We are so proud of all our students and teachers who exhibited in our 2016 Student/Instructor Exhibition. The latest works of our dedicated and talented teachers was accompanied side-by-side with the accomplishments of their students, many exhibiting for the first time, and featured photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing. Congratulations to each of you and keep up the great work!
Speaking of accolades, below is a glimpse of what some of our students and instructors have been up to lately…
- Karen Baker (all-media landscape painting) was one of eight Florida wildlife artists invited to participate in an art exhibit fundraiser February 12-13 presented at Tampa Bay Watch in Tierra Verde.
- Neverne Covington (painting) will be exhibiting recent work at Studio@620 in “Director’s Choice” which opened February 13. She also has a painting which she began many years ago and recently completed titled Cloudscape at Strobel Design Build in St. Petersburg.
- Dean Fortune (drawing) was invited to show work in the Tampa Bay Watch Bay Life Art Show. The theme this year is reflecting wildlife in and around the Tampa Bay estuary.
- Rebecca Skelton (drawing) was selected to participate in “Exquisite Corpse International,” a traveling exhibit which premiered November 12, 2105 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Her teammates for this project were Calan Ree and Christian Zvonik. In the Spring of 2015, she displayed her evolving painting series entitled “Flow” at Davidson Fine Art. Ms. Skelton is showing recent work at Studio@620 in “Director’s Choice” which opened February 13.
- Dominice Gilbert (welding/metalworking) has been accepted into Art Fest, Fort Meyers (Feb 6-7), Coconut Point Art Fair, Estero (Feb 20-21) and Mainsail Art Festival (April 16-17).
- Marcos Oliveira (digital) has received his Adobe Certification in Visual Communication which includes Adobe Premier, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Rose Marie Prins (painting techniques) taught a drawing, painting and collage workshop during the fall of 2015 at Hampshire College, MA, in collaboration with three professors in the Innovations for Change Course where their final product was a large, collaborative collage, featuring the paintings and contour drawings of over sixty Hampshire College students and entitled “The Living Hampshire Tree.” She will have work in the upcoming exhibition “Everything and Nothing Abstract Art Show,” at Davidson Fine Art, opening March 5th. Ms. Prins will appear in the March, 2016 edition of the Florida Trend magazine published by the Tampa Bay Times. The serties is called “A Day in the Working Life.”
- Colette Bancroft (Beginning/Intermediate Painting with Rose Marie Prins) has been taking Rose Marie’s course for almost fifteen years. A number of Colette’s acrylic paintings, created during class, have sold at exhibitions in the Tampa Bay area, including a show of student work at Hillsborough Community College.
- Charles Claybaker (Beginning/Intermediate Painting with Rose Marie Prins) is a wounded veteran who served in Afghanistan. After his return he founded a nonprofit http://www.claybakerdustoff.org which helps army veterans. They recently raised $500 to help support a local artist, who is also a wounded war veteran, to realize their artistic goals.
- Michael Davis (Landscape Painting with Karen Baker) had artwork accepted into the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay’s “Possibilities in Pastel X” exhibit held at Stirling Art Studios & Gallery in Dunedin. The show runs throughout the month of February.
- Danee Kinzel (Landscape Painting with Karen Baker) won second place for her pastel painting “Best Friends” at the 100 Artist Show in November 2015.
- Dee Perconti (Beginning/Intermediate Painting with Rose Marie Prins) has a collage in the current show of collaborative art entitled “Merge” at Davidson Fine Art on Central Avenue, St Petersburg.
- Susan Ryan (Beginning/Intermediate Painting with Rose Marie Prins) is a longtime student who won first place at the 2016 Manatee County Fair for a painting (using water soluble oils and oil sticks).