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1st Quarter Featured Artist Selected

posted Feb 3, 2017, 5:18 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 3:38 AM ]

On January 25, 2017 Paula Noblitt, was selected as the North Tampa Arts League Featured Artist for the 1st Quarter of 2017. Paula’s acrylic painting, “Girl, Book, Cat” explores the simple pleasures of reading a good book with a pet by your side. The loosely painted soft background represents the readers’ loss of awareness as she delves into the theme of the book, while her dreamy gaze, looking directly at the viewer, brings her back to reality. The cat facing opposite the book is perhaps enjoying her own dream.  

Paula’s style varies allowing the subject to dictate the process. Some paintings could be described as “quiet” in terms of color and simplicity, while others incorporate bright colors and iridescence. The voice of the painting generally reflects the artist’s mood… and vice versa. Her most recent work explores dreamy, soft and abstract backgrounds sometimes using highly pigmented inks or liquid acrylics. 

Paula Noblitt resides in Temple Terrace and has been interested in art and painting since adolescence. It wasn’t until recently that she has been able to devote time to her painting passion. She is largely self-taught and utilizes books, internet, and continuing education classes for instruction and support. She credits wonderful high school art teachers for providing her with a base for her work. Paula Noblitt can be contacted at Website

Stirling Gallery Reception Photos. And The Winners Are...

posted Oct 15, 2016, 9:42 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 6:42 PM ]

Joan Garcia and David Beebe have shared photos from the reception for the NTAL show "I Did It My Way" at the Stirling Art Studios and Gallery in Dunedin, FL. If you have photos from the event that you would like to share, send it to either Joan or Dave. The show remains on display until October 31. 

NTAL Stirling Gallery Awards 

1st In Show – “Cruising the Channel” by Joan Garcia

All of Joan’s work is equally as stunning. I was particularly drawn to the composition and balance of color in this square format. The light and attention to detail is exquisite. The luminosity of the painting gives a sense of depth and perspective from the viewer. The story unfolding above and below the water is equally as interesting creating a dynamic composition and narrative.

2nd Overall – “Homosassa Sunset” by Hernie Vann

All of Hernie’s paintings are stunning also ! I was particularly taken by this landscape with a great sense of depth and light. The warm glow of the sunset is enveloping and natural. I love the glowing and subtle highlights in the palm trees and grass.

3rd Overall – “Helping Hand” by Monica Leon

A stained glass with so many talented painters, I did not want to overlook the wonderful variety in this mixed media piece. I loved the composition, textures and color choice of this stained glass piece. The detail of the “hand” is like a period that completes the end of a beautifully crafted poem.

1st in category Painting (Oil, Acrylic, Water Color) - “The Gathering” (Wolves) by Virginia Butler

It was extremely difficult to choose the top painting award with so many talented painters in this show. I could have easily given twice as many awards if I had been allowed. This painting captured my attention for it’s beautiful detail, treatment of textures and interesting, unusual composition.

Honorable Mention Painting – “Diner’s Delight” by Lynn Rattray

1st in category Drawing/Pastels – “Berry Fairy” by Joan Garcia

A beautifully executed drawing with lush color and delicate detail.

Honorable Mention Drawing – “Afternoon of a Fawn” by Dore’ Anderson

1st in category Mixed Media/3D/Sculpture – “Silver Streak” by Lloyd Johnson

I love the choice and combination of materials and textures in this piece. A simple composition that reminds me of Pop Art greats like Roy Lichtenstein’s construction and comic strip work.

Honorable Mention Mixed Media/3D/Sculpture – “Ruptured Adolescence” by Carla Wilkins

1st in category Photography – “Mean Bird” by Sandra Vann

The selection in photography is equally stunning as the paintings. “Mean Bird” stood out the most with the tight but dynamic composition. An intimate moment caught with crisp detail. The eye moves throughout the picture with lush texture. It is also framed beautifully.

Honorable Mention Photography – “Turtle Dude” by David Beebe

NTAL Small Works Art Show @ Blick's Grand Opening

posted Aug 28, 2016, 4:06 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 6:40 PM ]

Blick Art Materials hosted and sponsored an NTAL ONLY Small Works Show during their Grand Opening celebrations. Our open media "Small Works" art show was judged by patrons of the store and the winners were announced at our art reception and special August General Meeting on Saturday, August 27. 

The works remain on display through Friday, September 2, 2016. 

Art reception at Blick Art Materials: Pat, Lynn, Jan, Dore, Dave & Joan

First Place: Joan Garcia (first photo below, top left) 

Second Place: Hernie Vann (third photo below, top center) 

Third Place: David Beebe (third photo belowtop left) 

* Check out our MeetUp album of photos of our Small Works exhibit

Survey Says...

posted Oct 24, 2015, 3:24 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 8:41 AM ]

Thanks to those members that completed our first ever NTAL Membership Survey. 

On 11/17, the survey closed with 21 responses. You can review a summary of the responses here

VSAFL Needs Artists

posted Jun 11, 2015, 11:04 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 6:28 AM ]

Dee Miller gave a presentation at our June General Meeting on how our members can become involved with VSAFL. They hire artists around the state to work in school and DJJ residencies, community programs and also do workshops to teach how businesses and organizations can better service their population with disabilities.

You can contact Dee for more information at:

University of South Florida 
4202 E Fowler Ave, EDU 105
Tampa FL 33620


Photos from A Decade of Art Celebration reception

posted Apr 26, 2015, 4:01 PM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Aug 1, 2015, 3:42 AM ]

We had an excellent turnout at the Carrollwood Cultural Center on May 8 for the opening reception of our annual members show. The artwork will remain on display until June 1. 

Best of Show - Monika Leon
First Place - Barbara Kazanis
Second Place - Dorothy Banker
Third Place - Joyce Ebanks
Honorable Mention - Lynn Rattray
Honorable Menton - Kathy Weinberg

Pat Beebe (at the reception)

We've started a photo gallery at Shutterfly to share photos of the event. Anyone with this link can view these photos. To protect our member's art, only NTAL members that are added to the Shutterfly share site as a member can order prints. Either Dave Beebe, Joan Garcia and Carol Northington can add members to this site. No one is allowed  download images or post them to social media. 

You can also read Joyce McKenzie's article about NTAL and our tenth anniversary celebration at

Marie Schadt Exhibits At International Miniature Arts Exhibition

posted Jan 30, 2015, 3:26 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 12:48 PM ]

NTAL member Marie Schadt has four paintings juried into the 40th International Miniature Arts Society of Florida  annual show and this is her third year of being accepted into this juried show.  The show is at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art on the campus of St. Petersburg College on US 19 in Tarpon Springs.  The show opened on January 18th and runs until February 15th.  There are 185 artists from all over the US and abroad in the show and 637 works entered this year.  It's amazing to see the amount of detail in these tiny works of art.  

For more information on the venue and the show, check out the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA) website. You can find directions to the campus, hours of operation and admission here

Special Meeting Thursday, February 12th

posted Jan 29, 2015, 3:29 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 13, 2015, 4:08 AM ]

Please join us for a special General Meeting on February 12, 2015. We've picked a different day and date this month to accommodate the schedule of visiting artist Wil Lala. The Lala family are prolific artists. Wil is a 3D artist who is known for his stone sculptures, lost wax castings and metal tapestries. His wife Susan works primarily in watercolors and they live half of each year at their home on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Their daughter, Lisa Lala Harris is also an artist. He shares his vision and enthusiasm for art via one-man-shows and workshops in Belize and across the U.S. 

Wil will discuss his latest Green Art Project where he encourages what he calls "up-cycling". Wil creates colored "pixels" made from squares cut from aluminum beverage cans and links them together with wire to form room-sized tapestries that move with the slightest breeze and reflect light in amazing ways. 

"It is interesting to note that when he is working in Belize, Lala trades fresh fish he has caught for aluminum cans that the locals collect.  The cans are washed and cut up into small squares he calls pixels.  Holes are punched in each pixel and the pixels are wired together with recycled copper wire.  Hundreds and hundreds of brilliant pixels come together that reach back to the ancient traditions of tapestries and mosaics.  These glittering aluminum fabrics merge the past with the future."

You can watch his latest NYC Show Video Interview but you will want to attend his discussion in-person. If you miss it, you can review his presentation as a PDF hereYou can also read Wil's free, self-published ebook "Where There Is A Wil, There's A Way". Please note that this special day and date replaces our normal 4th Wednesday meeting in February. 

This is also the month to "put your name in the hat" and run for an NTAL board member position. The vote is held at the March General Meeting. 

NTAL Exhibit @ Jimmie B Keel Library

posted Dec 10, 2014, 7:03 AM by North Tampa Arts League   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 8:11 AM by Dave Beebe ]

The Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library located at 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL 33618 completed an expansion project earlier this year. Included in that expansion is an area set aside for displaying art changing monthly. NTAL has been invited to exhibit 25-30 pieces of art for the month of February. We are sending out the first call to those members who have volunteered in some way in helping our organization thrive.


There are no subject or size requirements for this show. If you would like to exhibit one piece of artwork in this exhibit, please forward your name, the title, size, medium and price to Carol Northington at by January 5th. We will send this call out to other members if we do not have enough artwork to fill up the show.

Important Dates

Art Call response - January 5, 2015

Delivery of artwork – January 28, 2015 12-2pm

Reception – February 4, 2015 6-8pm

Art Take-down - February 28, 12-2pm

The Show








The Gallery At Rare Hues

posted Oct 21, 2014, 3:00 AM by North Tampa Arts League   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 12:50 PM by Dave Beebe ]

Member Bob Clark is one of 5 local artists with work on display and for sale in the first curated show at Rare Hues in Carrollwood. The mixed media show will run through the end of January, 2015.

On Friday, October 24, between 6-8pm, the gallery will kick-off the show with a reception. Come support Bob if you can.

Rare Hues is located in the same shopping center as the old Carrollwood Publix at N Dale Mabry and Linebaugh.

10005 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618

Gallery Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

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