Our Next Show

It seems we are always looking ahead. . . It’s difficult at times, for many of us to produce art when we have such busy lives. This is why you get reminded early and often that a show is just around the corner. That corner comes up fast! Our next show is at the end of August. Seems like a nice ways off, right now, but before you know it . . . BAM!

“Let the Lazy Brush Sleep”

(CC) Complete Choice Framing 11112 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223

Chris Kinsman – 262-6900 Email address – flchopper@msn.com
Show dates – September 1 – 25, 2015

Opening can be Sept 4 or 5th after normal business hours

Judged (Juried?)

Take in August 28th, 9am – 10. 

Take down – September 26

30% commission

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The Gelli Plate Workshop: Episode 1

Thanks to Francesca Tabor-Miolla, Joan Simon, Gail Husveth, Carole Foster, Olivia Sayer, Janet Killackey, and Cindy (Cynthia) Jones for making my day! I hope you had as much fun as I did at the Gelli Printing workshop. You were a wonderful group and so supportive of my still recovering hip! I felt as if we were only there an hour…it just flew by!


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And the Winners Are. . .

All of us really. Even if we didn’t actually take home a prize, it was a wonderful reception and this gallery really shows off our work well. Lynn Lewis of FSCJ South Gallery did a fabulous job hanging the show. But I know some of you are wondering who did take home the prizes and why. I thought about just showing the pieces, but we often don’t have time to meet and speak with every one, so can’t connect a name with a face. Now since, John has won in at least three of our last shows, you ALL should now his face and his work by now.

John w:his piece1st Place John Roppolo’s “Asian Theory”





Pauline w:her piece

2nd place Pauline Dickson’s “The Dance”



Barbara w:her piece


3rd place Barbara Milon “Fairy Tree”






Maria left before I could photograph her with her piece “Symphony in Red” which took an Honorable Mention.maria wins'Symphony in Red

Desiree w:her piece




Desiree Kantrim also received and Honorable Mention for “Dark Moon Rising”



Betty w: her piece


Our wonderful President Betty Smith received an Honorable Mention for “First Light”

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Coming Up

We have an exciting reception coming up! I hope many of you, even if you didn’t enter anything, will come out to support your fellow artists. This is a great venue, and who knows, maybe you could arrange for a show of your own!

Thursday June 18th 5-7:30 FSCJ South Campus Wilson Center for the Arts. You bop off 295 onto Beach, turn left at the second light and go straight into the Wilson Center’s driveway. Handicapped person can be dropped off at the door and parking is steps away.
Some of you are lucky enough to be in Christy Hawkins Geli Printmaking class next Saturday June 20th at Trends Home Decor. 10:30-3pm
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New Opportunity to Show

A nEw VEnUe tO sHow yOuR WorK

Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra (CCPV) has partnered with the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (PVCH) to provide additional exhibition space exclusively for CCPV Artist Members.  Selected member artists will be invited to exclusively exhibit 10 to 12 pieces of their work in the Concert Hall’s Annex Gallery, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.  Installation and duration of each exhibit is in conjunction with the Cultural Center’s exhibition schedule lasting approximately 4 =6 weeks.

Space for this venue is small and limited to 12 pieces of art, however, it is one more opportunity to exhibit your artwork, get your name before those interested in the performing and visual arts and possibly purchase your work… and it will look great on your resume!!  

As overseer of this new venue, I’ll ask the following of each artist:

  • A cohesive body of work
  • All work, including frames must be 28” x 28” or smaller – any variation is fine
    • With one exception, there is one space that can accommodate one large piece –  up to  36” high  by  48” wide (or any variation)
  • Due to space restrictions all work must be 2-dimensional 
  • All 2-dimensional media welcome  – mixed media, acrylic, oil, pastel, photography, encaustic, watercolor, graphite, etc.  
  • Professionally and cleanly presented – all work must be either consistently  framed, or unframed but not intermingled
  • Work ready to hang with wire
  • Cultural Center receives 40% commission, Artist receives 60% commission
  • Last but not least… all artists are eligible to exhibit however, they must be a paid members of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra

Annual Membership in the Cultural Center is open to all artists, please call 904-280-0614 for more membership information.  If you are a group member of CCPV then your organization may also be considered for this venue, but remember, only 12 pieces.

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Thanks to Sherry O’Neill

Here are some comments about the Sherry O’Neill workshop last month:

From FrankF:

THANK YOU!!  for your expertise, knowledge, sensitivity and superb teaching style.  This novice is most appreciative of  your patience and encouragement.  Too simple to say, but I learned so much AND am so excited to apply “it” to my next project.

You are a gifted artist and an engaging teacher!

From AlexandraB:

I agree very much with Frank.  It was a wonderful experience and everyone learned a lot, worked hard and enjoyed the workshop.  It was quite engrossing and time flew. Such interesting pieces were produced.

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May Newsletter

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