• Beach Art Center

October 2020 News

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Important Notice

We're Getting Organized! Advance Registration is now Required. 

To keep our office staff and students safe, you need to register prior to attending any class.  This can be done online or by contacting our Administrative Office by phone ((727) 596-4331) or email.  For more details, please see the New Operating Procedures listed in this newsletter.

October Newsletter

  • Autumn Classes & NEW Class Calendar Format

  • New Operating Procedures & other Covid-19 Protocols

  • Pottery is BACK!

  • Gift Shop Update

  • Gallery Shows

  • $20 for 2020 Fundraiser News

Buy $20 for 2020 Raffle Tickets Online

A lot happening at the Beach Art Center, In-House & Remote

Some of What's New..

Autumn Classes and NEW Calendar

We are excited to add several classes to our schedule this month.  We have additional;

  • In-house classes held at the Beach Art Center (w/ limited capacity), our

  • On-line (Zoom) classes continue and we are adding

  • “HYBRID” classes!  Hybrid classes will give the student the alternative of On-line (Zoom) or In-House (w/ limited capacity), for the same class.  

  • Art on the Rocks is back with fun classes coming up Oct 23rd, Oct 30th, Nov 6 and Nov 10...check out the calendar or website for details.

We have reformatted our Calendar and hope you will find this very useful, check out the Month of October!  

New This Month..

There are too many exciting classes coming up to list them all here, check out our calendar, our website and very importantly - PRE-REGISTER Online.  Here is just a taste of what's happening,

Oil Painting Atelier with Violetta

Tuesday Evenings with Violetta Chandler* - beginning Oct 13!  (this is a weekly class at BAC)

If you never painted in oils before- it's easier than you think. If you are familiar with oil painting - there are no limits to improve! In fun relaxing ambiance learn, create, improve, experiment from the basics to the new styles and techniques with European master Violetta, who has been teaching internationally for over 30 years. Learning new skills in painting will keep your mind younger, your memory sharper and you will never feel bored or lonely!

*Violetta Chandler will also be teaching a special Two-Day Workshop November 7 & 8 called Impressionist Landscape Painting.  Space is limited, so please register early.

We are so fortunate to have the teacher of the Cottage Artists offering her talents to our students at the Beach Art Center.  Read about Violetta Chandler and how the Plein Aire Cottage Artists began here.  

New Program for Kids!

Cartooning on Zoom – After School!

Students will build drawing and cartooning skills while following teacher-led instructions. They will enjoy choosing their favorite cartoon characters to draw and create illustrated stories with their own characters.

Class Fee: $60 for all 4 Classes  (Members $48)

Instructor: Deb Vest

Online (ZOOM) Limited Series Class - 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12

Thursdays 3:30pm-5:00pm

Level: Children aged 6-9 yrs old

Learn to Draw in 4 Hours Workshop

 Saturday Afternoon with Shawn Dell Joyce – October 10! (4 Hour Workshop at BAC)

Learn how to draw exactly what you see from direct observation. Shawn Dell Joyce teaches you how to see, identify and draw five values from light to dark. Start with single object studies and move to multiple objects in a still life. Create the illusion of dimensionality through values and sketching. Learn proportion and using simple sighting to create the illusion of depth and perspective in your drawings.

Pottery is BACK & Better than Ever

Our beautiful updated Pottery Studio is reopening with 4 weekly sessions, 

  • Fired Up for Pottery” with Karen Van Vyve on Tuesday evening and Thursday mornings. 

  • Pottery Exploration” with Joyce Scalzo on Tuesday & Friday mornings.  More details are available on our website.  Register online at

Due to space limitations and social distancing requirements, pottery classes will utilize the King Gallery in addition to the Pottery studio.

“Open Studio” days and times for active Pottery Students has been expanded, you can find the times and days on the website and calendar.  Open Studio will be held in the Pottery Studio exclusively (not including the King Gallery), this will limit the number of students participating at one time.  Please register online or contact our Administrative office to book your spot.Register Online

Operational Process Changes

The Beach Art Center has implemented some changes to our Operations processes due to Covid-19.

Limited Capacity

Class capacity will be limited to 14 students (maximum) in each gallery.  This means that your class may be fully booked ahead of time, so please register early.  

If you need to cancel or reschedule a class*, please do so as soon as possible so that another student might be able to take your spot.  With limited capacity, it’s not fair to other students or our teachers to leave space unnecessarily empty.

Advance Registration is Required

Advance Registration Required prior to attending any class.  This can be accomplished 3 ways;

  1. Register online  OR

  2. Contact our Administrative Office by phone ((727) 596-4331) or email and we will assist you in signing up.  After-hours calls will be recorded and responded to the next business day OR

  3. If you are paying by cash or check, please email or call our Administrative Office in advance to register and discuss a time to drop off your payment.

Entry and Exit

Please enter and exit your class via the doors closest to your class.  If you are unaware which room or gallery will be used for your class, please enter through the front (Gift Shop) door and you will be directed to your class.

Waiting Outdoors

Anyone who arrives and has not registered for class in advance will need to wait outside the front door until Irene is able to register them.  Depending when they arrive, this wait could extend beyond the start time of the class.  If the class is full, obviously they will not be able to attend.  

For the safety of our Administrative staff and for other students, we cannot have individuals clustering around the office waiting to register.  

You Can Reschedule Your Class Online

Please note that you can reschedule your class online.  Follow the link in your confirmation email and select an alternative date in the event you need to reschedule.  If you need to cancel your class, please email (or call) the Administrative office and we will cancel the class and process a refund for you.  When possible, please do reschedule or notify us of your cancelation at the earliest possible time.  

Thank you for your flexibility and cooperation.  We will all need to work together if we are to meet up safely.  

Covid-19 Protocol

Previously announced Covid-19 protocols also remain in place at the Beach Art Center, including the need to wear face coverings, participate in temperature checks, and social distancing.  For full details, click Covid-19 Protocols.  One change is, that we will now accept the wearing of a transparent face shield in place of a facemask.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop is fully open Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 4:00 and it is a great place to purchase wonderful gifts created by local artists. 

Just In!

Plein Aire Cottage Artists "Save our Cottages" 2021 Calendars are now available! 

Calendars are $20 and make great holiday gifts.  We'll also have them available soon on our website to be shipped to your home!

Gift Shop Artists & Makers

We will be available to accept new items and/or exchange those you currently have with us during the following times.  This is also your opportunity to bring in special Holiday merchandise.  In addition to your other fabulous work, we will be accepting ornaments and holiday cards at this time.  Holiday cards will be limited to 10 cards at any one time per artist.   We look forward to seeing you;

  • October 29 & 30 from 10am until 2pm – We will be available to accept new items and/or exchange those you currently have with us.

  • Week of Nov. 2-5th – Sellers can contact us at shopbeachartcenter@gmail.com to schedule an appointment to bring in their items.

Any questions, please contact us at shopbeachartcenter@gmail.com.

Art Exhibits

“This is America”

Our current Gallery Show runs through October 23,2020.  This is a beautiful show, if you can’t join us in person, you can view this show on our website under Art Exhibits. 

  • Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday 10am-4pm.  

To make a purchase, you can also call 727-596-4331 or contact us by email.

Artists, we thank all of you for sharing your creativity and supporting the Beach Art Center.  Art from this show will be picked up between Oct 26 – Oct 28.

“Fine Arts Holiday Show and Sale”

If you are looking for a unique, one of a kind gift this year, join us for our annual Fine Arts Holiday Show and Sale.  Our art galleries will be filled with beautiful art, including some fantastic pottery.

This locally produced art will make a thoughtful and truly unique gift.  The show begins on Nov 9 and runs through Dec 23.  

Artists, take-in for this show runs from Nov 2 – 5.Buy $20 for 2020 Raffle Tickets OnlineEach $20 donation enters your name in a drawing at the end of the year.  Below are two of the many prizes to be raffled off.Buy $20 for 2020 Raffle Tickets Online

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