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Annual Member's Show Judging

posted Jun 10, 2017, 2:05 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 2:07 PM ]

Due to a lower than usual turnout of artists entering the show and a significant reduction in sponsor provided prizes, this year's show had to move every entry into a single, combined category. We brought in Sue Downes Allen to judge the show. Here is what she had to say about it:

"Thank you for the opportunity to judge this excellent exhibit.  I wish I had more awards to give.
Beyond an artists handling of their chosen medium, my criteria was composition, and overall effect in addition to how well each artist achieved their intent."

Best In Show:   award $75.00  & AOE $25.00 Gift Certificate
Roland Descombes       for           “Cypress Roots I”

This excellent, well composed, drawing is strong enough to catch my eye from across the room.
Close-up I enjoyed the artist’s skill and finesse with detail.  The award is won by presenting a beautifully complete work of art.

First Place:   award $50.00
Dave Beebe                for                “Habana Past Tense”   

Photography should catch an interesting moment in an original way.  Technical aspects are a given and other aspects of creativity dominate. Here the photographer achieves that as he leads us on a path of discovery with bold color and content.  

Second Place:  award $25.00
Gainor Roberts      for              “Somewhere The Sun Is Shining”

I love the title of this painting, which tells a story, while effectively using light and varying de-grees of dark for it’s powerful impact.

Third Place:   award $20.00 
Carol Flagg                for              “Orchids and Pears”

This perfect composition, beautifully painted, draws me in with the pear in the foreground and then sends my eye searching for other yellows, contrasted by a balance of purples and greens.

Honorable Mention:      
Ruth Nienhaus           for            “Spanish Flowers”

In this watercolor painting of white flowers, color and just enough darks are splashed into a beautiful composition which allows the whites to sing.

Honorable Mention:  
Diane Harm       for             “Fall Feast”

This simple but well rendered painting of corn plants and birds is elevated to award status by effective use of negative space and beautiful lights and darks.  Stand back and feel the space and design.

People’s Choice:
Virginia Butler          for            “Dos Burritos’”

This was a new category for 2017 and votes were accepted by those in attendance. There were 12 artists that received votes and each artist received exactly 2. With a 12-way tie, the award was decided by drawing (as in a random selection, not a sketch). 

See more photos at our Friends of NTAL Meetup site and  play a slideshow.

NTAL Members Show Reception Friday, June 9th, 6-8pm

posted Jun 1, 2017, 12:54 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 5:21 AM ]

Our 2017 Annual Members Show kicked off with the opening reception on Friday, June 9 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, 
Tampa, FL 33618.

Our Master of Ceremonies was Dore' Anderson, 2nd VP - Events & Programs. Dore' and a team of volunteers coordinated this year's show. 

For those unable to attend, David Beebe, 1st VP - Marketing, photographed the event. 

See more photos at our Friends of NTAL Meetup site and  play a slideshow.

May General Meeting Notes

posted May 28, 2017, 3:40 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated May 28, 2017, 3:42 PM ]

: Our guests tonight were Rose Singleton and Taylor Ikin. 

Officers’ Report: Treasurer; Bank Balance - $2357.71.  Members – 51. 

2nd VP: Membership Show at Carrollwood Cultural Center – We have 22 artists with a total of 70 entrees showing. Our show is May 30 – June 28. Drop off is Tuesday the 30th instead of Monday, 12 – 3 p.m. Installation of the show will begin at 3:00. Reception is June 9th, 5 – 8p.m. Marie passed a sign-up sheet for reception food. All participants are asked to bring finger food only. Pick-up of work will be June 29th, 9 – noon. 

Good News and Happenings: Show at Jimmie B. Keel Library: Our show is scheduled for January 2018. They also need individual artists for a Feb. / Mar. exhibit, “Celebration of Women”. Contact Jennifer Hodges at for application.  

Show at Bamboozle is Feb. 2018. Individual artists are also needed there for a Halloween themed show Oct. 14 – Nov. 18 with 20% commission. Contact Tim Gibbons at 

The Quarterly Art Challenge: is coming up June 28th at our General Meeting at Compton Park. 

Committee Reports: Plein Air is hoping to move inside for the summer and work on life models.  

Art Challenge was announced by last quarters winner Sally Yoder. The next one for June is “Birds Eye View”.

Old Business:  Volunteers are needed to bring food to the Carrollwood Cultural Center show, Christmas party, upcoming shows and other jobs. Please participate and sign up.

Announcements: Joan Garcia sold 2 paintings at Fine Art America. 

Program: A Demonstration by Taylor Ikin. She demonstrated painting on Yupo paper with watercolors. Members were able to experiment with the material. Thank you Taylor for the demo.. 

April General Meeting Notes

posted May 28, 2017, 3:37 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated May 28, 2017, 3:41 PM ]

: Fran welcomed all the members and guest, Judy Bales a print maker and Larry Greene an acrylic painter. Thanks, went out for bringing snacks. 

Officers’ Report:  Secretary’s minutes for the General meeting are available on the NTAL web site. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Bank Balance -  $2425.17      Members – 49 

1st VP Dave Beebe and 2nd VP Dore’ were not present. 

Committee Reports: Membership Show at Carrollwood Cultural Center: Call to Artist has gone out to members. The dates for the show run from May 29 for delivery to June 29th for pick up. Reception is June 9th.  $30 application fee for up to 4 entries. There will be prizes for awards and a people’s choice award. 

Good News and Happenings: Plein Air: The next meeting will be in Dade City at the Pioneer Museum. Bring a lunch. All are welcome. This Friday they will meet at Peter Knight airport in Davis Island. Information is available on the facebook page, North Tampa Plein Air Painters. 

Art Challenge will be announced at the May General meeting at LEC. 

Next General Meeting – May 25 at the Life Enrichment Center.  

Christmas Party will be at Compton Park, Dec. 20th. A signup sheet for volunteer opportunities was pass around to help with the membership show, Christmas Party and other duties. 

Jimmie B Keel is interested in a Show. No date yet but shows will start in July.

New Business: Vote to amend the by-laws of 1st VP duties needs to be done by membership vote. Duties added are to coordinate all social media content including NTAL website, Meetup, Facebook, Fine Art America Group and help maintain the NTAL board email contact list. Lynn Rattray made a motion to amend the by-laws of 1st VP duties. Dotty Banker second the motion. All in favor. The by-laws will be amended.  

Announcements: Barbara Craig is exhibiting with the Artist Guild at the Gadsden Art Center in Quincy FL. ( Diane Harn is showing with the CPSA Florida Chapter 113 at the Gainesville “Fine Art Center, “It’s Color Pencil 2017”, April 21 – May 19. Margret Thomas and Dore’ Anderson sold their artwork at the Bamboozle show. 

Joan Garcia’s dog Trusty, the S.E Guide Dog Super Hero’s project, will be revealed at Curtis Hixon on the 4th Friday of the month, along with 7 other artist and their dogs. Lynn Rattray is showing at Gallery at 14 Days in Ybor City.

Program - Show and Tell and Featured Artist: 12 Artist participated in the Show and Tell. The Featured Artist winner is Terry Smith for his watercolor painting. Congrats.

2nd Quarter Featured Artist Selected

posted May 9, 2017, 3:40 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated May 9, 2017, 3:44 AM ]

On April 26, 2017 Terry Smith was selected as the North Tampa Art League Featured Artist for the 2nd Quarter of 2017.  Terry’s watercolor painting, “Swamp Lilies”  depicts Florida native  plants. Terry is a member of the Florida Native Plant Society and native plants such as swamp lilies and resurrection ferns are a few of his favorite subjects to paint.

Terry Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia.  As a young boy he spent many hours roaming the woods along the rivers and creeks of North and Central Georgia.  “From these experiences I developed a desire to place on canvas what I had seen and experienced in the outdoors,” says Terry.  After moving to Florida he was able to explore swamps, wetlands and view birds and animals that were new to him.

Terry started painting in 1977 and has been a full time artist since 1999.  He paints what he knows best...outdoors and wildlife.  One of his favorite things to do is to go into nearby swamps and wetlands; there the textures and odors can be experienced firsthand.   He loves to observe the light as it picks its way through the foliage; such sights and scenes inspire him when painting on location.   

Terry has painted for corporations, banks, and conservation groups.  He is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the Miniature Art Society of Florida, and paints with Plein Air groups in his area. Terry Smith can be contacted at Website

By-Laws Amendment Vote At 4/26/17 General Meeting

posted Apr 19, 2017, 6:58 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 7:06 AM ]

At this month’s meeting we will also be voting to amend the NTAL By-Laws to define the duties for the 1st Vice President. Please be sure to attend this important meeting, give your proxy to an attending member or email your vote to  
ARTICLE V – Titles and Duties of Officers and Directors 
Section 2. The 1st Vice-President shall be vested with all powers and be responsible for social media, publicity and public relations. 

March General Meeting Notes

posted Mar 24, 2017, 2:00 PM by Dave Beebe

Welcome: Joan Garcia, standing in for Lynn, welcomed new / old member Joanmarie Hofmann. 

Thanks went out to: All who sent good wishes and cards to John Henne. And for the snacks.

Committee Reports: 

  • Bamboozle show art work needs to be picked up Saturday, April 1st at 9 a.m.
  • The Membership show is in June. The title for the show is “Artists: The Soul of the Community”.
  • Dore’ Anderson has volunteered to chair the membership show committee and will be signing up volunteers to help.
  • April meeting is the Show & Tell and selecting Featured Artist.

The board decided that John Henne will remain a member in perpetuity. 
Marie Schadt won 1st and 2nd   place at the Strawberry Festival.

The floor was open for nominations. Nominees from the floor must be active members.
  • Treasurer – No nominations were announced from the floor. The position is still open.
  • Secretary – Margret Thomas was nominated to a second year. Gary Bartlett second the nomination. All in favor. The position is closed.
  • 2nd Vice President – Sally nominated Dore’ Anderson. Dore’ accepted. Dotti Banker second the nomination. All in favor. The position is closed.
  • 1st Vice President – Dave Beebe was nominated. Marie Schadt second the nomination. All in favor. The position is closed.
  • President – Fran Byers was nominated. Sally Yoder second. All in favor. The position is closed.
  • Ex- Officio – Past President Lynn Rattray continues on the board as Ex-officio.
No further nominations from the floor. All run unopposed and in favor.

Congratulations! These new members of our board will take office April 1st.

Program: Art Challenge – Black & White + 1 
Sally Yoder introduced and explained the procedures. Twelve artist participated in the challenge. Prizes were awarded to the 3 winners.
  • 1st – Sally Yoder – oil painting
  • 2nd – Margret Thomas – oil painting
  • 3rd – Dave Beebe – photography

Members present were asked for feedback of this activity and whether to continue. All agreed it was fun and a learning experience. The 30 days is sufficient time to work on the challenge. Time was allotted for all participating artists to discuss their work. Interest in continuing 3 times a year (3rd month of each quarter except the 4t quarter). The next challenge presentation will be in June. The challenge announcement will be given at the May meeting. 

Thanks to all for participated.

February General Meeting Notes

posted Feb 24, 2017, 3:38 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 3:47 AM ]

On the 2nd month of each quarter, the North Tampa Arts League meets at the Life Enrichment Center for a workshop This month Pat Beebe demonstrated her techniques for working with Pebeo Fantasy paints: Moon, Prisme and Vitrail. She painted an underwater scene in 1 hour that demonstrated how these self-manipulating paints work together to create interesting textures.

Pat Beebe demonstrates Pebeo Fantasy paints

Here is the underwater scene after the 1 hour demo. It will need to dry overnight before the finishing touches can be added. It will then need to dry horizontally for a couple of weeks before it can be displayed vertically. 

The underwater scene after the 1 hour demo.

Welcome: Lynn welcomed our new member Maribelle and quest Pen Pennington.

Thanks went out to: Fran Byers from Bug’s Splatter for a show well done,  for all who brought snacks, and to all the officers for all their support.

Officers’ Report: 

Treasurer Joan Garcia:  Bank Balance - $2665.00     Members – 45

2ndVP Jan Roser:  Bamboozle Drop-off has changed to Friday 3rd at 9 a.m. due to the Gasparilla Art Festival opening on Saturday. 

The Member Show at Carrollwood Cultural Center is June. Art drop-off is May 30th. Volunteers needed. Sign up with Jan.

Committee Reports: Field Trip to the Dali Museum with LEC Friday, March 24, 9:30. Admission is $21 ($19 seniors) Payment required by March 17.  Contact LEC for details and payment. 

Sally Yoder is coordinating Quarterly Art Challenge. She announced the challenge theme for this month,  Black & White + 1. The Challenge will be held at the March 22 meeting. All members can participate. 

Old Business:  Officer positions still open for nomination. 

Announcements: Congrats to Dotty Banker for 1st place winner and Virginia Butler for 2nd place winner at the Florida State Fair.  

Marie Schadt sold a miniature piece at the Minature Show. 

Joan has a sponsor and is receiving her dog statue to paint  for the Super Hero Dog.

Gaston McKenzie is showing at the Urban Deli bar in St. Pete.

Bug's Splatter Gallery Artist Application Process

posted Feb 8, 2017, 4:59 AM by Dave Beebe

As you know, NTAL member Fran Byers owns Bug's Splatter Gallery in Zephyrhills. In addition to hosting our first show of 2017, Fran has a juried process in place if you would like to be considered as a Bug's Splatter artist. 

Fran has 4 primary and 1 alternate juror. You must complete the Art Submission Form and submit images of 3 works in the same medium. The jurors will make a decision based on the following criteria:
  • Technical skill
  • Design/composition
  • Marketability
  • Originality/creativity.  
  • They do not give a critique

January General Meeting Notes

posted Feb 7, 2017, 12:34 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 12:35 PM ]

Lynn welcomed our new members; Sally Yoder,  Maribelle Yarmirez, Patty Touchton, and Diane Harn. And our visitors;  Mike King, James Murphy, Nancy Kirkpatrick, Tom Myers (who joined at the end of the meeting). 

Thanks went out to all who brought snacks, the holiday committee, and all who help with the Bug’s Splatter show. 

Good News and Happenings: Marie Schadt will be showing with the Minature Show at the Leepa Rattner Museum. Virginia Butler is working on a project with service dogs, Pat Beebe will be showing at the Brandon Square show,  Gaston McKenzie just finished ‘Living the Art Festival’ show in Jamaica. Fran, owner of Bug’s Splatter, sold the boat panel painting. 

Officers’ Report: Treasurer reported a balance of $1949.77  and  65 members. Dues are due Jan. 31. 

Committee Reports: Bug’s Splatter show art drop off is Saturday 28, from 10 - 3. Make sure labels are on the back of each piece. Bamboozle show is coming up next in March.  Active members will get a ‘call for artist’. 

Announcements: Please keep John Henne in your prayers. Eileen is waiting for a diagnosis. At the moment he is not allowed any visitors, but cards can be sent to the following address:  15807 Serenity Circle, Tampa, FL. 33647. 

Nominations for 2017 officers are being accepted. E-mail nominations to our site.  Active members only can hold positions on the board.  Nominations were made for Jan Roser for 2VP, Margret Thomas for Secretary, and Joan Garcia for Treasurer.  Positions still open for President and 1VP.  Lynn will be available as Ex- officio to help with incoming president. The slate will be sent to members prior to the March meeting.

Show and Tell and Featured Artist:  This was one of the largest attended meetings with 30 people.
Congratulations to Paula Noblitt for winning the Featured Artist.

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