Happy 4th of July!

Now that summer is well underway, hopefully you have had the opportunity to relax and enjoy your time before the new school year starts up. Consider taking some time to create artwork to submit for the 2019 FAEA Member Virtual Exhibition. FAEA is currently accepting artwork created by members through September 3rd. Enter for the chance to be featured in the exhibition that will be displayed at Conference and on our website.  Click here  to find out more information about the Member Virtual Exhibition.

Make sure you save the date for the upcoming  2019 FAEA Annual Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach on November 7-10 .   Look out for the Fall issue of  Fresh Paint  in your mailbox this August to see the conference schedule preview. Visit the  FAEA website  to view preliminary information about conference.

July is the start of FAEA's membership period for the 2019-2020 school year. Renew your membership today  to ensure you will continue to have access to FAEA's events, resources, and opportunities this fall and next spring.

Do you know a colleague that would be interested in joining FAEA? If so, make sure they refer your name when they join online. As part of FAEA's Membership Drive, the five members with the most referrals by September 30th will be  eligible to win a FREE conference registration ! For more information, visit  FAEA's Membership Drive web page .
Monthly News from the President's Palette
With the summer days slipping slowly by, I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the natural splendors of living in the beautiful state of Florida. Here are a few ideas to help you seek out creative inspiration in uniquely Florida-types of ways this month.

  • Slowing down to soak in the sunset that screams in technicolor is a must this summer. The Saharan Desert sand rides the trade winds to hover in our atmosphere, creating watercolor paintings in our Florida skies. Take some quick pics and revisit them with some paper and paint the next day.

  • Mindfully walk your favorite of the 1,350 miles of Florida’s coastline looking for interesting “gifts from the sea.” As Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote, “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach -- waiting for a gift from the sea.” Learn new crafts to make with your treasures.
  • Chase some shadows in the summer sun. Find some curious compositions and capture them in photographs.
  • Try making a July Moon Journal. What changes each evening? What newness can you discover? Reset, reflect, release, refine, and set actions each evening. 
  • After the gorgeous sunsets, turn your gaze to the constellations in the July sky. Head to the beach in the evening to see the sky without light pollution, and maybe even witness some sea turtles nesting and hatching.

We are so fortunate to live in a state that has such extraordinary natural beauty. I hope these ideas inspire you to see new things and make new art!

Lark Keeler
FAEA President
Thank you for your support of FAEA. Our members help FAEA fulfill its mission of advocating and supporting high quality art education to all students in the state of Florida.


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