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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 5 months ago

Help Australia at Art Walk

Also: Rene Bell Adams forms company
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Amanda Frick, who owns Neighborhood Shop, 128 W. Granada Blvd., said she would cry when she saw the reports of devastation and animal deaths in the wildfires of Australia.

“I thought, ‘we have to do something,’” she said recently.

So, she has organized Kisses for Koalas, a fundraiser for World Wildlife Fund-Australia, that will be held at her shop during the next Ormond Beach Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., Feb. 1. Her shop is one of the stops on the monthly Art Walk, along with about a half-dozen galleries along Granada Boulevard featuring more than 100 artists. A complimentary shuttle takes visitors to each stop.

“Autumn,” by Julian Johnson, will be on display at Frame of Mind Art Gallery during Ormond Beach Art Walk. Courtesy photo

At least eight of her suppliers will raffle clothing, surfboards, skate boards and other merchandise with raffle tickets going for $1. There will be pizza grilled in the parking lot and environmentally-friendly products including soy wax candles, lotion bars, etc., offered by artist Melissa Colon. Painting live will be Aaron Shelton, mixed media artist.

The merchandise in the Neighborhood Shop is related to outdoor life. Baja Llama makes shirts with unique, original animal designs and donates 10% of profits to combat ocean pollution.

Frick, who owns the shop along with husband Craig, said the decor was inspired by the surf boutiques on the Gold Coast of Australia, famed for its beach life.

Some galleries in the Art Walk feature an artist for the event. On Feb. 1, Frame of Mind, 23 W. Granada Blvd., will introduce a show by Julian Johnson, of Daytona Beach. His latest collection of paintings is a commentary on the corruption of modernity, media and medicine in our age, a press release stated.

"I love to create and share my vision of the beauty, horror, humor, insanity and truth of the world as I see it,” Johnson said.

Visit Ormond Art Walk on Facebook.


Bell Adams forms company


Rene Bell Adams

Rene Bell Adams, formerly of Chanfrau & Chanfrau and Benedict Advertising, has launched an advertising, media and public relations consultancy, RBA Advertising.  

Bell Adams has over 25 years of experience in the advertising industry and is a​ Certified Google Partner​. 

As Associate Media Director at Chicago’s Leo Burnett, Bell Adams helped launch the​​ Chevy Avalanche​​, according to a press release.

A Seabreeze High School graduate, she returned to this area 15 years ago and served as director of communications at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.  She has volunteered with several nonprofit organizations​. 


David Holland recognized


Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. has announced the addition of David Holland, CFP, to its Ambassador program, a resource for expertise in financial planning for communities and media.

Ambassadors are selected due to their exceptional leadership and their drive to share the importance of financial planning, according to a press release. 

Holland is the CEO of Holland Financial Inc., Ormond Beach, and host of PlanStrongerTV, a public television show.


Homestead exemptions online


The Volusia County Property Appraiser is now accepting applications for homestead exemption online. Visit


OnSolve announces changes


OnSolve has announced that its board of directors has appointed Mark Herrington, a technology and private equity veteran, as chief executive officer. Ann Pickren, formerly president, will transition into a newly-created role of chief market development officer.

OnSolve is a provider of critical communication solutions. Visit


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