Wednesday, December 24, 2008

West Coast Plein Air Exhibit

Click on the picture for an announcement about upcoming plein air show at Brooker Creek Nature Preserve in Tarpon Springs, FL.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

West Coast Plein Air Paintouts for December

In preparation for our upcoming exhibit at Brooker Creek Preserve:

The West Coast Plein Air group will be painting at Brooker Creek Preserve off Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs on Fridays, for the month of December. Meet in the last parking area (near the entrance to the Education Center) at 12:00 noon on Fridays 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, and 12/26. Also we'll be there on Sundays 12/21 and 12/28 at 1:00 pm. Hope you can join us! Click on the link below for directions to Brooker Creek:,-82.71363&sspn=0.018284,0.103216&ll=28.16373,- 82.667656&spn=0.076274,0.181274&z=13&iwloc=FPaint on,Jenna

-- Paint on,Jenna

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Plein Air in Florida Exhibit

January 6, 2009 Application DEADLINE
Museum of Florida Art & Culture
Avon Park FL

A juried exhibit to be held Apr 8-May 8, 2009. Cash awards, no entry fee, CD submissions only, 15% commission on sales. PAF member Larry Moore will be giving a workshop during this time, discounts for hotels have been arranged, and paint out locations are also encouraged. Details here

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Plein Air in Tuscanny!

Have you seen the movie Under the Tuscan Sun? Are you inspired by romantic thoughts of Tuscany? Can you see yourself painting the Tuscan landscape by day while sampling the local wines and cuisine by night? Now is your chance! Plein Air Florida member Robert J. Simone cordially invites you to do just that by offering a workshop entitled Plein Air in Cortona, May 30th-June 6th, 2009. Robert is knowledgeable instructor with excellent communication skills and a keen sense of humor. This fun, exciting, informative workshop in Cortona, Italy features a travel package including tuition, ground transportation, food, lodging and day trip to Florence. Discounts are available if you enroll now!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Paint the Town Call to Artists

CALL TO Artist
Calling all "Plein Air" artists: 5th Annual "PAINT THE TOWN 2009" plein air painting competition in St. Petersburg, Fl. ENTRY DEADLINE
December 1, 2008. Application posted on SPRAA website (St Petersburg Representational ARtists) HERE

SHOW AND SALE DATES March 21—April 19, 2009
Info regarding KENN BACKHAUS WORKSHOP March 22—26, 2009

Reminder, application deadline December 1, 2008.
Please visit the spraa website to join us.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

An Invitation from Butterfield Garage Coop Gallery for Plein Air Florida Members

Please email the gallery directly if you have interest.
Linda Blondheim's new email is:

From: Jan Miller

our website is:

We are a cooperative of professional artists who live and work in St. John's county. We have had a great idea that may appeal to the Plein Air Society of Artists. We would propose having a space in our gallery for about 4 of your artists to exhibit their works. It would be good publicity for Plein Air and those that exhibit may very well sell some art. We would ask for 20% of the sales and the cost per month would be $200.00. Those that show could rotate their work. They would not have to do anything else except change out the exhibit every 2 months or so. Split 4 ways that is only $50 a month per artist and the work would be highly visible. We have tremendous Art Walks on the First Friday of every month...where upwards of 300 people come through the gallery. Please give this some thought....we think it is a great idea. let me know.

Jan Miller

Monday, November 3, 2008

West Coast Plein Air Paintouts for November

The West Coast Plein Air group will be painting at Brooker Creek Preserve off Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs on Fridays for the month of November. Meet in the last parking area (near the entrance to the Education Center) at 9:00 am on 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21. Click on the link below for directions to Brooker Creek:,-82.71363&sspn=0.018284,0.103216&ll=28.16373,-Paint on,Jenna

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

West Coast Plein Air Paintouts for October

We'll be painting in the Port Richey area in a couple of locations for October. The first two Fridays, Oct. 3 and 10, we'll be at Brasher Park (mangroves and long gulf views). On Oct. 17, 24, and 31 we'll meet at Nick's Park (boats, docks, active waterway, Hooters). We start at 9:00 a.m. and meet in main parking areas. Click on the links below for directions to both parks. Call Jenna 727-457-6174 for more information or to find us.

Brasher Park:,+Port+Richey+FL&ie=UTF8&ll=28.280045,-82.739754&spn=0.044067,0.090637&z=14&iwloc=A

Nick's Park:,+Port+Richey+FL&ie=UTF8&ll=28.274754,-82.726021&spn=0.022034,0.045319&z=15&iwloc=A

Paint on,

WCPA in the St. Pete Times

The West Coast Plein Air painters made the news! While we were out painting near Pine Island last week, a reporter and photographer from the St. Petersburg Times came out and interviewed us. The next day, Saturday, Sept. 27, this article appeared in the paper. Read here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Art Sensation 08

Plein air artists!
Get ready for the upcoming ARTSENSATION'08 Plein Air competition
sponsored by the Arts & Humanities council of charlotte county.
The event is November 1st at Laishley Park, PG.
First prize is $500.00 !
For more information contact the A&H (941) 764-8100
or visit: HERE

Friday, September 5, 2008

Art Camp

Linda Blondheim Art Camps are back in 2009!!!!

Color Mixing for the Southern Landcape

Join me in my cozy studio 13 miles form Gainesville, Florida. Come January10th, 2009 for my art camp on the color palette of landscape painting with acrylics or oils. We will explore the world of landscape painting with color. The camp will focus on color mixing the Florida and Southern landscape palette.

9 AM- 5PM

This camp is one stop shopping!! No need for breakfast, lunch, snack or drinks. I will provide all!!

Just bring your paints, 50 sheets of index paper (card stock), one canvas for a final painting after lunch, your brushes, one bottle of acrylic glazing medium, one small jar of gel medium for acrylic painters, Your turps and paints for oil painters, a sketch book and pencil.

The Date: Saturday January 10, 2009

The Fee: 100.00

which includes 2 meals, snacks, beverages, instruction and workbook.

Deadline for payment January 1, 2008

Limited to 12 painters. I Have 9 spaces left as of 9/8/08


Studio: 386.462.5726

If you want to use I have a button on the web site on the artist resources page HERE If you'd rather pay by check, send to:

Linda Blondheim
3032 NW 161 Court
Gainesville, Florida 32609

Deadline: January 1, 2009 Limited to 12 painters.

Watch for more art camps in 2009

Thursday, August 28, 2008

West Coast Plein Air - September paintouts

We'll be painting along Bayou Drive in Hernando County on Friday mornings starting at 9:00 throughout September. Bayou Drive is located between Pine Island Beach and Bayport. Click on the link below for a map. There are many beautiful vistas on this drive, so look for us as you drive along it. For more info, or to find us, call Jenna at 727-457-6174.,-82.724819&sspn=0.008447,0.019312&ie=UTF8&ll=28.570351,-82.64225&spn=0.134778,0.30899&z=12&iwloc=addr

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters

The Tampa Bay Plein air painters will meet Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. at Ft.
DeSoto. At North Beach go to the northwest corner of the northern most parking
lot and meet at the foot bridge. More info call don eaton at 727-347-3061 or
dorothy gardiner 727-244-7856.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Painting in the Tampa Area

August 2,16,23,30
Saturdays at 8:00am
Edward Medard Park

5737 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City, FL
This is a nice place to paint with water, fields and an observation tower. Feel free to e-mail Christine at or call me at 813.464.9498 if you are interested in painting on any of these dates.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

News From Val Sandell

I've been selected as a participant in the 2008 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, to begin Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 in California's Central Coast. As the only artist from Florida, I'm pleased to be included among such fine painters. For more information:
My paintings "Day's End" and "Restoring Uncle Gabe" are currently part of the 15th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit at Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon. The exhibition runs through Sept. 20, '08.

"Mary's Chapel" won an Honorable Mention at the Museum of Florida Art in Deland, FL. The show runs through Aug. 24 and includes several PAF members.
I've recently updated my web site. Please visit to view the paintings mentioned above and new artwork.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

August painting site WCPA

The West Coast Plein Air painters will be painting at Fred Howard Beach in Tarpon Springs on Friday mornings throughout August - 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, and 8/29. This is the last month the beach will be open until fall of 2009 because they are planning to repair the bridges on the causeway. We'll meet at 8:30 am in the beach parking area farthest to the left after going over the causeway. We cancel until the following week in the event of rain. Call Jenna at 727-457-6174 for more information. Hope to see you there!
Paint on,

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sarasota Workshop

December 8-12, 2008 - Plein Air Workshop at Myakka River State Park and other Sarasota locations with PAFI member Michael Chesley Johnson, PSA MPAC PSNM. It will be based at the Sun-n-Fun resort HERE. 5 full days, oil and pastel, all levels of painters welcome. $350 with $100 deposit to hold your space. To register, contact Michael at 506-752-2482 or Email to Visit Michael's website for more information.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

West Coast Plein Air - July paintouts

We'll be painting at Green Key Beach (Robert K. Rees Memorial Park) on Fridays in July. We will NOT meet the first Friday, (July 4). All other Fridays, we'll meet in the main parking area at 8:30 a.m. Directions: To get to Green Key from U.S. 19 and Main St. in New Port Richey, go north on 19 to Green Key Rd.(about 1/4 mile) and turn left (west). Go all the way to the end and you will be in the parking area. Or click on this link for directions:,+new+port+richey,+fl&ie=UTF8&ll=28.273393,-82.753658&spn=0.061682,0.150375&z=13
Any questions, feel free to call Jenna at 727-457-6174. Hope to see you there!

Paint on,

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Full Immersion Workshop

If you're looking for a way to beat the summer heat why not immerse yourself in a refreshing Two-Day Mini Intensive Oil Painting Workshop taught by Plein Air Florida Member Robert J. Simone and offered by the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center.

Using still life setups, made from objects brought in by students, the workshop will focus on painting's basic elements: Drawing, Values, Colors and Edges.  Special emphasis will be placed on Brush Handling, Understanding What You See and the Five Types of Light as defined by John Singer Sergeant.

Dates & Times are June 18th-19th, 9am-4pm.  Fees are $60 for members, $80 for non-members.  To register please contact the Beach Art Center by email or phone.,  727-596-4331

Monday, June 9, 2008

Two Plein Air Florida Artists Share Exhibit

Plein Air Florida members Donald Eaton and Robert J. Simone were recently invited to share a special exhibit of plein air paintings in the offices of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker.   The three man show consists of paintings depicting downtown St. Pete, it's surrounding parks and beaches.  Don and Robert share the exhibit with local artist Ron Marvin.  The length of the show is open ended and is available to those who have official business with the mayor.   It's great that the powers that be are taking notice of plein air artists.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Forgotten Coast and the Healing Power of Art

Recently I was privileged to participate in Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air
which took place in the Apalachicola Bay area May 8-18, 2008.
Presented by the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts, this is one of the Sunshine
State's premier art events. Twenty professional artists from Florida and
beyond painted on location in such places as Eastpoint, Apalachicola,
St. George Island, Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. There were
daily artist demonstrations, a student art day and numerous social
events. I never ate so many juicy oysters. The 10-day plein air
celebration of Franklin, Gulf and East Bay Counties culminated with
The Grand Patron's Party at the Historic Cotton Exchange in Apalachicola. This
debut of the artist's choice paintings was well attended.
The food, the wine, the music, the people and the
paintings were fantastic. I doubt I'll ever more fun at an art
opening. Everyone,including the promoters,
patrons,hosts and artists were extremely warm and generous.

One subplot that made the event most gratifying occurred when I became part and parcel to the Healing Power of Art. Click here for the rest of the story...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

PAF Member Nancy Moskovitz Exhibit

Juror's Choice: 2007 Regional Award Winners
Thomas Center Main Gallery May 17 - July 6, 2008

Featuring work by:
Angela Hoppe, painting
Tom Hundersmarck, painting
Nancy Moskovitz, painting
Kimberly Willcox, sculpture

Thursday, May 29, 2008 from 5 - 7pm

Thomas Center for the Arts
302 NE 6th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM, Saturday - Sunday 1 - 4PM
Galleries are closed between exhibitions and during observed holidays.
For additional information please call 352-393-8532

Funded in part by the Florida Department of State,
Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council.

Friday, May 16, 2008

From PAF Member Charles Schaefer-Jax Plein Air Event

First Annual Plein Air UU Art Competition & Exhibition

Sunday, July 13th


Come join your fellow artists in the First Annual Plein Air Art Competition and Exhibition on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church for the pleasure of painting in Plein Air and the opportunity to show and sell your art.



Best of Show Award $101 cash +

1st Place $100

2nd Place $50

3rd Place $25

3 Honorable Mentions

The competition is open to all, not just UU members. And not just to adults.

Child Artists:

Ages 12-17: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Prizes will be awarded

Ages 5-11: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place will be awarded

The Universalist Unitarian Church is located in a quiet idyll off the Arlington Expressway. The building was designed by Bob Broward, a local architect, and built in 1966. Inside the Church is a wonderful tapestry created by Memphis Wood. The grounds include a small pond and a beautiful nature walk and are adjacent to Tree Hill Park.

Registration begins at 7:00 AM. Painting officially begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 10:30. This year local artist Allison Watson will be the judge. Awards will be presented at 10:45, before the 11:00 service.

Artists may leave their works at the church to be hung in the Social Room to remain for viewing through August 30th. Artists may sell their works through the church (for a 20% commission) or just NFS them for viewing.

Entrance Fees: Adults: $10 Children: Free

Any questions concerning the event may be addressed via email to Please leave a phone number as well.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters

Dorothy Gardiner be singing with her group "The Roadrunners" at an opening this Friday the 16th of a group show she is in at- The Octagon, 2470 Nursery Rd. Clearwater from 7-9. The show is up until Aug. 30th.

The Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters will meet at Philippe Park in Safety Harbor at the Indian Mound-waterside on Sundays at 9 until further notice. need more info contact Dorothy 727-244-7856

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

WCPA - Change in Painting Location for May

Hello painters,
We've decided to change our painting location slightly for the rest of May. Rather than meeting at Pine Island Beach, we'll be meeting at Bayport Park at 9:00 on Fridays. Bayport has more shade and shelter from the wind and is only a few miles south of where we met at Pine Island. Click on this link for a map. See you there!,+Hernando+County+FL&ie=UTF8&ll=28.53559,-82.65015&spn=0.123059,0.32135&z=12
Paint on,

Monday, May 5, 2008

I recently attended a workshop on "Promoting Your Work" at the LighthouseCenter for the Arts
in Jupiter, Florida. The one day event , sponsored by the Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs, was part of the Creative Capital Professional Development Program. Creative Capital is a national grant-making, not for profit, organization that gives project-based funding directly to artists.

The workshop was informative and inspiring. Visual and performing artists from various disciplines attended. The focus of the day was "how to develop an artist's promotional package". Emphasis was placed on goal setting, strategic planning, artist statements and speaking to others about your art. There was plenty of opportunity to network with other artists. It would have been hard not to gain insight into both the creative and business sides of art.

Perhaps the most memorable part of the day was the passion of Creative Capital Team Leader
Jackie Battenfield. Jackie spoke from a place of integrity about her career and her struggles. She instilled hope by reminding us to stay focused on our goals. When Jackie closed the workshop by telling us that she loved us, I knew she was sincere. Do yourself a favor and attend a Creative Capital Workshop. It was free!

Here is an artist statement that was described as excellent by presenter Morgan Lewis of the Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Linda Blondheim Workshop at Historic North Florida Farm Fall 2008

Save the Date:

Tree Painting Workshop

Freddy Wood's Farm


Evinston Florida

November 8-9, 2008

9 AM- 4 PM

Make Up Rain Dates: November 15-16, 2008

150.00 includes the class notebook and instruction. Register at: lindablondheim12@hotmail.comThis is your opportunity to paint on a Florida Heritage Farm in North Central Florida in Historical Evinston Florida.

We will meet at the Wood Swink Post Office , the oldest post office and country store in Florida. Take a step back in time and enjoy painting the huge Live Oaks and tall graceful Sabal palms with lovely views of Orange Lake.

There are beautiful cattle on the land as well and it is completely private so there will be no distractions.

We will focus our study on trees for this workshop, including trunks, limbs, texture, lighting, values, moss, vines color mixing and composition.

The closest restaurant is in Micanopy at Pearl Country Store. It is just about 5 miles away and that is where the closest available bathroom facility is located. We will take a break for lunch and bathroom breaks as needed. Believe me, these minor inconveniences are nothing compared to the beauty and opportunity of painting this landscape. It is my personal favorite location to paint in North Florida.

Camping is available at nearby Paynes Prairie State Park and there are several fish camps in the McIntosh- Orange Lake area which offer clean 2 bedroom trailers for 55.00 per night. US 441 in South Gainesville has many motels available as well ranging from 50.00-125.00 per night.

Come join me to paint this beautiful private farm in North Central Florida.

All painting mediums are welcome, including gouache, acrylic, oils, watercolor, casein and pastels Email me at: to register, or send check to:
Linda Blondheim
3032 NW 161 Court
Gainesville, Florida 32609

Paypal is available on my web site HERE.

A non-refundable deposit of 37.50 is required to secure your space. The balance of 112.50 is due on the first day of the workshop.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Westpark Village Paint Out-Tampa Florida

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2008

Westpark Village

Time: 10:00-5:00
During the day artists will be painting in the plein air tradition (work done in the fresh air as opposed to painting in a studio) in Westpark Village. That evening they will be exhibiting their work at Great Art & Frame.

Show Opening: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Free Admission – Come meet the artists and enjoy their paintings.
Location: Great Art & Frame
9906 W. Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, Florida
(813) 792-8960

Tampa Bay Plein Air members in the opening include Joan Marsh, Dorothy Gardiner Donald Eaton and Virginia Larrea LaTourette.

Pass it Along! Tell Your Friends and Neighbors! The More the Merrier!! Bring a Buddy!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Plein Air Painting Spring 2008 by the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay

If you are a plein air painter in the Tampa Bay area that works in pastel do not miss the opportunity to meet other plein air pastelist painters . If you only have worked in oils maybe this is the time to give pastels a try. Everybody is invited!!!

Come and join us and have a day full of pastel painting and camaraderie

Plein Air Painting Day at John Chesnut Sr. Park (formerly Brooker Creek Park)
May 17th, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm
Bring your own bag lunch

This 255-acre Pinellas County park is located on the Eastern Shore of Lake Tarpon on East Lake Road, 2 miles north of Tampa Road or 5 miles south of Keystone Road.

Honors for Val Sandell

Val Sandell's painting titled "Rocky Shoal" has been juried into the American Society of Marine Artist's (ASMA) New England Regional Exhibition.

The show will take place in three exciting venues: the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America's Cup Hall of Fame in Rhode Island and the Maine Maritime Museum.

The shows will run from May 7th to June 15, June 28th to September 1st and October 24 to January 4, 2009, respectively. ASMA has planned several excellent events surrounding the opening receptions, which include workshops and plein-air painting.

Paint The Town 2008 Exhibit is Online

The plein air paintings produced during the Paint the Town 2008 Plein Air Painting Competition in St. Petersburg, Florida are now online. View the entire show at Paint the Town 2008

Photography of the paintings was provided by Caleb Fiske.

For those of you who would like to see the show in person the exhibit has been extended thru May 10th and may be seen at Interior Motives, 1110 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Thanks to Florida's Eden for a Great Paint Out

The Heart of Florida Paint Out was great fun for all of the artists and patrons who came out to support arts in North Central Florida.

Thanks to Annie Pais, Stewart Thomas and their wonderful staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly for all of the artists involved.

Congratulations to Annie and Stewart on producing the fine book called The Heart of Florida Scenic Guide. It is an outstanding book about North Central Florida's beauty. I was proud to be a part of this adventure this year.

Linda Blondheim

Monday, April 14, 2008

Paint the Town 2008

The 2008 edition of "Paint the Town" is, as they say in the books. Or, maybe more accurately put, "On the walls". I want to thank all of the artists who participated. As a veteran of paintouts I know you worked hard. Every time I participate in a paintout, win, lose or draw (no pun intended), I come away determined to grow. I hope you all were inspired and motivated.
Here is a brief litany of by-lines to this year's story:
"Paint the Town 2008" received a lot of attention this year. There were a lot of firsts. We gave a presentation to City Council, we were on the front page of the City's webpage and on St. Pete's official events calendar:
We were covered by the St. Pete Times, put on the front page in the Times northern distribution area and were prominent on their webpage:
We were also covered by the Gulfport Gabber:
This is awesome publicity. The future looks promising.
The $1,000 first prize went to Ron Marvin for his painting "Yellow Apartment". At Paint the Town 2007 Ron was in the wheelchair he used for 10 years. Due to a new surgical procedure, Ron has regained his ability to walk. I'm thrilled for Ron both because he got an award and because he is ambulatory again. I think I saw a little giddy-up in his step as he left the gallery Saturday evening.
The $500 Second Prize went to Don Eaton for "Dawn Light at the Unitarian Church". His story really warms the heart. Several years ago Don left his nine-to-fiver, so he could pursue his passion for oil painting. Don lives on tight budget and works hard teaching himself to paint. He has been plugging away, painting daily, for several years. His work shows us that hard work does pay off. Good job, Don.
The story line of Opening Night didn't involve an artist. That night I observed how Interior Motives' owner Leslie Curran interacted with the diversely eclectic group of people who came in and out of the gallery on this artwalk night. The extreme ends of the human spectrum included Jerry the homeless guy and noted author Jeff Klinkenburg. Leslie was the same person with all. She gave Jerry the same amount of time and respect as she did Jeff. A wonderful example of how we should treat people. Through Leslie's influence the past few months Jerry has gained the confidence and poise needed to function in a social setting. I have no doubt that he will continue to grow and gain acceptance in society.
As president of SPRAA, Inc., I am feel proud and fortunate that Interior Motives donated the exhibit space for "Paint the Town 2008". I hope this will be home for the show for many years to come.
For more about Representational Art in St. Pete go to:
To see the work of Florida Gulf Coast Artist Robert J. Simone go to:

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tampa Bay Plein Air News

Congratulations to Tampa Bay Member Donald Eaton won 2nd place at the Paint the Town Event opening last night in St. Petersburg.

Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters meet on April 19th at 1:30 at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center's Palm Cafe for an update on shows and activities, then a paint out after.

Tampa Bay Plein air Painters will meet in Tampa at 9:00 on April 20th for a paint out in Tampa.

email for directions.

WCPA Paintouts for May

The West Coast Plein Air group will be painting at Pine Island in Hernando County on Fridays in May. Meet in the main parking area at 9:00 a.m. Directions: To get to Pine Island, take US 19 N to Left at Cortez Blvd., then Right at Pine Island Dr., and Left to stay on Pine Island Drive. Or just click on this link:,-82.610664&spn=0.065894,0.160675&z=13

Any questions, feel free to call Jenna at 727-457-6174. Hope to see you there!
Paint on,

Monday, April 7, 2008

Mary Jane Volkmann Show

Hello to each of you!

I would like to invite you to see my new show “Namibia ~ The Smile of Africa” which is hanging in the Galeria at the Florida Museum of Natural History until August 3. Namibia and its peoples are very dear to my heart (I lived and worked there for 23 years) so I am particularly happy to have this opportunity to share with you and others some of the scenes of daily life in this unique and beautiful land.

To read more about the show, the museum has an introductory page at .

With kind regards,

Mary Jane Volkmann

Mary Jane Volkmann

Tel: 352-332-3477

Monday, March 31, 2008

West Coast Plein Air Paintouts for April

We'll be painting at the James Grey Preserve in New Port Richey on Fridays in April. Meet in the main parking area at 9:00 a.m. To get to the Preserve, take Main St. in New Port Richey to Rowan Rd. and turn right (south). At Plathe Rd., turn right (west) to park entrance which will be on the left. Any questions, feel free to call Jenna at 727-457-6174 or Rose at 727-455-9022. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Open Invitation from Plein Air Georgia

Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint Out in Athens, Georgia on May 10th from ‘early’ until as long as you wish....In connection 5th Annual Wildflower Celebration and Annual Vintage Pottery Sale at 4900 Barnett Shoals Road....On 5.25 acres of beautiful landscape in historic section of Clarke County....Meadow with native grasses and some wildflowers ...Woodlands with hickory, red cedars, dogwood, et al......Fine 19th Century structures close by and more beautiful landscape .....For more information and directions contact bill paul:

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters

Tampa Bay Plein air painters will meet in Largo at 3:00 on the following Wednesday's: March 19 and 26, and April 9.
The group will also meet on Friday's in Tampa at 10:30. March 21st and 28th, and April 18th and 25th. contact for directions and details.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Linda Blondheim Workshop at Honeymoon Island

For those who want directions to the March 28th Workshop:

To get to Honeymoon Island: Take U.S. 19 to S.R. 586 (Curlew Road) and continue west for five miles. S.R.586 ends at Honeymoon Island State Park. There is an entry fee of $3 for one person or $5 for more than one person per car.
Once on the island, follow the main road along until you see on the right a small brown sign for "Picnic Area and Nature Trail." Turn right, then left into the parking area. We'll meet in the far end of that parking area near the Nature Trail. There are picnic shelters here (in case of rain) and restrooms.

Monday, February 25, 2008

WCPA Paintouts for March

March 7, 14, 21:
We'll be painting at beautiful Jenkins Creek/Linda Pedersen Park in Hernando County for the first 3 Fridays in March. Meet at 9:30 am in the first parking area of Linda Pedersen Park, (6400 Shoal Line Blvd.) To get there, take U.S. 19 to CR 595, turn west (left if traveling north); then go left on CR597--Shoal Line Blvd. to the park which will be on the right side. There are restrooms in Pedersen Park. Jenkins Creek is across the street from Pedersen Park; there is no real shade there so you might want to bring an umbrella.

March 28: Composition and Values Workshop with Linda Blondheim at Honeymoon Island from 9:00 to 5:00. Sign up and reserve a place in advance to attend this workshop.

Call Jenna at 727-457-6174 for more info, or email at:

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tampa Bay PleinAir Painters

Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters- Come join us Sunday mornings starting
March 2nd, 10 am in St Pete to
paint. Meet at the Marketplace Cafe, 284 Beach Dr NE, St Pete, Fl. It
is across from The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. Contact Don
Eaton ( or
727-347-3061) if you plan to meet us so that we can keep a look out for

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

West Coast Plein Air Sponsored Workshop

Linda Blondheim Art Studio Workshops

Honeymoon Island
Friday, March 28, 2008
9 AM-5 PM

Values and Composition in Landscape Painting


Includes Workshop Notebook
Supply List Available Upon Registration

Sponsored by
West Coast Plein Air

Please register immediately if you intend to come.
Jenna Friedman

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters

Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters will meet at Lake Seminole at 2:00 each Friday for the rest of the month of February. meet at the parking lot for shelters 4& 5, just past the creek.
directions: take Starkey Rd South from Largo, then West on Park Blvd. to the entrance to Lake Seminole-on the North side of the road.


Plein air painters are invited to paint at the Stephen Foster Park in White Springs On March 15, 2008.
They'd like painters there from 9 AM-4PM.
There will be 5 of the Florida Highwaymen Artists there.

Contact: Debbie Rice

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Val Sandell: Paintings of Historic Spanish Point

Val Sandell: Paintings of Historic Spanish Point
Visitors Center Museum Exhibit Gallery
February 13 ~ April 30, 2008

Historic Spanish Point is a beautiful 30 acre historic museum site in Osprey, FL, which is essentially south Sarasota. The history spans from 5000 years ago, which includes an archaeological site, through pioneer era to the winter estate of a wealthy Chicagoan, before it was donated as a museum site. I've done many plein-air paintings there, so was invited to exhibit those, as well as large format studio pieces. Boasting the highest spot on the southwest coast, it has some unique views.
If painters would like to make a field trip, it has a wealth of subject matter. I also have an excellent restaurant recommendation for lunch or dinner after viewing the exhibit. It's five minutes from the Museum Exhibit Gallery.

Val Sandell

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Feb. Paintouts - WCPA

We'll be painting at the James Grey Preserve in New Port Richey for the last four Fridays in February. We won't meet this Friday on Feb. 1, but will be there for the following dates: Feb. 8, 15,22, and 29. To get to the Preserve, take Main St. in New Port Richey to Rowan Rd. Turn right (south) to Plathe. Turn right (east) to park entrance which will be on the left. Meet in the circular parking area on the left after you enter at 9:30. Any questions, feel free to call Jenna at 727-457-6174. Hope to see you there!
Paint on,

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Plein Air Exhibit in Sarasota coming February!

New Plein Air Exhibit in Sarasota coming February!

There will be an exciting new plein air art exhibit at the Women’s Resource Center in Sarasota from February 7th to March 27th, 2008, which will feature recent works by thirteen well-known local plein air artists including talented artist and teacher Julie Hanson, a graduate of the Ringling College of Art, whose award-winning works have been featured at Art Uptown, Art Center Sarasota, the Venice Art Center, and Art Center Manatee, among others.

The exhibit titled, “The Colors of Florida and Beyond” will feature an eclectic mix of vibrantly colored and wonderfully textured plein air landscapes that have been sensitively rendered by Julie Hanson and her circle of plein air painters, that include Betsy Bisson, John Blue, Shirley Carron, Chris Torgerson Dibble, Heidi Gaudry, Penny Hendry, Maryanne Jacobsen, Sally Birnkrandt Myers, Dorothy Nichols, Ingrid Seals, Karen Williams, and Anita Zimmerman. These thirteen plein air painters represent a wonderfully diverse national and international mix of backgrounds and artistic accomplishments, and their works portray a refreshing and jewel-like array of paintings after the tradition of the French Impressionists. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 7th from 5 to 7PM, which will feature music, refreshments and door prizes that include an opportunity to win an original piece of artwork. For additional information regarding exhibit times, please contact the Women’s Resource Center directly at (941)366-1700, or artist Julie Hanson for more info at (941) 923-1293.

Friday, January 4, 2008

More info on Paint The Town in St Pete

Paint The Town Annual "PAINT THE TOWN" plein air painting competition- April 10-12, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fl. Deadline for juried entry is extended until Feb. 15, 2008. Refer to Call to Artist previously posted on Sunday, December 2, 2007. Please note corrected SASE address is: SPRAA, Inc., PO Box 76543, St.Petersburg, Fl 33734-6543. Or contact:

If you applied but have not heard from the Paint The Town event committee, please re-send your application. There were some problems with the Post Office regarding this event.