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ArtPoems 2019

Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:00am until noon
Organizational Meeting
Alliance for the Arts

Deadline: December 15, 2018
Inspiration Source Works & Credits
(see appropriate To Do list)

(optional) Collaboration Meet-up
Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:00am until noon
Art League of Fort Myers

Deadline: January 21, 2019
New Works & Credits
Short Biography
(see appropriate To Do list)

Rehearsal:  Tuesday, February 19, 2019
3:30pm until 5:00pm
Alliance for the Arts

Gallery Art Drop-off
March 31, 2019 - 1:00 to 3:00pm
Art League of Fort Myers
Gallery Art Pick-up
April 26-27, 2019 - noon to 3:00pm

Artists and Poets

Paul David Adamick is a retired elementary art teacher of 41 years.  He now teaches drawing and painting at The Cape Coral Arts Studio. He also takes fused glass and raku clay classes at this site.

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.

Jamilla D. Brooks is a native of beautiful SWFL. She is a Hall of Fame MBA graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University where she currently is an Adjunct Professor. Jamilla is an Inspirational Speaker with a Desire To Inspire and a published author, "Beautiful You Are!: Inspired Poems." Jamilla was recently honored as one of SWFL's 40 Under 40 in the Naples Herald.

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. I always feel ready for a new art challenge. This year's subject matter was just that. In this depiction I attempt to represent my imagination and love of animals, even prehistoric. I continue to challenge myself with other techniques, compositions and subject matter. 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. 

Joyce Berrian Ferrari. This is her fourth year as a poet collaborator, and her first year as a co-producer with Roy Rodriguez for ArtPoems. Joyce enjoys playing with the power of words through poetry. Working with artists is continuously a growing experience for her. Joyce resides with her husband Carl at the Jersey shore and in Fort Myers.

Chris Godwin is a Sanibel-happy wordsmith, and a participant in Island Writers and ArtPoems. A retired college administrator/professor emeritus, she's enjoying the magic of writing poetry after a career in prose: authoring textbooks, professional articles, and mountains of work-related reports. The visual arts are a particular source of inspiration. Chris's special interests continue to be the "power of story" in immigrant, women's and children's literature.

Sandy Greco finds inspiration in personal experience. A retired physician, she attended the University of Chicago, and resided in NJ before moving to Sanibel. Also a lover of music, she enjoys singing whenever possible.

Scott Guelcher. His unique style of art has become well known in Southwest Florida. This blend of Pop Art Images and abstract backgrounds has attracted galleries to frequently display his artwork. He graduated from FGCU in 2005 and has received local and international recognition for his artwork. He currently teaches art at Island Coast H.S. and was commissioned to create two public art pieces for FGCU.

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. 

William Kramer. I have no formal art education ... what I do have is the skill and talent provided to me naturally by the Universe. I have always worked in the field of visual arts; floral desing, interior desing, landscape design, and retail display. My life philosophy is based on recognizing the Universal-Energy around us and paying it forward. My abstract style is a direct representation of this philosophy.

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.

Claude Lyles. University of Missouri degree in art. Retired commercial banker. Owner of Estudio Cielo Azul. Member of Art League of Ft. Myers, Visual Arts Center Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda Arts Center, and Alliance for The Arts, in addition to ArtPoems. 

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 and Gulf Coast Writers. She’s authored two poetic picture books (from Clarion Books) plus a teen novel (from Henry Holt), along with many short pieces for children and adults. Born in Ohio, she’s lived in Florida since 1999 with her husband, Ted, and a gorgeous black cat named Morgan.

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.

Lawrence Massing. A lifetime of photography has led to a degree in photography from Southern Illinois University (1973) advertising/illustration studio photography, freelance photography, and fine art photography with an emphasis on man altered landscapes and cityscapes.

Holly L. McEntyre is a part-time professor, an aspiring poet, and a full-time caregiver to two loved ones with dementia. This is her 3rd collaborative experience with ArtPoems.

Gary McLouth. For Gary coming into what you can call poetry, creative writing or the way not to make a living, began at the knee of my grandmother who transformed the mundane into the magical, telling stories. My 4th grade teacher caught my ear with structured rhyme and rhythm, and to her occasional dismay, lost my attention during less musical subjects to the world outside the windows. Life steadily awakens around me and in me, the senses tuning experience, study and practice making art. Not much of a living, but for me, the only life worth living.

Marilyn Mecca. I went “public” a few years ago and turned years of diary entries, travel notes and observations into poetry. Being retired, I enjoy my morning coffee sitting down before doing what I love to do — be an arts volunteer - at the Alliance for the Arts, at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery and at Arts in Healthcare.

Lesley Morrow is an artist whose paintings are bold, raw and sensitive to the eye. She expresses the feminine experience, the mystique, through contemporary portraiture capturing not only the strength she sees in these women and their faces but also the chaos behind the façade.

Barbara Gage Mulford. Southwest Florida resident Barbara Gage Mulford is inspired by nature, history and current events as she creates acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings. Barbara also teaches drawing and painting at several locations. Look for her signature; B Gage.

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 of the Arts, he has performed his poetry in N.Y.C. and Miami, and writes a poetry column for the Sanibel Islander.

Roy E. Rodriguez. As a photographic artist, I am always interested in the process of discovery, of finding a potential image with power to grasp my attention. One may say this involves providence or coincidence, both passive actions. However, I include another element, the action of “seeing”, which is active and receptive. I speak of being present in the moment of taking the photograph, and of being open to the scene as it reveals what else there may be beyond my usual awareness.

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 Grandpa in Action" is his most recent. He is 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 ArtPoems 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.

Beverly Taht. As an artist, I am inspired by the grace, beauty, ane power of nature and the unexpected delights of travel to new places. To capture these in an art piece is a challange.

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.

Kenneth A. Vinton. I was born the same day Abraham Lincoln was shot, the Titanic was struck by an ice cube, and Pete Rose was born, and somehow still persevered. ( Art saved me from mathematics : ) I've been a teacher, an author, an illustrator, a contractor, an accountant, a racquetball pro, an antique shop owner, a restorer of antiques, a dad, a grandpa, a docent, but always an artist. I always look forward to the next day. 

Buck Ward. I try to find the bits of beauty, the natural interstices in the urban coastal landscape. To find art among the myriad signs, poles, wires and parking lots, to find a beach not crowded with people, a horizon with no cell tower – that is my challenge. I try to use the light, the sky and clouds, the water, to enhance the built environment, to reveal the art of nature in the mundane works of humans.

Lorraine Walker Williams. Creator of ArtPoems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. Simply Sanibel Poems is her fifth book of poetry. Literary Artist of the Year 2009, her weekly, "Poetry Place" column appears at
If you'd like to become an ArtPoems Participant:

ArtPoems strictly limits the number of participants each year to twelve artists and twelve poets.  However, every year usually presents a few opportunities for new participants.  If you would like to be considered, please send an email to the ArtPoems Producer at   with your name and contact information.  Provide a one page resume of your arts background and accomplishments.   Ensure us that you will be in SW Florida during the ArtPoems season (Dec 1 - Dec 15 and Jan 2 - April 10).  Attach a minimum of three to a maximum of five examples of your work.  Alternatively, if you have a personal website, supply the URL.  ArtPoems depends on participant support and all participants are expected to pay a Participant Fee each year ($30 for 2019).

ArtPoems prides itself on its diversity.  We welcome participants of every gender, race, ethnic background and age.  Participants below the age of 18 must have a signed release from a parent or guardian.