See The Port St. Lucie Arts League In Action At Winter Art & Craft Expo January 23-24. PSAL Helps Creativity Flourish With Monthly Meetings, Plein Air Events, Annual Member Exhibit And More

The Port St. Lucie Arts League (PSLAL) brings one thing to mind – PASSION for the visual arts!  Despite Covid19, this arts organization is flourishing!  Whether members paint for pleasure or for commerce, they continue to form partnerships that engage and encourage creativity.  Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 you can meet over 25 members at the Port St. Lucie Winter Art & Craft Expo.  From refined chalk painters, veterans honing their art skills, to residents of assisted living who keep their creative juices flowing, you will meet 2D and 3D artists to refresh your spirits!  This Rickie Report article highlights Winter Art Expo in partnership with Latitude-88 Monthly meetings ( in person or via Zoom), Plein Air Painting, 14th Annual Member Exhibition at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center Gallery (Opening Reception Thursday, February 4 and runs through March 23), and more opportunities to get involved.  If you’re looking for some passion, connect with PSLAL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Annual  Port  St.  Lucie  Art  &  Craft  Expo

Saturday, January 23 10 am – 5 pm

 Sunday, January 24  10 am – 4 pm

 

At   recently renamed the MIDFLORIDA Credit

Union Event Center

(Formerly Port St. Lucie Civic Center)  

Corner of Walton Rd. and US 1  

Free Parking & Admission  

Over 200 Booths

 Live Music & Food

 

 

Face coverings are encouraged but not required at this outside event. Complimentary face masks available at the event. Please observe social distancing between guests and exhibitors and utilize the hand sanitizer stations around the event. Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet    Chalk    Artist    Shane    Mesmer

 

 

 

Chalk art by Shane Mesmer & guest David Lepore

 

PSLAL enjoyed providing several art experiences for visitors at the recent Expo! Everyone enjoyed watching our artists painting and creating live throughout the weekend! People were amazed by Shane Mesmer’s chalk art image, stopping in awe of her breathtaking work!

 

It is always exciting to hear, “I just moved to PSL and am so happy to discover the Port St. Lucie Arts League! I am an artist and happy to know that there is a connection of artists here for me.”  An older gentleman, who worked creating stained glass, was inspired to start working again after setting aside his passion to create for many years.  A 15 year old girl was so excited to observe all the artists painting, especially, the Donna Dewberry technique used by Madelaine Cooper. She is going to check out online classes to learn this style.

 

It is a great JOY to see people of all ages begin to feel their creative ideas bubble to the surface! The League is proud to be an integral part of the Expo and to be working together in partnership with Lattitude-88, Inc. supporting the arts & artists in our community.

 

Stop by the League’s non-profit booth to learn more about us and to see our artists creating live, including Chalk artists Shane Mesmer and special guest. The PSLAL Plein Air painters will also be found painting around on the grounds of Expo & MIDFLORIDA Event Center.

 

PSLAL is the benefiting organization at all PSL Expos and we are grateful to Latitude-88, Inc. for the ongoing support and generosity to support the League’s mission. Our connection and work together at the Expos has provided relationships and awareness to local artists and the arts in PSL.  PSLAL has enjoyed working in partnership with Mike Strickland, owner of Latitude-88, Inc., and all behind the scenes at the Port St. Lucie Art & Craft Expos to bring arts & culture to PSL. A Celebration of Life, Arts & Crafts and the Human Spirit… The PSLAL artists can always be found creating live at the Expo! 

NEXT  Expo:   May 1-2, 2021

 

14th    Annual     PSLAL     Members    Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

FREE    OPENING   RECEPTION:

 THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 4  

6:30  –  8:30 PM

 

Opening Reception will be held outdoors on the terrace weather permitting or in case of rain in the main atrium outside the Gallery.  Covid-19 safety practices will be followed.  Masks are required indoors.  

 

Exhibit runs February 4 through March 25, 2021

Regular Gallery Hours:   8:30 am – 5 pm

 

 

MIDFLORIDA  EVENT  CENTER

9211 SE Event Center Place  Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

772.807.4488   www.midfloridaeventcenter.com

 

 

 

The PSLAL celebrates its 14th Annual Member Exhibit at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center Gallery. It will be the largest exhibit in League history and will showcase over 100 works of art by 41 League members, including fine art professional as well as those who create purely for pleasure.  The exhibit includes naïve, assemblage, abstract, classical, representational, glass, sculpture, impasto, graphic, and photography artworks. The viewer can explore diverse subjects capturing a sense of place or specific location, the essence of a person, or a moment in time.  League artists express their passion and appreciation of the arts and support the League’s mission to advance, enhance, and sustain the community’s cultural viability.  Special kudos to Doris Jacoby for bringing this to fruition!

 

 

 

 

Participating     Artists:

 

Susan Adamo ◊  Mimi Albert ◊  Michael Alexander ◊  

Mary Ann Austin ◊  Nancy Bacheller ◊  Elaine Bankston ◊  

Patty Clayton ◊  Judy Coffman ◊  Madelaine Cooper ◊  

Fiori Ferraris   ◊  Joanne Lucia Florez ◊  Donna Franklin ◊  

Caroline Frederiksen ◊  Eric Frederiksen ◊  Nora Griffin ◊  

Marilyn Hamblet ◊  Evelyn Hartsell ◊  Carol Heslop ◊

 Jillane Heveron ◊  I. Joseph ◊  Doris Jacoby ◊  Bonnie Larson ◊

Joan Laugois ◊  Sandy Lillis  ◊ Barbara Z. Lyons  ◊

 Phred Madsen-Vallee ◊  Patricia McLaughlin ◊  Marilyn Mead ◊

Nancy Mich ◊  Laura R. O’Kelly ◊  Cecilia Peterson ◊  Linda Relis

Alyssa Rose ◊ Sharon Roselli ◊  Mayda Saborit ◊  

Christine Schroth ◊  Frances Sine ◊  Mark Stall ◊  Debra Terrio

Tamara Thoma ◊  Barbara  Warren ◊

 

 

 

 

 

Nourish   Your   Soul   And   Paint   Plein   Air  

 

No matter if you’re a beginner or advanced it’s a great way to get out of the studio and be right there in nature. Linda calls it “Soul Food” and she invites you all to come out and PLAY! It’s a great way to not only meet members, but to get some new work ready for all the upcoming PSLAL events.

 

 

Fridays  from  9 am – Noon

A new location is chosen every 2 weeks 

All levels welcome

 

Contact: Linda Relis    772.579.8342

 

 Join us!

 

 

             River is inspired by Mary Anne Austin’s Plein Air work!

Informal discussion about ART, sharing ideas and artwork or just come to listen and be together. Bring a chair!  Enjoy nature and connect with other artists!

 

Passers-by are always inspired! At theLeague’s recent event, Art Show in the Gardens, a little boy named River, joined Mary Anne Austin, to draw a picture.

 

Visit: https://www.pslartsleague.org/pslal-plein-air-painters

 

 

Monthly       Meetings:

 

 

 Marcy Purdy gives a demonstration to create a fish print

 

 

Our Next Meeting:   Friday, February 19, 2021

 

Join us via Zoom or in person for our monthly meetings!  Enjoy the camaraderie, networking with other like-minded creatives, and a demonstration!  Learn about a new technique, color, painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and so much more!

3rd Friday of each Month

1 – 3 pm

 

 

Port St. Lucie Community Center    2195 SE Airoso Blvd.  Port St. Lucie, FL

 

Meetings are held in the banquet room and can accommodate 30 people.  Masks are required and Covid safe practices are followed.  RSVP is required to attend.   Zoom is provided as well.  RSVP: 772.323.1151

The mission of the Port St. Lucie Arts League is to advance, enhance and sustain our community’s cultural and artistic viability. Our membership works to develop cultural awareness and provide increased opportunities for community access to the arts.  Our league members are advocates for the arts and we promote quality, professionalism and diversity in our work. Our goals are to develop and sustain a membership of local artists, encourage networking, provide a forum for the healthy exchange of creative ideas, and support, encourage and inspire one another’s artistic creativity.  The Port St. Lucie Art League works closely with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

 

Get membership information

For more information about these events or  upcoming events:

 

 

 

PSLAL Website: pslartsleague.org

For more info contact: pslalcontact@gmail.com

Joanne Lucia Florez, President

Port St. Lucie Arts League

413.695.3312

 

 

 

 

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Join Lighthouse ArtCenter And Manon Sander In Sedona, AZ For 1 Week Of Plein Air Painting, Exploration, And Relaxation September 12-19.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter and Manon Sander invite you to go on an exciting plein air painting adventure:  Immerse yourselves in crimson beauty when you venture out west, to Red Rock country, Sedona, AZ, from September 12 – 19, 2019. September is one of the best months to visit, when the summer heat has subsided but the temperatures are still mild. The Rickie Report shares the details about the trip and some photos.  If you have ever been, this is a place you can go back to again and again. If it is your first time, this is the perfect way to explore!

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101     www.LighthouseArts.org

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm

 First Saturday of the month no charge

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

PLEIN    AIR    PAINT    EXCURSION   TO    SEDONA

 

 

Sedona, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff. It is noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community and is surrounded by red-rock buttes, towering canyon walls and pine forests. Uptown Sedona is dense with shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park. We will be staying at a very comfortable hotel, the Arroyo Roble, with every room providing a private balcony with breathtaking views of the famous Red Rocks and two separate queen beds. The hotel is situated in walking distance from Uptown Sedona, which is the heart of town, with charming stores and galleries, restaurants and cafes.

 

 

 

 

Arroyo Roble Hotel

 

 

 

September 12th is your arrival day. You can take it easy, settle in, look around a little bit, and get organized for September 13th, our first painting day. Out of the 6 days on location we will paint 4 days. On painting days we will have breakfast at the hotel and then drive to a different picturesque location to capture the beautiful landscape on our canvases under Manon’s instruction. Demos, group critiques, and lots of individual instruction at your easel will greatly benefit your painting skills.

 

 

 

Manon Sander

 

 

 

 

 

You will have two free days so you have a chance to explore the area at your own pace. Some suggestions are touring the Red Rocks or the desert via the popular Pink Jeep Tours, you can venture out into several vortexes Sedona is known for and feel their healing energy, you can go on an invigorating hike, or take it easy by enjoying a relaxing spa day, relax by the pool, stroll through town and visit galleries and shops, go on an UFO spotting excursion, or paint some more.   The price for this incredible painting adventure is $2170.

 

 

Pink Jeep Tours

 

Included in the price are:

  • 7 nights in the hotel, price based on double occupancy. If you don’t wish to share a room there will be a $720 supplement.
  • Daily buffet breakfast with hot and cold choices
  • Transport to painting locations
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • 4 days of painting instruction
  • mineral spirits for oil painters

 

Not included in the price are:

  • Airfare and shuttle from and to airport
  • Meals other than two dinners and daily breakfast
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Expenses for activities on your two free days

 

 

Tlaquepaque Arts Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration:

 

Due to the small group size of a maximum of 10 people we expect that the workshop will fill up quickly. It will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. It is recommended to reserve your space by submitting your deposit for registration early. The deadline for registration is June 9th, 2019.

A $500 deposit and a signed copy of the fine print upon reservation will hold your spot. The remaining balance will be due on June 10th, 2019. 

Reservations can be made through the Lighthouse ArtCenter by calling 561-748-8737.

If you have any questions about the trip, please don’t hesitate to send Manon an email to manondesigns@comcast.net . If you’d like to check out Manon’s credentials you can do so by visiting her website ManonSander.com.

The FINE Print:

Cancellations for any reason will be subject to a $250 per person administrative fee. Deposits less the administrative fee are refundable if workshop sells out and someone takes your spot.

In addition:

  • If you cancel less than 90-60 days before the trip starts you will receive all monies paid to date minus 50% of the trip cost per person unless workshop sells out and somebody fills your spot.
  • If you cancel less than 60 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit the entire trip cost per person, unless workshop sells out and somebody fills your spot.

Purchasing travel insurance is mandatory to protect your investment. Let’s cross our fingers, but unforeseen circumstances do happen, and it’s necessary to be prepared. Some trip insurances to consider are World Nomads (the most inexpensive and according to reviews reliable), Allianz, or Travel Guard.

Workshop Cancellation: In the unlikely event the workshop is canceled, all payments received by the Lighthouse ArtCenter will be refunded. Personal expenses like travel expenses will not be reimbursed, and are considered each individual’s own liability. 

Workshop instructor Manon Sander and the Lighthouse ArtCenter will do their best to provide you with a safe and pleasant environment but cannot be held liable for illness, injury, terrorism, or natural disasters and shall not be held responsible for any damages, loss, delay, omission or irregularity which may occur, whether by reason of any act, negligence or default of any company or person engaged in carrying out any of our arrangements or otherwise in connection herewith. Manon Sander and the Lighthouse ArtCenter cannot be held responsible for a client’s sickness or personal accident, forces of nature, or other problems.

_________________________________________________________________Workshop Participant’s Signature   _________  Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information about this event, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to www.LighthouseArts.org

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3201

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

 

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561)748-8737

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach “Fun Fest” In Delray Beach Is Open For Registration: Paint The Most Fun Small Town

Plein Air Palm Beach announces “PLEIN FUN FEST” , Co-hosted with Old School Square on January 26-29, 2018.  Artists are invited to Paint the “Most Fun Small Town, Delray Beach, Florida.  Offering awards of over $2000 cash and merchandise, the Competition will be limited to 50 participants.  ART LOVERS:  This is a fantastic opportunity to see plein air painters in action and choose your favorite painting!  The Rickie Report shares tend details here. There is a DISCOUNT for EARLY REGISTRATION! To the viewers, this art form can be very exciting because it invites them into the creative process: the sight, sound, and even smell of the artists’ world and they become part of it. 

 

 

 

January 26, 27, 28, 29, 2018

 

 

 

Early Application:   December 1, 2017    $40.
 Deadline:                    December 31, 2017  $50.

Notification by January 10, 2017

 

Plein Air artist painting at Delray Fun Fest

 

Prospectus and Application: 

www.PleinAirPalmBeach.com/PleinFunFest

 

Friday, January 26, 2018

 

 

Register at Old School Square

Paint-Out  

Lunch

Critique

All these paintings will be made available at the artists’ discretion for a Silent Auction to be held on Saturday at the beginning of the reception.

Viewing will be Friday afternoon and all day Saturday – Cost is $20.

 

Critique

Saturday, January 27,2018

 

 

 

Plein Air Competition

Artists will paint until 3 pm.

This event will include Artists’ Hospitality Suite with refreshments, the Collectors’ Reception and Awards Reception. This fee includes Friday Paint-out and Critique.

 

Delray Fun Fest plein air artist

 

 

 

Sunday, January 29, 2018

 

 

Sunday, January 29 is Paint the Beach, a totally fun day!

 

 

For more information:

Prospectus and Application:  www.PleinAirPalmBeach.com/PleinFunFest

 

 

 

 

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Delray Gets It Right! Join In Celebrating Delray Beach “Plein Fun Fest”!

Delray Beach Gets It Right!  Despite the recent trend of banning painters from capturing the local scenes on the street in cities such as St. Augustine, Winter Park, and Barcelona, Spain, the city of Delray Beach is actively supporting plein air painters!  Delray Beach understands the difference between hucksters bothering tourists in exchange for a few coins for entertainment and the artistic endeavors of artists who are capturing their town’s history in valuable works. The Rickie Report urges everyone to join in “Plein Air Fun Fest” on February 19th-21st.   On Friday, February 19th, plein air artists are welcome to stop by the tent in Old School Square for art critiques.  On Saturday, February 20th, come and watch the artists as they paint every day scenes and bring more emphasis to the “ordinary”.  Everything will be for sale at 5pm! On Sunday, February 21st, a new generation of plein air painters take center stage with mentors Ralph Papa and members of Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB).  Here are the details and some sneak peeks! No wonder that Delray Beach has twice won the all American City Award, and was recently named by the US News and World Report “the most fun small city” in America. This city gets it right!

 

 

 

Plein Air Palm Beach  Invites You To: 

 

PLEIN  FUN  FEST!

Friday, February 19

 9 am – Noon

 

 

Saturday, February 20

 

8 am – 3:00 pm  Paint!

5:30 – 7:30 pm  Sale and Awards Reception!

 

 

 

Sunday, February 21  

3:30  Youth Paint Out!

 

Old School Square

 51 N. Swinton Street  Delray Beach, FL

 

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Come to Delray Beach, where more than 50 painters from around the country will capture scenes from the city in a two days event of competition, fun and education!  In addition to “Plein Air Fun Fest”, the Delray Beach Historical Society is hosting the  “Nostalgic Delray Exhibit” of more than 70 works, all painted on the streets of downtown Delray.  

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach Painters in Delray Beach, FL

PLEIN FUN FEST WEEKEND SCHEDULE

 

 

Friday, February 19th: Paint-out & Critique

There will be a Paint-out with Critique for those Artists who want to join in the FUN but not interested in competition. There is a charge of $20 which includes hospitality suite. Because of the popularity of Plein Air Palm Beach’s 1st & 3rd Tuesday paint-out with critique that is run by Manny Jomok we decided to make it part of Plein Fun Fest.

 

Registered Artists will meet at Old School Square at 9 AM and decide where to paint. Critique leaders will be available to offer assistance to those who are new to plein air. This Plein Air Paint-out allows artists the opportunity to enjoy not only painting but sharing their creativity with the public.

 

To the viewers, this art form can be very exciting because it invites them into the creative process: the sight, sound, and even smell of the artists’ world. One of the best parts of plein air painting is the congeniality of artists.

 

 

At Noon the artists will meet again at Old School Square Field House for an Artist Hospitality Suite. From there we will break into groups of no more than 10 for a shared art critique.

 

 

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach artists on location

 

Saturday: Plein Air Competition

Plein Air Competition: Saturday Feb 20, 2016 -Juried Artists have been selected to compete in this event that will take place in Delray Beach, FL on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Awards ceremony and reception Feb. 20 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Cash awards will be given as follows: 1st Place, 2nd Place; 3rd Place; Judges’ Recognition and Honorable Mention. Sales of paintings resulting from this exhibition are subject to a 30% commission.

 

8 to 9 AM: Artists check in at the south side of the Crest Theater at Old School Square at 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL. Once participating artists have their canvases or painting surfaces stamped at check-in. Artists may have stamped as many painting surfaces as they wish but may only submit up to two artworks in the competition.

 

 

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Plein Air Palm Beach artist on location

 

 

The Plein Air Painting Locations:

After check-in artists can then begin painting at location of their choice anywhere within the boundaries Delray Beach. Each artist of will be given a map that delineates the competition boundaries and suggested painting locations for those artists unfamiliar with the area. Artists will be able to choose their own location from a thoughtfully compiled list of suggestions. Locations include marinas, historic buildings and monuments, gardens, architecture, ocean, intracoastal waterway views, small shops and much more. In case of rain, covered locations with views that artists can paint will also be identified.

 

Artists must paint within the competition boundaries and without the assistance of photographs. Any medium may be used, although photography is not acceptable in this competition.

 

3-4 PM: An area for framing and photographing artwork will be setup in the Music Room of the Crest Theater. There will also be a hospitality suite exclusively for competing artists in the Library of the Crest Theater. Competing artists can turn in up to two framed, ready to hang artworks which will be displayed from the artist easel(s) in the Ocean Breeze room and Loge Walkway of Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Artworks must be completed by 3 pm and on display by 4 pm.

 

4:30 PM: Exhibit, awards and sale will take place in the Ocean Breeze room and the Loge walkway connecting to the Cornell Museum, where an exhibit of Plein Air Palm Beach Contributing artists will be ongoing.

 

5:30 – 7:30 PM Artists & Collectors Reception and Awards Ceremony

The Awards

Cash awards based on the judges selections will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, Juror’s Recognition and Honorable Mention Awards.
1st Place $1000.
2nd Place $500.
3rd Place $200.
Juror’s Recognition $150.
Honorable Mention $150.
Additional awards may be presented at the committee’s discretion.

 

 

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Bystanders watching Palm Beach Plein Artist on location

Sunday: Youth Plein Air Event

 

On Sunday, February 21 from 1 PM to 3:30 PM there will be a youth plein air paint out. A group of young artists ages 10-18 from Milagro Center, IXT Young Artists and others will have an opportunity to paint en plein air. Ralph Papa is the chairperson for this event and will be doing a demonstration to start things off. The pre-registered young artists will then paint on the ground of Old School Square. . Ralph along with artists from PAPB will be assisting the young artists in a mentoring capacity. After the paint-out the young artists and the mentors will meet back in Old School Square for and ice cream social and show and tell of the day’s paint-out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Email info@pleinairpalmbeach.com

or visit:

www.pleinairpalmbeach.com

 

 

 

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