Fort Myers Beach Art Association Hosts Open House


    Fort Myers Beach Art Association will host an Open House on January 6, 2017 from 9am to noon. Kevin Tobin, a Golden Certified Working Artist, will be doing a demonstration of some new elements that he learned in an intensive training seminar in May. There will be samples and information packets.

    FMBAA new mini-masters will make their debut and go on sale as part of the event. These small treasures, donated by members for the benefit of the FMBAA, sell for $10 each. The 8×10 matted works feature beautiful beach scenes, abstracts and collage. You might even find a mermaid.

    Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. There is no charge for this event. You will be able to talk with artists from each of the special painting groups: Outdoor (plein air) Painters, Indoor Painters, Experimentalists, and Portrait and Figure Painters. Information on workshops, classes, special short workshops given by members and all the art association events will be available. See what makes this group a treasure of Fort Myers Beach for over 65 years.

    This is a working gallery where you never know what you will find when you get there. Most Tuesdays you can find the experimentalists using all kinds of techniques and mediums, Wednesdays we have indoor and outdoor painting. Some Tuesdays have the Portrait/Figure drawing group.

    Short classes and workshops are on other days, some with supplies provided. If you are interested in learning to paint, several short workshops are being taught at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association this season as well as Sue Pink’s beginner watercolor classes on Monday. Check out the website at

    The calendar on the website contains many other events free and open to the public such as receptions and visiting the gallery during any open hours. For January, the following events and classes are available:

    • January 5 9am – 3pm Patty O’Kane “Textures and Acrylics” all levels $50/$55
    • Jan 7, 14, 21 9-12 pm Patty O’Kane “Getting Started with Acrylics” Beg $90/105 class series All materials provided
    • Jan 12 9-4 pm Susan Lindsey “Portrait In Oils Working From Live Model” Oil Beg-Adv $50/$55 + $15 modeling fee
    • Jan 15 4 pm–6 pm DEMO by Janet Rogers­ $10 fee
    • Jan 22 1–2 pm Gallery Talk Free
    • Jan 22 Reception 2:15pm – 3:30pm Winter Juried Show
    • Jan 26-28 9-3 pm Neil Walling “Loose Alla Prima Oil Painting” Oil Int-Adv $185/$200
    • Feb 2 9-3:30 pm Michele Buelow “Exploring Pastel” Pastel Beg-Int $50/$55

    The Art Association is much more than a gallery. It is a community of people brought together by an appreciation for a wide variety of artistic expression, the work ethic to volunteer to keep the organization thriving, caring and having fun with social activities such as our potlucks, receptions and gallery talks.

    The gallery will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan 1. For more information, send e-mails to the art association publicity chair Pam Flaherty at or stop by the Fort Myers Beach Arts Association gallery located on Donora Boulevard, one mile south of the Matanzas Bridge at 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard. Call (239) 463-3909. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Visit the website for updates at