July Meeting Highlights

The general meeting in July was a cool treat as Arlene Tabor presented her knowledge of Asian Brush Painting.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I was hooked after being introduced to this contemplative and gentle art style.

Black Sumi ink and soft sheets of rice paper are transformed into delicate works of art with just a few simple strokes.

Arlene showed us the tools she uses to create her beautiful pieces–it can be done with minimal supplies or, as Arlene pointed out–the discipline can be an opportunity to “buy more stuff”!  Right up my alley, Arlene, why use a paper cup when I can buy a delicate Chinese teacup to hold water? Why use a plain old paperweight when you can get a beautifully carved weight decorated with asian symbols?

Books and tutorials are readily available if you want get your brush wet with this art style, so give asian brush painting a try!


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July General Meeting

Beat the heat and come out for the general meeting at the CCPVB!  This months featured presenter is Arlene Tabor who will be speaking to us about the fascinating art of Sumi-e. This art, which is typified by the use of black ink designs brushed onto white rice paper, has been a part of asian cultures for centuries.  Arlene has received several awards for her pieces featuring Sumi-e and teaches the techniques as well. She will be showing us how this art form can enhance your next mixed media piece, so don’t miss it!

Saturday July 20th, at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. 10:30 AM

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June 2019

In June members gathered for a critique session.   Our facilitator was Francesca Tabor-Miolla, assited by Susan Smith and Phyllis Appleby. Members were encouraged to bring an art piece that they wanted input for and the entire group was encouraged to offer insight and encouragement as well as suggestions for the piece.  These critiques, scheduled at least once a year, are not designed to make someone feel their work is being criticized.  Instead gentle guidance is provided in order to help participants grow as an artist and refine their work.  Discussion also centered on attractively framing  your work within exhibition standards.

Francesca was incredibly well prepared, with a large selection of printed materials for participants to take home that explained artistic principles and guidelines for critiquing your own work, as well as proper framing techniques.

Francesca outlines the principles and elements of design:

“Tools of the trade” Francesca demo’ed how inexpensive chalk pastels can be used to sketch over an artwork to see where changes should be made. The chalk can be wiped off once you have made a decision:

Member artwork showing the addition of chalk pastel to indicate where changes could be made.:

Francesca helps a member with her art piece.


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May 2019

General Meeting Presentation

In May we enjoyed a presentation by member Kathy Plante.  Kathy is a skilled mixed media artist as well as an accomplished muralist.  Kathy’s presentation  showcased her work in mural painting and focused on the challenges and joys of working is such a large size.  Kathy has done murals for several homes and businesses, most recently lending her talents on a large outdoor mural in Green Cove Springs, a collaboration between the artist Sophie Dare and a team of volunteer artists.

Kathy working on the Sophie Dare project:

Members Art Trip

Several SoMMA members made a trip to the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine to view the Edgar Degas exhibit there. On exhibit from April 12 to June 16, the exhibit provided a rare look at over 100 original works on paper by Degas and his circle of friends.

From the private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson and organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA., Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist offers unique insights into Degas’ inner world. Johnson’s collection includes more than 50 works by Degas himself along with a collection of drawings, prints, photographs, and monotypes created by Degas’s inner circle of artists. Pieces offering a fascinating look at the artist’s life and time include works by Mary Cassatt, Édouard Manet, Jean Leon Gerome, Alfred Stevens, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Cézanne to name a few.


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April 2019

Mike Grecian Workshop

SoMMA members enjoyed a fun filled workshop with Mike Grecian.  Mike is an artist as well as a rep for several art supply manufacturers including Faber-Castell, Holbein, Strathmore and others.  Mike always brings a wealth of knowledge as well as generous “giveaways” of full size samples for attendees.  This “goodie bag” exceeds in value the cost of the workshop!  Mike’s special concern as an artist is Color Theory and he shared his journey in mastering that intrinsic artistic principle with demonstrations, examples and hands on “play” with materials.  You always leave one of Mikes workshops and presentations with new skills, knowledge and new materials to try at home!

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March 2019

General Meeting highlights

Bonnie Yales-Gibson was our general program presenter.  Bonnie shared her wisdom and experience working with patterns in your artwork. Using various tools, stamps, mediums and stencils, Bonnie showed how patterning can enhance your artwork.  Bonnie’s background and education in woven tapestry artwork, which makes use of stitched and woven patterns, has influenced her art to a great extent.  Her tapestries have been featured in synagogues and she has received many honors for them.

Members Exhibition

Remixing Imagination was the title of the members exhibit at the Larimer Center for the Arts in Palatka.  Although its quite a drive for most members, the exhibit was worth the trip.  Housed in the beautiful Larimer Gallery, a historic building in Palatka that has a small stage for theatrical productions as well, the exhibit space features the original vintage wood framed windows that let in natural light to further showcase the art.  Seven pieces were selected for awards:

First place to Susan Smith for “Breaking Free”

Second Place to Francesca Tabor-Miolla for “Oops, dropped it!”

Third Place to Wendy Sullivan for “Resistance”


Honorable Mention to Barbee Cunningham for “Confidential”

Honorable Mention to Annette Jones for “Lyrical Arrangement”

Honorable Mention to Leslie Kruzicki for “Chaos Theory”

Honorable Mention to Bonnie Yales-Gibson for “Flourish”

Our beaming winners left to right: Annette Jones, Bonnie Yales-Gibson, Wendy Sullivan, Susan Smith, Francesca Tabor-Miolla.  Not pictured: Barbee Cunningham, Leslie Kruzicki

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February 2019

Members enjoyed a “free of charge” Gelli play day, presented by Wendy Sullivan and Christy Hawkins.  This event, held at the CCPVB was a fun filled adventure exploring the use of gel plate surfaces to create hand painted papers.  Gel Plates are versatile, with almost endless uses with a variety of mediums.  Members learned from each other as we payed with magazine transfers, stencils, stamps, found object prints, printing on feathers, and more!

Gel plate printing is a continually growing art for, if you’d like to learn more check out these websites and do searches on Pinterest and YouTube for Gel Plate Printing.


Gelli Arts Blog

A Colorful Journey: Gel Plate Printing

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