Spotlight on Members

If you are a Member and have a solo exhibition, award, or special art project, send your news to ocalaartgroup1950@gmail.com


Congratulations to Mary Haley-Rocks!

Congratulations are in order to new member Mary Haley-Rocks!!!! She entered a beautiful painting at the recent Marion Theatre Fine Arts Show and sold her beautiful painting: “Field of Poppies”.

Congratulations also for our zealous member Iris Kaplan for her dedication for making this such an impressive venue for OAG! Be sure to drop in to see this lovely fun show! It just goes to show us what we can do when creating
outside of our “comfort zone”! Thanks all!

Field of Poppies – Mary Haley-Rocks

WooHoo! Ronda Richley- Solo Exhibition

at Ocean Art Gallery, Ormond Beach

Congratulations to Iris Kaplan

Iris was awarded Honorable Mention for her acrylic painting, “Look, Seek, and Find” entered in the Visual Arts Association’s Winter 2022 La Galleria Fine Arts Show & Sale. 

The Winter 2022 La Galleria Fine Arts Show & Sale is located in the La Hacienda Regional Rec Center. 1200 Avenida Central.  The exhibit will hang until March 12, 2022 and features 29 original works by Village’s artists.  The works are available for sale by contacting the artist directly.

The Judge is Artist & Educator, Frank Zampardi, a retired secondary school art educator who taught in public schools for thirty-two years. Frank’s work has been exhibited in numerous art venues in his home state of New York and in Florida.  Since moving to The Villages, Florida, Frank has continued to garner awards at events in and around The Villages.  Come out and judge for yourself.  Everyone is invited to visit the Winter La Galleria Fine Arts Show 2022 which is open to the public and free of charge during regular rec center hours.


Congratulations to Cindy Vener!

Cindy Vener, OAG member, joined the Acrylic Painters USA this year and entered a painting for the competition. It juried into the show!!! Yipee!!! Congratulations on our first entry, first win in this prestigious organization, Cindy!
The show will be hung at the Manatee Art Center, Bradenton with an opening reception on October 28, 2021, from 5 to 7 pm.  The show runs October 26, 2021 through November 19, 2021. 

On the Rocks y Cindy Vener 32″ x 26″ Acrylic on Yupo

Congratulations to Sharon Harris!

Sharon Harris. past-president of OAG, was accepted for the third year into the nationally juried art exhibition sponsored by Acrylic Painters USA.  The judge was Tony Ortego, MFA University of Colorado and a professor of art at Regis University, Colorado. Two acceptances allowed status as a Signature Member of this national organization. 

The show will be hung at the Manatee Art Center, Bradenton with an opening reception on October 28, 2021, from 5 to 7 pm.  The show runs October 26, 2021 through November 19, 2021. 

Fun with Paint by Sharon Harris

Congratulations to Sharon Repple!

Sharon Repple’s painting Angel Trumpet Call was juried into the Acrylic Painters USA.
Artist Tony Ortega served as the juror for this exhibition.
Sharon Repple is a signature member of ISAP and APUSA.

Acrylic Painters USA
ArtCenter Manatee – Bradenton, FL
APUSA Curated Exhibit – October 26 – Nov 19, 2021
Opening Reception: October 28, 2021, 5 – 7 pm

Angel Trumpet Call by Sharon Repple (24″x 18″)
About Acrylic Painters USA

In 2006, a group of acrylic painters located in the Tampa Bay area founded an acrylic painters association (formerly ISAP-FL). This group is now Acrylic Painters USA Inc. The goal of the organization is to build a strong community of acrylic painters and to provide exhibition opportunities throughout the state of Florida. 


Kelley Batson-Howard Exhibit
Opening Reception October 6, 2021

Kelley Batson-Howard has a solo show recently hung at Plaza Lincoln in Leesburg through a collaboration with Leesburg Center for the Arts in their new venue CFA Plaza located there. Opening Reception will be October 6th, 5:30-7 PM Congratulations, Kelley!


Janice was born and raised in New York State and attended college at the University of Rochester. There she met and married the love of her life, Bob. They lived for 4 years in Wyoming, then moved to Pennsylvania where they lived for 40 years. During that time period they raised three daughters, and Janice went to medial school and then practiced as a Family Physician. When they retired and moved to Florida, Janice started attending art classes in The Villages, FL where they live, and fell in love with watercolor. Her work tends to be realistic, because she finds beauty in the world as it is, but she is beginning to move into being slightly more impressionistic and more discerning in composition. Her work so far is limited to watercolor, watercolor and ink, graphite and Conte crayons. She especially likes watercolor because she loves how it flows and mixes. There are infinite possibilities with watercolor! Most of the paintings are original paintings, but she is branching out to offer prints and giclees. Some of the paintings are her versions of paintings of other artists who gave permission for their work to be copied. Many of the paintings, especially the more recent works, are from photos taken while traveling, another of her loves. Still others are just “made up”. She also does portraits of children, adults, and “fur babies” on commission. She belongs to Ocala Art Group, Villages Art Association, and Villages Art League. 

For years, Sharon Repple’s paintings have been seen in Mount Dora at Renninger’s Antique Mall in Florida Faience Gallery on The Street of Shops. Recently, she joined a new gallery in Wildwood, FL.  Jill Goden opened Jill’s Unique Creations at 819 S Main Street a couple of months ago.


Venetian Gardens! By Linda DeLuca

Linda DeLuca

Linda DeLuca, OAG member, recently completed this mural of Venetian Gardens. The mural was painted inside the Morrison Opportunity Thrift Shop in Leesburg. Linda generously gave of her time and talent to paint this beautiful artwork for the Thrift Shop.