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June General Meeting Notes

posted Jun 28, 2018, 2:02 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 8:16 AM ]

Welcome:  Diane opened the meeting and welcomed all to LEC.

Officers Report:  Treasurer:  Bank Balance $2253.00.  Members – 38 paid members.

Diane again asked for volunteers to chair the Holiday Party and the 2019 Membership Show at Carrollwood Cultural Center.  Discussion continued regarding the Holiday party and it was decided to do a party at Compton Park this year.  All agreed that the 2017 Party was great but expensive so we will alternate.  John will check with Compton and get some available dates for us.

The program was by Jessica Pruitt, Pasco County Library, The Foundry. They have an amazing amount of programs going on there.  Their slide presentation showed many of the activities at The Foundry and they have a FB page you can check for events.

Joan brought our undersea collage in for discussion and ideas as to what we should do with it.  The alternative is to take it apart and each artist will take their painting.  Jessica from The Foundry asked Joan to send her a photo of the collage and she would see if they could come up with ideas.  

Shades of Red Art Challenge was interesting with discussion on artist’s techniques.  Alan Metzger won 1st place for his Red Bird, John Henne won 2nd place for his Red Horses and Joan took 3rd place for her colored pencil of a Flamenco Dancer.  

July meeting  is Show and Tell and the August meeting will be a presentation by Joose Hadley on framing.

The next Art Challenge will be announced by our winner, Alan Metzger, at the August Monthly Meeting. 

May General Meeting Notes

posted Jun 4, 2018, 3:58 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 3:59 AM ]

Welcome:  Diane welcomed all to LEC. 

Officers’ Report:  Treasurer:  Bank Balance - $2,163.98.  Members:  37.  The non-renewals were dropped from the roster on May 1, 2018. 

Committee Reports:  Sally Yoder Plein Air:  Sally reported due to the weather, Plein Air will stop for the summer months and resume in October.  It was also noted a Plein Air group called Urban Sketchers that continue their outdoor painting all year and anyone is welcome to join.  You would need to go through Facebook to gather this information. 

Volunteer Activities:  
  • John Henne reported on the Jimmy B. Keel Library.  John talked with the Display Chairman of the library and NTAL needs to set a date and commit to this before we make final arrangements. 
  • Dotty Baker and Virginia Butler reported on The Fat Rabbit.  Dotty and Virginia spoke with the owner of The Fat Rabbit about NTAL displaying art at his Restaurant.  He suggested a reception either Thursday evening or Sunday afternoon where our artists could show their art.  He wanted to see samples of our work and then would converse with his partners about this happening.  A proposal was sent to John Ellwood the owner suggesting a reception be held there for our Featured Artist once a Quarter.  We are awaiting his answer.  

Joose Hadley Framing Program:   It as decided by the group to not have a Field trip to Joose Hadley’s framing shop but ask her to demo at our next meeting at  Comptom Park - more people would be able to attend.  Tess volunteered to call Joose and find out a date that would be good for her, either June 27 or July 25. 

Chairman:   A Chairman is needed for our Membership Show in April 2019 and a Field Trip Chairman is needed – no volunteers at this time. 

Art Challenge:  John Henne won the last Art Challenge so he was asked to come up with a theme for our next challenge to be held on June 27.  The theme for the next challenge is “Shades of Red”. 

Program:  Subtractive Imprimatur – demonstrated by Sally Yoder.   Members were able to create their own masterpiece!  Thank you Sally for the demo. 

April General Meeting Notes

posted Apr 28, 2018, 3:40 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated May 2, 2018, 5:58 PM ]

Welcome: Diane welcomed a new member Ann King and guests Jody and Tess.

Thanks went out to all the all the participants and volunteers for this year’s Membership Show and congratulations to all the winners.

Officers’ Report: Treasurer: Bank Balance - $2,278.98. Members: 35 paid members, 26 non-paid which will be dropped from our roster on May 1, 2018.

Since we have no one to fill the Marketing and Program and Events area at this time we asked for volunteers to fill this position on a month to month basis to come up with ideas for future events. If a member comes up with someone to demo an art process, or contacts for a demo – then that person would get credit as an active member.

Sally Yoder agreed to do a demo at our next general meeting to be held at the Life Enrichment Center.

John Henne volunteered to call the Jimmy Keel Library and find out if they have availability this fall for a membership show.

Dotty Baker agreed to contact the Fat Rabbit, a small restaurant on Bruce B Downs about displaying some of our art on their walls, and find out information of when we could start exhibiting there. It was agreed upon that the Featured Artist each quarter have the option to display their art at the Fat Rabbit.

Show and Tell and Featured Artist: Four Members participated in the show and tell program. Three members participated in the Featured Artist Contest. Alan Metzger is the Featured Artist winner. 

And the Artistic Visions winners are

posted Apr 8, 2018, 7:28 AM by Dave Beebe

Welcome to the North Tampa Arts League members show. I hope you have had a chance to look at all the amazing art work on display. And I hope you have had a chance to enjoy some of the food that has been provided. 

I want to thank all the volunteers who have worked to bring this show together. We thank the intake volunteers: Virginia, Lynn and GloriaJean. Thanks to our art hanging committee: Lloyd, Marie, David and Pat. And thanks to our 2017 board members: Fran, Joan, Margret and David. Our reception committee of Sally, Dotty and Diane coordinated our refreshments with the CCC reception volunteers and to our members who provided snacks. (Joan thanked Pat for stepping in as interim 2nd VP and coordinating another successful show). 

We are  most grateful to our very special and supportive partner, the Carrollwood Cultural Center. CCC has donated a $120 gift certificate. 

The Mount Vision Pastel Company, a local company that makes wonderful pastels, acrylics and oils, donated a $75 gift certificate. 

AOE has been serving professionals and students in the Arts, Education, and Drafting/Architectural communities since 1975. They  offer a 10% discount to all NTAL members. AOE donated a $50 gift certificate. 

Scraporium donated a $50 gift certificate. 

Blick Art Materials donated 2 prizes, a Montana Markers set with a sketch pad and a Blick’s Colored Pencil Set. 

Gott Glass donated a $69 certificate for a glass blowing class. 

Thanks to Margret who arranged for our judge, Ann Larsen. Ann has over 30 years experience in arts and non-profit business management. She has served as Assistant to the Director of the Iowa Arts Council,  Managing Director of Olson-Larsen Galleries in Des Moines, Iowa;  Executive Director of the Minnetonka Center for the Arts near Minneapolis and Executive Director for the Pasco Arts Council.  She is currently the Director of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in St. Petersburg. 

Ann's overall impression of the show was that there was a great deal of talent in this organization.  Her task was not an easy one.  She was absolutely thrilled to see such a large turn out of works is the drawing category.  She believes that good drawing skills are the backbone of art and design.  

She was disappointed in the lack of turnout in the watercolor category and that there were no 3D entries. 

*Best of Show (Roland DesCombes) Fireplace:  "The Craftsmanship and draftmanship are superb!  The tonal qualities are amazing.  Everywhere you look  there is something delightful to see.  I could not take my eyes off of it!" 

*Best in Drawing (Diane Harm) Your Other Left:  "This piece has life to it!  I love the light tough, the colors, the humor.  It is also beautifully and freely framed.  The mat and frame become a part of the art rather than what encases it." 

*Honorable mention in Drawing (Diane Harm) Big Gulp:  "Fresh, lovely, captivating." 

*Best in Acrylic/Oil (Sally Yoder) Hillsborough River State Park, Plein Air: "The artist's choice to focus in on a "small slice" of nature was a good one for its intimacy, and a selectively light touch that captured the essence of a gentle flow of water.  Also nicely presented, without a lot of fanfare, in keeping with the subject." 

*Honorable mention in Acrylic/Oil (Alan Metzger) Festive Time:  "Great composition, and the vibrance captured the essence of an art fair." 

*Best in Digital (Dave Beebe) Midway Magic:  "Strong technical skills, nice hues.  This work was just such fun to look at, with all the activity and the brooding sky threatening to open up over it all." 

*Honorable mention in Digital(Monika Leon) Red:  "Nature and man-made "props" coming together to create a quilt-like design made me smile." 

*Best in Watercolor (Fran Byers) When Opportunity Knocks:  "Skillful use of light and shadow.  Nicely rendered, this work evokes a sense of mystery about what’s behind the door.  Appropriate title." 

*Honorable mention in Watercolor (Pat Beebe) Ybor Ink:  "Working with a challenging scene with many angles and glass, the artist captured the mood of the night-time scene in a delightful way. Has a historic charm to it."

*Best in Mixed Medium (Fran Byers) Beach Trinity:  "It glows!" 

*Honorable mention in mixed medium (Pat Beebe): Cannaregio Alley, Venice:  "A simple but eye-catching piece.  Nice blend of the mediums." 

Artistic Visions Opening Reception April 6

posted Mar 30, 2018, 1:42 PM by Dave Beebe

Mark your calendars for our opening reception on April 6 from 5-8pm at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. It will be the culmination of an exciting week.

April 3 is art drop-off from 4:40-7pm

April 4 is when we hang the show from 1-4pm

April 5 is when the show will be judged

At the end of the art call, we have 18 artists exhibiting 49 paintings, 9 drawings, 8 photographs and 4 mixed media original works of art.

The event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served. Drink tickets for adult beverages can be purchased at the event from the Carrollwood Cultural Center. 

A big thank you to the local art related businesses that are sponsoring our 2018 Annual Members Show "Artistic Visions":

  • Carrollwood Cultural Center
  • Gott Glass
  • Mount Vision Pastel Company
  • AOE Supply 
  • Blick Art Materials

March General Meeting Notes

posted Mar 29, 2018, 2:05 PM by Dave Beebe

Welcome: Fran welcomed a new member, Allen Metzger, oil and acrylic painter and returning member Deb Newman, watercolor artist.

Announcements: Virginia Butler sold a painting at the Strawberry Festival. Marie Schadt won second place for Miniatures and Lynn Rattray won 2nd place and sold a painting all at the Strawberry Festival. Joan Garcia’s artwork was accepted in OPOA and will be exhibited at the Richland Fine Art Gallery in Nashville.

Officers’ Report: 

Treasurer’s Report – Bank Balance $2851.60.  Members 31.

1st VP Report – The announcement for the Carrollwood Cultural Center show will be advertised in Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay Online, Tampa Arts and Meetup. 

2nd VP Report – All is going as scheduled with the membership show. The volunteer positions have been fulfilled. Tonight at the meeting was the last day to for the applications. From 17 artists, we have 46 paintings, 8 photographs, 3 mixed media and 9 drawings. 

Reminders: NTAL Membership Show at Carrolwood Cultural Center Dates: Intake – April 3rd, 4:30. Installation – April 4th, 1-4. Reception – April 6, 5-8. Teardown – April 30th, 4:30-7. 

NTAL Officer Nominations and Elections: The following are the officer nominations; 

  • Diane Harm for President
  • Virginia Butler for Secretary 
  • Joan Garcia will remain as Treasurer
  • 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President are still open. 
  • No other nominations from the floor. The elected board positions for 2018 have been certified by the secretary. Congratulations and Thank you to the new board members. 

Art Challenge: There was a good amount of art for the “Water” challenge.  Congrats to the winners, 1st place John Henne, 2nd place Deb Newman, 3rd place Dotty Baker. John will be announcing the next challenge at the May general meeting.

February General Meeting Notes

posted Feb 23, 2018, 4:01 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 25, 2018, 5:06 AM ]

The meeting portion of our general meeting started with our President, Fran Byers, reminding those attending that membership renewals were due. 2nd VP, Pat Beebe, discussed plans for our upcoming Annual Members Show at Carrollwood Cultural Center in April. We are still working out a few details with their new curator but expect to have the Art Call published next week. The attendees selected a show title, Sally and Dotty will coordinate the reception, Marie will request vendor awards. Margaret is researching potential show judges and Fran is coordinating the contract with CCC. Fran also thanked Pat for coordinating Bamboozle. Lloyd Johnson and Dave Beebe both sold works at that show. 

Dotty Banker, Virginia Butler and Marie Schadt won awards at the State Fair.

Four times each year, the 2nd month of the quarter is our scheduled demo/workshop time at the Life Enrichment Center on the 4th Thursday. This month member Diane Harm walked everyone through a hands-on demo of colored pencils and papers. She provided a stack of paper samples for everyone to try, along with a large selection of pencils and tools. 

Annual Members Show: April 2018

posted Feb 22, 2018, 12:21 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 2:00 PM ]

Get ready for our 2018 annual Members Show, "Artistic Visions"  at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. 

This NTAL Exhibit will feature original art created by the members of the North Tampa Arts League. Members should enter art pieces from their body of work that they feel reflect their artistic vision. The Annual Members Show is open to all paid 2018 members. Volunteering to help with this show earns Active Member status for future show priority. All current NTAL members may enter up to four (4) pieces of original art.

You can download the Art Call and Indemnity Agreement forms below. 

Milestone Dates At A Glance: 
  • 03/21 - Application, Indemnity Agreement and Show Fee Postmark Due Date. If you miss this date, don't mail them. Bring it to the general meeting instead. 
  • 03/28 Application, Indemnity Agreement and Show Fee In-person Delivery At Compton Park General Meeting
  • 04/03 - Art Delivery, 4:30-7pm
  • 04/04 - Art Installation, 1-4pm
  • 04/06 - Reception, 5-8pm
  • 04/30 - Art Pickup, 4:30-7pm

Ann Larsen, Director, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will be the judge for the show. 

  • 3D (sculpture, wood, fiber, jewelry)
  • Photography/Digital (ink or chemical processed prints)
  • Painting (all liquid media such as acrylic, oil and watercolor)
  • Drawing (charcoal, colored pencil, ink, pastel)

  • Mixed Media (combination of at least 2 of the above categories)

Immediate Help Required For April Membership Show

posted Feb 15, 2018, 3:08 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 15, 2018, 3:09 PM ]

As you know, we have a member show scheduled for April 2018 at the CCC.  Because this year’s membership show falls during the first month of the next Board of Directors term (elections are at the March general meeting), the current Board is overseeing this event. There are critical positions that must be filled for this show to proceed as planned.  

Overall Show Coordination: We need one or preferably two members to co-chair the overall coordination of the show. You don’t have to do all of the work, just make sure that all of the volunteers are on track. 

- Meet with Carrollwood Cultural Center curator to confirm dates and milestones. 

- Create the teams needed, each with their own lead that reports back to you.

- Determine the show’s title for advertising purposes.

- Set the entry fee for the show and number of pieces per artist (part of the budget process). 

- Submit a budget request to the Board of Directors for approval. Checks will be drafted from the Treasurer once approved.

- Coordinate with each team to insure that they are meeting their milestones and deadlines.

- Report the status back to the Board of Directors. 

- Manage team sign-in sheets to guarantee Active Member status of all participants. 

Past shows' team assignments (each team needs a leader and potentially additional volunteers) covered the following actions:

Judging and Awards Team:

- Arrange for a qualified, non-member judge (honorarium of $100).

- Detemine the awards categories and criteria. Order ribbons and submit cash award recommendations as part of the show’s approved budget. 
- Determine participation levels for planned categories or roll-up into another category. 

- Solicit donations for awards; gift cards, art supplies and/or classes.

- Collect judge’s notes for awards presentations during the reception.

Opening Reception Team: (We do have one volunteer, but we do need 2 or 3 more)

- Reception planning for food, beverage, entertainment and submit anticipated expenses to the Board as part of the overall budget. 

- Arrange for beverage company (CCC recommended vendors).

- Consider donations from local restaurants and suppliers. 

As of this writing, we have enough volunteers for the IntakeOuttake and Installation Teams

If everyone steps up, the amount of work needed from an individual volunteer is small and we'll have another great show for our efforts. Remember, this is your chance to earn your Active Member status for the year. 

If you have a suggestion for the show title please submit your idea. If you've not yet renewed your membership, please bring a check made out to North Tampa Arts League to the next meeting on Thursday, 2/22 at the LEC, 9704 North Boulevard, Tampa FL 33612, from 7pm - 9pm. NTAL Member, Diane Harm will lead a demonstration of colored pencil materials and techniques. If you can't attend the meeting, please send your check to  NTAL, 16057 Tampa Palms Blvd West, #108, Tampa, FL  33647-2001. 

Thanks to you all for volunteering!  

Pat Beebe, acting 2nd VP, Programs and Events

January General Meeting Notes

posted Jan 26, 2018, 5:04 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 3:36 AM ]

Dave welcomed a new member Victoria Forster and guests Claire Benton and Jan Escoban. Thanks went out to: Diane Harm for chairing the Christmas Party and to Pat Beebe for the demonstration at LEC in November. 

Officers’ Report: 

Treasurer: Bank Balance – $2,330.65.   Members – 58. 

Dave Beebe 1VP: Standing in for Fran tonight. Bamboozle show is up and the day for art pick should be clear of events and traffic. 

Pat Beebe 2VP: Volunteers are needed for the Membership Show at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. We will need Show Chairman, award and ribbons committee, sponsors, helpers for intake of art, installation, outtake, and reception. 

Committee Reports: Sally Yoder – Plein Air and Art Challenge: The next Plein location will be Sam’s Beach Club in Hudson. It has a nice water view and restaurant for lunch. Make sure you check Facebook for more information and to RSVP. The next Art Challenged will be announced at next month’s meeting by the last challenge winner Virginia Butler. 

Urgent Reminders: 

Membership Dues are due Jan. 31. Make check out to NTAL and send to NTAL address which can be found on the website.

Bamboozle art pick up is Feb. 10 at 9:30.

The Feb. General meeting is at LEC with a demo by Diane Harm. She will be doing a colored pencil demo. Paper will be provided by LEC. 

Board Election will be in March. The current board positions will end in March and the positions are all open. To continue NTAL we are accepting nominations for board members. Start thinking about your nominations. The 5 potions opened are President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. You must be an active member to qualify for a board position. 

New Chairman’s will begin in April.


Marie Schadt is currently showing at the Miniature Show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. There are 700 masterpieces to view. 

Margret Thomas sold a piece at the Carrollwood Cultural Center Jan Exhibit. 

Paw Pup Portrait Contest at the Pinellas Ale Works, entrees being accepted by March 1. Contact 

Show and Tell and Featured Artist: 

Seven members participated in the Show and Tell program with a 15-min. video by Dave and Pat Beebe on the rare Tufted Coquettes Hummingbirds. Five members participated in the Featured Artist contest. Dave Beebe is the Featured Artists winner.His winning entry is a photograph of Tufted Coquette hummingbirds (video) from Trinidad.  

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