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Sandra Thompson - My Palm Beach
Sandra Thompson, “My Palm Beach,” (detail), 2019, mixed media

Made in Palm Beach

November 22 through February 1, 2020
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It’s a biennial tradition for the Cultural Council to highlight artists who live in one of the 39 cities and towns throughout Palm Beach County. The professional artists of Palm Beach vary—from traditional painters to eccentric sculptors, and everything in between. What better way to welcome 2020 than with Palm Beach’s finest?

Made in Palm Beach is curated by Nichole M. Hickey.

Artist Lectures

• Sandra Thompson – January 11, 3 p.m.
• Bernard Perry – February 1, 3 p.m.


Aya Bendat
Joan Eiley
Nancy Ellison
Patricia Levey
Donna Levy
Pamela Acheson Myers
Patricia Nix
Bernard Perry
Edwina Sandys
Helen Stein
Leora Klaymer Stewart
Sandra Thompson
Carleton Varney
Eleanor Woolems
James Woolems
Proceeds from artwork sales directly benefit local artists and support the Council’s mission to grow arts and culture in Palm Beach County.

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Jacques de Beaufort - VANITAS
Jacques de Beaufort, “VANITAS”

Palm Beach State College Fine Arts Faculty
September 13 through November 9
Member Preview: *Rescheduled to Thursday, September 12

To honor the teaching artists of Palm Beach County, the Cultural Council has partnered with Palm Beach State College, which comprises five campuses throughout the county, to highlight the hard-working individuals that foster creativity day in and day out. The variety of media these teaching artists utilize includes painting, sculpture, digital and more. This exhibition showcases these artists in a semi-juried format and celebrates the new school year with a fall opening.

Featured Artists

Leslie D. Albert
Jessica Amaral
Dogan Arslanoglu
Jacques de Beaufort
Joshua Hunter Davis
Nazare Feliciano
Vernon Grant
Kristin Miller Hopkins
Vincent Lardieri
Charlotte Maloney
Victoria Martin
Gerald O’Sullivan
Samantha Salzinger
Sherry Stephens
Wayne Stephens
Bridgit Stoffer
Heidi Tuby
Adrienne Turk
Proceeds from artwork sales directly benefit local artists and support the Council’s mission to grow arts and culture in Palm Beach County.

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Rick Newton - In the Book of Daniel - Biennial 2019
Rick Newton, “In the Book of Daniel”

Biennial 2019

May 31 through August 10
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What better way to celebrate the summer than to see an expansive set of artwork presented by local artists? Every two years, professional Palm Beach County artists working in a wide variety of media share their work in the Cultural Council’s biennial summer exhibition. This year’s Biennial exhibition was juried by Melanie Johanson, curator of contemporary art at the Cornell Art Museum.

Best of Show: Rick Newton
Second Place: Isabel Gouveia
Third Place: Michael Raiman
People’s Choice: Anthony Burks Sr.

Artists in the show

Tony Arruza
Molly Aubry
Bruce Bain
Suzanne Barton
Robert Birkenes
Michael Blair
Suzanne Blaustein
Anthony Burks Sr.
Lara Chapman
Fredi Cohen
Robert Cordisco
Yury Darashkevich
Adriano Ficarelli
Ann Friedlander
Yvonne Fok-Gundersen
Isabel Gouveia
Amanda Johnson
Irene Katz
Laurence Laiken
Eileen Lyons
Patricia Maguire
Michelle Marra
Jane McIntyre
Rick Newton
Michael Raiman
Terre Rybovich
Karen H. Salup
Kathleen R. O’Neill Schuler
Rochel Schiffrin
Mark Stafford
Cristina Szyszko
Karla Walter
Marilyn Walter
Proceeds from artwork sales directly benefit local artists and support the Council’s mission to grow arts and culture in Palm Beach County.


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Glenda Green, Sea of Love (detail)
Glenda Green, “Sea of Love” (detail)

Modern Love exhibition logo

Modern Love

February 15 through May 18
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Love is a universal language—whether it’s between two people, the world around us, or even self-love—this complex emotion spans cultures and defines who we are. In this exhibition, there are representations of all facets of love, as a concept, represented in many ways: color, sensation, awareness, empathy or even through nature, technology, dance and beyond. Twenty Palm Beach County artists will be sharing their love in this exhibition, co-curated by artist, educator and designer, Kristin Miller Hopkins.

Artists in the show

Jessica Amaral
Bob Birkenes
Suzanne Blaustein
Amy Broderick
Tim D. Carter
Yury Darashkevich
Rod Faulds
Joshua Finch
Glenda Green
Sarah Knouse
Jill Lavetsky
Henriett Michel
Marvin Minzer
Debbie Mostel
Louise Noakes
Scherer Ouporov
Lisa Rockford
Viridis Art Collective
Mark Walnock
Jeff Whyman
Brenda Zappitell
Flora Zolin

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X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

November 16 through February 2
Member Preview: Thursday, November 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Event Photos »

Graffiti isn’t a new concept in the artistic world. Its various manifestations in the past include inscribed obscenities in ancient stone, “Kilroy was here” doodles in World War II and the many colorful, spray-painted images that decorated public places in the 1980s. Then, graffiti was considered an unwelcome form of vandalism. Now with the evolution of graffiti as mural art (à la Banksy), these lines have become blurred, and the people behind the work have transformed from “misguided youths” to professional artists. This exhibition showcases the talents of 16 local artists (emerging to professional) and focuses on the many styles and maturation of graffiti and mural art.

Artists in the show

Adriano Ficarelli
Brian Cattelle
Bulk Styles
Craig McInnis
Iron Mayer
Ray Gross
Yvonne Parker



Donald M. Ephraim Family Gallery

Libby Volgyes - Marco Barbisotti

Libby Volgyes
Faces of Food

November 22 through January 18, 2020

“Faces of Food” is a photographic exploration of the men and women that create, cook, and prepare food in South Florida. Featuring striking, evocative and moody imagery of chefs, bartenders, brewers, farmers, and pastry artists, the work seeks to document and highlight the passion and personalities behind the local food landscape.

Libby Volgyes is an award-winning food and beverage photographer based in West Palm Beach. She previously worked as a photojournalist for The Palm Beach Post and now operates Libby Vision, a food photography studio. In the spring of 2019, Libby’s project “Faces of Food” was selected to exhibit at the Food Photo Festival in Vejle, Denmark.

Image: “Marco Barbisotti,” Executive Chef, Sant Ambroeus

Bob Chilton - See Thru 2

Bob Chilton
Mirror Mirror

October 5 through November 16

Award-winning Photographer, Bob Chilton pushes the artistic boundaries between art and technology to create unique art pieces. In this exhibition, he uses meticulously placed mirrors to distort perspectives through methods that go beyond simple post-editing. These images ae a testament to the fact that true mastery of the photograph is required with the camera as well as the computer. Chilton has been behind a camera since the “film days”, always searching for the next best way to create art through photography. His artistic eye, combined with studied knowledge of the digital world, allows him to constantly capture the viewers’ attention.

Image: “See Thru 2,” 2019

Jennifer Love Gironda - Golden Gal

Jennifer Love Gironda
Golden Gals

July 27 through August 31

Since 2012, Jennifer Love Gironda created one piece, every day, within a monthly theme chosen based on a particular interest or event. She establish the Golden Gals theme in 2016 to celebrate one of her favorite artists, Gustav Klimt. Drawn to his use of gold and pattern combined with portraiture, Gironda revisited this body of work, trading in her watercolor paint for bolder acrylic and spray paint, even gold leaf.

She earned her B.F.A. and M.A. Ed. in Art Education from East Carolina University with a focus on textiles and has lived in South Florida since 2009. She’s also a National Board Certified Teacher and member of local and state art organizations. In 2017, Gironda was selected to attend Hermitage Artist Retreat as a STAR recipient. She currently teaches at Lake Worth High School, working with 3D-1, 2D/3D Advanced Placement and Portfolio students. Since 2012, she has created over 2,700 pieces of “daily” art and has shown in various solo and group shows in Florida and North Carolina.

Image: “Golden Gal,” 2019, mixed media

Social Emotions - AIMBY & Norton Museum

Social Emotions

The exploration of social phenomena on our world

March 30 through April 27
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This exhibit displays the work of student artists from Lake Worth Middle School who explored varied visual mediums through a specific theme—the exploration of social phenomena on their world. This theme was first explored through a process called ‘body speak’ which invited the students to write out their thoughts, extract words that embody their written text and then explore those words by way of gestural movement.

The students’ movements were photographed and serve as images within each of their works. The extracted words they wrote serve as an impetus for their work and were cultivated by way of art sessions led by three professional artists: Jane Burke, Jose Mendez and Hegina Rodrigues.

This workshop included:

  • Weekly art class
  • Three teaching artists
  • Free art supplies
  • A visit to the Norton Museum of Art
  • A culminating exhibition celebrating the young artists’ work


Romelio Andres-Pascual / 7th grade
Damaris Baltazar / 6th grade
Kiara Banegas / 7th grade
Iliana Francisco / 8th grade
Moises Lucas / 7th grade

Nedryana Mentor / 6th grade
Pridney Mentor / 8th grade
Nathaly Morales / 6th grade
Heyner Soto-Velasquez / 8th grade
Beverly Vilbrun / 6th grade


Program Managers: Ericka Squire (Cultural Council) and Yimarie Riviera (Norton Museum of Art)
Lead Teaching Artist: Jose Mendez
Guest Artists: Jane Burke and Hegina Rodrigues
Education Partner: Community Partners-Mentoring at Lake Worth Middle School
Education Partner, Site Director: Mildred Ramos
Education Partner, Program Coordinator: Rebeca Arreaga

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Michael D’Amato - Serra

Michael D’Amato

A Journey Through Shadow, Shape and Structure

February 9 through March 23

Having the luxury of traveling extensively over the years has afforded Michael D’Amato to experience and capture some of the most amazing sights in the world. Though largely self-taught, D’Amato finds moments in a certain breath that is truly his own. Focused on geometry, architecture, light and shadow, there are one-of-a-kind stills that makes the viewer pause and absorb the work in their own fascination and wonder.

Image: “Circular Path,” 2017, sculpture by Richard Serra, “The Matter of Time,” Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Spain, Moab lasal exhibition print, 20 x 16 inches

Hey, Wall - John Parra


Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community

January 12 through February 2

One creative boy.
One bare, abandoned wall.
One BIG idea.
There is a wall in Ángel’s neighborhood. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. But he can’t do it alone. This inspiring picture book celebrates the power of art to tell a story and bring a community together.

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including “Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos” by Monica Brown, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and “Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans” by Phil Bildner, which won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration. His other awards include the ALA Pura Belpré Honors and the Christopher Award. Additionally, his books have appeared on Bank Street’s and Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year lists. In 2015, John was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a special event about his work and career in illustration. His art can be seen at the U.S. Post Office on six new Forever Stamps titled “Delicioso”—with illustrated images celebrating Latino food cuisine. John’s most recent book, “Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community,” with author Susan Verde, was released in the fall of 2018 to celebrated reviews. To learn more, visit

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aZul for Better Living

Fabricating Smiles

November 17 through January 5

aZul for Better Living, Inc is an emerging non-profit organization founded in Bogota-Colombia in 2014 and established in West Palm Beach in 2015. We believe in transforming relationships into collaboration while highlighting different abilities through endless opportunities. Our mission is to empower adults with developmental disabilities and their families using fashion design, industrial design and art as tools to achieve financial independence, dignity and artistic recognition.

As part of our services, we offer alternative and creative learning sessions that are highly experimental and fully inclusive, using multi sensory approach to maximize the potential in our creatives and collaborators.

Fabricating Smiles is a creative training that offers participants the opportunity to learn professional manners, body language and icebreaker dialogues that help to foster confident interactions in social situations, and how to interact – navigate in a professional business setting.

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Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center

Solo exhibitions generously funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation JP Morgan Chase logo

Lynn Amsterdam - Around the Bend

Lynn Amsterdam

December 21 through January 18

Lynn Amsterdam is an abstract painter and photographer based in Delray Beach. She enjoyed a successful 32-year career with the State of New Jersey and as a professional photographer. After sustaining injuries from a debilitating accident in 2009 she discovered the healing power of art through her paintbrush. “I approach my painting like I approach a relationship, unknowing where it is going, excited about the possibilities, building upon it, layer by layer, adding the colors of life and its texture until the momentary period of ugly becomes beautiful,” says Amsterdam.

Amsterdam’s work has been exhibited in several galleries across the country, as well as in private collections. She is a member of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA) and the Delray Art League.

Image: “Around the Bend,” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Talin Lyman - Palm Leaves I

Talin Lyman

November 16 through December 14

Talin Lyman’s recent series of paintings, “Varietals,” are the result of the artist’s experimentation and study of a new technique using varietals of red wine as her medium. Layers upon layers of Cabernet, Merlot, Bordeaux, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Red Zinfandel wines are meticulously painted onto French archival watercolor paper, creating a full-bodied and elegant work of art. Although she became well known in the design world for her vibrant tropical colors, the subtle spirit of this collection leaves quite an impact. Her wine paintings take on a unique patina and exhibit a chiaroscuro effect with a modern twist.

Image: “Palm Leaves I,” 2019, mixed media, 19 x 24 inches

Ignatius - Angela. Free Nature

Mysteries of the Feminine

October 12 through November 9

Ignatius is a European artist who brings a new approach to express the feminine essence stripped of patriarchal signifiers without anti-patriarchal reactions.

He deconstructs his canvases as a symbol representing the removal of prejudices. The mystique unfolds through a build-up of mixed media to create three-dimensional work revealing multiple versions of the female spirit.

As a counterpoint of the internet era, he breaks the monotony of the two-dimensional world and engages the presence of the spectator. Then, in the space between the original myth and the reconstruction, a new critical view of femininity is born.

Ignatius is part of the Agora® Gallery’s artist family established in New York. He currently lives and works in Lake Worth Beach, Florida.

Image: “Angela. Free Nature,” 2019, mixed media, 46 x 60 inches

Bea Doone-Merena - Outstretched Arms

National League of American Pen Women
Boca Raton Branch

June 8 through August 10

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) is an organization of professional women in the arts – artists, music composers, and writers. Established 43 years ago, the Boca Raton Branch is one of the largest Branches in the country. Members have opportunities to interact with other professional women and showcase their creative work in public forums. Workshops, art exhibits, music programs, competitions and special events are offered. The Branch supports the local community through outreach programs and scholarship awards.

The National League, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest women’s organization in the United States. Throughout its 120-year history, the NLAPW has attracted many prominent women to its rosters, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl Buck, Erma Bombeck, and Edna Hibel. Vinnie Ream, whose statue of President Lincoln stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, was an early member of the NLAPW.

Image: Bea Doone-Merena, “Outstretched Arms,” 2019, oil on canvas, 38 x 60 inches

Hegina Rodrigues - Retrato

Hegina Rodrigues

From One to Another

May 4 through June 1

In 2018, the Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists was awarded to the multitalented West Palm Beach artist, Hegina Rodrigues. Rodrigues travels the globe extensively and infuses her worldly comprehension and particular cultural variants into her work. Not just limited to two dimensions, she creates work with found objects into assemblage. Her process commingles with the art classes she teaches for children and adults across the world. This series represents her journey toward the abstract—beginning with the framed figurative on canvas and evolving into a detonation of form and color on a looser, more tapestry-like display, transcending style from one to another.

Image: “Retrato,” 2017, mixed media on wood, 48 x 38 inches

Janet Siegel Rogers - Ice Heat

Janet Siegel Rogers

March 30 through April 27

Effortlessly shifting from the softest hues to blazing fields of color, Janet Siegel Rogers has a form of trickery in her work where light plays a major role. Her work is saturated with color, deep in its mood, bringing the viewer in to study not only the brushstrokes, but the way the color shifts with the wax she mixes with the pigment. Some paintings bring the horizon line to a defining halt, while others are melt into one solid-like transference. Earning her Master of Fine Art degree from Pratt, and living for a period of time in the Far East, Rogers has seen light from multiple vantage points. She now lives in South Florida where the light she sees from morning till night continues to inspire her work. Siegel’s relentless motto is: “I do not paint what people see, but I hope they see what I paint.” Rogers has exhibited internationally as well as in multiple public and private collections.

Image: “Ice Heat,” oil encaustic on canvas, 36 x 44 inches

Shannon Torrence - Flats at Big Pine Key

Shannon Torrance

A Relation to Everything

March 30 through April 27

Growing up with an abundance of outdoor activities in northern Florida, Shannon Torrence has retained these experiences and journeys and would later transfer them to his current work. His drawing was encouraged at a young age but it took some time to realize that painting was his calling. Primarily self-taught, Mr. Torrence surrounded himself with art and artists while absorbing work in museums and taking classes at the local community college. It wasn’t until a road trip that he had a profound revelation that he could call nature his muse. Looking at his land and seascapes now, you would believe him to be an old master of plein air. The attention to detail, the moonlight on the water, the movement of a cloud is so delicate, one can see the time spent in its consideration. He paints to experience being nature’s witness, ultimately sharing his celebration and moments of unbridled exhilaration with the viewer.

Image: “Flats at Big Pine Key,” 2019, acrylic on 140lb hot press paper, 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

Kathryn Carlyle - Agartha

Philip Butera / Kathryn Carlyle

Inspiration and Expression

February 23 through March 23

As Artists Paint your Mind
By Philip Butera
The most exquisite museum
would be filled
with glorious stained-glass walls
where colors and sunshine would combine
as artists
paint your mind.

Image: Kathryn Carlyle, “Agartha,” mixed media and copper leaf, 36 x 48 inches

Joan Eiley - Sunday Afternoon

Joan Eiley

February 23 through March 23

Joan Eiley was born in Montreal. She studied Interior Design with the New York School of interior design where she learned to love drafting. Joan also took additional courses in drawing and pottery with an emphasis on the art of sgraffito. Her move to California in 1977 immersed her in the world of design. She worked with a well-known Interior Designer, and opened her own exclusive showroom selling unique objet d’art gathered during extensive travel through Latin America, Asia and Europe. When Joan and her family moved to Toronto, she opened and directed the acclaimed Joan Eiley Showroom. Catering to the Interior Design trade, she represented important lines of furniture, lighting and accessories from the U.S., Europe and Mexico along with handmade objects and works of art. In 2014, after 30 successful years, Joan closed her showroom and found herself “totally besotted with drawing”. These brush pen and ink drawings on cotton rag paper are a window on her latest artistic trajectory.

Image: “Sunday Afternoon,” 2018, brush pen + ink drawing on cotton rag paper, 14 x 17 inches

Dina Baker - lavendar way

Dina Baker

New Selections from the Studio

January 19 through February 16

For Dina Gustin Baker, painting is “poetry without words, music without sound and freedom without loss.” Through that personal quote, her paintings convey her true self: a woman who is steadfast, strong, absolute and an artistic force. Baker’s career began in the early 40s with conversations with Dr. Barnes of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA, having been awarded a scholarship to the Art Students League in NYC, and soon enough surrounded by the true greats of their time—Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, the list goes on. Though influenced by such prolific men, her style has remained true to herself as a painter and as a woman. Baker’s experiment in style in her studio practice, from the early figurative pieces to her broad abstract strokes to the more tumultuous and seemingly consciously applied touches, communicates her adaptability and ingenuity in form, space and color. This latest body of work, created in the last year, comes directly from her studio and showcases Baker’s relentless and unyielding commitment to create.

Image: “Lavender Way,” 2018, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Ben Georgia - Manhattan IV

Ben Georgia

December 15, 2018 through January 12, 2019

Ben Georgia was once asked two questions: “What did you love to do as a child when alone?” and “What would you do if you did not have to work?” For Georgia, the answer to both was simple—art. Though it took some time to realize this dream, his determination brought him to where he is today. With over 30 years of experience exhibiting paintings and selling over 1,600 of them, Georgia has created a body of work focusing on the emotional dynamics and interaction of color and form. His work was once referred to as “working toward the depths of the emotional experience.” To quote Georgia himself, he strives to paint “where the energy, beauty and strength of the painting compensate for and counteract the tragedy and decay of life.”

Image: “Manhattan IV,” 2018, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches

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