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Sunset, Leaping Mullet & Fishermen

Sunset, Leaping Mullet & Fishermen

We have changed the date of the “plein air” colored pencil workshop to October 30. There is still time to join us for this casual, fun class at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor. Drawing on location helps develop general drawing skills, and it’s a wonderful way to record travels. Although no special materials are needed for this class, just some pencils and a good sketchbook, you’ll also learn about the equipment that makes working outdoors easier. (Materials list available to help you choose which pencils to bring.) Class will meet 9 AM – 3 PM; fee: $75 DFAC members, $105 non-members Register through the Dunedin Fine Art Center

Three Couples

I was pleased to learn that my Pasco Hernando Community College show was covered in the Pasco Times edition of the St. Petersburg Times today. I don’t know how long it will be available, but the link is here.
The image in the Times, Three Couples, has had a lot of good press itself — Legion Paper has used it in advertising for Stonehenge paper for over a year. It’s earned a lot of recognition from being in so many art magazines. And it’s won several awards, including Best of Show in the Florida Artist Group annual show in 2006.

High Spirits, 12 x 26", 21 x 23" framed, $2000

I have a solo show, “Water’s Edge” opening on August 27 at the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library at Pasco Hernando Community College, on their New Port Richey (FL) campus. 46 of the 47 pieces in this show feature water in some natural form. The colored pencil pieces are mostly views of Florida beaches but the show also features a group of plein air paintings of lakes, river, marshes and the gulf. In addition, there are a handful of miniatures in colored pencil — it’s one of those that’s without water, a portrait of family members at a parade.

The opening reception, hosted by the college, is Thursday, August 27, 3 – 7 PM. (Although if you want to see me, get there before 6, as I have to leave early for a class at 7!) The show remains on view until September 19; regular viewing hours are 9 – 8, Mon – Thurs, and 9 – 3:30, Fri – Sat. Private viewing and tours can be arranged by calling 727-816-3229.

Currently on exhibit: The Dunedin Fine Art Center Holiday Show runs through December 24. I’m showing several pieces, large and small, but you won’t see the big painting I submitted — it sold at the Patron’s Preview!

Three shows coming up:
I’ve been busy painting on location and have about 9 new oil, acrylic and ink & watercolor pencil paintings for a group show of plein air artwork, “Outside Art” at the Octagon Art Center, 2470 Nursery Rd, in Clearwater, FL. The opening reception is December 4, although I’ll miss that event because I have a class to teach at the same time. The show runs December 4 to January 14.

Six colored pencil miniatures, including two brand new ones, have traveled south for “It’s a Small World – World Class Art in Miniature” at the Weatherburn Gallery, 452 Bayfront Place, Naples. This invitational show of artwork by Miniature Art Society of Florida award winners opens Saturday, November 29, 6 – 8 pm, and runs at least until December 22.

And speaking of miniatures, the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s 34th Annual Show runs January 18 to February 8, 2009 at the Dunedin (FL) Fine Art Center. All five of my entries were accepted, and I expect to be demonstrating each Thursday and Friday afternoon of the exhibit. I’ll also be teaching a workshop on Miniature Art at DFAC on January 24 – 25. This is probably the world’s largest and best annual show of miniature art, with close to 900 accepted entries, and it always draws huge crowds. The Miniature Artists of America Traveling Show will hang at the same time; as a new MAA Signature Member, I have a piece in that show too.

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Welcome to my new website!

At long last I have a web presence, and you have found it!

I’m still learning how to post things, so it may be a while before you will find much to read or look at here, but you can always email me at mmnece@juno.com if you have questions about artwork available, commissions, classes and shows.

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