“That’s Life” Exhibit May, 2019

The Ocala Art Group Exhibit hosted at “The Brick” gallery was judged by Frank Zampardi of the Villages. Thank you to Leona Asta and Lynn King, Chairpersons for the Exhibit. Thirty-one artists participated showing 54 pcs. of art:  5 in 3-D and 49 in 2-D. Our Judge deliberated for more than 4 hours and gave the following awards: 1 ribbon for 3-D, and the rest for 2-D in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 3 Honorable Mention. Award Winners are listed below. We hope you enjoy the slideshow of photos taken by Mac Harris at the Reception and Award ceremony.

   BEST OF SHOW FOR ALL MEDIA:  Alexander Turnbull for “Reflections”….Pastel

    FIRST PLACE IN 3-D: Nancy Wall for “Terror of a Homeless Night”…Clay

    FIRST PLACE in 2-D:  Victoria Peterson for”Aloe” ….. Colored Pencil

              SECOND PLACE: Barbara Wensel Severns for “the Actress” …Pastel

              THIRD PLACE: Cindy Vener for “Confluence”…… Oil/Cold Wax

Honorable Mention:

                      1.    Sharon Harris for “Dead End”… Acrylic;

                      2.    Sharon Repple for “Florida Nature Coast”…..  Acrylic

                      3.    Harriet Dobbin   for “The Hunt” …Pastel

OneBlood Exhibit – May-June 2019

Article and Photos Contributed by Deb Janssen, OneBlood Exhibit chairperson.

The May art show at OneBlood had nine art pieces submitted for display by five artists. The theme was “Mellow Yellow”. The staff and patients continue to express their appreciation of the beautiful art that the Ocala Art Group shares during each show. This show will be on display until July 3rd. These artists have shared art during this show – see photos:

Debbie Orrison Janssen – “Asiatic Lilies” and “Just Peachy”
Heather Doherty – “Lemons and Daisies” and “Peachy Keen”
Joyce Cusick – “Private Garden” and “Rawlings Grove”
Sue Primeau – “Taking Flight” and “Happy Hour”
Barbara Fife – “Queen’s Confidant”


May 8, 2019 Luncheon Event

OAG members and guests met at Chili’s Restaurant Wednesday May 8th at 12 noon for installation of officers for 2019-2020, lunch and social gathering.
Artists were invited to bring a small piece of art  (painting, card, sculpture, etc) for an exchange with fellow artists. We drew numbers again to make a personal selection from the trove.
Photos below! Click to see larger images…

Close-ups of Artworks for Art Exchange at the OAG Luncheon May 2019
Artwork Exchange at OAG Luncheon – May 8, 2019

The Figure in Pastel

Featured this month will be an art demonstration by Don Borie, who
will be using a clothed male model as he draws the human figure in
pastels.  Don Borie’s demo will show lighting, posing and figure art tips.

“Pastel simplifies the craft of applying color in art. The mechanics of drawing with a stick of pastel is much like sketching with a pencil only in color and a plus is no solvents or water needed. Cleanup is washing your hands!”

Don Borie

Don says, “Drawing and painting to include the character or actions of a person lend a connection to inspire me in developing oil or pastel painting.  Now my paintings improve by simplifying and focusing on the emotion and impact as needed.  Self-satisfaction is my reward for a successful painting along with the acceptance of the viewer.”

A Masterful Rendering!

Don Borie entertained attendees at the April 10, 2019 meeting of the Ocala Art Group with a masterful rendering of a full portrait of a clothed live model. Don explained each step of his painting process beginning with the positioning and light on his model, John, who also models for the Figurative Painters group (See Area Happenings under the OCG website Calendar). John’s skin tone, white shirt, and hat make an interesting subject.

Don worked on neutral tone Mi-Tientes Archival paper that can accept a few layers of pastel, less than sandpaper subtrate would hold. The initial, carefully considered drawing was made with vine charcoal. Don then used a variety of pastels ranging from hard NU-Pastels, softer Rembrandt pastels, and very soft and rich Unison pastels. A light touch produces a half-tone, a harder touch gives the full intense color of the pastel. Don layered his available pigments to optically render desired colors, a visual merger of colors.

With pastels, Don cautioned that one should start darker, and continually keep the light source in mind. Don usually chooses to work first on the head, a part of the painting he most enjoys. Charcoal pencil on eye details and well-placed white to highlight facial contours made the painting magically come alive. Final touches included blue pigment to correct skin color in the shadows.

A Brief Bio of Don Borie

Don Borie’s career in art spanned some 50 years in graphic design and drawing and painting. His art subjects range from astronaut to landscapes while giving creative workshops in all art mediums. His specialty evolved into sketching, painting and illustrating people—portrait and figure.

Mr. Borie has been the organizer for the Ocala Figurative Artists group which meets at the Webber Center of the College of Central Florida.   With a background in commercial art and illustration,  Don’s work has appeared in The Artists Magazine, Colorado State of the Arts publication, Florida Times-Union Sunday Magazine, Longmont Times-Call, a requested piece by National Geographic Society offices, a commissioned portrait of astronaut Vance Brand and has private collections across the country.

Don Borie web address: www.donboriefineart.com

Plagiarism and Appropriation in Art

The Paradox of Originality

Guest lecturer Kyle Novak traced appropriation by artists from cubist collages and Picasso’s works that borrowed from African art. Kyle cited works of Richard Hamilton acclaimed for the earliest “pop art”; Roy Lichtenstein who appropriated images from comic books and ads, often cropping and enlarging to create stunning compositions. Andy Warhol is noted for his creative use of photo silkscreens.
Post-modernist Sherrie Levine tried to give new perspective to existing works; Cindy Sherman placed herself in a series of appropriated photos. Richard Prince blatantly copied photos from Instagram posts and works of others. Richard Prince has been involved in numerous copyright lawsuits for his obvious plagiarism.

So what’s an artist to do about this paradox of originality?..


“Continue to create things that celebrate what’s been done before or focus on ideas that are brand new? I think the answer is both. The way you become original is through imitation to some degree. When starting out as a creator your work is going to largely reflect the ideas of your influences. That’s how you find your voice. The more you make things, the more your voice will become a collection of those influences and start to feel UNIQUE.”

OneBlood Exhibit – March-May 2019

Article and Photos Contributed by Deb Janssen, OneBlood Exhibit chairperson.

The March art show at OneBlood had eight art pieces submitted for display by four artists. The theme was “Sea Green”. The staff and patients continue to express their appreciation of the beautiful art that the Ocala Art Group shares during each show. This show will be on display until May 1st. These artists have shared art during this show – see photos:
Joyce Cusick: “Withlacoochee Cattails” and “Withlacoochee Ibis”
Heather Doherty: “Earth’s Rhythm” and “Le Vieux Lilies”
Debbie Orrison Janssen: “Jellyfish Bloom”, “Japanese Iris” and “Turtle Life”
Barbara Fife: “Seminole Falls”.

Milly Sheffer Demonstration

Milly Sheffer Still-Life oil Painting with a palette knife
Milly Sheffer-

Milly Sheffer’s love of the creative process and oil painting shines through in her teaching and her paintings. OAG members and guests at the monthly meeting on Feb 13 followed intently Milly’s demonstration “Still-Life Start-to-Finish” as she selected cherished pieces to compose a still life arrangement. That done, Milly brushed lively colors on a canvas, then loosely sketched a birds-eye view of the scene on the primed surface. Preparations finished, Milly selected a flexible palette knife and dark oil pigments to form the shapes, working dark to light, thin application of darks to heavier texture on lights. Many in the audience registered for Milly’s workshop at the Appleton on March 14. Milly is also offering a series of open Monday morning sessions at Brick City Center for the Arts, starting Feb 18. Wonderful opportunities to develop your talent, explore a new technique, and find joy in painting with a palette knife!

Milly Sheffer bio and other information

The Ocala Art Group

The Ocala Art Group was established in Ocala in 1950, making our organization the oldest of its kind in Central Florida. The artists have come and gone through the years, but the quality of the work and the enthusiasm of our members insure that the arts remain alive and healthy, no matter the economic climate.

The Ocala Art Group is a not-for-profit educational corporation and our membership is open to all who share an interest in developing and promoting fine art. We provide programs, demonstrations and workshops that appeal to every art enthusiast and we sponsor at least four art shows a year with all member participation.