Suzanne Batchelor’s Art Featured at Blue Door Artists

Tulips, by Suzanne Batchelor

Tulips, by Suzanne Batchelor

The Blue Door Artists will feature the paintings of Suzanne Batchelor for the month of July.

Her latest series is a collection of her representational art including her classical still life paintings and figurative work. While Suzanne enjoys painting dogs and people; her recent body work is a result of her studies in traditional art techniques.

Her paintings will debut for the Artrageous Second Saturday Art Walk on July 14th, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. More contemporary dog paintings and portraiture by Suzanne are also on display along with work by the eight other Blue Door Artists during the Art Walk and every day except Sundays.

Suzanne lives in Fernandina Beach with her British born husband John and dog Seamus, where she paints full time. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, but Amelia Island has been her home since 2000.

Still life by Suzanne Batchelor

Still life by Suzanne Batchelor

While Suzanne has a Bachelor of Business Management and had a corporate career traveling internationally, in recent years she’s participated in various art workshops and classes and developed a self-study process that has enhanced her current body of work. Oil is Suzanne’s favorite medium, but she continues to study and explore both traditional and contemporary art forms and enjoys learning new ways to paint and express her creativity.

The Blue Door gallery and studios are located at 205 1/2 Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. (Look for the blue doors between Seattle’s Best Coffee and Go Fish leading to the colorful staircase.) Regular hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 904-583-1452 or see her website at www.ameliaislandartist.com or www.bluedoorartists.com.

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Holiday Shopping at Artrageous Artwalk

Holiday Shopping at Artrageous Artwalk

Home Is Where Your Heart Is - mixed media by Wyanne

Start your holiday shopping early with unique, eclectic, handmade gifts from the Blue Door Artists. Join us for 2nd Saturday Artrageous Artwalk, November 12th, from 5-8:30pm.

Blue Door is home to 10 resident artists working in a wide variety of mediums. Discover one of a kind original paintings, textiles, jewelry and more. The Blue Door gallery and studios are located at 205 1/2 Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. (Look for the blue doors between Seattle’s Best Coffee and Go Fish leading to the colorful staircase.)

Regular hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 904-556-7783 or visit www.bluedoorartists.com.

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Blue Door Artists Features Casey Matthews at Artrageous Artwalk

Art by Casey Matthews

Art by Casey Matthews

Fernandina Beach, FL – The Blue Door Artists are featuring the artwork of Casey Matthews, during the month of July. Please join us for a reception to meet the artist on July 9th, 5-8pm, in conjunction with the Second Saturday Artwalk.

Casey is an abstract artist and her current work incorporates collage, handmade paper, and recycled materials within her layered, mixed-media paintings. Her painting is a process that explores her intuitive relationship with the actual work at-hand and the individual life it develops along the way. Her intention is to create layers of information through her technique. “I gather inspiration from life, and then translate it into my terms. My work hovers between consciousness and intuition, combining emotional content, observation, technique, exploration, and reinvention. I intend to create surfaces that are visually intriguing with expressive colors and organic shapes, leading the mind’s eye on an aesthetic journey throughout the emotive process of destruction and contradiction. Each painting begins with several layers of paint and collage. I incorporate simple vine charcoal drawings between layers until a rich texture emerges. I embrace the drips and splatters that develop along the way; and at times they lend themselves to an unfinished journey. I am interested in structure, energy, gesture, color, and the enduring relationships between them.”

About Casey
Although a native of San Antonio, Texas, Casey has considered the Southeast her home for 20 years. She studied Art and Art History at Texas Christian University and the University of Alabama. Her many subjects are approached with light-hearted enthusiasm and delivered with singular verve and style, yet very introspective and spiritually enlightening. For Matthews, it is important not to become complacent, and not to be afraid of challenge or risk. Her artwork is a direct outgrowth from her life events and past remembrances. Matthews has been painting professionally since 1998; since then, painting has come to define her existence. “I cannot remember any moment in my life when I did not want to be an artist.” This award-winning artist has sold to private collectors throughout North America and Europe, and currently works from her downtown studio in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

The Blue Door Gallery & Studios are located at 205.5 Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Regular hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 904-556-1119 or visit www.bluedoorartists.com and www.caseymatthews.com.

Submitted by Suzanne Batchelor
Suzanne is an artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

Blue Door Artists Feature Wyanne at Artrageous Artwalk

Blue Door Artists Feature Wyanne at Artrageous ArtwalkFernandina Beach resident and artist, Wyanne Thompson, simply known as Wyanne, is the featured artist at the Blue Door Artists 2nd Saturday Artrageous Artwalk.

Wyanne and her family moved to Amelia Island four years ago, from Atlanta. She noted, “During the summer of 2007, I visited the island for the first time. After walking around downtown, and visiting the Blue Door, I knew I had to live here. A year later, we moved to the island.”

Although she’s been a career artist her entire life, Wyanne has endeavored over the past 15 years to establish herself as a prominent leader in the world of whimsical, mixed media art. She continues working with a global audience both as an artist and an instructor through inspirational internet videos and online workshops. Several of her students have visited Fernandina to see Wyanne’s works from as far away as Australia, England and Canada.

Wyanne creates fun, happy artwork that appeals to both young and old. Working in a wide array of mediums including acrylic, beeswax and resin, she creates brightly colored, surrealistic paintings with a touch of 1970’s nostalgia. Her current exhibit at the Blue Door features retro owls, swans, elephants and big-eyed girls.

“I love to create art that is a reflection of my childhood imagination and daydreams. In some of the paintings, you will find unexpected little surprises and occasionally a bit of naughtiness to them,” she explained. “I want others to look beyond the cuteness of the particular painting and draw their own conclusions and stories from the work.”

Stop by and meet Wyanne during 2nd Saturday Artrageous Artwalk, Saturday, May 14th from 5-8:00 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Blue Door Artists Gallery is also home to eight other local artists working in a wide variety of mediums, including textiles, painting and jewelry. The gallery and studios are located at 205 1/2 Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. (Look for the blue doors between Seattle’s Best Coffee and Go Fish leading to the colorful staircase.) Regular hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 904-556-7783 or visit www.bluedoorartists.com or www.wyanne.com.

February Amelia Island Art Walk

Artrageous Art Walk

Blue Door Artists

On the second Saturday of every month, Amelia Island offers a fun art crawl called the Artrageous Artwalk. February’s Walk will be on the 12th, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. These are free to the public and include 12 of Amelia Island’s incredible art galleries that showcase local artists and their wide array of fine art, including photography, pottery, copper, metal, stained glass, watercolors, oils, acrylics and mixed media. Visitors have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists behind the work.

This month, try starting at the Blue Door Artists, located at 205 1/2 Centre Street between between Second and Third Streets in historic Fernandina Beach. The Blue Door Artists houses the 9 working studios of artists who also display their work that you can view as you enjoy touring their studios.

Elizabeth Dion

Art by Elizabeth Dion


New paintings by Elizabeth Dion will be featured this month. Come by and see colorful abstract landscapes along with new additions to her series of small paintings, Sea Glyphs and Dragonflies. You can also visit Elizabeth’s website at www.lizdion.com.

If you are unable to make it for the reception, our regular hours are as follows: Monday thru Saturday 11AM – 5PM. Sundays and after-hours by appointment 904-556-1119. Artwalk brochures with maps are available along the walk.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

Local Artist Andrea Adair Lasserre

Local Artist Andrea Adair Lasserre

Andrea Adair-Lasserre, Boat on Dock

Every once in a while you meet someone you know will become a part of your life. For me, it was on a steamy summer night in 2006, when I entered a particular home on Amelia Island. I stepped over the 12 inch concrete fence that served as a stately but unassuming barrier to the house and memories of my life growing up came flooding in. The tall old trees in the yard shaded the house so much that I could imagine that air-conditioning was really not needed, and the front steps were adorned with assorted fixtures and flowers that told me I was entering creative space. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was entering the home of someone I would come to know as my friend and first art teacher, Andrea Adair-Lasserre.

Andrea Adair-Lasserre, Children Waiting

Andrea Adair-Lasserre, Children Waiting

Once in the house, located on Beech at 7th, I was led to a comfortable living room with cushions deep enough to invite you to stay. The old wood floors echoed as you moved over them, and the walls were covered by decades old wallpaper that reminded me of days gone by. I smiled to myself thinking that the only thing missing were mint juleps and fans for the ladies. I came to find out more about this house and Andrea during that visit and three years since.

Andrea married Charles Lasserre in 2007 and their beautiful old house, built in 1904, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Her studio is a 600-square-foot converted upstairs bedroom in their home – one of her husband’s family heirlooms, and Andrea has been restoring their house to its original glory. A project in itself, this Victorian beauty inspires Andrea’s art on a daily basis and her new work, which will be displayed through June at Indigo Alley, is a collection of paintings derived from her ongoing renovation of the home I visited that day. Vintage family photos and turn-of-the-century wallpaper have been given new life as they serve as inspirations incorporated within her paintings.

Andrea Adair-Lasserre, Neighborhood Catch

Andrea Adair-Lasserre, Neighborhood Catch

It was her art I saw that evening that inspired me to start painting eight months later. She was working on a painting of one of Charles’ relatives just back from a fishing trip taken from an old photo. She proudly tells the story of how, during their house renovations, they uncovered a rich family history with American coastal origins. One particular image that kept reappearing was of Lasserre men proudly displaying their catch of fish. It was then she knew that she wanted to document this aspect of American culture as seen through the eyes of her new family. I loved that painting and the way she painted largely black and white with some muted colors that conveyed the feelings of days gone by as seen in the old wrinkled picture from which she was working. It was the first painting of the Lasserre fisherman series, “C.W. Lasserre: 1942,” depicting Charles William Lasserre, II holding up a red bass half his size while casually smoking a cigarette, and his 1942 ford convertible parked behind him.

Andrea’s work will be on display through June at Indigo Alley. A reception will be held to meet the artist in conjunction with the ArtRageous Second Saturday Art Walk, May 8th, 5-8PM at 316 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach.

andrea-lasserre-young-man-fishing

Andrea Adair-Lasserre, Young Man Fishing

More about Andrea:
Born Andrea Adair in a quaint Georgia town, she relocated to Atlanta by the age of three. As a child Adair wanted paints and markers, not dolls and toys. The strong connection to her sleepy hometown of Moultrie eventually led Adair to her mentor Sally Shovar, who began training 14-year-old Adair. Spring and summer breaks were spent at Shovar’s studio practicing techniques and studying art history. This young artist began to recognize and improve her talents.

She continued to polish and refine her skills at Georgia State University studying art history and studio art. She interned as a gallery assistant at The Georgia State University Gallery in Downtown Atlanta and was director of The Green Rabbit, a gallery in Historic Alpharetta, GA She remained a teacher with FCAC coordinating summer programs and teaching until 2003 when she relocated to Fernandina Beach and married Charles in 2007. She continues her house renovations and her art is an ongoing reflection and accounting of historic Amelia Island and the Lasserre Family as well as other island history.

Curator
Casey Matthews, a local artist, is the curator for art shows at Indigo Alley for artists who do not have gallery representation or a local place to show their work. Indigo Alley is nestled in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida. Casey’s work can be viewed at www.caseymatthews.com and her studio is located at the Blue Door Artists, 205 ½ Centre Street in historic Fernandina Beach.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer and artist on Amelia Island. See her work at www.ameliaislandartist.com and www.maddogsandalleycats.com.

Mad Dogs and Alley Cats

Mad Dogs and Alley Cats

Mad Dogs and Alley Cats

For the Mother and Father Who Have Everything: Mad Dog and Alley Cats Pet Portrait

Fernandina Beach, FL – Dog and Cat lovers of Amelia Island, do you need a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for the Mom or Dad who have everything? Blue Door Artists Studios, located at 205 1/2 Centre Street are premiering “Mad Dogs and Alley Cats,” a collection of whimsical art by Suzanne Batchelor and Georganna Mullis. Each artist has painted 25 cats and dogs using acrylic, oil and other multi-media applications for the show to display their work and encourage the community to purchase dog portraits for a good cause – The Nassau Humane Society.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Special
Consider buying a cat or dog portrait for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. For both occasions (through June 19th), Suzanne Batchelor is offering a digital dog art discount for an 8″ x 8″ or 12″ x 12″ on canvas. Normally $200, they are on sale for $125. If you want to purchase a gift certificate, you can do this in one of two ways:

1. Attend the show: Go to Facebook to the Blue Door Artists. Once there, you can view the event, RSVP and get the details. If you are not on Facebook, it is Saturday, May 8th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Blue Door Artists’ Studios at 205 1/2 Centre Street, just next door to the coffee shop. Look for the colorful Blue Door and painted steps.
2. Visit their Website: Go to www.maddogsandalleycats.com and purchase a gift card.

Once you purchase the gift certificate, Suzanne will handle the surprise, including the gift certificate wrapped and ready. Once you present the gift, all Mom or Dad have to do is contact her to begin the commission process, which is choosing a favorite style and medium and giving them a photograph to work from. She’ll paint a headshot for them on either a 8″ x 8″ or 12″ x 12″ canvas (1 1/2″ thick) ready to hang. No framing is needed. If you prefer the traditional look, oil paintings of dogs, which come in many sizes begin at $350. All cats are painted using acrylic, come in one size (8″ x 8″) and are $125.

Benefits
During the show, each sale will generate a $10.00 donation to the Nassau County Humane Society to help them with the mission of finding homes for lost or abandoned animals. If you miss the show, you can order a portrait directly from the studio or online from either artist at a later date. Dr. Kim Carter at Nassau Veterinary Hospital will also have a display at the clinic for purchase. All sales from the hospital will also generate a $10 donation.

The Artists

Suzanne Batchelor
Suzanne Batchelor is an artist with the Blue Door Artists and has been there two years. Suzanne started her Mad Dog series during her initial foray into the subject, she met Dr. Kim Carter, (Nassau Veterinary Hospital) on Facebook and was introduced to Novia – Dr. Kim’s “Katrina rescue dog.” Suzanne painted Novia and since then, Suzanne and Doctor Kim have teamed up to offer pet portrait commissions through the hospital, with $10 of each sale going to the Nassau County Humane Society.

Suzanne paints traditional realistic dog paintings in oil on canvas, but has also been experimenting with digital creations – a very colorful and unique portrait option. She works from original photographs and with a stylus pen (brush) and a tablet (canvas), she transforms them into a colorful digital image that she then prints as a giclee on canvas that is 1 1/2 inches thick so there is no need for further framing. This option is more affordable than her oil paintings and she provides these intentionally to give her customers more visual and budget options.

Georganna Mullis
Georganna calls Amelia Island her home, having lived here for 40 years. She says we all have our favorite places and reasons for being on Amelia Island – and hers are simple enough, the painting vistas never let her down. Her paintings come from all the influences in her life, both visual and spiritual. No matter when or where she looks, or what the weather brings, there is always inspiration to be found. She has a fascination of color and movement that is ever-changing here depending on the time of day or the season of the year. The stately palm trees say so simply “Island Living” as does the vast expanse of marsh grasses or the shifting sands of beach dunes. In the right sunlight, color changes from dull grays and greens to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges with purple, violet and blue shadows.

She says her “Cat Project” is a departure from her usual landscapes and palm trees, but adds, “This has been pure fun. I’ve done fat cats, fun cats, sleepy cats, stray cats, family and friend cats, and of course, my cat ‘Sir Thomas Paul’ – the cat of ALL cats.” Every one of my paintings is the sum of all I’ve seen and felt as I live my life and I paint in many different mediums: oil, acrylic, collage, watercolor, and I am currently experimenting with fused glass. I believe art should be enjoyed by the viewer and the artist.

Studio Location
Suzanne and Georganna both have studios located within The Blue Door Artists, a gallery of nine working artist studios located at 205 1/2 Centre St. in historic Fernandina Beach. Regular hours are Mon-Sat 11 am – 5 pm.

For more information call Suzanne Batchelor at 491-5554 or Georganna Mullis at 556-5724.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer and artist on Amelia Island. See her work at www.ameliaislandartist.com and www.maddogsandalleycats.com.

God Told Me What to Paint

God Told Me What to Paint

God Told Me What to Paint

It is exciting to talk to artists about how they get inspiration. In a recent conversation with local artist Theresa Daily, I was mesmerized by her explanation of how she came to paint acrylics and how a desire to quit smoking transformed itself into a “Beach Series.” It started just two years ago, in 2008 after years of working in watercolors that she decided she would replace a bad habit (smoking) with a good one: the Beach!

Theresa says she is not a “gym rat” and since she enjoys nature, she took the beach starting her days out with long walks at low tide. Her doctor advised her that was the best time to walk because the soft sand wasn’t good for her back. She enjoyed her walks so much that after a while, she couldn’t wait to see when low tides would arrive at a civil hour, given that they sometimes came at 5:00 AM. Low tide was also a good time for treasure hunting.

Her treks began with attempts at self-reflection, prayer, and deep breathing. It brought her great relaxation and she used the time to ask God for guidance and wisdom. “Show me a treasure – show me something to paint – sand crabs or shells. Whatever you want. That’s what I’ll paint.” He answered her one day, a moment in time she will never forget. She was walking down the beach and sensed rain. She turned around and there stood an awe-inspired view of a storm brewing over the sea and sand. She snapped a picture of it and headed back to her studio to begin her task. The result was a beautiful painting of a storm that signified a death of an old habit, replaced with a bright new one that is now her “Beach Series,” a collection of paintings that communicate Theresa’s journey of self-discovery into the land of acrylics.

Friday Night Walk

Friday Night Walk

What amazed me about Theresa’s storm painting entitled, “Friday Night Walk” is the story behind the woman who purchased it. That person had been going through a tough time and the painting spoke to her. So much so that she had to have it. It was like Theresa had a purpose to paint that painting. She got a message and delivered it. She did her job.

Theresa says she never had a journey on the beach where she didn’t receive feelings of inspiration that touched her heart. That one summer, she ended up with over a hundred sand dollars and claims, “They weren’t all perfect – but that didn’t matter… they are all God’s things.” How wonderful and sage is that advice?

She also adds that she doesn’t think her journey will end. Many more things are emanating from her walks. She is adding more color and shape each day. She’s traveled from muted and neutral colors to more vibrancy and depth as seen in her abstracts and small works as well.

Delicate Balance

Delicate Balance

During this weekend’s Shrimp Festival, she is also premiering her largest beach series painting (36″ x 48″) and says on her Facebook page, “To all my Florida/Georgia fans, don’t forget, my booth is at the foot of the Blue Door Artists’ stairs, in front of the coffee shop… #210. Don’t forget to stop & say hi! And of course take home a painting if something strikes your fancy!!!”

About Theresa
Theresa began her art career as the owner of an art supply store on Amelia Island. Drawing had always been a part of her life. She started then with watercolor as her medium of choice until recent years – she began painting acrylics on paper and canvas. While she is largely self-taught, she studied with prominent artists Karen McFadyen and Patricia Lusk. She is an exhibiting member of the Island Art Association of Fernandina Beach. Her award winning work can be found in private and public collections. Feel free to visit Theresa in her open studio at the Blue Door Artists to see her paint and view her work at 205 1/2 Centre Street. Also visit her website at www.theresadaily.com. She can be reached at (904) 556-778

Suzanne is a writer and artist on Amelia Island. See her work at www.ameliaislandartist.com and www.maddogsandalleycats.com.

Inspiration of the Nautilus

Inspiration of the Nautilus

Inspiration of the Nautilus

The Nautilus has captured the attention of scientists, sailors and sea lovers for centuries. It has also inspired local artist Theresa Daily, whose paintings of sea-inspired works will be on display at our upcoming Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival April 30 through May 2nd.

It’s no accident that one of Theresa’s festival series is the chambered Nautilus shell (in Greek “sailor”), which is sometimes referred to as a “living fossil.” The Nautilus shell is lined with mother-of-pearl and grows into increasingly larger chambers throughout its life… and so has become a symbol for expansion and renewal. Like the Nautilus, Theresa has found a balance between what has been and what will be, and she renews herself in each series she begins in her art journey.

Theresa believes that “We all have some measure of creativity in us, and as God says we are made in his image and he is the great Creator. In his infinite wisdom, he didn’t give us all the same measure of talent or the same gifts. But, I do feel that he fully expects us to discover, develop, and share whatever talent He has given us.”

So that she has. Theresa has developed her style by observing the world around her and listens for clues as to what her next art expedition should be. She loves the blues of the ocean and sky and the neutrals of sand and shells, and like the Nautilus, she sets out to gain wisdom and clarity for God’s perfect design for her growth as an artist. With frank and bright eyes, she says, “My goal is simply to express my love for God and His creation by painting the things that surround me. I paint from life the things that I have collected or that I use every day.”

Theresa Dailey

Theresa Dailey


Theresa began her art career as the owner of an art supply store on Amelia Island. Drawing had always been a part of her life. She started then with watercolor as her medium of choice until recent years when she began painting acrylics on paper and canvas. While she is largely self-taught, she studied with prominent artists Karen McFadyen and Patricia Lusk. She is an exhibiting member of the Island Art Association of Fernandina Beach. Her award winning work can be found in private and public collections.

SearchAmelia.com will feature Theresa’s sea-inspired art series between now and the Shrimp Festival, so stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to visit Theresa in her open studio to see her paint and view her work at 205 1/2 Centre Street. She can also be reached at (904) 556-7783.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

Elizabeth Dion Paintings Featured

Sea Glyph by Elizabeth Dion

Sea Glyph by Elizabeth Dion

The Blue Door Artists will feature the paintings of Elizabeth Dion for the month of April. Sea Glyphs, her latest series, is a collection of small paintings inspired by pieces of shells found on the beach. Usually overlooked in favor of shark’s teeth and intact shells, these shells have been tossed by the sea, bored by sea creatures, eroded and encrusted. The results are endless variations of fragments bearing the signs of the creatures and elements that have left their marks. These are translated with layers of translucent acrylic paint into colorful images on 12”x12” canvases that can be hung singly or in groups.

The Sea Glyph paintings will debut for the Artrageous Second Saturday Art Walk on April 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. More nature-inspired contemporary paintings by Elizabeth Dion are on display along with work by the eight other Blue Door Artists during Art Walk and every day except Sundays.

Elizabeth Dion

Elizabeth Dion

Liz lives in Fernandina Beach where she paints and is also a free-lance architect. She was born and raised in Rhode Island. Northeast Florida has been her home since graduating in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design in 1974. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While working in architecture, she continued to explore various art forms and participated in workshops and classes with many wonderful local teachers. In the mid-1980’s she studied acrylic painting with artist Jeanne Pellegrino and developed a passion for the medium and for working in color. Acrylic paint is her favorite medium and as evidenced by this show, organic subject matter intrigues her and balances the usual linear structure of architecture.

The Blue Door gallery and studios are located at 205 1/2 Centre St. in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. (Look for the blue doors between Seattle’s Best Coffee and Go Fish leading to the colorful staircase.) Regular hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 904-556-9065 or see her website at www.lizdion.com or www.bluedoorartists.com.

Sixth Annual Fall Gala for Nassau County Council on Aging

Amelia River Sunset

Amelia River Sunset

Islanders will have the opportunity to snap up some great deals at the upcoming live and silent auctions during Nassau County Council on Aging’s Sixth Annual Fall Gala. The gala has a Hawaiian theme and is set for Sunday October 11, from 5:30 – 9:30 PM at the Amelia Island Plantation. For $100, you’ll have cocktails, dinner and live entertainment by the Richard Stratton band. The auctions will feature art, boat trips, golf outings, vacation items, dinners, catered fishing trips and much more. Aaron Bean will be the auctioneer.

One item of interest is an oil painting called “Amelia River Sunset” by Georganna Mullis. She used oils to suggest the vibrant colors that are seen in the western sky at sunset. She states, “Of course this is only my interpretation of this view, so if you can’t find this exact tree and river spot, don’t worry – I may not be able to locate it either. My imagination gets the best of me sometimes.” She says in the right sun, colors change from dull grays and greens to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges with purple, violet and blue shadows. She is delighted to paint this for the Council on Aging to auction and hopes that whoever makes the purchase will enjoy having it in their home or business. Georganna’s studio is in the Blue Door Artists and she has a Web site under construction.

To get more information about the auction, call the Council on Aging at 904-261-0701 x 117.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

Editors note: The Council on Aging provides transportation services, adult day healthcare, meals on wheels, in-home services and a senior community center all within Nassau County. With an operating budget of just over $2 million, generous contributions of money and volunteer hours are relied upon to continue these needed services. This is a great event to attend and help support the seniors in our community.

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Island Festivals Nouveau Art Show in Fernandina Beach

Island Art Association

Island Art Association

The Nouveau Art Show and Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk will be on October 10. The Opening Reception for the juried Nouveau Art Show, “Island Festivals”, will be held on October 10, 5:30 to 8pm at the Island Art Association Gallery located at 18 N. Second St. The show features local artists and this show’s theme is “Island Festivals.” Submitted and accepted art will be on view through November.

The Gallery is open every day, and features work by over 40 Exhibiting Artists, displaying various media of painting, also pottery, glass, jewelry, fiber art, gourds, etc. The art show is one of the stops you’ll want to make along the art walk. Maps are available at the gallery.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

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Visual Rhythms Continue on Amelia Island

Art by Sandra Pineault

Art by Sandra Pineault

You still have time to view the art exhibit called Visual Rhythms at First Coast Community Bank. This FREE art display continues through November and features art works by Rhonda Bristol who took 1st Place in Mixed Images at the 2009 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Theresa Daily is another artist featured in this display and she invites you to come by her studio and watch her work. The studio is located at the Blue Door Artists in Historic Fernandina Beach. Carol Beck’s art is greatly influenced by her fascination with science and Sandra Pineault’s pieces have won awards in her native New England as well as here on Amelia Island.

Come on out and view the Visual Rhythms art display through November during banking hours, at First Coast Community Bank, located at 1750 South 14th Street in Fernandina Beach.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

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Loraine King Offers House Portraits

Amelia Island Artist, Loraine King

Amelia Island Artist, Loraine King

Until recently if you ever wanted the services of a house portrait artist, you’d be hard pressed to find one. Until now that is. There’s one right here on Amelia Island – Loraine King. Loraine paints “house portraits” in her home studio and works in watercolor, acyrlic and pen and ink. The house portrait you commission can be one of your house as it is today, or you can have her do a period scene. A period scene is a house portrait that looks like it did at some time in its history. You provide her with a picture of your house and between her personal observations and the information you provide her, she paints it! According to what you want, she can even paint various generations in one painting and include period items, such as a horse-drawn carriage to show the time period of the painting. She said she’s painted ice-skating, someone feeding a deer, a family making a snowman and even someone chopping wood for a fireplace. So pull out all your old family photos to include in your own individual house portrait!

Loraine does much more than just her house portrait paintings. She founded the Amelia Island Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery located at the Spa and Shops that opened just under a year ago. The gallery has 43 members and includes a rainbow of work from artists who do everything from watercolor to tapestry. Each member volunteers to work one day a month at the shop so if you stop in any day, you’re surely to meet one of them. They do commission work and schedule art classes from the wide array of talent, and have an upcoming “Small Works” show premiering November 8, 2009. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 – 4 pm.

Art by Loraine King

Art by Loraine King

Loraine is a native of New Jersey, and now a permanent resident of Amelia Island. She received her BA degree in Art Education from William Paterson University and became Art Director for the Shenendehowa Central School District in the state of New York. In Ohio she founded The Dublin Area Art League. She has spent over 40 years as a working artist, maintaining an active studio in her home. Her style is not limited to expressions in the primitive genre, but renderings in representational realism, impressionism and abstracts can be found in her landscapes, seascapes, florals, house portraits and family renderings.

While living in New York her portrayals of early New England scenes were recognized by The Schenectady Museum of Art. While living in Ohio, King’s works were featured in an article published by “Early American Life” magazine. Her paintings have been sold through the gift shop of The American Folk Art Museum in NYC. Her award winning works are found in collections throughout the USA and as far away as Japan, England, France and Canada.

Loraine can be reached at (904) 491-3737.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

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Indigo Alley Features Casey Matthews at Art Show

Casey Matthews Exhibit

Casey Matthews Exhibit

Indigo Alley is hosting an Art Show & Wine Tasting featuring – Casey Matthews on Tuesday September 22, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00pm. The show will run through October.

Casey is an award-winning artist who has sold to private collectors throughout North America and Europe, and currently works from her downtown studio in Fernandina Beach, Florida at The Blue Door Artists www.bluedoorartists.com. Matthews has been painting professionally since 1998; since then, painting has come to define her existence. “I cannot remember any moment in my life when I did not want to be an artist.” For Casey, painting is a process that explores her intuitive relationship with the actual work and the life it develops along the way. She states that her intention is to create layers of information through her technique, and gathers inspiration from life– translating it into my terms. Her work hovers between consciousness and intuition; combining emotional content, observation, skill, exploration, and reinvention. Her intent is to create surfaces that are visually intriguing with expressive colors and organic shapes; leading your minds eye on an aesthetic journey throughout the emotive process of destruction and contradiction.

Each painting begins with several layers of paint and collage. She incorporates simple vine charcoal drawings between layers until a rich texture emerges. She embraces the drips and splatters that develop along the way; and at times they lend themselves to an unfinished journey. This journey involves structure, energy, gesture, color, and the enduring relationships between them. Learn more about Casey at www.caseymatthews.com and visit her local studio-gallery at: Blue Door Artists – 205 1/2 Centre Street -Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.

Indigo Alley is located at 316 Centre Street next to Okanes. For more information visit their Web site at www.indigo-alley.com.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

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