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Compromised Boundaries Juried Show at CCPVB

SoMMA had a beautiful array of member art submitted for this juried art show in August in the lovely scene room at the Cultural Center.  Pushing the boundaries of art with mixed media is what we’re all about, breaking the rules about how paint, ephemera, found objects, mediums and textures can be used together.  This exhibition really showed how well our members work with differing media.

Winning entries were as follows:

First Place: Francesca Tabor Miolla for Dare I Go?

Second Place: Cyndi Horn for Crows Next Stop.

Third Place: Susan Baile for Mountains of Who.

Honorable Mentions:

Leslie Kruzicki Into the Void.

Gail Husveth for Combustion Reaction.


Katherine Reid-Plante for The Feather Makes the Man.

Cyndi Horn, Susan Bailie, Gail Husveth, Susan Smith and Francesca Tabor-Miolla

I apologize that it took me awhile to post these photos.  I’m not a conscientious photo taker, my daughter has always filled that role for my family, so I seem to never remember to take photos at events. My thanks to Francesca Tabor-Miolla for providing the photos  shown here.

Since I’m not so good at remembering to take photos, I would love it if a few people who can take good, clear, well composed photos could help out with this task.  Francesca takes great photos, but her camera doesn’t always play well with her computer to send them to me in a format I can easily use, so we could use some help….

Congratulation again to our winners!

One Day Workshop

Society of Mixed Media Artists presents

Objective Techniques and Mixed Media … Alcohol Inks Workshop

with Cynthia Csalovszki

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Place: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra,

50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Members Fee: $50     Non-Members Fee: $75

If using PayPal: Members Fee: $55

Non-Members Fee: $80



 Alcohol inks are dye-based is a vibrant, versatile medium that may be used on many different surfaces such as tile, glass or metal and other non-porous surfaces; as well plastic, wood and leather.  Inks work well for updating wood frames and enhancing items made from galvanized steel.  Stampers often use glossy card stock, however, my choice for this medium is Yupo paper.


Challenge is Changing!

In July we had only two entries for the Challenge project, Winner Robin Evans and Runner up Nancy Sere.

Robin Evans Piece

Nancy Serre’s Piece:

Do to the dwindling interest in this project SoMMA is changing the challenge!  Beginning with the September meeting, we will be creating and exchanging ATC’s, Artists Trading Cards.  At the August meeting members opting to participate were given a wooden ATC base to create their entry upon.

Trading cards are a (generally) flat art creation in a defined size of 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (sized to fit into baseball card collecting books). What you do on your trading card is up to you, the sky is the limit! Please note that the plan is to trade the one you make for anothers, so if you want to keep it, make yourself a copy!

Information concerning ATC’s can be easily found with a simpleGoogle search so do a search and join the fun!  Bring your completed ATC’s to the September meeting.

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!


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

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.


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.