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July Meeting Minutes

posted Aug 23, 2018, 3:42 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 6:01 PM by North Tampa Arts League ]

Welcome:  Joan Garcia welcomed all to the meeting in Diane’s absence.  Joan welcomed new members Carri-Ann, Julie and Mike Gibson, and guest Bhala.

We had an introduction from each of our members, and news of each of their art sales, shows, etc.

Officers’ Report: 

Treasurer:  Bank Balance - $2,253.98.  Members:  41. 

Old Business:

The underwater scene composed of several small paintings, painted by our NTAL members will be on display at the Pasco Library. 

The winner of last month’s art challenge, Alan Metzger will announce the next challenge at the August general meeting.

General Business:

Our August 23rd general meeting will be held at LEC, with Joose Hadley demonstrating Framing & Presenting Your Art.

Our November meeting will be held the Thursday after Thanksgiving at LEC.  The theme will be “Painting and Wine”.   Alan Metzger agreed to lead a painting class, subject of his choice, and everyone will paint along while enjoying wine, and food.

Volunteer Activities: 

We have positions available on the Board:  VP of Marketing – Handles our newsletter, social media and publicity.  VP of Events – organizes committees for our art shows and events.

December Holiday party Chairman – Plan this year’s pot luck event at Compton Park.

The club needs more opportunities to show art – each member was asked to come up with some ideas, restaurants, banks, frame shops -

Dotty Banker volunteered to be Chairman for this year’s Holiday Party.  Discussion followed about not being allowed wine at Compton Park for the party.  John Henne will check and see if this is now a possibility.  The group discussed LEC as an option to have the Christmas party as well.

John Henne suggested having a rummage sale at one our meetings, possibly the September general meeting. 

Show and Tell and Featured Artist:

Several members participated in the Show and Tell and Featured Artist Program.  Marie Schadt is the featured artist winner.

And the Artistic Visions winners are

posted Apr 8, 2018, 7:28 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Dec 9, 2018, 4:23 AM ]

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." 

January General Meeting Notes

posted Jan 26, 2018, 5:04 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Dec 9, 2018, 4:20 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.  

2017 Holiday Party

posted Nov 11, 2017, 4:33 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

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 Mar 29, 2018, 2:23 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 Mar 29, 2018, 2:23 PM ]

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

September Art Challenge Winners

posted Sep 28, 2017, 12:53 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 2:21 PM ]

This quarter's art challenge topic was "Wine". And the winners were: 

Virginia Butler, Sally Yoder and Libby Sheridan. Congratulations! You can find all the event photos at Meetup

Expressions show @ Jimmie B Keel Library

posted Sep 26, 2017, 4:37 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 2:21 PM ]

A virtual walk down the hallway to the various meeting rooms. The show remains on display through October 27. 

August General Meeting Notes

posted Aug 30, 2017, 11:53 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 2:20 PM ]

Welcome: 2nd VP - Events, Dore’ Anderson called the meeting to order and welcomed our visitor Libby Sheridan. 

Committee Reports

Jimmie B Keel Show – We have 50 entries and 15 artists participating. No information on the reception yet. Dotty requested $50 for the reception. 

Christmas Party: The menu includes chicken, fish and beef for $35. There is no fee for the room.  

Old Business:  September 5 – Art delivery for JB Keel, 10 – 12.
                          September 7 – JB Keel Reception, 6 – 8.
                          October 28 -  Art pick-up, 10 - 12


Community Open Portrait Drawing – 31/2 hour sessions with a live model every other Thursday at the New River Library, 34043 FL-54 Wesley Chapel. Next one is Thursday Aug 31, 1 – 3:30. Bring your own supplies and there is a model fee which is divided amongst participants so the more the less. 

Art Challenge!!! The subject for next months is “Wine”. 

Program: Egg Tempera demonstration by Gainor Roberts. For more information on her classes go to

3rd Quarter 2017 Featured Artist Selected

posted Jul 30, 2017, 4:46 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 2:20 PM ]

On July 26, 2017 Virginia Butler was selected as the North Tampa Arts League Featured Artist for the 3rd Quarter of 2017. Virginia has a passion for wildlife, landscapes, and still life. She paints realistic animal portraits from photos of my clients pets. Her winning entry is a portrait of "Odie", Virginia's sister's white boxer.  "My inspiration for this painting was his sagging face, eyes and all of his wrinkles!" 

Virginia adds "I acquired my painting skills by attending a few art classes, but mostly I learned on my own by reading books, magazines, and visiting art museums. I'm a detailed person; I love to paint each hair or feather and make each painting look real. I paint subjects that I have a passion for and try to portray these feelings in each of my paintings."

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