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Winter Open for art group

By Staff | Jan 1, 2020

Fort Myers Beach Art Association publicity director Pam Flaherty looks at mini masters made by Elaine Curry which will be on sale at the Winter Open which begins with an open house on Jan. 9 and a full opening on Jan. 13 at the gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard. The show will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. NATHAN MAYBERG

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association has three big seasonal shows each year and one of the biggest is on the way. The open house for the Fort Myers Beach Art Association’s Winter Open will take place Jan. 9 at the gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard.

The Jan. 9 show will be a preview of the show which technically doesn’t begin until Jan. 13. The Jan. 9 exhibits will have hundreds of the popular “mini masters” which are 8×10’s that go for $10 without the wooden frames of the larger works. There will be other larger works of art which feature a “fresh, never-before seen crop,” the association’s publicity director Pam Flaherty said.

“Open house is a lot of fun because we have a lot of demonstrations,” she said. The demonstrations will include artists working in watercolors, alcohol ink, collage, pastels, oil paintings, acrylics, and water soluble graphite. The show will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jan. 9 will also feature an art bazaar outside the association’s garden. In addition to three-dimensional art, there will be earrings, cards and jewelry for sale.

The Winter Open is one of the group’s most anticipated exhibits of the year, followed by its spring and fall shows. The show attracts a lot entries because it is open to anybody who wants to enter. “This is the most competitive show we have,” Flaherty said. The entry fees are $30 for non-members and $20 for members with a top prize of $300. “It attracts a lot of artists,” Flaherty said. She expects 120 paintings to be shown.

This is a juried show so not all works will be accepted. Two-dimensional paintings including drawings, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pastel, collage, hand pulled prints, serigraphs, woodcuts, and batik will be allowed to be shown. There will be nine awards given out in total. The winners won’t be announced until Jan. 19 to allow the public to view the works in an unbiased manner.

On Jan. 19, there will also be a gallery talk by artist and professor Francesco Gillia titled “Perception of Beauty.” There will also be appetizers and beverages and a chance to meet the artists that day.

The Winter Open ends Feb. 6.