Artists of the Month
Our 2D Artist of the Month for May and June is Watercolorist Jim Beech. Jim had a career in advertising, marketing, and graphic design, but also had a passion for watercolor painting, and has been creating art for over 50 years. He especially enjoys painting old buildings and boats of unusual character, and considers painting an opportunity for story-telling. His goal is to have the viewer wonder what might have occurred just before the image was captured, and then let their imagination create a sense of having been there. Jim's beautiful seascapes and landscapes evoke a feeling of peace and serenity, Jim is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society, and in September he will be giving a one-day workshop at the Society's convention. Click here to see the artist's work.
Our 3D Artist of the Month for May and June is Silver Jewelry Artist Nancy VanTassell. Nancy has been creating art jewelry for 18 years. Her designs have evolved through that time to her current obsession, wire weaving, and she has been weaving for nine of the 18 years. With continuous exploration and experimentation, this art continues to keep her attention and passion. Wire weaving is an age-old technique of taking different gauges of wire and intertwining them together. Nancy uses sterling and fine silver, incorporating semi-precious stones, faceted gemstones, and sometimes, it’s just all about the wire. In addition to designing one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, Nancy spends much of her time teaching her art form in private and group settings. Click here to see the artist's work.
Jim Beech will be giving a one-day workshop, "The Importance of Detail, " on September 22, 2022 at the 51st Annual Exhibition of the Florida Watercolor Society. The exhibition will be held at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda from September 14th to November 14th, 2022.
Congratulations to Kitt Moran. Her oil portrait, "Cal," won First Place in Venice Art Center's January, 2022, "Near and Far" exhibit.
Kitt Moran's oil painting, "Für Elise," won a Merit Award at the Venice Art Center's December, 2021 Yin & Yang Exhibit at the Venice Art Center.
Congratulations to Renee Farr, Glass Artist, and Bob Rioux, Glass Kaleidoscope Artist, for being voted Winners in the Glass Art category of the Charlotte Sun's "Best of Charlotte" Readers' Choice Awards Contest, October, 2021.
Kitt Moran's oil painting, "Boy with Balloon," won the Bowles Portrait Award in the October/November, 2021 "Falling for Art" Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda.
Joanne Stramara's painting, "Theoretical Permutation," was awarded Third Place in the Venice Art Center's September/October, 2021 "Big & Little" show.
Joanne Stramara's mixed media painting, "Florida, Hot & Cool," won a Merit Award in the Visual Arts Center's September/October, 2021 "COLOR!" exhibit.
Congratulations to Bev Yankwitt, whose abstract painting "August Storm" won First Place in the Visual Arts Center's September/October 2021 "COLOR!" show. "August Storm" was also accepted into the 45th Annual Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society and won the Golden Colors Award. The exhibition was held at Art Center Manatee in Bradenton, Florida, from April 14th to May 13th, 2022.
Beverly Yankwitt won a Merit Award in the Charlotte County Visual Arts Center's June/July, 2021 Members' Showcase with her painting, "Mysterious Encounter."
Bev Yankwitt's painting "Rise Up" was recently published in Artistonish Contemporary Art Magazine (January, 2022,) and was accepted into the National Watercolor Society's 101st International Open Exhibition 2021.