MEETINGS 2020-2021

Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month (September through May )
at the Orange Park Lions Club, 423 McIntosh Avenue, Orange Park, FL

TIME:  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  

The meetings begin at 6:30 with social time which includes food and drinks followed by a short business session. The evening highlight begins at 7:15 and features a well known guest artist who demonstrates and discusses their art medium. Questions are encouraged. All meetings are “free” and open to the public. Visitors are  always welcome!

Below is a list of programs for 2020-2021

September 1, 2020 ~

Art Critiques of Member’s Art by
Donna Grasso & Dee Roberts

Critiques with Donna Grasso & Dee Roberts have become a tradition and an exciting way to start the year. You are invited to bring one piece of art for these professionals to discuss and offer their opinions and suggestions.

At our first meeting on September 1st, we will practice the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.  Face masks will be required.  Seats will be six feet apart.  We will sanitize the chairs and utilities before the meeting and use ultraviolent light to sanitize artwork.  Refreshments will not be served.

 Anyone not feeling well, or recently in contact with COVID individuals, is asked not to attend. To be eligible for a critique, 2020-2021 dues of $35 must be paid.
The preferred method of payment is with PayPal on our website.
Dues are also payable at the meeting but please arrive early.

    Whitey’s Fish Camp by Donna Grasso Cypress in Mist by Dee Roberts


Summer Project

We are excited to see the paintings of the still lifes set up from the photos shared via Constant Contact.  Our members painted (any medium) over the summer and will bring their creations to the September 1st Meeting. Members will vote for 3 winners and each will receive a $25 gift certificate. All entries will be displayed at the Town Hall for 3 months, September – November.

Members who are unable to or uncomfortable with attending the meeting can bring their artwork to Orange Park Town Hall on Wednesday, September 2, 10 AM to 12 noon.


October 6, 2020 ~ Paul Ladnier, oil demo with a live model

Paul Ladnier, Professor Emeritus, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, taught painting and drawing for nearly forty years. He received numerous awards and recognition for the quality of his teaching and dedication to his students, the community and the university. Upon his retirement, UNF honored him with an eponymous scholarship, which provides educational funds for exceptional painting majors. He received the MFA degree from Syracuse University and the BFA degree from Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, Florida. Paul has exhibited in solo exhibitions and numerous group shows throughout his career.


November 3, 2020 (election day!)  ~ LInda Hawkins charcoal pour and WC

Making a splash with dry pigments


The under painting is the least emphasized element in watercolor painting. Award winning artist and Guild member, Linda F. Hawkins will demonstrate how to create a spontaneous under texture for your water media paintings using dry pigment charcoal and water. The result lends character that can’t be achieved by adding layers of color first and texture later.


December 1, 2020 ~ Holiday Party

The party will be at the Orange Park Lions Club at 6:30 on December 1. Due to Covid we will be practicing social distancing and wearing masks. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be catered so you will not need to bring food. Please RSVP to Cheryl Preston at or to the evite you will be receiving. There will be a $10 charge at the door to cover the cost. We will have an ornament exchange and some exciting raffles! This is our biggest fund raiser for the scholarship fund, all for a good cause!


January 5, 2021 ~ Sophie Dare –  hands-on therapy of plaster art

Sophie will be demonstrating the hands-on therapy of plaster art – from the plaster formula mixing, palette knife application and manipulation, and glazing, painting techniques.

Sophie’s early days were spent as a special needs parent while creating a business as a muralist in Ponte Vedra Beach  – a prolific experience of capturing exotic gardens, foliage and wildlife aesthetics to transform a home with hand-painted art. This began her love of fast-drying acrylics and layering textures.

After her family experienced a devastating loss, her art was a necessary outlet for healing, seeking out references of magnified blooms and butterflies.

She began to get invitations to speak, sharing her art, and a message of hope through grief and loss. 

With a diverse profile in marketing and communications, growing other business entities, In 2015 Sophie became licensed with her “Back Home” Farmhouse and Coastal works – country and coastal art that stemmed from memories of her home state of NC.

Her current works focus on a loose expressive style with mixed media, savoring the process and simple joys we can glean in nature and everyday life.

In health and Hope-

Sophie Dare Designs
Back Home Market, Inc.


February 2, 2021 ~ Jennie Szaltis:  Demo painting watercolors on canvas 

I learned the canvas preparation for watercolor about 25 years ago in an old Art Magazine and have been painting on canvas ever since.  Now I using it more often and truly enjoying the experience.

The preparation of the canvas does take trial and error practice to tailor it to your preference and handles much differently than paper but it is still very stimulating.


March 2, 2021 ~ Eve Albrecht Oil landscape demo

Eve will be using a limited palette and mixing grays to create color harmony and faster/accurate color mixing  

While living and working in Europe, Eve began learning to paint in watercolor with evening courses while pursuing her international marketing career. Traveling to many European countries and Russia, being inspired by Master artist work, she felt compelled to develop her artistic ability further in order to convey all the beauty and essence of the places she visited. While living in Germany, she attended the “Malinstitut”, “Painting Institute” in Hamburg, Germany,  learning German Fine Art painting techniques where she worked in egg tempera. Eve’s landscape paintings are painted Plein Air (outdoors) and in the studio, returning to her former destinations through creating new paintings from her memories, photographs and sketches. She works in primarily in oil, pastel however, enjoys watercolors and other mediums.


April 6, 2021 ~ Sandy Harrington

wet on wet techniques for creating a loose watercolor portrait

Sandy Harrington is a native Floridian and has painted as long as she can remember. Her background as an artist began in illustration and advertising for the Daytona Beach News Journal and Hurd Moss Advertising in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Sandy:  I am attracted to the vivid color and the way it moves around on the paper.  My artwork style is wet on wet, creating flowing patterns.  Dropping wet color onto wet paper is unpredictable and can be a boon or bust.  It is highly transparent, and prone to accidents which requires some patience embracing the unpredictability.


May 4, 2021   Installation of Officers ~ Scholarship Awards ~ Art Swap/Sale

After installation of our 2020-2021 officers, scholarship awards will be given to one or more Clay County High School Seniors. The final selection is made by our Scholarship Committee after viewing portfolios, transcripts, letters of recommendation, application forms and conducting interviews.

Following the scholarship presentations, we will have the Art Swap/Sale, a fun event where members bring their art wares/supplies to sell, trade or share. 


We have no meetings during the summer.
Our new Season begins Tuesday, September 1st, 2021
Please Join Us – Guests are Welcome.


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