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Art Association open house promises to be divine

By Staff | Jan 8, 2020

The Fort Myers Beach Open House Thursday, Jan. 9, is a chance to view demonstrations from knowledgeable artists as well as one of the last chances to view paintings such as these in the “Art Divine” exhibit, at least until the next winter. NATHAN MAYBERG

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Open House Jan. 9 figures to be a can’t-miss show with the group inviting the public to its gallery and working space for an art bazaar, its mini masters sale, demonstrations and one of the last days of its “Art Divine” show.

“The open house is really to introduce to the members of the community to what we do,” association member Helma Gansen said.

The association’s home at 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard “functions as a gallery and a workshop studio,” she said.

The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature numerous hands-on demonstrations from association members in alcoholic ink on tile, collage, gel printing, painting with oil, watercolor on Yupo paper and more. Gansen, who has been painting for 25 years, will be giving a demonstration on oil painting. A retired interior designer from Canada, Gansen became active with the association 12 years ago after one of her annual visits to Fort Myers Beach.

“When I went to school we didn’t have computers so I learned with a sketching pad and markers,” she said.

Now that she is settled here as a “snowbird,” Gansen said she spends two days a week working on her craft at the gallery.

“It’s quite a social circle,” she said.

This will be the second-to-last day of the “Art Divine” show which features dozens of works for sale. It is the last time those works can be shown this year until the next “Art Divine” show at the end of the year. The art bazaar will take place outside in the courtyard art, there will be earrings, cards and jewelry for sale.

There will be eight demonstrations going on throughout the day. Those demos are:

– Alcoholic ink on tile, Lynne Wesolowski and Linda Robinson, morning

– Gel printing, Lynne Wesolowski, afternoon

– Collage, Michele Buelow, all day

– Watercolor on Yupo, Julie Nusbaum, all day

– Painting with oil, Helma Gansen, all day

– Sketching/portrait, Joan Zeoli, all day

– Fashioning earrings from watercolour paintings, Kathryn Miller

“It is hands on,” Gansen said. “For most artists who demonstrate their work, our visitors can sit in front of them and use the artist’s materials” while following along. Attendees will be able to take their works home with them to finish up.

The “Winter Open” juried show will replace the “Art Divine” show and will be open to the public starting Monday, Jan. 13, and will run through Feb. 6.