Art Unleashed Benefits No More Homeless Pets

Rosie the DogBy: Kathleen Maurer

Rosie was painted in acrylics from a photo sent to me by her owner so that I could participate in an Art show fundraiser.

The ARTunleashed Art Show benefits First Coast No More Homeless Pets.

A calling was made to artists to donate an animal inspired artwork to be displayed and sold in a professional setting on June 23, 2011 at the River Club in Jacksonville, Florida. The show will be juried by a committee of art professionals who will select the winning pieces.

ARTunleashed is an annual fundraiser which seeks to engage the public, artist and art buying community in helping to make a real difference for thousands of cats and dogs in our community. Animal inspired artwork is the highlight of the event with the backdrop of live music, delicious food,

The Mission of First Coast No More Homeless Pets is to end the needless killing of cats and dogs in our communities by offering free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. High volume spay/neuter surgery programs are the only proven method to ending the pet overpopulation problems.

Rosie caught my eye. An adorable little dachshund of a German origin, short legs, and drooping ears, they have always been one of my favorite breeds. Having had three over the years myself, I felt that I could understand capturing the personality of Rosie. She comes from a loving home and has a sister named Lily. They love to play together tunneling through their blankets.

Category winners will receive a prize of the winning artwork. Winners will compete for the Best In Show prize of $750 Cash Prize on June 23,2011 at The River Club of Jacksonville, 1 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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I Judged the 2011 Shrimp Festival

Art Judge William Maurer

William Maurer

By: William Maurer

What an interesting day! It was the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and I was to judge 300 booths with fellow artist Ken Wallin.

It all started when Sharon Badenoch, representative with the Island Art Association jurying committee met me at 7:30 a.m. She was my contact organizer to judge seven different categories of Arts and Crafts. We met all of our assistants and team at the new Island Art Association Education Center on 2nd Street and we left at 8:30;
two judges and two assistants each; a team of six.

It was a sinuous path going up and down Centre and side streets covering an incredible array of artistic expression from whirly-gigs to fine oil paintings, pottery to dresses, jewelry to gourds.

As the morning progressed the crowds and cooking aromas filled the air and the temperatures rose. It seems like miles to the final oasis: lunch. I could have napped, but off to jurying since all of the selected entries were now assembled at the Island Art Association Education center.

It was about 3:30 when we finished, an exhausting day!

It was really exhilarating to participate in judging. It gave me a renewed sense that the Arts are alive and well in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The creative talents were so well represented. It gave me a sense of pride. Our little community organized the talents of so many divergent artists.

Sometimes items of jewelry, pottery, and garden deco became the choice of the category
of sculpture. Many fine items were given honorable mentions and we wish we could have given more prizes and mentions.

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Summer Student Art Show

original student art I ended my year of Basic Acrylic painting classes with another show for my students!

This year I purchased 18, 10 x 10 gallery wrapped squares and gave one to each student to paint with the subject of their choice, to be for sale at our Space, Maurer Fine Art, Booth 35, Eight Flags Antique Market on Centre Street. Each student priced their own piece of art between $45- 150. These are all original and their own creative designs.

One of the purposes of this project was to allow them the privilege to show their art to the public, and to see the other side of the art world of selling. It’s a great feeling to sell a piece of your art… but what about when it doesn’t and it sits there for months and months, maybe years. Do you feel rejection? Artists generally have great sensitivity, and so learning to paint is one thing, learning to sell it is another. Where do you go after you paint it, and have so many stored paintings and so many that you can give away as gifts. Why not try and have the opportunity to SELL. So I made a vacant wall in our little shop/booth just for them to give them an opportunity to try…and guess what? The first one has already sold in less than a few weeks. This beautiful painting of coneflowers by Roxanne Bieber of Fernandina and Vermont called “Rainies Garden”.

Last year’s show was at the now closed J & S Frame Gallery called the First 9th Street Community Garden Show from St. Peter’s church gardener’s.

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2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Shrimp Festival Poster This week is the 48th Isle of Eight Flags Annual Shrimp Festival here in Fernandina Beach and the second year in a row that we will not be in our usual Space 212 on Centre Street.

However, if you look behind the Space to the Amelia Island Coffee Shop, William Maurer has some of his art for sale in there. It’s been a busy two years for us since William’s fall, not only becoming newlyweds, but with Kathleen being diagnosed with MS last year.

William will be walking around this year jurying the Art and Crafts show on Saturday morning. You can also see many of his art prints and originals at the Eight Flags Antique Market on Centre Street, Space 35, Open M-S 10-6, and
Sunday 12-5

William was the 2009 Shrimp Festival Poster artist that sold hundreds of posters that year, and some are still available at various locations; Eight Flags Antique Market, Books Plus, Amelia Island Coffee Shop, The Amelia Island Museum of History and all are welcome to visit the artists home gallery by appt. and view many local paintings as well as his paintings from France. Also, look for the remaining copies of his coffee table book Sketches of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, The Mark of William Maurer, find them at many locations around the island and our website!

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New Acrylic Class Theme

Painting with AcrylicsBy: Kathleen Maurer

My acrylic class for the next session is going to Europe for the next six weeks!

NOT literally, but in a sense as we’re painting all European scenes and subjects from France and Italy. (I know my regular students are growing tired of marshes!) This is going to be a great series! We’ll have to flip a switch in our minds and challenge
our talents to travel to unknown territories!

To those of you that have been to the warm-yellow tones of Provence you can probably
already see the colors… and to those who haven’t been, you’ll now be able to reach out
and touch them.

We’ll begin with a simple photo I took in Nice, France of a window balcony with flowers.
You can add your own or change the colors. I used that fabulous “Breton” french blue!

Please by all means bring in your own picture to paint too. The bringing in your “choice”
class seemed to work very well last series. My painting is on a small canvas, but then again, this is your choice too. Remember you should sign them, and hang them in an appropriate place in your homes!

If you are coming the same day as before that’s great. If you are changing days let me know.

See you Thurs, Feb.24, and Fri., Feb 25th.

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Learn to Sketch and Draw

William Maurer Sketch PracticeBy: William Maurer

Every Thursday morning I teach a “Learn to Sketch/Draw” Class.

It is from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the corner of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue, in classroom #204.

The class is only $40.00 per class and weather permitting, we often go outside to sketch and draw. Drop-in’s are welcome!

Learning to sketch improves your paintings. I teach perspective drawing in this workshop making it a worthy, fun learning experience!

Every Friday morning from 10-12:30 I conduct a Watercolor Painting
Workshop. This is a six week session for only $210.00, or drop-in for just $40.00 per class.

Each week I bring in a different subject to paint. Whether it be a boat, a landscape, or a building, you will always bring home a finished painting.

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Welcome to Provence!

Introduction/ Class Outline

1. Review blocking in Nice, France. Street Window – remember to see the shapes, forms, darks and lights. Add all the Color at the very end!

2. Underpainting- exaggerating color. Lots of wet-into-wet blending Lavendar

3. Tone surface, begin line and mass approach, and with horizon line. Details last. Wine, table, Still Life

4. Same way to begin as all others. Just a different challenge: The People of Provence

5. Bring in your Choice – Look for subjects that will challenge you, as well as you’ll enjoy painting it. Something that will gain your confidence.

6. Sunflower Fields or Poppy Fields

Summer is filled with these warm colors.
No detail is involved… lots of blending and simplicity of the landscape. An “impression” only, knowing when to stop, hold the viewer, and take control of your color!!!

… “can’t you just smell the croissants now?”

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Gaggle of Shrimpers

Gaggle of Shrimpers

William Maurer Original

Gaggle of Shrimpers

Framed

SOLD

This Gaggle of Shrimpers is the latest watercolor painting William Maurer has produced of the shrimp boats in the waters of the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina, Amelia Island, Florida.

Maurer’s Gaggle of Shrimpers is also available as a reproduction.

Contact William Maurer about commissioned works.

In the U.S.A.:
Phone: (904) 261-8276
In France:
Tel: 04.93.39.28.84

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Notecards and Post Cards

Notecards and Post Cards

$14.95 per set (includes shipping)

Set of Boat Notecards

Beautiful Boats

Blank notecard set by International and Local Artist William R. Maurer

Set of four

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Rustic Buildings Notecard Set

Rustic Buildings

Blank notecard set by International and Local Artist William R. Maurer

Set of Four

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Centre Street Buildings

Centre Street Buildings

Blank notecard set by International and Local Artist William R. Maurer

Set of Four

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Rabbits in Love Notecards

Rabbits in Love

This is another lovely painting by Kathleen Maurer made into a memorable blank notecard.

Set of Two for $5.00

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Portofino, Italy Notecards
Note Cards (3)
Send a note in style on a note card with William R. Maurer’s popular Porto Fino, Italy painting. Each pack contains 3 blank cards with envelope. (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches)
$6.50 per set (includes shipping)

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Centre Street Post Card

Centre Street Post Card

This popular post card is a favorite among tourists and locals alike displaying the historic Fernandina Beach shops on Amelia Island’s Victorian seaside village.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A Kathleen Maurer original

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Shrimp Fleet of Fernandina

Shrimp Fleet of Fernandina

Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. With this post card you can send a piece of history all over the world!

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer original

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Lifeguard at Main Beach

Lifeguard at Main Beach

This post card depicts the oceanfront lifestyle many find enchanting on Amelia Island, Florida.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer original

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Fernandina Beach Sea Oats

Fernandina Beach Sea Oats

You can almost smell the sea air in this Fernandina Beach Sea Oats post card.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer original

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Island Girl and Sisters

Island Girl and Sisters

The original Island Girl and Sisters shrimp boats was so popular it is now available as a reproduction print and as a post card.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer Original

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Shrimpers

Shrimpers

Shrimpers was painted in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Now, it is available as a post card.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer original

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The Palace Saloon

The Palace Saloon

The Palace Saloon in Fernandina Beach, Florida is the oldest, continually operating saloon in Florida.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer Original

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Fairbanks-House-post-card

The Fairbanks House

The Fairbanks House in Fernandina Beach, Florida is a masterpiece in architecture from the silk stocking era.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer Original

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Amelia-Beach-post-card

Amelia Beach

Amelia Beaches are beautiful, and with this new post card you can send our beach to anyone in the world.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer Original

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Old-Town-Fernandina-post-card

Old Town Fernandina

Old Town Fernandina is full of history, as well as the setting for the original Pippi Longstocking movie.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer Original

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salty-pelican-post-card

Salty Pelican

The Salty Pelican is one of the most popular restaurants on Amelia Island, and it has wonderful views of the setting sun and working shrimp boats.

Post cards are only $2.00 each (includes shipping).

A William Maurer Original

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Island Girl and Sisters Framed

Island Girl and Sisters Framed

Island Girl and Sisters

SOLD

Contact William Maurer about commissioned works.

Phone: (904) 261-8276

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