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.

April - Milly Pereira (508)494-0582

April 4 Junkanoo Restaurant 3610 Estero Blvd.Ft Myers Beach.

park in lot or at /art asso. if full critique on left side of restaurant lunch at junkanoo

April ll Matlacha 4577 Pine Island Road

Parking in lot in front of the Pine Island Art Association. lots to paint in area, cute colorful shops, boats etc. this will be an all day trip. break for lunch at one of the restaurants, visit wildchild gallery, lovegroves etc. fun area to paint...

April 18 Riverland Nursery 13005 Palm Beach Blvd Ft Myers

Maury always welcomes us. lots to paint, bring bag lunch

April 25 Sophisticated Seconds 1773 Fowler Street Ft Myers

enter parking from Hough Street area is old river district, interesting houses etc. bag lunch

May 2 Shrimp Boats 1300 Main Street Ft Myers

Familiar area with lots to paint,

May 9 Bowditch Park 50 Estero Blvd. Ft Myers Beach

Parking fee unless sticker from lee county meet under pavilion, bag lunch

May 16 Joanne Shamps Home 5664 Estero Blvd. FtMyers Beach

On the Beach,lots to paint, critique on porch, bag lunch

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Calls for Artists

See opportunities below with other organinzations for the adventurous

2018 Sand Life Magazine cover

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

The SAND LIFE magazine is a monthly publication that features entertainment information for Fort Myers Beach and surrounding areas. Local art often graces the magazine cover and The Island Sand Paper has worked with the Fort Myers Beach Art Association to invite local artists to submit their artwork. Artwork that has a beach theme or that corresponds to their monthly themes is especially welcomed.

Themes for upcoming issues include:
  • Love (February)
  • Shrimp Fest (March);
  • Film Fest (April)
  • Local Parks (May)
  • Family Fun (June)
  • 4th of July
  • Local Music (August)
  • Football (September)

While no payment is available, artwork will be credited and they request a short bio with your artwork photo. Artwork photos should be of just the artwork (no frames or backgrounds) and be high resolution.

Send photos of artwork to by the first of the month for consideration for the following month’s cover. Call 239-463-4461 with any questions.

Please cc with your submissions so Pam knows which months need nudging. The artwork needs to be vertically aligned.

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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