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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.  

Plein Are Somewhere - First Quarter 2018 Schedule

posted Dec 8, 2017, 8:59 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 4:30 AM ]

First Fridays, 10:00 am. Plan to stay for lunch at 12:30 and “ooh ahh” critique time.
For safety reasons, RSVP to our North Tampa Plein Air Facebook page, or SallyYoder (941-716-5943) or Dotty Banker (813-765-1785) directly, texts ok.

January 5 – Zephyr Park 4039 4th Street, Zephyrhills. Parking and restrooms, park setting, kid’s waterpark, fountain, lake. We’ll eat at Creative Souls Café, 38426 5th Ave., Zephyrhills at 12:45.

February 2- Sam’s Beach Bar 6325 Clark St., Hudson. Plenty of parking, bathrooms, water vistas, architecture, people eating. We’ll eat here, too!

March 2 - Hillsborough River State Park 15402 US-301, Thonotosassa. Suggest carpool: $6 per vehicle (up to 6 people). Parking area 3 has a path to wide steps overlooking river. Parking area 4 also has river access, and a café, where we will meet for lunch at 12:30.

April 6 - Crossroads Sawmill & Lumber 18541 FL-52, Land O’Lakes. Cracker shacks abound! Don’t know about bathrooms yet, but there ARE lots of trees around… May have to lunch back in San Antonio.

It would be most helpful if everyone interested joined our North Tampa Plein Air Facebook group for updates and changes.

November General Meeting Notes

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:27 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 7:36 AM ]

We started our meeting with 2 reminders: the deadline to sign-up and pay for our Holiday Party is December 6 and the deadline to sign-up and pay for our January, 2018 art show at Bamboozle Cafe is December 16!

Pat Beebe led an acrylic pouring workshop at the North Tampa Arts League's meeting held at the Life Enrichment Center last night. The LEC hosts NTAL's demos and workshops 4 times per year during the 2nd month of each quarter.

To recap, start with a small paper cup for each color. Add a small amount of Floetrol to each cup (make sure it is well shaken first). Add acrylic paint to color the Floetrol (approximately 1 part paint to 4 parts Floetrol) and rubbing alcohol to thin the mixture to a watery consistency. Add 3 drops of silicon to each small cup. The silicon creates the cells but don't get carried away. Too much silicon prevents cells from forming.

For this workshop, we cut off the bottom from an empty water bottle and placed it on top of our canvas. Alternate pouring each color onto the bottle bottom. Its shape channels the paint into a flower-like shape. You can use a wood stick to help push the paint out of the channels. Finally use a flat surface to gently scrape the paint towards the edges of the channel.

A second technique we tried is called a dirty pour. In this case, you layer each color into a new cup. Place the canvas on top of the cup and invert it. Gently lift the cup to start the paint flowing and mixing across the canvas.


More photos from this event can be found at Meetup

2017 Holiday Party

posted Nov 11, 2017, 4:33 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Nov 11, 2017, 4:44 AM ]

North Tampa Art League Holiday Party

December 13, 2017, 6pm - 9pm

¡CUATRO Restaurant & Bar @ TPC Tampa Bay golf course
5300 W Lutz Lake Fern Rd,Lutz, FL 33558, (813) 949-1486

Thanks to Diane Harm for coordinating our 2017 end of year holiday celebration. Each member can bring one guest. Here is the set menu (most allergies can be accommodated):

Artisan bread & butter at each table

First Course - House Salad with field greens, cherry tomatoes, grilled corn, red onion, feta cheese. Choice of Ranch or Lemon Vinaigrette

Entree (pre-ordered choice on reservation form)

  • Balsamic Pork Tenderloin (GF), creamed green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes
  • Grilled Rosemary Chicken, balsamic red potatoes, grilled asparagus
  • 8oz Hanger Steak, horseradish mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, garlic-lemon aioli
  • Vegetable Lasagna (V), San Marzano tomatoes, roasted squash, leeks, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil

Desert - cookie platter at each table

Iced tea & water, coffee on request

Enclose your check for $30* per person ($23.99 plus tax and tip) made payable to Cuatro and the competed reservation form by December 6, 2017 to:

Diane Harm

13626 Greenfield Dr. Apt 501

Tampa, FL 33618

937 239-4002

*Cash Bar or $10 corkage charge for bringing your own wine.

October General Meeting Notes

posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:31 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 4:34 PM ]


Fran opened the meeting welcoming the new members, Victoria Foster and Gina Cunningham. 

Committee Reports: 

Pat Beebe, Toast Of Tampa Chairman – The exhibit / art sale is Nov. 4th at the USF Music Concert Hall lobby, 3755 USF Holly Dr. The art call went out and 6 participants have signed up. There’s room for more but it’s limited.

Bamboozle – Pat Beebe is the contact for this event. This is for all paid NTAL members. Art call is going out. Space is limited to 30 pieces no larger than 16”x 20”. Installation is Jan 13. There will be lots of activities going on downtown during this month. No commission will be charged for art sold, NTAL has paid the venue fee.

Diane Harm, Christmas Party Chairman – The dinner will be at Quatro, in the Tournament Players Club on Dec. 13, 6 – 9. The price for the dinner is $30.  There will be 2 choices of entrees and a vegetarian dish. They will also accommodate allergies. A bar is available for drinks or bring your own wine ($10 corkage fee). There will be music, a television and an available microphone. Decorations can be put up. This is a sit-down dinner not a buffet. The round tables accommodate 6 – 8 seats. The e-mail will go out as soon as the meal choices are available.

Sally Yoder, Plein Air Chairman – The next outing is a Quick Draw and Potluck at Sally’s House from 4 – 8. 


Dotty Banker sold one of her paintings that was exhibited at Hidden Springs. 

Paula Noblitt sold a small 8x10.

Fran Byers’ Toast of Tampa Choir competed in Las Vegas and took 4th place in world.

Joan Garcia has a painting in the Lightening Celebration of the Arts at Amelia Arena.


Show and Tell and Featured Artist – Paula Noblitt Chairman.  12 members participated in the Show and Tell. 10 members entered to be voted for the Featured Artist. The F.A. winner is Fran Byers. Congrats!

Our Nov. Program will be at the LEC. Pat Beebe will demo acrylic pouring. Participation is encouraged so bring an apron.

Celebrating A New Year Of Art At Bamboozle Café

posted Oct 24, 2017, 2:53 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 7:57 AM ]

North Tampa Arts League is returning to the Bamboozle Café in downtown Tampa at 516 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602. A well-known Tampa Restaurant specializing in fresh, healthy Southeast Asian Food, Bamboozle has extensive exposure to the art buying public.  

This opportunity is open to all paid NTAL Members to exhibit art suitable for all audiences that can be hung on the wall.  As this is a 2018 show, don't forget to renew your membership if needed when applying. 

Attached is the Call to Artists, please read the terms (they are a little different from our other shows),  follow the How To Apply instructions and be sure to meet the deadlines. Space is limited so be sure to get your entry in ASAP.  


Paid Application Deadline:           Saturday, December 16, 2017 
Art Drop-off:                                 Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9:30am 
Opening Reception:                      Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 pm 
Art Pickup:                                    Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:30am

This show coincides with lots of downtown activities. The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has a busy performance schedule. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is on January 27 and the 2018 NHL All Star Game is on January 28. 

Artwork Criteria
Completed artwork must be suitable for all audiences
The exhibit will adhere to collection standards
No work with live  animal or plant life
No electricity (except battery)
No water (unless self contained)
No hazardous materials will be accepted
No nudity in paintings or photographs unless tasteful and approved by Lynn Pham, cafe owner
No drilling into walls, no nails into walls other than on nail strips on wall

Display Criteria
Funky As A Monkey Art Studio will install and remove exhibit
Artwork must be ready for hanging prior to show opening
Artwork must not exceed 25 pounds, unless previously approved by Bamboozle Cafe
Bamboozle Cafe is not responsible for any damage to art pieces or any personal injury incurred during the process of setting up for the event
Artists can leave their artist statement and business cards

Fees and Commissions:
$20 fee per artist for two (2) smaller 16"x20" pieces or one (1) larger 40"x40" piece.
We strongly encourage all participating artists to attend show opening event and provide publicity through their mailing lists and social media
Press releases, promotional materials conducted by Funky As A Monkey and provided to NTAL for their promotion and marketing
No commission is charged for any art sold. NTAL has paid the rental for the entire Bamboozle Cafe Gallery

Art Sale with Toast of Tampa November 4

posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:37 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 2:31 PM ]

NTAL President Fran Byers is not just a talented painter; she is also a member of the Toast of Tampa show chorus  On Saturday, November 4, 2017, there are 2 concert performances at the USF Music Concert Hall with guest performers Voctave. The shows are at 3pm and 7pm (download the show poster here). Fran has tickets available to the shows: General seating is $25, Patron seating is $40. 

Fran has arranged for NTAL artists to show and sell their artwork down the hall from the music hall before each show and during the intermissions. Both 2D and 3D family friendly art is welcome. There is no cost to the artists participating but there are certain responsibilities outlined below and in the Artist Call sent to the general membership on October 5. Here are the details...

  • The USF Music Concert Hall (MUS 176) is located at 3755 USF Holly Dr on the Tampa Campus. 
  • There is no show fee or commission. 
  • Parking for the event TBD. Typically parking is free during performances but please be familiar with the USF parking policy as there may be a cost. Parking lots are along the sides of and across the street from the Concert Hall. 
  • We have been assigned the large south entrance atrium for our art sale. 
  • Show date is Saturday, November 4, 2017.
  • Artists must arrive to set up their table and artwork at 1pm. Late arrivals cannot setup after 2pm as we cannot interfere with the arrival of the audience. 
  • Artists or their assigned representatives must stay with their artwork for the duration. If you don't want to make this an all day commitment, consider working out a shift schedule with your team. You cannot remove your art or displays until the end of the show. 
  • At the end of intermission of the second show (somewhere around 8:30-8:45pm), Artists are required to break down their displays and leave the music hall before the end of the concert. We must be clear of the facility before the end of the second show. We can use the same front curbside temporary parking out front. 
  • Temporary parking curbside is available for the convenient transfer for your art and gear.
  • You must provide your own table and displays. There are some chairs but you should pack that too just in case they are reallocated by USF. Plan for a display space of 8', which can be one large or a couple of smaller tables. 
  • There is ample light in the area so additional lights will not be needed. 
  • Multiple artists can share a table. In fact, this is encouraged, as it will allow more NTAL artists to participate. 
  • Both 2D and 3D family friendly art is welcome.
  • Small items will likely sell better but feel free to bring some larger samples too. 
  • Displays cannot impede the safe flow of foot traffic in the atrium. Nothing can be hung on walls. Easels must not be a tripping hazard. 
  • Artists will not be allowed into the concert hall without paid admission. 
  • If you don't yet have the ability to accept credit card payments, consider signing up with a service such as  Square. You will need a smart phone with a cellular data connection to do this. 
  • Notify with the following information for overall space planning (copy and paste the blue text into your email): 
    • Member name:  
    • Member mobile phone number: 
    • For each table, provide the size (total length limited to 8’):
    • Required footprint of any free-standing wall panels you want to bring: 
    • Number of floor-standing easels: 
    • Additional Member names sharing your space and their phone numbers: 
  • Incomplete submissions will not hold a space but you will have a chance to send an update. 
  • Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • A waiting list will be kept in case a registered artist has to withdraw. 
Getting the word out:
  • An advertisement in the show brochure will alert concertgoers of our sale. 
  • Signage in the main atrium and down the hall to the south entrance will direct patrons to our sale area. 
  • As this sale is in conjunction with the concert for ticket holders only, we will not advertise it separately. 
Fran Byers, Dave Beebe and Pat Beebe scoped out the facility so you can have an idea of how things will work on the day of...

Drop-off artwork along the curb by the ticket window and main entrance. We will use the doors south of there.

These doors lead directly into the south atrium where we will set-up at 1pm.

This view is inside the south atrium facing back to the doors we will use for delivery. The main hallway is behind the stairwell and to the right. Restrooms are out-of-frame to the right.

This is the view by the stairwell looking to the entrance doors opposite where we will deliver our art. 

To the right of the south doors is an elevator. 
From the main entrance next to the ticket office, turn left and this hallway leads to the southern atrium. 

There are another set of restrooms part way down this hallway from the main atrium. 

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