Announcements January 21st – 27th



Week of Jan 21st – Jan 27th       


Did You Know?


Miniature painting has been around for centuries and began with portraits. Starting in the early 1500s, miniature portraits were first developed in the royal courts of Henry the VIII and Francis I in France.


“What we today call ‘miniature painting’ developed from the older medieval art of ‘illuminating’ hand-written books with colourful illustrations and decorative borders.”


Now miniature painting covers a vast array of topics, no longer limited to portraitures.


On January 26th we will be going to a Miniature Art Show in Dunedin. You can sign up to join us and see some great local miniature works for yourself. The signup sheet is available on the resource table, or you can email us at [email protected]. We will need drivers for the carpool. The ticket price is $8.


To read more:

– The Britannica; Miniature Painting


– Portrait Miniatures at the V&A:,colourful%20illustrations%20and%20decorative%20borders.




  • Tai Chi on January 30th is cancelled and will resume on February 6th.


  • Diamond Painting with Julie Buchanan is now a weekly class. Join us on Tuesdays from 1-3 and enjoy this fun, creative art style. Kits are available for purchase.



  • Jewelry Workshop is back with Zan on February 9th from 1-3pm. In this workshop, you’ll learn to open and close jump rings and how to make lovely bracelets and necklaces. If you want, you can bring your broken jewelry and learn to fix it yourself. Supplies will be provided. This class is in person only.


  • We have brought back the Artist of the Month. Our first two artists are Joyce Sundheim and Sheila Holbrook! If you’d like to be considered, entry tickets are on the resource table, or you can email us at [email protected]. You can also nominate an artist you believe should be highlighted. Names will be pulled at random. Who knows, you could be the artist, author, or photographer next month! Entries end of Feb 3rd.


  • We are looking for volunteers for the Florida State Fair to demo their preferred art medium or craft. Shifts are 3 hours from 10am to 1pm or 11am to 2pm. We are looking for one volunteer per day, per shift. The signup sheet is on the resource table.


  • Field trip Friday: February 16th we are going to the Dalí Museum. Explore renowned French Impressionist paintings alongside the early Dalí works they inspired. Monet, Renoir, Degas and more. Sign up to join us on a field trip to the Dalí Museum. Please let us know if you’d be willing to drive. We are meeting at the LEC at 10am and will go for lunch after we see the museum.


  • Mark Menendez is giving a Colored Pencil Workshop on February 23rd from 10:00am – 3:00pm. The subject is Blue Irises. This class is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers; scholarships are available. This is an in-person class only and you are advised to bring your lunch. You must sign up to attend, there are only 16 spots available. You can sign up in person or by emailing us at [email protected]



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