Judi Miller wins Best in Show
Judi with her painting "Big Bird"
Judi Miller wins Best in Show at the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade 8th Annual
Judged & Juried Fine Arts Show.
Congratulations to Judi!
More info at:
Sand Life Magazine
JoAnn LaPadula's Artwork
Congratulations to JoAnn LaPadula for having her artwork selected for April's cover of Sand Life Magazine.
The Sand Paper, which publishes the Sand Life magazine monthly, is always soliciting for Sand Life cover art. Here is a link to the call for artists.
Here is a link to the April edition of the Sand Life Magazine.
Message from the new President
By Julie Nusbaum
Thank you for this opportunity to serve as president of FMBAA! I am honored and excited to represent the Association,
promoting our Gallery and its mission throughout the community.
A special thank you to Floyd Lawrence for his help and encouragement as I assume the duties of President.
I thank the many current members as they continue to volunteer for committees and do the all-encompassing
jobs necessary to keep our art association running smoothly. Thank you to those who have stepped up and
agreed to fill various positions such as Hospitality, Exhibitions and Audit Committee.
We still have openings for Vice President, Short Workshops Coordinator and Exhibitions Coordinator.
If you can volunteer for any of these positions, please let me know.
Welcome to our new members. I encourage you to get to know your fellow artists and get involved in whatever
activities and committees interest you. We always need fresh ideas and perspectives as we plan upcoming events,
classes and projects.
The calendar for next season is being developed by Kathy Taylor, with help from the various committee chairs,
to include all our activities, shows and workshops, leaving room to add new events and successful "do overs"
from this year, such as the very popular "paint-around" which has already been scheduled for February 7, 2018.
Thank you to all who have encouraged me and are helping to keep me "on track". I welcome your input and
suggestions to improve the overall functioning of the Art Association. I know I have a "learning curve"
ahead but will do my best to meet the challenge. Your support is crucial for the success of FMBAA!
Message from the President
By Floyd Lawrence
This message is to inform our members that FMBAA has withdrawn from the Art
Council of South West Florida. It was with much discussion over the last couple of
years that the Board decided in December that they would not renew our
membership in the Council for the present time.
We had expressed our concerns
to the Council a couple of years ago, that we felt that the Council was not
providing the support to the individual leagues that where originally put forward
when the Council was formed. Originally it was a more socially oriented group
where the different leagues could get together and share information. These
meeting were well attended and enjoyed by the groups. The Council provided a
brochure which listed shows etc. that members used to see what was going on in
this area so they could participate. Times have changed as we all know. The
Council started a website to replace the brochure and to promote the different
leagues. This website has had a very rocky start. Information has been lacking or
incorrect. Then, in the mean time, they opened the gallery a Coconut Point. It
seemed like all their efforts were directed to the gallery and the leagues where
put on hold. Council meetings were poorly attended. We realized that their work
force is made up of volunteers, just as our own league. It is very difficult to get
enough volunteers at the league level. Too bad that there is not and endless
supply of volunteers. I would like to think that maybe with FMBAA withdrawing
from the Council, it might send a message so that the Council would discuss what
their goals are, what they can effectively manage, and move forward to provide a
service to all the leagues. We are wishing them success.
Paint Around Fundraiser Results
The Artists and their collaborative paintings
On Feb 1 at 5pm we hosted a mesmerizing “Paint Around” Social which raised over $1500 for our Student Scholarship Fund. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the graduating seniors who will have a show at our gallery beginning March 25.
Over 100 people came to enjoy snacks, beverages, prizes, and to experience art in the making.
Our “Paint Around” featured four of our award-winning artists (Left to right in the photo above): Cheryl Fausel, Kathleen A. Taylor, Terry Shattuck and Sue Pink. We couldn’t have done it without them!
Thanks to Pam Gill Flaherty for initiating this event and to Julie Nusbaum and all our hard-working members who cooked, served, cleaned, donated and attended.
Check out the Slide show Here
See the Observer article Here
2017 Winter Juried Show Results
2017 WJS 1st Place, Le Premier Moulin by Sue Pink
On Monday, January 16th, the Winter Juried Show opened in both studios at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery, sponsored by Fresh Catch Bistro. Famous artist and instructor Janet Rogers judged the show. On Sunday, January 22nd, Cheryl Fausel gave a Gallery Talk at 1 pm followed by a reception. Fresh Catch Bistro provided refreshments. This exhibit is available for viewing and sale until February 9th.
The Lee Ackert Memorial FMBAA Member Award for Exceptional Color Use was awarded to Gloria Warren for Lubec View.
2017 WJS Lee Ackert Award, Lubec View by Gloria Warren
First Place was awarded to Sue Pink, Le Premier Moulin;
Second Place went to Tracy Owen-Cullimore for Café Paris.
2017 WJS 2nd Place, Café Paris by Tracy Owen-Cullimore
Third Place went to Cheryl A. Fausel, Flower Reflection in Loschwitz.
2017 WJS 3rd Place, Flower Reflection in Loschwitz by Cheryl Fausel
Merit Awards went to: Julie Nusbaum for Traveler; Milly Pereira for Walk to Lighthouse; and Terry Shattuck for Walking in the Park.
Honorable mentions went to Michele Barron Buelow for Solitude, Dannica Walker for Redpunzel, and Joan Zeoli for Acadia National Park.
Congratulation to all winners, and a ‘Well-Done’ to each exhibit member for an exceptional show. Stop by and let the Fresh Catch Bistro know we appreciate their support.
Student Scholarship Social Fundraiser
2015 Student Show Participants
The Art Association is having a get together on Feb 1 at 5pm at the Art Gallery.
Come enjoy snacks, beverages, prizes, and watch art in the making.
We are having a watercolor 'paint around' with Sue Pink, Cheryl Fausel, Kathleen C. Taylor and Terry Shattuck providing the talent.
We will have a Silent auction of the resulting
paintings to benefit graduating seniors who will have a show beginning March 25.
See the Publicity Flyer
Two FMBAA Members earn
AWS Signature Status
Cheryl Fausel and Sue Pink each have had their painting accepted for exhibition in this years
American Watercolor Society annual show. For both Sue and Cheryl, this work is their third painting accepted for an AWS annual.
By having exhibited at 3 different AWS annual shows, both Cheryl and Sue have achieved the AWS signature status.
The jurors for 2017 were Antonio Masi, Linda Baker, Paul Ching-Bor, Don Andrews, and Pat Dews.
AWS Awards will be announced February 12 and the annual meeting and dinner will be April 21.
The 2017 AWS annual show will be at The Salmagundi Club in New York City, from April 3rd to April 22nd.
This is a long-term goal for both artists, and the FMBAA is proud to count them both in our group of fine artists.
This is the pinnacle of recognition; be sure to congratulate these fine artists.
And to top it off, they're both teaching watercolor this season!.
Congratulations to Sue Pink, AWS and Cheryl Fausel, AWS.
The letters 'AWS' after an artist's name is an Honor indicating that the artist is an American Watercolor Society Signature Member.
More information is available at www.americanwatercolorsociety.org
The Beach got Painted
2016 Paint The Beach was another great success!
Many thanks go to Marie Christ and Michele Beulow for co-chairing the event. And thanks to all the usual volunteers.
We raised over $4000. Click below to see the scrapbook.
2016 Paint the Beach Scrapbook
Message from the President
By Floyd Lawrence
Here we are at the beginning of another season. A lot of our members have returned and the rest should be following soon. We have just finished Paint the Beach. Michele Buelow and Marie Crist co chaired this year. They and their committees did a great job in planning and bringing everything together for a really nice event. The participants were talking about how they had enjoyed the event and were planning on returning next year. I want to thank all of our members who stepped forward to help with this event. An event of this size takes many volunteers and many hours of volunteer labor to pull off.
Our calendar is full of shows and events that will be happening throughout the season. Now that we no longer have the Brushoff, you can keep track of what is going on at the gallery by checking out this website.
I would like to thank Sue Pink and Cheryl Fausel for stepping forward to teach watercolor classes to fill the void left by Patty Kane when she and her husband moved to Orlando to be near their family. We need to thank Patty for her years of teaching watercolor classes for us. We still need someone to teach morning classes after Sue finishes in February. Is that something you might consider doing? Contact Me.
The building and grounds are looking good. We have a new refurbished sign on the front of the building which is much more visible. The trees have been trimmed and some new gravel on the drive. Volunteers have trimmed shrubs and cleaned the garden area. Thank you to all the people that have taken on these projects.
Road construction is still underway on Estero Blvd. The news said tonight that there were additional funds coming that would allow for the project to be accelerated. Let’s hope. So far I have not run into many problems. It is a little slow and a bit rough.
If you have concerns about anything please contact me.
Indoor Yard Sale
Winners all around
Thanks to the generous donations from Louise Richardson and Sharon Greenshields our sale of
art materials was an overwhelming triumph and our Scholarship Fund benefitted greatly from the
profits. This was a "win-win" situation with members getting great art bargains and our student scholars
receiving monies for their education. Also, w/c paper and brushes were set aside for use with the
beach elementary school projects we support.
Special thanks go to Floyd Lawrence, Kathy Taylor, Julie Nusbaum, George Buelow, the Tuesday and Wednesday painters, the
gallery sitters and all FMBAA members who purchased art supplies. This event was truly a total
"gallery effort." THANKS TO ALL!
More work to make the Gallery Safer
Work has been completed to secure the underside of the gallery from unwanted visitors.
The lattice barrier protecting the front of the building has been extended around the whole gallery.
Tom Flaherty hard at work
Ann Dunlap, with a Book in the Library
To 'Clue' members in, Ann Dunlap, our Librarian, just recently installed new shelving in the Library.
As part of the project, Tom Flaherty was seen painting in the Gallery.
Good work Ann!
Farewell Message from the President
By Floyd Lawrence
My term is fast coming to an end. It seems like the time has gone by fast. There
has been times when I was questioning what was happening at the time, but the
final outcome is that it has been a very rewarding two years and I am very glad
that I took on the position of President. I would like to thank my Board and
Committee Members for all their work in keeping FMBAA a great art association.
It is not the work of one person, but the combined work of everyone.
I would like
to thank the membership for your friendships and support for the last two years.
Next year Julie Nusbaum will be leading the troops. Julie will do a great job in this
position. I have seen her start to transition into her duties and she is doing a fine
job. I would like to wish Julie, the Board and Committee members a great year.
2017 Annual Meeting and Potluck dinner
Join us at the Pot Luck Picnic on April 6th, 5:30 P.M. Cost is $5.00 per person with a maximum attendance of 50.
We need 25 members to conduct business.
Sign up at the Gallery to bring a dish to add to the buffet, or give Sue Dunlap a call at 219-309-5570. There is a listing of the types of foods needed so that we get a variety of sides to accompany the Spiral Baked Ham which will be provided as the entree.
Don’t forget to bring plates and tableware plus your beverage of choice.
Coffee and Iced Tea will also be available.
Anyone interested in helping out with setting up or replenishing the buffet while members go through the serving line should give Sue a call or send her a text.
2017 Spring Juried Show Results
2017 SJS 1st Place, Never by Sue Pink
On Monday, February 13th, the Winter Juried Show opened in the Main Gallery at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery, sponsored by the Fish House Restaurant.
Famous artist and instructor Jan Sitts judged the show.
On Sunday, February 19th, Heidi Fausel gave a Gallery Talk at 1 pm followed by a reception. Fish House Restaurant provided refreshments. This exhibit is available for viewing and sale until March 23rd.
First Place was awarded to Sue Pink, Never;
Second Place went to Jim Tarr for Storm Watch.
2017 SJS 2nd Place, Storm Watch by Jim Tarr
Third Place went to Lisa Grinter, Big Cypress Slough.
2017 SJS 3rd Place, Big Cypress Slough by Lisa Grinter
The Lee Ackert Memorial FMBAA Member Award for Exceptional Color Use was awarded to Judi Miller for Ensoleille Noix de Coco.
2017 SJS Lee Ackert Award, Ensoleille Noix de Coco by Judi Miller
The Florida Watercolor Society (Limited to water media used in an aqueous manner) Award went to Suzanne L Brown for Tranquility.
Merit Awards went to Cheryl Fausel for A Provençal Afternoon, and to Anne Kittel for Blu &YLO Interior II.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to Fred Bushnell for Winter Light and Nancy T Randall for Monarch Migration.
Congratulation to all winners. Stop by and let the Fish House Restaurant know we appreciate their support.
Kathy Taylor Exhibition
You are invited to come see the new exhibition of NEW Italian
Kathleen C. Taylor
20351 Summerlin Rd. #117
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Hours Mon. – Sat. 10:30 am – 8 pm
There will be a Reception on:
Saturday, February 18th, 4-6 pm
February Potluck and General meeting
Come to the Italian food based Potluck on Feb 9th, 5:30pm. Cost is $5.00 per person and bring an appetizer or a dessert.
Menu includes Mostaccioli, Salads and Garlic Bread. Sign-up at the gallery or give a call. Don't forget plates and tableware and any personal beverage.
Coffee, iced tea and Ice Cream will be provided.
Regarding the General meeting, there are three new directors being nominated to the FMBAA board. The candidates are
Tom Flaherty, Janine Lakatos, and Jeanne Raimondi. A general membership vote will be taken during the potluck. See you there!
FMBAA artist featured in Outdoor Painter Magazine
A nice Article on Kathryn McMahon by Bob Bahr [Plein Air Magazine/ Outdoor Painter]
Sue Pink, AWS
Long-time member Sue Pink has earned Signature Status in the American Watercolor Society this year!
Sue began her journey with the AWS entry of Binary Time in 2010,
followed by Shark Valley Raven in 2015,
and No Time this year.
This is a huge recognition for Sue and well deserved — we’re very proud!
Binary Time - 2010
Shark Valley Raven - 2015
No Time - 2017
FMBAA Open House - Jan 6th
Fort Myers Beach Art Association will host an Open House on January 6, 2017 from 9 AM to noon.
Kevin Tobin, a Golden Certified Working Artist, will be doing a demonstration of some new
elements that he learned in an intensive training seminar in May.
There will be samples and information packets.
New mini-masters will make their debut and go on sale as part of the event.
These small treasures, donated by members for the benefit of the FMBAA, are priced to sell at $10 each.
The 8x10 matted works feature beautiful beach scenes, abstracts and collage.
You might even find a mermaid.
Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome.
There is no charge for this event.
You will be able to talk with artists from each of the special painting groups: Outdoor (plein air) Painters, Indoor Painters, Experimentalists, and Portrait and Figure Painters.
Information on workshops, classes, special short workshops given by members and all the art association events will be available.
See what makes this group a treasure of Fort Myers Beach for over 65 years.
FMBAA 65th year celebration
On December 8th, we celebrated our 65th year of existence in style with a ribbon-cutting and Anniversary party.
The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce president, Jacki Liszak, and Past-president Joan Zeoli assisted Floyd Lawrence, President of Fort Myers Beach Art Association with the cutting of the ribbon.
Many members of the Chamber of Commerce attended. Chamber members Ron Fleming, John Gavin and Wayne Gibson each won a mini master by raffle.
The FMBAA members competed for “Most Artistic Appetizer.”
Award winners were Helma Gansen, Michele Buelow and Donna Bergeron.
Raffle Adds to Scholarship Fund
The Paint The Beach raffle brought in $1146 in funds for our Scholarship program. Thanks to the painters for their donations.
Donna Finlayson won Lynne Wesolowski’s painting
Merrie Rollins Snow won Helma Gansen’s painting
Finally, our own Mary Knight won Floyd Lawrence’s painting (Picture not available).
FMBAA Volunteers Keeping it Clean
All of us FMBAA members should remember to thank the following people for helping make the gallery a more beautiful place to work and visit:
Gus Kasparie, Helma Gansen, Henry Gansen, Bill Pappas, Bob Mueller, Bill & Mary Knight, Lynne Wesolowski, and the ring leader, George Buelow.
The group generated several huge piles of brush, which will be removed during the trimming of tall palm trees.
If you see these members & associates, please let them know you appreciate their efforts in keeping the grounds beautiful.
Keeping History Alive
A note from the FMBAA Historian, Donna Bergeron:
The gallery maintains a pictorial and written record of events in a scrapbook format for each year.
As historian, I try to gather FMBAA photographs, news articles, brouchures, and other print
material but the task is now more difficult without the Brush Off. I would appreciate your help.
Anytime you have an event photo, see an article, or find other material pertinent to the gallery's
history, please drop it off in the box by the gallery desk marked "Historian." I thank you as will
other members in the future.
Four Steps to Improve Member Safety
Ralph Miller hard at work
Ralph Miller and Tom Flaherty teamed up and replaced four very worn out steps on the side of the Gallery.
Let it Rain
In the last board meeting funding was allocated to have gutters installed on the entire Gallery.
On April 30th, the gutters were professionally installed.
Student Scholarship Show a Smashing Success
The winners of the FMBAA Student Shcolarship Show
The Fort Myers Beach Art Association recently featured our local student scholarship exhibit from March 25 – 29. The FMBAA awarded the scholarships at the reception held on March 26, 1-3pm at the gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Blvd.
FMBAA scholarship funds awarded annually total over $3000.
The exhibit contained works from college bound seniors from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts, Cypress Lake High School as well as the work of 6th-8th graders from Cypress Lake Middle School.
Marge Lee and Renée Chastant were the judging team who determined this year’s recipients for the scholarship awards and other awards. Marge Lee spent considerable time providing in depth critiques to the students during the reception held on Sunday March 26th.
Haley Keller received the FIRST PRIZE ART EXCELLENCE AWARD, $1200 college art tuition scholarship plus $175 cash.
Katja Redes received the SECOND PRIZE ART EXCELLENCE AWARD, $1000 college art tuition scholarship, plus $125 cash.
Madison Brewer received the THIRD PRIZE ART SCHOLARSHIP AWARD, $800 college art tuition scholarship, plus $75 cash.
MERIT AWARDS of $50 cash prize went to: Patricia Shamburger, Skylan Abraham, Kelsey Santini, Rebecca Casimir, Camryn Marver, Crystal Estrada Perez, Aracelly Peralta, Chole Pallak, Maya Miller, Dylan Goldberg, Chelsey Rios, Juanita Nino, and Maria Felix Gaspar.
Middle School Artists
1st prize: Isabella Digiorgio (pictured above)
2nd Prize: Olivia Bevillard
3rd Prize: Jordyn Ward.
CYPRESS LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL ARTISTS who were represented in the show were: Angel Anderson, Sarah Bejarano, Olivia Bevillard, Eliana Caravella, Kira Coleman, Katelyn Collier, Carley David, Isabella Digiorgio, Laura Enriquez, Tracy Hoang, Julia Howard, Karina Papanikoalaou, Reese Plappert, Ameilya Richardson,Hannah Ruby, Aidan Serrao, Sari Simon, Paris Thompson, Alana Transou, Elesia Transou, Holland Tyson, Jenna Ward, and Jordyn Ward.
Special thanks to the Judging team of Renée Chastant & Marge Lee. Renée Chastant is a recovering lawyer who now works as a professional artist. Renée’ s artwork is displayed in, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Florida. She is an active member of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League. Renée says “Color animates my soul” and “Art is a way for me translate my inner voices.” Marge Lee has an impressive resume, as public relations and marketing director for several art museums around the United States. She worked for 17 museums and historic sites under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Recently she was the curator for the exhibit “Ageless Creativity. The artists of Shell Point.”
Special thanks to the High School Visual Arts Faculty: Patricia Bonwell, Micki Smith, Tim Smith, and Marguerite Petcher. Special thanks to Joy Williams, Middle School Visual Arts Faculty.
Supporting the Arts
The annual Student Scholarship Show and Awards are supported financially by proceeds from the Santini Plaza Art Bazaar, a social benefit held that featured a “Paint Around”, and other yearlong fund-raising activities of the members of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association.
For more information, please call (239) 463-3909 or stop by the Fort Myers Beach Art Association gallery located on Donora Boulevard and Shell Mound Boulevard, one mile south of the Matanzas Bridge (turn at the blinking light at Estero Blvd. and Donora). The GPS address is 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach. FMBAA Gallery hours are 10-3 Mon-Sat.
Finally, hats off to Bev Silvia and a cast of helpers from FMBAA for organizing and making this event the best Student Scholarship Show yet.
Gretchen Johnson receives Citzen of Distinction Award
Nancy Randall and Gretchen Johnson
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Please be advised that our Gretchen Johnson is receiving the Citizen of Distinction Award from Fort Myers Beach this coming Monday, February 6 at Town Hall on Estero Boulevard.
Stop by and congratulate Gretchen on this special recognition!
Check out the link below for the complete story of Gretchen and Fort Myers Beach.
FMBAA member Nancy Randall, pictured above with Gretchen, started the process by submitting paperwork on Gretchen's behalf over a year ago.
Thanks to Nancy and congradulations to Gretchen.
Link to Sand Paper article
Sand Life Magazine Cover features FMBAA Artwork
FMBAA Member and Beach Lover, Helene Diederich, has her artwork on the cover of the
February issue of local Sand Life Magazine. Helene’s piece is a watercolor interpretation of a perfect beach day here in Paradise.
More artwork needed
Click here for information on getting your artwork on a future cover of the Sand Life Magazine.
Here is Helene's watercolor:
Cheryl Fausel, AWS
Long-time member Cheryl Fausel has also obtained Signature Status in the American Watercolor Society this year!
A long-held goal came to fruition in the past three years for her with the acceptance of Reflected Flowers in 2015, Reflections of Zurich in 2016, and View of the World, Neckarsulm this year, 2017.
(“Reflected Flowers” won the Mary Bryan Memorial Award in 2015 and had previously been shown at an International Exhibition in China as well!)
A hearty well-done to Cheryl!
Reflected Flowers - 2015
Reflections of Zurich - 2016
View of the World, Neckarsulm - 2017
FMB Library Exhibition
Susie Mcintire will be the Artist of the Month at the Fort Myers Beach Library for December of 2016. There will be a Meet and Greet on Friday, December 16 at 3:30 pm, with refreshments.
Please stop by and check out her show.
Apparently, We Need More Tourists!
The FMBAA has been awarded a Tourist Development Grant for $6282.
Monies are to be used for marketing beyond Lee and Collier Counties.
We use our grants for nationally advertising Paint The Beach and our Famous Artist Workshops.
The goal is to bring tourists and their vacation monies here to Fort Myers Beach.
We have so much to offer!
Thanks very much to the Tourist Development Council for this marketing grant, and to our Grant Chair Michele Buelow for her continued efforts in our behalf.
Job well done!
Photo is of our President, Floyd Lawrence, Stuart Brown representing the city of Ft Myers
and Carolyn Gora representing the Alliance for the Arts
Fall Judged Member Show Results
Awards for the first judged show of the season, sponsored by the Red Coconut, were presented on November 20 at the reception from 2-3:30 pm.
Fran Myers from the Red Coconut assisted in the presentation of the awards.
Bob Ackert presented the Best of Show in memory of his wife Lee Ackert, who was FMBAA President from 1983 to 1985.
Best in Show 'Lee Ackert Award' went to Sue Pink for “This I Believe.”
First Prize went to Cheryl Fausel for “The Blue Bag.”
Second prize went to, first time award winner, Kay Cowan for “Poppin’ Poppies”.
Third prize went to Honey Costa for “Angelo”.
Michele Barron Buelow received the Maya Bryant Award (outdoor painter) for “Ford Home.”
Merit Awards went to the following:
“Behind the Scenes” by Julie Nusbaum,
“Dock Nights” by Tracy Owen-Cullimore, and
“Lily Pond” by Judi Miller.
Honorable Mentions went to the following: “Hummer” by Pamela Gill Flaherty, “Mangrove Estuary” by Nancy T Randall, and “Low Tide in Maine” by Susan Armstrong.
Weso Sweeps up in NY Art Show
Member Lynne Wesolowski completed a mini-sweep at the Beaux Arts Show in White Plains, New York this past week.
Each piece entered won an award!
Sunday Morning, 1st Place Mixed Media;
Bunche Beach Sunset — 2nd Place Watercolors;
Cliff Palace - 1st Place Acrylics AND Best In Show!
Blue Ribbon Winners are automatically entered into the Bronxville Beaux Arts Finale in July.