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NTAL Downtown Arts Invasion

posted Jan 30, 2017, 6:09 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Apr 8, 2017, 3:11 PM ]

North Tampa Arts League has the unique opportunity to exhibit our members’ artwork at 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 Active Members to exhibit their art that can be hung on the wall.  Attached is the Call to Artists, please read the terms (they are a little different from our other shows), How To Apply and be sure to meet the deadlines. Space and sizes are limited so be sure to get your entry in ASAP. 


Application Deadline:                   February 12, 2017 
Art Drop-off:                                 Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:30 am - 9:00 am 
Opening Reception:                      Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 pm 
Art Pickup:                                    Saturday, April 1, 2017, TBD 

First Members Show For 2017

posted Jan 19, 2017, 2:01 AM by North Tampa Arts League   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 12:37 PM by Dave Beebe ]

The North Tampa Arts League (NTAL) invites the public to experience their first Membership Show of 2017 hosted at the Bug’s Splatter Gallery.  The gallery is located at 5718 6th St., Zephryhills, FL 33542 and its owner, Fran Byers, is also a member artist. 

Please join us at our opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2016. The public will have the opportunity to meet our artists and discuss their work. This show will run through the month of February. 

Twenty-three NTAL Members will display approximately 58 pieces of original art created in a variety of mediums including: oil, acrylic, pastels, sculpture, mixed media and photography.

Over the past dozen years, the mission of NTAL has been to develop and support the arts to make North Tampa a more vibrant art community. It is our objective to work with the community to provide educational opportunities and assist our members to grow as artists through the sharing of ideas, formal classes, and NTAL sponsored art events.

Questions concerning the event can be addressed to Fran Byers at 813-355-4806 or at The gallery is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm. 

Call To Artists - Bug's Splatter Gallery

posted Dec 25, 2016, 3:14 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 12:37 PM ]

Call to Artists for our new show at the Bug's Splatter Gallery in Zephyrhills. Fran Byers, Gallery Owner and NTAL member, has been gracious to open her gallery to NTAL members for the month of February, 2017. This show is open to all members, the cost is $10 for three (3) pieces, maximum size 20"x24" each. Please review the attached documents. 

Bug’s Splatter Gallery
5718 Sixth Street, Zephyrhills, Florida 33542 

  • JANUARY 18, 2017 Application Deadline (extended)
  • JANUARY 28, 2017 Artwork Drop-off at the Gallery
  • FEBRUARY 4, 2017 Opening Reception
  • FEBRUARY 25, 2017 Artwork Pick-up
  • Call to Artists
  • Show Application
  • Indemnity Agreement
Thank you for your participation in our NTAL events,

NTAL Board of Directors
Dave Beebe, Show Coordinator
Jan Roser, 2nd Vice President - Events & Programs

December Monthly Meeting: Holiday Party

posted Nov 27, 2016, 9:07 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 12:36 PM ]

Wednesday, December 7th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Compton Park, 16101 Compton Drive, Tampa 33647 

All members and one guest are invited to the Annual NTAL Christmas Party. NTAL will be providing party trays, tea, coffee & water. You are asked to bring a side item or dessert to share.  (Unfortunately Compton Park no longer allows us to have alcohol on the premises.)

Please RSVP email to:

There will be games and a Gift Exchange; you must bring a gift to get a gift. ($10 maximum, gift may be non-art related. Must be new, not a re-gift, something you would like to have.)

Our Elves are also planning a surprise game called Box Kisses! Come join us to celebrate the season!!!

November 17 General Meeting Minutes

posted Nov 18, 2016, 11:44 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 12:36 PM ]

Welcome: Lynn welcomed our new members Helen Pelican, Donald Evans, Patti Touchtone, Bill Bellgraph, Diane Harm, and Rosa Torremocha. and visitors Sally Yoder, Rose Singleton and Christian Howard. 

Thanks went out to: Paula Noblitt and Joan Supkay for the Featured Artist event. And Dotty Banker for Plein Air Somewhere. 

Congratulations to Hernie Vann for winning the Featured Artist. 

Good News and Happenings: Pat Beebe had 3 works accepted in the Brandon Square Off.

Marie Schadt has work accepted in the Artisans In The Garden show in Tallahassee. 

Joan Garcia’s piece in OPA sold. 

Lynn had an Article in the St. Pete Times covering her Jimmie B. Keel Library show. Also 4 pieces were
accepted for the Randy Higbee Gallery show in Costa Mesa, Calif. 

Officers’ Report:  
Secretary’s Report: Board Minutes for November are available at the NTAL website.
Treasurer’s Report: Membership - 60. Bank Balance - $2,083.42.
1st. VP Report: Changes for Featured Artist procedure will be reviewed in January. One change was
announced. Members who are selected for Featured Artist may not participated in selection for 12
2nd VP Report: NTAL will have a show at Bamboozle in March, and a show at Bug’s Splatter in
February. Volunteer opportunities are available for these events.

Committee Reports: 

Holiday Party: December 7, 6-8 at Compton Park. Bring a dish and beverage of choice. Tea, water and
coffee will be served. No alcohol allowed at Compton Park events. Marie and John will provide
entertaining games.

Announcements: Condolences go out regarding Mary Ellen Bitner. Service will be held Saturday Nov.
19, 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. 

Carly will be doing demos at AOE for their customer appreciation day December 10. 

Blick currently has 60% discounts on custom printing and framing Nov. 25 – 27. 

Art Magazines available for free at LEC. 

Program: Gaston McKenzie Demonstration. He is a world traveled and renown watercolor artist with an
architecture background. He used to live in London now holds Plein Air events and classes locally and at
the Life Enrichment Center. Members participated in a watercolor project using Gaston’s technique. 

4th Quarter 2016 Featured Artist Selected

posted Oct 27, 2016, 3:30 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 12:36 PM ]

As part of our quarterly Show & Tell meetings, member artists can submit one work each for voting for that quarter's Featured Artist. This includes a ribbon and publicity. Congratulations to Hernie Vann! 

We started this process last quarter and Virginia Butler was selected as Featured Artist. As the process was still new, we did not have ribbons yet so Lynn Rattray presented Virginia with her ribbon too. 

October 2016 General Meeting - Show & Tell

posted Oct 27, 2016, 3:17 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 12:35 PM ]

Photos from this meeting have been published to our MeetUp page. 

Welcome: Lynn welcomed our visitors Don Evans, Carrie Horne, Susan Miller, Rosa Torremocha, Bill Bellgraph and Helen Pelikan.

Thanks went out to: 
  • Lloyd, for a well-organized show and reception at the Stirling Gallery. 
  • Awards for the show were supplied by Blick so make sure to visit the store and thank them. 
  • All the reward recipients present were recognized and congratulated.
  • And to Virginia and Margret for bringing snacks. 

Good News and Happenings:
  • The Stirling Show was a great success in establishing  good recognition for NTAL members. It received glowing remarks. 
Officers’ Report:
  • Secretary’s Report:  The Board Minutes are available on the website.
  • Treasurer’s Report:  Bank Balance $2,027.29.    Members 56.  (By the end of the evening 3 guest joined totaling 59 New Members) 
  • 1st VP Report:  The Featured Artist P.R. has been very good.
Committee Reports: 
  • Stirling Gallery Show art pick-up is Monday Oct. 31. Lloyd sent out an e-mail with the times. Make sure art work is picked up from the same location you dropped it off at the times listed.
  • Feature Artist Procedure was explained by F.A. coordinator Paul Noblitt. This is the 4th quarter F.A selection. John Henne will be sending out the P.R. for the winner. We are currently looking for a place to display their work.
  • Holiday Party Update: The room is reserved at Compton Park for Dec. 7. Dotty needs volunteers and will be setting up committees.  
Old Business:  
  • Volunteers still needed for Marketing coordinator and Program coordinator.
  •  Remember that to be eligible to participate in the smaller shows you need to be an active member by volunteering.
  • New Business:
  • Bug Spatter Gallery owner, Fran Byers, has offered NTAL a month long show. The board decided on the Jan. 28th date that was offered. 
  • Terry Smith is currently exhibiting at Bugs Splatter Gallery. 
  • Marie Schadt has 3 miniature pieces accepted in a national show in Washington D.C.
  • Hernie Vann will be in the Art Harvest at Dunedin in Nov. 
  • Lynn Rattray has a show at Jimmie B. Keel Library Nov. – Dec.
  • Joan Garcia volunteered for the 5x5 at Tampa Museum and encourages all to participate next year. Participants were turned away due to a maxed limit so submit early next year.
  • Plein Air Somewhere is in Dade City Oct. 28.
  • 3 new members joined by end of the meeting.  Rosa Torremocha (Restorations),  Bill Bellgraph (oil),  Helen Pelican (oil).
Show and Tell and Featured Artist: 
  • Many participated in Show and Tell. With so many participants, a time limit will need to be kept to 5 minutes. 
  • Hernie Vann was selected Featured Artist for this quarter by tonight’s attendees.
  • Virgina Butler, last quarter’s F.A., was presented with her ribbon.

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

September 23 Plein Aire @ Compton Park

posted Oct 3, 2016, 8:56 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 6:42 PM ]

The NTAL Plein Aire group starts their monthly outing this month. We will be meeting in the beautiful red brick Courtyard overlooking the lake at Compton Park in New Tampa. Bring your painting materials, photography equipment, sketching materials or just come to observe. This is a once a month event usual the fourth Friday or Saturday of the month at various locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

September 28 General Meeting Minutes

posted Oct 1, 2016, 3:30 AM by Dave Beebe   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 6:41 PM ]


Lynn welcomed our visitors Linda Tien and Gaston McKenzie. 

Thanks went out to: 

Carol Northington who was absent, for all she’s done with the Stirling show. 

Lloyd and Jan also for the Stirling Show. 

Jan Roser for accepting the Boards nomination for 2VP. 

To everyone who represented NTAL at Blick’s grand opening demos and the reception. 

To all who volunteer and the Board members for all they do.

To Dave and Margret for storing the items that were stored at LEC that had to be moved out.

Dorothy for planning Plein Air.

Paula Noblitt  for assisting with Featured Artist. 

And for all who brought tonight’s snacks.

Good News and Happenings:

Congratulations to the winners of the Blick Art show. Joan Garcia – 1st place. Hernie Vann – 2nd place, Dave Beebe – 3rd place.

Update on Blick – they will be hosting the Featured Artist exhibit.

Officers’ Report:

Secretary’s Report:  Margret Thomas - The Board minutes were read and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report:  Joan Garcia - Bank balance - $2469.33

1st VP Report: John Henne - Our meeting with Tim Gibbons and Jayne Lisbeth was very informative and will be sending them our P.R. release to be critiqued and distributed.

2nd VP Report:  Carol Northington, Jan Roser - Stirling Show update.  Lloyd Johnson spoke with Lennie Benette, from the Tampa Bay Times,  and sent her the information on the Stirling show. Joan suggested sending her another PR to announce the judge for the Stirling show. John enlisted to send it. Carol will send an e-mail for the art drop off and pick up instructions at Compton Park and Dave’s house.  Committee will be there to install show and lunch will be provided. Volunteer sheet passed for food and beverages for the Stirling Show. It was suggested that the artist wear name tags. Joan will provide the name tags.

Committee Reports: 

Featured Artist – Paula Nobblitt announced the details for the Featured Artist event coming up next month. This is a great opportunity to be promoted.  Selection will be made during the general meeting Show and Tell. Members can bring as many pieces as they want to show and they don’t have to be part of the competition.

Holiday Party Update - Dotty asked for volunteers and a food list was passed around.

New Business:

Tim Gibbons and Jayne  Lisbeth were invited to the board meeting to discuss exhibiting at the Bamboozle Café.  The Board decided it is a good opportunity for NTAL members and will look into exhibiting in March.  More information will be available later. 


Art Work for the Blick Small Works Show has all been picked up.

Visionaries show at Carrollwood Community Center, an exhibit for artists or organizations that have contributed to their communities.  Individuals are responsible for their submissions but can list NTAL as their organization. Deadline is in two weeks.

Volunteer coordinators needed:
Marketing – Computer skills needed
Programs – a hands on program is needed for Nov 17

Gaston teaches Watercolors and Plein Air at LEC and will be leading a weekly Urban Sketching session. 

Barb Craig was accepted in the Gadsden Art Center show in Quincy FL.

Dotty and Virginia, David and Pat will be participating in the upcoming Pinellas Ale Works Show.

Next Plein Air for Oct. will be in Dade City. Check NTAL website for photos.

Joan Garcia won 2nd place in the Hispanic Heritage Show. She gave an announcement for Blick’s prints. They are available for a good price and quality.

Break taken for Rummage Sale.

Member Input:

Suggestions were asked for future programs. 

1. Museum Trips – a lot interested.  2. Fine Art America presentation – a lot interested.  3. Art Professor Critique – a positive response.  3. Blick Printing Representative - a lot interested.  4. Gaston’s Demo.  5. Photographing Your Work – a lot interested.

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