Sunday, October 31, 2010

Join us at the Rose Garden in Downtown Daytona Nov 14

Please see this link for an event at downtown Daytona in 2 weeks. Ruth Vines created the flyer. DIG (Daytona Improvement Gardeners) will be working on the rose garden on Beach Street by the river, and they invited plein air artists to paint. Several artists from the Art Consortium and others from the area are planning on painting during the event, which runs that Sunday afternoon from noon til 4pm. Visitors can try their own creative hand at creating stepping stones from recycled materials, donate a rose in a loved one's name, or try a workshop. Cory Trusty is holding a workshop at 2pm about herbal remedies for cold and flu. Hope to see you all there! Let's work together in keeping Daytona beautiful!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Join Us At Hallogreen Tomorrow in Daytona Beach

Join us tomorrow for healthy trick or treats, arts, crafts and fun at the City Island Farmer's market in Daytona Beach from 8 am to 12 pm. The Art Consortium will be there with a pumpkin decorating activity. Mehg Marshall of Deland will be onsite with her functional pottery. I will have my soaps and jewelry with plenty of new items.

Crystal and Brian from Star & Cross Bones are coming out all the way from East Coast of Florida. You won't want to miss out on their chain mail jewelry, handwoven scarves and shawls, and handspun yarn.

Monday, October 11, 2010

"The Garden": Fair Share Meal & A Movie

Fair Share Presents...

The Garden

Time: Friday, October 22 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location Bonner Center Auditorium @ The Chiles Academy
868 George W. Engram Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL

Fair Share is proud to offer this public screening of the award-winning documentary about this iconic community garden and the struggle to save it. No admission charge but suggested donation of $10 @ the door.

6:PM- Enjoy a fresh, delicious community potluck meal in the cafeteria
7:PM- Showtime in the comfy auditorium

Synopsis: "The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:

Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?

And the powers-that-be have the same response: “The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do.”

If everyone told you nothing more could be done, would you give up?"

Friday, October 1, 2010

Local Artist Dianne Waldron in Prims Magazine This Month

Congratulations to Dianne Waldron of New Smyrna Beach. Dianne is featured in Prims magazine this month. Dianne creates Halloween Folk Art, Primitives, and other handmade items.

Diane can be contacted about her art at sewpatriotic @

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Under the Sun's Trashformation Art Contest 10/10/10

Here Comes The Sun' Trash to Art Contest at the Marine Discovery Center 10/10/10!
There is going to be a recycled art or 'Trashformation' contest with some great prizes, at the 10/10/10 event, at the Marine Discovery Center, off the North Causeway, in New Smyrna Beach. Please bring entries to the Marine Discovery Center, Sunday, October 10th, no later than 1pm. Winners will be announced at 2pm.

1st 2nd and 3rd place winners from each age group will have their works displayed, in the front window of Jonah's Cat's Art Gallery on Flagler Ave. in New Smyna, for two weeks following the event! We are trying to make sure that each person who enters will recieve a prize for participating. First place entries from each age group will win an eco-tour for two from the Marine Discovery Center!
Thanks, and good luck!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Past Lives and Visions Opening in St. Augustine

Please help spread the word and join us at Michelle Davidson's "Past Lives and Visions" opening reception at the Pasta Art Gallery October 1st from 5-9pm. Celtic Music by Charlie Gear.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Alive After Five: Thursday, September 9

It's Time for

Alive After Five

at the

Art Affair Gallery

Thursday, September 9, 5 till 8 pm


Opening Reception for

"Toelle It Up"

Solo Exhibition for Toelle Hovan

featuring her newest works on canvas, hand painted purses, jewelery designs, and painted furniture

in the Studio Gallery

Stop by the Gallery and meet Toelle Hovan and perhaps watch her work on her latest work of art while enjoying her exhibit of art featuring her unique combination of checkerboards, flowers, common objects and influences of small craft flying. Her show is in the Studio Gallery until October 10. And, while you are checking our her work, don't miss...

The Students of Toelle Hovan

in the Student Gallery

Stop in and Vote for Best of Show with a dozen of Toelle's students's works on display. While you are looking at her students' works, don't forget to register for one of her workshops or classes in the gallery. See for information and schedule. New sessions begin Saturday, September 11.


Outside the Gallery

Face Painting by Emma

Our newest addition to our gallery of artists, Emma, will be available for face painting outside the gallery during Alive After Five. You will be amazed by the intricate designs and colors of her work, starting at $5.

Event Photography with Ken Elliott

Meet outside the Gallery at 6 PM


See for details.

See you this Thursday evening,


Art Affair Gallery

301 East First Street/Sanford/407.466.6365

Monday, September 6, 2010

Florida Favorites: Memories in Mosaics by Christine Burgess

Mosaic artist Christine Burgess of Melbourne has a background in interior design and has been working with Mosaics for 8 years. All of Christine's work is designed to be functional and with everyday use in mind.

"When I create my pieces I keep in mind the colors, textures and balance of the design similar to what you might do in designing a room. I like to have a little 'bling' in each one so I add jewelry to nearly all my pieces. This has become my signature."

You can visit her Etsy shop by clicking on her items below:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Aquarian Bath: Two Birds Pottery by Robbin Meltzer-Wren

Aquarian Bath: Two Birds Pottery by Robbin Meltzer-Wren: "I've been saving these great pictures for a slow day.  These fish are so gorgeous.  I was lucky enough to watch one of them being built by ..."

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Florida Favorites Artist Rudy Pacarro

Another great artist we met at the Arts on Stage event at Peabody was ceramic artist Rudy Pacarro. Rudy is primarily a Raku Pottery artist. His pieces have a lot of texture and are very colorful. Some of his other interests are the flute and Karate. You can find more of his work at his Etsy store or read more about this artist on his profile page.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Paper Mache Bowl Making in Daytona for World Food ...

Aquarian Bath: Paper Mache Bowl Making in Daytona for World Food ...: "The Fair Share Garden will be hosting a fundraiser for World Food Day in October. We are raising funds for our garden where we demonstrate..."

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Florida Favorites: April Mace Abstract Artist

April Mace was another great artist who showed at the Arts on Stage event at the Peabody Auditorium. Her art work has a unique flare and is very eye catching. The majority of her work features animals and faces. April has a delightful family and has been encouraged in her drawing since she was a young girl. You can check out more of her art work and her biography at

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Upcoming Classes With Local Fine Artist Judy Gilmer

Thanks to Judy Gilmer for Volunteering her time at the Peabody Arts on Stage Event last weekend. Judy is offering an Abstract Experimental Art Class at the Art Haus in Port Orange starting Friday October 15 and running Fridays through November 19th. The times are from 9 am - 12 noon. The fee is $140. Anyone who may be interested can contact Judy at

View more of Judy's art at her website

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Florida Favorites: Barbara Lindfors Fine Artist

I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Lindfors at the Arts on Stage event at the Peabody Auditorium this weekend. Barbara currently resides in Palm Coast, but formerly she has travelled and painted world-wide. Barbara is also a member of the Daytona Beach branch of the National League of American Pen Women. She offers high quality fine art giclee canvas reproductions of original southwest art at her website:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Art Consortium Members at the Peabody Arts on Stage Event

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Arts on Stage Event at the Peabody this weekend. I think I got pictures of all of the Art Consortium Members who participated with the exception of Perego and Beau Wild, who I couldn't find. I should have snapped Perego's picture when he stopped by my table with his new purple hair.

Below is Ruth Vines with her plein air display. Ruth is currently focusing her efforts on commissioned paintings.

Here is Michelle Davidson of Fused Dimensions. In addition to being a talented multimedia and glass artist, Michelle is also a writer. You can follower her new writing project, Haunted Hospitality at her new blog.

Full time photographer Buddy Hatcher has a wide selection of images available at his shows and online. You can also find Buddy at these locations coming soon: Morocco Shriner: Sept 11-12, Vero Oct 2-3, Cedar Key Oct 16-17, Ocala Oct 24-24, Flamingo Follies Nov 13-14

Here I am (Cory Trusty) just trying to stay coherent and awake with my new baby Tessa. She is 3 months old and this is her second event. If you missed me at the Peabody, then you can find me at my new jewelry website DelicateAdornments or my Bath & Body shop AquarianBath. I offer free delivery on purchases over $10 to Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach and Holly Hill.

Sarah Barnaby is pictured below with her work. Sarah will be teaching painting classes at CraftBuggs Cottage Thursdays from 5p-8p starting September 9th. Classes are one day a week per month ongoing.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Transmissions Art Event in Daytona Beach August 21

An evening of cutting-edge art, stimulating music, and moving poetry. Local artists, musicians, and poets will unite here to promote artistic vitality in our community.

Charles Comer
Gerald Edwards III
...Beth Garren
Lesley Giles
Jeanne Jesse
Matthew Knopf
Jamie Meager
Michelle Nicole
Peninsula Holding Co.
Zachary Pettigrew
Kendi Sullinger
Jack White
Boone Williams
And More...

Tim of the Dr.'s of Rhythm

Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by: VATIC w/ Special Guest Twitch Thomason

Special meet and greet with Linda the Dancing Cell Phone Queen

August 21 at 8:00pm - August 22 at 2:00am

LocationVacant Space
214 S. Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL

Monday, August 2, 2010

Arts on Stage at the Peabody August 14-15th in Daytona Beach

Join us for Arts on Stage at the Peabody Auditorium. Times are 10 AM to 4 pm on Saturday the 14 and from 12 pm to 4 pm on Sunday the 15th.

There will be visual artists in the Rose Room along with performing artists (musicians) on the stage.

Visual artists include Sarah Barnaby, Michelle Davidson, Jim Edwards, Judy Gilmer, Buddy Hatcher, Cory Trusty, Ruth Vines, and Beau Wild. We all look forward to seeing you there

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hand Painted Purse Workshop

With Professional Artist, TOELLE HOVAN
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Professional Artist Toelle Hovan will show you how to “Toelle It Up” and paint your own unique purse during this three
hour workshop. Class is appropriate for all levels from the amateur to the experienced artist. Ready-to-paint purses are
provided and included in the fee. Bring your own acrylic paints and brushes or use ours for a $5.00 supply fee, in
additional to the workshop fee of $30.00.
FEE: $45 per person. CLASS SIZE LIMITED.
"When it comes to my art, I will try anything once. I like to call myself a 'Renaissance
Toelle has studied art at the Augusta University, The University of South Florida, Hillsborough
Community College and Daytona State College. Much of her work comes from still life set-ups of
the items she has collected over the past fifteen years during her travels with her husband in their
small aircraft. Besides works on canvas and paper, she also makes and paints purses and
furniture. Toelle is widely known for her checker board patterns, small works of flowers and other
common objects, bright rich colors, and her diversity of media. She has been an art
educator all her life and enjoys bringing her excitement and knowledge of art to all she encounters.
She is widely shown and collected throughout the state of Florida and the US. Her Solo show featuring her paintings,
furniture and purses opens at Art Affair Gallery, Thursday September 9, 2010.
_________________________, ________
SESSION ONLY $45.00 _____________
VISA OR MASTERCARD: Number ________________________________
Expiration date: _____________ Name a it Appears on
ZipCode ____________________ CVC ___________
Sign if Using Visa or MasterCard ________________________________________

Friday, July 23, 2010

CSN Stores Gift Certificate Winner is Artist Chelsey Scott!

Congratulations to Chelsey Scott. You won the $60 gift certificat to CSN Stores. Enjoy. Chelsey happens to be another talented Florida Artist. Check out her blog.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Florida Favorites: Amber Moran

Amber Moran is a New York Native living in West Palm Beach who makes amazing illustrations such as the Humming Bird Baby Messenger above. Her work is influenced by nature, family and music. Amber works in a variety of media but is currently interested in watercolor and ink.

Amber is giving away your choice of a custom portrait or an original watercolor on the Florida Etsy Street Team Blog. You have until August to enter.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Florida Favorites: Orlando Fine Artist Robin Maria Pedrero

Robin Maria Pedrero is a prolific fine artist living in Orlando Florida. Maria works in oils, mixed media, paper, pastel, acrylic, and more. Robin's art can be found worldwide in private and corporate collections from Japan to Spain to Scotland. You can follow Robin's artist process through her blog posts at Pocket Full of Colors. Robin also offers prints, original work, accessories, and collectible mugs at her Etsy store.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Win a free $60 Gift certificate from CNS Stores

Are you tired of having your kids doing arts and crafts in your Dining room or Living room. Do they need a dedicated set up? Or do you need supplies of your own?

There are lots of suplies for the little artist....

.................and big artists at CSN Stores.

The Art Consortium is giving away a gift certificate for $60 in products at CSN Stores. This offer is open to US residents. You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this blog post.

You can receive one additional entry for each of the following activities:

-visit one of the Art Consortium member sites and leave a comment about your favorite item from them.
-following this blog by feed blitz, google reader or on networked blogs.
-promote this blog post on twitter including @artconsortium in your post
-blog about this contest
-promote this contest on facebook
-add the Art Consortium of Volusia County Logo to your blog or web page with grab code provided on this blog

Leave a comment for each activity and be sure to include your email contact information. The winner will be chosen July 23rd.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

“Painting with Watercolor” on Canvas Workshop by Pat Spano

Pioneer Settlement

for the Creative Arts, Inc.


(Located one block west of HWY 17 on

SR 40 in Barberville, FL


“Painting with Watercolor” on Canvas

Workshop by Pat Spano

Learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolor on canvas. In this creative medium, you will concentrate on water and paint ratios specific to painting on canvas, and the addition of detail over washes. Supplies provided. Cost: $26.00.

All levels of ability invited!

You will love the results!

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Advance registration always appreciated.

Register by phone (386-749-2959) or in person at the Settlement.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kids Art Boot Camp in Daytona Beach Starts July 19th

Monday, July 19, 2010 at 8:00am
End Time:

Friday, July 23, 2010 at 3:00am


160 Business Center Dr.

Ormond Beach, FL

A special "Kids Art Army with Perego" week is new this year and will include art classes, inter-active art, art appreciation, introduction to famous artists and their work, an Art Challenge with games and trivia, and a collaborative art mural. Perego, a local artist, will be helping the children learn more art concepts and demonstrate specific skills with different art medium. We will complete a mural with Perego at our NEW North Campus and the children in Summer Camp will help. Perego's daughter- PHOENIX PEREGO, who broke the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS for the "Youngest Professional Artist in the World" when she was only 2! will be assisting in teaching the "little one's " how to paint! Come celebrate - "We are Art!" The final day there will be a PeregoLIVE performance that's open for everyone! whether you have kids there or not- come & see Perego do his thing FULL FORCE.

Stop by for a tour and register your child for Summer Camp Program 2010 before spaces fill up!
for more info call 386-672-6460 or email

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Florida Favorites: Kelly Warren Photography

Kelly Warren is a talented and hard working artist and mom living in Jacksonville, Florida. It is amazing that she has time to create in between her full time job at Florida State College, her mom time raising twin 6 year old girls, and more. Kelly not only is a photographer but also a jewelry maker. All her work is a bright and colorful. Check out Kelly's Blog and Photography Shop on Etsy.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Call for Artists

Arts on Stage at Peabody Auditorium August 14-15, 2010

Saturday, 10-4 & Sunday 12-4

Arts on Stage features community artists, area restaurants tasting tables, children’s art projects, live music piped throughout the area, raffles and give-a-ways by area businesses.

Fine Art and Fine Craft Artists

Set up booths inside the building. Artists supply their own tables and chairs in Rose Room Gallery and Lobby. The only fee is 10% to Peabody Auditorium to help us continue to promote the arts.


Small groups and solos requested to provide music on the half hour on stage in Peabody Auditorium. No entry fee; no payments. If you have CDs, you are welcome to sell them and you get bragging rights that you performed at Peabody!

Artists and Musicians will be juried before acceptance.

Send contact information to Dianne Waldron and Mary McBride Information may also be mailed with CD or DVD to:

Dianne Waldron, Peabody Auditorium, PO Box 2451, Daytona Beach FL 32115

Please provide the following information with your application: 6 jpegs of art or link to online performance if available.


Phone Number:


Link or website:


Saturday, July 3, 2010

We Love Pink! July 9-10 at the Colliseum in Daytona Beach

Volusia County’s resident professional dance company, Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, presents “Another Brick in the Wall” at The Coliseum on July 9th & 10th.

Back by popular demand, this rock opera features a full-scale professional dance performance and highlights live music and ideas from Pink Floyd’s, The Wall. Dance enthusiasts and rock music lovers alike will enjoy an engaging evening of live music, light shows, videography, and professional dance. Presented in a night club setting, “Another Brick in the Wall” features the company’s highly trained dancers, compelling choreography by the company’s two founding Artistic Directors, Rachael Leonard and Kristin Polizzi, and music by Pink Floyd cover band, Earthbound Misfits. In addition, the mixed-media show will include an organic light show and performance art by PeregoLive, videography by Doug Ratcliff, and artwork by Morgan Steele. Although different from the company’s highly acclaimed repertory dance performances, Surfscape’s ground-breaking Pink Floyd tribute show is a "don't miss" event!. Although anyone is welcome to attend the performance, it is recommended for people over the age of 12.

Performances of “Another Brick in the Wall”, held at The Coliseum, are set for Friday, July 9th at 7:00pm and Saturday, July 10th at 7:00p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students/youth and can be purchased through the SCDT box office: 386-366-5108. In addition, the company will perform new choreography this fall/winter. For more information about SCDT, please phone 386-233-4885 or log on to for photos and a calendar of events.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Views from the Window by Beau Wild in Ormond Beach July 9

"Views from the Window"
New installation of paintings by Art Consortium
of Volusia County member Beau Wild

Meet & Greet the artist
Friday, July 9th from 6 to 8 pm.

James Harper fine arts gallery
44 West Granada Blvd
(Across from Caffeine and also the newly opened Rose Villa Restaurant)
Ormond Beach, FL, 32174

This event is free
Parking is available behind the gallery

image- detail from 'Window above Cafe Crepe', oil, 24 x 24, by Beau Wild

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Florida Favorites: Nature Inspired Artisan Jewelry by Garden Vibe

This is one of many garden inspired jewelry pieces by Kirsten Kalwaytis of Tampa, Florida. Kirsten is a nurse and an artist who is inspired by nature. She uses natural materials such as wood, stone and gems in her pieces. Her artistry extends to her jewelry product photo shoots. Most of the back drops for her jewelry include natural elements such as those pictured here. You can find more about Kirsten at her blog or visit her shop on Etsy for more jewelry pieces.