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Enjoy An Evening Of Great Art And Great Conversation At The Charlotte J. Burrie Community Center Sponsored By Pompano Beach Cultural Council And Ft. Lauderdale Branch Of National League Of American Pen Women

Join the National League of American Pen Women – Fort Lauderdale Branch and Pompano Beach Cultural Council for a delightful evening with five nationally and internationally award-winning and collected fine artists at the Charlotte J. Burrie Community Center. This intimate evening of Great Art and Great Conversation takes place on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, with hors d’oeuvres and libations included. RSVP is requested and Free. It’s a unique opportunity to view the exhibit, meet and hear Susan Convery, Sharron Demarest, Claudia Hafner, Karen Tondiglia, and Rosaria Vigorito talk about their art journey and current work.  Pompano Beach is a cultural hub – don’t miss this event! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.














Free Event: Please register to ensure more than enough refreshments

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M E E T      THE   A R T I S T S:



 Susan Convery




“Sun Glow” by Susan Convery




Susan Convery is an award-winning Florida Certified High School Art Teacher with eight plus years of advanced drawing and painting classroom experience. An accomplished portrait artist she has illustrated two children’s books. She works mostly in watercolor, but also enjoys oil and acrylic painting.  Retiring in 2020, she now enjoys leading supportive, fun and rewarding cooperative art workshops at home and around the world and helping her students uncover their personal artistic genius.





Sharron Demarest





“Slaying the Fruit” by Sharron Demarest



Sharon’s passion for photography was ignited as a high school senior when she acquired a plastic $3.98 Diana camera. Her professional start in photography began as a darkroom technician for various New York-based photographers, including W. Eugene Smith, notable for his WW II photography and documentation of the city of Pittsburgh. Her works are at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and in private collections in NYC and Florida. She’s the recipient of awards from local juried and group exhibits as well as internationally in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. 







Claudia Hafner






“Sea Turtle” by Claudia Hafner





As a watercolorist, Claudia approaches her subjects as portraiture, whether people, wildlife, flower or architecture. She recreates the character of the subject through color and a careful, but loose style which combines a propensity for detail with the desire for freedom and motion. From her grade school portraits of the Beatles to being a handweaver early in her artistic career with sometime in-between in the corporate world to being the widely collected watercolorist she is today, Claudia’s love of nature inspires much of her work. Claudia exhibits both at indoor exhibitions and outdoor art festivals.







Karen Tondiglia








“Welcome Home” by Karen Tondiglia



Karen found her voice as a painter after graduating from Kent State University, teaching for two years and then working for various corporations. She joined a co-op gallery, honed her painting skills and 40 years later she is still painting. Watercolor has always been her favorite medium, but she also enjoys painting with acrylics, oils and pastels. Having traveled extensively as well as lived in three different states, her award-winning paintings range from urban scenes to seascapes, flowers and fauna.








Rosaria Vigorito






“Empathic” by Rosario Vigorito



Formerly a NY lawyer and law librarian professor, Rosaria Vigorito is now an established and award-winning artist, who exhibits locally and internationally in different venues, including art fairs, galleries, government institutions and museums.  She also loves offering her art to help various charitable organizations. Rosaria perceives her artist role as messenger, philosopher, outlier and empath. Her unique and noticeable style involves mosaic style fragmentation, raw emotive lines and vibrant colors, combined to explore various themes, such as the female form, portraiture, androgyny and the inner psyche.







Event is free. Please register to ensure more than enough refreshments

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About National League of American Pen Women – Fort Lauderdale Branch:



For more than 65 years the Fort Lauderdale Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) has been a prestigious organization of professional women in the Arts – Published Writers, Authors, Poets, Musical Composers and Award-Winning Visual Artists. Today primarily a community of professional, contemporary visual artists, Pen Women believe in the power of art to illuminate the human experience, fire the imagination and nurture the soul. Our visual artists work in a variety of media including acrylic, watercolor, oil, sculptor, porcelain and photography. Many are national and international award-winning and collected artist. All are committed to inspiring talented young women to pursue their college arts education degrees. To that end they raise funds each year to award three $1,250 Achievement Award scholarships to deserving women art students at Broward College. The oldest women’s art organization in America, NLAPW was originally founded in 1897.




About Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center



Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center, 2669 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL, had its grand opening celebration on March 12, 2020 just in-time to be closed most of the past two years due to COVID-19. It is re-opened now offering a variety of programming, including: yoga, fitness, karate, dance and Spanish lessons. Overseen by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the 8,700-square-foot civic center, in Pompano’s Cresthaven neighborhood, includes a reception area, two multi-purpose activity rooms, a conference room, a warming kitchen and a large assembly space with a fixed platform stage and adjacent dressing rooms. 





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