Eileen Shaloum’s Solo Show March – April 2018

Eileen Shaloum will have a solo show of her newest work, entitled “Invisible Cities”, at the Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts, 1105 2nd. Ave. S, Lake Worth, Fl. These paintings, most of them wall hangings on canvas, are whimsical and imaginary abstract landscapes and figures. The show runs from March 23-April 14, 2018. The opening reception is Friday March 23, 6-10 PM. It coincides with their fundraiser “The Wearable Art Show” an event with live music, cocktail reception, wearable art vendors and glass making demos. The event raises money for children’s programs and scholarship funding. The cost for that event is $50 pp. The next day, Saturday, March 24, from 2-5 PM will be another reception for friends, family and fellow artists.

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66th Symposium Press For show at Bonita Springs Center for the Arts

Thanks to the eagle eyes of one of our team members, Christine Reichow: she found an article in the current edition of Florida Weekly. This article appears in the Bonita Springs (and probably Naples) issues, although it didn’t appear in the Ft. Myers edition. It appears in the Arts & Entertainment section of the newspaper.

The work of two Area VII artists — Cheryl Fausel and Richard Rosen — is featured along with the art of Area III’s Eleanor Merritt. We did send the news media abundant images so that they could have a wide selection. It’s always interesting to see what they’ll select.   The article doesn’t identify the artists whose work is depicted. But for the most part, the paper stuck to the press release that we sent along. Many thanks to Muffy Clark Gill specifically for transmitting the release to Florida Weekly and to both Richard and Muffy for their work in publicizing the event for us. And bravo to the artists whose work was selected by the editors to be featured!

Article on Line





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Member Gay Germain At Baker Museum

Member Gay Germain had some press last week for her exhibit at the Baker Museum

SRQ Article here


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Southwest Florida Community Foundation FLAG Show – September and October 2014

Merchant, a stone sculptor and new FLAG member this year, has obtained an exhibition space for FLAG artists at the SW Florida Community Foundation’s offices in Ft. Myers.  The space is available at no cost for the months of September and October 2014.
This is a no fee, non-juried show.  The Foundation has over $65M in funds to distribute, and has embarked on an art funding outreach in this community.  So far, 8 FLAG member have agreed to exhibit, but there is plenty of space for more.  The Foundation will do the publicity, a reception and a catalog.  The rest is up to FLAG members.

Southwest Florida Community Foundation
in partnership with the Art Council of Southwest Florida
2014-2015 Art Exhibitions

Exhibition Requirements

All participants will need to submit a biography (250 words or less) and picture electronically on or before the receiving date of that particular exhibition.  All bios and pictures should be sent to artswflcf@gmail.com

Artists must provide the following information on each piece upon receiving:
·        Title of Piece

·        Medium

·        Size

·        Price

Forms are available from John Merchant jwmerchant@comcast.net to assist with this process.

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Area 4 and Board of Directors Fall Exhibit at Beach Art Center

Area 4 is having it’s 2014 Exhibit at the Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks Beach FL. Opening reception Thursday September 4th from 5:30 to 7:30. Shows runs until October 2ndFlier-FLAG-September-2014-Exhibition-BAC

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Joanna Coke Teaching in Tuscany

Florence and Tuscany, May 29 – June 6, 2014

Discover local traditions. Enjoy regional cuisine. Gain an insight into the authentic
Italian way of life … all while expanding your skills and love of art and sketching.
We have recently updated our itinerary to focus even more on art and art history,
but also to include plenty of fun, food, wine, shopping and downtime. Take a moment
to look at the attached materials (brochure, registration form and testimonials) and
consider joining us for this small-group experience and go to the link below for a
little more information about Che Bella:

http://vimeo.com/37276571      Password: che bella

You’ll see that our Tour Director, Sandy Gregory, is not only a passionate traveler,
but a seasoned guide who loves to share her knowledge and travel secrets with her guests.
She has done over 40 tours throughout Italy, studied in Florence in college, is of Italian
heritage and speaks Italian. This is a tour for women — by women. As we spend our time
capturing the beauty of Tuscany with our pens and brushes, Sandy will be making sure
our glasses are full, there is plenty of truffle cheese and chocolate to munch on, and every
detail is attended to so your travel adventure is enjoyable, memorable and fun.

During the tour, I will explain and demonstrate at each location how to see and feel
the surroundings. Learning how to capture those emotions in your journal makes
for a strong visual experience. You will learn new techniques to build your artistic
skills and come home with a new confidence in what you are rendering and painting.
Collecting memorabilia along the way and collaging them into your journal will also
add to the overall experience and reinforce your travel memories.

The comprehensive price includes:

• 2 nights in a boutique hotel in the heart of Florence (double-twin occupancy),
6 nights in a villa in the Tuscan Hills. Due to our close relationships with our
family-owned villas, we can accommodate groups as small as 6 and up to 14.
Accommodations will be in a European double-twin room or small efficiency
apartment with a shared bathroom between 2 people. We want your experience
to be the most memorable, pleasurable and authentic that we can offer, therefore,
final villa selection will be determined once we know the final count of the tour.
At all of them, you’ll enjoy free Wifi, laundry services, a swimming pool, morning
hikes through the vineyards, poolside yoga and vistas that will take your breath away.

• All breakfasts, villa lunches and dinners, all group meals at local restaurants,
including the best of local wines. Because we are a small group tour, we order
what we want from the restaurant menus. (Not included in your tour price:
5 in-town lunches and 1 dinner night 2 in Florence.)

• Unlimited wine, beer, soda, water and snacks at the villa

• All museum admissions. We bypass the lines and enjoy private guided tours
by Dr. Susanna Buricchi, art historian, curator and Renaissance specialist.
Susanna has written 8 books and brings the Renaissance to life as she unfolds
the history and genius of  the Maestros of Tuscany.

• All transportation during the tour in a private motor coach, plus group departure
transfer from the villa to the Florence train station or airport. (Please let us know
if you would like to arrange an arrival transfer.)

• Art lessons throughout the tour, including an art kit and journal, complete with
all the supplies you will need for the tour.

• 2 private cooking classes which include wine and take-home recipes.

• Wine tour, tasting and lunch at the castle

We hope you can join us. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions
you may have. It’s time to get out of town. Andiamo! Let’s go and have some fun

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2014 Symposium in Saint Augustine In May


The Florida Artist Group (FLAG) is the longest continuous artist’s organization in the state’s history.  Incorporated in 1949 as a non-profit organization for accomplished practicing artists, the group focuses on one show a year, moving to a different Florida city each year.  Being an “historic” art group, it seems particularly appropriate to have the exhibition in such an historic city.

The members are juried into the group by consideration of a portfolio of current work combined with a resume demonstrating National or State recognition. The goal is to choose artists whose work will contribute significantly to the excellence of the exhibit, and to encourage these artists to continue honing their creative talents. The shows are judged for awards, always by an out of State juror of some National eminence.

The following regional artists are members of the FLAG Artist Group:

Sydney Mckenna (Area VI Chairman), Maribel Angel, S. Barre Barrett, Gretchen Ebersol, Heidi Edwards, Ronald Gibbons, Mary Lou Gibson, Susanna Richter-Helman, Jan Miller, Beau Redmond, Gene Roberds, Ginger (Virginia) Sheridan, James Stanford, Jean Troemel, and Ron Vellucci.

This year’s judge is Stephen Knudsen. Stephen Knudsen is a Professor of Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design and exhibits work in art institutions in the United States and Europe. Knudsen is the senior editor and critic for ARTPULSE Magazine and is also a contributor to the Huffington Post, New York Arts Magazine, HyperAllergic, The SECAC Review Journal, Professional Artist magazine and many others. He is a co-developer of Image Comparison Aesthetics for the artstory.org and developer of Fourth Dimension Color Theory and the Dual Color Wheel used widely in universities.

The Florida Artist Group 64th Annual Exhibition opens at the St. Augustine Art Association (22 Marine Street) Friday, May 2nd at 5:00 p.m. (concurrent with the ” First Friday” Art walk) and will include an acoustic guitar/voice performance by Colton McKenna (www.coltonmckenna.com). The exhibit will contain a diverse collection of work by the talented, creative, and extremely active artists, painters, photographers, sculptors and mixed-media artists that make up this group.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the best art in the state.

In addition to this great artists’ event, Saint Augustine is celebrating its 450th birthday (officially September 8, 3015) as the oldest continually occupied European settlement in the United States.  To view all of the exciting events happening in town leading up to this event, visit the website at www.staugustine-450.com.

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