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One-on-one acrylic instruction for adults with special needs. Focus on spontaneous expression: whatever you love that day, in that moment, is what you paint! Using color, shape, and composition we will explore some of your favorite things. No pressure approach to painting. Relax and be inspired!

Instructor: David Rakyta

Dates: By appointment call 941-485-7136

616: Dates and Times Vary

To register for this class, call 941-485-7136


Celebrating 10 years as the Executive Director of the Venice Art Center is our very own Mary Moscatelli. 

A huge thank you to Mary for her dedicated service to the Venice Art Center and to the community.  And a huge thank you to The Florida Weekly Venice and Florida Weekly Correspondent Writer, Charmaine Engelsman-Robins for the article. 

Click the link to read the whole story in The Florida Weekly Venice.

Photo from The Florida Weekly Venice

Mary Moscatelli outside of the Venice Art Center COURTESY PHOTO




Experience one-on-one assistance for drawing and painting including critiques and demonstrations.  Instructor can address solutions to specific problem areas for works in progress, or offer general instruction for artwork in any medium. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Gary Maria

Dates: By appointment: call 941-485-7136

$25 Non-Members

$20 Members


Congratulations to Pasquale and staff for a wonderful write up in the Gondolier Sun on February 20, 2019.

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Frederica Marshall, Master Brush Painter, artist, teacher and researcher, lived in Japan for 28 years. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from Miami University in Ohio and an M.A. in Art Education from Michigan State University. She currently resides in Deer Isle, Maine. In Japan, she explored western painting styles with Michiro Mori and studied Sumi-e (Asian Brush Painting) for 10 years with Grace Yen. She has also studied Sumi-e techniques with Yang Chan, Li Dongfeng, and Leigh Wen. She has exhibited in Japanese venues and galleries since 1973, including the Takumi Gallery, the Mikimoto Pearls Gallery, the Okinawa Civic Center and the International Ocean Exposition in Motubu. Her Sumi-e paintings were featured in a solo show at the U.S. Naval Gallery in Yokosuka. Frederica’s works have been selected for numerous national exhibitions in the United States, such as those sponsored by the National Sumi-e Society at the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota and the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama. She received the Winsor and Newton Painting Award in Portsmouth, Virginia at the National Sumi-e Exhibition and was honored with the Traditional Painting Award at the National Sumi-e Exhibition in New York City. Her artwork has been included in notable group shows at the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, the Plum Door Gallery, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Sarasota County Arts Council in Sarasota, Florida. Her work has been exhibited in more than 72 group shows and in 20 solo shows. Her paintings are included in private collections in Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States. Frederica teaches Sumi-e and watercolor courses at her studio in Deer Isle, Maine, at art and educational institutions on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She is a member of the National Sumi-e Society, the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Deer Isle Art Association and has served as President of the National Sumi-e Society, Sarasota Chapter and Vice President of the Down East Asian Art Society, Deer Isle, Maine and as Vice President of Ikebana International, Sarasota Chapter. She is currently represented by the Pearson Legacy Gallery, 3 Dow Road, Deer Isle, Maine, and the Marshall Gallery, 81 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, Maine.


Hodges had a successful illustration career which lasted more than twenty five years. His art graced the covers of more than 300 books. He worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York. Hodges was a 23 year member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. During this time, he received many citations of merit for work exhibited in annual shows. He was selected to do the painting for the 29th calls for entries, and chaired the 35th Annual Exhibition.

After years of executing ideas and concepts for others, he presently paints subjects that are of personal interest. He was a finalist in the 2001 and 2002 Artists Magazine Competition. He received an award of excellence in the 2004 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition. He received an award of excellence in the 2006 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and he received a 2007 Certificate of Excellence award in the International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America. Hodges was awarded Signature membership status by Oil Painters of America in December 2008. He also won first place in the category, Portraits of Women, in the Members showcase of the Portrait Society of America 2009. In 2011 and 2012, he was awarded first place in Members showcase Portrait Society of America. He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists awarded in 2010. He is also a member of The Portrait Society of America.

His work hangs in private collections, as well as the United States Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard permanent collections. The permanent collection of Golf Digest Magazine includes several of his paintings. Hodges and his wife, Marilyn, now reside in Venice, Florida.

Bachelor of Arts, University of Southwestern Louisiana
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Artist Statement:
"As an artist, I try to paint as honestly as I can. I believe in practicing the sound principles of painting that I have learned and currently teach, but I also believe that an artist should strive for something more than just the technical skill in their work. There is a feeling, or reaction, that one gets when standing in front of a painting or a piece of art. Sometimes it’s not an easy thing to describe. It might be the sense of place in a landscape, the light on the subject, or a fleeting expression in a portrait. This is the kind of reaction that one hopes is communicated in his or her painting. The best scenario is when the technical and the emotional aspects of painting are inseparable."

- Oil Painters of America-Signature Member-awarded 2008,
- American Society of Marine Artist- Signature Member-awarded 2010
- Portrait Society of America
- Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE)

Gallery Representation: Bayview Gallery, Northlight/True North
Gallery, RS Hanna Gallery, Sage Creek Gallery, Palm Avenue Fine Art, Hughes Gallery, Highlands Art Gallery.

Susan Ploughe (Ploughe rhymes with blue) is an award winning painter and an enthusiastic instructor who loves helping people develop their skills. Her workshops include a ton of information, lots of practical exercises, and plenty of laughter. She teaches in Venice only once a year!

Susan is experienced in studio and plein-air work. She is a Signature Member of both the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. Susan’s artwork is in private and corporate collections, and she has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and International Artist magazines. See her paintings at www.susanploughe.com.

This is an unmonitored open studio for multimedia. It’s an ongoing open studio for anyone who wants to come join a fun group!


Fridays (unless otherwise posted in classroom)

$5 Non-Members

$3 Members

Join us for a live, clothed model, all-media open studio. The model changes every two weeks. All levels are welcome. There is no instructor. You learn from each other and from practice. Come join this fun group! 

Dates: Friday, 1:00–3:30pm

$15 Non-Members

$12 Members

Students split model’s cash fee in class.

Experience one-on-one assistance for drawing and painting including critiques and demonstrations.  Instructor can address solutions to specific problem areas for works in progress, or offer general instruction for artwork in any medium. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Gary Maria

Dates: By appointment: call 941-485-7136

$25 Non-Members

$20 Members

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