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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jul. 5, 2021 10 months ago

Palm Coast artist's work to be showcased in Ormond pop-up show

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

From now until Aug. 2, a Palm Coast artist's work will be showcased in the Ormond Memorial Art Museum's pop-up window exhibit, located at 9 W. Granada Blvd.

According to a press release, Richlin Burnett-Ryan's colorful and bold mixed media paintings in her "Mother and Child" series is influenced by personal experiences, as well as sympathy and concern over children separated from their parents. 

Artist Richlin Burnett-Ryan. Courtesy photo

“As a mother of three amazing children I know how integral the ability to feel sympathy and concern for the sufferings of others is," said Burnett-Ryan in the press release. "After seeing children separated from their parents, I wanted to create a series of work focusing on compassion starting with the mother and child imagery. The loving bond between mother and child is cemented before birth and endures long after death.”

The artist was separated from her own family when she was only a year old when she and her five siblings were left with relatives in Guyana so that her parents could establish a better life for their family in the United States. Burnett-Ryan will have five paintings on display, and her dream is to encourage joy, freedom, and "push the boundaries and investigate the possibilities of what could be."

She and her husband, artist Weldon Ryan, opened Calypso Fine Art Gallery in 2016. Burnett-Ryan currently curates exhibitions for Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center and Visual Gallery, as well as the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Gallery.

Church awards scholarships

The Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach has awarded college scholarships to seven recent high school graduates. 

This year's recipients are Catherine Coleman, Charles Freeman, Cheyenne Justice, Phillip Kamelgarn, Addison Owen, Connor Savary and Hayley Welsh. 

According to a press release, all of the students are members of the church's Youth Group and some are also longtime members of the church. However, church membership is not a requirement to be eligible for a scholarship. These awards may be given every year to students based upon acceptance to accredited college or university, academic achievement, financial need and Christian character. 

The church invites all area middle and high school students to visit its Youth Group for food, fun, fellowship and a short devotional time on Sunday evenings at 6;30 p.m. in the Church Gathering Place at 1035 W. Granada Blvd. 

Honorary police officers

Recently, the Ormond Beach Police Department swore in two honorary police officers.

Nathan and Grace Gable with Ormond Beach Police Officer Robert Pearson. Courtesy photo

According to a Facebook post by OBPD, Nathan and Grace Gable stopped by the station for a visit. While officers spoke to their father, Matthew Gable, they discovered he runs a local nonprofit that helps families with children with terminal illnesses. The nonprofit, Matthew's Gift, has a mission to support hospital complex care units, fund research for children with medical complexity, and provide family support for children who require complex and critical medical care, according to their website.

For more information, visit

Happy retirement!

The Ormond Beach Fire Department celebrated the retirement of one of its captains on June 28. 

Capt. Bill Giles has been serving the citizens of Ormond Beach for 28 years. Courtesy photo

Capt. Bill Giles has been serving the citizens of Ormond Beach for 28 years, according to a Facebook post by the Ormond Beach Professionals Firefighters page. 

"He will be missed greatly and we wish him the best in his retirement," the post reads. "Thank you Capt. Giles for all you have done for our city."

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