Artists Experiment with Pencil Art

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The Sept 26 meeting of the Westchase Artists Society featured a presentation by Frida Morales.

Frida gave an entertaining and enthusiastic presentation of the art she chose to exhibit at the library in September and furthered our understanding of the people and culture of her native Bolivia.

Not missing a step, Diana Ranstrom quickly moved into teacher mode with her lively demonstration of colored pencil art. She provided the group with materials for us to
experiment with as she explained their properties and uses as well as various techniques used in colored pencil art.

Our Oct. 24 meeting, which occurred after WOW’s deadline, promised a presentation of Jay Trujillo’s exhibit and a presentation by Christa Moody on glass fusion.

The 2017 Westchase Holiday Market, sponsored by the Westchase Artists Society, will be Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. We look forward to sharing some holiday cheer with you.

We also hope you will join us for our Nov. 28 meeting for a presentation of the Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida.

The Westchase Artist Society is open to all visual artists from the Tampa Bay area. You are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Maureen B Gauzza Public Library on Countryway Boulevard.

For more information visit our website, http://www.westchaseartists.com and o,ur Facebook page.

We look forward to meeting you.

By Marilyn Chaulk

New Artist Featured at Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library

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The Westchase Artists Society welcomes our newest member Jorge, (Jay) Trujillo, who comes to us from Cartegena.

Jorge will be exhibiting his paintings at the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library (formerly, Upper Tampa Bay Library) from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2017.

Inspired by his parents to explore art, he attended University College, where he studied art and graphic design. Living in Cartegena provided a wonderful backdrop for him to develop his artistic abilities and inspired him to become a professional artist and graphic designer.

Jorge uses various media in his artwork, including oil, acrylic paint and oil pastel. Through his compositions and color, Jorge’s individual style expresses human feelings and emotions.

We invite you to meet him and to see his artwork at the library. A meet the artist reception for Jorge will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Are you an artists or crafter? We welcome you to participate in the 2017 Westchase Holiday Market sponsored by the Westchase Artists Society. Proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks.

The eighth annual Holiday Market is Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. Register early ($50) as availability of spaces goes quickly. Please visit our website for registration and more information.

At our August meeting, watercolor artist Marion Steinbrunner gave a presentation of her
experiences in “how the artist takes a vacation.” Marion shared her artist sketchbook, which chronicled her art workshop and touring adventure in Spain.

The Westchase Artist Society is open to all visual artists from the Tampa Bay area. You are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Maureen B Gauzza Public Library (formerly the Upper Tampa Bay Library) on Countryway Boulevard.

Our next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, when Frida Vazquez will be making a presentation of her paintings. At this meeting we also look forward to a demonstration of colored pencil art by our president, Diana Ranstrom.

For more information visit our website: http://www.westchaseartists.com or se,e us on Facebook.

We look forward to meeting you.

By Marilyn Chaulk

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Artists Hear from Local Oil Painter

The Westchase Artists Society’s July meeting hosted Westchase artist Arnel Artus, who gave an informative and entertaining demonstration of his work in oil painting.

Arnel is a very successful artist. His talent is evident not only in his portraits, but his mural paintings as well, including his current work for St. Paul’s Church in Clearwater. His skills as an artist, teacher, public speaker and friend gave attending members an evening we will be talking about for a long time.

Watercolor artist Marion Steinbrunner will make a presentation to the members at our Aug. 22 meeting. She’ll share her experiences attending international art classes and workshops.

Frida Morales, Bolivian born and a member of the Westchase Artists Society, is the featured artist in a solo exhibition entitled Bolivian Native Ladies at the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library (formerly the Upper Tampa Bay Library) from Aug. 10-Sept. 30.

We invite the public to join us in viewing her heartfelt watercolor paintings.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all visual artists from the Tampa Bay area. You are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library (formerly the Upper Tampa Bay Library) on Countryway Boulevard.

You are invited to attend our next group meeting scheduled for 7:00pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com and see us on Facebook for more information.

We look forward to meeting you."

By Marilyn Chaulk

Art by Frida Morales Vazquez

Art by Frida Morales Vazquez

Upper Tampa Bay Library Gallery and the Westchase Artists Society Art Exhibit

A meet the artist reception will be held at the Library on Thursday, August 10, from 4:30pm to 9pm for Westchase Artists Society member, Frida Morales Vazquez.  Her watercolor paintings, entitled, “Bolivian Native Ladies” will be on view from August 8 to September 30, 2017.
Frida is a native of Bolivia, a contemporary artist whose artwork has been influenced by Gustave Courbet and Edgar Degas.  She has exhibited her intense watercolor paintings not only in LaPaz, Bolivia, Sevilla, Spain, but Denver, Colorado and of course, Tampa, Florida.
Frida says she “takes inspiration from the beauty of the individual soul and its journey to find its place.”
We invite you to come and enjoy her watercolors as we are very excited to have her exhibit her work with us.
At the June meeting, Judy Freeman showed the group a video of a TV show she did for the HGTV show “That’s Clever” bringing us into her studio and demonstrating her pottery making.   The presentation was delightful and very informative.  Included in her presentation was a question and answer session, explaining the use and care of different types of pottery. 
The Westchase Artists Society is open to all visual artists from the Tampa Bay area.  You are invited to attend a meeting at 7:00pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard.  The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22.  Please visit  http://www.westchaseartists.com or on Facebook. for more information.
We look forward to meeting you.

By Marilyn Chaulk

Westchase Artists Practice Coaster Making

At the May meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, one of the member artists guided the group through coaster making.

It proved to be an interesting experience as well as a new way to display our art. The coasters were easy and fun to do and they will make wonderful gifts.

Christa Moody, a member of the Westchase Artists Society, is the featured artist in a solo exhibition titled A Visual Contemplation. It will run the Upper Tampa Bay Library through July 31, 2017. Please join us in viewing this wonderful arrangement of photographic work invoking a quiet contemplation of the world around us.

Frida Morales will be our next member to exhibit her work at the library, we look forward to seeing a display of her talents there during August and September.

Our next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. We are looking forward to our June meeting and hope to see you there.

The Westchase Artists Society welcomes all visual artists from the Tampa Bay area. If you are interested in learning more about the group, come to our meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month or visit us at http://www.westchaseartists.com or on Facebook.

By Marilyn Chaulk

June Features New Library Art Exhibit from Westchase Artist

Photograph by Christa Moody

Photograph by Christa Moody

Westchase Artists Society member Christa Moody is the featured artist in a solo exhibition called “A Visual Contemplation” at the UTB Library starting June 1.

A meet-the-artist reception will be held on June 3, 2017, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Christa Moody grew up surrounded by art in her grandparents’ studio. They encouraged her to ask questions and to explore her world visually while teaching her the fundamentals of composition, form and design. Christa has an undergraduate degree in photography and a minor in art history, as well as a master’s degree in art education. Christa’s love of travel is evident in her selection of pieces she chose for this inspirational exhibit. Christa describes her artistic photography as melancholy, contemplative and quiet.

Two samples of her work appear on this page.

Please join us as we look forward to viewing this wonderful arrangement of photographic work that invokes a quiet contemplation of the world around us.

At the April meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, we had a wonderful demonstration in Chinese painting and calligraphy given by our newest member, Ingrid Hu. In addition, we learned about the cultural differences between Chinese and American teaching techniques as Ingrid discussed the traditional tools, materials and techniques used in Chinese painting.

The Autism Speaks Walk held on April 22 included 16 group members, representing the Westchase Holiday Market team under the direction of Westchase Artist Society member Jennifer Joyner. The team also included other members of the Westchase Artist Society.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all visual artists from Tampa Bay. You are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com and see us on Facebook for more information.

We look forward to meeting you!

By Marilyn Chaulk

At the March meeting of the Westchase Artists Society several of the attending artists shared their newest pieces with the group.

Artists who participated explained in detail their techniques and choices of composition. Their diverse talents included colored pencil painting, photography, jewelry, a handmade and hand-painted leather purse, Chinese calligraphy and as a special surprise, a demonstration of Chinese opera singing by our newest member, Ingrid Hu. The meeting was very inspirational for all of us and we look forward to our April 25 meeting, which will feature a demonstration of Chinese Calligraphy.

We invite the public to come and enjoy our solo art exhibits offered at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. The continuing exhibit of photographer David LaPensee can be viewed through the end of May.

Christa Moody, also a member of the Westchase Artists Society, will be the next featured artist in her solo exhibition from June 1 to July 31, 2017.

We would like to welcome the newest member to our group, Ingrid Hu.
Ingrid is an award-winning musician and Mandarin teacher. Both her parents are physicians in China. Ingrid took after her father when she developed her talents as a painter. She moved to Tampa from Kansas. She is excited for the opportunity to learn more about her craft of Chinese calligraphy and acrylic painting.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all visual artists from Tampa Bay. You are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. The next group meeting is scheduled for May 23. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com and see us on Facebook for more information.

We look forward to meeting you!

By Marilyn Chaulk


Lifetime of Travel Art Show Opens UTB Library in April

David LaPensee is the featured artist in a solo exhibition, entitled, “A Lifetime of Travel”, at the Upper Tampa Bay Library from April 1 to May 31, 2017.

A celebrated photographer, traveler and artist, David is a member of the Westchase Artists Society. He appreciates the immediacy of nature and the amazing human ability to create. His selection of photographs promises to be an exciting show for the library. David describes himself as an outdoor traveler photographer with a painterly style.

A meet the artist reception will be held Saturday, April 8, from 2:30-5 p.m., at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please join us for this event as we all look forward to seeing David’s work.

At the February meeting we installed our new officers, President Diana Ranstrom, Treasurer Christa Moody and Secretary Marilyn Chaulk. We all look forward to a successful year.

Our February presentation was given by Judy Freeman on the benefits and intricacies of setting up and maintaining a personal shop on Etsy. An accomplished artist, potter and ceramics sculptor, Judy showcases and sells her art in her shop on Etsy. Judy emphasized, that although Etsy does a great deal to ensure the success of its sellers, to attract buyers and make sales, it takes lots of hard work, time and commitment to your business.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all visual artists from Tampa Bay. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about the group to come by at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard.

The next group meeting is scheduled for April 25 at 7 p.m. We look forward to meeting you. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com and see us on Facebook for more information.

By Marilyn Chaulk

UTB Library Gallery to Feature Local Photographer

Westchase Artists Society member Jennifer Joyner will be featured in a solo art show at the Upper Tampa Bay Library during the months of February and March.

Jennifer Joyner’s solo photography show titled “Look Closer: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary,” will be held in the Upper Tampa Bay Library gallery from Feb. 1 through March 31. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the gallery. Everyone is invited to attend.

The show will feature landscapes as well as cityscapes, with many new pieces in the collection. Joyner’s goal as a photographer has always been to seek out a different perspective, to take an ordinary subject and find the magic in it, or to take a famous subject and find the uniqueness of it.

Jennifer attended the University of Tennessee, where she majored in English and minored in photography and theatre. She studied photography under Baldwin Lee, a student of the renowned photographer Walker Evans.

Members of the Westchase Artist Society celebrated the holidays at Frida Vazquez’s home, where she hosted a potluck dinner on Friday, Jan. 13. We all shared tasty entrees, deserts, and a fun gift exchange while enjoying the wonderful companionship and stimulating conversation only creative, like-minded friends can provide. 

January’s program was given by Vanessa Montenegro. She discussed how artists should protect themselves and the environment from the toxicity of different kinds of art supplies, paints and mediums. Elections for new board members were held at this meeting and results will appear in March’s article.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the agenda. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Jeanne LaPensee

Artists Group Hears Photoshop Presentation

The November program of the Westchase Artists Society was a Photoshop demonstration of useful artists’ techniques.

Frida Vazquez and her son Francis took questions from the club and gave answers by demonstrating how to change image and canvas sizing and make selections using various tools.  Additionally, they showed us an easy method to straighten pictures of our artwork by using the transform and cropping tools and how to create a montage by combining multiple images into one image.  

We didn’t have a December meeting because everyone was involved in the Holiday Market (See Article, page 82).

December, however, saw the opening of Rebecca Piskura’s A Fascination with Faces exhibit at the Upper Tampa Bay Library Gallery. Rebecca’s reception was held Dec. 1 at the library and a good time was had by all who attended. Her show will be exhibited until the end of January.  Be sure to visit the library gallery to see her work.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the agenda. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Jeanne LaPensee

Library Gallery Feature’s New Westchase Artist

Emerging artist Rebecca Piskura will be having her first solo show at the Upper Tampa Bay Library in December and January.

Rebecca Piskura said, “I am an artist with a fascination for faces. I work to capture the light, emotion, beauty and mystery found in every human face, working with watercolor, pastels, charcoal and acrylics. I believe that art is more than the result; it’s the process that makes it great. Somewhere between the original thought and the canvas, magic happens.”

Piskura has portraits in several private collections. Her art has appeared in an international magazine, and the artist displays her art in local art shows. You can visit the artist online at http://www.sunnybrookart.com

Her opening show reception titled A Fascination with Faces will be held at the library on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Join her for refreshments and conversation with the artist.

At their October meeting Westchase artists learned how to tell stories with photography and how to make a contented kitty from clay. While Judy Freeman demonstrated how to make the clay kitty, artists Jennifer Joyner and Christa Moody gave slideshow presentations of their photography. Jennifer told us to look for the wonder in everyday life, something that makes the mundane special. She tries to capture something different in every subject she photographs. Christa’s favorite subjects are old cemeteries taken in black and white. They were thought provoking and each one told a story that was perfect for a Halloween theme.

Many of the club’s artists donated their paintings to the 5”x5” event at the Tampa Art Museum. It was a big success; there was standing room only on the first floor after the opening. People came with copies from the event website looking for the paintings they wanted to buy.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the agenda. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Jeanne LaPensee

Westchase Artist Featured in Library Solo Exhibit

Arnel Artus, Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr, and Jeanne LaPensee enjoying the show.

Arnel Artus, Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr, and Jeanne LaPensee enjoying the show.

A solo exhibition featuring Elizabeth-Fontaine-Barris’ work appears at the Upper Tampa Bay Library through Nov. 29.

The show, Colorations, features fantasy landscapes painted in Elizabeth’s exclusive color palette. Her opening reception was very successful and fun for all who attended. A patron who bought one of Elizabeth’s paintings remarked, "Your artwork is the best purchase I’ve made in a very long time. I didn’t fully understand the importance of art until I acquired these pieces. It sounds ‘cliché, but it's truly good for the soul." 

Elizabeth was born and raised in the creative city of New Orleans. She was influenced by the vibrant culture and strong artistic nature of her surroundings. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be an artist. About eight years ago she started pursuing that dream and reignited her passion to paint.

She describes herself as a modern, expressionist landscape painter. She is always moved by the beauty in nature. “It is wondrous and mysterious. There seems to be a hidden energy underneath it all that I strive to capture. It is also very personal in how it inspires my imagination,” she said. “The incredible colors, the intense light as it hits the edge of a cloud or the shape of an old tree are the tools I work with as I create my own interpretation of what I see. All the colors you see in my paintings exist in nature… I’ve just moved them around a bit. For me, it’s all about the joy of creating something I think is beautiful that I want to share with others.”

The library reception offers visitors a a perfect setting to view a large body of an artist’s work, learn their techniques and gain understanding of what inspires their creative process. 

The September meeting of the Westchase Artists Society was facilitated by Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr, and centered on three articles: “How to Price Art Right is a Universal Challenge for Visual Artists by Barney Davey; You Can Choose to Be a Happy Artist, Then Choose to Make Sure You Are from Art Marketing News; and part of an inspirational piece from Oil Painters of America. We talked about many pricing problems including formulas, consistency when selling in galleries and different venues and product assortment challenges.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the agenda. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Jeanne LaPensee

    Jennifer Guillette

    Jennifer Guillette

 

Westchase Artists Welcome New Members

  At August’s meeting of the Westchase Artist Society, new members shared examples of their work while explaining the role art has played in their lives.

Tara and Katy Riley agreed that they like to explore color and are fascinated with materials that react to light. Tara’s mother pressed crayons into her hands even as a two year old. Now she’s a designer and information architect with two decades of digital media experience working for companies around the Southeast. Tara Riley Designs at http://tararileydesigns.com sells her jewelry,  which captures the magic of stained glass using polymer clay, various inclusions and resin.

Jennifer Marie Guillette is a transplant from Maine. Jennifer received her Associate of Arts degree from St. Petersburg College, where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Jennifer works with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a program designed for artists. Jennifer loves art and has practiced her drawing skills from a young age. Now she focuses on painting and ceramics.

Bonnie Taylor said, “Art keeps my heart light, my hands busy and helps connect me with others.”

Bonnie recently retired to Florida to be near her family. Many of her mother’s family were artisans of all kinds. She worked building furniture for a designer. In her work she used precious woods and made simple designs that showcased the wood’s natural beauty. The disciplines of art, music and literature have enriched her life and opened her mind to see wonderful possibilities everywhere.

The reception for Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr’s solo show, Colorations, was recently held at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please come to the library to see her collection.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the agenda. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Jeanne LaPensee

Westchase Artists Enjoy Painting Party

In July the artists held a painting party in preparation for the Tampa Museum of Art’s Five by Five event on Oct. 21.

The artists worked individually on their entries. The club supplied each artist with a 5” x 5” canvas to create a painting of their choice and gave them the information as to how to submit their painting to the museum. Mark your calendars for this special night so you can come and buy our beautiful creations. Each 5” x 5” painting will sell for $25. Entries for this prestigious event come in from artists all over the world. The event will be held on 8-11 p.m. (one night only). The proceeds benefit artists’ programs presented by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Visit fivebyfivetampabay.com for details.

Five new members attended the party, introduced themselves and showed samples of their work. The new members were Jennifer Guillette, Kim Sutphin, Roy Green, and Tara and Katy Riley.  

The 10th Anniversary Art Show reception was held at the Upper Tampa Bay Library and was a big success with over 50 people attending. Everyone admired the artists’ works while enjoying conversation and refreshments.

The Seventh Annual Westchase Holiday Market will be held on Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendor fees are $50. If you are interested in sponsoring or being a vendor for the market, please contact Jennifer Joyner at [email protected] for more information. We look forward to having you join us!

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the agenda. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Jeanne LaPensee

May 2016 Newsletter

Westchase Artist Offers Conference Tips

At the May meeting of the Westchase Artist Society’s Terry Eisenberg shared what she learned at the Portrait Society of America conference.

The presentation focused on a list of topics titled Presenting Your Best Self as an Artist, How to Be Seen, the Importance of Having an Artist Website and How to Use Social Media. The conference presenters also addressed how artists could determine if they need an art gallery and submissions to art shows.This information was valuable to artists and greatly appreciated.

The group’s 10th Anniversary Art Show will to be in August at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. The group show will be celebrated with a reception in the library conference room on Aug. 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Come join us to meet the artists and talk with them about their work, enjoy some refreshments and interesting conversation. 

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Jeanne LaPensee

April 2016 Newsletter

Westchase Artist Shares Watercolor Techniques

Pat Kruse shared her experience using Yupo watercolor paper at the March meeting of the Westchase Artists Society.

Yupo paper is a very slick synthetic watercolor paper that is 100 percent recycled, waterproof and tree-free. Kruse shared some samples of her recent works on Yupo paper, completed as part of a class at Dunedin Fine Arts Center. While difficult to work with, the paper does allow easy changes. It provides the opportunity to go back and “wash away” parts – or even all – of a painting with which you are not happy.

Arne Artus opened his solo show Art’Us: Figures, Still Life and Landscapes at the Upper Tampa Bay Library with a meet the artist reception on Saturday, April 9. Friends and fellow artists were there to see his paintings in oil and acrylics and to discuss his work in greater detail. Photographic examples of commissioned murals that he has done were also on hand. The show will remain on display until the end of May.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

 

March 2016 Newsletter

Library Gallery to Feature Westchase Artist

Arnel Artus will be featured in a solo art exhibition at the Upper Tampa Bay Library during the months of April and May.

The show, entitled “Art’Us: Figures, Still Life and Landscapes,” will feature his acrylic and oil paintings. Artus will be showing photos of murals and commissioned portraits from different clients, too. He will be hosting a soft opening as well as a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, April 9, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to meet him and enjoy his discovered passion through his collection of work.

The February group meeting of the Westchase Artists Society was a “Bring A Friend” meeting where members were encourage to invite an artist friend to join them and learn a little more about the group. Visiting for the evening were Gloria Bucher, painter; Sandy Peterson, photographer; Susan Cobussen, jewelry designer and beginning painter; and David LaPensee, photographer. They shared samples of their work while learning about some of the activities the group has planned for the coming year.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

February 2016 Newsletter

Westchase Artists Elect Board Members

 

At the January group meeting, members of the Westchase Artists Society unanimously re-elected last year’s board of directors to serve again in the coming year.

Clay artist Judy Freeman will be serving as president alongside photographer Jennifer Joyner as vice president. Continuing to serve as secretary is watercolor artist Jeanne LaPensee. The position of treasurer will be filled by watercolor artist Pat Kruse. After the elections and registration were complete, members spent time writing out their art goals for 2016.

Vanessa Montenegro opened her solo show, Color, Light and Motion, at the Upper Tampa Bay Library with a meet the artist reception on Saturday, Feb. 6. Friends and fellow artists were on hand to see her new drawings and paintings in pastels and oil, including a small collection of miniature paintings. They also discussed her work in greater detail. As part of the reception, Montenegro held an art demonstration where she shared some of her techniques for working with pastels. The show will remain on display until the end of March.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

January 2016 Newsletter

Library Gallery to Feature Westchase Artist

Westchase artist Vanessa Montenegro will be featured in a solo art show at the Upper Tampa Bay Library during the months of February and March.

The show, Color, Light and Motion, will feature Montenegro’s new drawings and paintings in pastel and oil, including a small collection of miniature paintings. Many of Montenegro’s images include nature, sports, animals and people. She will be hosting a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to meet her and discuss her work in greater detail.

Members of the Westchase Artists Society celebrated the holidays with a potluck get-together on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 5. Frida Vazquez opened her home for the celebration and members attended along with some of their spouses. Artists also participated in their traditional gift exchange where they create a 5”x 7” sample of their artwork to swap.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

December 2015 Newsletter

Westchase Artists Hold Painting Party

The November group meeting of the Westchase Artists Society was highlighted with a painting party.

Everyone was supplied with a 6” x 8” canvas to paint anything of their choosing. Artists worked on creating everything from a beautiful mountain scene to whimsical fishes.

Teresa Trubilla opened her solo show In The Silence at the Upper Tampa Bay Library with a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, Dec. 12. Friends and fellow artists were on hand to see her nature and landscape photography and discuss her work in greater detail. The show will remain on display until the end of January.

Congratulations to Diana Ranstrom on having her drawing The Duchess of Prairie Rose Farm included in the instructional book Colored Pencil Cats & Dogs by Ann Kullberg.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Upper Tampa Bay Library. This will be the group’s annual registration and election of officers meeting.  Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

November 2015 Newsletter

Library Gallery to Feature Westchase Photographer

Teresa Trubilla will be featured in a solo art show at the Upper Tampa Bay Library during the months of December and January.

The show, entitled In The Silence, will feature her nature and landscape photography. When asked about her work, Trubilla replied, “I try to capture all that is being said in moments of silence.”

Many of Trubilla’s images are from within Westchase and feature the beauty of this neighborhood. She will be hosting a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 3-5 p.m.. Everyone is invited to come meet her and discuss her work in greater detail.

At the October group meeting, guest speaker Stacy Kinslow shared with members how she uses Facebook auction pages to market her handmade glass beads. She explained how easy it was to get set up on an auction site and how much more successful it has been compared with selling on Etsy.

Congratulations to Vanessa Montenegro on her two recently painted artLOUD Streetcar Sculptures that were installed in downtown Tampa. The first piece features a landscape with Floridian birds and is located on Tampa Riverwalk in front of the Tampa Museum of Art. That piece was sponsored by Smolker, Bartlett, Loeb, Hinds & Sheppard, P.A. She also has a second streetcar done with a sailing theme that is located in the 200 block of Franklin Street and was sponsored by Fairlead Commercial Real Estate, LLC. Both streetcar sculptures will remain on display for a year.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Upper Tampa Bay Library but is subject to change. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

October 2015 Newsletter

Library Gallery to Feature Westchase Artist

Judy Freeman will be featured in a solo art show at the Upper Tampa Bay Library during the months of October and November.

When asked to describe her work, Freeman replied, “I’m mainly a potter that creates objects that are decorative and, as a result, I spend most of my time painting. So, I am a potter-painter or a painter-potter.”

Freeman plans to transform the library art gallery into an aquarium with her colorful fish-themed paintings and pottery. She will be hosting a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.. Everyone is invited to come meet her and discuss her work in greater detail.

On Sept. 8, the Westchase Artists Society received a Silver Supporter Award from Autism Speaks for the funds they raised for autism research, advocacy and awareness. The Westchase Artists raised over $1,000 for Autism Speaks with their 2014 Westchase Holiday Market.

Mark your calendars! This year’s Westchase Holiday Market will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. The market will again benefit Autism Speaks.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

Call for Artists

The Westchase Artists Society invites area fine artists and crafters to join them at the Sixth Annual Westchase Holiday Market on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. More detailed information and a registration link can be found on the group Web site, http://www.westchaseartists.com (Click on the Holiday Market tab.). Proceeds from the Holiday Market will benefit Autism Speaks.

By Teresa Trubilla

July 2015, Newsletter

Westchase Artists Explore Stencil Making

At the July meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, Judy Freeman shared a video that she made demonstrating the use of a product called EZ Screen Print. The product, sold through EZScreenPrint.com, is an easy-to-create, silk screen stencil. The stencil is created with the help of the sun, water and a black and white image. 

Freeman’s demonstration went through all of the steps of the process, from creating the image via Photoshop Elements up to using the finished stencil for a few of her ceramic pieces. Her three-part video detailing the making of a stencil can be found on YouTube athttps://youtu.be/p4F9ALHl3nM; https://youtu.be/qm4So_X2a6s; andhttps://youtu.be/ukTrybLDtj8

Following the demonstration, Freeman challenged those members that were in attendance to create their own stencil and incorporate that stencil in an art project.  A sample of the EZ Screen Print Stencil Fabric was given to each member along with a copy of the instructions from the manufacturer. Members were asked to bring their stencil and artwork to the Aug. 25 meeting to share. Freeman commented, “It's going to be fun to see how everyone uses the material in their own personal style.”

Jeanne LaPensee opened her solo show at the Upper Tampa Bay Library with a meet the artist reception on Saturday, Aug. 15. Friends and fellow artists were on hand to see her work and learn more about her development as an artist. The show will remain on display in the gallery space at the library through the end of September.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. The evening’s agenda will include further work in Photoshop Elements and how it can be helpful to fine artists. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

June 2015 Newsletter

Westchase Artist Featured in Library Show

The artwork of Terry Eisenberg is being featured in a solo show during the months of June and July at the Upper Tampa Bay Library.

Many of the oil paintings included in the show feature people and especially children, which are her favorite subject. Eisenberg met visitors and discuss her work with them at an opening reception on Saturday, June 20. The exhibit will remain on display through July.

At the May group meeting, Eisenberg shared some of the pointers she has picked up about marketing artwork. She reminded her fellow artists that it is important to be true to their esthetic vision and to paint what they love rather than what they think will sell. She also commented that it was important to join art groups and surround themselves with supportive people as well as to have a dedicated work space and to be protective of their art time.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

May 2015 Newsletter

Westchase Artists Focus on Getting Their Artwork Online

How to post your artwork online was the focus of discussion at the Westchase Artists’ April meeting.

Whether you hope to display your artwork for galleries and collectors or sell handcrafted pottery, original artwork or giclee prints of your work, having a clear idea of your goals is important in deciding how to set up your online presence.

Judy Freeman, a clay artist, described how she set up a shop on Etsy to sell her pottery while also creating a separate Web site and blog to drive traffic to that shop. Painter Terry Eisenberg shared the Web site she developed to showcase her work.

Photographer Jennifer Joyner explained how she has her portrait services featured on a Web site while she handles the print sales of her fine art photography through Zenfolio, which takes care of the printing, billing and shipping for her.

During the months of June and July at the Upper Tampa Bay Library Terry Eisenberg will be featured in a solo show. When asked about her work, she replied, “I believe art is a communication between the artist and the viewer. It creates curiosity about what feeling or story the artist is trying to convey. Being in education for over 27 years, I am continually inspired by stories of people, particularly children.”

To provide an opportunity for guests to learn more about Eisenberg’s work, a meet-the-artist reception will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 3:30-6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

 

April 2015 Newsletter

Westchase Artists Swap Stories, Share Artwork

At the March group meeting members of the Westchase Artists Society spent time responding to a challenge.

They were asked: “Tell us something about yourself that the other members do 

The March group meeting members of the Westchase Artists Society spent time responding to a challenge.

They were asked: “Tell us something about yourself that the other members do not know.”

The varied backgrounds of members became evident in their stories about ballroom dancing, engineering, television commercials and even a Harley-Davidson.

After sharing about their pasts, members presented artwork that they are currently working on or have recently finished. Their work expressed a broad range of media and styles.

Congratulations to Marilyn Chaulk on the opening of her solo show at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. She hosted an artist reception on Saturday, April 11, from 4-6 p.m., which provided a chance to meet the artist and discuss her work. A native of New England, Chaulk is inspired by her surroundings and environment. Her love of the ocean and Florida’s color, sights and sounds can be seen in her work. The exhibit will be displayed through the end of May.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

March 2015 Newsletter

Westchase Artists Study Watercolor Painting

A video featuring the watercolor techniques of local artist Mary Henderson was featured at the February group meeting of the Westchase Artists Society.

Henderson is an award-winning artist who paints and teaches out of her studio in St. Petersburg. She loves to paint endangered animals and her work has been featured in many exhibits and local publications.

Lotus Bloom Watercolor demonstrated step-by-step how Henderson first designs her watercolor paintings using black and white enlargements of photographs and then transfers the design to her watercolor paper using graphite paper. Working with a large brush with a clean point, she applies color lightly to create highlights in the base coat. Masking fluid is then used to preserve edges within the piece and colors are made more intense by adding additional paint in the direction something grows. Using opposite colors on the color wheel creates natural shadow areas. Finally, the background areas are painted to complete the artwork.

Group member Marilyn Chaulk will be having a solo show at the art gallery in the Upper Tampa Bay Library during April and May. The exhibit will feature paintings that illustrate what moves and inspires her, including common household items and colors and sounds of the ocean. Chaulk will be hosting an artist reception on Saturday, April 11, from 4-6 p.m., providing a chance to meet the artist and discuss her work in greater detail.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

February 2015 Newsletter

Westchase Artists Elect New Board of Directors

A new board of directors for the Westchase Artists Society was elected at the Jan. 27 group meeting.

Selected to serve as president for 2015 was Judy Freeman, a long-time group member who works in clay. Also serving will be photographer Jennifer Joyner as vice president, watercolor artist Jeanne LaPensee as secretary and watercolor artist Pat Kruse as treasurer.

When asked about her thoughts about the coming year, Freeman replied, “I’m honored to serve the Westchase Artists Society as president for 2015. Teresa Trubilla did such a wonderful job as our president the past few years and she’s leaving big shoes to fill. We’re lucky to have a diverse and very talented group of artists and I’m hoping that we’ll carry on where we left off at the end of 2014 – having a great time, creating and sharing with wonderful, inspiring friends.”

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Those interested in learning more about the group are invited to drop by a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla