Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Reminder: Upcoming ALOC Meeting--Nov. 19th, 1:30

Eliza Pineau, painter and graphic designer, will demonstrate her use of Colored Pencil in portraits. The public is invited to attend the meeting at Beardall Center.  Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in this demo.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Linda Amundsen wins award at Heathrow

Linda Amundsen won a Judge's Choice Award at the Heathrow Art Festival. Congratulations Linda!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Doris Smart painting exhibition

Doris Smart is exhibiting her paintings at Raphsodic Bakery in Orlando Nov. 12 through Dec. 7th.  Artist's Reception is November 12th from 6 to 9 p.m.  The Raphsodic Cooperative Bakery opened in May 2010 and is an urban pastry art house with monthly exhibits within its store.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Linda Amundsen exhibiting at Museum of Florida Art

Linda Amundsen had a painting juried into the Museum of Florida Art Biennial VI Exhibition in Deland. The exhibit opens on November 11th with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The show continues through March 3rd, 2012.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Crealde's Fall II Session to Start Next Week

It's not too late to sign up for Fall II classes at Crealde (but better do it quickly!) Classes start next week, Oct. 24th, and run through Dec. 17th. Some classes are eight weeks long, unless noted on the schedule. Take a peek at the offerings on line and avail yourself of the great art instruction offered at Crealde by calling 407-671-1886.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Call for Artists

7th Annual Member's Show at Gallery at Avalon Island is Dec. 15th through Jan. 13th.  Cash prizes will be awarded.  Deadline to apply is Nov. 19th.  Click here for further details.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Crealde Seminar "Making Art Your Business" Oct. 1st

If you've ever wondered about and been perplexed by the business side of selling your art, you don't want to miss this seminar. This yearly event, organized by Crealde's Director of Painting and Drawing, Henry Sinn, is a great opportunity to learn the secrets of successful art marketing from long-time professional artists in the community. They're donating their time for this event so that all funds collected will go to benefit Crealde's Painting and Drawing Department. To top it off, a free lunch is included! Further info is here.

Reminder: Upcoming ALOC Meeting

This is just a reminder that the first ALOC meeting after summer break is this Saturday at 1:30 on September 17th. This is a regular meeting with a demo featuring the artwork of Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson. A few other reminders for the meeting:
  • Please bring a nice nibble for sharing and any summer creations--paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures-- you're especially proud of (along with an easel if necessary.)
  • Those artists who wish to participate should bring a small ACEO (artist's trading card) artwork for exchanging. This was very popular the last few meetings and we'd like to continue the practice.
  • Jerry Bell will have raffle tickets for a trip for two to Switzerland to benefit Crealde's biggest fundraiser of the year. Tickets are normally $20/ea. or a block of eight for $100. They are available for the ALOC group at the block rate of $12.50/ea. If you'd like to take a chance, as well as support a worthy cause, please make checks payable to "Crealde."
  • Donations of art supplies/equipment for the children's art class at Crealde are needed on an ongoing basis and are greatly appreciated. Please bring donations to the meeting or contact Gayle Bell, 407-672-1001. Thanks!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Opening Reception at Crealde, Friday, Sept. 9

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion Friday, Sept. 9
Mid-Century: A Photographic View of Three African-American Communities in Florida.

A two venue exhibition at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center and the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery featuring Ellie Weems, Gordon Parks, and residents’ family photographs of the Hannibal Square community in West Winter Park. Curated by Peter Schreyer, in partnership with Museum in Jacksonville, and The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach.
• Alice & William Jenkins Gallery at Crealdé 6:00–7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion, 7:00–8:30 p.m. Opening Reception Moderated by Peter Schreyer, Curator and Crealdé’s Executive Director; with Lydia Stewart, Curator of the Ritz Theatre and Museum; Dr. Leonard Lempel, Professor of History and African-American Studies at Daytona State College; Melissa Reamer, Collections Manager of the Southeast Museum of Photography; and Fairolyn Livingston, Heritage Center Manager and Chief Historian.
• 8:30–10:00 p.m. Hannibal Square Heritage Center
Opening Reception with entertainment by the Chuck Archard Trio, featuring jazz from the 1940’s and 50’s.

Plein Air Exhibit Opening at CAH

Florida Painters Group, plein air painters from central Florida, are exhibiting their works at Casselberry Art House. The reception is Friday, Sept. 9th. Further info can be found here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Call for Artists

The Historic Sanford Welcome Center invites all artists to the Sanford Art Walk, a juried art show in the Welcome Center, and a walking tour of art venues located in historic downtown Sanford. The event takes place from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM on the fourth Friday of each month. The event at the Welcome Center will include live music, light refreshments and lots of ART!

The themes and rules are here and application is here.

September ALOC meeting--Sept. 17th, 1:30 p.m.

Our first meeting after summer break will feature a demo by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson. Well known locally for her wonderful collages, her works are much sought after both here and abroad. It should be lots of fun! And don't forget to bring some of your own artwork for everyone to admire (and also a tasty snack--somehow lemon meringue pie comes to mind!)

Crealde School of Art fundraiser in September

In conjunction with Crealde School of Art's 15th Annual Benefit Auction Fundraiser, raffle tickets for an all-expenses paid, deluxe week-long trip for two to Switzerland are available. The trip is designed by Peter Schreyer, Executive Director of Crealde and native of Switzerland. Check here for images and stories from previous tours.

Tickets are $20/each or eight for $100. ALOC could pool their resources and buy blocks of eight for $12.50 each. All proceeds will benefit Crealde. Please call Jerry Bell at 407-672-1001 or email: if you'd like to purchase a ticket. Checks should be made out to Crealde School of Art. Please let Jerry know if you want to purchase tickets prior to the next ALOC meeting (Sept. 17th) and he will have them available there.

Crealde's 15th Annual Benefit Auction Fundraiser is the following Saturday, September 24th, and will be held at the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando located at 544 Mayo Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available for $50 each. Please call 407-671-1886 for event details and to purchase entrance tickets.

This is Crealdé's largest fund raising event, which enables them to continue their mission to stimulate the creative process inherent in each individual through hands-on education in the visual arts. The funds raised allow them to continue their outstanding community programs that reach over 112,000 central Floridians annually.

Jazz guitarist John Valeri to perform in Maitland

Musical event featuring jazz guitarist, John Valeri, Sept. 18th, 6 p.m., at the art studio of Sandy Bonus, 142 S. Swoope Ave., Maitland. Please click this link for further information.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Doris Smart showing in Ivanhoe Village

Mucario Law firm will host a reception for “Nexus”, an exhibition of the art of Doris Smart and Jason Lee. Mucario Law is located at 1817 North Orange Avenue in the heart of the Ivanhoe Village district. The reception will be September 2nd, from 6-9pm, and will coincide with the 1st Friday’s Art Stroll of Ivanhoe Village. It is free and open to the public. The show runs through November 2nd.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stacy Barter workshop starts next week

There's still time to register for Stacy Barter's four week still life painting workshop at Crealde. The class starts next Tuesday, from 9 to 4. She's an excellent instructor! Please call 407-671-1886 to register.

Call for Artists

Eau Gallie Art Festival, Nov. 19th and 20th.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Last week to register at Crealde

It's the last week to register for Fall I art classes at Crealde!  From painting and drawing to photography or sculpture, the dog days of summer are the best time to spend learning an art skill from one of the talented instructors at Crealde.  The class schedule is here and further info can be obtained by calling 407-671-1886.

Art show and reception at Oviedo YMCA

ALOC members Karen Angell, Gayle Bell, Leslie Keller and Doris Smart, along with several other artists, are exhibiting their artworks at the Oviedo YMCA, 7900 Red Bug Lake Rd., Oviedo, during September.  The show will run September 6th through September 30th.  Artists' reception is Sept. 6th, 11:30 to 12:30.   For more info, please call Doris Smart at 407-365-4066.

Plein Air retreat in Maint Sept. 12--19

Click here for info.

Linda Amundsen exhibit upcoming

Linda Amundsen is exhibiting her paintings at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Altamonte Springs, 303 E. Altamonte Drive (407-339-3771), for the month of September.  A jazz/wine/cheese reception is being held on September 8th from 6-8PM.  Hope everyone can attend.

Paint-Out reunion Sept. 24th

The CFPAA Artists group is sponsoring a paint-out reunion in celebration of when the plein air movement began in Florida. Ten years ago in September, a group of painters met on the website “wetcanvas” and organized an all-inclusive paint-out in Ozello, FL. From that day on, lasting friendships were formed and Plein Air Florida and many local art groups were created.  CFPAA was the Orlando-based group.  In celebration of how far Florida plein air painting has advanced in ten years, CFPAA is sponsoring a one-day reunion on September 24th in Ozello Florida. Painting sites have been mapped out and prizes will be awarded to the top three artists choice awards. After painting all day, there will be a showing of the art and dinner at Peck’s Old Port Cove, 139 N Ozello Trl, Crystal River. Many artists will be staying over Friday and Saturday night, making it a full weekend. Corporate rates have been secured at the Holiday Inn Express. 

There is no fee to join.  This is a good way to start off the painting season since it has been so HOT all summer long. Everyone is invited!! Pass the word. 

For details or to sign up, you may contact Elisabeth Ferber at or Sharon Muldoon at


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Abstract Oil Painting workshop with Barbara Tiffany

At Crealde School of Art in Winter Park
Registration Deadline: Aug. 1
August 12, 13, 14
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (1 hr. lunch) Studio 1A
Members $270 • Non-Members $290
Learn how to create an abstract painting from your own photos, as Barbara shows you step by step the process she uses through her computer and photo printer. Once the image is abstracted, she will teach cropping, editing, composition options and color balance, and then demonstrate her painting process.
Barbara Tiffany has been teaching art since 1984 and is represented by Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach. She has studied with, among others, master painter Maury Hurt. Everything she accomplishes with her own art is shared with her students.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Crealde early bird discounts available

Fall I classes are registering now at Crealde and an early bird discount of $15 a class is available for a limited time.  Please check schedules and workshop listings at

Artists wanted: 45th annual Osceola Art Festival

Wanted to borrow: Display walls

If anyone has some display walls they could lend out for an art show at Oviedo YMCA during the month of September, please contact Doris Smart at 407-365-4066 or  Thanks!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Crealde's Fri. Open Studio cancelled tomorrow

Crealde's Friday open studio is cancelled tomorrow due to summer camp, however, Sunday life drawing open studio at Crealde is still on from 10 to 12:30.

Ten Women in Art Show

Ten Women in Art Artist Reception July 24th, 2 to 4 p.m., Gateway Center for the Arts.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Call for Artists

Biennial Six Juried Exhibition at Museum of Florida art.  Prospectus is here.  Deadline is September 30th, 2011. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stacy Barter showing at University Club

 "Soft Window Light," 18 x 24, oil on linen
Stacy Barter is showing her latest paintings at the University Club in Winter Park from July 5th through July 26th.   The artist reception will be this Sunday, July 10th, from 2 to 4 p.m.  The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, at the corner of Webster Ave and Park Ave N, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 4 p.m.  For further info, please call 407-644-6149.  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ladies week-long plein air retreat in Maine

Great opportunity for plein air painters to escape the Florida heat and enjoy and paint the beauty of Maine.  Renee Lammers has space for six women artists at her beautiful home this July.  She'll take care of everything, including cooking and driving, so artists can concentrate on their painting.  Check here for further info.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Avanced local plein air workshop with Larry Moore

July 22-24 (Friday through Sunday).  Cost is $350.  Link here for details.  

Call for Florida women artists

Second annual juried exhibition at Florida Museum for Women Artists in Deland.  Application needs to be postmarked by Saturday June 25th.  Check here for info.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Marianna Ross exhibiting paintings in New York

Marianna Ross is exhibiting her silk paintings at the Cooperstown Art Association Gallery in Cooperstown, NY, from June 10th through July 8th.  For further info, please check this site.

Volunteer artists and art supplies wanted for ABCs program

Art by Coalition Children (aka the ABCs program) has been bringing professional artists into the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida every six to eight weeks since 2003.  The program is designed to expose the children residing at the facility to various art forms and inspire their confidence and self-esteem under the trying conditions they find themselves in.  Further info can be found here.  If you'd like to lend your artistic knowledge to this worthwhile cause, please contact Marty Vevera at 407-872-5784 or email:  They're also in need of art supplies for their various classes, so please keep them in mind if you're doing any studio cleaning/tidying.  Thanks for all your help. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

ALOC member in upcoming Crealde exhibit

Gayle Bell had artwork accepted into the 31st Annual Juried Student Show at Crealde School of Art.  An opening reception will be held on June 10th from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  Annual membership meeting and awards presentation will take place on the same date in the Showalter Hughes Community Gallery next door from 7 to 8 p.m.  The exhibit will remain on display until August 31st.
Exhibit Dates: June 10th – August 31st
Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM Monday - Thursday,
9 AM - 1 PM Friday & Saturday
Location: Crealde School of Art,
Alice & William Jenkins Gallery (map)
Cost: FREE
Free Reception : Friday, June 10th, 7 to 9:30 p.m. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fall Plein Air Paint Out in Roswell, Georgia

Start making plans for a paint out in beautiful Roswell, Georgia, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1st. Check here for more info.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

GCA to host Golden Acrylic Workshop this weekend

Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary will host several Golden Acrylic Workshops, including a free one, with Kevin Tobin on Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and May 29th. For further info, check this link.

Fundraiser for ALOC member, Maria Carmona

Maria is on the waiting list for a lung transplant and is currently no. 5 on the list, which means she may be called any moment to undergo the operation in Gainsville.

To help Maria, a fundraiser dance will be held on Sunday, June 5th, at the Casa de Puerto Rico located on Curry Ford Rd. and Crystal Lake in front of the Winn Dixie. Tickets are $25 or whatever donation you feel you can afford. Food will be served and music will start at 1 pm and play all day. If you'd like further information or can't attend but are interested in donating to the cause, please call the event coordinator, Judith Ortiz, at 407-538-1119 or email:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Stacy Barter workshop June 6 through June 8 at Crealde

Figure painting workshop coming up at Crealde with acclaimed local artist, Stacy Barter. Check here for details.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

ALOC members in upcoming exhibit

Doris Smart and Sherrie Branyon Tanke to exhibit paintings in the "Wildlife - In Color" show at Casselberry City Hall.  This exhibit features wildlife artists from Central Florida as they showcase lots of feathers, fur and fins. A special opening reception will be held on May 20th. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided and the Central Florida Zoo will bring some special guests.
Exhibit Dates: May 20 – July 8
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
Location: Casselberry City Hall (Map)
Cost: FREE
Free Reception : Friday, May 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April Newsletter

The April newsletter can be found HERE.

Cut off date for having information included in the newsletter will be the 5th of each the month. Please send to Karen and Michelle Angell at

Monday, April 4, 2011

Opening reception/American Pen Women show

Recycled Art Show at Casselberry Art House

In conjunction with this year's Earth Day Celebration, Gayle Bell and Doris Smart have artwork in the Recycled Art Show at Casselberry Art House from April 4th until April 29th.  The Earth Day Celebration will be held at Lake Concord Park on April 23rd from 10 - 3 p.m.  More info can be found here

Opening Reception for Mary J. Gray

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nancy Dillen's completed demo painting

For those of us lucky enough to attend Nancy Dillen's demo at the ALOC monthly meeting in March, here's one of the completed paintings.  It's a ways off, but be sure and mark your calendar for January 14th next year. That's the date set for an oil painting workshop with Nancy at Casselberry Art House.  Stay tuned--details will be forthcoming.

Call for Artists

Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary is seeking art from male artists which depicts the male figure. Deadline for entry is April 30, 2011. Show opens June 5th. There is no entry fee, but sales are subject to 40/60% split with 40% of sales to Gateway. Please contact Josh Garrick for further info at 407-522-3906 or This link also has info and a form to download.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Please pick up artwork at Casselberry Art House

Some of the winners from the Spring Show at Casselberry Art House, with judge Richard Colvin, Maitland Art Center.

Pick up is tomorrow, Thursday, March 31st, between 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Thanks to all who participated in a great show.

Calendar of events on blog

Please check out the ALOC calendar of events at the bottom of the blog.   

Saturday, March 26, 2011

April ALOC demo will feature Jennifer Myers Kirton

Jennifer Myers Kirton will demonstrate her technique of using pen and ink for quick stippling of realistic and imaginary subjects at the April 16th ALOC meeting at 1:30, Beardall Center.  Her creations have been shown in books and magazines and she has been in exhibitions throughout Florida, Paris, Berlin and Texas. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Workshop Cancelled: Workshop with Romel dela Torre in Winter Park

Great opportunity to study locally with master painter, Romel dela Torre.  The workshop will be three full days at Mary Martin's Winter Park studio (March 31, April 1 and 2).  Cost for the workshop, which includes model fees, is $350.  This artist is a master of the figure, as well as landscape and still life, and is much sought after for his teaching abilities.  Must register by Sunday March 27th for this portrait and figurative workshop.  Please call Mary at 407-497-1824 or email:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March Newsletter

The March newsletter can be viewed here.

Monthly Meeting and Artist Demo
Saturday, March 19 @1:30 pm

This month's guest artist is Nancy Dillen.

Cut off date for having information included in the newsletter will be the 5th of each the month. Please send to Karen Angell at

Monday, March 7, 2011

MAY 2011 ALOC Show at Gallery One in Kissimmee

Well ALOC Members we are having a show at the Gallery One Artist Gallery at 101 E. Dakin Ave. Kissimmee. To be in the show sign up at the meeting the month of March and April and pay the fee.
Fee: $5.00 one painting
$10.00 two paintings
No Refunds if you can't make it..
If the gallery sells your work you receive all moneys, the gallery takes no commission.
You drop off your artwork on May 3rd, and 4th -Tuesday and Wed. Time: 10am to 7pm
Reception: May 6th - Time 6pm to 9pm Please bring a bottle of wine for the reception( you can get wine 3 bottles for $10.00 at walgreens or CVS)
Art Pick up if not sold is May 31st June 1st and 2nd.
If the artwork is not pick up with in a week after these pick up dates, the artwork becomes the property of the gallery. As we are limited in space, between each show of work.
Any question please email Sandra Scheetz-Wise at
or call at 407-404-2550

Saturday, March 5, 2011

ALOC Meeting on March 19th to feature demo by Nancy Baur Dillen

Nancy Baur Dillen, retired professor of art at Brevard Community College, merges imagery of the real and unreal, the romantic and the dramatic, in a recent series of surreal landscapes.  Two concepts reflected in Dillen's work are the need to accept things as they are, and the need to dream.   She creates her unusual and inventive paintings with hand-made oil paints which she creates with dry pigments and burnt plate oil, the binder for intaglio ink.  Be sure to attend this exciting demo.  

March 19th at 1:30
Place:  Beardall Senior Center, 800 Delaney, Orlando

As usual, please bring a snack for sharing and forward this notice to anyone you think may be interested in learning about Nancy Dillen's technique. 

Friday, March 4, 2011