchy! In addition, Eva will be at the Pen Women Extravaganza in March.  All the details are in this article.






Women in The Visual Arts

invites you to spend an afternoon with

Eva Newermann

“Speed Painting” Techniques


Finding the “Magic” inside all of Us

Friday,  February 21st    Noon – 3 pm

Sugar Sand Park

300 South Military Trail, Boca Raton

This Event is Free and Open to The Public





“Prekestolen” “Pulpit Rock” a Popular Tourist Site in Norway (Photo by Leo-seta)


 TRR: You’ve traveled the world.  How did you become a writer?



I was born in Stavanger, Norway.  Because of all the stories my Dad told me about the universe, stars and planets, I was always fascinated with flying. When I got older I became a flight attendant!  I also joined an astronomy club in Norway. After years of listening to the professors and astrophysicists I one day told them, “You know what?” It is very difficult to understand all these things going on in the universe. I think I will write a children’s book about our planets. Something everybody will understand.”
Acrylic Painting by Eva N

“Winter Scene” by Eva Newermann

Inspired by my career as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines (TWA), I created the alter ego Ewa.  I am still traveling the world, meeting interesting and famous individuals, some of whom come to life as characters in FEAR IS IN THE AIR.  Many of the incidents in the book are based on real-life experiences and result in a cliffhanger ending.


"Images" by Eva

“Images” by Eva

Two years later ,in 2009, my first book “Universet som et maleri” ( Digital.no) was published.  When I read a book, I like to learn something, escape to another world, have some action and a lot of humor helps, too.  In the 60’s and 70’s I was living in Hollywood, CA, working as a model and a flight attendant.  I met a lot of movie stars and other interesting people through my travels.
Eva, as a model, in the 1960's

Eva, as a modeling Hollywood (1960’s)

My sister, Lillian and I really enjoyed the TV serial “Dexter”. I thought it would  be fun to write a ” mock biography” about a female flight attendant serial killer. I could tell all these crazy stories, that actually happened, when I was flying!  That’s how ” FEAR IS IN THE AIR” was born.
Eva and her Cosmos

Eva and her Cosmos

I completed the first in a trilogy of sci-fi thrillers, “Fear is In The Air” ( Amazon.com)  The main character, Ewa Lowe, is a blithe, spirited, female serial killer – with alien DNA.   FEAR IS IN THE AIR will captivate the reader as Ewa travels the world: Egypt, Norway, England and the USA.  This novel combines humor and action. Ewa falls in love with astrophysicist Adam Skai, who has an intriguing and mysterious (and alien) past.  He will change her life forever.
Painting by Eva Newermann

Painting by Eva Newermann

I have a lot of my own paintings and pictures in the book. Because of that and all the research, it took me three years to finish. I would say that 90% of all the stories in “FEAR IS IN THE AIR” are true. So, if it hadn’t been for all the darn murders- it could have been a real biography !
"Speed Painting" with Eva

“Speed Painting” with Eva





TRR:  Tell us more about “The Magic Is Inside You” and “Speed Painting”


I spend all my winters in Delray Beach, FL. The Women in The Visual Arts in Boca Raton has invited me to do a presentation I call : ” The Magic is Inside You !” I will give a lecture on my new e- book and then, I’ll paint ( acrylic) for half an hour. “Speed Painting” is showing different painting techniques. If you go to my website: EvaNewermann.com you can see a short film of me painting.
Among my hobbies are art, astronomy, bridge and dancing, but lately I have concentrated on writing.  I have published, in Norway, a book for young readers about the universe, illustrated with my own illuminative paintings of the cosmos.  This has led to book signings, lectures, and opportunities to educate students about the universe. I’m also currently writing a sequel to FEAR IS IN THE AIR.
Book Cover by Eva

Book Cover by Eva


Fear Is In The Air


Ewa Lowe, a strikingly beautiful flight attendant, is a sociopath, a serial killer.  She is charming, witty and deadly.  A world traveler who kills the night before leaving the country, she is so organized, so tidy, that she leaves no clue. Oh, she always has a good reason to kill.  At the age of ten, Ewa was raped and her parents murdered.  This triggered her hatred for brown-eyed men.  At 23, she killed her rapist. After that, her victims, in addition to offending her for one reason or another, have brown eyes.











 Art-Ex invitation


Or contact Eva at:  Blondevita@hotmail.com Home 561-4960431 Cell 561-7153786



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Dorothea Talik Shows During Art Basel at “Endangered” Exhibit

The Rickie Report saw Dorothea Talik’s artwork and recommended she apply for the “Endangered” Exhibit, taking place in Miami during the prestigious Art Basel exhibition.  A community based artist, Dorothea has a flair for interpreting seascapes, landscapes and Florida birds.  More details about the “Endangered” exhibit and Dorothea’s artistry are in this article.  Kudos to Dorothea!!

Dorothea Talik


Participates in



Miami Rum Club

December 5 – 7, 2013

2320 North Miami Avenue

(Wynwood Art District)   

Miami, FL


Dorothea Talik will be showing one of her oil paintings during Art Basel Week in Miami, in one of the many exhibitions that run alongside Art Basel, the grande dame of American art fairs.  The exhibition, “Endangered,”  has its focus on endangered species and the environment. This show runs from Dec. 5 to 7th in a special gallery space at Miami Club Rum, 2320 North Miami Avenue, in the Wynwood Art District. 


“Ruffled Feathers”


“Ruffled Feathers”  is an oil painting on canvas of the Snowy Egret, the beautiful and delicate wading bird.  She tells The Rickie Report,   “ I chose this exquisite bird for a couple of reasons.  It is a familiar sight in my Palm Beach Gardens community, a residential development with a preserve setting that is also an Audubon Signature Gold Medallion Sanctuary.  And, along with its cousin, the Great Egret, the Snowy was on the brink of extinction in the late 1880’s, slaughtered by the millions by plume hunters who sold the brilliant white feathers to decorate ladies’ hats.  If not for the  grassroots zeal of two Boston socialites intent on saving the birds (and kick-starting conservation laws and the National Audubon Society in the process), this stunning egret would be gone.”  



“A New Day”



 Dorothea goes on to explain, “I love photographing and painting birds. I’m very excited about being part of this show!   I have been painting for almost fifteen years and have transitioned from watercolors to oils.  I love oils for their vibrancy and fluidity and never tire of creating”.


"Riding the Waves"

“Riding the Waves”



Dorothea is a member of several Art Associations, including the Lighthouse ArtCenter and the North County Art Association.   She maintains a space at  The Village Art Studios in Tequesta at Gallery Square North,  377 Tequesta Drive.  That’s where you will find her most Thursday mornings and other days of the week from time to time.   She describes the studio as a “room of my own, a home away from home where I can fulfill my desire to create”.



"Children of the Masa"

“Children of the Masa Tribe”


Her passion for art began as a young girl on Long Island while watching the syndicated television program “Learn to Draw”, led by the self-taught artist, John Gnagy.  She sketched whenever she had the opportunity.  Like so many other women of her generation, the ensuing years were filled with raising a family, sustaining a career, and developing as a person.  After retirement from her professional life in the dental field, Dorothea decided to take formal art classes and studied with a watercolorist in Stony Brook, NY, who not only taught but also exhibited around the United States.


"Lady in Yellow"

“Lady in Yellow”


“As the years passed, I needed a change and was drawn to the vibrancy and fluidity of oils.  I prefer using a variety of my photos for reference in my compositions as well as what I see in my imagination.  I love the contrast of lights and darks. Currently a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, I continue to take classes and have my own studio space in Tequesta at the Village Art Studios in Gallery Square North.  The studio is a cooperative working studio and gallery situated next  door to the Lighthouse Art Center.   I continue to be passionate about my art, looking for new avenues to challenge my need to create…,” Dorothea shares.




Dorothea has been featured in a number of exhibits:  

  • Miami – “Endangered”- Miami Club Rum during Art Basel Week, Wynwood Art District, December 5-7th, 2013
  • Jupiter Town Hall center –North County Art Association Show, October- November 12, 2013
  • Jonathan Dickinson State Park –  “Underwater” show, current
  • Creative Dimensions II- WITVA ( Women in the Visual Arts) January 19th – March 6th. 2013 Delray Beach Fl
  • Loxahatchee Visions Third Annual Art Contest, Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach Fl. Nov. 12th 2012– Jan. 13, 2013
  • The Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta.  All shows  2005 to present
  • Artists of Palm Beach County. Jupiter Town Hall Center  2010, 2009 and 2008
  • Coral Springs juried show sponsored by the Boca Museum, Boca Raton spring 2009
  • Artist in Residence Village Art Studios, Gallery Square North, Tequesta



For more information or to contact Dorothea, please email:  t.dorothea@yahoo.com , visit The Village Art Studios website    Thevillageartists.webs.com  or call 561- 351-1470


For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420





WITVA Invites You to Meet Myrna Rodkin and “Mr. Rogers”, Live Dog Model

March continues to be a busy month with many offerings through Women In The Visual Arts (Men are invited, too!) with an Open House, Classes, Workshops, meeting award-winning artist, Myrna Rodkin and a chance to have terrier, “Mr. Rogers” pose as a live model for portraits. The Rickie Report knows you won’t want to miss any part, so check out this article and mark your calendars!


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MARCH 10, 2013

1-4 PM







  • 2D – Michael Graber, Mixing color from Primary Colors only
  • 3D Phyllis C. Annunziato: Demonstration: Making earrings.

2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (NW 2nd Ave.) Boca Raton, Fl.

for information call 561 504-9143



 We are excited to invite the Public

WITVA March 15, 2012 Meeting

12PM – 2:30PM 

SUGAR SAND PARK, 330 South Military Trail, Boca Raton.

Women In The Visual Arts, Inc. College Graduate Scholarship Program : Since 1989 Women in the Visual Arts, Inc. has supported the efforts of women who are in the process of earning a Graduate Degree in Art.  At present, we are supporting talented candidates from Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University, who need help with tuition in order to complete their Masters in Art. 
A committee of WITVA members reviews each candidate’s references, qualifications and artist’s statements.The Finalists make an in person presentation of artwork before our members and guests. This presentation takes place at The March General Meeting of Women in the Visual Arts, at SUGAR SAND PARK, 300 South Military Trail, Boca Raton.
You will enjoy seeing what is happening in the world of young artists. After the review of the artwork, the Scholarship Committee determines the award winners.  WITVA also presents each winner with a one-year complementary membership to our organization. This gives each artist opportunities to enter our art exhibitions.  In this way, our graduates continue the WITVA mission to enhance the cultural life of our South Florida community.   All awards are presented to the winners at our Annual Spring Luncheon in April.
Our Chairperson for this program is our own WITVA member, MYRNA RODKIN, who will share some of her own artwork.

Childhood Memories by Myrna Rodkin

Childhood Memories by Myrna Rodkin

From Myrna’s earliest childhood memories, she always had a great love of nature.  While her girlfriends played “house”, she was busy exploring a nearby creek.  It wasn’t unusual for her to bring home tadpoles, salamanders, and crayfish as gifts for her family.  “At the age of six, my mother made me a member of the National Audubon Society’s Children’s Book of the Month club. I was fascinated by each book’s images of birds, insects, animals and flowers and am still maintain my membership in the Audubon Society,”she tells us.
Anhinga and Friend by Myrna Rodkin

Anhinga and Friend by Myrna Rodkin

Retiring to Florida in 1994, gave Myrna the opportunity to concentrate on bringing her love of nature and her love of photography together.  As a nature photographer, Myrna feels blessed to be living in South Florida.  The wildlife refuges and National Parks, and botanical gardens abound giving her something new and wondrous to behold and photograph.  Myrna states, “I feel privileged to be even a small part of that experience.  I once read in a fable, “The Little Prince”, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye.”  “It is my hope that what I have seen through my heart and captured with my camera, becomes visible through your eyes.”
Moonflower Morning Splendor by Myrna Rodkin

Moonflower Morning Splendor by Myrna Rodkin

Myrna has taken many classes at the Palm Beach Photographic Center and has studied with such acclaimed nature photographers as Helen Longest Slaughter, Arthur Morris, Darrell Gulin and Pat Gerlach.  Currently, Myrna is a student in Jack Wild’s Master Class at the Delray Beach Art Center.  She has won numerous awards in local juried competitions and has had her work on exhibit in In Focus, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, American Orchid Society, the 110 Gallery Delray Beach, the Boca Raton Museum of Art All Florida Juried Competition (2003-2004), Crest Theater, Highland Beach Library, The Armory, West Palm Beach and in Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton. “ The most thrilling moment I have had, Myrna said, “was being asked by the National Wildlife Refuge System to put my image of an Anhinga about to pop a fish in its mouth on their  Facebook page for captioning!” Myrna is a member of the Boca Raton Museum Artists Guild and Women in the Visual Arts, Inc.












AT THE WITVA ART CENTER 2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd. 2nd Avenue)

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Directions: It is between 28th Street and Spanish River Rd. on the east side of the street. It is next door to Gallery Seven #7

Michael Graber has been a working artist for over forty years; He studied at Queens College, New York. Adelphi University in Garden City, New York at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London. He has been a teacher for over twenty years, to both youth and seniors. His students have won national recognition. He has designed interiors, furniture, Fine and costume jewelry, and done set designs for musical theater. At present he has a small mural business and teaches full time during the day.

Michael believes everyone is creative, and can achieve painting and drawing skills with the right direction and philosophy. He never compares one persons skill to another, nor does he try to get an artist to paint in his style, but encourages all to be themselves, express themselves, and above all learn to see the world through the eye of a painter. There are great artists, but not all great artist can be a great teacher.

SATURDAY MORNING 9AM-­‐12PM  Michael Graber – 561 239-4949; 561852-0900  artistgraber@comcast.net




A Jewelry Class by  Phyllis C Annunziato

Thursdays 1 – 4 PM 

  $25.00 per Session – $115.00/5 sessions


At the WITVA Art Center        2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd #6      Boca Raton, FL. 33431

Experiment with many creative aspects of making jewelry, and. hopefully open your mind to new ideas.  The pieces that you created cannot be made by a machine, or found in a jewelry store or book. I will bring tools with me that will help achieve this, such as dowels, hammers and pliers, saws, etc.

I will supply Brass, Copper, NU-Gold (Silver may be purchased if desired).     If beads are desired student should bring them and/or anything they would like to include in the jewelry. BEADS AND STONES WILL BE AVAILABLE for purchase.

Please call: 561 504-9143     Send check to: Phyllis C. Annunziato, 2628 NW 64th Place   Boca Raton  Florida 33496 


JEWELRY CLASS REGISTRATION FORM (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY)Name_________________________________________________________________                               




Tel. Home ____________________________Cell Phone_____________________________



Class Title    “Jewelry Just for fun “   _____ Amount  $25.00 or $110.00         






 4)    Mr. Rogers will model

Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00-3:00 PM
Mister Rogers is a soft-coated wheaten terrier.
 They are medium in size.
They have a good disposition but one should remember that behind the soft fur and sweet disposition is a terrier
The breed is from Ireland and the dogs were used as sheep dogs.
Free for Members and  $10.00 for Non-Members.
Mr. Rogers modeled for us last year and was a wonderful treat! Come and join us at the WITVA ART CENTER for a SPECIAL EXPERIENCE!

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



WITVA Presents Dr. Wilma B. Siegel, Pioneer of Art and Medicine

February and March are busy months for anyone who is interested in art lectures, classes, workshops or trips.  WITVA (Women – and Men in The Visual Arts) has a full calendar of activities to choose from!  The Rickie Report knows you will enjoy any or all of these options!





 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 




300 South Military Trail

Boca Raton, Florida 

image-2Wilma Bulkin Siegel, M.D. graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and received her medical degree in 1962 at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.   She has had a distinguished career as a prominent oncologist in New York City. In her career she was a pioneer establishing one of the first Hospices in the state of  New York and one of the first to accept AIDS patients.  
In the capacity of Medical Director of that Hospice she was asked to give her expertise on AIDS to the Presidential Commission in Washington. Following her retirement she combined medicine with her other childhood career target, painting, by attending The National Academy of Design.
Dr. Siegel has become an award-winning artist recognized nationally for her series of people living with AIDS, Survivors of AIDS, The Changing Faces of AIDS (Seniors), Breast Cancer Survivors, The Homeless, and the Elderly. Dr. Siegel has exhibited throughout the country, particularly in connection with events involved with AIDS and Cancer. 
She has been featured on CNN television for her AIDS series and she has been elected into Who’s Who in American Art 2001. In the year 2005, April –October, she was 
featured in a one woman exhibition “Holocaust Survivors and Liberators” at The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Her current passion is to bring art into the medical field as an educational tool and a forum for healing. In this new field of art in medicine she has been  instrumental in creating a program at U of Miami in Florida and Columbia Medical Center in NY City to bring artists to work with patients and also to teach medical students to see in a different way. She is a member of the Advisory Council of  Columbia Medical Center, New York City and the School of Nursing Drexel University, Philadelphia. In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and was commencement speaker at Drexel University.


 MARCH 10, 2012

1-4 PM


For more information please go to our website www.WITVA.org
MARCH 21, 2013
Our trip to Miami was a sellout, so we are planning to have another!   We will visit Palm Beach, The Society of the Four Arts, the Ann Weaver Norton Sculpture Garden and the Studio of a famous portrait artist.  All museum entry fees are included.  Lunch at TESTA’s (on your own) in Palm Beach.  You don’t have to drive! WE HAVE A BUS!  From Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. $40.00 MEMBERS/$45.00 GUESTS Your check is your reservation.  Make out to WITVA and mail to P.O. Box 880668, Boca Raton, Florida 33488-0668  ATT:  Missy.  For more information please go to our website: www.WITVA.org




February 8, 22, 2013 OPEN STUDIO – 10:30 AM – 4PM
Paint From a Live Model  $15 Members/$20 Non-Members

Lola Lichman  Studio Sessions

 Monday & Wednesday
  1 – 5:00 PM
Come to Paint, Get Intensive Instruction or an Occasional Critique.  From Beginners to those who need a Space to Work.  Try New Mediums with the Help of an Experienced Instructor.  Learn the Secrets of Color Mixing & Palette Knife Painting.  Set Yourself Free!
$100 Per Month for Both Days  Call 561 394-6081  To Register


A Jewelry Class by

Phyllis C Annunziato

Thursdays 1 – 4 PM

        $25.00 per Session – $110.00/5 sessions

Experiment with many creative aspects of making jewelry, and. hopefully open your mind to new ideas.  The pieces that you created cannot be made by a machine, or found in a jewelry store or book. I will bring tools with me that will help achieve this, such as dowels, hammers and pliers, saws, etc.  I will supply Brass, Copper, NU-Gold (Silver may be purchased if desired).   If beads are desired student should bring them and/or anything they would like to include in the jewelry.  Beads and Stones will be Available  for purchase.

 Painting With Michael Graber

Saturday Morning  9:00AM- Noon

Michael believes everyone is creative, and can achieve painting and drawing skills with the right direction and philosophy.  He helps people express themselves and above all learn to see the world through the eye of a painter.    He never compares one persons skill to another, nor does he try to get an artist to paint in his style.  He encourages all to be themselves.  Register by calling 561-239-4949 or 561-852-0900  or artistgraber@comcast.net
All Classes , Meetings and Workshops Take Place at  THE WITVA ART CENTER
2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (NW 2nd Avenue) #6  Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Directions:  It is between 28th Street and Spanish River Rd. on the east side of the street.  It is next door to Gallery Seven #7


 If you need any further information or clarification, please contact  Phyllis C. Annunziatio at WITVA2000@aol.com


For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420