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Featured Artists

APRIL 2024

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Pat St.Onge

Artist's Statement

Pat likes to define her primary medium as "color".  Working in acrylic, watercolor, and pastel, color is the key that unifies her work.  She seeks to infuse vibrancy into her subjects by incorporating subtle colors that enrich and harmonize all elements.  Recently she's enjoyed incorporating paint-pouring with brushwork.  She finds it a delightful challenge to develop images from the random patterns created by the process.

 

Pat grew up in Ohio, and has 40 years of experience as a potter, tile designer, muralist, and digital illustrator.  She's taught classes for adults and children at art leagues, art studios, galleries, and in private settings since the 1970's.

 

Pat learned the fundamentals of art at Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, OH, during the early 1970's.  Pat earned her BFA from Quincy University in IL in 2002, and a MALS in Art History from Findlay University in OH in 2006. From 2008-2010 she studied print production and digital media at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She's attended several workshops in watercolor and is a past member of the Great River Watercolor Society in IL.

 

She continues to help others discover the pleasure of painting when her opportunities for teaching expanded with a move to Fort Myers in 2016.  Pat's paintings continue to garner awards in shows and are collected by clients across the globe.

The Interview
by Dee J. Stevenson

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MARIA LoMONACO

 

Maria LoMonaco is a very outgoing person and has been painting since she was a child – a typical painting exhibition in her youth was “to make paintings of her grandfather’s nose”. She is looking for selling more of her works – in watercolor, acrylics & oil paints. She enjoys coming to the Open Painting sessions & has been doing so for quite some time. She says she enjoys the “welcoming heart” of the other attendees – “very pleasant workspace and very nice people”. What she would most appreciate would be more opportunities for the artists to sell their work by extending open hours and/or more opportunities to do some “plein aire” sessions that are advertised more fully – &/or work with the City in using the lovely park as a community open space. She’s willing to do some classes or demos, if this would help. She also suggests more evening classes be available to working persons. AND More targeted publicity.

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