Tampa Realistic Artists was formed in 1956, by people dedicated to furthering the ideals and principals of fine art, providing services to artists and the community to establish and maintain a permanent Art Gallery in the interest of “Art to Live With”, and to offer art education through exhibitions, seminars, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, etc. for cultural enlightenment in the community. Through our services and education and outreach activities, our objective is to serve artists and to increase the public’s awareness of art.
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TRA needs your help
Your TRA board is thinking ahead to our needs for next year and would like to see more participation from the membership. We need your input and fresh ideas.
Other areas of interest for you -- Building Maintenance — Fundraising --Recording Secretary (typists, please!) - Hospitality Coordinator - Librarian — Historian (scrapbooking anyone?) — always in need of Docents to keep the Center open -
Let’s hear from you all!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We need your help. We need volunteers for docents and we also need members for the Board. Please see Board of Directors page for open positions.
Introducing "Expressing Memories", a program for adults in the early stages of dementia. This program, which helps individuals use art to express themselves, is presented by TRA in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association. The participants need no previous art training, the program is free and art materials will be supplied. The program will be on Tuesdays starting November 4, from 1 to 2:30 PM.
Starting Monday Nov 3rd, Taylor Ikin will be teaching classes Mondays, 9-12(noon)
I do not paint for perfection….I paint for expression. TI
Join me in finding the joy in expressing yourself through painting! My job is to encourage and cheer you on. If you are interested in learning how to paint successfully on Yupo, this is your opportunity, but we will not be limited to Yupo. A positive class structure where everyone is a winner! Bring your paints of choice - watercolor, acrylics, crayons, colored pencils etc…reference materials and art materials… brushes, canvas, paper etc. Individual and class critiques. One on one help with problem solving along with a spirit of adventure. All mediums are welcome -- We will be particularly focusing on watermedia.
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An unusual feature of Taylor’s painting process is how she uses traditional watercolor applied to a synthetic printing surface called YUPO and a new surface TerraSkin® , made from stone. Since no trees are required in the processing of YUPO or TerraSkin, the use of these innovative materials further support her interest in preservation and conservation.
She has taught throughout the region as well as Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean. She holds a weekly Tuesday’s With Taylor class at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.
Taylor’s work reflects her 18 years of living in the Caribbean as well as her recording the endangered properties in Florida, where she has lived the majority of her life. She is frequently asked to speak on her life and joy in making art and has been published many times in Watercolor Artist, The Artist, Watercolor Magic and American Artist Magazines.
Taylor Ikin’s work is collected world wide, including Australia, the Caribbean, South Africa, the British Isles, Europe, the United States, Canada and the Vatican.