Welcome to the new Online Brushoff. The April 2016 edition of the Brushoff by Kathy Taylor is the last to be published.
Thanks to Kathy for producing such a fine newsletter.
The goal of the Online Brushoff is to report upon current happenings at the association.
This '1st edition' of this page is sourced almost exclusively from the April 2016 Brushoff.
Going from here, additional stories will appear 'as they occur' not on any set schedule.
Upcoming board director Lynne Wesolowski will assemble FMBAA news for this page.
The rest of the website will stay focussed on announcements, planning and schedules for:
All comments or ideas on this new page are welcome. Just email me by clicking: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank-you, Tom Flaherty
Message from the President
By Floyd Lawrence April, 2016
This year seems to be just flying by. I have been
trying to learn the ropes and keep up to date on
what is happening. I want to say thank you to all
the people that have stepped up to help me keep
on track. I believe that we are having a decent year.
The shows have been great. We have a lot of very
talented artist among our members. A big thank
you to all the people that have been volunteering
to keep our association vibrant and meeting our
goals. Volunteering is what gives us ownership in
our art association and along with ownership
comes pride. We still have a few openings for some
of the committees. What interest you? I would like
to see you as part of the team. It is a lot of fun.
The building and grounds are looking good. We are
trying to spruce up the entrance and are going to
be working on the signage. Plans are to have a sign
on the building that is more visible. There are more
things which are in the planning process. Not
everything is easy. Rules and regulations need to
Traffic has been hectic at times. It is very hard to
plan on travel time. Sometimes I have flown right
thru and other times I have encountered some long
delays. Delays have not been unusual even in years
when there has been no road construction during
peak season. That is island life. I have been to some
town hall meetings and they are trying to brain
storm to try and alleviate the problems as much as
possible. We will have to wait and see. Workshops
have been going well and the students had a lot of
positive comments. Potlucks have been well
attended and the food and company were
excellent. Don’t forget the April potluck and annual
meeting is just around the corner.
We are starting to see a few people heading north.
The rest of us still have March and April to enjoy. I
hope to see you around the gallery. If you do head
north, have safe travels and a great summer.
2016 Winter Juried Show Results
The Winter Juried Show was judged by Lynn Ferris.
The reception was sponsored by Fresh Catch. The
Gallery Talk was given by Peter Zell and Michele
Buelow was in charge of the show.
Dannica Walker’s watercolor “Old Pals” received
first place at the 2016 Winter Juried Show
First Place- Dannica Walker “Old Pals”
Second Place- Cheryl Fausel “Flocking Together”
Third Place- Sue Pink “Crime Scene”
Special Award Lee Ackert Memorial FMBAA
Member Award for Exceptional Use of Color
Patty Kane “Sunset on the St. John’s River”
Michele Barron Buelow “The Spark”
Lynne Wesolowski “Flowers for my Mother”
Sylvia J. Kasparie “Faces”
Anne Kittle “Journey”
Dorothy McDowell “Bunche Beach View”
Barbara Majthnyi “Sunset”
Patty Kane’s watercolor “Sunset on the St. John’s
River” was awarded the Lee Ackert Memorial
FMBAA Member Award for Exceptional Use of
– return books & tapes
Check your book shelves, etc. for any books, tapes
or DVD's that belong at the FMBAA library and
return them before leaving for the summer. We
have a small budget for the purchase of new books
and DVDs for the library. Send suggestions to Ann
Dunlap, FMBAA Librarian
FLORIDA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
2016 45th Annual Exhibition: The Exhibit will be at the
Weber Art Center, Ocala, FL
2016 Convention: Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave.,
Ocala, FL. The Workshop/Convention dates are
September 23-25.The convention features Ted Nuttall
(Judge and workshop instructor) September 18-22.
For more information see their website at:
Summer Open Painting
The gallery will be open again this summer (starting
April 20) on Wednesday and Thursday mornings
from 9:00 a.m. to noon or bring your lunch and
stay later. Enjoy the "cool" as you sketch, paint or
enjoy the exchange of ideas. Gretchen Johnson
and her assistants will often set up still life’s. Work
in your own medium or try new ideas. Send photos
of your summer projects to the Brushoff editor.
Mini Masters…start painting
While you are enjoying the summer months, take
your paints with you to the beach and create a
couple of new mini paintings for FMBAA.
Remember the image showing in the mat is 3x5 in
or 4x6 in. Be sure to sign your name in that area so
when matted it shows. We will again mat them to
8x10" for sale. Donation of mat board and bags is
greatly appreciated. And if you put it all together
you deserve a gold star!! This project has turned
out to be a great fund raiser for the group so help
us build up our supply with new paintings. Minis
may be dropped off at the gallery any time
throughout the year. New minis will be unveiled at
the FMBAA open house next season.
25th Annual ISEA Exhibit
July 13, 2016 - Update
Michele's painting below Wins the 2016 ISEA Founder's award!
April 19, 2016
'The Spark' mixed media painting by Michele Barron Buelow has been accepted into the 25th Annual ISEA Exhibit (International Society of Experimental Artists). This year the exhibit is being held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Exhibit is located at the Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory. Dates
for the exhibit are May 14 to August 7, 2016. 'The Spark' is the second piece by
Michele to be accepted into this prestigious group. Way to go Michele!
Gelatin Jammin in the Gallery
The Gallery was Jammin on July 6th. Many of our members tried new techniques using homemade gelatin plates or the commercially available Gelli plate.
See what goes on during the Summer..[Slide Show]
Volunteers keep the shows going
March 25, 2016
Some of the volunteers at Receiving for ‘Anything Goes’ at the Gallery. Pictured (l-r) are Julie Nussbaum, Lynne Wesolowski, Penny Fox, Lois Ostrov, and Jan Severson.
Photographs, ‘older’ artwork, digital art, and our workshop creations are all welcome at this end-of-season exhibit. Stop by and check it out!
Spring Juried Exhibition Results
Best of Show Lucy B. Campbell Award went to Tracy Owen Cullimore for “The Tasting”
The Spring Juried Exhibition was sponsored by
Matanzas on the Bay. The show was judged by
artist Michael Kilburn and Patty Kane gave the
gallery talk at the reception on February 28.
Thank you to our volunteers: Joan Zeoli Exhibition
Coordinator and Brochure, Penny Fox for
Receiving, Helma Gansen for Hanging, Sue Pink for
Judging, Sharon Hegstrom for Hospitality and many
others who volunteered many hours to bring you
Today, I had the pleasure...and privilege of judging
this wonderful show...and the challenge of picking
the best...from a large room of excellent art work.
The artists showed their talents in various mediums
including, oils, watercolours and acrylics. Their
understanding of these mediums showed in their
handling values...especially the ‘Tropical Beauty’
piece. Compositions, too, were very strong...again,
the water colour piece of the ‘White Ones’ excelled,
as was the Abstract, mixed media piece ‘He is small
but he is quick’ that received “Award of Merit”.
Mastery of colour showed through in many of the
floral paintings... especially the Shock of red in ‘Red
is My Color’, which received the exceptional color
award. I was also very impressed with the
confidence the artists showed in the technique and
application of colour... especially the impressionistic
‘The Tasting’, and the ‘Wild Horses’ piece. This
Association should be very proud of the talent they
have assembled, and are to be congratulated for
putting on such a well-run show. I thank you for
giving me the opportunity to be part of it, and
would also look forward to judging again in the
Michael Kilburn, Judge 2016 FMBAA Spring Juried Show
Best of Show, Lucy B Campbell Award
Tracy Owen Cullimore, “The Tasting”
1st Prize Kathleen C Taylor, “The White Ones”
2nd Prize Dannica Walker, "Lily Too"
3rd Prize Maggie Rapp, "Copper Teapot Blue White Vase"
Susanne H Brown, "Through the Woods"
Sally Hebeisen, "He is small but he is quick"
Sylvia Kasparie, "Walker River Canyon"
Pamela Gill Flaherty, “Valley of Horses”
Susan Macintire, ”Beautiful Nature”
Robert Mueller, ”Old Sayville Creek”
Lee Ackert Memorial FMBAA Member Award
Cheryl Fausel, “Red is My Color”
Florida Watercolor Society Award
Judi Miller, “Tropical Beauty”
Lucy B. Campbell was a resident of Fort Myers
Beach. She left her estate to the Fort Myers Beach
Library, a local children’s organization, and the
Fort Myers Beach Art Association. That was the
start of our endowment fund. The Lucy B. Campbell
award is given each year at the Spring Juried Show
in her memory.
Tracy Owen Cullimore's “The Tasting”
First place went to Kathy Taylor for “The White Ones”
Lee Ackert Memorial FMBAA Award went to Cheryl Fausel for “Red is my Color”
Florida Watercolor Society Award went to Judi Miller for “Tropical Beauty”
Honorable Mention for first time award winner Pamela Gill Flaherty for "Valley of Horses"
Receiving for the Summer Show will be on Friday,
April 15th, 9am-noon. There is no fee to enter this
show. Use the entry form and labels from the website
This show will hang until October 12th.
Penny Fox will supervise the receiving for the
2016 Falmouth Artists Guild Summer Juried Art Exhibition
Kathy Taylor wins 'Best Watercolor' in the 2016 Falmouth Artists Guild Summer Juried Art Exhibition.
Plein Air, Berne Davis Home
Milly Periera painting at the Berne Davis Home in March - Outdoor Painters.
Art at Cafe Italia
March 27, 2016
"Kathy Taylor currently has an exhibit of watercolors painted in Italy at Cafe Italia, 20351 Summerlin Road, # 117. Cafe Italia’s hours are Monday to Saturday 9 am to 8 pm.
Stop by and check out these great paintings, and have something to eat, while you’re at it."
Who is Bob Burridge?
Over 20 painters had a blast at FMBAA’s “Paint like Bob
Burridge Day” at the gallery. We had a “Not the Bob”
giving a few pointers and techniques while decked out
in paint spattered jeans just like him. Sue Pink
abandoned her usual style for colorful loose designs.
And did it very well!! Music, food, mardi gras masks (it was Fat Tuesday afterall),
lots of handouts and the fun began. Lynne led the march to “Uptown Funk” then Paint was flying as the
artists got into the loose, intuitive style favored by Bob.
Next time maybe we can lure the Real Bob to FMBAA!!!
Web Editors note: I walked in near the end of this vibrant and rowdy painting party. The laughter was constant.
The art was truly 'experimental' and the results impressive.
Sue Pink's 'Not Bob' demo paintings
Julie Nusbaum wows the group with this Bob Day result
Mimi Little's Bob Day Paintings
Lynne Wesolowski Bob Day duo – which side is up
Some of the action
Gallery Work Day Feb 12th
We had an excellent work day at the gallery, with
16 people showing up. Below is a list of the helpers:
Bob Ackert, Richard Alwine, George Buelow, Pam
and Tom Flaherty (with daughter and son-in-law),
N. Gail Frazier, Helma and Henry Gansen, Floyd
Lawrence, Judi and Ralph Miller, Julie Nusbaum,
and Mary and Howie Knight.
…..and projects completed:
Porch window sill painted
Porch light repaired
Ramp rails painted
Sensor light repaired
Closed/open sign paint touch up underneath
Rear yard (power wash wooden table and bricks)
Trees and shrubs trimmed and some removed
Splash area at shed (arrange stones in a now
North A/C stand (brace SE leg with 4X4 under the
Storage room (move items to shed and arrange for
Gallery (mop and general cleaning)
and paint rear
The FMBAA membership reached 225 in early
March. New members joining since the last Brush
Off was published are as follows:
Meredith Hoag (George)
Tammy Bergfield (Dave)
Richard Alwine (Beverly)
Linda Bachofner (Rick)
N. Gail Frazier (John)
Show Notes and Member News
Sanibel-Captiva Art League 2016 Members Judged Show
at the Sanibel Library
Mary Klunk: 3rd Place for “Red and Yellow”
SANCAP Art League, 2015 Members Judged Show:
Carol Rosenberg: Merit Award for “Bill 8-15”
Big Arts juried exhibition: “Artist’s Best”
Michele Barron Buelow 3rd Place for “Genesis”
Art Council of Southwest Florida 2016Biennial Show
Mary Klunk Judge’s Award for “Our Brother’s
Suzanne Bennett’s shrimp boat painting is featured on
the cover of Sand Life magazine for March, 2015.