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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, May 30, 2013 5 years ago

OUR TOWN: Art camps, shows and painting groups coming to town


An out-of-town summer camp leader returns to Ormond Beach for the 15th year; an art show opens tomorrow to raise funds for at-risk youth; and, Ormond Beach Art Guild looking for painters.


Summer art camp veteran to return for 15th year

Gretchen Neal lives in Atlanta, but she has been coming to Ormond Beach every summer the past 15 years to host a seven-week art camp, at St. James Episcopal Church, 44 S Halifax Drive.

The Summer Art Camp will run June 17 to Aug. 9. And feature, what Neal calls, “high-quality, frame-worthy art projects for children.”

The camp has grown in its 15 years to include as many as 150 kids. “It has also become like a family,” she says. “Many of the children who have come to camp as children now return as teen volunteers. These teens make camp so much fun, and they have the advantage of having experienced camp from both sides.”

Past camp topics have ranged from a “cool graffiti” class and a “fine art of manners” class to “camping with a cause,” which benefitted Halifax Habitat for Humanity.

“I try to give the children a chance to work with as many mediums as possible,” Neal says, “as I teach the kids to love the process as well as their finished art product.”

Call 770-856-1012, or visit

Dreamers art show opens tomorrow

First in a series of shows to benefit Support Dreamers, an art, business and leadership club for at-risk youth, the Salty Art Show is coming to Ormond Beach, 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Fountain Square, 142 E. Granada Blvd. The exhibit will feature works of sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media and more, and is hosted by the Ormond Beach Arts District

Organizers hope to raise $17,000 through the event.

The artists to be featured are listed as follows: Ken Elliot, Constance Payne, Bellasol, Jimmy Harper, Tom Ackley, Angel Lowden, Chad Chambers, Marie DeCosta, Peter Cerreta and Tommy Gunz.

Free wine and appetizers will also be served, by Toscana.


Grab a brush: Art Guild looking for artists

The Ormond Beach Art Guild is looking for artists interested in joining them in their weekly, group painting sessions, 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, from June through August.

The club meets at the Ormond Beach Senior Center, at 351 Andrews St. Entry is $1.

Call 671-1879.

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