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First UTB Library Art Gallery Exhibit Features Westchase Artists Society

Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at 6 p.m.

The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library is opening its new art gallery space and its initial exhibit, “Expressions,” will feature artwork from members of the Westchase Artists Society. The work will be on display through January 2015.  The opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Westchase Artists Society and the Friends of the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. There will be an opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists and discuss their work.
Funding for the beautiful new art gallery was made possible by a grant from the World of Westchase community newsmagazine.

“Our group members are really looking forward to sharing some of their new artwork with the local community at this, our first group show, in over a year,” commented Teresa Trubilla, president of the Westchase Artists Society. “The exhibit will feature artwork in various mediums including oils, acrylics and pastels as well as photography, pottery and jewelry.”

“The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library is excited about the new gallery and that our first show is in partnership with the Westchase Artists Society. We were honored to have been the recipient of the generous contribution from the World of Westchase, Inc. that enabled us to create this unique space,” said Regional Library Manager, Suzy George.

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.

No group meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will occur in December, but there will be a group holiday party in early January. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information. The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. The evening’s agenda will include annual registration and election of new officers. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla, President

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Westchase Artists Make Plans for 5th Annual Holiday Market

At the September group meeting, members of the Westchase Artists Society began finalizing plans for the 2014 Westchase Holiday Market.

This year’s Holiday Market will be returning to the Westchase Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Holiday shoppers will be able to find the perfect gift, including original paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture from local fine artists along with handmade craft items. Proceeds from the event will benefit Autism Speaks.

Applications from fine artists and crafters are still being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until Nov. 22. Additional information and a link to register can be found on http://www.westchaseartists.com (See .Article, Page 20.)

Congratulations to Vanessa Montenegro whose pastel drawing, Body Checking, was selected for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s third annual Open Call for Artists. This year’s jury consisted of management from the Ringling Museum, the Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and Penny Vinik. Her artwork will be on display for an entire year at the Amalie Arena on the Suite Floor.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 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.

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.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Review Use of Copyrights

At the August group meeting Rebecca Piskura presented information about the basics of copyrights.

While an original artwork is automatically and immediately protected for the artist’s lifetime plus 70 years, she explained that the securest protection is to file a formal copyright online with the U.S. Copyright Office, http://www.copyright.gov Sever.al ways to protect your visual art online were discussed, including adding a visible watermark to your images before uploading, disabling right click on your site, uploading only low resolution images or placing a © notice with your name next to your work.

Calling all artists! Local fine artists and crafters are invited to join in the upcoming Fifth Annual Westchase Holiday Market being held on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Course clubhouse. Additional information and a link to register can be found on the society’s Web site. Proceeds from the Holiday Market benefit Autism Speaks. Last year’s event raised $2,000 for the charity.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from Upper Tampa Bay. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the evening’s agenda and bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Work With Watercolors

At the Westchase Artists Society’s July meeting, Jeanne LaPensee shared various techniques used to create textures while working in watercolors.

Inspired by Claudia Nice’s book Creating Textured Landscapes Using Pen, Ink and Watercolor, LaPensee demonstrated line-drawing techniques, dry brushing, textured paper effects, spattering, leaf impressions, stamping and lifting color. Members were then given the opportunity to try their hand at creating textures using masking tape and masking pen under layered washes, scraping away wet paint with a razor blade, using kosher salt to create blooms and stamping with sponges to simulate foliage and stone work.

The society’s next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 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.

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.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Learn About Making Mugs

Judy Freeman presented a video demonstration about her method for making ceramic mugs at the June 24 Westchase Artists Society meeting.

Through the magic of fast forward, Freeman was able to share the making of three different styles of mugs – the straight-walled mug, the curved-wall mug and a whimsical, faceted mug. The straight-walled mug is specifically created to decorate with silkscreen stencils Freeman personally makes while the whimsical mug works well with the bright colors and fancy decorations for which she is known.

Part one of the video presentations featured the wet work – throwing the mugs on a wheel, cleaning and adding handles. Part Two covered the glazing and firing. Both parts of the video are available on YouTube; simply do a search for Judy Freeman mugs.

On Wednesday, June 18, members of the Westchase Artists Society took a field trip to see Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr’s solo show at the TECO Public Art Gallery in downtown Tampa. After Fontaine-Barr shared her artistic journey and described the works featured in the show, group members stopped for lunch at the Spain restaurant which showcased some of her smaller works. Lunch was followed with a stop at the Tampa Museum of Art to see the My Generation: Young Chinese Artists exhibit.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please see 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.

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.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Lead Craft at First Friday

On June 6 members of the Westchase Artists Society attended the First Friday celebration in Westchase Town Center to help children create Father’s Day cards.

Children used their hands to make heart-shaped frames that they then decorated with special artwork for their fathers.

At their May group meeting members of the Westchase Artists Society were treated to a presentation on photography. Teresa Trubilla shared information about the basics of photography, such as exposure and composition and how to improve photos taken with a digital camera. Jennifer Joyner explained her personal approach to finding and focusing on subjects in her photography. Joyner also shared examples of her work, which illustrated her artistic vision as well as the photography basics presented by Trubilla.

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

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Please bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Visit Member’s Home

The April group meeting of the Westchase Artists Society was held at the home of Frida Vazquez so that she could share her artwork with the group.

Vazquez’s home was beautifully decorated with her large oil paintings as well as trompe l’oeil murals and borders that she painted. While a 20-year resident of Tampa, her artwork is still strongly influenced by her native Bolivia. Vazquez recently completed a degree in fashion design from the International Academy of Design & Technology in Tampa and served an internship in New York City with Zac Posen of Project Runway.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr, whose work is being featured in the solo show It’s All About Color at the TECO Public Art Gallery in downtown Tampa. The show opened on May 2 and will run through the end of June. Fontaine-Barr also received third place in the Black & White art show being held during May and June at the Carrollwood Cultural Center.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 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.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Share Artwork

During their March group meeting, members of the Westchase Artists Society shared samples of their artwork with each other.

Teresa Trubilla presented one of her photographs along with an original poem, which were recently part of the Visual Poetry exhibit at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Frida Vazquez, a newly returning member of the Artists Society, shared two T-shirts she painted while teaching herself to work with an airbrush. Jeanne LaPensee discussed a recent drawing while jewelry designer Stephanie Bolten displayed a sample of peyote beading that she is practicing on with plans to make a purse.

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

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Elect New Board

The Westchase Artists Society elected their new officers at the group’s February meeting.

Teresa Trubilla will continue to serve as president while Jennifer Joyner will remain as vice president. Stephanie Bolten was elected to serve as secretary and Judy Freeman will serve as treasurer.

Rebecca Piskura, a relatively new member of the Westchase Artists Society, shared a little about her intuitive method of drawing along with a piece of her work that she recently completed. Medicine Wheel West: Bear Visioning is part of a series of four works that she is creating. Each direction – north, south, east and west – is featured in its own painting representing the color, animal and qualities associated with it. In offering one bit of advice to her fellow artists, Piskura said, “Don’t change your work based on what someone else says.”

On March 5 Jennifer Joyner, chairman of the 2013 Westchase Holiday Market, presented a check for $2,500 to Julie Reyes from the local Autism Speaks office. The money, raised during the Holiday Market held in December, will be used to provide services and support to local families and to fund research for a cure.

The artists’ next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at a member’s house. Please refer to http://www.westchaseartists.com for more information about the meeting’s location and agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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, generally held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Welcome New Member

At the January meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, new member Jeanne LePensee shared examples of her work while explaining the role art has played in her life.

Having fallen in love with art as a child, LePensee was encouraged to develop her talents by her mother, who was a portrait artist. Her recent retirement from a career in fashion merchandising has enabled her to once again focus on her artwork. Working in watercolors, colored pencils and Chinese brush painting, LePensee enjoys creating landscapes.

Congratulations to Vanessa Montenegro, one of the founding members of the Westchase Artists Society! Vanessa recently opened her own studio at 12617 Bassbrook Lane in the Sweetbay Plaza on Countryway Boulevard and Race Track Road. In addition to using the space for her own painting and drawing, Montenegro will be teaching art classes for both children and adults at all skill levels.

The artists’ next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 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.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Plan for 2014

During the December meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, members brainstormed about group activities for 2014.

Some of those activities included field trips to area art museums and galleries as well as a trip to the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts or plein air workshops. Registering copyrights, writing an artist statement, pricing artwork and maintaining an inventory of work were some of the subjects considered for possible meeting presentations.

Founded in August of 2006, the Westchase Artists Society is made up of over 25 local fine artists with specialties including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and photography. In addition to holding group and solo shows, the group strives to expand the art community in Upper Tampa Bay.

Upcoming Meeting

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please refer to the group Web site, http://www.westchaseartists.com for m,ore information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Another Successful Holiday Market for the Westchase Artists Society

On Dec. 14 members of the Westchase Artists Society welcomed holiday shoppers to the Hollywood Venue for their Fourth Annual Westchase Holiday Market.

With over 65 local artists and vendors participating in the indoor/outdoor event, there were plenty of unique gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures on hand for the enthusiastic shoppers. The morning started with some live music provided courtesy of Singing Tree. Santa Claus stopped by to visit and take pictures with the children. The afternoon culminated with the drawing of winners during the market’s Raffle-Palooza. One of the prizes included a ride in Dale Earnhardt, Sr.’s tribute car. Thanks to the many raffle donations from participating vendors and area businesses and the general vendor fees, the Westchase Artists Society was able to raise $2,500 for Autism Speaks, more than doubling the amount they raised last year.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. This will be the group’s annual meeting and will include election of new officers, registration and collection of dues. Please refer to 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.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Share Their Love of Art

On Friday, Nov. 1, the Westchase Artists Society could be found sharing their love of art with young artists at the First Friday celebration in Westchase Town Center.

The artists provided two separate projects for children to work on – faux stained glass sun catchers and leaf-shaped picture frames.

At the October group meeting, members discussed final preparations for their upcoming Fourth Annual Westchase Holiday Market, benefitting Autism Speaks. The event features fine artists, crafters and other vendors and will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hollywood Venue, located at 9210 Anderson Rd. in the AMC Veterans Plaza. Santa will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to meet and take pictures with children. There will also be live entertainment and food available to purchase in addition to Raffle-Palooza, featuring fabulous artwork and gift baskets.

Jennifer Joyner, chairperson for the Westchase Holiday Market, was selected to be the December Artist of the Month. Initially, Joyner started the Holiday Market in Willington, NC as a way to help struggling artists and home-based businesses. When she moved to Westchase five years ago, Joyner wanted to continue the market tradition and, with the support of the Westchase Artists Society, the Westchase Holiday Market was created. The first year the market was held, a portion of the proceeds were donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Proceeds of subsequent markets have gone to Autism Speaks. Last year, over $1,000 was raised.

It was not difficult to select Autism Speaks as the beneficiary of the Holiday Market fund-raiser. Autism is a subject very close to Joyner’s heart. Her youngest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. She still remembers how her husband and she initially did not know where to turn when they received the diagnosis. Fortunately, with a wonderful extended family, incredible friends and great doctors, they were guided in the right direction.

Autism Speaks is dedicated not only to funding research for treatments and a cure, but also to increasing awareness of autism and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. By helping to raise funds for this charity through the Holiday Market, Joyner hopes to help families who may not have the same support system she had to offer them guidance and help.

Joyner is a photographer who loves to photograph nature and people – especially children. When working with people, she strives to capture that person’s essence, something special about them that not everyone sees. With nature photographs, she looks for something unique in an everyday scene or a special detail in the landscape. For additional information about Joyner or to see more examples of her work, please go to the Westchase Artists blog at http://westchaseartists.blogspot.com

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The date of the next group meeting was not available at the time of publication. Please refer to http://www.westchaseartists.com for updated information about the December meeting, which will be the group’s holiday party. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay informed about their activities.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Discuss Artists Who Influenced Them

Diego Velazquez, a 17th-century painter, had an influence on Westchase Artist Society member Sonia Lee

Sonia shared some background information about Velazquez and his works during the September group meeting. As a leading artist during the Spanish Golden Age, Velazquez is known for his work as a portrait artist. His scenes contain a great deal of historical information about the culture of his times. During a class at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), Lee recreated Arachne, one of Velazguez’s works, in order to better learn how to manipulate paint colors.

2013 Westchase Holiday Market

Members of the Westchase Artists Society are busy preparing for their upcoming Holiday Market, benefitting Autism Speaks. For additional details about the market, please see page 77.

Artists’ Awards

Westchase Artists Society member Amy Gmelin received first place in the three-dimensional fine art category at the Harmony Music and Arts Festival held in Kissimmee, FL on Sept. 28-29. Artists from around the country were there with works that included painting, mixed media, sculpture and jewelry.

For information about awards recently received by Vanessa Montenegro, please see the Shout Outs on page 76.

November Artist of the Month

Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr was selected to be the November Artist of the Month. She currently has over 25 paintings on exhibit in the Gourmet Dining Room on the HCC Dale Mabry campus. Selected to be their Artist in Residence, she opened her first solo exhibit as part of Fall in Capri: A Fine Art and Culinary Tasting Event on Sept. 19. Fontaine-Barr loves to paint landscapes and loves intense color. She aims to capture the mystery and beauty of nature. For additional information about Fontaine-Barr or to see more examples of her work, please go to the Westchase Artists blog at http://westchaseartists.blogspot.com

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Upcoming Meeting

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please see http://www.westchaseartists.com for updated information as the meeting date approaches. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay informed about the group’s activities.

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, usually held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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The Westchase Artists Society Celebrates Seven Years!

At the July meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, members shared cake and conversation as they celebrated the seventh anniversary of the group’s founding.

Established in July of 2006, the Westchase Artists Society has provided peer support, education and many art opportunities and activities for area artists. Originally founded by two painters that lived next door to each other in West Park Village, membership has grown to the current group of 26 artists, who work in various mediums including ceramics, pastels, watercolors, paper, concrete sculpture and photography.

In addition to periodic group shows, members’ work can also be viewed in two local 5/3 Banks on a rotating basis. You will also find members at First Friday Celebrations in Westchase Town Center, where they work on art projects with young children.

It seemed fitting at this group meeting that several artists shared information about either their favorite artists or artists who have strongly influenced them. Harvey Berman discussed how his favorite artist, Paul Cezanne, a French post-impressionist, has influenced his use of color. Toni Crosby shared the story of how she came to meet Florida wildlife artist Robert Butler, who has become her personal mentor and teacher. Sculptor Betty Woodman was the subject of a presentation by Judy Freeman, who described how she became familiar with Woodman’s work during the time she spent volunteering at the Tampa Museum of Art.

A Call for Artists, Crafters and other Vendors: Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Westchase Artists Society Holiday Market, benefitting Autism Speaks. This year’s expanded Holiday Market is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the beautiful Hollywood Venue on Anderson Boulevard (near the Veterans AMC movie theater). Featuring indoor and outdoor spaces that will allow for even more artists and crafters, this year’s market will also feature music, food, Santa and Raffle-Palooza. If you are interested in being a vendor at this year’s Holiday Market, please reserve your spot early. Application forms are available at http://www.westchaseartists.com

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October Artist of the Month: Marilyn Chaulk, originally from New England and now residing in Palm Harbor, was selected to be the October Westchase Artist of the Month. While married, raising two boys and pursuing a career with United Airlines, Chaulk developed an insatiable appetite for art, which led her to begin taking art classes. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Simmons College in Boston. For additional information about Chaulk or to see more examples of her work, please go to the Westchase Artists’ blog, http://westchaseartists.blogspot.com

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Upcoming Meeting: The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Please refer to the society’s Web site, http://www.westchaseartists.com for u,pdated information as the meeting date approaches. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay informed about the group’s activities.

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, usually held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Members of Westchase Artists Society Showcased in Local 5/3 Bank Offices

Two area 5/3 Bank branch offices have opened their doors – and made their walls available – to members of the Westchase Artists Society.

When asked about featuring local artists in the bank, Karina Thompson, manager of the Linebaugh branch, said, “It’s great. I love that artists are local and response from the community has been very positive.”Thompson added, “Having the artwork change on a monthly basis keeps things fresh and makes our guests slow down and look around.”

Dawn Givens-Perkins, manager at the Race Track office, shared, “It is exciting to see all the different styles of the local artists. Customers always comment on the work and it is a great conversation starter.”

So, next time you are at either of these 5/3 Bank locations, don’t just zip through the drive-through. Go inside the bank lobby and treat yourself to a mini art exhibit.

Call for Artists and Crafters

Mark your calendars: The 2013 Westchase Artists Society Holiday Market is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hollywood Venue on Anderson Boulevard. This year’s expanded market will feature indoor and outdoor space that will allow for more area artists and crafters.

If you are interested in being a vendor at this year’s Holiday Market, please reserve a spot early by sending a message to info@westchaseartists.com. Watch for updated information and application forms on the group’s Web site, http://www.westchaseartists.com begin,ning in September. Further details will follow in next month’s WOW.

September Artist of the Month

Sonia Lee, September Westchase Artist of the Month, is a Florida native who was born in Tampa. Married for 42 years, her husband John and she have one daughter and two granddaughters. Lee always loved painting and drawing but was encouraged to get a “real” job when she was younger. Sixteen years ago, she began taking art lessons at HCC and encouragement from her teacher helped motivate her to pursue a career as a professional artist.

The next group meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood Venue located in the shopping plaza with the Veterans 24 movie theater. (Meeting arrangements were not finalized at the time of publication.) Please refer to http://www.westchaseartists.com for updated information as the meeting date approaches. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay informed about group activities.

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, usually held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Plan a Busy Fall

With the group show at Carter’s Gallery winding to a close, the June meeting of the Westchase Artists Society focused on plans for the second half of 2013.

Members continue to display their artwork at two local 5/3 Bank offices on a monthly rotating basis. Their work can be seen in the Westchase branch office as well as the Countryway and Race Track Road location.

Some member artists will continue to attend First Friday in Westchase Town Center to share their love of art with children. Plans are also underway for an expanded Holiday Market in December and a group show at the Carrollwood Cultural Center in early 2014 is being considered.

Artist of the Month

Pat Kruse, a painter and new member of the Westchase Artists Society, was selected as August Artist of the Month. After living in Ohio and working there as an interior designer, Kruse recently moved to Westchase and sought out an artist group where she could be around like-minded people and be inspired to focus on her painting. Influenced by an artistic aunt, she began art lessons at a young age and has worked in oils, acrylics and pencil. Her current medium of choice is watercolors.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. The agenda for the evening will include “Why I Love This Artist” presentations. Group members will explore their favorite artists and explain why the artists’ work inspires them. (This was originally scheduled for the July meeting, but was postponed.) Please refer to the Society’s Web site, http://www.westchaseartists.com for a,dditional information. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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The Making of Freeman’s Fabulous Fishy Teapot

At the May meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, members were treated to a 30-minute video capturing Judy Freeman’s teapot-making process.

Freeman filmed and produced the video in response to a request to share her creative process with other members interested in her hand-made, whimsical teapots.

Dottie, the fish teapot Freeman created while filming the video, was her first using terracotta clay and was glazed in the Majolica technique. Inspiration for her glaze decoration came from lampwork beads created by Sari Glassman of the Etsy shop Gaialai. The body of the fish and its base were thrown on a wheel while the fins were created out of pieces of clay rolled flat and cut to fit.

“It was an eye-opening process to actually see how I work. And viewing everything in one continuous session made me realize that I touch the piece so many times while I am working. It was fun to see the dot-making process in fast motion,” commented Freeman.

“Remembering to set up the camera for virtually every step of the process, on the same lumps of clay, from start to finish was a challenge,” she added. “But I am already thinking about making my next video.”

After presenting it, Freeman split the video into two pieces and posted it on YouTube. Part 1 can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_3yuTdnDuw and Part 2 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6OrBuLOMJ4

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On Saturday, June 8, several members of the Westchase Artists Society participated in Aston Garden’s Fourth Annual Art Show, where their artwork was displayed and available for purchase. This year’s fundraiser for the Life Enrichment Center had a renaissance theme and featured live music, a champagne brunch and participants dressed in period costume.

Children attending the June First Friday Celebration in Westchase Town Center had an opportunity to kick-off their summer vacation by creating customized bookmarks. Members of the Artists Society assisted the young artists with stickers, markers and other art supplies. Do not forget to look for group members at First Friday on July 5. They plan to be there with another art project for children.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. The agenda for the evening will include “Why I Love This Artist” presentations. Group members will explore their favorite artists and explain why they inspire them. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for additional information. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 pm. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla; Photos by Judy Freeman and Teresa Trubilla

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Art Show Opening Reception Enjoyed by All

During the afternoon and early evening of Saturday, May 4, guests had an opportunity to meet with members of the Westchase Artists Society.

They were present at the opening reception of “Carter’s Gallery Presents the Westchase Artists Society” and discussed their latest artwork with visitors. If you were unable to attend the opening reception, there is still time to see their amazing artwork as the show will be on display through the end of June.

Also, don’t forget to look for members of the Westchase Artists Society at First Friday on June 7 in Westchase Town Center. They will be there with an art project for children to work on.

Several group members will be participating in “A Renaissance of Creativity” being held on Saturday, June 8, from 11a.m.-2 p.m. at Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay. Their work will be on display and available for purchase along with that of other local artists. The event helps raise funds for the Life Enrichment Center.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. The agenda for the evening will include a presentation on photography by the group members who specialize in photography. Bring your camera and any questions you might have. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for additional information. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla; Show Photos by Judy Freeman

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Westchase Artists Society Unveils Group Show

During May and June 2013, Carter’s Gallery on Sheldon Road will be presenting the artwork of members of the Westchase Artists Society in their first group show in almost two years.

The show will kick off with a reception on Saturday, May 4, from 3-7 p.m., when visitors will have an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their latest works. You are invited to the opening reception which is free and open to the public. (For further information about the show and reception, please see page 15.)

In addition to preparing for this group show, members of the Westchase Artists Society have been busy bringing art to young members of the Westchase community at events such as the Easter Egg Hunt that was held as a fund-raiser for the Relay for Life and the First Friday event in Westchase Town Center. As part of the entertainment at the Easter Egg Hunt, some artists helped children create and decorate Easter bunnies from paper plates while others painted children’s faces. Making pop-up greeting cards was the activity for young artists at the March First Friday celebration.

March Meeting Activity

Family portraits through the ages have evolved and changed much the same way as our concept of family and the roles of individual members of a family have changed. At the March group meeting, Marilyn Chaulk shared examples of family portraits and explained how the position and size of the bodies as well as the tone and color used make a statement about family dynamics and society in general.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. The agenda for the evening will include a video presentation by group member Judy Freeman. Judy will demonstrate the process she uses when creating her whimsical ceramic sculptures. Please visit http://www.westchaseartists.com for additional information. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Society Prepares for Spring Show

Members of the Westchase Artists Society are busy with plans for their upcoming group show.

The show will be held during May and June in Carter’s Gallery, located at 11959 Sheldon Rd. The opening reception for the show will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 5-8 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. It will provide a great opportunity to meet and talk with these talented local artists. Gallery owner, Michelle Carter, and her assistant, Amanda Johnson, stopped in at the February group meeting to meet the Westchase Artists and extend the invitation to host their member show.

In addition to the upcoming show, the February meeting also included discussion of some of the many other activities that the group plans to participate in during the coming months. Members assisted with children’s art at the Westchase Easter Egg Hunt in March and will participate in upcoming First Fridays in Westchase Town Center. A trip to the Salvador Dali Museum will take place in mid-March. Members’ artwork will continue to be featured at the Fifth-Third Bank in Westchase Town Center and in the Race Track Branch as well. Plans are also moving forward for a bigger and better Holiday Market in the fall with a possible outdoor location to accommodate even more artists for your shopping pleasure.

Meeting Activity

Susan Whitaker shared her love of pop-up cards at the February group meeting. In addition to explaining how to create pop-up cards and distributing instructions on how to make a simple card, she presented some elaborate examples of work by Robert Sabuda, a pop-up book artist and paper engineer.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. (Please note that this is the new group meeting location.) The agenda for the evening will include assembling a group art project for which each artist customized an individual puzzle piece with their own artwork. If you wish to participate in the project but did not attend the March meeting where the pieces where distributed, please contact info@westchaseartists.com to learn how you can obtain a piece to use for your artwork. Please refer to the society’s Web site, http://www.westchaseartists.com for a,dditional information. You may also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Great Food and Entertainment

Westchase seniors are invited to enjoy two local attractions in April.

At noon on Thursday, April 11, Westchase Seniors will meet for lunch at Vizcaya, a hidden gem in Carrollwood. Vizcaya offers fresh Spanish fare in a charming setting. It features a talented and friendly chef, attentive professional wait staff and marvelous food. It is a favorite with many seniors and has recently been enlarged to accommodate more patrons. We will be able to order from a special menu the chef is preparing for our group or you may order from the regular lunch menu. The restaurant is located at 10905 N. Dale Mabry, just north of Linebaugh Avenue and on the east side of Dale Mabry Highway. Please make your reservations by calling Anne Hewett (926-5366) or Anita Steinfeld (926-6211).

Westchase Community Theatre Our own Westchase Community Theatre Group, composed of elementary, junior high, and high school students will perform The Little Mermaid at Westchase Elementary School’s multipurpose room. The group, under the direction of Westchase musical educators Mrs. Lewis and Mr. King, are transforming the Westchase Elementary School room into a night club for our enjoyment of this year’s annual musical production. The musical will be performed on the evenings of April 12-13 and at 3 p.m. on the April 14. Tickets are $8 and are available from Anita Steinfeld (926-6211). Make your reservations now to enjoy and support this year’s Westchase Community Theatre Group production. I hear it is going to be the best ever and you will be quite surprised by the table centerpieces.

Unique Lunch We want to thank Kendra Swe and Lee Freeman for planning, organizing, and introducing the Westchase Seniors to Datz restaurant in South Tampa. The food was very good, unique, and plentiful. I heard several people say they are already looking forward to going back so they can try some of the other items on the menu. The outing was so enjoyable that the Westchase Seniors voted to give Kendra Swe the Westchase Seniors “Lucky” Leprechaun, which is sure to bring her home good fortune in 2013.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Westchase Artists Society Elects New Officers

The Westchase Artists Society’s election of their new board of directors took place during their January meeting.

Chosen to serve for the year 2013 were Teresa Trubilla, president; Jennifer Joyner, vice president; Susan Whitaker, secretary; and Harvey Berman, treasurer.

In addition to the elections, members discussed ways in which they could improve their annual holiday market, museums they would like to visit as a group, meeting activities and possible show locations for the coming year. Members volunteered to participate on Programs, Events, Membership and Public Relations Committees. Additional registrations and committee assignments will take place at the February meeting.

Artist of the Month

Nancy Cross, a new member of the Westchase Artists Society, was selected to be the March Artist of the Month. Cross has been painting on and off for many years, initially working in oils but later making the transition to acrylics. She enjoys painting ocean scenes and lighthouses and is now beginning to explore painting birds.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. (Please note that the monthly meeting location has been changed.) The agenda for the evening will include a presentation on Family Portraits Through The Ages by new group member Marilyn Chaulk. Please refer to the Society’s Web site, http://www.westchaseartists.com for a,dditional information. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 Regional Library on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Society Kicks off a New Year

On Tuesday evening, Jan. 8, members of the Westchase Artists Society gathered for their annual holiday party at Mimi’s Café on N. Dale Mabry Highway.

The artists and their family members shared dinner and conversation about the group’s activities during 2012 and what they were looking forward to accomplishing in 2013. After some cake, members participated in their traditional holiday gift exchange. Members had created small pieces of artwork that they shared with each other in a gift swap where they could select from the gift pile or “steal” an unwrapped gift that another artist had already selected.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Please see 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.

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 Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla; Photos by Judy Freeman

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Another Successful Holiday Market for the Westchase Artists

On Dec. 1 Westchase artists, craftsman and vendors, welcomed holiday shoppers.

All gathered at the Westchase Golf Clubhouse, which was filled with unique gifts and beautiful artwork. The third annual Holiday Market, sponsored by the Westchase Artists Society, raised over $1,000 for Autism Speaks. In addition to the funds raised through table fees and a portion of vendor sales, several raffles also helped increase the donation. Raffled items included a football signed by Ronde Barber, a painting of the Jonas brothers, gift certificates to Catch 23, and dance and art lessons. The highlight of the afternoon was when Santa stopped by to spend time with the little ones.

The Westchase Artists Society also took part in the Westchase Community Association’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 17. Artists provided face painting, leaf rubbing and Thanksgiving art projects to help make the afternoon special for children. For a nominal fee Westchase children were able to take part in activities such as pony rides and carnival games.

Members of the Westchase Artists Society will be holding their holiday party after all the holiday craziness has subsided. Members will kick off 2013 with dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 7-9 p.m. at Mimi’s Café on North Dale Mabry Highway. This group party will include the traditional art exchange where members create a 5”x7” piece of their artwork to gift to another member in a secret exchange.

The next group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. This will be the group’s annual meeting and will include election of new officers and registration and collection of dues. Please see 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.

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 Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Artists Look Back on Successful 2012

Some of the many events that members participated in were art festivals, a plein air art day and a trip to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts to see Andy Warhol’s photography. Monthly meetings provided an opportunity for members to share their particular art medium with each other and included demonstrations or an opportunity to create fused glass, ceramics, cement sculptures, glass beads and pop up greeting cards.

Some of the highlights of the summer and fall months have been the artists’ participation in the First Friday events in Westchase Town Center and the WCA’s Fall Festival. These community celebrations provided group members an opportunity to share their love of art with area children. Children had a chance to create art that they took home or participate in a group project that is hanging in Tijuana Flats.

Several new artists have joined the society throughout 2012 and the Westchase Artists Society extends an invitation to area artists and art lovers to come see what the group is all about. Artwork by group members continues to be on display at the 5/3 Bank offices in Westchase and on Race Track Road.

Details of the December meeting of the Westchase Artists Society were not finalized before WOW’s deadline. This meeting will be the group’s holiday party and will include the traditional art exchange. Members create a 5” by 7” piece of art to gift to another member in a secret exchange. Please refer to the group’s Web site, http://www.westchaseartists.com for i,nformation about the party. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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, which is generally held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a sample of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Creating Art with Cement

At September’s meeting of the Westchase Artists Society Amy Gmelin demonstrated the technique she uses to create beautiful cement sculptures.

Having worked with cement to create her artwork for over four years, Gmelin explained how she uses a one-to-three ratio of Portland cement to an aggregate such as stone, gravel or leveling sand. The size of the aggregate will determine the texture of the final piece.  Water is then added to create just the right consistency to press into various molds. At the meeting, Gmelin used a leaf as a mold to demonstrate a basic beginner’s project.

The Westchase Artists Society will again be sponsoring a Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. This event features original artwork and other unique holiday gifts as well as food, music and lots of fun. Mark your calendars so you do not miss this exciting event. Please see page 22 for more information.

Artists and crafters who are interested in participating in the annual Holiday Market should contact Jennifer Joyner at jlukasjoyner@ec.rr.com. Vendors will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A portion of sales and event proceeds will go to Autism Speaks.

Linita Calvacca, November’s Artist of the Month, is a new member to the Westchase Artists Society. Basically a self-taught artist, Calvacca decided to pursue her artistic calling after a 26-year career as an accountant. To improve her talent, she currently takes lessons from fellow Artists Society member, Vanessa Montenegro. Calvacca uses a variety of media to create her drawings, but her preference is prismacolor pencils. Her favorite subjects are people, wildlife and pets.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Please see http://www.westchaseartists.com for information about the evening’s art activity and agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Bring your creativity and a piece of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Artists Inspire Kids’ Creativity at First Fridays

At October’s First Friday celebration in Westchase Town Center, children flocked to the Westchase Artists Society’s tents.

While their parents enjoyed the event, the kids got to work on art projects. The children had an opportunity to decorate masks, paper pumpkins and trick-or-treat bags with glitter, pompoms, jewels and stickers. The artists also led them step-by-step in the creation of pop-up Halloween cards.

Residents and kids will again be able to find members of the Artists Society at Nov. 2’s First Friday celebration. And the artists are bringing more art activities for the children! Paintings, photography, note cards and ceramics created by the Westchase Artists Society members will also be available to view and purchase.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Learn About Making Glass Beads

Working with melted glass to create beads takes a steady hand and patience.

Stacy Kinslow demonstrated how she uses transparent, solid sticks of glass melted with a hot head torch and wrapped around a mandrel to create beads. which she sells to jewelry designers. The mandrels are dipped in bead release to create a uniform hole in each bead. Kinslow also explained how it was important to heat the glass gradually before wrapping it around the mandrel and to cool the completed bead down gradually to avoid cracking. It is also necessary to constantly turn the mandrel while building up the bead and to keep the mandrel level to keep the bead round and even.Members of the Artists Society will be at the Oct. 5 First Friday celebration in Westchase Town Center to lead children in a Halloween-themed art activity. Paintings, photography, note cards and ceramics created by society members will also be available to view and purchase.

The Westchase Artists Society will again be sponsoring a Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. This event features original artwork and other unique holiday gifts as well as food, music and lots of fun. Mark your calendars now so that you do not miss this exciting event.

Artists and crafters who are interested in participating in the annual Holiday Market should contact Jennifer Joyner at jlukasjoyner@ec.rr.com. Vendors will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A portion of the proceeds from all sales and proceeds of this event will go to Autism Speaks.

Two Fifth Third Bank branches in the Westchase area have agreed to feature the artwork of members of the Westchase Artists Society on a rotating basis. During October and November, the artwork of Sonya Whipple will be on display at the Race Track Financial Center while Vanessa Montenegro’s paintings will be featured at the Westchase Financial Center.

October’s Artist of the Month, Roberta Fallon, is a painter and a relatively new member to the Westchase Artists Society. Originally from New York, she has lived in Florida for six years. She first became interested in art during 2002 when she was spending some time in Ocean City, NJ. She started taking lessons there from one of her favorite local artists and plans to continue her studies at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center this fall.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Please see http://www.westchaseartists.com for information about the evening’s art activity and agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on group activities.

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 held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Bring your creativity and a piece of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Work with Melted Glass

Donna Hamelin led members of the Westchase Artists Society in a fused glass art project at their July group meeting.

After explaining the process she uses to work with glass, members created their own works which Hamelin took home to fire in her kiln. The completed pieces will be returned to the artists at the August group meeting.Two Fifth Third Bank branches in the Westchase area have agreed to feature the artwork of members of the Westchase Artists Society on a rotating basis. During August the watercolor work of Harvey Berman was on display at the Race Track Financial Center while the artwork of Sonya Whipple was at the Westchase Financial Center.

At the August First Friday event held at Westchase Town Center, members of the Westchase Artists Society helped children paint paper bag mushrooms and plant them in a mushroom garden next to their activity tent. The small canvases that were painted at July’s First Friday were mounted into three wall hangings now displayed at Tijuana Flats. Be sure to stop by and see the children’s artistic creations.

Members of the Artists Society will again lead children in another art activity at the next First Friday on Sept. 7. Westchase artists’ paintings, photography, note cards and ceramics will also be available to view and purchase.

August’s Artist of the Month, Stacy Kinslow, loves to work with melted glass to create beads that are miniature works of art. A Tampa native, Kinslow was first inspired to express herself through art by her mother, who enjoyed crafts. She started making jewelry, but her interest in stained glass and glass blowers led to making her own glass beads. Kinslow also enjoys nature photography and working with a scroll saw.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Group member Stacy Kinslow will be demonstrating the technique she uses to create glass beads. Please see http://www.westchaseartists.com for further information about the evening’s activity and agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on activities.

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 their monthly meeting, held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Bring your creativity and a piece of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Artists Work with Westchase Youth to Create Art Project

July 6’s First Friday event at the Westchase Town Center found the Westchase Artists Society helping children paint individual mini canvases.

The small works of art, along with those painted by group members at their June meeting, have been joined together to create wall art that will be displayed at Tijuana Flats during August. Be sure to stop by and see the children’s artistic creations.
At Aug. 3’s First Friday in Westchase Town Center, the Artists Society will again lead children in another art activity. Children of all ages will create and share paper mushrooms. Paintings, photography, note cards and ceramics created by the Westchase Artists Society members will be available to view and purchase as well.

Two branches of the Fifth Third Bank in the Westchase area have agreed to feature the artwork of members of the Westchase Artists Society on a rotating basis. Each month the work of a new artist or artists will be appearing in the branches located on Linebaugh Avenue and on Race Track Road. During July, the photography of Teresa Trubilla appeared at the Race Track Financial Center while the watercolor work of Harvey Berman was at the Westchase Financial Center.

July’s Artist of the Month, Victoria Tully, has been a Westchase resident for almost 17 years. She is owner and operator of Victoria Tully Designs, a company that specializes in handmade invitations, greeting cards and scrapbooks. In business for a little over a year, Tully took what was a natural talent and developed it into a business that has helped fill some of the void left after losing her husband, Duke Tully. Both Victoria and Duke have been very involved in the Westchase community with Victoria being the founding editor/publisher of World of Westchase.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Group member Amy Gmelin will demonstrate the various techniques she uses to create her concrete artwork. Please see http://www.westchaseartists.com for further information about the evening’s activity and agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on activities.

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, held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of your artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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A Busy Summer is Underway for the Westchase Artists

The Westchase Artists Society kicked off their summer fun by holding their May meeting at Made By Me in West Park Village.

Once a brief business meeting was over, members selected the ceramic pieces that they wished to paint. They then chose a few colors of paint and got down to the fun part – expressing themselves on a three-dimensional medium. Snacks and camaraderie rounded out the evening.

Work continues on the 2013 Westchase Artists Society calendar, which will be available for purchase by the early fall. This project will serve as a fundraiser for the group so they can continue to share art with the community and encourage art among area children.

The take-home art project that the artists are currently working on is a challenge distributed by Dean Mackey. Artists are asked to decorate a small wooden box in the art style of their choosing. Inside that box they are to place the directions for an art project suitable for an elementary-aged child. When school resumes in the fall, the boxes will be passed along to teachers at Deer Park Elementary to use as classroom art projects.

On Saturday, May 26, several artists took a field trip to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa. There they explored Andy Warhol’s photography. Plans are being made for additional trips to other galleries in the area.

Even the rain on Friday, June 1, couldn’t prevent several artists from entertaining children and the young at heart with Dean Mackey’s paper airplanes. Children were given the opportunity to color and then fold paper airplanes prior to launching them.

At the next First Friday on July 6 in Westchase Town Center, members of the Westchase Artists Society will again lead children in another art activity. That project will consist of painting mini canvases, which will be used to create wall art for Tijuana Flats for a month. Paintings, photography, note cards and ceramics created by the Westchase Artists Society members will be available to view and purchase as well.

Two branches of the Fifth Third Bank in the Westchase area have agreed to feature the artwork of members of the Westchase Artists Society on a rotating basis. Each month the work of a new artist or artists will be appearing in the branches located on Linebaugh Avenue and on Race Track Road. During June, the painting of Olga Fridella appeared at the Race Track Financial Center while the photography of Teresa Trubilla was at the Westchase Financial Center.

Sonya Whipple, July’s artist of the month, likes art that is colorful and bright, offering a twist either in its message or medium. She enjoys painting and multi-medium creations where she is able to make something out of nothing. Whipple has a unique perspective on everyday life and strives to appreciate life’s beauty in the simplest things. She believes art is a journey and uses her sense of humor to deliver a deeper message.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. The art activity will feature creating glass art and will be led by group member Donna Hamelin. Please see http://www.westchaseartists.com for further information about the evening. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on activities.

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, held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Artists Create Art En Plein Air

The French expression en plein air refers to painting outdoors in natural light in the open air.

Members of the Westchase Artists Society gathered together on Sunday, April 15, at Dean Mackey’s house in Polk City to try their hand at creating some art plein air.
The day began with a normal monthly business meeting followed by lunch. Each member cooked their own hot dogs over an open fire and shared covered dishes. Some artists even enjoyed making s’mores. Afterwards, painters sat down to work while photographers and paper artists went to explore a nearby church cemetery.

In addition to creating artwork, members also discussed plans for their 2013 group calendar as well as their annual Holiday Market, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Westchase Golf Club. Information was distributed about upcoming Call for Artists and plans were made to explore some of the new venues where restaurants or businesses display and sell local artists’ work. A trip to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is planned during May to see the Andy Warhol exhibit.

Artist of the Month

Rena Charles, June’s artist of the month, received her B.A. in Art History from Emory University with a minor in Environmental Studies and Visual Arts. She currently works as a Director of Gallery Relations for a nationally known pop artist based right here in Tampa Bay. She loves painting and usually features trees as a theme, creating “portraits” of individual trees. In her spare time she enjoys reading sci-fi novels and seeing sci-fi movies.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Please see http://www.westchaseartists.com for further information about the evening’s activity and agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on activities.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in learning more are invited to drop by a monthly meeting, which is held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Create “Green” Art

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Westchase Artists created their own individual interpretations of “green” art to share at their March meeting.

Some of the pieces focused on using the color green while others created green art from recycled or reused materials. Green, cold, hard cash was even used to make flowers.

In addition to sharing their artwork, members also discussed plans for their 2013 group calendar as well as their annual Holiday Market in December. A tentative date of Saturday, Dec. 1, was selected for the Market at the Westchase Golf Club. Members are asked to submit artwork for the calendar to Dean Mackey (deanmackey@gmail.com) by the May meeting so that work can begin on the design and budget.

Artist of the Month

Donna Hamelin, May artist of the month, has loved glass art for as long as she can remember and now expresses her creativity through stained glass panels, vases, dishes, wall decor and jewelry. A Tampa native, Hamelin graduated from USF and went on to become a primary teacher in Hillsborough County. Reading and art were two of her favorite subjects to teach. Now retired, Hamelin is still able to continue her dedication to young children by substitute teaching.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. The location of the meeting was not available at time of publication. Please see http://www.westchaseartists.com for further information about the evening’s activity and agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on activities.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in learning more are invited to drop by a meeting which is usually held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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The Old is New Again

At the February meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, the existing board of directors was unanimously elected to serve again for 2012.

The artists’ president will be Teresa Trubilla while Harvey Berman will serve as vice president. Judy Freeman and Vanessa Montenegro will continue on as secretary and treasurer respectively.To start off the year with a clear focus, members took part in an activity during which each artist wrote his or her individual art goals for the coming year onto a note card. These notes were then sealed into envelopes and will be opened at the holiday party at the end of the year. The group also discussed some group shows they are planning for the coming year as well as meeting activities and field trips they might like to take.

Several members of the Westchase Artists will be participating in Oldsmar Art in the Park, which will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the R.E. Olds Park overlooking Tampa Bay. Their work will include pottery, watercolors, paper airplanes and photography. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Sunday, April 15. This is a change to the usual time and location of monthly meetings. Dean Mackey will be hosting a plein air art day at his home in Polk City from 10 a.m. until dark. In addition to creating art and having a picnic, members will also have their regular meeting during the afternoon. R.S.V.P. to deanmackey@gmail.com to get complete details and directions to his house. Family members are invited to attend and participate in the art or other outdoor activities.

Check out http://www.westchaseartists.com for further information about the day’s activity and agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on activities.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in learning more are invited to drop by a meeting, usually held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists Prepare for Spring Art Festivals

Spring art festivals abound in the Bay area and Westchase Artist Society members are preparing to participate in three.

At the January meeting of the artists, application forms for the festivals were distributed to members interested in participating. These events are also open to the general public.

The Carrollwood Cultural Center’s Art in the Park event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, from noon until 5 p.m. The show will take place in the park behind the center.

Oldsmar Art in the Park will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the R.E. Olds Park overlooking Tampa Bay.

The Safety Harbor Grapefruit Legacy Fest will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. A chalk art festival featuring artists drawing on the sidewalks of Safety Harbor’s Main Street will take place on both days. On Sunday the Kiwanis Club will also sponsor an arts and crafts show.

Due to some scheduling conflicts, election of a new Board of Directors of the Westchase Artists Society did not take place at the January meeting and will instead be held in February. Donna Hamelin, a stained glass artist and prospective new member, was welcomed at the January meeting. She first met members of the Artists Society at the Holiday Market held last December.

Existing members shared some of their recent work with the group and brainstormed about possible events for the coming year. Some events that were suggested include possible group shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Largo Fine Arts Center as well as a group field trip to an area museum.

March Meeting

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. Please check out the group Web site at http://www.westchaseartists.com for further information about the evening’s agenda. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on activities.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in learning more are invited to drop by a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Artists Celebrate the Holidays

Westchase artists along with their spouses and friends gathered together on Tuesday, Dec. 27, to celebrate the holiday season.

Two new guests – Stacy Kinslow, a glass bead artist, and Paulette Boyette, who paints with watercolors – came to check out the Westchase Artists Society and join in the festivities.Observing their holiday tradition, artists exchanged small gifts of their artwork with each other. Members names were drawn out of a hat and each artist selected a wrapped gift. Once everyone had chosen a gift, the packages were opened to reveal wonderful works of art.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. The evening’s agenda will include the election of officers for 2012. Due to a scheduling conflict, the election was postponed from the January group meeting. Make sure to check out http://www.westchaseartists.com for complete details. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on events.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in learning more are invited to drop by a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla; Photos by Toni Crosby

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Artists’ Holiday Market a Success!

The Westchase Artist Society’s second Annual Holiday Market proved to be an even bigger success than last year.

With nine members of the group participating along with other artists and vendors on Dec. 10 at the Westchase Golf Club, shoppers were able to find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists. Visitors were also treated to samples from area restaurants like Catch 23, Burger 21, FroYo and Tijuana Flats.Jennifer Joyner, the Holiday Market chairperson, was thrilled to announce that this year’s Market raised just over $1,000 for Autism Speaks. Be sure to keep an eye out for next year’s Holiday Market so you can take part in this great event.

The November meeting of the Westchase Artists Society was hosted by Dona and Ron McCaslin of Speedpro Imaging, located on Tampa Road in Oldsmar. Members were treated to a tour of the facilities and were able to view the equipment used in the large format printing in which Speedpro specializes. At the front of the shop, the artists got to see a sample of photographer Liz Rylan’s work blown up into a large trade show display. In addition to seeing how an image was enlarged to create custom wallpaper, artists had a chance to compare various materials used for large printing as well as examples of mounted prints.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. The evening’s agenda will include election of officers for 2012. Make sure to check out the group Web site at http://www.westchaseartists.com for complete details. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on events.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in learning more are invited to drop by a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Westchase Artists’ Holiday Market is Coming…and You’re Invited!

The Westchase Artists Society’s elves are busy making final preparations for their second annual Holiday Market.

Come join us on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club to pick up some wonderful, one-of-a kind pieces of artwork or last-minute stocking stuffers.
While Santa is making his rounds through Westchase, you can shop for delightful, unique artwork including watercolors, oil and acrylics, photography, pottery, handmade jewelry, stained glass, stone sculptures and handmade cards. Vendors will also be present from Scentsy, Miche Bags, Premier Designs, and Arbonne to name just a few. The WOW’s own Chris Barrett will be there to sign and sell copies of his new children’s book, A Mouse’s First Christmas.

Come sample foods from area restaurants including Catch 23, Terra Sur Café, FroYo, the Westchase Golf Club and more. Indulge in a massage or buy a gift certificate for that special someone.

A portion of the proceeds from the event and from every vendor’s sales will benefit Autism Speaks. Come enjoy a day of mall-free shopping while helping out this great cause. You can finish your holiday shopping without the stressful crowds and still make it to the evening’s tree lighting festivities in West Park Village.

Setting up a Shop on Etsy

Having had her own shop on Etsy since 2007, Judy Freeman shared the basic steps for setting up an online store at the October group meeting. She explained how to determine if selling online is right for you and how to register and create a name for your store. In addition, Freeman shared some of the many pointers she has learned through her personal experience using Etsy, including how to make sure your artwork is photographed well.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. The evening’s agenda will include a wrap up of the year’s activities as well as a holiday party. Artists will be exchanging small gifts of their artwork. Make sure to check out the group Web site at http://www.westchaseartists.com for complete details. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on events.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in learning more are invited to drop by a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla, Westchase Artists President

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Westchase Artists Prepare Holiday Tradition

The Westchase Artists Society elves are busy preparing for their annual Holiday Market

The Holiday Market will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. This will be a great time to pick up some wonderful, one-of-a kind pieces of artwork and holiday stocking stuffers.

A wide assortment of vendors will sell original artwork, prints, hand-made cards, ceramics, jewelry and refreshments. The Westchase Artists Society group calendar will also be available for purchase. Members donated a piece of artwork for this project in order to raise money for group activities and materials. A portion of the proceeds from this event and every vendor’s sales will benefit Autism Speaks.

The Westchase Artists’ September meeting was held in the computer room at the Upper Tampa Bay Library so that members could learn and practice some Photoshop fundamentals. The group’s president, Teresa Trubilla, demonstrated how to use various tools in the Photoshop palette and how to create multiple layers in a file in order to work in a non-destructive environment – one that prevents altering your original image until completion. She also explained the difference between Web resolution (72 dpi and RGB) and print resolution (300 dpi and CMYK). Ink jet printers require a high resolution (300 dpi) but use RGB files. Look for additional workshops in the future to discuss this and other art and computer related topics.

Members of the Westchase Artists Society will be participating in the 25th Zoofari at Lowry Park Zoo on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6-11 p.m. Their artwork – and the work of other area artists – will be available for purchase as part of the zoo’s annual fundraiser.

Artist of the Month

Olga Fridella, October’s Artist of the Month, was born in Columbia, South America, but came to America as a young girl and lived in New York and New Jersey until she moved to Westchase 14 years ago. She loves to express herself with colors on canvas. She states, “Each painting is a puzzle and the task of the artist is to find solutions for his own puzzle.”

Some examples of Fridella’s work, along with additional information about her background, can be found on the blog portion of the group Web site.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at SpeedPro Imaging at 4025 Tampa Rd., Suite 1104, in Oldsmar. The evening’s agenda will include a demonstration of large format printing to give artists an idea of various ways to make use of their photographs and artwork. Make sure to check out http://www.westchaseartists.com for complete details. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on events.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in learning more are invited to drop by a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The artists usually meet at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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Artists Learn About Web Creation

At the August meeting of the Westchase Artists Society, Vanessa Montenegro taught artists how to set up Web sites for their artwork.

The first step is to determine the Web site’s purpose. A simple, free blog is suitable to showcase an artist’s work, while a more involved site is needed to provide detailed information and to sell pieces.

Artists were instructed on how to purchase a domain name and choose a hosting service. Montenegro then discussed how to use Web templates and several programs to design sites.

The Westchase Artists Society will again be sponsoring a Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. Vendors interested in participating in the Holiday Market should contact Jennifer Joyner at jlukasjoyner@ec.rr.com to register. Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Autism Speaks.

The Westchase Artists Society will be participating in Westchase’s 20th Anniversary Party on Oct. 29 from 3-7 p.m. The group will have a tent featuring a Halloween-themed art activity for children as well as some of their own artwork available for sale. This will be a perfect time to come and meet some of the area’s talented artists.

The Westchase Artists Society’s group calendar will be available for sale at the Westchase Anniversary Party as well as the Holiday Market in December. Artwork was donated for this project to raise money for group activities.

Members will also be participating in the 25th Zoofari to be held at Lowry Park Zoo on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 6-11 p.m. Their artwork will be available for purchase as part of the zoo’s fundraiser.

Artist of the Month

Amy Lennard Gmelin, September’s Artist of the Month, grew up in New York and New Jersey but now resides in New Port Richie. While she has worked in various art forms over the years – from paint and clay to photography – Gmelin found her niche when working with concrete. She uses ordinary concrete and sand, transforming it into works of art by using various molds or by chiseling and carving. Some examples of Gmelin’s work, along with additional information about her background, can be found on the blog portion of the group Web site.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. (Please note that this is a change from the usual meeting location.) The evening’s agenda will include a hands-on workshop about selling your art using Etsy. See http://www.westchaseartists.com for complete details. You can also friend the group on Facebook to stay updated on events.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in finding out more are invited to drop by a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla, President

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Westchase Artists Learn about Framing

Framing and matting are an extension of your artwork and should complement the style of your work.

At the Westchase Artists Society’s July group meeting, Joose Hadley, long-time member of the society and owner of the Great Art & Frame in West Park Village, presented a workshop on how to cut mats and glass for picture framing.

Hadley began by demonstrating how to measure your artwork and determine the size of the opening needed in the matting. A T-square and Dexter cutting tool were used to make the opening from the back side of the mat in order to create an even, beveled edge. The artwork was then hinged to the backboard at the top using acid-free tape. It is important to use archival materials in order to protect your artwork from fading and discoloration.

Hadley explained how to score and break glass to insert into the frame. Non-glare glass can be especially helpful in sunny Florida homes. After assembling the frame, glass, matting and artwork, she showed how to keep everything in place with a point gun. Flexible points enable you to easily remove a piece of artwork and reuse the frame. The hooks to attach the wire for hanging should be mounted one-third of the way down the back of the frame.

Members were asked to come to future meetings at 6:45 p.m. to allow time for socializing before the actual meeting starts at 7 p.m. Possible art activities to be provided for kids during the Westchase 20th anniversary party to be held after the Great West Chase on Oct. 29 were also discussed. Members submitted various pieces of artwork to be used in the upcoming group calendar.

The group will be participating in the 25th Zoofari at Lowry Park Zoo on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6-11 p.m. Members’ artwork will be available for purchase as part of the zoo’s fundraiser.

The Westchase Artists Society will again be sponsoring a Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Westchase Golf Club. Look for more details as the holiday season approaches. Vendors interested in participating should contact Jennifer at jlukasjoyner@ec.rr.com for further information. Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Artist of the Month


Susan Whitaker, August’s Artist of the Month, creates her art with pencils, watercolors and oils. A Florida resident for 34 years, she enjoys sewing, gardening, reading, music and motorcycling in addition to her artwork. Having dabbled in art since childhood, Whitaker is now focusing on developing her painting style and recently joined the Westchase Artists Society to share and learn with other local artists. Some examples of Whitaker’s work, along with additional information about her background, can be found on the blog portion of the group’s Web site.

The next meeting of the Westchase Artists Society will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. (Please note that this is a change from the usual meeting location.) The evening’s agenda will include a hands-on workshop on Photoshop Elements. See http://www.westchaseartists.com for complete details.

The Westchase Artists Society is open to all types of visual artists from the Upper Tampa Bay area. Those interested in finding out more are invited to drop by a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. Bring your creativity and a piece of artwork to share.

By Teresa Trubilla

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