FMB Art Association

Painting Groups

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Indoor Painting Groups

All indoor painting uses the gallery if it is available.
Please check the calendar.

Indoor Painting Group

Coordinator: JoAnn LaPadula (

Wednesdays from 9am - Noon throughout the year.
And Thursdays from 9am - Noon during Summer hours.

Newcomers are always welcome. We paint from set ups or sketches. Some members bring in whatever they happen to be working on to share experiences with attendees.

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Experimental Group

Coordinator: Michele Buelow 239-689-1221 or email :

Tuesday Mornings 9am - Noon, October - April

This vibrant group is the most recently formed at the art association. The experimentalists have great fun sharing, experimenting, creating and generally pushing the limits.

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Portrait / Figure Group

Coordinator: Kathy Summer (, 217-971-4343)

This loosely organized open group provides a model for those interested in painting and drawing from life, short sketches and long poses.  $3.00 Model fee.  No instruction.

Tuesday afternoons 1pm - 3pm on the following dates

Dec 12 (cancelled)
Jan 9 & 23
Feb 13 & 27
March 13 & 27
April 10

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Paint Outs - Plein Air

Coordinator: Milly Pereira (508)494-0582

Wednesday mornings October - May

All paint outs are held on Wednesdays from 9am to 12:30pm unless otherwise noted. Critiques are usually at noon. Bring a bagged lunch unless there are restaurant plans. Any questions please call Milly or the designated contact for the month. Please re-check locations in case there is a late change. In case of inclement weather we will meet at the gallery.

Oct - Nov  Millie Pereira (508) 494-0582

October 25 - Summerlin Jakes 175011 Harbor Pointe Drive Ft Myers

Go to the right of the Sanibel Toll Booth. Park at end of parking lot to the left of restaurant near tiki hut PAINT: key west style toll house, restaurant, bridge to Sanibel, marina, tiki hut etc CRITIQUE" noon at tables to left of restaurant LUNCH; at restaurant or bring lunch and eat across street in parking lot

November 1 - Junkanoo 3040 Estero Blvd, FMB

Park at the FMBAA art Gallery; Critique at noon in the art gallery. LUNCH: eat at Junkanoo or bring lunch

November 08 - Bowditch park, 50 Estero Blvd FMB.

On the north end of Estero island near Pink Shell Hotel. Parking fee or Lee county sticker. Many options for painting - ocean and back bay. Bathrooms available.

November 15 - Riverland Nursery, 13005 Palm Beach Blvd, Ft Myers.

Take exit 141 - 3.5 miles east on Palm Beach Blvd. Amazing area, lots to paint: ponds, gardens, arbors, trees, pots etc. Enter driveway to left of building and go beyond the orange trailer to parking in back. Bring lunch and enjoy the color and beauty of this spot.

November 22 - Lakes Regional Park, 2330 Gladiolus Ft Myers.

There are a vast areas to paint- parking fee or Lee County sticker. Bring a lunch and meet at the train station for critique.

November 29 - Dixie Fish Restaurant, 714 Fishermans Wharf- Ft Myers.

Under the bridge next to Doc Fords. This is a great area: several buildings and fishing boats. Bring a lunch or try any of the restaurants.

December -  Millie Pereira (508) 494-0582

December 06 - Times Square at the bottom of the bridge.

There are many colorful buildings, ocean, etc. You may sell art while you are painting. Bring lunch or eat there. Parking fee. Meet at covered pavilion near parking lot for critique.

December 13 - Six Mile Cypress Slough, 7791 Penzance Blvd, Ft Myers.

(ben pratt/six mile cypress). Parking fee or Lee County sticker. Meet at covered area down boardwalk and bring a lunch.

December 20 - Lovers Key Park, North entrance.

Just over the bridge from FMB heading south towards Bonita on the right. Entrance Fee. Meet near gate for critique. Bring a lunch.

December 27 - Shrimp boats - old beach seafood building.

Just beyond Trico shrimp at 1300 Main St, FMB on the right. Bring a lunch. Meet near blue fish building for critique.

January - Floyd Lawrence (207)754-0963

January 03 - Times Square, Shipwreck motel at bottom of bridge.

Painting back of motel, lagoon, boats, patios, tiki huts, etc. Bring a lunch

January 10 - Patio De Leon - 2223 First street, downtown Ft Myers.

- Parking fee on street- parking lot on the side away from the river- cityscape-fountains- alleys etc. Bring a lunch or eat in one of many restaurants-

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Calls for Artists

See opportunities below with other organinzations for the adventurous

2017 Sand Life Magazine cover

Get your artwork on the cover of the local Sand Life magazine.

Here's How

Rotating juried art exhibit, City of Lake Mary, FL

​The City of Lake Mary is proud to announce a rotating juried art exhibit at our newly renovated Senior Center as part of an Art in Public Places program. There will be 3 exhibits per year, each running for approximately 4 months, with a different theme. The Seminole Cultural Arts Council (SCAC) will facilitate the Call to Artists. Deadline: January 3, 2018
More information at

Tuscany 2018 with Joe Palermio

Joe Palmerio was the 2015 Paint the Beach Judge.
8 Days/7 Nights
June 17-23, 2018
Painter’s Trip Price: $3,700.

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Travel Painting

Fall 2016 - Acadia, Maine

Twenty-six painters, including seven from Savannah Art Association (thanks, Karen!) spent seven nights on the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine, painting the majestic settings. Mornings were chilly, as was the wind, but that didn’t deter this group. More than 125 paintings were completed — Neil Walling was no slouch with 17, but Kathy Taylor 'killed it' with 25 pieces ! Whoa!

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Fall 2015 - Limoux, FR

The trip to Limoux France was again to Le Monastere for two weeks. Neil Walling posted his work and trip itinerary on Face Book for all to follow. Lots of painting, touring, good company, and good food.

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April 2015 - Sedona, AZ

FMBAA artists and friends (Neil & Sandi Walling, Ted Staub, Mary & Bill Klunk, Lynne Wesolowski, Michele Buelow, and Dale Menz) painted in Sedona in April 2015. Neil Walling reserved accommodations at the Cozy Cactus B&B in Sedona. The scenery was spectacular as were the plein air paintings. Michele Buelow kept up her travel blog for readers back home throughout the trip ( .and Neil Walling posted his work on Face Book so we could follow their progress.

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Why do we do it?

  • To further and provide education in the cultural aspects of life on Ft. Myers Beach and its environs
  • To promote the study, practice and appreciation of art
  • To hold art exhibitions and programs which are open to the public
  • To encourage art instruction of children and junior artists.

     Get in Touch

  • Contacts Page
  • Gallery Phone:
    (239) 463-3909

  • Mailing Address:
    Fort Myers Beach Art Association
    PO Box 2359
    Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932

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