Monday, April 30, 2007

White Springs Paintout Report

Suwannee Valley Plein Air Painters (SVPAP) and the City of White Springs sends a big thank you to the 18 artists from Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Tampa and other places that participated in the White Springs Paintout on Apr 18th. Also, to Plein Air Florida for their promotion, advice and support. Everyone had a great time, the weather was good and we had quite a few artists that sold paintings. The town was very pleased and there are plans to make this an annual event. Next time there will be ample lead time so more artists can plan to attend.
--John Larner

Sunday, April 29, 2007

PAPTC Painting Site

This Tuesday and next, May 3 & 10, PAPTC will paint at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce. The Gardens consist of an assortment of specialty areas including a Japanese Garden, Reflection Garden, Herb Garden, Rainforest Display, Native Plants Garden and a Palm & Cycad Walk. It's a lovely and fun place to paint. They are open 9 to 5 and admission is $6.00.

From downtown Fort Pierce you can go one of two ways: The more scenic route is to go south about 3 miles on Indian River Dr. Turn right (west) onto Savannah Rd. Go about .2 miles. The Garden parking lot is on the right. OR you can go south on US-1 from downtown/Orange Ave area about 2.5 miles through the Virginia Ave intersection. Pass Gardenia Ave, which is the next stoplight. Proceed one more block to Savannah Rd (no stoplight). Look for a Super Video Store on SE corner at Savannah Rd and Heathcote signs. Turn left (east) onto Savannah Rd; go two blocks. The Garden is on the left.

See you there -- Lori

Some of the bromileads and coleus at Heathcote.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Painting the Impressionist Landscape Workshop

June 5,12,19,26
Center Place Fine Arts
Brandon FL

TBPAP member Kerry Vosler will help you understand how to interpret what you are seeing into simple color values, and teach you techniques used by Russian and French masters of Impressionism. This class is en plein air and for adults and mature teens. She will demonstrate frequently and show you how to mix beautiful color. Supply list is available at the center.

Kerry has been a professional working artist for 20 years and is adept in pastel and oil. She studied portrait, figure, and sculpture under great masters such as Daniel Greene, Robert Liberace, Judith Carducci, and Impressionism with Lois Griffel and John Wurderman.

$125 Register at CPFA or call 813.685.8888

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Report on Epcot Center Paint Out

L to R
Dorothy Gardiner, Kathy Wobie, Durinda Cheek, Mary Jane Volkmann.

Joe Taylor

Thursday night for dinner.

L to R
Linda Blondheim, Dorothy Gardiner, Stewart Jones, Durinda Cheek

L to R

Joe and Gloria Taylor, Durinda Cheek, Dorothy Gardiner

L to R
Barbara Perrotti, L Diane Johnson, and Durinda Cheek

As you can see we had a swell time at Epcot Center this year. It was wonderful as always. Thousands of visitors, in fact that is the most I have seen in the four years I have been there. Everything, including the weather, was perfection.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tuesday paintouts from the PAPTC

This tuesday April 17th, we will be painting again at Peterson's Grove in Vero Beach. To get to the grove, take route 60 from Vero Beach heading west. Turn north (right) onto 66 (CR-615). Drive about a mile and its there on your left. Park along the animal pens so their customers have a place to park. I will probably get there around 10 am.
Peterson's grove is very cool, they have lots of quaint little sheds, old farm equiptment, interesting plants and animals. Pigs, ducks, chickens, pigeons, etc. Its lots of fun just to walk about. Look forward to seeing you there!
Lori McNamara

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

From PAF Member Marge Drew

Please take a look at the plein air paintings of Robert Rohrich. This is the direct link to see his work as my guest artist. Robert, a Palm Coast, FL resident is an oil painter, member of PAF, ECPA, and PAASA. He is a very active painter. He also is in a show at Island Fine Art in Crescent Beach (with 2 other artists) The address there is 6279 A1A South; St. Augustine, FL. I would refer you to their website but unfortunately it has not been updated for shows since Nov 2006.. Their webmaster is in a graduate program and extremely busy.
If you would like to send Robert a message about his paintings you will find his direct email link at the end of his background information. I am sure that he would love to hear from you.
I invite any of you who do not presently have a website to be my guest artist. It is free, it is fun and also a great way to learn what kinds of things need to be pulled together if you are thinking of building a website, in addition to being able to share your art on line for a month with your friends, family etc. I do this as a gift.
Marge' Drew
Epcot Center Invitational
Art in The Garden Annual Festival

Selected PAF members will be painting in the World Showcase at Epcot Center on April 20-22 2007. This will be our fourth year at the Garden Festival and we are all very excited to be there. I will post pictures and stories after the event. The following artists will participate in the Epcot plein air event: Dominic Avant- Sarasota, Linda Blondheim- Gainesville, Durinda Cheek- Riggold GA, Charles Dickinson- St Augustine, Cynthia Edmonds-Winter Park, Elisabeth Ferber-Orlando, Dorothy Gardiner- Largo, , L Diane Johnson- Carey NC, Stewart Jones- Winter Park, Linda Pence- Gainesville, Charles Schaefer- St Augustine, Joe Taylor- St Augustine, Mary Jane Volkmann- Gainesville, Kathleen Wobie- Micanopy

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Tuesday paintouts from the PAPTC

This tuesday April 10th, and tuesday April 17th, we will be painting at Peterson's Grove in Vero Beach. To get to the grove, take route 60 from Vero Beach heading west. Turn north (right) onto 66 (CR-615). Drive about a mile and its there on your left. Park along the animal pens so their customers have a place to park. I will probably get there around 10 am.
Peterson's grove is very cool, they have lots of quaint little sheds, old farm equiptment, interesting plants and animals. Pigs, ducks, chickens, pigeons, etc. Its lots of fun just to walk about. Look forward to seeing you there!
Lori McNamara

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Heidi Edwards Exhibit at Arts on Douglas

Heidi Edwards Exhibit
April 7, 2007

4 - 7 PM

The show will be up through April 28, 2007

Art on Douglas
123 Douglas Street
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Upcoming Exhibit

Kanapaha Hosts Art Opening and Book Signing: Spring in the Gardens.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville, Florida, offers tribute to the warm season with “Spring in the Garden”, a showing of fine art by six artists, five of whom are members of Plein Air Florida: Trish Beckham, Betty Blitch, Linda Pence, Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobie. The paintings of local landscapes are in oils, acrylics and watercolors. Most were painted on location at sites including Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The opening is scheduled Friday April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Summer House at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. “Spring in the Garden” will run through July 6.

The event will also feature the premiere signing by Gardens' director Dr.Don Goodman of his newly released book, Summer of the Dragon. The book's title derives from a chapter of the same name that describes an alligator attack that cost Goodman his right arm. The work, which is described by Goodman as "memoiresque, but not a memoir," includes tales of a lifetime of interactions with animals and plants, some of Gainesville's colorful eccentrics, misadventures of student days and the story of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Thereafter, the book will be available at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and local bookstores.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Plein Air Event - Concorso Rapido Dunedin Florida

April 14, 9 am – 5 pm (Saturday)
Concorso Rapido

Everybody is invited to participate in Concorso Rapido.
Due to rainy weather the event was cancelled and is rescheduled to take place on
April 14th. Meet at 9 am at Paper Players – The Treehouse Garden Collection, 437 Virginia Lane, downtown Dunedin, to get your paper stamped. Take the day to do your plein air painting in the Dunedin area then turn in your work by 5 pm for judging. Refreshments are served at the awards party. The fee to participate is $15.00.
You may register in advance or the day of the event. The fee is: $15 DFAC members, $25 non-members, and $15 students w/ valid ID. For more info call Kaya or Catherine at 298-3322, or e-mail Kaya at

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Posting Events

Dear All,

If you are going to post events and paint out information, please include the Who What When Where along with whether the painting locations have bathrooms, nearby restaurants, good or poor parking, footpaths, etc. You will also want to include the major access roads and simple directions for those painters who come from out of the area along with any fees.



Florida Artist Group Annual Symposium

Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences

May 18 - September 3, 2007
Reception, Friday May 18

I am proud to be a member of this prestigious organization and I'm sure there are other PAF members as well.

Beginning with an opening reception Friday May 18th, and running through Sunday, September 3rd, this exhibit consists of works created by the oldest professional artists' organization in the state’s history.

The Florida Artist Group (FLAG) was formed in 1934 by a group of prominent artists in the Sarasota area called the "Gulf Coast Artist Group”. This group included Fred Messersmith (then head of the Stetson University Art Department), Hilton Leech, Lois Bartlett Tracy, and at least a dozen more of the most well established artists in the Gulf Coast region. The gradual inclusion of a wider membership base led to the eventual name change to “The Florida Artist Group”. In 1949 FLAG was incorporated as a State not for profit organization.

Over the years the group has exhibited in several museums around the state of Florida, including the St. Petersburg Museum of Art, the Miami Metropolitan, Cornell and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Every spring the group holds a members’ exhibition and symposium in a different Florida location, bringing in prominent out of state judges and speakers. This year’s judge is Dr. Donald Kuspit. Donald Kuspit is one of America's most distinguished art critics. Winner of the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (1983), given by the College Art Association, Professor Kuspit is a Contributing Editor at Artforum, Sculpture, and Tema Celeste magazines, the Editor of Art Criticism, and on the advisory board of Centennial Review. He has doctorates in philosophy (University of Frankfurt) and art history (University of Michigan), as well as degrees from Columbia University, Yale University, and Pennsylvania State University. He has also completed the course of study at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the New York University Medical Center. He received honorary doctorates in fine arts from Davidson College (1993) and the San Francisco Institute of Art (1996).

Dr. Kuspit will be presenting a program to the group on Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 pm at the Plaza Resort and Spa. For information on attending his lecture, please contact Sydney McKenna (904) 824-2414.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Tuesday Paintouts from the PAPTC

Hi Everybody,
Tuesday we will paint again at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. The photo is a view of the park. The Park is located four miles east of Fort Pierce, via North Causeway. Google Map

It's an interesting park with views of the inlet to the ocean, and has a nice nature trail with an oak hammock. There is a fee of $3.00 for one person in a car, $5.00 for two; they may have changed though. I am not sure where I will paint, look out for my red Jeep Cherokee. I get there around 9:30 or 10:00 am. Feel free to come when you want and stay as long as you like.

Happy Painting!
Lori McNamara