Saturday, October 9, 2010

Art Show & Sale

November 13, 2010, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Pkwy., Altamonte Springs.  Live music, refreshments and over 25 artists participating.   A portion of all sales will go to benefit Hospice of the Comforter. 

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Artists wanted! November art show in Altamonte Springs

ALOC Artists,
If you'd like to participate in an art show/sale on Saturday, November 13th, at Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, please let Ginny Seibert know by Oct. 16th.  Here's the write-up about it in the last newsletter.  Ginny's contact info is 407-831-3599 or email at  If you'd like to volunteer on the day of the event, please let her know also. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

ALOC Newsletter for Sept. 2010

ALOC Newsletter September 2010                                                            

Sunday, August 22, 2010

POWERTEX WORKSHOP with Marsha DeBroske

On Saturday 08-14-2010, Marsha DeBroske - sculptor, painter, teacher - led a "Powertex Workshop" for ALOC members at the Creative Spirit Art Gallery, in Orlando, FL. Eleven members participated, we learned a lot, and we had a blast!
What is Powertex? It is a fabric hardener that will adhere to everything but plastic, is AP approved for non-toxicity, and gives a very professional look to your sculpture when dry. Other extras can enhance the final effect, such as ColorTricks powders, and StoneArt.

Marsha is a great teacher; she gave us an unbelievable amount of attention, answered many questions, and made sure we all went home with a finished piece.

Here are pictures of our trip to Powertex land. These are the 5 steps we followed to complete our sculptures:
Step #1:  For a human shape, cut 3 electrical wires to a certain size, & twist them in order to create a body with 2 legs, 2 arms, a head, and shoulders. For other shapes, just make sure you strenghten the "backbone/spine" with extra wire.

 Step #2:  Build your sculpture with foil. Cover each foil layer with masking tape, and keep building until desired form is achieved.

Step #3:  Cover the entire piece with Masking tape - be patient!

 Step #4:  Dip pre-cut strips of fabric in the gooey Powertex - [Powertex comes in 5 colors: Bronze, Ivory, Transparent, Lead, and Terra Cotta. We played with Bronze.] - and cover the Masking-taped form throughout. Add hair and clothing as desired, also dipped in the Powertex.

In mid-afternoon, the U.S. Powertex representative Regine Dossche and her daughter Valerie  demonstrated more interesting possibilities for Powertex when mixed with StoneArt, and other cool products. Visit for more information.

Step #5:  With a brush, paint on iridescent-colored powders [we used Bronsgold and Terragreen ColorTricks] for highlights in your sculpture. Voila!

Marsha - THANKS for a wonderful day of fellowship and art-making. You are an absolute gem, a joy to be around, and we have learned to play a great deal with Powertex. Readers: please take time to visit the website of this very talented artist:

Who knows? Maybe we'll do a show with our Powertex creations! With patience and imagination, we all came up with interesting creations: a bird, a horse, a sunbather, a mermaid, an angel and many more ideas! Doris is interested in creating a cat next...

Doris - THANKS so much for pulling this workshop together. We all know it was a lot of work, and you made it happen. You're the best!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Grant Workshop for Artists at Crealde

August 28
10th Annual Free Grant Workshop
for Individual Artists

Crealdé’s Executive Director Peter Schreyer, an internationally exhibited artist and past grant review panelist on the state and local level, will conduct this free workshop to inform artists about grant opportunities from the State of Florida, United Arts, and other organizations.  Register on-line or call 407-671-1886 to register.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Congratulations to Judy Bragg Pardo!

Judy Bragg Pardo won Honorable Mention certificate in Best Design in Originality at the Orlando Street Painting Festival on April 17, 2010. To see chalk painting, visit:

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thank you from MSF (belated posting--sorry)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Art with Heart fundraiser at MAC. We've raised almost $6300 to date. Tom Swartz, a fellow artist, is leading another fundraiser at his church, the Altamonte Chapel, with some of the left over paintings as well as new donations. As before, all proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders. I'll post the flyer. We will send in the additional money we've collected as well as proceeds from the auction on May 30th after the event is concluded. Thanks for everyone's help.

Silent Art Auction at Altamonte Chapel

Silent Art Auction Altamonte Chapel

May 2010 Newsletter

ALOC Newsletter May 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Artists and art lovers--speak up now before it's too late!

Below is a letter sent to the Orlando Sentinel today voicing concerns about the proposed Maitland Art Center (MAC)/Maitland Historical Society merger. Please send this link to any others who need to be informed (especially MAC members who may be called on to vote on the merger.) Those who are not MAC members--now may be a good time to became one and ensure that MAC is properly cared for so future generations can enjoy it. Thanks


To the Editor:

It was disturbing to find out recently that the annual fundraiser, pARTicipation, for the Maitland Art Center (MAC) has been cancelled for 2010. This event is key in helping to raise money necessary to keep the center operating successfully and is especially critical in this difficult recession. The reason given for the cancellation is due to possible conflicts with the Maitland Historical Society’s fundraiser. This is especially troubling considering the Maitland Historical Society recently received a $1 million donation from The Morgan Group, developers of the Village at Lake Lily. It appears the crucial fundraiser this year should be for MAC which has not been the beneficiary of such largess.

Promoting one organization at the expense of the other calls into doubt the assurances given to MAC members that the proposed merger between MAC and the Maitland Historical Society will be mutually beneficial and will not allow one group to dominate the other.
MAC is a community treasure as well as a long-standing vital asset to the local creative arts community. It must not be starved of the critical funding it needs to survive these tough times. We can’t afford to let any of our fine art institutions be mishandled and we urge everyone to become involved and ask pertinent questions about the merger and its impact to MAC. Actions do speak louder than words and it now seems the merger between MAC and Maitland Historical Society doesn’t appear to be as positive as it’s been portrayed.

Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Bell

Monday, March 29, 2010

List of Artists and Corporate Sponsors for "Art with Heart" Fundraiser

Haiti Donating Artists List Condensed for Website                                                            

"Art with Heart" fundraiser update

Thanks to all the artists and corporate sponsors who contributed to the "Art with Heart" fundraiser at Maitland Art Center last Friday.  So far, we've collected over $5,000 to go to Doctors without Borders.  Here's a link to the latest update

ALOC Newsletter--March 2010

ALOC Newsletter March 2010                                                            

Monday, March 22, 2010

Morgan Samuel Price All Day Workshop--April 3rd

All Day Workshop - April 3rd from 9:00 am to 5:00pm
The workshop begins with a painting demonstration followed by the artists on location painting for the remainder of the day. Critique takes place on location at the end of the day.
Tuition: $100.00
Call 407-252-2102 for further info.
Casselberry Art House is located directly behind City Hall, Casselberry, FL.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Marianna Ross - "Luminous Spring!" Exhibit

On Sunday March14th, Marianna Ross, one of ALOC's beloved artist and member, held a reception at her Solo Exhibit "Luminous Spring" at the University Club of Winter Park, FL. What a treat to admire her beautiful Silk Paintings adorning the walls of the large gallery space!
At 3pm Marianna put her painting apron on and demonstrated the art of Silk Painting.
 Marianna explained the technical aspects of Silk Painting, and invited all guests to participate and discover fabric painting on silk.
Many people enjoyed the process and painted in groups. It was an interesting and creative afternoon. Bravo, Marianna!

"Luminous Spring" - Paintings by Marianna H. Ross
University Club of Winter Park, 841 Park Ave. N, Winter Park, FL 32789 - 407-644-6149

Marianna will teach a Silk Painting Workshop at the Casselberry Art House on March 27th. For questions, email her at
About Marianna H. Ross:
Marianna received her MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona, and a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Her work may be found in many private and public collections, including the AAA Corporate Headquarters, Daytona Beach Regency Hotel, Renaissance Hotel, US Virgin Islands, and Walt Disney World. She retired in 2006 as Professor of Art, Seminole State College, after teaching 34 years in several states.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Call for Artists

Osceola Center for the Arts is accepting applications from artists for their 2010 juried art show on May 1 through 26.  Cash prizes will be awarded.  Application is (non-refundable) $15 for each work submitted, with a limit of three, and due April 21st.  Check this link for further info.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Snapshot of you" by Eliza Pineau won FIRST PLACE

"Deniz with Gladiolas" by Mariana Ross won SECOND PLACE

"Aren't You Glad" by Kitty Osburn won THIRD PLACE

"The Mask" by Marisa Carmona won an Honorable Mention award

"Lisa napping" by Jane Polkowski won an Honorable mention award

"Three Babuskas" by Betty Rusnak won an Honorable Mention award

"Marilyn" by Arlene Kartak won an Honorable Mention award

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Call for artwork--please bring donations to Saturday ALOC meeting

Art with Heart fundraiser to benefit Doctors without Borders in Haiti. Event to be held at Maitland Art Center, Germaine Marvel Building, Friday, March 26th, from 3 to 9 p.m.  Thanks to all the ALOC members who have donated such lovely works so far.  Anyone else wishing to donate, please bring artwork to this Saturday's ALOC meeting. Include info on back: name of artist, medium, suggested buy now price, suggested minimum price (if applicable.) I'll have receipts to hand out for your donations. Also needed are volunteers to work the event.Please call Gayle Bell, 407-672-1001 for further info.

Also, Orlando Behavior Health in Longwood is calling for art donations with a healing and secular message. The artwork should be ready to hang, with no breakable glass. Include artist info on back.  Please contact Dianne Young, 407-765-0921 for further information.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ALOC February 2010 Newsletter

ALOC Newsletter February 2010                                                    

Monday, February 8, 2010

Change of date for Drs. without Borders fundraiser

The date for the fundraiser at Maitland Art Center is now March 26th, from 3 to 9 p.m.  Please check out the link for donations and to contribute artwork or volunteer.  Thanks. 

Art with Heart

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Art with Heart" fundraiser for Haitian relief at Maitland Art Center

We are seeking artwork donations which will raise money for the disaster in Haiti.  100% of proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders operating in Haiti.  Maitland Art Center is agreeable to letting us use their facilities for this purpose on Fri., Feb. 12.  This is the Friday before Valentine's Day, so we're calling this fundraiser "Art with Heart."  Anyone interested, please email me or call so I can get a list together of artwork.  Please submit the minimum you will accept for your art.  You can call me or Jerry at 407-672-1001 or 407-592-5257 for further info.  Also, please let us know if you'd be interested in volunteering for this fundraiser.  Due to the short notice of this event, if it can't be managed for Feb. 12th, we'll reschedule as soon as possible.  Please send this link to any other artists you know that may be interested in contributing to this worthy cause.  Thank you.
Gayle and Jerry Bell

Casselberry Art House show--important update

After completion of applications, please mail them to: Lindsey Anderson, Recreation Center, 200 North Triplet Lake Dr., Casselberry, Fl  32707.  Be sure to initialize each sheet of the application and put "ALOC" into the Exhibit Title line on the first page.  She needs this info ASAP in order to keep track of entries, prepare cards, price lists, etc. for show.  When the paintings are dropped off on the 1st of March Arlene will verify submissions against compiled list and collect a $5.00 fee.  Drop off time is March 1st from 11 to 1 p.m.  Additional info is here, or you can contact Arlene Kartak for further info at or 407-834-6388.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Application for ALOC show at Casselberry Art House

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

"January" Study

A cold January reminded me of this study I did for a painting I finished last year, entitled "January". The study has always had a special place for me -- I have always liked it much better than the finished product -- and it was my joy to gift it to a close friend this past holiday season.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SCC Seeks Local Artists

Seminole Community College Fine Arts Gallery is in search of artists for the 2010-2011 academic year. To be considered for an exhibit, please send proposal, resume, 15-20 high resolution images, and artist statement prior to February 2, 2010. Send information and CD in a manila envelope lined with bubble wrap and marked in bold letters as follows: FRAGILE DO NOT BEND . Address envelope to: Seminole Community College Fine Arts Gallery, 100 Weldon Blvd , Sanford , FL 32773-6199 .  CD images will not be returned to artists, they will be archived in college files. 

For further information please call: 407-708-2704.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Still too cold!

Still cold here in Florida -- but it has me looking at the few winter scene that I have done in years past -- the cold here is not as inspirational as the snow up north!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


"Solitude" Watercolor Painting by Krys Pettit
This recently completed painting was inspired by a scene in near Owls Head, Maine some years ago -- although I saw it during the day it led me to wonder about it at night -- how it might look on a chilly summer night in the full moon -- and who would be there to witness it?


It's too cold here in Central Florida -- we had sleet, ice and snow in some places yesterday. Not living in a wintry climate I tend not to paint too many winter scenes -- this one happens to be something I did many years ago from am memory of those fantastic sunsets in Upstate New York!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Call for Artists

All ALOC members are encouraged to submit up to two artworks (no larger than 36" x 36") for inclusion in the March show at the Casselberry Art House (CAH), 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry, FL 32707 Phone:  (407) 262-7700 x1576.  Applications will be at the January ALOC meeting at Beardall Senior Center.  Drop off of artwork at CAH will be on Mon., March 1, from 11 to 1 p.m.  Application should accompany artwork along with a $5 entry fee.  (Pieces can be marked for sale or NFS; CAH does not require a commission from any proceeds of sales--20%.)  Art pick up is Friday, March 26 from 11 to 2 p.m.

Ken Austin is judging the show and prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third place.  All members are requested to bring either an appetizer or wine, or both ;-), to the reception, which will take place on Friday, March 5th, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Plates, napkins and glasses will be furnished by CAH.  You can contact Arlene Kartak for further info at or 407-834-6388.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

ALOC Newsletter January 2010

ALOC Newsletter January 2010