Enjoy the exhibits at The Adele Grage Gallery (716 Ocean Blvd.) with a featured monthly artist of photography or paintings of different mediums. Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm (closed 12-1 pm).
MAY FEATURED ARTIST @ ADELE GRAGE WILL BE ON EXHIBIT
716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach
Meet our May artists, the residents of Fleet Landing, at their artist reception on Thursday, May 19, from 5-8 p.m. at the Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd. You can view an exhibit of a mixture of different visual art mediums from the residents of Fleet Landing throughout the month of May.
Meet the Artist - Fleet Landing Residents
I love color – that is why I paint. Originally from Missouri, I moved to Atlantic Beach in 1977 to teach elementary & middle school art for the Duval County Public School District. Retiring in 2014, I am now a resident at Fleet Landing. My paintings are inspired by my walks. Beach, landscape, still life, figure painting – whatever I choose, I like to use different acrylic techniques to express my “point of view”.
Frances Jones always enjoyed drawing, was almost an art major at college, and took occasional art classes during the 28 years she spent as a Foreign Service Officer. But she began to paint and take art classes regularly only when she moved to Fleet Landing in 2017. Frances started with acrylics but is now "in love" with watercolor painting. She's a member of the Jacksonville Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society.
Barbara Lee Milon
Art has been an interest and a love my entire life-- and I hope my work brings as much joy to those who view it as it brings to me while creating it.
I have a B.A. in Art History from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in Art Education from the College of New Rochelle and painted in both oils and watercolors. In 2010 I was introduced to a collage technique. All of my collages are made from various types of paper, hand-painted and/or rubber-stamped with acrylics. It is very exciting to have the pre-painted papers help determine the palette for each image and to watch an inspiration develop as the papers start to take control of the creative process.
I am a member of the Jacksonville Watercolor Society, Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts and the Society of Mixed Media Artists. I have had my work juried into several of their shows winning awards for both watercolor and collage.
I started painting when I was 6 years old. I graduated with a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I’ve been doing art-related activities ever since (i.e., art director at Madison Ave. ad agency, lead animator in San Raphael, and activities director at CCRC in Pennsylvania.) I’ve been a Resident at Fleet Landing since 2015 where I've been able to paint without a deadline for the first time in my adult life.
26 years ago, I saw my first piece of mosaic art, a $1200.0 Queen Ann table, I loved it! My husband was with me, He said…”You can do that!” My life as a stained glass artist ended and I began the life of a “self-taught” mosaic artist. I began a company called Mosaic Memories, which specializes in mosaics using antique china; such as Limoges. My repertoire is from tables, birdbaths, shelves, frames, clocks, pictures…really almost anything that stands still and is solid.
I soon entered juried art shows and later rented a room in a lovely shoppe in South Tampa, FL. For many years I was fortunate to have 3 shoppes on Jackson Square in the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA carrying my work. During my life, I have enjoyed different art medias,
painting in both oil and acrylic and years of stained glass, but I must say working in mosaics is truly my favorite art form of all!
I have been involved with the arts my entire career, primarily as an educator. I have an M.A. in painting and ceramics. I taught art/art appreciation at Miles College, Birmingham Alabama for three years. Subsequently, I spent five years at The Saint Louis Art Museum as Head of Teacher and Youth Programs. After I completed my doctorate in art education, I worked at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, for twenty years, ultimately as Curator of Education.
Most cultures have a history of producing functional and/or sculptural works with clay. These universal traditions are often indicators of a culture’s sophistication with regard to its artistic and spiritual practices and values.
My first encounter with clay was at Merritt Island Pottery, Merritt Island, Florida (no longer extant) when I was about nine years old. That experience stayed with me, and I was able to pursue it again in graduate school. There was another long hiatus before I could explore clay again. Since my retirement, I have had the good fortune to devote more time to explore the infinite possibilities with both functional and sculptural ceramic forms.
Although I had been drawing and painting throughout childhood, I didn’t start painting seriously until I moved to Fleet Landing following a career in information technology. I took lessons in our art studio and fell in love with watercolor. When I paint I try to interest the viewer in looking more closely at the images and, if they do, to give them something more to notice. I’m drawn to subjects that elicit mixed feelings in me, such as the beautiful giant grasshopper known locally as a lubber, in “En Garde.” I enjoy starting a piece by tossing some tinted water at the paper and letting it flow, as I did when I painted “One Thing Led To Another.”
Although he had an accounting education, Craig Miller was always an artist at heart. In
1984 he left a government position in Washington, D.C. to draw and paint full-time. The preponderance of his work was done on commission. He is now semi-retired but definitely continues to paint for pleasure, etc. His work is typically done in a representational style using various mediums: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, p e n a n d i n k , p e n c i l a n d c o m p u t e r
applications. Craig and his wife Maureen moved to Fleet Landing on 9 July 2021 and are crazy in
love with it
I grew up in Avon Lake, Ohio. I majored in graphic design and illustration.
At the Cleveland Institute of Art. After a career in freelance graphic design, I started painting again in 1980. I had several galleries for as long as 35 years and an annual solo.
Show for 16 years. I love architecture and landscape. Light and shadow make me happy.
Color makes me delirious!
Sarah grew up loving the beauty of nature and the heavens. She has been inspired by the red, orange and rust colors of the southwestern landscape, and the beautiful western sunsets. The iridescent colors and abstract formations seen in images from the Hubble telescope have also offer endless inspiration. More recently, moving to Florida has given her a new color palette, that reflects all the blues, greens and vibrant flower colors surrounding her new home. Sarah’s art interest started by exploring weaving techniques used in clothing and in tapestries. After years of weaving, her work has taken a new direction. Acrylics are a versatile medium that can have a wide range of interesting effects. She now divides her time between weaving and abstract acrylic paintings.
Sally Nielsen is a retired English professor who decided to explore a first love: sketching and painting recently. She enjoys creating abstract art from memory and natural settings.
Upon retiring from a science career in 2006, John began to pursue his interest in watercolor painting in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. After a slow start, he began taking lessons from Anne Abgott, a prominent local water colorist. He has painted a number of landscapes while consulting in Tuscany, Italy. More recently, he paints interesting human subjects as witnessed by his two exhibits at Adele Grage Cultural Center.
Hanley (Bo) Smith
I am a retired ecologist with a strong interest in painting and drawing, and art history. Upon retirement I returned to college to obtain a BFA and broaden my knowledge of art. Art has opened a world that career scientists are rarely able to access. I am a docent at the Cummer Museum, I have been able to visit most of the world’s best Western art museums and I have shown my work in many juried shows. My media are charcoal, acrylics, and colored pencils; and my interests are wildlife, landscape and figure.
My early interest in drawing and painting was encouraged by the programs offered by the public schools at the time. I graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 1979. In 1990 I joined the Exhibit Design & Installation department staff at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., retiring in 2016. I had been an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists (established 1891) for thirty years, a member (emeritus) of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters (established 1913) since 1997 and am a member of the First Coast Plein Air Painters. I've been included in many juried shows, a highlight being three consecutive exhibitions at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo N.Y.
I was a participant in the US state department's Art in Embassies program. Oil paint is my preferred medium, painting outdoors, often backpacking or canoeing to a spot. I feel very fortunate to live in Atlantic Beach where I can continue to develop my skills and enjoy the absolutely gorgeous light.
I started painting at 6 years. Graduated with a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Been doing art related activities ever since (i.e., art director at Madison Ave. ad agency, lead animator in San Raphael, and activities director at CCRC in Pennsylvania.) Resident at Fleet Landing since 2015 where I've been able to paint without a deadline for first time in my adult life.
I painted as a child and stopped when I was 15. I moved to Amelia Island when I was 55 and decided to try again. I joined a painting class and loved it. We drew, used pen and ink and painted in water colors and acrylic. I found it to be a real stress reliever. It was very relaxing and an easy way to meet people because we shared common interests. It also increased my awareness of the beauty that surrounded me. I took art lessons, joined the Amelia Island Art Association, entered my pictures in shows and was delighted when I sold some. I again took a break and now am ready to get back into painting and learn more about the medium I love. Just need a little push.
Richard worked for 20 years as a professional artist and is nationally recognized for his award winning pastels, he also works in watercolor, acrylic and oil. His pastel paintings have won awards in over 30 national and international competitions including the top award in the Degas Pastel Show in 2004 and again in 2006, and the Gold Award at the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2005 and 2008. His work has been shown at the National Arts Club in New York, NY and at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown OH. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and became a PSA Master Pastelist in 2012 through awards won in their annual international shows. He was also awarded Master Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2007. His work has appeared in American Artist Magazine, The Pastel Journal and International Artist and as a contributing artist in Maggie Price’s 2011 book, Painting Sunlight & Shadow with Pastels.
I always admired anyone having the ability to draw and paint. I didn’t think I had the talent or skill, but finally took a watercolor class with friends for fun after retiring in 1995. It was a wonderful experience. During COVID, I decided to try again and enjoyed it so much it has become a very important aspect of my lift.
Jackie Stack is an oil painter who lives at Fleet Landing. She started to learn to paint in 2009 and studied with Mary St Germain. She also took classes and workshops with Mae Jean Gregg, Jean Chambers, and Eileen Corse. She paints landscapes, marsh scenes, and Florida water bird scenes. In addition, she has completed several paintings of family grandchildren.
She has shown her paintings at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville Coalitiion of Visual Artists (JCVA), Ponte Vedra Recorder Office, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Fleet Landing Artist Shows, and the North Beaches Art Walk.
Julia Pet-Armacost, inspired by her artistic parents (her mother was a soloist and artist, and her father was an artist and a potter) has enjoyed drawing and painting from an early age. After a 40-year career as an engineering professor and administrator at the University of Virginia and the University of Central Florida, she began doing pastels in 2000 after she and her husband purchased a vacation home in New Mexico. Mostly self-taught, she uses painting as a form of relaxation and creativity. Her favorite subjects are lighthouses, landscapes, and flowers. Her most recent paintings, using acrylics with the guidance of artist Gordon Meggison, were motivated by a trip to Utah and by her cactus garden in Florida.
I have been interested in painting since I began school in Michigan, where I was born. After receiving a BA from Michigan State University, I began teaching art. I traveled to the Pacific and taught art to Micronesian students for two years on Guam, and subsequently in Cambridge, MA and Jacksonville, FL. I have exhibited my work in the Florida National Bank, the Riverside Art Association at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and in several Jacksonville Watercolor Society shows.
Stella Chung-Yi Bratcher
Stella was born in China and raised in Taiwan. At eleven, she began studying Chinese brush painting with the prominent Chinese artist Professor Kao Yi Hung, and was a consistent winner in junior competitions.. Chung Yi graduated from National Taiwan University with a BS degree and subsequently received a scholarship from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. After finishing a MS and a PhD degree, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Dept. of Microbiology, Univ. of Illinois Medical School in Chicago. From there she took a position in the Dept. of Biochemistry SUNY Medical School in Syracuse. She and her husband retired to Jacksonville, FL. In 2017, several pieces of her work were exhibited at two First Community Credit Unions. She took several art classes at UNF, which guided her to a winding path of charcoal sketching, watercolors, and a return to Chinese watercolor (Sumia). Her subjects mostly are landscape, plants, flowers, and still life.
I am an impressionistic painter, spiritual leader & baker living at Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach, Florida with my husband, Jim. I have worked in many studios over the years – from sea to shining sea, but now call my light filled kitchen or sunroom my art home.
Painting brings me peace and offers me a place to meditate on the beauty in the world & grace I feel while living in it. My highest goal is to convey peace and grace to the viewer, offering a moment or pause & feeling of deep belonging.
Peggy M. Holz
Peggy received formal art training at Georgia State University and Kansas City Art Institute. Holz attended many workshops, studio classes, and private classes in various media, including charcoal, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastels. Holz’s marketing career at BIN include authoring and illustrating customer publications & marketing material in the USA and Asia. Since relocating to Florida, Holz has found a treasure trove of paining subjects, with coast scenes being favorites.
Upcoming Art Exhibits:
January 2022 - Caitlyn Flynn - Paintings
February 2022 - Leigh Slayden
March 2022 - Tiffany Rodriguez
April 2022 - North East Florida Art Education Association
May 2022 - Fleet Landing
June 2022 - Arts in the Park Winners
July 2022 - Jim Cox
August 2022 - Tia Overstreet
September 2022 - Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Art (JCVA)
October 2022 - Mary Joan Hinson
November 2022 - Multiple Artists
December 2022 - Razvan Balotescu
Artists interested in exhibiting at the Adele Grage Gallery, should contact the Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904-247-5828 for information.