Thursday, February 7, 2013

FMBAA Winter Show 2013

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association has up their winter show now.  The prizes were announced a week ago Sunday and a gallery talk took place before the reception.  This is a show that is open to the area art council, so it draws from a large group of artists and always looks fabulous.

I went down today to take photos of just some of the paintings hanging.  I apologize for the glare.  The facility has a lot of natural light...and if you turn on the interior lighting or take a flash without the lights on, you're gonna get a glare.  I think you'll still be able to see the quality of the work.

Sue Pink did this one.  I've taken 2 workshops from her.  She usually wins something in every show here...and got an honorable mention this time.  The judge praised the First Place painting (I'll designate below) for not resorting to the "letters and numbers thing" that's done so often these days in abstract art.  

I hope to meet and talk to this artist.  It looked like bright color applied all over the painting...then maybe black paint or ink used to embellish.

Shirley Trevena-esque with the warped perspective.

First place winner by Michele Buelow, a member of the experimental painting down here that I paint with.  She was thrilled!

Ann Kittel did this piece and I love it.  She did a green, black, and white painting last year that is in the same style.  She says she teaches a workshop on the March.  *sigh*  She said she can't look at a magazine now without picking out pictures of furniture she wants to "place" in her rooms....

This measures 3 ft. tall and is done in graphite.  Just beautiful.  


Yupo.  This won a Merit Award.  The judge said it was "the best yupo painting she'd ever seen. "  The artist was at the gallery talk when this was shared.  She had that look that we all know:  "wish I knew how I did it!"

Another Sue Pink and this one won an honorable spite of the numbers.  

We decided this woman's studio must be spotless.  She did the large pinky red tulips in a painting above.

Abstract by another member of the experimentalists.

Yupo by the person who will be teaching a one-day workshop next Thursday.  The judge liked the painting, all except for the "green monster" at the top.  She thought it might show better cropped.

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