Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monica Smiley has displayed work at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road.
The Carrollwood Cultural Center and the Life Enrichment Center showcase the work of Tampa Bay's most promising and talented artists. We talked to one named Monica Smiley recently about her work and how she got her start. Patch: How did you get started as an artist? Smiley: While visiting North Carolina, I enrolled in a summer session at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. at the suggestion of a friend. The course consisted of using nature to create and decorate clay. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed getting my hands into the clay and wanted to learn more on the concepts of handbuilding. Upon my return, I discovered The Mudslingers, a pottery center right in my backyard at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. It has been here …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The class will be held at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N. Boulevard
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
If you've ever wanted to learn to paint in watercolors, the Life Enrichment Center in Forest Hills is offering a six-week class. The class will be held from July 20-August 24 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $75 for members, and $90 for non-members. Annual membership starts at $30. The class will be taught by Frank Bolock. Class size is limited, and advance registration is required. Call 813-932-0241 to register, or go to www.lifeenrichmenttampa.org.
Bill Mathes has shown his work at the Life Enrichment Center in Forest Hills
North Tampa is full of talented artists who have their work showcased at venues like the Carrollwood Cultural Center or the Life Enrichment Center in Forest Hills. One of those artists is Bill Mathes, who recently talked to Patch about his influences and where the community can see his work. Patch: How did you get started as an artist? Mathes: I was a teen when I started art. I took art in junior high school, senior high school and at USF. I stopped art for a long time while in the U.S. Air Force and while in business. I picked up art again when I retired. Patch: Who or what influences you? Mathes: My mother was the start of art (being an) interest for me. She painted murals on walls and cabinets in our home. Patch: What are …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Bill Koehler discovered art ability by accident at University of Tampa
North Tampa is full of talented artists who have their work showcased at the Carrollwood Cultural Center or the Life Enrichment Center in Forest Hills. One of those artists is Bill Koehler who recently talked to Patch about his influences and where the community can see his work. Patch: How did you get started as an artist? Koehler : Other than enjoying drawing perspectives in my art class in high school and doing well in my blue-print mechanical drawing class in college, I considered myself devoid of art talent. A few years ago, I accompanied my wife of 50 years to a "plein air" session outdoors at the University of Tampa - just to watch. A big pad and pencil were thrust at me and I began drawing what I saw - starting with bold …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Terry Smith began painting as a child
Stop by the Carrollwood Cultural Center or the Life Enrichment Center in Forest Hills, and one thing is clear: local artists are making their mark in north Tampa. One of those artists is Terry Smith of the North Tampa Arts League. Smith is one of many locals, from Monika Leon to Stuart Dwork, who enjoy creating various forms of art. We recently talked to Smith about how he got his start and how people can view his work. Patch: How did you get started as an artist? Smith: I have wanted to be an artist since I was eight. That was when I got a paint by number set. At 17, I stopped painting for 20 years. When I started back, I knew full-time painting was for me. It took awhile. At age 59, I started painting full-time, 13 years ago. Patch: Who …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Monika Leon is a local artist and mom who works in both black and white and color
Stop by the Carrollwood Cultural Center or the Life Enrichment Center in Forest Hills, and one thing is clear: local artists are making their mark in north Tampa. One of those artists is Monika Leon, whose chosen art is photography. We recently talked to her about how she got her start and how the public can see her work. Patch: How did you get your start as an artist? Leon: Photography entered my life gradually, first through my professional life, and it soon became an important instrument of “my art." I started taking photographs for myself several years ago, and photography promptly turned into my passion. Digital photography was my choice because of the endless possibilities of this exciting medium. It enabled me to learn and progress …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Virginia Butler draws inspiration for her work from her volunteer time at the zoo.
Stop by the Life Enrichment Center or the Carrollwood Cultural Center, and one thing is clear: There's a lot of local artistic talent in north Tampa. We recently talked to Virginia Butler of the North Tampa Arts League about how she got started as an artist and how the public can view her work. Patch: How did you get started as an artist? Butler: I’ve always loved to draw, and have been sketching all my life. I received a painting set one Christmas and taught myself how to paint. I’ve taken a few classes, but mostly learned on my own. I read art books, magazines, and visit art museums. Patch: Who or what influences you? Butler: I have a passion for animals. I volunteer at the zoo, and a lot of my subjects are found there. I love eildlife…
Sunday, May 6, 2012
A rundown of what we covered
In case you missed it, here are the top five headlines of the week. What was your favorite story on Patch this week?
Friday, April 6, 2012
We profile local artists who have shown work at the Carrollwood Cultural Center and the Life Enrichment Center
Between the Carrollwood Cultural Center and the Life Enrichment Center, one thing is clear: North Tampa is a community full of talented artists. We recently talked to one named Janice Shindle, who has had art displayed at various locations in Tampa Bay. Patch: How did you get started as an artist? Shindle: I started doing art in my senior year of high school. I went to the only high school available in Jamaica, VT. We traveled 17 miles to a semi-private school in Townshend, VT. I had all but two credits needed to graduate by my senior year, so I decided to take extra courses to fill my time. One was art. The headmaster of my school was a world renowned artist that taught the class. Needless to say, I had a great teacher. By the end of that…