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Art Bazaar March 25th
February, 2018

Art Bazaar ad by JoAnn LaPadula

This year's Art Bazaar, chaired by Janine Lakatos and JoAnn LaPadula, is at Santini Plaza on March 25th. We are still in need of more artists for March 25. We all want this to be a successful event but we can't do that without support from you. Please call the gallery ASAP if you haven't already done so to sign up for Art Bazaar.

Thank you so much.
Janine Lakatos and JoAnn LaPadula

New 2018-2019 FMBAA Directors
February, 2018

The director slate below has been duly voted in by a quorum of membership at the February Potluck. Thanks to the new (and current) directors for their service to FMBAA. The new directors will assume their duties in April.

  • Pam Flaherty (1)
  • Louise Davis (1)
  • JoAnn LaPadula (1)
  • Elaine Moses (1)
  • Tom Flaherty (2)
  • Jeanne Raimondi (2)
  • Janine Lakatos (2)
  • Ann Dunlap (3)
  • Lynne Wesolowski (3)
  • Helma Gansen (4)
  • Donna Bergeron (4)

The retiring directors (thanks for your service!) are George Buelow, Dorothy McDowell, Mary Chaikowski and Judi Miller.

January, 2018

ACSWF gallery in Coconut Point

FMBAA’s Board voted at the January Board Meeting to rejoin the Art Council of Southwest Florida (ACSWF). The Board has been following their activities for the last year and it seemed they have been trying to get back to the original goals of the organization.

FMBAA members can now participate in any of the Council activities (shows, gallery, etc). Please see the ACSWF website for all of their upcoming events. FMBAA is eligible to have a show at the gallery, and/or a two day exhibit for someone from our membership. This is on a first come, first serve basis. We just need to schedule the time.

With our participation in the Council comes our responsibilities to the Council. We are required to host a Council meeting every three years, which will be added to the calendar for next season, and have a delegate and/or an alternate delegate to attend the monthly meetings. They are also looking for officers to fill vacant seats on their board. If you can help in any way or would like more information, contact Floyd Lawrence at

Paint the Beach -
A Plein Air Success
November, 2017

Quick Draw competition in Times Square

The 2017 Paint the Beach Festival was another success. Sixty plein air painters from all around the U.S and a few international entrants competed throught the week of November 6-12 to produce beautiful results.

2017 Paint the Beach Scrapbook


An artist at the Sundowner competition on the beach

The first judged competition was the Sundowner competition on Wednesday on the beach a stones throw from the FMBAA Gallery. This event was sponsored by Junkanoo, Fresh Catch Bistro, Jack Richeson & Co., Inc, and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.
Here are the results as judged by Neil Walling:

  • First Place: Manon Sander “Taking a Stand”
  • Second Place: Linda Richichi “Before Sunset”
  • Third Place: Fran Mangino “Junkanoo Bar”
  • Honorable Mention: Kathryn McMahon “Sundowner Beach”
  • Honorable Mention: Susan Lindsay “Violet Skies”

The Main Event

On Friday morning, artists turned in their work from previous days to the tent in Santini Plaza for Hanging and judging by Vadislav Yeliseyev.. The Gala Reception was on Friday night at the tent
Here are the results:

Juried Division

  • First Place sponsored by Santini Marina Plaza & Plein Air Magazine
    Craig Reynolds “The Green Flash”
  • Second Place sponsored by Fish-Tale Marina & Plein Air Magazine Award (certificate for digital ad.) Frances Mangino “Sanding Her Down”
  • Third Place sponsored by Smokin Oyster Brewery Gail Risner “Beach Life”
  • Merit Award sponsored by Fish House Restaurant Sherry Collier “Docked for Repairs”
  • Merit Award sponsored by Art Work Essentials Manon Sander “Shrimp to Shore Store”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Plein Air Magazine (subscription award) Kathryn McMahon “Harbor Activity Matanzas”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Jinsheng Song “After the Storm”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Golden Williamsburg Paint Sheila Wissner “Shrimp Dock”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Blick Art Material Linda Richichi “Before Sunset”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Judson Guerrilla Painter Joan Roberts “Sun”

Emerging Division

  • First Place sponsored by Santini Marina Plaza Christa Friedl “Low Tide at the Beach”
  • Second Place sponsored by Fish-Tale Marina Lisa Swift “Bob Paints the Beach”
  • Third Place sponsored by Smokin Oyster Brewery Judith Usavage “Just Before Sunset”
  • Merit Award sponsored by Judson Guerrilla Painter Rose Staat “Marker 18”
  • Merit Award sponsored by Raymar Mary Klunk “All in a Row”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Jeanne Salucci “Over the Dune”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Red Coconut RV Park Christine Templeton “What’s Up Dock?”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Golden Williamsburg Paints Diane Ruck “The back Bay”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Donna Bergeron “Bay Beach Pond”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Blick Art Materials Carol Frezza “Bow to the Shrimp”
  • Most Representative of the Beach sponsored by Judson Guerrilla Painter Barbara Valentine “Happy at the Beach”

Quick Draw

On Saturday, 30 adult and around 20 local High School student painters braved the breezes and competed in the 2-hour Quick Draw competition in Times Square.
Here are the results:
Adult Division Sponsored by Smokin Oyster Brewery

  • First Place Jinsheng Song “Sunrise on the Building”
  • Second Place Craig Reynolds “Times Square Beach”
  • Third Place Sheila Wissner “At the Pier”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Sun Eden Artist Gear Kathryn McMahon “Family Outings”
  • Honorable Mention sponsored by Sun Eden Artist Gear Kenneth Fraser “Backyard Fixer Upper”

Student Division Sponsored by Red Coconut RV Park

  • First Place Hannah Florell “Pier Pressure”
  • Second Place Hannah Batof “FMB”
  • Third Place Sara Miller “Under the Bridge”
  • Honorable Mention McKenzie Dahmen “Last Goodbye”
  • Honorable Mention Erica Gabrieul “Moonlight Walk”

Message from the President
By Julie Nusbaum
October, 2017

Welcome back everyone! With storms and cleanup behind us, I think we're all looking forward to seeing everyone again and enjoying a very busy, exciting season! We have some new faces who have joined the association; please take time to make them feel welcome. Thank you to Kathy Taylor for getting out the Yearbook which has been mailed or can be picked up at the Gallery. Thank you to Tom Flaherty for stepping up to fill the office of Vice President. I look forward to working with him as we move forward.

During the Summer our grounds committee, headed by Tom, was hard at work fixing steps, chopping up damaged trees, getting gutters installed, putting up new light fixtures, adding shelving in the library and many other projects.

Pam Flaherty has been working diligently on publicity for several new events and old favorites which are on the calendar for the Season. First on the agenda is Paint the Beach. Thank you to Marie Crist for her commitment to making this a premier event! Donna Bergeron has agreed to chair an indoor garage sale on December 1, adding to the scholarship funds. Thank you Donna! In addition to our potlucks, gallery shows and workshops, we are adding an "After Hours" reception, in conjunction with Art Divine, which will include Chamber of Commerce members who will be invited to join us.

And brought back by popular demand is an "encore" event from last year, the infamous Paint Around! Neil Walling, Michele Buelow, Lisa Grinter and Tracy Cullimore have agreed to participate in this much anticipated event this season. As the planning continues, the artists are gearing up for this exciting challenge!

Also, still in the planning stages, is a joint venture with the Beach Garden Club, taking place at the Gallery at 7:00 pm on February 13. The venue for this event will be available on our website when it is finalized. Events such as these introduce our working Gallery to more of the community and help build our Student Scholarship Fund. A definite Win-Win! All are invited to join our wonderful group of volunteers. Enjoy your time painting!

This season's opening Potluck
October, 2017

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct 19 for the first pot luck of the year at the Art association. This will be a “true” pot luck with all dishes provided by the diners except for the hams which will be cooked by the hospitality committee. So, get out your best side dish recipes and bring the dish to the pot luck. If not a side dish, appetizers and desserts are always welcome.

A sign-up sheet is in the gallery and it is important that you sign up before the 19th. A five dollar donation will be asked at the door when you come. Please be there to welcome old friends, renew acquittances, and meet new members.

Hospitality Committee, Donna Bergeron

Solo Show for Cherly Fausel
March, 2018

Cheryl has a Solo Exhibition in the Members Gallery at Alliance for The Arts in Fort Myers!
The show runs from March 9 thru 29th.
Alliance for the Arts, McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers.

2018 Spring Juried Show
February, 2018

First place entry Alphabet Heron by Sue Pink

On February 25, Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery presented awards for their current show, Permission to Play. Members of the art association submitted paintings for the exhibit which was judged by renowned artist, Marie Natale. The awards reception was preceded by a gallery talk given by artist Maggie Rapp. Matanzas on the Bay sponsored this event and supplied refreshments for all those who attended.

First Prize & the Lucy B Campbell award were presented to Sue Pink for Alphabet Heron pictured above.

Dannica Walker was awarded second Prize for Dad.
Dad by Dannica Walker

Third prize went to Maggie Rapp for On the Windowsill.
On the Windowsill by Maggie Rapp

Merit Awards were presented to the following: Michele Barron Buelow for Beach Shadows; Lynne Wesolowski for Drama Queens.

Honorable Mention awards went to: Kathy Taylor for Pink Ones; Bob Mueller for Morning Sail.

The Special Awards were presented to: Judi Miller for Palmera de Cocos (Lee Ackert Award); Nancy Randall for Up-Up and Away (The Florida Watercolor Society Award).

Student Scholarship Fundraising Success

February, 2018

Four artists, 75 minutes and the four paintings

Our 2018 'Paint Around' fundraising party was a giant success. The event is expected to net over $2000 for the Scholarship fund. This year the art medium was oil and our 4 artists (Lisa Grinter, Michele Buelow, Tracy Owen Cullimore and Neil Walling) collaborated to create 4 pieces of fine art.

The gallery was chock full of members, volunteers, guests, and press to enjoy food, beverages and the painting exhibition.

The thank-you list is long:

  • To everyone who bought a ticket, entered the raffle, bid on an item and supported our mission to encourage and help art students in pursuit of their art education
  • Pam Flaherty for expertly chairing the event and seeing to all the details
  • Sue Dunlap, Louise Davis and helpers for feeding everybody
  • Jim Moses and Tom Flaherty for manning the beverage bar
  • Nelson Pink for fitting more cars than ever into our parking lot
  • Dave Dunlap for announcing what was happening
  • Janine Lakatos and Sue Pink for selling gobs of raffle tickets
  • George Buelow for handling tickets, managing the door and doing all things money
  • Donna Bergeron for quietly handling the Silent Auctions
  • Elaine Moses for taking a bunch of photos
  • JoAnn LaPadula, Bevery Silvia, and Kathy Taylor for doing was was needed
  • Kohl's Department Store for sending 5 volunteers to just help
  • The local weekly papers for their event coverage
  • The members who donated items for the raffle and silent auction
  • And, once again, the four painters for baring their souls and putting themselves on the line with paint brushes
  • Lastly to [ your name here ] for helping this event be a success

Now to the paintings (in no particular order)

'Lovers Key' by Michele Buelow et al

'Shrimp Boats' by Lisa Grinter et al

'Green Flash' by Neil Walling et al

'Happy Hour' by Tracy Owen Cullimore et al

Results of Winter Juried Show '50 Shades'

January, 2018

1st place winner 'Sunday' by Danika Walker

On January 21, Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery presented awards for their current show, 50 Shades. Members of the art association and non-members submitted paintings for the exhibit which was judged by renowned artist, Kathleen Conover. The awards ceremony was preceded by a gallery talk given by Sue Pink, an artist in her own right. Fresh Catch Bistro sponsored this event and supplied refreshments for all those who attended.

Artwork in this exhibit is available for viewing and purchase until February 15.

Kathleen Conover AWS-DF, NWS, ISEA-NF, TWSA-M
Master Artist, Kathleen Conover studied undergraduate fine arts at San Diego State University, her BA degree at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned her MA degree from Northern Michigan University. After graduating college, she continued her studies with American master watercolor artists. Kathleen Conover’s current involvement in the growing international watercolor scene includes invitations to exhibit, judge and demonstrate in China, Turkey, France, Belgium, Thailand and Greece. She has been honored as one of the 40 international master watercolorists invited to exhibit at the first watercolor-exclusive museum in Qingdao, China, the “Birthplace of Watercolor”. Global travel inspires her work toward her lifetime pursuit “…to be a better artist”.

Sue Pink AWS, NWS
Sue grew up in Florida and after a career in education pursued her interest in art. Working in the abstract manner has allowed her to emotionally tie her work to the viewer. Color and texture are major elements in her work, along with her signature muted pallet. Her materials include both watercolor and acrylic paint on 100% cotton rag paper. Sue was elected to the Florida Artist Group and is a signature member of numerous state and national watercolor societies.

First Prize went to Dannica Walker for “Sunday”. Pictured above.

Sue Pink was awarded second Prize for “Over Easy”.

Third prize went to Suzanne L. Brown for “Peppers”.

Merit Awards went to the following: Terry Shattuck “Lilliput Lilies”, Kay Cowan for “Ready for Take Off”, and Michelle Barron Buelow for “Into the Light”.

Honorable Mentions went to the following: Robinette Apelgren for “Auburn Baby 2”, Fred Bushnell for “Walnut Creek # 11” and Patricia Boyd for “Buttercup Cottage”.

The Lee Ackert Award went to Nancy Morgan for “Bouquet on Blue”.

Judi Miller's Art Featured on Sand Life Cover

January, 2018

January Sand Life Cover

Hooray for Judi for getting her artwork on the cover the January's Sand Life magazine.

The Sand Paper, which publishes the Sand Life magazine monthly, is always soliciting for Sand Life cover art. Here is a link to the call for artists.

Here is a link to the November edition of the Sand Life Magazine.

Gretchen's Art Featured on Sand Life Cover

December, 2017

Gretchen's Christmas Card

Congratulations to Gretchen Johnson for getting her Christmas card on the cover the December's Sand Life magazine.

The Sand Paper, which publishes the Sand Life magazine monthly, is always soliciting for Sand Life cover art. Here is a link to the call for artists.

Here is a link to the November edition of the Sand Life Magazine.

Hollins, Horses and Hanji

November, 2017

Pam's show in studio 2

Congratulations to Pam Flaherty for a lovely solo show titled Hollins, Horses and Hanji in Studio 2. A reception on November 4th was well attended and brought a few new people into the gallery.

FMBAA art on the Sand Life Magazine cover AGAIN!

November, 2017

Artwork by Kathy Taylor

Congratulations to Kathy Taylor for having her artwork chosen for the November Sand Life magazine cover.

The Sand Paper, which publishes the Sand Life magazine monthly, is always soliciting for Sand Life cover art. Here is a link to the call for artists.

Here is a link to the November edition of the Sand Life Magazine.

Kathryn McMahon, Master Artist
October, 2017

Kathryn McMahon - Billowing Sails

FMBAA member Kathryn McMahon has been awarded Master Signature Status - Women Artists of the West [WAOW]

Women Artists of the West (WAOW) is a national organization of professional women painters and sculpture artists from the U.S. and Canada.

WAOW is a united group of dedicated professional women artists whose goal is to bring art to the highest level in the U.S. and the world.

WAOW has national exhibitions every year, exhibiting in the Ronald Reagan Museum, The Hart Museum, galleries in Chicago, Denver, Fredericksburg, TX, Annapolis, MD, San Diego and many other cities across the U.S.

Congratulations to Kathryn for her tremendous accomplishment.

Minimus Maximus
October, 2017

Kathy Taylor making Minis

While you are enjoying the closing days of summer, take your paints with you to the beach and create a couple of new mini paintings for FMBAA. Remember the image showing in the mat is 3x5 in or 4x6 in. Be sure to sign your name in that area so, when matted, it shows. We will again mat them to 8x10" for sale.

Donation of mat board and bags is greatly appreciated. And if you put it all together you deserve a gold star!! This project has turned out to be a great fund raiser for the group so help us build up our supply with new paintings.

Minis may be dropped off at the gallery any time throughout the year. On Tuesday December 5, 2017 the Experimental painters will paint minis based on an undersea theme. Join the fun. New minis will be unveiled at the FMBAA Open House on January 5, 2018.

YouTube Stardom
October, 2017

Check-out Neil Walling's YouTube video on Plein Air painting.

Kathy Taylor Show and Reception

March, 2018

Portofino by Kathy Taylor

Kathy Taylor is showing new Italian watercolors at Cafe Italia, in Fort Myers. There is a reception March 24th.

Café Italia
20351 Summerlin Rd. #117
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Hours Mon. – Sat. 11 am – 9 pm

Sue Pink wins award at AWS 2018 Show!

March, 2018

AWS 2018 Award for Pandora's Box by Sue Pink

Great News! Sue Pink wins the Diana Kan and Sing Si Schwartz Memorial Award with $2000 for Pandora's Box

The 2018 AWS Show Exhibition dates are April 9 - 28, 2018
at the Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Jury of selection: Antonio Masi, Karen Butler, Sue St. John, Mel Stabin, Timothy Clark
Jury of Awards: Fredrick Gaff, Stan Miller, Robert O’Brian

Pandora's Box will be part of the AWS nationwide travelling show (dates TBD). The Florida stop is at
Art Center Manatee
209 Ninth Street West, Bradenton

For More information on AWS and maybe the travelling show dates, see:

Fat Tuesday at the Gallery

February, 2018

Sue Pink and Lynne Wesolowski looking their best

The Experimentals (who meet and mess around on most Tuesday mornings) spent Fat Tuesday dressed up with Beignets and Zydeco (Cajun food and music). Also there was painting and decorating of masks.

Some of the painted masks

Plein Air Painters Rock

February, 2018

Nice work from Janice Howell (visitor) and Sandi McCabe at Cristof's

Kudos to our outdoor painters who meet weekly to hone their plein air skills. [Here is the Paintout schedule]

Kathy Summers gets the Sand Life Cover

February, 2018

Kathy Summer's Seascape

Congratulations to Kathy Summer for having her artwork chosen for the February Sand Life magazine cover.

The Sand Paper, which publishes the Sand Life magazine monthly, is always soliciting for Sand Life cover art. Here is a link to the call for artists.

Here is a link to the February 2018 edition of the Sand Life Magazine.

FMBAA members win at BigArts

February, 2018

Big Arts put on "On Location: A Plein Air Show on Sanibel". FMBAA members Mary Klunk, Kathy Taylor and Michele Buelow all won awards.

Go team!

First place went to Mary Klunk.

Purple Shadows on the Beach by Mary Klunk

Second Place went to Kathy Taylor

Bowditch Point by Kathy Taylor

A merit award went to Michele Buelow

Live Oaks by Michele Buelow

Kathy Taylor Brightens a Restaurant!

January, 2018

Member Kathy Taylor was busy bringing figures into her watercolors done on location in Italy this summer. She currently has a 15-work exhibit on display at Cafe Italia (20351 Summerlin Road. #117, Fort Myers, 33908). Hours for Cafe Italia are from 11 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday. Be sure to stop by … say hello to Michele Romano (handsome owner of the Cafe), and try some great bruschetta!

Sue Pink shows in AWS again!

January, 2018

Pandora's Box by Sue Pink

What does a successful artist do upon reaching a huge milestone? Not sleep on the canvas, that’s for sure! Sue Pink has had another painting accepted for the American Watercolor Society’s 151’st Annual International Exhibition. (Remember Sue reached Signature status in 2017.)

This past summer Sue worked her magic during a Tuesday paint-in at the Gallery. Pandora’s Box began as an exercise in black and white. Add Titan Buff— turn vertically — and Pandora’s Box was created.

Jury of Selection included Antonio Masi, Karen Butler, Mel Stabin, Sue St. John, and Timothy Clark. This prestigious exhibition will be at The Salmagundi Club, NYC April 9th to the 28th.

First Place to Lynne Wesolowski
December, 2017

1st Place “Home Song” by Lynne Wesolowski

Member Lynne Wesolowski won First Place - Mixed Media at the recent Scarsdale Art Association Winter Show in Scarsdale, New York. Home Song is a 24 x 30 inch paper-on-canvas with acrylic, natural stems and embellishment.

2017 Fall Judged Show
November, 2017

Best in Show “Cabin Retreat” by Terry Shattuck

The first judged show of the season opened at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association main gallery, sponsored by the Red Coconut. The artwork was judged by renowned artist, Vladislav Yeliseyev, who also judged the Paint the Beach competition. Vlad is a renowned watercolor and plein air artist with paintings in personal and commercial collections worldwide. The most important criteria for him when judging this show was: fine art approach, color integrity of work, artistic professional skills.

Click for a Video slide show

Renée Chastant gave a colorful gallery talk and expressed her insight on each painting at the gallery. Renée is a recovering lawyer who finds art infinitely more satisfying than law.

The Best of Show went to Terry Shattuck for “Cabin Retreat” (picture above).

First Prize went to Julie Nusbaum for “Bottled Up Expression.”

Tracy Cullimore was awarded second Prize for “Two Good Ole Boys”.
Third prize went to Kathy Taylor for “Lexis”.
Michele Barron Buelow received the Maya Bryant Award (outdoor painter) for “Live Oaks”.

Merit Awards went to the following: “Palms” by Lucille Cessna, “The French Connection” by Marge Williamson. Honorable Mentions went to the following: “Old Fashioned Roses” by Nancy F. Morgan, “Pandora’s Box” by Sue Pink.

Indoor Yard Sale
October, 2017

The Art Association is holding an Indoor Garage Sale on Friday, Dec 1st at the Gallery from 9am to 3pm. Please mark your calendars NOW to attend this event. We will be selling, at great prices, artist supplies such as paints, paper, brushes, hardware, etc. All of the items on sale have been generously donated by members both past and present. All profits from this sale benefit our Student Scholarship Fund.

We have heard from spouses that maybe some of you may wish to clean out your painting supplies (to make room for more). All donations are quite welcome. Please bring your donation during the week of Nov 27 and we will have a special table set aside for contributions. If you cannot deliver during that week, please contact Donna Bergeron ( We ask that all items be in relatively good shape and that they are painting related.

There will be no previews or early sales. Note: 9am-12pm sale will be open to gallery members only and after 12pm the public is invited

Donna Bergeron

More FMBAA art on the Sand Life Magazine cover

October, 2017

Pam Flaherty's Treasure Map

Congratulations to Pam Flaherty for having her artwork chosen for the October Sand Life magazine cover.

The Sand Paper, which publishes the Sand Life magazine monthly, is always soliciting for Sand Life cover art. Here is a link to the call for artists.

Here is a link to the October edition of the Sand Life Magazine.

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