Wednesday, April 29, 2009


May marks our first offical year as an art club. We hope we can continue to grow and to share our time and talent with the community. We want to thank everyone for their support!


Photos are from reception April 24. We had a lot of fun. Exhibition will be on display till Jun 20.2009

In April ACB with close cooperation with City Commissioner Christine Dobkowski, organized a student art exhibition titled: "CELEBRATING SPRING WITH ART". The exhibition could be seen at the City Hall in Belleview until May 6.

1Category 6-9 years

1 place Robert Ledwith Stanton
2 place Hannah Slattery
3 place Aura Blackurn Stanton
Honorable mentions: Natasha Dobkowski, Daniel Martinez Stanton;Christion Homes Stanton

Category 10-14 years

1. place Corine Poetro Howard
2. place Tomesa Turner Ft. King
3. place Maria Hyde Howard

honorable mentions: Daniel Redheffer,Onja Berry Howard,Meagham Acevedo Lake Weir, Hope Slattery, Anne Lugo, Teishley River Ft. King

Category 15-18 years

1. place Breanne Shenk Bellview high
2. place Leah Lassenna Belleview high
3 .place Antony Beylotte Belleview high

Honorable mentions :

Miguel Cardona Belleview high,Anne Klusendart Belleview high,Danielle Post, Tyler White Belleview high, Savanah Benson

City Commisioner award will be announced next week.

Show judge, Viola Motyl internationally known artist from Switzerland with 40 years of experience in art education. Currently you can see Viola's art on exhibition at Slovak Embassy in Washington D.C.

Article form Star Banner
Artists paint seats so riding center can have saddles

By Joe VanHoose
Staff writer
Published: Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 3:34 p.m.
Theresa Grimes didn’t know what kind of interest she could generate when she took off with an idea to host an art auction to benefit a local therapeutic riding center.

She was especially interested to see who would want to turn chairs from places to sit into pieces of art.

Then the phone started ringing. She had 25 chairs accounted for the first day.

Now she has about 50 chairs, each of them painted with a theme unique to the area, ready to auction off at the Paddock Mall on Saturday.

“We must have 50 artists from all over the county that have worked on these,” she said, standing in her home looking over two full rooms and a garage full of chairs. “My husband was joking with me, saying this is the last ‘chairity’ fundraiser we can do.”

Each chair will go up for silent auction, with all the proceeds going to the Stirrups ’n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. A good turnout could mean enough money to buy a new tractor and more supplies for the growing operation in Citra. Organizers are hoping to raise about $5,000.

“This will buy a lot of equipment to take care of our facility,” said Grimes, the organization’s fundraising coordinator. “It takes a lot to take care of our 10 horses and 50 riders.”

Stirrups ’n Strides provides therapeutic horseback riding and driving to disabled children and adults from Marion and Alachua counties. According to its Web site, studies have shown that therapeutic riding provides benefits such as psychological bonding, lifting of the spirit, increased attention span and improved balance, posture and flexibility.

Area artists from groups like the Belleview Art Club and Ocala Decorative Art Group stepped up to paint several chairs. Chairs that belonged to old dining room and nook sets now show off scenes like the gazebo on the downtown Ocala square, horses racing and jumping over bushes, scuba divers swimming with manatees and even a set of dairy cows with a plastic udder hanging below.

Local artist Angie Rosier painted three chairs for the auction, including one that sports a Sherman fox squirrel on the front and a longleaf pine on the back. The combination for her was more than just a natural pairing.

“One of the natural habitats for the fox squirrel is the longleaf pine, and I have both around my house,” she said. “But I wanted to paint them because they’re both becoming endangered.

“It’s an homage to what used to be Florida, the Florida I saw in the ’70s.”

Another chair, painted as a collective effort from The Media Group 3 in Ocala, shows an alligator opening its mouth between a collection of oranges and blues. Below, “2008 National Champions” is painted to commemorate the University of F

Florida’s NCAA football championship. “We were thinking of themes that might be a good seller, and this was it,” said John Tripodi, a graphic designer at the firm who happens to be an Ohio State fan. “But we needed a way to get around any copyright issues, so we painted the gator. It worked out real nice.
Chair done by Carol Dentici
Fund raising

Our members: Nelly Ordija, Grace Kathman, Carol Dentici, Kazuko de Bie, Christe Slocum, Ewa Hunca Baker and Daniela Banatova have participated in charitable event .We painted chairs which are going to auctioned May 2 at Paddock Mall in Ocala. Profit from thic auction is going benefit organization Stirrups n' Strides, Theraupetic Riding

We want to welcome our newest Art Club of Belleview member:

Ilka Boogaard
"As a webdesigner I owned a 'point and shoot' camera and had a lot of opportunities to take snapshots. However my camera lacked the ability to take truly outstanding photos. Then I recently received a Canon Digital Rebel as a Christmas present and rediscoverd how much fun photography can be.

As a global citizen (born in the Netherlands and resided in Costa Rica and the United States) I have lived in different cultures and surroundings and I hope to use that in my photography. My favorite subjects are travel, nature and street photography. You can see more of my photography at, or visit my website portfolio at

Featured Artist of the Month:
Nelly Ordija

"I was born in France but emigrated to the U.S. as a small child. I grew up mainly in Chicago but have lived in Colorado, California,

Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana, and now Florida. I think I'm a gypsy at heart.

My jobs have been many but my life's work is art. During my travels in my youth I painted murals. More recently I've done paintings which are political in nature and very symbolic like the painting, THE REVENGE OF THE TAINO. I asked the question - What if lung cancer is the cosmic consequence of the genocide of the Native American? My next question- Who were the first? Much of my work requires extensive research.

I have also done design and decorative painting on jewelry, cut-up t-shirts, wooden boxes, pottery, murals, and recycled pieces like shirts, purses and furniture. My t-shirts are currently on sale at Soul Essentials near downtown Ocala.

I believe there are infinite posibilities for art and design in our lives. It is all around us. We just need to open our eyes and hearts. I can be reached at,"

Famous artist quote :

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Salvadore Dali

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. Diane Arbus

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind. Frank Lloyd Wright

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. Georgia O'Keefe

Studying a new technique:
A Brief History of Tiedy

Or what is tiedye, anyway?
The word tie-dye encompasses a wide variety of dye processes. I've defined it as any dye process in which a pattern (no matter how crude) is produced by a resist from folding, twisting or tying material in any way you can think of. Some type of tiedye process was probably used shortly after the first fabrics and dyes were invented. I'm sure it didn't take very long for someone to discover that twisting or scrunching material before it was dunked in the berry juice produced a pattern, and from there it was a short step to adding some string or vines or something.

Since fabric is perishable we don't have direct evidence of the earliest dye arts. Archaeologists have found a variety of stamps that may have been used for printing fabric 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and India. Some of the stamps are rocker shaped, some are cylinders, and some are flat with a handle on the back, indicating a variety of uses. I would bet that if they could block print, they had already tiedyed. Actual resist-dyed mummy cloths have been found from 1000 BC in Egypt. We think that dyeing techniques traveled along trade routes from India to Egypt.

The Orient
There is also a rich tradition of tie-dye "shibori" in Japan where dye techniques were introduced from China around 400 BC. Shibori is still practiced in Japan and the United States. About 400 AD, Indian traders introduced dying techniques to Java where the art of Batik was developed. Plangi, tiedye, and a sewn version "tri-tik" also flourished in Indonesia.

Tie-dye has been practiced extensively in Africa, especially in Nigeria. I have also personally heard that there is now a tradition of tie-dye on the West Coast of Africa that uses synthetic dyes and patterns similar to ours -- if anyone has any more information about this please let me know.

The Americas

In the Americas, Pre-Columbian Peru stands out for its tradition of fabric art in which tie-dyes play a central role.

The So-called Modern World

Many types of tiedye are still used today for clothing, backgrounds for screen printing, sheets, tapestries, tees, and table covers. Often whole garments are dyed, but many items are also made from material that has been previously dyed. Our particular type of tie-dyeing was not possible until the invention of fiber reactive dyes in 1956. Until then, dyes had to be applied hot or with strong chemicals. Procion, the principle fiber reactive dye, can be applied cold and can be dripped on, which allows more than one color to be applied without reprocessing. Procion dye is also extremely colorfast. I personally started tiedying in 1978 when I went to work for "The Tiedye Company" on a community in Tennessee called "The Farm". The Tiedye Company had just been started by Charlotte Gabriel, who should get credit for developing many of our basic techniques, and in particular for inventing the star pattern.




Different levels of dye saturation in the cloth can often produce significantly different effects. The less you saturate your tied sheet, generally, the more white area you'll end up with. Sometimes this is a problem. Other times, it's what creates the coolest part of the pattern. I've found that often with pleated patterns, a slightly lower level of saturation is good. It creates a more defined set of parallel lines in the pattern. In spirals, I like a high level of saturation. Mostly these are things you'll have to try and decide for yourself...but try to consider it while you're dying.

I never have the patience, but a method that can create really complex patterns is to do 2 dying sessions on the same sheet. It's important to have a plan in this case because you might well ruin a good tie-dye by dumping more dye on it in a conflicting pattern. You might choose to do a spiral of blue and white on your first session...then diamond pattern over the top of that. I'm not particularly experienced with this, but it's on my list of things to try.

The art of color combining is probably one of the most important...and most personal aspects of tie-dying. There's just some colors that don't look good next to each other. Others are perfect. If you're doing a double dying session, you'll want to carefully consider which colors to use first so the colors of the second session will dye appropriately over the first ones. Adding yellow on top of black is pretty much going to But you can get cool effects by layering with good color combinations.

Black is a really good tool in tie-dying. It can be used to highlight subtleties of the folding pattern that wouldn't come out very strongly otherwise. For example, I like to highlight the edges of pleats with black to strengthen the appearance of the parallel lines.

I haven't tried it, but I've heard it works well to use bleach instead of dye for a piece of cloth that's already tie-dyed, or which starts as a color other than white. Do it just like you'd do with dye, but use bleach to create a pattern in white. Be careful that you don't use too strong a mixture or you'll eat holes in the material. I'd try starting with 25% bleach 75% water. I'm sure it depends on the fabric and the type of dye that's on it. When using bleach you're only going to leave it on for a fairly short period of time, rather than overnight. Just watch the areas you've bleached, and when they're as white as you want them, rinse it out.

Theophile Alexandre Steinlen
Birth Year : 1859
Death Year : 1923
Country : France, Switzerland

Steinlen was born in Switzerland, where he studied art at Lausanne and later became active as a textile designer in Mulhause. In 1882 he arrived in Paris where he worked as an illustrator for the journals Mirliton, Assiette au Beurre, Chat Noir, and Gil Blas, for which he produced over four hundred lithographs. As an artist he was not merely a commercial success but showed great sensitivity toward his subject matter. Besides illustrating advertisements for a variety of products, Steinlen was famous for his posters of cabaret and music hall performers. Perhaps the most noteworthy of these is one done for the French singer Yvette Guilbert's performances at the cabaret Les Ambassadeurs, executed in 1894. Guilbert preferred Steinlen's posters to another famous version, done by Toulouse-Lautrec, in which the artist distorted her features and figure, making her appear thin and bony to the point of freakishness. The two artists are often compared, although Steinlen's poster art, drawn with the same bold simplicity as Lautrec's, is marked by an air of sweetness and a quieter mood. However, his later work for the journals, like that of Lautrec, became increasingly satirical and critical of society. Steinlen, too, often drew genre scenes of the working class, capturing day

-to-day life in Paris with a simple, endearing style. He was very found of animals, especially cats, and often included them in his posters. Steinlen's cats proved so popular, in fact, that they became a trademark of his work.

Exhibition around the Globe :
This time we are going to see
4 March 2009 - 21 June 2009
The exhibition The Age of Rembrandt assembles 150 works by some 70 artists from the Albertina Museum’s 17th century Netherlandish holdings, including Hendrick Goltzius, Rembrandt van Rijn, Aert van der Neer, Aelbert Cuyp, and Adriaen van Ostade. The unique selection is completed by so

me 40 oil paintings from various other collections and museums. Rembrandt, in his technical and thematic versatility, presents himself as an outstanding crystallisation point.

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Belleview Welcomes Two New Galleries!
Belleview is a very fast growing art community. In the last two months we have gained two more galleries.
Please visit the new showroom of Mr. and Mrs. Blindmaster, located at 6547 SE 110th Street (C25) in Belleview. Mr. and Mrs. Blindmaster specializes in custom window treatments such as plantation shutters, pleated shades, faux wood blinds, verticals, and more. We also showcase the art work of some very talented local artists. We are dedicated to promoting art and culture in southern Marion County by providing a venue for artists to show and sell their paintings and other works. We will be holding monthly art exhibits at our showroom, as well as participating in local art tours. Please visit our beautiful showroom and help support the arts in our community! Mr. and Mrs. Blindmaster can be reached at 352-245-0341.

Gallery East in the Almeida Plaza, South of Belleview ;11761 SE Hwy 441 ;is opening in begining of May.

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