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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Apr. 5, 2021 1 week ago

Plein air artist hosting free demonstrations in Ormond Beach

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

A nationally-recognized plein air artist will be headlining several events this week in Ormond Beach.

Robin Weiss, who was noted by the national Plein Air Magazine as one of 11 emerging artists to collect now, according to a press release by the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, will be participating in an art exhibition, two-day painting workshop and a series of free demonstrations. 

Weiss has been doing art from a young age. During his time in the U.S. Navy, he would paint scenes of the ships in watercolor, according to the press release. He then studied architecture, engineering and art at Olympic College in Washington. 

Painting by Artist Robin Weiss

"As a full-time artist, working mostly in plein air, I appreciate the incredible beauty that surrounds us," Weiss said. "I strive to reflect that beauty of canvas, utilizing light and color to create a scene that captures the eye and draws a person in to experience the atmosphere of the place." 

His works will be featured in the OMAM pop-up window exhibit located at 9 W. Granada Blvd. from April 6 through May 3. This exhibition is open to the public. 

There will be a free plein art painting demonstration at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7 at the OMAM garden gazebo, located at 78 E. Granada Blvd. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Visit A private demonstration is also planned for Thursday, April 8. If interested, contact [email protected]

Weiss will also lead and introduction to plein air two-day painting workshop on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10. Register by April 7. Program is open to ages 16 and older with some painting experience. 

To see his art, visit

Safe boating

The Daytona Beach Sail and Power Squadron is now offering free vessel safety checks.

The squadron is a nonprofit with a mission to promote boating safety through education for both its members and the general public. The courtesy exams check for safety equipment and documents required by the U.S. Coast Guard and state regulations. The squadron meets every Third Thursday evening of the month for dinner, education and social purposes. 

Call or text Don Roman at 453-6456 or email [email protected]

Donors sought for Power of the Purse

The United Way of Volusia Flagler Counties and Women United Volusia Chapter are searching for sponsors and silent auction donors for the upcoming 18th-annual Power of the Purse luncheon, to be held Friday, Aug. 20, at the Plaza Resort and Spa at 600 N. Atlantic Ave.

The proceeds from this event will benefit local, community-based agencies and programs that support women and children in Volusia County, a sponsorship letter reads. The Power of the Purse luncheon will feature a community impact speaker, silent auction items and raffles. The sponsorship letter states that businesses highlighted have the chance to reach up to 600 women in the community. Auction items can include gift certificates, merchandise or services. 

Since 2003, the organizations have contributed $754,623 in grants to local nonprofits and $150,817 to the United Way Community Fund. Since 2019, United Way and Women United have tracked 2,387 volunteer hours and distributed 1,100 pairs of shoes through its Chicks for Kicks program.

For more information, contact  Cassidy Denslow at [email protected]


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