Tanglewood Art League History

2008 – February 2010
Before Loretta DeWitt started our group, she met with fellow artists for informal planning meetings. They developed goals, guidelines, and a plan of action. Loretta and Bernard Preblick obtained permission from Tanglewood’s owner, John Greytack, for a gallery in the Community Room.

At a Monday coffee Loretta announced the formation of a new art league. Early members were: Chair Loretta, Secretary Judy LeBlanc, Treasurer Sandra Stephan, Bernie, Harvey, and Linda Snyder. Bernie handled publicity. Mary Boutiller, and Ingrid Strope joined in December of 2008 when the League was opened to all Tanglewood residents.

At their first meeting, Loretta told about her ideas for a gallery with only original artworks created by members. The group refined the general guidelines and display policies:

GENERAL GUIDELINES

“The purpose of the Fine Art League is to encourage
visual arts created by Tanglewood residents.”

Information followed regarding meetings, officers, and finances.

Gallery and Display Case Policies
Information followed about accepted artwork and art exchanges.
The gallery accepted only original artworks created by TFAL members.

Annual meetings for the election of officers would be in February. Loretta had also arranged to use the Craft Room for League meetings from 1 to 4 pm on the third Monday of each month. After business meetings there would be time for exchanging ideas, socializing, open painting, or occasional programs. Members could take turns displaying their work in the gallery and in Loretta’s showcase. By January of 2010 there were 23 members.

It took some ingenuity to develop a suitable hanging system in the gallery, as nothing fastened to the walls would be permitted. Loretta and Bernie researched hanging systems, then shopped for wires and other supports, which they donated. Harvey LeBlanc helped string the wires.

February 2010 – February 2011
The first officers had worked very hard, but they were “burnt out”. New officers were elected: Chair Ingrid Strope, Vice-Chair Zelda Kimm, Secretary Linda Schneider, and Treasurer Pat Reich. A few days before each regular meeting during the winter season they held open planning sessions to brainstorm ideas and discuss feedback. These helped to plan programs for every winter month. Ingrid photographed activities for Picture Trail and took care of publicity. They continued with the gallery and showcase displays.

But even with year-round officers and occasional summer events, numbers remained stagnant. Could it be that the Tanglewood Fine Art League appealed mainly only to those artists who felt confident enough to exhibit their original work? Or that people viewed our group as rather exclusive? That’s when Don suggested that we accept all art work for display.

In March we voted to drop the “original” criteria in our Guidelines and to change our name to “Tanglewood Art League” (TAL). We announced our new name explaining that we wanted all artists, beginners as well as advanced, to feel welcome.

In November we relaxed criteria for displaying in our gallery and updated our guidelines in November of 2011. Artwork need no longer be original.

These changes have been vital in attracting new members.

After Joyce Robbins moved into Tanglewood in May of 2009 and attended an art meeting, a question was asked, “What can we do to attract more members into our league?” She responded by saying, “Let’s have an art show”. Someone said that the craft room is too small. Joyce was thinking much larger than that and wanted to see an art show in the main hall. So she was appointed to organizing the art show.”

  • On December 10th Joyce started her wonderful annual show in the main hall. The theme she chose was “Art on Piano Street”. Howard Johnson made posters to advertise the event. Don Eckstein volunteered to organize a painting raffle and Bob Dikon donated one of his fine oil paintings. Income from the raffle was $138.

Also in December TFAL joined the Heartland Cultural Alliance so members could exhibit at the Lakeshore Mall show.

February 2011—February 2012
Realizing the need for a year-round president and summer programs, Ingrid (a snowbird) stepped down as chair to become Vice-Chair. When no other members would serve, Don and Judith Eckstein (although not themselves artists, and with some cajoling) graciously offered to be Chair and Secretary. Norma Evans was elected Treasurer and Ruth Phillips volunteered for the gallery. Norma agreed to be the HCA contact person. Judith handled publicity.

  • The art show became an annual event, with Joyce as chairperson. Theme for the second annual winter show was “Art at a Paris Café”. It was held on January 21st from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm. Fifteen tables were sold to exhibitioners. There were music and light refreshments. Income from the raffle was $153.

February 2012 – February 2013
Most of the officers were re-elected: Don for Chair, Judith for Secretary, and Norma for treasurer. Ann Reynolds became Vice-Chair.

In March Don suggested giving $100.00 to a graduating South Florida Community College art student who was planning to study elsewhere as an art major.

Although regular meetings and programs continued to be held during the winter months, TAL activities still wound down during the summer. Meetings were held, then open painting time. Gallery art was exchanged every other month.

  • The annual exhibit was held January 19 with “New York” as its theme. Income from the raffle was $305. It provided $300 for the Scholarship Fund. Don suggested keeping the scholarship amount at $300.00, and even volunteered to make up any difference.

February 2013 – February 2014
Most of the officers were re-elected: Don for Chair, Judith for Secretary, and Norma for treasurer. Laurel Petkus became Vice-Chair. Peggy Scefcyk volunteered to keep the TAL scrapbook.

Ingrid organized an exhibit in the Highlands Cultural Alliance galleries at the Sebring airport during February. HCA advertised the event. Nine TAL artists displayed their original paintings. The opening reception on February 8th was well attended and the exhibit well received.

Judith started our annual spring luncheons. The first one was held on March 21st in the Island View Restaurant.

TAL hosted the Monday Morning Coffee on September 16th.

In the fall Laurel resigned as Vice-Chair, since she was in Tanglewood for only six months each year. Bob Clarke accepted the position as interim Vice-Chair.

Joyce spoke with Rick Sellers, Community Manager, about storage in the Craft Room for art supplies. He suggested that we ask the woodworking club to build us a unit using scrap wood to keep the cost down.

Don suggested that it would be nice to have shirts with our design on them. Each person could buy their own shirt and have the logo embroidered on the shirt. Clarke suggested a competition to choose a logo.

  • Theme for the annual winter exhibit held January 18th was “Hollywood”. Income from the raffle was $347.

February 2014 – February 2015
Officers elected were Chair Norma Evans, Vice-Chair Bob Clarke, Secretary Judith Eckstein, and Treasurer Peggy Scefcyk. Ruth continued to handle the gallery.

One of Clarke’s designs was chosen for a TAL logo, and he arranged for Karen Nelson to embroider members’ shirts. New TAL tags were ordered. They have a peach background with red lettering.

Clarke updated the poster in the community room with the new logo.

Members asked Loretta to create a project for the entire group. In response, Loretta brought her extensive collection of sand dollars for individual artists to paint. She provided large metal rings to hang in the Community Room. “Joyce helped me wrap the hoops with rope. I then added the string to the shells and hung them on the hoops. Gary from the office attached the hooks to the ceiling and hung the completed project for me.” Over the rest of the year, as other members of the league finished their sand dollars, Loretta attached them to the hanging hoop.

The 2nd annual League luncheon was held at Homer’s Restaurant on March 15th. Joe Jarmy sold raffle tickets to help defray the cost of the supply closet, estimated at $200.

A survey was emailed to members requesting input about programs and workshops. With regular summer activities, TAL became a year-round group.

  • The Exhibition and Sale was January 27, 2015.
    o theme: “New Orleans”
    o raffle donations were from Dave Parks and from Ruth Phillips.
    o Don Eckstein started the scholarship for a deserving art student at SFSC. $300 was awarded to Missy Simpson.

February 2015 – February 2016
Officers elected were Chair Norma Evans, Vice-Chair Bob Clarke, Secretary Judith Eckstein, and Treasurer Peggy Scefcyk. Joyce handled the gallery and changed the wiring system to a less visible one.

Clarke put together an Art Book for the credenza which is not only a sign-up book for programs, but also gives information about TAL.

  • Artists had many display opportunities.
    o Norma and Joyce arranged for annual TAL exhibits at the hospital. Art was displayed in the hallway for about 2 years.
    o Judith spoke to the Sebring Library and we showed our art work during the months of November, December, part of January.
    o The library approached Norma about using some of their artwork for bookmarks. Several artists participated.
    o The airport exhibition every month was still in progress.
    o Art displayed on the second floor of the college theatre during the month of April to coincide with the scholarship award.

Norma gave a piece of her art work to Janet Ortberg as a gift from the League upon her retirement.

Loretta led a summer art project creating a mural for the main hall and wrote the message on the scroll.

Summer Retreat Art Program
May – July 2015
This project was part of a summer
retreat art program that was initiated by
Loretta DeWitt as part of the
Tanglewood Art League. The objective
was to paint a mural depicting the natural
beauty of Florida’s flora and fauna, to be
displayed in the main room of the clubhouse
for all to enjoy.
The participating members of the league
who contributed to the project are, in
alphabetical order, Loretta DeWitt,
Norma Evans, June George, Merry
Mary Fulton, Ruth Phillips and Peggy Scefcyk.

  • The Art Exhibition and Sale was January 23, 2016.
    o theme: “Chicago”.
    o 2 donations: two Waterford Crystal goblets by June George and an oil painting by Marge Carney.
    o A scholarship of $300.00 was awarded to South Florida Community College art student A. Juarez.

February 2016 – February 2017
Officers elected were Chair Norma Evans, Vice-Chair Bob Clarke, Secretary Judith Eckstein, and Treasurer Peggy Scefcyk. Joyce handled the gallery.

Judith suggested luncheons every year, held in March.

Certificate of Appreciation by Bob Clarke went to Ruth Phillips for her five years of service in our Gallery.

In October Tanglewood Art League had an exhibition at the HAL “Yellow House”.

TAL members displayed their artworks in the Sebring Library from November to part of January.

An Art League Banner was ordered. Members gave suggestions. Clarke’s design won. The TAL slogan “Art from the Heart”, suggested by Ruth Phillips and Loretta DeWitt, was incorporated into the banner which is on one of the poles around the community.

Clarke made a template for painting identification which each artist displaying in the Gallery must use.

Clarke’s photo of caladiums won the contest for the cover of a Homeowners free phone directory.

  • The Art Exhibition and Sale was January 21, 2017.
    o theme: “Art in the Park”.
    o 2 donations: Cathy Futral, head of the Art Dept. at SFSC donated one of her oil paintings and John Henry donated one of his hand designed wooden bowls.
    o Scholarships of $300.00 each were awarded to South Florida Community College art students Kalani Dubberly & Abagail Zevallos.

February 2017 – February 2018
Officers elected were Chair Norma Evans, Vice-Chair Bonnie Jarmy, Secretary Judith Eckstein, and Treasurer Peggy Scefcyk. Joyce handled the gallery.

The annual March luncheon was at Island View Restaurant. A Certificate of Appreciation went to Bob Clarke.

TAL sponsored a table at the Florida Hospital Benefit in October. Norma and Peggy manned the table painting rocks.

  • The Art Exhibition and Sale was January 20, 2018.
    o theme: “Masters of Art”.
    o 2 donations: Karla Respress, art instructor at SFSC, donated a photo of a pigmy fringe tree and Virginia Eisen donated a lovely acrylic painting
    o Scholarships of $300.00 each were awarded to South Florida Community College art students Bryan Rodriquez and Alysia Rameriz.

The Art Exhibition and Sale had been advertised each year in all outlets, including the radio station, Highlands Newspaper, Coffee News, posters place in various communities and shops, Facebook, TWRtimes and the paper monthly newsletter.

February 2018 – February 2019
Officers elected were Chair Norma Evans, Vice-Chair Linda Beardsley, Secretary Judith Eckstein, and Treasurer Peggy Scefcyk. Joyce handled the gallery.

  • The Art Exhibition and Sale was January 19, 2019.
    o theme: “Sebring Circle”.
    o 2 donations: “Sunflower Speak”, an original oil painting by local artist Barbara Wade, and a wood turned bowl by John Henry, a local woodworking artist.
    o Scholarships of $300.00 each were awarded to South Florida Community College art students Jaimaris Mendez and Ricardo Mendiola

During the June planning meeting, programs were set-up for the following year.

February 2019 – February 2020
New officers elected: Chair Kathie Mousseau, Vice-Chair Robin Rigazio, Secretary Judith Eckstein, and Treasurer Peggy Scefcyk. Joyce handled the gallery.

  • The Art Exhibition and Sale was January 18, 2020.
    • theme: “TAL’s 10th Annivesary Show”.
    • Scholarships of $300.00 each were awarded to South Florida Community College art students Syniah Edwards and Betsy Mejia-Flores.

Joyce retired after acting as chairperson for the annual shows for ten years. They were drawing in 400 to 500 guests each year. “It was a lot of work but was very satisfying to see the results.”

February 2020 – February 2021
Officers elected were Chair Kathie Mousseau, Vice-Chair Robin Rigazio, Secretary Judith Eckstein, and Treasurer Peggy Scefcyk.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TAL activities were canceled.

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