New Members Are Welcome To Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA): Engage In Lectures, Art Of Reading Club, Critiques, Exhibits, Community Outreach Activities And Networking

The Spirit of Togetherness is at the heart of Women In The Visual Arts!  WITVA is a strong organization that welcomes artists to grow and expand their interests and abilities in a nurturing environment.  Their ‘circle theme’ offers members a place to gather for companionship and education in a virtual setting.  Join the Art/Artist Book Club, enjoy a lecture, share ideas and inspirations with artists who work in similar mediums, enter an art challenge, or just enjoy socializing!  WITVA’s fundraising efforts support art scholarships and donate artwork to local hospitals and community centersWITVA looks forward to working with other organizations, to build a relationship that will benefit all of us. The Rickie Report shares an overview of WITVA and urges you to check out their exciting exhibit opportunities and so much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the nineteen eighties, Women In The Visual Arts, has been an organization for artists of South Florida as an important link for our surrounding art community including our neighboring art students. Our organization has gone through changes  but what remains is that we have always been an organization with “heart”. Our members tell us that the community knows us as, “A very friendly group of women”, Vice President Sandy Ryter tells The Rickie Report.  

She shares, “We are planning to exhibit; showing our painters, sculptures, fine crafters and decorative artists.  We have fund-raising activities, arrange group painting sessions and craft times, and create art works to donate to community centers, hospitals and other facilities”. Check out our latest newsletter for updated events and where you can see some of our members’ work (virtually for now). WITVA is looking forward learning about other organizations to build a mutually satisfying relationship that will benefit all of us.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA’s’  “circle theme” offers a place for members to gather for companionship and education

(virtual, fun, engaging)

 

 

 

 

 

Our Circle of Artists Meetings brings artists of like disciplines together for the opportunity to share their work and ideas with each other for inspiration!

Our “The Art Of Reading Book Club” brings our members and those of Artists of Palm Beach County together to read and discuss books of fiction and non-fiction about art and artists

Our WITVA Circle Lecture Series brings members together for an evening of a presentation about art and artists.

Our WITVA Circle Art Challenges such as our Black and White Challenge and our ‘She Inspires Me Challenge’ brings members together for virtual shows.

Our New Member Social Events brings our board and new members together to greet each other and to learn about our organization and how new members can become a part of what we do.

*In addition to our many social activities, we are a 501c3 and as such, we raise funds to grant scholarships and awards to deserving art students in our area. 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about us:   WITVA.Org

 

 

 

WITVA HOSPITALART Program

 

 

WITVA’s HOSPITALART Program is unique in South Florida. WITVA Artist members create colorful paintings and donate them free-of-charge to not-for-profit organizations in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Our art is anonymously created by many hands. Each canvas may be a complete painting in itself or grouped to create larger murals. A list of the many organizations served since 1999 is on our website. If you know of a deserving organization that would be interested in art work to help create a cheerful and interesting space, please contact us. Hospitals, clinics, shelters, nursing homes are examples of where we donate our HOSPITALART.  If you are interested in helping to create the art, contact us and we will contact you when we will resume our meetings.

For more information, you may contact our HOSPITALART please visit our website:  WITVA.org

 

 

 

UPCOMING      EXHIBIT      FOR      MEMBERS     ONLY

 

 

 

 

 

WITVA     AT     THE     LIGHTHOUSE     ARTCENTER

 

September 7 through October 30, 2021

 

This will mark our first, in-person exhibition following COVID. This opportunity is open to WITVA members. We invite you to join us!  For details about applying for membership and for this exhibit please visit:

 

WITVA.org

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOWS

Juried exhibitions for our Artist Members are held in a variety of venues throughout the year. 

Three fine art categories are considered:

1. Two Dimensional Art: This category includes drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and mixed media
2. Sculpture: This includes sculptures of stone, metal, wood, glass, clay, ceramic and fiber
3. Handmade Jewelry: This requires all jewelry pieces to be made by hand. Ready-made beads for example, are not accepted.

Application and information for download is available under the Membership tab at      WITVA.org.

RECEPTIONS  &  AWARDS

Artist Receptions are held for each event. Cash prizes and/or ribbons are awarded while attendees view the show, mingle and enjoy refreshment.

 

 

BECOMING A MEMBER:

 

 

Members shall be classified in one or five categories, namely: Artist Member, Life Member, Honorary Member, Associate Member and Adjunct Member. 

1. Artist Member: A women who has met all qualifications as stated in Article II, Section 1, and whose annual dues are paid up to date. This Artist Member may apply for exhibition in all shows. The Artist Member shall have all voting rights, privileges and benefits of membership. 

2. Life Member: An Artist Member may become a Life Member by paying a lump sum, designated by the Board, in a lump sum. A Life Member may apply for exhibition in all the shows.

3. Honorary Member: Past Presidents who have served two or more years shall be Honorary Members and shall maintain all voting rights and privileges without the payment of any further dues. Honorary Members may apply for all shows.

4. Associate Member: Any woman member of the general public who is interested in supporting the aims of WITVA is an Associate Member. This Associate Member may only apply for exhibitions in large, open juried shows as determined by the Board.

5. Adjunct Member: Friends and family members, male or female, may become an Adjunct Member as a supporter. This Adjunct Member may participate in general meetings, educational seminars and lectures, artist circles and other events as deemed appropriate by the Board. The Adjunct Member does not have voting privileges and is not eligible to hold office.

 

 

 

To learn even more about us, we invite you to visit WITVA.Org

 

 

 

WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  All Solicitations and donations are retained 100% by the organization. #SC-12388.  A Copy of the Official Registration and Financial Information May be Obtained from The Division of Consumer Services by Calling Toll-Free (800-435-7352) Within the State. Registration Does Not Imply Endorsement, Approval or Recommendation by the State.

 

 

 

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Spring Edition Of St. Lucie Art & Crafts Expo May 1-2 Offers Free Art Workshops, Fabulous Mother’s Day Shopping, And Chance To Meet The Artists As They Work

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) will greet the public at the St. Lucie Spring Edition Art & Craft Expo on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie.  Meet these 2D and 3D artists who call this area “home”, while they sell their  works around the US and the globe!  A special shout out to Latitude 88 show producer, Mike Strickland for championing the PSLAL and our cultural arts scene, as PSLAL gives back to the community!  You can participate in special FREE mini-workshopsPaint & Sip (adults 21 and older), a Vision Board, Abstract Collage ( all ages), and the Community Canvas Paint (all ages) during the Art Expo! This is the perfect time to shop for Mother’s Day and other upcoming celebrations!  The Rickie Report shares all of this information plus details about monthly meetings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At  MIDFLORIDA Credit  Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths         Live Music & Food

 

 

 

Join the Port St. Lucie Art League and feel the ENERGY!  By working together, League artists are empowering themselves to reach beyond to discover hidden talents!  Getting together at shows, zoom and League meetings, PSLAL’s busy calendar has connected its members – as one told The Rickie Report, “We are on FIRE and shining on! Our success is due to being innovative which has ignited a powerful energy within our organization. We are always trying new things which are inspiring and we thrive from all of our experiences. We are learning together and helping one another” PSLAL is grateful for the support of Mike Strickland, producer of Latitude 88 shows.   

 

 

 

ARTIST      SCHEDULE :

 

 

 

 

 

FREE      MINI-WORKSHOPS!

 

 

PAINT    &    SIP !

 

Join us this weekend for a fun time with local artist, Kevin Bryk, who will take you step by step through a featured painting!

Take home your very own masterpiece!  

Saturday, May 1st    1 – 2 pm  

Sunday, May 2nd    1 – 2 pm

 

RSVP: pslacontact@gmail.com

Visitors may also sign up at the Port St. Lucie Arts league non-profit booth located at the main entrance to the Expo.  

There will limited space for drop-ins.

Includes: 1 complimentary glass of wine.  Expo also offers a Full Bar.

 

 

 

Come, Sip & Paint with PSLAL!

 

 

Community  Canvas  Paint

 The  Midnight  Sun: 

Sunday morning, May 2    between 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.

 

 

 

 

Shapes & Color ~ Enjoy painting a part of the canvas using geometric shape and contrasting colors. The completed canvas panels will be joined together to create a mural installation. 

 

 

 Marcelo and Isabel Painting ( Close Up)

 

 

Abstract    Collage    or    Vision    Board:  

Saturday,  May 1     10 am – 12:30 pm

 

 

ABSTRACT  COLLLAGE:

 

Explore Forms & Colors through Collage using warm & cool colored decorative papers and geometric shapes.

 

VISION BOARD:     REFLECTION   *    FOCUS   *   LIVE   IT!

 

 

Quit looking in the rearview mirror!    Shine On! 
What inspires or motivates you?    Why do you do what you do every day?
Is it with purpose?     Are you living your PASSION?
 
Set an Intention: Choose images, words and positive affirmations to turn your dreams into Reality!
 You can Make it Happen!
All materials will be prepackaged. (NO sharing of materials).
Feel free to bring along your own treasures to embellish your creation.
 

For all art activities Covid Precautions will be followed, surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between art classes and painting.

 

 

 

Create a Vision Board with Marie

 

 

 

 

PSLAL     GIVING    BACK    TO   THE    

COMMUNITY :

PARTNERING    WITH    OUR    SCHOOLS

FREE   TO   BE!!!

FREE   TO   EXPRESS   YOURSELF!

In 2019, just before Covid hit us, the League connected with Windmill Point Elementary School to provide an art scholarship for young aspiring artist(s) to take an art class with formal instruction and to support their after-school art program. This after-school program was initially developed since the arts budgets were cut some years back, to support students who were interested to learn more about the arts and to express their creativity. At that time, PSLAL had also partnered with AC Moore to help support League art projects at the Expo as well as help Windmill Point with art supplies until AC Moore closed. 

 

 

Over one year later, PSLAL has reconnected with Windmill Point Elementary School in Port St. Lucie!  As the needs changed, the League is looking forward to creating an artist-in-residence program to facilitate a school-wide art project to kick off the school year in the fall. One of the League’s primary goals as the  benefiting organization of the PSL Arts & Crafts Expo was to give back to the community, especially to the children. PSLAL looks forward to giving a donation to Windmill Point Elementary School to provide an enriching art experience for all students in the next school year. 

 

 

Monthly       Meetings:

 

 

 

 

Join us via Zoom or in person for our monthly meetings!  Enjoy the camaraderie, networking with other like-minded creatives, and a demonstration!  Learn about a new technique, color, painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and so much more!

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm

 

 

Port St. Lucie Community Center    2195 SE Airoso Blvd.  Port St. Lucie, FL

 

Meetings are held in the banquet room and can accommodate 30 people.  Masks are required and Covid safe practices are followed.  RSVP is required to attend.   Zoom is provided as well.  RSVP: 772.323.1151

The mission of the Port St. Lucie Arts League is to advance, enhance and sustain our community’s cultural and artistic viability. Our membership works to develop cultural awareness and provide increased opportunities for community access to the arts.  Our league members are advocates for the arts and we promote quality, professionalism and diversity in our work. Our goals are to develop and sustain a membership of local artists, encourage networking, provide a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, and support, encourage and inspire one another’s artistic creativity.  The Port St. Lucie Art League works closely with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

 

Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website:pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 https://www.pslartsleague.org/

 https://www.artandcraftexpo.com/

 

 

Mike Strickland         ​Latitude-88, Inc.​

Tel: 866-611-0442

​Professional ​Event Production ​C​ompanies

 

 

 

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Old School Square Creative Arts School Is Offering Two Virtual Classes With Fran Mann Goodman- Blending Art History With Abstract Expressionism

Old School Square Creative Arts School is offering two virtual classes with innovative artist and teacher, Fran Mann Goodman.  Beginners Class (starts April 27) and Intermediate/Advanced Class (starts April 28) will blend art history with abstract impressionism. Over the four weeks, students will be exposed to famous as well as “forgotten” artists as they channel their own style into a painting.  The classes include critique and a generous serving of excitement and joy!  The Rickie Report shares the details for registration as well as some sneak peeks of former students’ artworks.  

 

 

 

 

 

FRAN   MANN  GOODMAN’S  

PAINTING   CLASS   IS   AN   EXTRAORDINARY

EXPERIENCE !

 

 

Fran offers two levels of classes at

Old School Square Creative Arts School:

 

 

 

BEGINNERS  Classes Start April 27

 

 

BEGINNERS  REGISTER  HERE:

 

The course is all about creating mood and emotion on the canvas through learning and experiencing experience in creative ways. Students have the freedom to let go and allow your inner artist to emerge, while exploring the lives and artistic styles of four famous abstract expressionists from the 40’s and 50s. They learn from their paintings, concepts of composition with an emphasis on color/value, balance, scale, and spatial relations. In demonstrations, they will be guided as to how to do color mixing and how to develop a layered and textured painting with acrylic paint and various mediums and applicators, which they can practice with at that same time.

Then each week, in their home, they “channel” the artists’ styles into their own painting.  After their painting is complete they send in a photo for a group critique the following week. If students need any guidance, they are free to contact Fran. During the course of the four weeks, they may be asked to watch certain movies and videos related to the artists.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED  

Classes Start April 28

 

 

 

 

 

This is a unique class that gives students familiar with abstract expressionism an opportunity to convert impressionism into expressionism. Over the course of four weeks, they explore the lives and artistic styles of four artists from different periods of time. With the aid of material emailed to them, they examine these artists’ paintings for composition and design. In demonstrations, they learn how to use unique mediums and applicators to develop dimension and texture. Then they “channel” these artists’ styles into their own expressionist painting, doing one painting every week. After their painting is complete they send in a photo for a group critique the following week. In between time, if students need any guidance, they are free to contact Fran. During the course of the four weeks, they may be asked to watch certain movies and videos related to the artists.

 

 

 

Fran Mann Goodman with one of her award winning paintings

 

Fran Mann Goodman is an award winning painter of abstract expressionism. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, the National League of American Pen Women where she is the cochair of the art program for the Florida branch; the Arts Student League, ArtServe, Broward Art Guild and a Signature Artist of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Fran serves on the board of the Delray Art League the Arts Education Fund Chair.  Fran received her formal training at Chouinard Art Institute (now CAL ARTS) where she worked in the style of representational art. As a student in the ‘60s, Fran was chosen to exhibit her paintings heavily texturized with spackling wall paste in galleries and furniture showrooms in LA. She had also received representation at a gallery in NJ.

 

CLICK  HERE  FOR  INTERVIEW  WITH  FRAN:

 

 

After college, due to a childhood trauma with her face, Fran applied her artistic skill to the makeup field where she built a thirty-year career inspiring women to see the “art” in their faces. Her unique aesthetic approach, coupled with her workshops, seminars, support groups, as well as widespread media exposure, earned her national and international recognition. She was featured on talk shows, women’s magazines and other print media including The New York Times. Fran did not paint during those years. Instead, she penned a memoir and two screenplays centered around her life story.

 

In 2013, Fran returned to painting after a bout with Lyme disease left her with arthritic fingers and the difficulty to continue writing. She began working in the style of Abstract Expressionism, preferring to create mood and emotion over defined images, infusing her paintings with pastes, sand, glosses, paper towels, and acrylic skins.  Since then, Fran’s paintings have been exhibited in over thirty galleries in New Jersey, the Chelsea district of Manhattan and Southern Florida, and are in private collection in the United States.

 

Fran enjoys painting and exhibiting but her passion is teaching. In 2013, she created, “NOT YOUR ORDINARY PAINTING CLASS,” which she has taught at a museum in New Jersey and in several locations in Florida. Fran is an invited lecturer and runs workshops and demonstrations in her craft across Florida. Both her paintings and her classes have been showcased in various Florida media.

 

 

 

Artwork by Student of Fran Mann Goodman

 

When asked why she teaches, Fran tells The Rickie Report, “Although I enjoy composing weekly curriculums and delivering the contents, it is not the reason I love to teach. I love to teach because of what my students give back to me…their faith and trust in me. Their approving nods while I’m in the process of explaining something, their warm smiles when they get it, their great eagerness to absorb what I suggest to them during their painting process, their pride and joy in their finished work. Although they will be painting on their own, I try to be there for them. In between classes, I make myself available for those who want additional guidance.

 

Some students start the first class skeptical about their ability and are nervous to put a single mark on a canvas so they work on the smallest size that is required, 16” x 20”. Then, in subsequent classes, I notice not only does their self-confidence and quality of their work grow, so does their desire to paint on larger canvases. By the end of the 4 weeks, often students are painting as big as 30” x 40”.

 

 

 

One of Fran Mann Goodman’s students at work

 

The students are usually adults who have never painted in abstract expressionism before. They don’t necessarily have any prior drawing or painting experience either. On the first day of class, I explain to them that they are not here to “make apples so real you can take bites out of them.” In fact, there is nothing they must or should do! There are no goals!, No mistakes! Students paint from their hearts, not from their heads. The paintings elicit feelings and emotions.

 

As far as the artists that we explore, I feel they are our teachers. We learn from their lives their struggles and successes and the lessons they have left behind. (I also share their “secrets,” things people might not know about them. Then no longer are they just a biography, but seemingly real people that “are right in the room” with us!)

 

 

Artwork by student of Fran Mann Goodman

 

To date, I have exposed students to over a hundred artists from Pollack to Rembrandt. For the beginners, at first I concentrate on the famous artists who started the expressionist movement from the 40’s and 50’s. Then as students take more and more classes we explore those who were considered “forgotten.”  For the intermediate/advanced class students study the impressionists in an attempt to channel their style into an expressionist painting of their own. Sometimes, in the process of exploring an artist’s life, students will be exposed to a movement or an institution they were involved with. For example, Kandinsky was a member of Der Blaue Reiter so we explored the movement as well.

 

The students and I form an amazing bond. Often former students will text me an image of a painting they have started on their own to ask for my opinion, or they will contact me to tell me about a gallery show or event I may be interested in. Some beginner students have been accepted into juried shows. I am planning a gallery exhibit for all level several students this fall.

 

 

 

Artwork by student of Fran Goodman

 

 

Here are some comments from Fran’s students:

 

  • “I am so happy to have met and attended Fran’s art classes. She has touched my soul with her gentle presence, her love of art, and intelligent observations. She has brought out a new and exciting awareness of color, lines, movement and values; unknown to me before.”

 

  • “Fran brings out the hidden artist in all of us with demonstrations by famous artists, color, theory, observations and discussion with music and laughter.”

 

  • “Thank you, Fran for stirring and waking up my sleeping artistic soul.”

 

  • “Thanks for blowing the lids off our minds by teaching your method! Think I was at a crossroads with painting the former way.

 

  • “I can’t begin to tell you how much of an impact you have made on my life I came to your class expecting nothing more than a pleasant version and an outlet for my grief with your help I have discovered something I love I have so much to learn but even though the process is sometimes painful for me I am glad to have your guidance to help me along in this journey you are a wonderful teacher and a special human being I am so glad I found you.”

 

More testimonies can be found on her website: www.franmanngoodman.com

 

For more information about these classes or to purchase her artwork:

Fran invites opportunities to do commissions, lectures, demos and private lessons.

If you are interested in taking one, you can register on her website at franmanngoodman.com.

Facebook page: Fran Mann Goodman’s Paintbox

Meetup.com: Not Your Ordinary Painting Class

Email: franspaintbox@yahoo.com

 

 

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2nd Street Art’s Opening Reception On Friday, April 16 Features Original Creations From 12 Artists. Put Your Name In For The Special Rickie Report Reader’s Free Raffle Drawing

Where should you look first at 2nd Street Art in Fort Pierce?  We’re not sure, but The Rickie Report knows there is a lot to look at!  The Friday Art Walk on April 16, offers you a glimpse of what Janet Bird Fuller and Diane Concepcion, co-owners of 2nd Street Art, offer. Check the schedule for Third Thursday (Ladies Night) as a different artist teaches a new project each month. 2nd Street Art has a classroom with a full line-up of instruction in mosaics, stained glass, painting lessons and mixed media collage. The Gallery of 12 artists has cards, jewelry and magnets for souvenir and gift shoppers.  Special Announcement: For April’s Art Walk, the Gallery invites Rickie Report readers to enter in a raffle for a painting by Joe Young, who will be joining the Gallery as the Featured Artist at the May Art Walk (May 21). April’s Art Walk includes ‘Spring Cleaning’ as the artists will provide a selection of art at reduced prices! Help make way for new art!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek from each of the artists.

 

 

 

FRIDAY     ART    WALK:

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

5 – 8 PM

Put your name in for Joe Young’s art raffle

Special  April Art  Sale!

 

 

 131 B 2nd Street    Fort Pierce, FL

GALLERY HOURS:  Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am – 5 pm

(and often opens on Sunday Noon  -4 pm)

 

 

FaceBook.com/2ndStreet Art  

Instagram @2ndStreetartfp  

 

 

Call:      772.519.3760    or    732.804.4715

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Bird Fuller and Diane Concepcion, co-owners of 2nd Street Art feature the work of local artists in vibrant downtown Ft Pierce. They exhibit a carefully curated mix of highly talented artists who excel in many mediums.  What can you see?  A former mouse track that looks like a mouse; collage artwork using clock faces; stained glass lamps and wall hangings; bon-mots created with mixed media collage; mosaics of all sizes; original works of art painted in acrylics and in oils; small gift items; and so much more!  

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS:

 

 

 

Danielle Biglin

 

Painting by Danielle Biglin

 

This South Florida artist has evolved her painting from watercolor landscapes to oil and gouache. Danielle Biglin now paints portraits and mundane items such as sardines, bananas and her morning cup of coffee, bringing life the ordinary.

 

 

David Bolinsky

 

 

Painting by Dave Bolinsky

 

An Oklahoma native, now a Florida flight instructor paints in oils. David’s topics are the unique local landscape and landmarks, specializing in realism.

 

 

Diane Concepcion

 

 

Commissioned mosaic by Diane Concepcion

 

Diane Concepcion is a mosaic artist who uses glass, tile, china, and other found items to make mosaic art and jewelry.  Whether it is purely for art’s sake or for functionality, she uses a variety of style and techniques in her mosaics.  Diane gives classes at 2nd Street Art and is also available for commissions.

 

 

Patsy Disney 

 

Painting by Patsy Disney

 

Patsy Disney’s multi-media artwork expresses her love of flowers. She uses vintage love letters, maps, books and other ephemera with delightful results.

 

 

Janet Bird Fuller

 

 

“Off The Hook” Steam Punk creation with recycled materials by Janet Bird Fuller

 

Janet Bird Fuller is a 3D, steam punk & industrial assemblage artist who creates all of her work from found objects  and reclaimed material (often found in curbside trash).  Her specialty is STEAMPUNK, a form of Victorian science fiction and fantasy that speculates, “What would the past look like if the future had happened sooner?”  It involves contraptions constructed from lots of gears, gadgets and gizmos.

 

 

Laura Kinnemon 

 

Collage using watch faces and other memorabilia by Laura Kinnemon

 

 

Working in collage and assemblage, Laura Kinnemon’s take on portraits and animals, using found items in such a different way, is unique. Each individual item tells a story, and contributes to the final piece.

 

Teala Krapfl 

 

 

“El Guacamole” by Teala Krapfl

 

 

Teala Krapfl paints in oils and also draws using graphite on paper. She tries to bring a nostalgic feel to her art, to give the a sense that her characters have lived. They feel familiar and inviting, but there’s some room left for the viewer to fill in their story.

 

Yolanda Luce

 

 

Scene painted by Yolanda Luce

 

 

Yolanda Luce’s art is driven by her faith, her family and love of photography, music and travel. Each painting is a moment in time, snapped in her mind’s eye.

 

 

Doc McKinney

 

Beach Scene by Doc McKinney

 

Ft. Pierce native, Doc, tells the story of his life (car racing, surfing) and of his town. The beach, the racetrack, his travels and the history of Ft Pierce are all elegantly portrayed in his paintings.

 

 

 

Sheila Parcell

 

Artwork by Sheila Parcell

 

 

Sheila Parcell is a native Floridian, who uses mixed media to reflect her deep faith in honoring the messy nature of being human and being woman. Her intent is to use her art (and humor) to lift women up.

 

 

 

Rita Polizzi

 

Painting on board by Rita Polizzi

 

 

Rita Polizzi is an acrylic painter who captures the tropical landscapes and diverse wildlife of the Treasure Coast. Working both on canvas and reclaimed wood, her paintings have a realistic style with a hint of whimsy.

 

 

 

Diane Stark Kennedy

 

 

 

Stained Glass Objects by Diane Stark Kennedy

 

Diane Stark Kennedy creates original design glass panels, lamps, suncatchers and boxes. She is ‘Naturally Inspired’ (the apropos name of her business) by the wealth of sea life and wildlife in Florida.

 

 

 

Lora Yakimov

 

 

Sculpture by Lora Yakimov

 

 

Lora Yakimov casts and welds pewter sea life into 3-D freestanding and wall sculptures. The transparency of her unique fossil figures symbolize the twin truths of outer decay and simultaneous inner renewal. “…for the things which are seen are temporal, but the unseen is eternal”

 

“Balloons in Water” by Lori Yakimov

 

Lora Yakimov uses the symbolism of playful balloons as a metaphor for life (fragile transparent spheres filled with breath, water, light and color)

 

 

 

 

For more information:

The 2nd Street Gallery

131 B 2nd Street    Fort Pierce, FL

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 11-5 pm

(and often opens on Sunday 12-4 pm)

FaceBook.com/2ndStreet Art 

and on Instagram @2ndStreetartfp  

CALL:    772.519.3760    or    732.804.4715

 

 

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Danuta Rothschild And Janis Clary Announce Opening Of D&J Art Studio In Stuart. Public Opening Reception Friday, April 16

Danuta Rothschild and Janis Clary announce the opening of D&J Art Studio in Stuart, FL.  In addition to their own masterpieces, they will offer Sip & Paint events, Mixed Media with acrylic classes, Charcoal & Pastel classes and Vision Board Workshops.  The public is welcome to the Opening Reception on Friday, April 16, 2021 (please RSVP).  The Studio remains Open by Appointment, where art lovers can browse varied artworks and can also discuss commissions.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 16, 2021

5:30 – 7:30 pm

PLEASE  RSVP:  843.283.7740

 

 

3832 SE Dixie Highway    Stuart, FL 34997

 

 

Studio Visits by Appointment

 

 

 

 

 

MEET    THE    ARTISTS:

 

 

Janis Clary (Oehlschlager) and Danuta Rothschild

 

 

 

Janis Clary (Oehlschlager) tells The Rickie Report, “From childhood, the difference was evident: Just as Andrew Wyeth found a certain joy, mystery, and fulfillment in the subtleties of white, black, sepia, and brown tones, I discovered COLOR – all colors and every color! In the first grade, my teacher handed me the first “big box” of crayons I had ever seen, and the picture drawn and colored used every single color in the box – including silver!”

 

 

 

Danuta Rothschild tells The Rickie Report, “While I am creating my art, I step into a space that allows me to connect with the Universe…to tap into the unknown.  My intention is that the viewer will not only see carefully chosen colors, images, shadow and light, but will step with me into the magic of the moment…that they will feel the excitement of unplanned surprised that show up on the canvas.  This is the excitement that fulfills me when I am creating.”

 

 

View of D&J Art Gallery

 

 

Janis is the last of six siblings, born in rural Greenville, SC, so competition was an everyday experience. She says, “If my siblings could do something, or even my mother, there was an absolute need to do it as well – – or better. An artistic mother served as great inspiration for everything art – color, music, style, performance, writing poetry and, finally, drawing and painting!  Serious studies began in my early twenties with private lessons from a highly educated German born artist who taught me the techniques of the Old Masters”.

 

 

 

 

Danuta Rothschild with her paintings (Photo courtesy of Michael Claren)

 

Danuta Rothschild is an internationally known, respected award winning artist.  She was a Featured Artist at the most recent Palm Beach Art Show at the Palm Beach Convention Center (February,2021), and her works are included in “Celebrating 40 Years of Arts4All  Florida”,  a rigorously juried exhibition being shown at the Florida Capitol 22nd Floor Gallery in Tallahassee now through  March 26, 2021.  A native of Poland, she has lived in California and is now located in Stuart, FL.  Danuta’s works have been shown in prestigious museums in Poland, France, Bosnia, and the United States, where she participated in numerous exhibits in CA.  Having appeared in TV shows world wide, she has become an established artist with much respect.  Danuta’s artworks are in public and private collections throughout the world. 

 

 

 

“On the Nest” by Janis Clary

 

In the early 1980’s, Janis discovered a deep passion for painting wildlife. She continues, “This focus allowed me to assign life to each piece through the eyes of my subjects – the window to the very soul within the subject! I come to each canvas open-minded and ready to create the space with wonder and life.  There is a freedom in the flow of paints filling the canvas with the colors of life.  It is my world, my longing to be within the depths of losing myself in the process of bringing my subjects to life. My art takes the viewer on the journey through my eyes, seeing that spark that assigns life, captures its very soul, and explores the mood of the environment”.

 

 

 

Janis Clary (Oehlschlager) with “Black Swan” and “Carman’s Hat”

 

 

Janis’ works drew the attention of collectors and galleries as she participated in exhibitions in Central Florida.  She says, “In 2010, my life changed as I moved to South Carolina and became involved in the world of art there, participating in classes well as private sessions in Pawleys Island, SC and Georgetown, SC where I participated in many shows at the Georgetown Cultural Council. I was featured in a Solo exhibition in Georgetown.  My works are on exhibit in private and corporate collections, both in the United States and internationally.  My medium of choice is oil painting, though acrylic is now gaining momentum”.

 

 

 

 

The scope of Danuta’s artistry is diverse and provocative, as they weave an historical tapestry, including her own take on the Masters.  An artist of considerable stature, Danuta created several series of paintings covering a wide range of subjects.  In her “Art About Art” series, she portrays her favorite painters (Cezanne, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Modigliani) combining portraits with elements of their well-known works.  Half homage, half subtle mischief, these whimsical paintings reveal more about Danuta to the viewer.  

 

 

 

Artwork by Danuta Rothschild 

 

Danuta’s art provides a sense of social commentary about relevant issues, both spiritual and profound.  It is rare to see the intensity of emotion, scope of subject matter, and true understanding of the human psyche and spirit as she sees it.  Danuta can take soul-wrenching subjects and make them palatable and magical, while allowing us to ask the pertinent questions that moves us to go deeper within ourselves, revealing new understandings.

 

 

 

Danuta Rothschild:

danutastudio.com

danutastudio@yahoo.com

 772.233.6020

 

 

Janis Clary O:

 janisclary.com

janicemcgee@gmail.com  

843.283.7740

 

 

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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Anita Lovitt Offers Special Color Temperature Workshop Sponsored By Palm Beach Watercolor Society. Open To Members And Non-Members On April 17. Register Now As Reservations Are Being Filled

Anita Lovitt‘s watercolor teaching combines years of professional experience with a facility for imparting information and a subtle wit. Her desire is to help a student understand techniques “but not be contented with the technique itself.” She challenges both the most tentative students and those already skilled to bring out their best and develop their own unique style.  Because so many of her students have struggled to understand which colors are “warm”, which are “cool” and why, Anita created this workshop to explain it.  The Palm Beach Watercolor Society is offering Anita Lovitt’s Color Temperature Workshop on Saturday, April 17 and has opened it to non-members as well as members.  If you’ve never been clear on this topic, or would like to know how considering it can improve your work, this is the workshop to sign up for! The Rickie Report shares the details of the workshop and focuses on Anita’s own award winning artistry while giving you a glimpse at her students’ work as well.  Our interview with Anita follows the workshop details.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday,  April 17, 2021

10 am – 3:30 pm

Includes 1/2 hour break for lunch and small breaks

Fee:
$110 for members PBWS $125 for non-members

REGISTRATION closes Thursday, April 15

 

 

For more details please visit: https://palmbeachws.com

To pay by credit card: call Adrienne Walker (516) 885-4199
To use PayPal: Go to PayPal and ask to pay pbws2021@gmail.com

Or mail check payable to PBWS and send application to:   Adrienne Walker  6442 Emerald Breeze Way  Boynton Beach, FL 33437

 

What is a warm blue? A cold red?  Why does it matter?  Color “temperature” is about relationships.  Learn how to mix colors fearlessly and avoid mud.

 

You will complete a number of meaningful exercises and create several small paintings incorporating what you have learned. Attendees will receive a number of handouts to secure their learning. The handouts will go out a week or two beforehand. Call Anita at 561.706.3653 for details and materials list. 

 

 

 

 

PERSIMMONS IN GREEN GLASS © Anita Lovitt, Watercolor

 

 

STUDENT WORK from Anita Lovitt’s watercolor classes

“Ms. Lovitt’s artwork demonstrates an extraordinary and wide ranging understanding of graphic design and painting.She possesses a unique personal vision and demonstrates it with skill and intelligence.”—Milton Glaser, Dean, Yale School of Art

 

What Anita’s students have to say:

“One look at my work today and you can see a working process that employs a series of techniques that I could not have imagined before Anita’s teaching.  Still “my” style, just better! “
 — Linda Hurley

“Anita Lovitt has helped me to understand the mysteries of watercolor painting. Her warmth and caring comes through her presentations.” — Helen Weisberg

“I could go on and on about how Anita has helped me become a better painter. She is very patient, encouraging and supportive and gives us critiques of our work in a non judgemental way.   I have had other teachers but Anita is the BEST.”— Carol Hirsch
“I love Anita’s classes because of the variety of subjects and painting style challenges that she incorporates. Because she is flexible in presenting each lesson, it doesn’t matter how much painting experience you have. In addition, Anita’s positive teaching and coaching style creates a welcoming community of artists in which the work of all participants is appreciated.”
—Mary Martinez

 

 

TRR: You are a multi-discipline artist and visionary. Can you tell us more about your background?

AL:

I was born and raised in Philadelphia and went to Penn State University to major in chemistry. I had always wanted to be a scientist. After taking a summer art class I decided to transfer to Philadelphia College of Art, where I majored in illustration. After graduating, I was hired by Hallmark and moved to Kansas City, MO.

 

I was assigned to an innovative department called “Special Projects.” It was exciting to meet artists from all over the country and get any supplies we wanted for free (a great way to learn about supplies), plus we got our work printed! In color! right after graduating, which could be challenging back then before digital printing. Also, while I was living in the Midwest, I got interested in quilts as an art form. In the 70’s, Hallmark was very conservative, so I did not get a real chance to shine. After a few years I left and went to study theater arts in nearby Lawrence, Kansas.

 

 

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Pop-up Stocking stuffer book. Illustrations ©Anita Lovitt

 

 

 

TRR: There is a theme in your life of being on a certain path and yet being open to exploring and following a new offshoot. Please tell us more!

AL:

At the University of Kansas, my primary instructor was James Gohl, who had been Master Painter for Boris Aronson, the designer of such Broadway hits as Zorba, Follies, Pacific Overtures, and many others. Jim had extremely high standards. For each project, we had to consider the script, costumes, props, history, set design, scene painting, lighting and more. He made us work hard, and I learned a lot about many different arts.

 

In 1976, I moved to New York City intending to seek theater work or illustration. One of my motives was to take Milton Glaser’s “Design and Personality” class at the School of Visual Arts. Milton had been a hero of mine since art school. I wish I could convey to you the magical sound of his voice, almost like a stringed instrument. He was brilliant and witty. After his class I thought of myself as not only an illustrator but a designer—someone capable of many types of projects. Milton particularly admired my quilted pieces—maybe because that was one thing he didn’t do!  

 

 

 

BEE PANIC ©Anita Lovitt. Cotton, fusible interfacing

 

 

Illustration was a difficult, freelance business, not as open to women in those days as it is now. Theater work usually required “paying your dues” (i.e. working for free) and had a union that was hard to get into. So in 1988, I became Graphic Design Coordinator for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City under Joseph Papp. Joe did not consider 3D art as exciting as 4D, i.e., theater. And I got to see a lot of theater. My ideas became more extra-dimensional. I was trained on a Mac Classic, and my digital career began.

 

 

With the stability of a regular art job, I was able to take classes in digital media, illumination, calligraphy, puppet making, lettering, photography, quilting, not so much painting at this time. Around then, a fellow puppeteer gave me a bunch of jewelry parts that his sister, who had passed away, had left. These little enameled metal pieces were like candy. I began constructing mobile jewelry and from the very beginning it was popular and sold in many museum shops. My gift for the small complimentary statement had translated over from greeting cards.

 

 

 

SPIRAL EARRINGS ©Anita Lovitt. Commercially baked enamel over metal

 

 

 

TRR: How did your move to Delray Beach lead you to become involved in Art In Public Places?

AL:

In 2001, I sublet my Manhattan apartment and moved to Delray Beach to spend more time with my mother. Two weeks later came 9/11. I couldn’t find work in publishing, so I stayed and started teaching watercolor painting. I started working on a calendar idea with the late Susan Keleher, program manager for Pineapple Grove Main Street, Inc. Sue had heard about a competition for a grant to do a mural at the south entrance to the Grove and persuaded me to enter. And I won!

 

 

 

DANCING PINEAPPLES ©Anita Lovitt. Mural, looking south

 

 

 

TRR: The mural is hard to miss at 137 East Atlantic and has become a destination for selfies. Its large- scale patterns, vivid colors and vibrant imagery of dancing pineapples announce to visitors that this part of town is serious about the arts. The challenge was to make the painting visible from a distance but also appreciable from close up. Using your knowledge of set design, you took a picture of the site and laid in the images with Photoshop before beginning. It was completed in October 2008 with the assistance of Benjamin Moore, who donated the paint. “It’s like a landmark,” you said. “I’m honored and happy that people like it.”

 

AL:

I had never done a mural. Nor did I have the needed equipment. My mother had recently died, and I thank my art-loving therapist Dan Lobovits who believed I could and should do this project, using my theater arts experience. Part of this mural’s appeal is that I approached it like a watercolorist: I put the light yellow down first and painted everything over it. If I had painted the darker orange first and then tried to put the yellow over it, it would not glow like it does!

 

 

 

PRAYERS FOR LAKE O. Handwritten prayers on cotton. Designed by Anita Lovitt

 

 

TRR: Following a devastating hurricane season in 2005-6, you worked as a hurricane crisis counselor with Project Hope, supervising teams to create large legacy quilts documenting the effects of the hurricane experience on communities in Palm Beach County. One of the quilts you did with your team is called “Prayers for Lake O.” You tied the lake down with knotted threads and prayers so “it wouldn’t overflow.” The therapeutic effect of creating something new, after having lost one’s possessions is deeply empowering.  Once people can realize that despite their loss they still have a creative spark within them, they are reassured that life will go on.

 

AL:

These quilts now hang in public buildings in Palm Beach County, including the Emergency Operations Center.

 

I served on the Public Art Advisory Board of Delray Beach for 4 years. My “ArtFans” marketing campaign featured the artwork of other Delray Beach public artists. The wood and paper fans were wildly popular and were distributed at free events to promote good will and offer information about art in Delray Beach and the PAAB. They were biodegradable so I wasn’t creating more trash, but we never saw one thrown away.

 

 

 

“ARTFANS” Marketing campaign for PublicArt Advisory Board of Delray Beach

 

 

 

TRR : And you also produced a coloring book?

 

 

SHOEFIRMATIONS ©Anita Lovitt 2015 Coloring book

 

 

AL:

Yes, in 2015, I self-published my first book, “Shoefirmations,” an inspirational coloring book. Each page featured a drawing of a shoe to color and an affirmation that was somehow related. I was just ahead of the surge of adult coloring books!

 

 

 

RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER  Recycled Jewelry by Anita Lovitt

 

 

Last year I participated in the Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) project at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. This is a movement to recycle old broken and discarded jewelry—right up my alley, as my motto is “Straw into Gold”! While the opening was canceled due to COVID last March, the RJM show went up late this winter. I am honored to have some of my designs included! The show is up until March 20.

 

 

 

WATER LEAF DREAM ©Anita Lovitt, Watercolor

 

 

 

TRR: Your watercolor classes taking place on Zoom are very popular and the Palm Beach Watercolor Society just hired you to offer a Workshop in April. Tell us about your classes.

 

AL:

 

Since 2002, I have taught watercolor painting in Florida. I developed my skills in workshops with with Charles Reid, Mel Stabin, Skip Lawrence and others. My classes typically consist of a demo, followed by personal attention during the class time, followed by a supportive critique by the class. I also created a Facebook page, Anita Lovitt’s Watercolor Class Student Gallery, where current and former students can interact and comment on each other’s work. This has been a welcome addition, especially during COVID.

 

 

My involvement with the Palm Beach Watercolor Society (PBWS) includes service as Publicity Coordinator, Recording Secretary, and organizer of annual Paint-Arounds. At the Member Luncheon last March, I gave a presentation comparing taste in food with taste in art which was well-received. I am a Signature Member and recently won a second-place prize at the group’s show in Patch Reef Park. For me, it is not about the competition but more about the camaraderie of spending time creating with others. The process of creating while networking professionally helps everyone involved grow.

 

Camera shot of Zoom Class Student artworks with Anita Lovitt

 

Pre-COVID, I taught at local communities and cultural centers. The pandemic forced me to begin teaching on ZOOM. Surprisingly, I found that I liked it a lot and could deliver a great class to more people, some of them living as far away as Vermont and California. Many students have told me the class was the high point of their week, providing encouragement and socialization along with instruction during a challenging period. A number of students had some trouble understanding color temperature, which resulted in this workshop designed to explain it. My current classes include retired teachers (through the United Federation of Teachers). It is deeply gratifying that these teachers enjoy my classes so much, since I was not trained to be a teacher.

 

 

TRR: We can see the depth of your knowledge and have a sense of your multiple abilities!  What else should our readers know about you?

 

AL:

I offer original and custom paintings, prints, surface design, mini-murals, workshops and classes in painting and drawing, as well as consultation and speaking about art.

 

 

 

 

For more information about Anita’s artwork, classes and availability for commissions:

 

Email:    lovittland@gmail.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/anita.lovitt

 

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/anita_lovitt_art

 

Website:  anitalovitt.com

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Vero Beach Art Club Announces Spring Classes And Workshops For Adults And Children. Public Invited To “Homecoming Exhibit & Gift Show”, “Under The Oaks”, And “Inspired By 2020”

The Vero Beach Art Club‘s energy is contagious! New Art Classes and Workshops for Spring 2021 are being offered both On-Line and In-Person.  Reserve your spot for a myriad of classes (Portrait, Figurative, Intro to Art any medium, Limited Oil Palette for Beginners, Loose Abstract Figurative).  Reservations are preferred for Workshops (Mask Making for kids, Mask Making for adults), and walk-ins are welcome.  Visit the “Homecoming Exhibit & Gift Show” (NOW through March 19); “Under The Oaks” prestigious Art Fair (March 12,13,14); “Inspired by 2020” (Opens on Friday, April 2 during the First Friday Gallery Art Stroll and continues through May 14, 2021).  New members are always welcome to join this vibrant artist networking organization!  The Rickie Report shares the details about all of these events and a few sneak peeks.  See you in Vero!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW Art Classes & Workshops for Spring 2021

 

On-Line and In Person Classes

 

Vero Beach Art Club

 

1903 14th Ave., Vero Beach, FL. 32960

 

 

 

 

C l a s s e s:

 

Loose Abstract Figurative

Loose Abstract Figurative—PART 2

 

 

Wednesday’s March 17 — April 21, 2021

Instructor: Victoria Gomez Mayol

Cost: $75 Members & $170 Non Member

 

 

 

The Limited Palette – Oil (Beginners)

 

Tuesday’s March 2, – March 30, 2021

Instructor: Cathleen Hahn

Cost: $150 Members & $170 Non Member

 

 

 

Online Introduction to Art – Any Medium

 

Thursday’s  March 25, 2021 – April 22, 2021

Instructor: Susan Miller

Cost: $150 Members & $170 Non Member

 

 

 

Open Studios: Figurative Life

 

Monday’s, 12 pm -3 pm

Moderator: Isabel Garrett

Member Price: $10.00 Non Member Price: $15.00

 

Open Studios: Portrait Life

 

Friday’s,   9:30 am-12 pm

Moderator: Marie Morrow

Member Price: $10.00 Non Member Price: $15.00

 

To Enroll:  Vero Beach Art Club      772-217-3345

info@verobeachartclub.org

https://www.verobeachartclub.org/classes-art-club-annex

 

 

 

W o r k s h o p s:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Become a Mascherari – Mask Making For Adults

 

Saturday, March 20, 2021   12 pm -3 pm

Instructor: Ann Dozetos & Cheryl Franklin

Cost: Adults $20 Members & $25 Non Member

 

 

Become a Mascherari – Mask Making For Kids

 

Saturday, March 27, 2021    12 pm -2 pm

Instructor: Ann Dozetos & Cheryl Franklin

Cost: Children $15 Members & $20 Non Member

 

 

To Enroll:  Vero Beach Art Club      772-217-3345

info@verobeachartclub.org

https://www.verobeachartclub.org/classes-art-club-annex

 

 

 

 

HOMECOMING   EXHIBIT   &   GIFT   SHOW

NOW Through March 19, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNDER  THE  OAKS

Friday March 12, 2021  9 am – 5 pm

Saturday March 13, 2021   9 am – 5 pm

Sunday March 14, 2021   10 am – 4 pm

 

 

FREE Admission And OPEN To The PUBLIC

UNDER THE OAKS is the largest event and fundraiser of the Vero Beach Art Club.  Held each year in March this show gathers over 200 artists from around the nation and beyond to exhibit at this highly respected juried show. Voted in the Top 200 Art Shows in the Nation by Art Fair Source Book and in the Top 200 Art Shows in Florida by Sunshine Artist. Over 50,000 visitors attend this popular crowd favorite in shady Riverside Park.

LOCATION:

Riverside Park in Vero Beach, FL (Orchid Island)  Riverside Park is a city regulated property. The Art Show does not allow animals in the park or left unattended in vehicles so remember to leave your pets comfortably at home please

 

 

APRIL  EXHIBIT 

“Inspired By 2020” Exhibit

 

 

Art image courtesy of Vero Beach Art Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Vero Beach Art Club:

 

The Vero Beach Art Club, formed in 1936, is an independent, non-profit organization serving its members and the Vero Beach art community through, education, exhibitions, social events and monthly meetings with special programs and guest artists.

The public is always welcome to attend our monthly meetings.

Our Events are free to attend and open to the public.

They feature many of our talented artists.

Also be sure to see our Artists Gallery with artwork for sale by our members.

 

 

Click HERE for more Information ~

 

 

The Art Club Annex

1791 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach, FL.

Annex Phone Number: 772-217-3345

 

 


 

 

For information about classes, workshops, virtual events, exhibits, membership opportunities please visit:

www.verobeachartclub.org

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Opens New Gallery Space, Announces Calls For Artists, Art Walk, And Special MLK Exhibition

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Gallery located in downtown Fort Pierce, which will display and showcase masterpieces from its members. The Cultural Alliance launched a new initiative called Arts Made in St. Lucie, opened a special MLK Exhibition, started to participate in Downtown Fort Pierce ART WALK, and has announced numerous Call to Artists opportunities. The organization provides new opportunities to showcase and sell artwork by regional artists as part of membership benefits. The Rickie Report shares all of the details and some sneak peeks. You don’t have to live in St. Lucie to be part of this growing arts movement!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

~  E  X  H  I  B  I  T  I  O  N  S  ~    

 

 

~  C  O  M  M  U  N  I C  A  T  I  O  N  S  ~

 

 

~ O  N  L  I  N  E      S  T  O  R  E  ~

 

 

 

~  M  E  M  B  E  R  S     P  R  O  F  I  L  E  S  ~

 

 

 

~   S  P  E  C  I  A  L    E  V  E  N  T  S  ~

 

 

 

 

 

Alliance Gallery

111 Orange Avenue     Fort Pierce, FL  34950

 

 

Executive Director, Alyona Ushe tells The Rickie Report, “The Alliance is here to serve the community and I want to know what we can do better.  My email is alyona@artstlucie.org and I want to hear from everyone!  We are building a community and their input is critical”.

 

 

Be part of our family! Exhibit in our new gallery at the One Eleven Building in Downtown Fort Pierce. We’re accepting applications for Alliance Art Guild members. The gallery is just one of the many Alliance initiatives to promote and establish the arts as a significant contributor in St. Lucie County, and we want to proudly showcase St. Lucie County’s extraordinary talent in our gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Roger E. Poitras Administration Annex Building – The submission deadline is 2/19. Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Women Empowerment Exhibition – The deadline 2/19. Learn more and apply HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Art Walk – The deadline is by the second Friday of the month. Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Made in St. Lucie – Learn more and apply HERE.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming exhibition opportunities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Alliance share exciting and useful arts and culture information and promote the arts and artists in its weekly newsletter. SUBSCRIBE

  • Stay connected with the Alliance on social media. All the icons are on the top left-hand corner of the website and linked to our social profiles.

  • Also stay in the know with what’s happening in the arts in St. Lucie. Bookmark the Alliance online event calendar

 

 

 

BE    PART    OF    THIS    SPECIAL    EVENT:

 

  • Treasure Coast Arts and Mindfulness Fair – Our first annual art fair is in May, and we are looking for community members interested in volunteering for this event. Please send an email to director@artstlucie.org.

 

 

 

For more information about anything mentioned in this article, new initiatives you would like to propose, or to make a comment:

 

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance 

2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

 (772) 462-2783

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

See The Port St. Lucie Arts League In Action At Winter Art & Craft Expo January 23-24. PSAL Helps Creativity Flourish With Monthly Meetings, Plein Air Events, Annual Member Exhibit And More

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) brings one thing to mind – PASSION for the visual arts!  Despite Covid19, this arts organization is flourishing!  Whether members paint for pleasure or for commerce, they continue to form partnerships that engage and encourage creativity.  Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 you can meet over 25 members at the Port St. Lucie Winter Art & Craft Expo.  From refined chalk painters, veterans honing their art skills, to residents of assisted living who keep their creative juices flowing, you will meet 2D and 3D artists to refresh your spirits!  This Rickie Report article highlights Winter Art Expo in partnership with Latitude-88 Monthly meetings ( in person or via Zoom), Plein Air Painting, 14th Annual Member Exhibition at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center Gallery (Opening Reception Thursday, February 4 and runs through March 23), and more opportunities to get involved.  If you’re looking for some passion, connect with PSLAL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Annual  Port  St.  Lucie  Art  &  Craft  Expo

Saturday, January 23 10 am – 5 pm

 Sunday, January 24  10 am – 4 pm

 

At   recently renamed the MIDFLORIDA Credit

Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths

 Live Music & Food

 

 

Face coverings are encouraged but not required at this outside event. Complimentary face masks available at the event. Please observe social distancing between guests and exhibitors and utilize the hand sanitizer stations around the event. Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet    Chalk    Artist    Shane    Mesmer

 

 

 

Chalk art by Shane Mesmer & guest David Lepore

 

PSLAL enjoyed providing several art experiences for visitors at the recent Expo! Everyone enjoyed watching our artists painting and creating live throughout the weekend! People were amazed by Shane Mesmer’s chalk art image, stopping in awe of her breathtaking work!

 

It is always exciting to hear, “I just moved to PSL and am so happy to discover the Port St. Lucie Arts League! I am an artist and happy to know that there is a connection of artists here for me.”  An older gentleman, who worked creating stained glass, was inspired to start working again after setting aside his passion to create for many years.  A 15 year old girl was so excited to observe all the artists painting, especially, the Donna Dewberry technique used by Madelaine Cooper. She is going to check out online classes to learn this style.

 

It is a great JOY to see people of all ages begin to feel their creative ideas bubble to the surface! The League is proud to be an integral part of the Expo and to be working together in partnership with Lattitude-88, Inc. supporting the arts & artists in our community.

 

Stop by the League’s non-profit booth to learn more about us and to see our artists creating live, including Chalk artists Shane Mesmer and special guest. The PSLAL Plein Air painters will also be found painting around on the grounds of Expo & MIDFLORIDA Event Center.

 

PSLAL is the benefiting organization at all PSL Expos and we are grateful to Latitude-88, Inc. for the ongoing support and generosity to support the League’s mission. Our connection and work together at the Expos has provided relationships and awareness to local artists and the arts in PSL.  PSLAL has enjoyed working in partnership with Mike Strickland, owner of Latitude-88, Inc., and all behind the scenes at the Port St. Lucie Art & Craft Expos to bring arts & culture to PSL. A Celebration of Life, Arts & Crafts and the Human Spirit… The PSLAL artists can always be found creating live at the Expo! 

NEXT  Expo:   May 1-2, 2021

 

14th    Annual     PSLAL     Members    Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

FREE    OPENING   RECEPTION:

 THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 4  

6:30  –  8:30 PM

 

Opening Reception will be held outdoors on the terrace weather permitting or in case of rain in the main atrium outside the Gallery.  Covid-19 safety practices will be followed.  Masks are required indoors.  

 

Exhibit runs February 4 through March 25, 2021

Regular Gallery Hours:   8:30 am – 5 pm

 

 

MIDFLORIDA  EVENT  CENTER

9211 SE Event Center Place  Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

772.807.4488   www.midfloridaeventcenter.com

 

 

 

The PSLAL celebrates its 14th Annual Member Exhibit at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center Gallery. It will be the largest exhibit in League history and will showcase over 100 works of art by 41 League members, including fine art professional as well as those who create purely for pleasure.  The exhibit includes naïve, assemblage, abstract, classical, representational, glass, sculpture, impasto, graphic, and photography artworks. The viewer can explore diverse subjects capturing a sense of place or specific location, the essence of a person, or a moment in time.  League artists express their passion and appreciation of the arts and support the League’s mission to advance, enhance, and sustain the community’s cultural viability.  Special kudos to Doris Jacoby for bringing this to fruition!

 

 

 

 

Participating     Artists:

 

Susan Adamo ◊  Mimi Albert ◊  Michael Alexander ◊  

Mary Ann Austin ◊  Nancy Bacheller ◊  Elaine Bankston ◊  

Patty Clayton ◊  Judy Coffman ◊  Madelaine Cooper ◊  

Fiori Ferraris   ◊  Joanne Lucia Florez ◊  Donna Franklin ◊  

Caroline Frederiksen ◊  Eric Frederiksen ◊  Nora Griffin ◊  

Marilyn Hamblet ◊  Evelyn Hartsell ◊  Carol Heslop ◊

 Jillane Heveron ◊  I. Joseph ◊  Doris Jacoby ◊  Bonnie Larson ◊

Joan Laugois ◊  Sandy Lillis  ◊ Barbara Z. Lyons  ◊

 Phred Madsen-Vallee ◊  Patricia McLaughlin ◊  Marilyn Mead ◊

Nancy Mich ◊  Laura R. O’Kelly ◊  Cecilia Peterson ◊  Linda Relis

Alyssa Rose ◊ Sharon Roselli ◊  Mayda Saborit ◊  

Christine Schroth ◊  Frances Sine ◊  Mark Stall ◊  Debra Terrio

Tamara Thoma ◊  Barbara  Warren ◊

 

 

 

 

 

Nourish   Your   Soul   And   Paint   Plein   Air  

 

No matter if you’re a beginner or advanced it’s a great way to get out of the studio and be right there in nature. Linda calls it “Soul Food” and she invites you all to come out and PLAY! It’s a great way to not only meet members, but to get some new work ready for all the upcoming PSLAL events.

 

 

Fridays  from  9 am – Noon

A new location is chosen every 2 weeks 

All levels welcome

 

Contact: Linda Relis    772.579.8342

 

 Join us!

 

 

             River is inspired by Mary Anne Austin’s Plein Air work!

Informal discussion about ART, sharing ideas and artwork or just come to listen and be together. Bring a chair!  Enjoy nature and connect with other artists!

 

Passers-by are always inspired! At theLeague’s recent event, Art Show in the Gardens, a little boy named River, joined Mary Anne Austin, to draw a picture.

 

Visit: https://www.pslartsleague.org/pslal-plein-air-painters

 

 

Monthly       Meetings:

 

 

 Marcy Purdy gives a demonstration to create a fish print

 

 

Our Next Meeting:   Friday, February 19, 2021

 

Join us via Zoom or in person for our monthly meetings!  Enjoy the camaraderie, networking with other like-minded creatives, and a demonstration!  Learn about a new technique, color, painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and so much more!

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm

 

 

Port St. Lucie Community Center    2195 SE Airoso Blvd.  Port St. Lucie, FL

 

Meetings are held in the banquet room and can accommodate 30 people.  Masks are required and Covid safe practices are followed.  RSVP is required to attend.   Zoom is provided as well.  RSVP: 772.323.1151

The mission of the Port St. Lucie Arts League is to advance, enhance and sustain our community’s cultural and artistic viability. Our membership works to develop cultural awareness and provide increased opportunities for community access to the arts.  Our league members are advocates for the arts and we promote quality, professionalism and diversity in our work. Our goals are to develop and sustain a membership of local artists, encourage networking, provide a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, and support, encourage and inspire one another’s artistic creativity.  The Port St. Lucie Art League works closely with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

 

Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website: pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 

 

 

 

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Palm Beach Watercolor Society Shares New Call To Artists And Announces Virtual Workshops

 The Palm Beach Watercolor Society shares a new Call To Artists for “Oldies AND Goodies” now through January 18. (No restriction on how old your painting is! New paintings accepted!)  This is for Members, and if you haven’t become a member, this is the perfect time!  In addition, there will be a one-to-one art critique with Miles Laventhall for members.  Two upcoming workshops with internationally renown artists are open to everyone:  Lian Zhen (January 14-16) and David Daniels (February 10-12).  The Rickie Report shares all of the details and cannot wait to see the free virtual “Oldies and Goodies” exhibit when it opens January 22, 2021.

 

 

PALM     BEACH     WATERMEDIA     SOCIETY

Invites Members to our January Virtual Art Show :  OLDIES     AND     GOODIES”

(NO RESTRICTION on how old your painting is! NEW paintings accepted!)

Exhibit  on-line  begins  January  22,  2021

Entries will be accepted NOW thru January 18 at: www.cloudfolios.com

Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place & 2 Honorable Mentions will be presented at our February 11th PBWS Meeting

Eligibility: All PBWS members may enter up to 3 pieces of art. No size limitations. Please call Camille Rosano at 914-260-8690 with any questions.

Entry Fee: $30. (plus $1.50 Cloud Folios administrative fee)

Entry Guidelines: All entries must be made on-line via Cloud Folio at  https://www.cloudfolios.com/exhibitions/162

You must create a free Cloud Folio account and upload your images as a jpeg.  Do not show any frame or mat and the image must be correctly oriented, either vertical or horizontal. (You Tube provides various tutorials on how to photograph, crop and edit your art as an image.) Any entries uploaded onto Cloud Folio after January 18, 2021 will not be accepted.
Eligible Artwork: Watercolors, Acrylics, Collage made by an artists own artwork will be accepted. No oils, pastels, charcoal, drawings, photography, prints or giclees.  Images should be of your original art only, and not created under instruction or copied from another artists work. Only original photographs may be used for reference. Paintings that have been exhibited in prior PBWS shows are not eligible. 

THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON HOW OLD YOUR PAINTING IS!

Juror:  We are pleased to announce that Lynn Stender will juror our show.  Lynn is an exhibiting member of the Boca Raton Museum, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Women in the Visual Arts and resident artist of the Boca Raton Resort.
Waiver of Liability: By submitting artwork into the exhibit, you agree to abide by all rules and regulations in this prospectus of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition. PBWS reserves the right to use artwork images for publicity and promotion. PBWS is entitled to a 20% donation on the sale of all artwork during the exhibition.

Critique with Miles Laventhall

Two hour virtual workshop with Miles Laventhall

 

The workshop will be held on a weeknight from 7 – 9pm

(to be determined)

 There is no fee for your critique

The 1st twelve members to sign up will have a one-on-one session lasting 10 minutes each. Each participant will receive a critique for 1 painting. The workshop is open to non participating members to view as well. A wonderful learning experience for all! 

Please send an email if you are interested and write Miles Laventhall in the subject line to  Lynne Koenigsberg    jade11611@comcast.net

 

Miles is an artist with 44 years of teaching experience with art and artists across the globe…all levels, through graduate and post graduate instruction.  Whatever your palette of materials, pencil and pastel, traditional watercolor and oils, to contemporary water media and polymers, this instructor will move you past your own expectations.

“Styles change and evolve…the plethora of materials is overwhelming…yet some things remain constant; creating space, building form, relationship, and transition…to develop effective design and engaging art”, Miles Laventhall tells The Rickie Report.

TWO     3 – DAY    WORKSHOPS

 

For more information:

Email: pbws2021@gmail.com

Virtual gallery    cloudfolios.com/exhibitions/156

 

palmbeachwatermedia.org

 

 

 

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