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ArtPoems 2018

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00am until noon
Organizational Meeting
Alliance for the Arts

Deadline: December 16, 2017
Inspiration Source Works & Credits
(see appropriate To Do list)

Deadline: January 28, 2018
New Works & Credits
Short Biography
(see appropriate To Do list)

Rehearsal:  TBA
prior to March 7, 2018

Artists and Poets

Paul David Adamick: A retired elementary art teacher of 41 years, I teach art classes at Cape Coral Art Studio where I teach "Drawing with Wire" and "Draw To Paint" for novice artists. I also do raku clay masks with fused glass headdresses. 

Jaye Boswell, a graphic artist and art educator enjoys pen and ink drawings, water colors and acrylic paintings. In December 2015 Jaye Boswell received the first annual “Ding Darling Brush of Excellence Award” for Environmental Artist of the Year. 

Maria Bouloux Hochschild has spent most of her life living in different parts of the world. British born, she came to live in the US nine years ago and lives part time in Florida. Now retired, she spends much of her time painting portraits. She paints from her own photographs and always searches for faces that draw a particular emotion.

Dennis Church shows his photographs nationally and internationally. Locally, his next showing will feature his photographs at DAAS Coop Gallery in Ft Myers in April 2017. This fall two of his photographs will appear in a book: Bystander: A History of Street Photography.

Honey Costa. My spirited watercolors and collages are reflections of my personal interests in life. I live in a world of color thru the inspirational ambiance and beauty of the tropical vistas and people of the Caribbean and Florida. It is my joy to capture these colors of our tropical paradise and create pleasure for my viewers. Art is my raison d’etre. 

jd Daniels holds a Doctor of Arts degree from Drake University. She writes poetry and prose and is the author of the Jessie Murphy Mystery Series set in Matlacha and Pine Island. She is also an editor for Prairie Wolf Press Review. 

Eleanor Dominek is a portrait and landscape painter working in oil and pastel. She has exhibited in national juried shows, including the Pastel Society of America’s Annual Exhibition. “As an artist I feel an urgency to capture the sacred space. The process of painting the landscape –its light, shadow, and color – brings me balance. I am awake”.

Marissa J. Douglass is a newcomer to the ArtPoems group. She enjoys studying people, metaphysics, baking, antiquated vernacular and bygone slang. She is currently finishing her bachelors in English at FGCU, with hopes of eating and teaching around the world. She loves poetry and her dog.

Paula Eckerty is a contemporary impressionist painter who lives in Cape Coral. She studied extensively with Gale Bennett and Lucie Macerkowski. "My goal in painting is to capture light, movement and color and to keep the observer looking at the painting just that extra minute longer."

Dan Reed England is a licensed clinical social worker, working in the mental health field, and is originally from Iowa. He is also an avid wood turner, builds furniture, and enjoys kayaking.

Beth Everhart is a visual artist, working predominantly in the medium of photography. Her most recent exhibits in Fort Myers include a found snapshot exhibition at Arts for ACT entitled A Small Vacation, the Juror’s Choice Award in the 28th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibit at Lee County Alliance for the Arts, and participation in the Fort Myers Founding Females Exhibition. Beth received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1989 from Hunter College, and currently teaches Fine Arts at Fort Myers High School. 

Former English teacher, Joyce Berrian Ferrari resides with her husband in Fort Myers and in Lavalette, NJ. Joyce is enjoying her third year as a poet-participant in ArtPoems. Many of her poems evolve from her life experiences and her observations of nature.

Chris Godwin loves the power of story, the word, and the visual. A published author, retired college administrator and Professor Emerita of English (State University of NY-SUNY Orange), she thrives each winter in Sanibel's rich creative sun, sand and shells. 

Sandy Greco finds inspiration in personal experience. A retired physician, she attended the University of Chicago, and resided in NJ before moving to Sanibel.

Scott Guelcher’s style has become well known in Southwest Florida. His blend of Pop Art Images and abstract backgrounds has attracted galleries to feature his artwork. A graduate of FGCU in 2005, he teaches art at Island Coast H.S. and was commissioned to make two Azul statues for the FGCU campus.

Linda Hughes, a native of Oklahoma, holds a B.A. degree in Journalism/Advertising. Published in Mangrove Review and “Broadsides,” at The Alliance for the Arts, she placed first in the recent Peace River Writers poetry contest and in an Art and Poetry event at the Englewood Art Center. 

Kathy Kuser: Graphic designer of 2D/3D digital surrealism. A story emerges which includes 70 to 700 digital layers, utilizing details with blending. Co-owner of Lee County Family News, Happenings Magazine and Reverie and Rock Art Gallery in Fort Myers.

Linda Lally is currently a Tai Chi instructor, and artist. She is a former elementary teacher from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where art was the core of her curriculum. She attended Art Students League in NYC, Lincoln College Oxford , graduated from Cornell University. Her art is inspired by years of world travel and living in beautiful places.

Terry Lynn’s paintings have been exhibited in national and local juried art exhibitions. She had won honorable mention in abstract division in The Artist Magazine 2013. In addition, her work can be found in private collections across the country.

Mary Beth Lundgren belongs to SWFL Poets. She’s authored two poetic picture books plus a teen novel, along with many short pieces, including Broadsides, for kids and adults. Born in Ohio, she moved to Florida with her husband in 1999.

Doug MacGregor is a native of Binghamton, N.Y., a graduate of Syracuse University and has lived in Southwest Florida since 1988. Doug enjoys drawing editorial cartoons, writing and illustrating children’s books, and playing harmonica in local bands. He is currently Coordinator for the Arts in Healthcare program, bringing the expressive arts to patients and families within Lee Health.

Holly L. McEntyre lives in SW FL. She cares for two older relatives with dementia, teaches online as an adjunct professor for the Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, and when she's not snuggling kitties or walking the beaches -- writes fiction and poetry. 

Gary McLouth, award-winning fiction writer and published poet, teaches composition and American literature at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers Florida. He has been an Art Poems’ poet since 2013 and serves as EMCEE for the 2017 edition of the Art Poems Program. 

Joe Pacheco is Co-Chair of ArtPoems. Sanibel Joe’s Songbook was published in 2013. Named Literary Artist of the Year in 2008 by the Alliance for the Arts, he has performed his poetry in N.Y.C. and Miami, and writes a poetry column for the Sanibel Islander.

Roy Rodriguez. As a photographer, I attract impressions of the world around me. They have a certain hidden beauty which I discover and then using craftsmanship I charm my audience to look closely. I say, “look at my world, look at what I see, let’s appreciate how much beauty and mystery there is in everything around us”.

Ava Roeder (photography, acrylic, mixed media) Ava grew up on a farm in upstate New York and the natural environment is a great influence on her work. After 39 years teaching visual arts, she volunteers in art programs in her community and enjoys working and collaborating with other artists.

Sidney B. Simon is the author of a dozen books, mostly on Values Clarification. CHEAP GRAMPA IN ACTION is his most recent. He’s a Theater Critic and MC for “Stories for Grownups.” Sid was Literary Artist of the Year, 2011, almost as happy an event as being in Art Poems right from the very first year.

Larry Stiles is a native of Tennessee. Retired following a long career in higher education administration, he now spends his time in volunteer activities in SW Florida and tries to squeeze in a little time for writing. He is currently serving on the board of the Gulf Coast Writers Association.

Jonas Stirner worked with Robert Rauschenberg as an Artist Assistant for fifteen years on Captiva. Jonas had the opportunity to create sculpture on the grounds of Rauschenberg’s compound. Rauschenberg became a collector of Jonas’s work maintained by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Lorraine Walker Williams. Creator and Chair Emeritus of ArtPoems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. Simply Sanibel Poems is her fifth book of poetry. Literary Artist of the Year 2009, she writes a weekly poetry column for 

Hailing from the Netherlands Berry van Boekel has exhibited with the prestigious alternative non-profit space White Columns in New York; Country Club Projects in Cincinnati, Peel Gallery in Houston, at the NADA Art Fair in Miami. He received an MFA from The Ohio State University. He currently teaches art at Florida SouthWestern State College and at the Center For the Arts at Bonita Springs.