Jensen Beach Artists- 2018 MCOST





Four Jensen Beach artists, Barbara Lapham, Sally Eckman Roberts, Karen Leffel-Massengill, and Jillane Heveron are featured in the 2018 Martin County Open Studio Tour the weekend of January 20 & 21, 2018. This is the second annual studio tour which has grown to 44 artists this year and will be held from 10 am to 5 pm both days.

Watercolor artist Barbara Lapham primarily paints birds and the natural beauty of Florida. Originally from Miami she has spent a number of years in California and Mexico. Returning to Florida she has a studio in a charming downtown Jensen Beach cottage where she will be happy to tell you about her work and show you some of her beautiful paintings.

Sally Eckman Roberts is a prolific artist/designer who works in the creation and development of new products for the gift and home décor industries. Combining her design skills and experience as an illustrator, her watercolor and colored pencil images depict nature in a traditional manner with a contemporary feel.

Well known painter Karen Leffel-Massengill has been the poster artist for numerous Florida art events and has received many national honors for her paintings. She will display numerous paintings of a variety of subjects and will welcome the public to her peaceful, charming studio in Jensen Beach where she paints, teaches and sells her work.

Jillane Heveron creates beautiful representational paintings of nature, figures and other subjects. She enjoys the process of painting and is happy to talk about it with the public.

The theme of this second annual tour is “New Realms of Working Spaces.” The event will introduce Martin County artists to regional patrons of the arts and provide an intimate look inside the working studios of local artists. The event is free and open to all. More information

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Four diverse Stuart artists, Alex Murray, Laura Kay Darvill, Julia Kelly and Mimi McCallum will be participating in the second annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) January 20 & 21, 2018. There will be forty-four artists showing their work and studios during the weekend event which runs from 10 am to 5 pm both days.

Alex Murray creates beautiful functional pottery with simple, clean designs that would fit into any décor. Originally from Finland, Alex enjoys showing her work and talking to people about it. She likes it when people pick up her pieces to admire them. She has worked in the area for many years and has participated in numerous local shows and charitable events.

Jewelry artist Laura Kay Darvill will be showing a wide array of beautifully designed pieces. Specializing in wire wrapping, she works primarily in silver and enjoys experimenting with fused glass, gem stones, precious metal clay, coral, sea glass and beading. She will also work with the customer to design pieces for their individual specifications and needs.

Oil and watercolor painter Julia Kelly has been painting and exhibiting for over forty years. A fourth generation artist, she likes to paint directly from nature and uses those paintings as inspiration for large format paintings done in her studio. She has a passion for nature and color and has included her lively work in the children’s books that she has written and illustrated.

Well known in the region for her colorful oil paintings, Mimi McCallum likes to capture moments in time that touch our hearts. She taught in public schools for thirty years and now enjoys focusing on her art. She thoroughly enjoys the process and specializes in figurative work. She enjoys sharing her work with the public and is happy to accept commissions.

The first studio tour in 2017 was well attended and highly successful for all involved. The tour has increased the number of participating artists and is sure to be an enjoyable weekend for all who attend. The event is free to the public and information booklets will be available before the event at numerous locations as well as at each studio on the tour. The tour provides a wonderful opportunity to support and encourage regional artists by coming on the tour and by purchasing some of their original art. More information available @                                                  

Martin Arts Magazine

The 2nd annual Martin County Open Studio Tour will take place on the weekend of January 20-21, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day.

With the theme "New Realms of Working Spaces" our event will introduce Martin County artists to regional patrons of the arts and provide an intimate look inside the working studio space of local artists.

The event provides the public with a rare opportunity to meet local artists and to explore a wide variety of art forms. Already the tour has enlisted artists working in fiber, ceramics, mixed media, and oil and textured painting.

The Open Studio Tour will invite our local community to view the private space where an artist creates their work. This will foster new connections between artists and their community. Promotion of the event will bring a broad audience to view artists’ work. And collectors can buy directly from the artists at their studios.

Many artists will be performing demonstrations of their techniques at various times during the event. The varied media, time for personal exchange, and unique setting ensure this will be an exceptional opportunity for both artists and patrons.

The MCOST event is non-profit and will be open at no charge to the public.

Martin County is home to working studios featuring art by both internationally renowned and local artists working side by side, inspiring each other. Participating artists include: Maria Aguirre, Karen Angstadt, Lynne Barletta, Mallo Bisett, Lynne Cohen, Judy Coffman, Diane Concepcion, Suzanne Connors, Cristina de la Vega, Torenzo Gann, Jean Gauger, Eduardo Gomez, Lorrie Gross, Helen Kagan, Elizabeth Esther Kelly, Chris Kling, Mia Lindberg, Maria Miele, Susan Mottice, Danuta Rothschild, Candy Walsh and Lisa P. Young

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